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LIFEISYOURS SparkPoints: (621)
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3/1/13 2:32 P

At first I will really be watching the carbs, and will obviously lose weight. But, my body system does way better on watching carbs, especially pastas and breads. I am not a Zero Carb person, that's not healthy. Once I get to weight I am happy with for my health and lifestyle, I will balance it all out.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
3/1/13 2:30 P

Most of the main portions of our meals are low carb because my husband does not eat many carbs, mostly tons and tons of protein.

In our regular rotation:
Meatball bake: Turkey meatballs, spaghetti sauce and mozarella cheese.
Bunless burgers: We were using ground turkey, but my husband missed beef burgers, so now I use the extra lean ground beef. No buns. I often make sweet potato fries for me and the kids, otherwise some sort of veg and/or fruit.
Tacos: I am loving the Philadelphia Cooking Cremes lately, the Sante Fe one makes for yummy tacos, we use extra lean ground turkey. Corn tortillas aren't terrible in carbs, or you can do a taco salad or low carb wraps.
Meatloaf
Grilled chicken salads
Breakfast for dinner

I've also done Sloppy Joes using Coke Zero, a little Worstechire, garlic and reduced sugar ketchup for the sloppy sauce. Stir fries are another good option.

Spaghetti squash is a decent pasta replacement. I also like Shirataki tofu noodles. I've also done a noodleless lasagna in the past using zucchini in place of the lasagne noodles.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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3/1/13 2:17 P

May I ask why you're doing a low carb high protein diet? Diets don't work; they are short-term fixes for long term problems. Most of us likely don't need low carb diets to lose weight.

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,738
3/1/13 11:58 A

Like a pp mentioned, there are lots of other meat choices, besides chicken breasts. We eat a lot of pork loin-- I trim off all the visible fat and then cook it a variety of different ways. We don't eat a lot of red meat any more, but that's mostly because of the cost-- idk the prices in other areas of the country, but it's gotten pretty expensive here. When I can get some at a good price, we have steak or brisket or a roast, or even ground beef which is so versatile.

And there are other low-starch vegetables besides salad. Asparagus, green beans, various (cooked) greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, mushrooms, okra, peppers, summer & zucchini squash, to name a few. You could throw together a stir fry with your favorite low-carb vegetables and your choice of lean meat. Or make a pot of soup with chicken or beef, and low-carb vegetables.

When I first started out on Spark, I had a hard time controlling myself when it came to pasta or rice. So I stayed away from both of those things for a while, and then gradually started adding them back to my food choices. I've totally gotten past the rice thing, but still have pasta problems. So now I never cook a ton more, than what we need for the meal. Used to be I'd just throw most of the package in the pot. And then it was just sitting there, waiting to be eaten. But now I measure it out before cooking it. I do 2 servings for my DH, and 1 serving for me. And that's it. I can't eat it if it isn't cooked.



ORCHIDBLOSSOM Posts: 534
3/1/13 10:52 A

Try substituting spaghetti squash for pasta, it's easy and delicious! If you do eat pasta, like the other posts said use moderation. Go for buckwheat if you can find it, or whole wheat.

I also like eggs for dinner... a poached egg over some sauteed greens.. yum!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,606)
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2/28/13 12:29 P

My love of pasta is why I could never do a truly low carb diet. But I've found even with eating pasta, I can stay under 200g carbs a day, probably because I don't eat bread etc all that often. But, here's just a few ideas for low-carb dishes, You can serve any of these with a side of roasted veggies, which are very easy to make. Or your trusty salad :) Also, kalynskitchen.com is a great site to find lower carb meals, since it caters to the South Beach crowd.

Baked Pesto Chicken, 3 ways:
www.kalynskitchen.com/2005/04/chicken-stuf
fed-with-pesto-and-cheese.html

www.kalynskitchen.com/2010/09/easy-recipe-
for-baked-pesto-chicken.html

www.skinnytaste.com/2012/09/skinny-chicken
-pesto-bake.html



Braised Chicken Thighs with Bacon and Mushrooms:
ellysaysopa.com/2010/08/13/braised-chicken
-thighs-with-mushrooms-bacon/
This looks like it would be high in calorie, but it's not. A 6.5oz thigh with all the toppings was only 300 calories. In the photo she serves on mashed cannelini beans, which aren't super low carb, but are much lower than say, pasta or mashed potatoes.

Pepper Steak:
www.skinnytaste.com/2009/07/pepper-steak.h
tml
Skip the rice to make it low carb. Would be good as a filling for a lettuce wrap.

Pork chops 2 ways:
www.skinnytaste.com/2010/12/pork-chops-wit
h-mushrooms-and-shallots.html

www.skinnytaste.com/2008/06/pork-chops-wit
h-dijon-herb-sauce-525-ww.html


Pork Tenderloin 2 ways:
chefmommy-brandao.blogspot.ca/2012/03/pork
-tenderloin-with-pan-sauce.html

www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/her
b-marinated-pork-tenderloins-recipe/in
dex.html


SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,905
2/28/13 10:02 A

How about Turkey Meatloaf...by substituting low-fat ground turkey for the beef

Make chili but use Jennie O 97% Fat Free Ground turkey instead of Ground beef...it tastes the same...add 2 ounces of Brown rice pasta which seems more dense than regular white or wheat pasta and the 2 ounces gives you the taste you like...

Jennie O turkey 97% fat Free Ground Turkey...make turkey burgers...or Portobella Mushroom burgers

Portobella pizza ...fill the cavity of the portobella with the minced garlic, then add the parm or romano cheese, raw onion, mozzerella and spread sauce in the cup of the cap. Top with parm or romano cheese ...bake for about 25-30 minutes at 350....better than traditional pizza I think.

A healthy Veggie stir fry with lean protein with moderate amounts of fiber rich, non starchy vegetables..top with seasame seeds...Most veggies are low carb, however if you really want to stay low GI & Low Carb then omit potatoes. corn, peas, parsnips, white potatoes, and yams. Red potatoes have less starch in them.

Trader Joes, Has Jalepeno chicken links, no preservatives, 100 calories each

Cherries are a low-carb, low GI choice & so are peaches that contain vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber
Sweet, low-carb apricots. One apricot has just 17 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates small apple is a great fruit choice, with just 54 calories and 14 carb grams

Apples are also loaded with fiber and a good source of vitamin C and potassium. Donít peel your apples they have antioxidants in them. Eat one orange and youíve gotten all the vitamin C you need in a day and only 62 calories. Pears are a low-carb fruit and so is Kiwi, both have of potassium & fiber. Apples, peaches, plums, and all kinds of berries are low carb....maybe a salad woth berries and other low carb fruit.

Mix Mash Potatoes and mashed califlower together with 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt for healthful Mashed potatoes and less carbs.

Hope I have helped some...

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,428)
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2/28/13 8:33 A

Why deprive yourself of something you love?? Portion control and moderation, my friend!

NORTONA1988 SparkPoints: (230)
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2/28/13 8:31 A

I've really been trying to do the Low Carb High Protein diet, but it's really hard for me when I love love love pasta! I need new ideas for Low Carb dinners... The problem I'm running into is that I DO NOT eat any seafood, which takes away so many options for me; and I'm starting to get sick of salads and grilled chicken. Any ideas would be awesome!!! Thanks!

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