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Low Carb Meals

Updated on June 13, 2013

I changed my diet and discovered I felt better.

Whether you have fibromyalgia, a gluten sensitivity, are diabetic, or are like me and just want to feel healthier, try considering opting for a change in your diet. Check out the recipes below for meal planning ideas.

Homemade chicken noodle soup with lots of vegetables.
Homemade chicken noodle soup with lots of vegetables. | Source

Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe is extremely basic, so add more flavors or ingredients as you desire. I read somewhere on the net that a daily dose of soup can help with various ailments.

  • Start with raw chicken and grill, fry or bake it until done.
  • In a large pot, fill it with water and vegetable bouillon or chicken stock.
  • Add 3 carrots cut up small.
  • Add 4 celery stalks cut up small.
  • Add a head of cabbage cut up small.
  • Add any other chosen vegetables.
  • Add the chicken cut up small.
  • Add a few cloves of garlic, minced.
  • Add wheat semolina pasta, a small amount, enough to keep the family happy.

Let the flavors simmer together. Serve.

A side dish of mashed cauliflower.
A side dish of mashed cauliflower. | Source

Mashed Cauliflower

This is a great side dish to accompany the chicken noodle soup with. It's very simple and more tasty than you may imagine. It is a great alternative to mashed potatoes.

  • Boil up a head of cauliflower cut into small pieces.
  • Boil about 12 minutes, until it is very cooked and falling apart and drain.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup light cream.
  • Add a tablespoon of butter.
  • Add a few cloves of garlic, minced.
  • Add cheese, if desired.
  • Stir until it is mashed to your liking.
  • Serve.

Chicken on cabbage with hummus, cottage cheese and cheddar cheese.
Chicken on cabbage with hummus, cottage cheese and cheddar cheese. | Source

Chicken Sandwich on Cabbage

A chicken salad sandwich is an easy, quick lunch but includes many carbohydrates in the bread. Here's an option for a delicious meal with a different twist as cabbage leaves are used instead of sliced bread.

  • Use 2 pieces of cabbage on the bottom to hold everything together.
  • Add a layer of hummus to the cabbage.
  • Cut up a piece of chicken, add on top of the hummus.
  • Add a good dollop of cottage cheese.
  • Add a few slices of cheddar cheese.
  • You can pick it up or use a fork to eat.

Homemade chili.
Homemade chili. | Source

Homemade Chili

Beans may not be preferable for some people, but for others they are a sure-fire way to get some great protein and to feel great, too.

For this recipe, I start with Bob's Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix.

  • Pre-soak the beans overnight or at least a few hours.
  • Slow cook the beans for several hours, or just for 2+ hours.
  • Brown a pound of ground beef.
  • Add it to the beans when they are almost done.
  • Add 1 chopped up onion.
  • Add garlic cloves, minced.
  • Add 2 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce.
  • Simmer another 30 minutes.
  • Grate some cheese on top of hot chili, and serve.

Grilled steak on top of a greek salad.
Grilled steak on top of a greek salad. | Source

Steak and Greek Salad

Dining out when on a low-carb diet might appear to be difficult, but it really isn't. A steak and cheese sandwich may ordinarily be served on unhealthy white bread, but here is a quick meal idea for a variation on this.

Take half the contents of the steak and cheese, and place it on top of a Greek salad with a little house (or other) dressing. The satisfaction you get from omitting the bread is hugely gratifying. Have another plateful of this meal, and feel satisfied that you are conscientiously omitting carbs from your diet.

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    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great recipes! I keep forgetting to try mashed cauliflower. I need to do that!!!

    • emilybee profile imageAUTHOR

      emilybee 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Angela, let me know when you do, enjoy! :)

    • Angela Kane profile image

      Angela Kane 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      My mom has made mashed cauliflower and chicken noodle soup and they were delicious. Your chili recipe looks and good and I will try it one night.

    • emilybee profile imageAUTHOR

      emilybee 

      5 years ago

      Hi ris8994-Thanks for reading and commenting :-) Low carb recipes can be very beneficial. I too like to keep my eyes open for new recipes and post some when I can :-) thanks.

    • rls8994 profile image

      rls8994 

      5 years ago from Mississippi

      I am always looking for great recipe's for a low carb diet. These all sound delicious! Great hub :)

    • emilybee profile imageAUTHOR

      emilybee 

      5 years ago

      Hi vibesites! Thanks for the comment and for checking out this hub. You're right. They're scrumptious alright and good for you! thanks for visiting :)

    • vibesites profile image

      vibesites 

      5 years ago from United States

      It sounds healthy but at the same time scrumptious! Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe. Up and useful. :)

    • emilybee profile imageAUTHOR

      emilybee 

      5 years ago

      Hi Ceres Schwarz, you're right - these meals are super easy to make. Chicken noodle soup can be very beneficial for you with all the various nutrients in vegetables. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      Good recipes that are all very healthy. The images of the foods also look amazing. I especially liked the chicken sandwich and the chicken noodle soup. These recipes don't seem all that hard to make at all.

    • emilybee profile imageAUTHOR

      emilybee 

      5 years ago

      Hi collegedad-some might not like the mashed cauliflower consistency initially, but it's not bad. And it depends what lengths you'll go to to feel healthy...these options are easy and tasty, thanks for commenting

    • emilybee profile imageAUTHOR

      emilybee 

      5 years ago

      Hi carter- thanks for letting me know...a while a go I had disabled the Pinterest button for some reason but just reenabled it now :) Thanks for letting me know, and for the comments. Healthy eating makes every bone feel better but to not sacrifice taste, now that is key :)

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      collegedad 

      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Great recipes! I would never have thought of mashed cauliflower. Voted up and shared!

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      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hey Emily just went to pin your hub and there is no Pinterest symbol on your hub?

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      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This sounds fantastically healthy for us Emily, thank you you are kind to one foreveronadietkindofperson:) change of diet does help for sure!!

      You know my daughter just went gluten free recently and she has not only lost weight but feels so much better..great hub, VUUAI & S & Pinned..cheers

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