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Low Carb Recipes
If you are looking for low carb recipes online, here we have tons of information about low carb diet plans along with tasty recipes that you can try for yourself at home.
Hard boil eggs, then cut in half, remove yolks and mash them with mayonnaise and a little salt, pepper and mustard powder. Pipe into the hole in the whites and sprinkle with paprika. You can add shrimps, a little chopped onion and/or other spices if you like. 2 tsp mayonnaise per egg makes a good consistency for piping.
Low Carb Thickeners
Many recipes for meat and fish dishes are automatically low carbohydrate, so before you spend a lot of money on new recipe books, take a creative look at some of your favorite recipes. Often times you will find that you can use them as-is or easily adjust them to fit your low carbohydrate diet plan.
If your favorite recipe contains a sauce that is thickened with flour, experiment with other thickeners. Cream and egg yolk can both be added to many soups and sauces to thicken them.
You can also try fiber-based thickeners like guar gum and xanthan gum. You can buy these as a powder from the health food store and sprinkle them into your soup or sauce. Do not use too much or you may have trouble with the consistency.
Of course, when you are looking at low carb recipes online you need to be sure that it will suit your particular low carbohydrate diet plan. You may be following the Atkins diet, South Beach, the Dukan diet or any one of a ton of other low carb diets, and they all have slightly different rules.
Hollandaise sauce is a classic example of a thick sauce that is made entirely without starch. It is high in fat, so avoid it if you are following a low fat low carb plan. However, it is fine for anybody following the Atkins diet.
- 4 oz butter
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Slowly melt the butter, without allowing it to brown, then remove from heat. Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl and then add the lemon juice. Place the bowl into a larger bowl of hot water and continue to whisk until expanded to at least twice its original volume. Dribble in the warm (not hot) butter, a little at a time, still whisking. Serve immediately or leave to stand and serve at room temperature.
Hollandaise sauce cannot be reheated or it will curdle. The same thing happens if any of the ingredients become too hot during the process. However, you can freeze it and then serve at room temperature when thawed.
Low Carb Chicken Recipes
There are so many low carb chicken recipes available these days that there is no excuse for eating the same old same old day after day. If you like chicken, you can eat extremely well on a low carbohydrate diet.
Of course, you have to avoid anything that is coated or served with a sauce if you don’t know what is in it, but there are plenty of choices for dishes that you can make at home. Here are some example low carb chicken recipes to start you off.
If you need something cold for your lunch bag or to eat in hot weather, try a chicken BLT sandwich – without the bread, of course.
Cut cooked chicken breast into small cubes and chop the tomato and cooked bacon. Mix all of this with mayonnaise, then spread onto washed romaine lettuce leaves. Roll the lettuce over the filling and enjoy!
Make the marinade with a quarter cup dry sherry, a quarter cup soy sauce, a quarter cup water, 2 crushed cloves of garlic and a half teaspoon of ground ginger. Bring it to the boil in a small saucepan and then allow to cool (this boils off the alcohol).
Then take 2 raw chicken breasts and marinade them in the refrigerator in the sauce for at least 2 hours. After that, remove them from the marinade and grill them. Serve with stir fried vegetables.
For a stronger flavor, dice the chicken before marinading, and stir fry it in sesame oil along with some chopped vegetables.
Chicken and Broccoli Crustless Quiche
This tasty chicken and broccoli low carb crustless quiche can be your next breakfast or lunch which is also easy to make. If you are following any low carb diet, you can also modify it to fit your diet.
- 1 chicken breast, cut into small pieces
- 4 oz broccoli
- 2 oz onion, chopped
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
- Salt and pepper
Heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Chop the broccoli small in a food processor, then steam for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, beat the eggs, then add in the cream. Grease a large pie plate, put in the chopped onion, steamed broccoli and shredded cheese, and season. Pour egg and cream mixture over this. Cook for approx 40 minutes until golden brown on top. When it is done, a knife pushed into the middle should come out clean.
Remember that if you are following the Atkins diet, you can also create your own versions of any fried chicken recipe by frying chicken pieces including skin in oil, flavored with spices. Don’t include bread or premade fried chicken coatings unless you have checked that they are low carbohydrate or, even better, carbohydrate free.
Chicken is one of the standbys of a low carb diet as well as being one of the country’s favorite foods, but it can be bland and boring if you have it the same way every day. Keep yourself and your family interested in your weight loss diet by trying plenty of new low carb chicken recipes.
Low Carb Cookies
If you are a big cookie fan on a low carb diet, you may find yourself wishing that you could find some low carb cookies. Yes, there may be some brands that produce cookies with what they consider to be a low carbohydrate count, but they are unlikely to be low enough for you!
Anybody who loves cookies does not want to stop at one. Besides, as you will find out from the conversations on any low carb diet forums, using a lot of branded low carb snacks like diet bars, low carb chocolate, cakes and cookies causes a stall in weight loss for a lot of people. It is much better to make your own at home.
Here you will find some ideas of how to make low carb cookies along with basic recipes that you can expand and alter to fit your own tastes and diet plan.
Keep in mind that low carb diets are not all the same. Some of the ingredients that we use may not be allowed on all diet plans, especially if you are in the first phase of a low carb diet which is usually more restrictive.
Most low carb cookies use artificial sweetener. We use sucralose which is one of the few that does not lose its sweetness during the cooking process. Other possibilities are sugar alcohols such as erythritol, which are allowed on some plans and taste great.
Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies
These low-carb peanut butter cookies are a healthy treat. Not only are they delicious but they are also made using just a few ingredients.
- 3 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup almond meal
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Liquid sucralose or other sweetener equivalent to 3 Tbsp sugar
Put almond meal in a bowl. Mix the other ingredients together, then add them to the bowl and mix with the almond meal. Use 1 tsp dough per cookie and bake at 325 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
Makes approx 25 cookies at 2g net carbohydrate per cookie (assuming no carbs in your sweetener).
Low Carb Macaroons
- 1 cup shredded dried coconut, unsweetened
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Liquid sucralose or other sweetener equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
Put the coconut in a mixing bowl and mix in the other ingredients. Add a little water if the mixture is too dry. Form into balls, place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for about 15 minutes, until just starting to brown.
Makes 8 cookies at 1g net carbohydrate per cookie (assuming no carbs in your sweetener), so even if you eat them all at once it will not be a diet disaster!
You can also substitute flax meal for flour in some recipes. This is a common ingredient in low carb recipes for thickening. It is very healthy, being high in fiber while low in carbs. You can buy ready-ground flax meal, but it has a short shelf life so it is best to grind your own. Buy either dark or golden flax seeds and grind them in a coffee grinder, a little at a time. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to use them in your low carb cookies and other recipes.