Low carb can be challenging and I for one get bored quickly and will usually just stop eating which inevitably stalls my diet. The trick for me is to find ways to enjoy old favorites without the guilt.
I could not believe my luck when We discovered that our favorite pizza place serves a cauliflower crust pizza and it was to die for!
While shopping Walmarts produce section, I discovered a fantastic bit of good news. Right next to the egg roll wrappers were bags of noodles? Yes, it’s called Pasta Zero! Zero carbs! I was skeptical yet intrigued.
The trick to these are a thorough rinsing. I fried and diced a thick cut pork chop. Sauted 1/2 a diced onion, 1/2 bag of coleslaw mix, diced pork with garlic, red pepper flakes and soy sauce. Add noodles. WALLA! Pork Lo Mein! Add Sriracha sauce…..delish!
I also discovered a couple handy convenience items in the freezer case at the grocery, spiralized zucchini and riced cauliflower! If you’re frugal, it’s cheaper to prepare these yourself so you may wish to invest in a ricer. Bed Bath & Beyond has a spiral veggie cutter on the cheap.
Clay had bought me a Kitchenaid mixer with this attachment….a year ago, and it was time to finally give it a go. I had cooked a couple chicken breasts and kept the pan juices. In a medium saucepan, I mixed juices with a small can of chicken broth, salt, pepper, garlic and brought it to a simmer. I diced the chicken then set aside while making zucchini noodles and adding then to the simmering broth. After simmering a few minutes, removed to serving bowl, tossed with heaping spoon of pesto, added chicken to broth to heat through then placed atop noodles. I dressed the dish with a drizzle of pesto, parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.
For chicken fried rice, I sauted a half each, dice carrot and onion in about 1 Tbsp each of butter and olive oil with a clove of diced garlic. Whisk 2 eggs with cream and add to the hot pan. When eggs are set, add diced chicken and a bag of cooked riced cauliflower. Toss well and season with red pepper flakes, Sriracha and soy sauce.
Another yummy dinner is chicken alfredo. While I used spiral cut zucchini, Pasta Zero should work just as well. Saute chicken breasts, remove from pan and dice. To the pan add a couple Tbsps of butter and heavy whipping cream. Season with salt, pepper and minced garlic, to taste. The great thing about heavy whipping cream aside from the fact that it’s carb free AND delicious in coffee, is that if you’re patient, it will thicken to a nice sauce – gravy consistency on it’s own with no flour needed. Once it begins to thicken, add about a cup of grated parmesan cheese. Add chicken and your choice of carb free noodles.
If you’re like me, you have a sweet tooth but what to do about that craving? I’ve really done remarkably well so far but if the urge becomes unbearable, I eat a sugar free jello cup – it’s carb free! Atkins has a variety of low carb sweet snacks but I use a keto friendly cocoa to make a “bulletproof” hot cocoa! If you haven’t heard of a Bulletproof Coffee, it’s a coffee designed to boost fat intake to help you reach ketosis. To a cup of hot coffee, add a Tbsp of butter, Tbsp of coconut oil, Stevia, splash of vanilla and heavy cream. Blend in a blender. While it sounds crazy, this foamy, frothy cup tastes like the creamiest Latte ever! Soooo….for my bulletproof cocoa: place a cup of water in the microwave for 2 min. Into a blender, add 1 – 1 1/2 Tbsps Keto Cocoa, 2 packets artificial sweetener of your choice, 1 Tbsp butter, 1 Tbsp coconut oil, splash of heavy cream. Add hot water and blend til frothy and enjoy! Top with whipped cream with sweetener if you like.
More good news! With sugar free jello, some unflavored gelatin and water…you can make keto friendly GUMMY BEARS!!!! Stay tuned!
P.S. Down 10 lbs!