Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

 
Message Boards
FORUM:   Recipes & Cooking General Discussion
TOPIC:  

Low Carb alternatives to rice or pasta?



Click here to go to SparkRecipes.com.

 
  Reply Create A New Topic
Search the
Message Boards:
Search
  I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

Author: Message: Sort First Post on Top


WILLINGTYRANT
WILLINGTYRANT's Photo Posts: 472
9/23/13 10:20 P

WILLINGTYRANT's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Romaine lettuce as a substitute for bread. WOW!!!! I love sandwiches, but have refrained because of the high carbs in bread. This is a wonderful idea and it sounds so obvious.

Thanks,
WillingTyrant



 current weight: 201.0 
 
201
187
173
159
145


LADYDL
LADYDL's Photo SparkPoints: (40,580)
Fitness Minutes: (11,496)
Posts: 636
9/23/13 10:55 A

LADYDL's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Spaghetti Squash with a little red sauce emoticon

Sally
Chula Vista, CA


 Pounds lost: 27.0 
 
0
9.25
18.5
27.75
37


BAZNA0520
BAZNA0520's Photo SparkPoints: (18)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 1
9/17/13 5:53 P

BAZNA0520's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi there. Quinoa isn't actually a grain, nor is it low in carbs in fact, far from it. It is however low GI.



BETHIEMAE75
BETHIEMAE75's Photo Posts: 242
9/16/13 10:24 A

Reply
Spaghetti Squash is my go to!



 Pounds lost: 48.5 
 
0
22
44
66
88


KIRSTENCO
KIRSTENCO's Photo SparkPoints: (11,539)
Fitness Minutes: (10,000)
Posts: 214
9/16/13 9:36 A

KIRSTENCO's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Julienne vegetables like courgettes as a substitute for spaghetti.

Quinoa is a high protein low carb grain that you could try instead of rice.



 current weight: 152.0 
 
194
179.5
165
150.5
136


NSPIXIE
NSPIXIE's Photo SparkPoints: (44,880)
Fitness Minutes: (21,370)
Posts: 1,786
8/8/13 6:25 P

NSPIXIE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Lots of good ideas here! Thanks!

I like to add lots of the good veggies to things and if I have to have it a tiny amount of brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Still feels like a rice or pasta, but the serving is mostly good veggies.



 July Minutes: 0
 
0
300
600
900
1200


MAMACAROLANN
Posts: 4
8/7/13 6:41 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Dreamfields pasta!!! It's wonderful! You won't know the difference!



NANAS4GIRLS
SparkPoints: (27,567)
Fitness Minutes: (2,895)
Posts: 173
7/16/13 8:15 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Try removing the inside of the bagel, before toasting, as much as possible, eating mostly the outside. Not ideal, but as you said now and then. This is also a good idea with Rolls etc. The other way is to cut of the top and bottom, throwing the middle away. Hope this helps!!



EXOTEC
EXOTEC's Photo Posts: 2,913
7/15/13 2:02 P

EXOTEC's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Almond "pasta" isn't fragile at all - our lasagna comes out perfectly! I'm so carried away by being able to have lasagna again I haven't tried the fettuccine yet - but it looks at least as sturdy as regular wheat pasta. I mean, "angel hair" pasta looks like it couldn't stand up to hot tap water, but it's okay! LOL And yes, it holds up with any sorts of sauces you'd put on typical pasta. I make my own lasagna/spaghetti sauce, or some jarred (I know!) alfredo or cheese sauce, and I've not had any issues with any of them. It doesn't fall apart. We still have to use a knife to cut the lasagna.

Edited by: EXOTEC at: 7/15/2013 (14:05)
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


 current weight: 237.0 
 
380
322.5
265
207.5
150


KIRSTENCO
KIRSTENCO's Photo SparkPoints: (11,539)
Fitness Minutes: (10,000)
Posts: 214
7/15/13 10:25 A

KIRSTENCO's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Quinoa (pronounced Kee-nwah) is a low carb, high protein alsternative to rice. It naturally has a slightly nutty flavour, and can be cooked in stock to infuse it with more flavour!



 current weight: 152.0 
 
194
179.5
165
150.5
136


COBRANBAYAREA
COBRANBAYAREA's Photo Posts: 17
7/15/13 9:08 A

COBRANBAYAREA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I haven't tried this yet but saw it on the cooking channel. It looks fragile - is it? What do you put it with? I'm guessing tomatoe sauce doesn't work.



EXOTEC
EXOTEC's Photo Posts: 2,913
7/14/13 11:47 A

EXOTEC's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A company by the name of Cappello's makes almond-flour pasta. They only have three versions: fettuccine, lasagna noodles, and gnocchi, but they're all good, and we can't tell the difference from wheat pasta. They ARE pricey. Think along the lines of the refrigerated grocery pastas, and then add a little bit. We don't eat too much of it, but when we're craving lasagne, it really hits the spot!

...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


 current weight: 237.0 
 
380
322.5
265
207.5
150


COBRANBAYAREA
COBRANBAYAREA's Photo Posts: 17
7/13/13 12:49 P

COBRANBAYAREA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I like the romaine lettuce as a bread substitute! Great idea! Thanks for that.



TEENIEME3
Posts: 517
2/11/13 5:07 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Tons of ideas here!
Thanks so much!
Can't wait to try them!



KOTCHAN
SparkPoints: (3)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 1
2/9/13 9:50 P

Send Private Message
Reply
have you tried roasting your veggies? asparagus, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower are amazing when cooked this way. for the brussel sprouts, cut the stems off, then cut them in half lengthwise ... for cauliflower, break the head apart into bite-sized pieces ... put them in a bowl, drizzle them with a little bit of olive oil, and use your favorite seasoning ... i like smoked paprika, but you can use anything. after coated and seasoned, place them on a foil lined cookie sheet (makes for really easy clean-up), and bake at 425 for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the veggie you're cooking. you can also do zucchini and summer squash this way ... slice them (about 1/2-inch thick), then coat w/olive oil and seasoning. another good seasoning to use is Emeril's Essence.



EMELYN21
SparkPoints: (785)
Fitness Minutes: (622)
Posts: 15
2/8/13 6:58 P

EMELYN21's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
If you use tofu shirataki noodles it is closer to the consistency of pasta than the clear ones. Also, try dry frying them. This also makes the texture closer to pasta.

If you live near an Asian market, it's way cheaper than buying it at Whole Foods.

Ask me how Tupperware can help you stay healthy and organized!
www.my.tupperware.com/emelyndelapena


 current weight: 188.8 
 
205
191.25
177.5
163.75
150


BABYGIZZY1
SparkPoints: (1,710)
Fitness Minutes: (250)
Posts: 4
2/4/13 6:16 P

BABYGIZZY1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply

i have been using carba- nada noodles. they are pretty good and 24 carbs for 1 and 1/2 cups.



WARRIORK63
SparkPoints: (10,326)
Fitness Minutes: (11,736)
Posts: 67
2/2/13 11:27 P

WARRIORK63's SparkPage
Reply
Shirataki, zucchini, summer squash, and spaghetti squash



 current weight: 215.0 
 
225
208.75
192.5
176.25
160


LOBSTERGRRL
LOBSTERGRRL's Photo SparkPoints: (4,383)
Fitness Minutes: (2,190)
Posts: 372
2/2/13 8:36 P

LOBSTERGRRL's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
When I did Atkins, I did spaghetti squash or Dreamfield's pasta... if you contact Dreamfield's, they'll send you tons of coupons! emoticon

“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. ”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
25.5
51
76.5
102


ANNCONFORTI
SparkPoints: (167)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 1
1/30/13 11:54 A

Send Private Message
Reply
I use spaghetti squash, it is delicious!!!



APANTO
Posts: 68
1/30/13 9:48 A

APANTO's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Kelp noodles are the best with chinese food. I tried Shirataki noodles in the past which are also good, but smell fishy until you rinse them.
And Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix makes good pancakes!



 current weight: 125.0 
 
127
124
121
118
115


FITMOMINNJ
FITMOMINNJ's Photo SparkPoints: (34,476)
Fitness Minutes: (78,288)
Posts: 403
1/8/13 4:50 A

FITMOMINNJ's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Dreamfields pasta is available online from Netrition.com.



 July Minutes: 1,107
 
0
250
500
750
1000


NICKYCRANE
NICKYCRANE's Photo SparkPoints: (57,063)
Fitness Minutes: (30,889)
Posts: 930
12/24/12 11:41 A

NICKYCRANE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I sometimes serve things on shredded lettuce (or grated zucchini if you like that) instead of pasta.



 current weight: 122.0 
 
143
137.5
132
126.5
121


CHLOEKINCAID
SparkPoints: (28)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 1
12/20/12 10:23 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Counting calories is only a quick fix, the real way to lose weight and maintain the loss is to look at what is in those calories. You should read The Smarter Science of Slim by Jonathan Bailor. I read it and honestly, my whole view on food has changed. You don't have to meticulously count calories and constantly be adding them up in your head. You just cut out the bad stuff, and eat as much as you want of the good stuff. Seriously, I lost about 9 kgs in 6 weeks because it's a way of eating, not a diet. I would honestly recommend to anyone counting calories to read this book, because it's so much better! :)



LIBBYL1
Posts: 5,725
12/9/12 9:50 P

LIBBYL1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
some wonderful ideas here - love the portobella mushroom pizza idea. But wondering, if you cut out these carbs from a meal how do you still have enough calories? I am sure if substituted cauliflower for brown rice at my main meal and cut carbs in other meals I wouldn't reach 1 200 calories?



 Pounds lost: 44.0 
 
0
11.5
23
34.5
46


PEONIES425
SparkPoints: (6)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 4
12/9/12 6:36 P

Send Private Message
Reply
i was just wondering ...i saw your post where you saide you use dreamfield pasta....does it do anything to your blood sugar?



SUZYTX
SparkPoints: (2,384)
Fitness Minutes: (183)
Posts: 23
11/6/12 8:09 A

SUZYTX's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I really want to try the dream fields pasta...where do you find it?

Suzy


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
19.25
38.5
57.75
77


PJANTO
Posts: 79
11/5/12 8:01 P

PJANTO's SparkPage
Reply
Try the fast and easy flatbread recipe by either chef Meg or Steph, can't remember which chef. I make and freeze double batches that I use for sandwiches, wraps, dips, etc. They are around 80 calories each.

I use finely chopped cauliflower as a substitute for rice, and thinly sliced cabbage for pasta. I would like to try the kelp noodles.



KBJIARA
KBJIARA's Photo Posts: 78
11/5/12 11:15 A

KBJIARA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carbs is not the enemy... REFINED carbs are!!! you should not skip pasta, just switch to whole grain pasta, brown rice, barley, couscous, etc. Remember, fruits and vegetables are carbs too :o)

emoticon



 current weight: 167.6 
 
168
164.5
161
157.5
154


CAROLW264
SparkPoints: (81)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 2
11/5/12 10:40 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Where do you buy this dreamfield pasta at



27PISCES
SparkPoints: (32)
Fitness Minutes: (76)
Posts: 2
8/16/12 4:12 P

Send Private Message
Reply
reading this all with interest...but someone please tell me HOW do I get to the point - short of forcing myself or serious hypnotherapy - of liking some of the foods I really don't like (and never have!) such as squash, zuchini, etc.
Veggies - if its not corn, broccoli, cauliflower, green cabbage, brussel sprouts and the occasional green beans I am just not a fan... And so far, no matter how it's cooked/disguised I just cannot handle it.
I know so much is in my best interest to eat more healthy and diabetic friendly but I feel I am failing miserably... suggestions?



BRADYANDCASSMOM
SparkPoints: (622)
Fitness Minutes: (1,145)
Posts: 1
5/15/12 10:00 P

Send Private Message
Reply
apaghetti squash with organic diced tomoatoes, 1/2 tb extra virgin olive oil, oregeno and basil to taste and 2 tb fat free mozarella cheese...yum!



DEEJON123
DEEJON123's Photo SparkPoints: (27,949)
Fitness Minutes: (21,990)
Posts: 1,185
5/15/12 5:03 P

DEEJON123's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
me too - spaghetti squash

The best rewards are those you have worked hard to obtain. www.weightwatchers.ca


 Pounds lost: 157.0 
 
0
41.75
83.5
125.25
167


LOWCARBFORLIFE
LOWCARBFORLIFE's Photo Posts: 139
5/11/12 7:08 P

Reply
BLAIR1957, that's exactly what I do!




 current weight: 140.0 
 
212
194
176
158
140


JAOTTO
SparkPoints: (47,278)
Fitness Minutes: (51,665)
Posts: 1,470
5/9/12 2:04 P

Send Private Message
Reply
tofu noodles look and feel just like pasta, but has only 40 cal. per serving.



JOANIEBUG46
JOANIEBUG46's Photo Posts: 4,212
5/9/12 11:54 A

JOANIEBUG46's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I make spaghetti squash in the microwave. prick a few holes in it and put it on high for 3-4 minutes. Check it and if you can, cut it through halfway, lengthwise and cut off the ends. Then put it on a plate face down and do it for another 3-4 minutes. Take it out and remove all seeds. If you can pull it apart, it's done. If not, just put it back in for a minute or two until you're happy with the "done-ness". It's a fabulous pasta substitution.

You can also continue using pasta,but mix in a lot of veggies (broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, peas . . . . ), so you cut the pasta intake by half and "up" the nutritional value fabulously!

My family loves sauteed zucchini and mushrooms. Sometimes we put on a tomato sauce and a bit of cheese and use it as the main course.

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."
-Arnold H. Glasow


 current weight: 138.0 
 
144
142
140
138
136


HAPPYERIN
HAPPYERIN's Photo Posts: 326
5/7/12 9:43 P

HAPPYERIN's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wow, there are excellent tips here! Thank you!



 Pounds lost: 60.5 
 
0
17.25
34.5
51.75
69


JESUSCARES
Posts: 252
4/26/12 8:55 A

JESUSCARES's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for all the alternatives.

@Tammy--wow, Zucchini noodles--never would have thought it and I am so excited to know about it. I plan to try those this week; thanks for posting!

With Jesus, you can do it!


 current weight: 258.4 
 
258.4
226.3
194.2
162.1
130


GULLIVERS
Posts: 20
4/23/12 1:00 P

GULLIVERS's SparkPage
Reply
Interesting



PALEOKRAZY
PALEOKRAZY's Photo Posts: 84
2/2/12 11:08 A

PALEOKRAZY's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I will be trying these recipes! Thanks for all the ideas.

Looking for a buddy near Foster City or San Mateo CA.


 Pounds lost: 30.0 
 
0
12.5
25
37.5
50


NEWME70
NEWME70's Photo Posts: 833
1/31/12 9:36 A

NEWME70's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This is a great thread! I am excited to try the whipped cauliflower and the zucchini noodles!



 current weight: 201.4 
 
203
189.75
176.5
163.25
150


HAWKTHREE
HAWKTHREE's Photo SparkPoints: (22,532)
Fitness Minutes: (11,692)
Posts: 757
11/22/11 9:30 A

HAWKTHREE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Although quinoa is not in the grass family and not a grain, it is too high in carbs for me. It spikes my blood sugar just as if it were a pasta, rice or a slice or bread. And it spikes it very quickly.

However it is a godsend as a grain for folks needing gluten free.

Life needs balance


 current weight: 152.3 
 
162
157.75
153.5
149.25
145


KOALA_BEAR
KOALA_BEAR's Photo SparkPoints: (16,827)
Fitness Minutes: (1,207)
Posts: 983
11/22/11 1:00 A

KOALA_BEAR's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Quinoa isn't a grain - its a seed or fruit actually so it's a protein not a carb. Cook in chicken broth after rinsing to add flavor for savory dishes; can also be cooked in fruit juice or soy milk to serve in place of oatmeal like a cereal. I used it for everything when I was doing the South Beach diet and would have fallen off the program if not for quinoa. It took some trial and error to find that I just wasn't crazy about cooking it plain but these other options made a huge difference.

I will say that I'm still not wild about the way it looks so I cook it in advance then let it sit and abosrb the liquid for another 30 minutes at least. This works really well in the microwave.

K.bear


 Pounds lost: 20.0 
 
0
15
30
45
60


RPBURRJR
RPBURRJR's Photo SparkPoints: (5,523)
Fitness Minutes: (2,705)
Posts: 232
10/21/11 11:20 A

RPBURRJR's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Every so often I get a huge craving for everything bagels. Any suggestions for a good substitute for that?

Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.


 current weight: 360.0 
 
370
333.75
297.5
261.25
225


TRAVELINTRA
TRAVELINTRA's Photo SparkPoints: (162)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 7
10/17/11 10:42 P

TRAVELINTRA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I cut it in two (lengthwise) with a VERY sharp chef's knife, remove seeds and place cut side down in a glass pan with a tbsp of water, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 10-15 min, depending on the size. The outside should give to the touch, but not too soft. When I take it out of the microwave I let it cool for a few minutes and then shred it out with a fork. My daughter just puts a few knife slits in the squash and cooks it whole in the over for 30-45 minutes. It took me a few tries with my oven to get it right, but it sure is worth it! Good luck! It is also great with olive oil, tomato and fresh basil. Yum!



 current weight: 179.0 
 
179
172.5
166
159.5
153


MOMULDA
MOMULDA's Photo SparkPoints: (3,557)
Fitness Minutes: (1,490)
Posts: 5
10/17/11 6:16 P

MOMULDA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have tried to make spaghetti squash without success. Can anyone tell me a way to make it that will work?



 current weight: 197.0 
 
206
189.75
173.5
157.25
141


TRAVELINTRA
TRAVELINTRA's Photo SparkPoints: (162)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 7
10/15/11 3:36 P

TRAVELINTRA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I LOVE LOVE spaghetti squash and try to make it once or twice a week (even before dieting!) For me, the key is to combine the sauce (or olive oil) in with the spaghetti squash and heat it on the stove for a few minutes. It seems to make the squash taste more "spaghetti" like IMO. Plus, you can eat a generous portion for next to no calories/carbs.



 current weight: 179.0 
 
179
172.5
166
159.5
153


LUCYLADYBUG
Posts: 62
10/14/11 9:43 A

Reply
We use Dreamfields Pasta at our house. Only 5 net carbs per serving. There is absolutely no difference between it and "regular" pasta. So I can have my spaghetti / pasta salad / mac and cheese, etc. and it tastes no different and looks no different!!!!



 Pounds lost: 16.6 
 
0
19.15
38.3
57.45
76.6


MRSJOCCO
MRSJOCCO's Photo SparkPoints: (23,418)
Fitness Minutes: (10,936)
Posts: 1,550
10/5/11 10:27 P

MRSJOCCO's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Kelp noodles. www.kelpnoodles.com/products_seatangle_noo
dles.html


These are fresh and "squeaky." Best in soups and cold salads IMO.

You are worth it!


 July Minutes: 0
 
0
250
500
750
1000


MOMULDA
MOMULDA's Photo SparkPoints: (3,557)
Fitness Minutes: (1,490)
Posts: 5
10/3/11 2:10 P

MOMULDA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I couldn't find them either. They were in the refrigerated section of my grocery, where the cold stuff fin the fruit area.



 current weight: 197.0 
 
206
189.75
173.5
157.25
141


LAETU5
LAETU5's Photo Posts: 1,405
9/30/11 11:40 P

LAETU5's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I use zucchini squash sliced into really thin strips (I don't have one of those things that can make them into strings).

I'm going to give spaghetti squash another try when it comes into season this fall....I thought it was okay when I tried it but it was strangely crunchy (and didn't fool my husband at all).

for the salsa chicken you might be able to put it in a lettuce wrap...i used lettuce today instead of a taco shell and didn't miss the shell at all; in fact i think I was glad not to have it.

(I'm gearing up to ditch non-veggie non-milk carbs for a while)

Skeptic? Nonreligious? Freethinker? Join Team Fellowship of Freethought for secular support: teams.sparkpeople.com/freethoughtfit
ness


2.8 Inches Lost
 
0
2.5
5
7.5
10


TONEDTORI
TONEDTORI's Photo SparkPoints: (9,818)
Fitness Minutes: (19,605)
Posts: 464
9/24/11 8:52 P

TONEDTORI's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Liked the zuchinni recipe. thanks for the reference.
tori

I Pledge to forgive myself for the past & keep going no matter how many times I fall. I have the strength and self discipline. I will give my challenges to the Lord. I WILL HAVE A FRESH START EVERY DAY!!


 July Minutes: 0
 
0
250
500
750
1000


PSALM139WC1
PSALM139WC1's Photo SparkPoints: (685)
Fitness Minutes: (990)
Posts: 14
9/7/11 4:42 P

PSALM139WC1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
ooh! that sounds pretty darn delicious to me! Gonna have to try that! Never thought of that.



 current weight: 215.8 
 
217
204.5
192
179.5
167


PSALM139WC1
PSALM139WC1's Photo SparkPoints: (685)
Fitness Minutes: (990)
Posts: 14
9/7/11 4:41 P

PSALM139WC1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
For me, I opt to take in my carbs through things like beans, fruit, veg. I still eat rice and pasta, but very little and infrequently. I can choose something with a much higher nutritional value for the calories.

:)



 current weight: 215.8 
 
217
204.5
192
179.5
167


77TERRI
77TERRI's Photo Posts: 44
8/26/11 12:35 P

77TERRI's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A couple of hints - rinse the shiritaki noodles really well, to get rid of the seaweed smell. :) Then drain a few minutes.

The cauliflower works as a substitute for many dishes, but it needs to be nearly dry; try boiling it til tender, draining the water and turning off the stove, then put the cauliflower back on the hot eye and gently stir every minute or so until most of the water is evaporated.



 current weight: 185.0 
 
240
215.5
191
166.5
142


KDITTY
KDITTY's Photo Posts: 69
8/26/11 11:13 A

KDITTY's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I sometimes make Zucchini "Noodles." I can serve it with tomato sauce and twirl it around the fork - it almost makes me feel like I'm having pasta, but it's so much lighter and healthier! Here's the recipe: www.sicilean.com/2011/05/zucchini-ribbons-
with-lemon-vinaigrette.html

Enjoy emoticon

In good health,
Karen
www.sicilean.com/


MARYSABEAN
Posts: 687
8/19/11 6:33 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Some great suggestions. Thanks to all.



FELDTL
Posts: 97
8/17/11 9:04 A

FELDTL's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've used spagetti sqaush, and califlower but when you make a pasta dinner does anyone know any other no/low card alternatives???



 current weight: 144.0 
 
144
138
132
126
120


HOLISTICDETOXER
HOLISTICDETOXER's Photo SparkPoints: (32,314)
Fitness Minutes: (20,400)
Posts: 2,704
7/28/11 10:54 P

HOLISTICDETOXER's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've seen some recipes for cauliflower "rice" lately:

http://www.elanaspantry.com/cauliflower-rice/

Stats: Female, 5'4", 28 years old.

Goal: From 152 (07/24/2011) to 125 by December, 2011. DONE! December 4th weighed in at 124. In 2012 I've been maintaining around 122, which is a thirty pound loss. My BMI has gone from 26.1 to 20.9 since following the Spark plan!

* * I'm looking for Spark Friends - add me! * *


 current weight: 122.0 
 
152
144.5
137
129.5
122


BUSYMOMMABEAR
BUSYMOMMABEAR's Photo SparkPoints: (9,506)
Fitness Minutes: (5,048)
Posts: 568
7/28/11 7:26 P

BUSYMOMMABEAR's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yummy! The whipped cauliflower does sound delicious. I've never heard of the zucchini spaghetti idea. I'm definitely going to try it. Lot's of great ideas here!

emoticon

Christy

Christy

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11





 current weight: 290.0 
 
290
252.5
215
177.5
140


BELLAARADIA
BELLAARADIA's Photo SparkPoints: (10,035)
Fitness Minutes: (5,968)
Posts: 429
7/28/11 3:37 P

BELLAARADIA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Whipped Cauliflower sounds awesome!! I have to try that.



 Pounds lost: 21.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70


BELLAARADIA
BELLAARADIA's Photo SparkPoints: (10,035)
Fitness Minutes: (5,968)
Posts: 429
7/28/11 3:37 P

BELLAARADIA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi! I Make the same thing, and let me tell you it's DIVINE!!
I don't use breadcrumbs on my eggplant either. I use flour, and egg the outside, then bake to a crisp or lightly fry in olive oil!! Then I layer them like I would lasagne....amazing!! :)



 Pounds lost: 21.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70


WILDCATSLUVR
WILDCATSLUVR's Photo Posts: 51
7/18/11 8:53 P

WILDCATSLUVR's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I like to mix cabbage, spaghetti squash and zucchini ribbons for my pasta sauce. Yummy :)



 current weight: 269.0 
 
275
248.75
222.5
196.25
170


RUN_BAKE_BLOG
RUN_BAKE_BLOG's Photo Posts: 2,283
7/17/11 12:32 P

RUN_BAKE_BLOG's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I get mine at the local grocery store, they are in the produce department with the soy cheese and other meat alternative items. Whole foods carry them, as do Asian markets :-)

~My Healthy Lifestyle Blog ~
www.mindbodyandgoal.net


BLAIR1957
BLAIR1957's Photo Posts: 245
7/17/11 10:12 A

BLAIR1957's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Spaghetti squash!. Cut in half, de-seed and place halves cut sides down in a baking pan filled with a little water. Bake at 350 for about an hour. Take out the squash from the outer shell with a fork and place into a bowl. You will see why it is called spaghetti squash!! blessings on your day.

God's mercies are new every day! Lamentations 3:23


 current weight: 142.2 
 
181
169.5
158
146.5
135


SHELBSYD
SHELBSYD's Photo SparkPoints: (33,981)
Fitness Minutes: (37,817)
Posts: 1,466
7/17/11 10:08 A

SHELBSYD's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Where do you get Shirtaki noodles. I looked at three grocery stores and I can't find it!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2920
58183222

peanutbutterandpeppers.com/


 current weight: 7.0  over
 
10
5
0
-5
-10


RUN_BAKE_BLOG
RUN_BAKE_BLOG's Photo Posts: 2,283
7/15/11 11:28 P

RUN_BAKE_BLOG's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Shirataki Noodles and Quinoa are both great!
Go with the fettuccine shirataki (better for the texture)
And make sure to get the rinsed quinoa...It is SO yummy! I cook it right in my rice cooker with chicken stock instead of water.

~My Healthy Lifestyle Blog ~
www.mindbodyandgoal.net


MOM2MICKEY
SparkPoints: (168)
Fitness Minutes: (120)
Posts: 19
7/13/11 1:34 P

Send Private Message
Reply
A few favorites of mine:

Serve things on a bed of spinach

Serve things on cauliflower -- I used to mash it and do all sorts of things, but a lot of things like pulled pork taste great on just plain boiled cauliflower.

Shaved cauliflower instead of rice for fried rice (we try to do lower carb, but no low carb, so I usually do this 1/2 and 1/2 with brown rice and then add a lot of egg white, and frozen mixed veggies)

Portabella mushroom caps instead of pizza dough (this one is soooo much tastier than pizza dough, you won't go back ever)



SARAHMENDY
SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 2
7/6/11 10:46 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Spaghetti squash is really good for a substitute! So is quinoa in place of rice. Also eggless noodles are really good, and they are healthier for you! Another good sauce is creamy fetticchini made with skim milk, garlic, light cream cheese, flour, salt and pepper, found that one through weight watchers!



HAWKTHREE
HAWKTHREE's Photo SparkPoints: (22,532)
Fitness Minutes: (11,692)
Posts: 757
6/30/11 10:01 P

HAWKTHREE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Snoopy1960,
I love your cheese crisps ideas. I make them as well, but with sesame seeds or chia seeds or a combination. I was very surprised when I used the recipe calculator and found out each one only has 60 calories.

I hadn't thought of draping them to form cups.

I keep mine in the oven far longer than you do. I like mine very brown. I have a Silpat sheet and for some reason they take longer when baked on that.

Life needs balance


 current weight: 152.3 
 
162
157.75
153.5
149.25
145


HAWKTHREE
HAWKTHREE's Photo SparkPoints: (22,532)
Fitness Minutes: (11,692)
Posts: 757
6/30/11 9:57 P

HAWKTHREE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Demi,
I think you could use neufchatel instead of marscapone and achieve the same creaminess with far less fat and calories. Also cheaper

Life needs balance


 current weight: 152.3 
 
162
157.75
153.5
149.25
145


LIZMOODYMOM
SparkPoints: (418)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 58
6/30/11 1:58 P

Send Private Message
Reply
we are into low carb. One thing we do instead of pasta, is to use a carrot peeler on zuchini to make ribbons of zuchini. Take off the skin and don't use the seeds in the middle. It will take about two zuchinis to make enough for one person. Once you have your ribbons, saute them in some olive oil until soft. Then put pasta sauce over them. It's great!



PARKPIERCE
SparkPoints: (1,252)
Fitness Minutes: (1,946)
Posts: 3
6/29/11 3:48 P

PARKPIERCE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hulless barley (not pearled), you can find it at healthfood store. It is one of the lowest grains on the gycemic index. I takes 4x more water to cook. I just put it in my rice cooker. It gets to about the consistancy of rice and has a slightly nutty flavor. Great sub for rice or even hot cereal in the morning.



 current weight: 258.3 
 
258.3
231.225
204.15
177.075
150


HAWKTHREE
HAWKTHREE's Photo SparkPoints: (22,532)
Fitness Minutes: (11,692)
Posts: 757
6/28/11 12:20 P

HAWKTHREE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
JoyJoyM74
Thanks for posting about Whole Foods having Shirtaki noodles. I've been scanning my Asian markets for them.

Are they with the refrigerated foods or dried pasta or elsewhere?

Life needs balance


 current weight: 152.3 
 
162
157.75
153.5
149.25
145


SOOZERELLI
SOOZERELLI's Photo SparkPoints: (31,667)
Fitness Minutes: (43,877)
Posts: 429
6/26/11 11:36 P

SOOZERELLI's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
there is a good recipe (in my opinion) for a zucchini pizza bake...You can also "process" zucchini to make it into noodles or slice it thinly for a lasagna..



 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
2
4
6
8


WARMSPRINGDAY
WARMSPRINGDAY's Photo SparkPoints: (54,475)
Fitness Minutes: (39,291)
Posts: 4,895
6/24/11 1:03 P

Community Team Member

WARMSPRINGDAY's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I make a mean eggplant parmesan - basically substitute sliced eggplant for lasagne noodles.

I am a finisher!

WHATEVER IT TAKES!

I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. - Joyce Myers

I have a choice!

Co-Leader of Team "Lost a Loved One"
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=17111


I am doing a virtual walk across America
exercise.lbl.gov


 Pounds lost: 26.0 
 
0
34.25
68.5
102.75
137


DZSHESSICA
SparkPoints: (5,151)
Fitness Minutes: (4,358)
Posts: 20
6/23/11 9:38 P

DZSHESSICA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I love pasta sauce on spinach! Try it with some oregano and some fat free ricotta cheese!



 current weight: 153.0 
 
153
143.25
133.5
123.75
114


FAWNMEADOW
Posts: 1
6/17/11 7:52 P

FAWNMEADOW's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I tried my pasta sauce over spinach tonite and it was wonderful!



 current weight: 182.0 
 
182
170.25
158.5
146.75
135


JOYJOYM74
Posts: 38
6/14/11 10:50 A

JOYJOYM74's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Shirataki Noodles (WHole foods carries them). Note that these evoke strong opinions in people. Either love or hate - as they have a very different texture than regular pasta. But imho, if you rinse them thoroughly and try optionally boil them ever so slightly, they can be a reasonable occaisional substitute.



 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
6.4
12.8
19.2
25.6


JOSKATE
SparkPoints: (14,441)
Fitness Minutes: (19,940)
Posts: 157
6/14/11 2:54 A

JOSKATE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I use cooked carrots or acorn squash for my sauces. Tastes great with spaghetti sauce, chili, asian chicken stirfry, tofu curry... You name it!




 current weight: 150.0 
 
160
155
150
145
140


SLIM_DEMI
SparkPoints: (4,886)
Fitness Minutes: (8,644)
Posts: 19
6/12/11 12:44 P

SLIM_DEMI's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well, I made a nice steak dinner last night & used mashed steamed cauliflower with marscapone cheese, salt & pepper and it was abolutelu divine! I don't feel as full when I eat this instead of mashed potatoes-the all time favorite w steak. Also sautéed some zucchini "fries" in the same pan I used for the 6 oz sirloin & it too was just what my body needed.

Substitute salmon, tuna, turkey breast, etc. for the protien & just enjoy!!

Demi



 current weight: 175.0 
 
177
169.75
162.5
155.25
148


THEMEDI8OR
THEMEDI8OR's Photo SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (65)
Posts: 37
6/9/11 7:33 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I used to go to an Italian place that gave you the option to get your meals with steamed spinach instead of pasta. It was great!

Ah we're lonely, we're romantic and the cider's laced with acid
and the Holy Spirit's crying, "Where's the beef?"
And the moon is swimming naked and the summer night is fragrant
with a mighty expectation of relief.
-Leonard Cohen
"Closing Time"


 current weight: 175.0 
 
175
168.75
162.5
156.25
150


SUCESS65
SUCESS65's Photo Posts: 37
6/6/11 7:12 P

SUCESS65's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
thanks for all of these ideas emoticon

"It sounds cheesy, but nothing tastes as good as thin feels." Heather Hansen





 current weight: 176.8 
 
229
205.5
182
158.5
135


CHOOWY
CHOOWY's Photo Posts: 4,226
6/5/11 10:13 A

CHOOWY's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just discovered wild rice. It's higher in protein than brown rice.



 current weight: 130.0 
 
148
141.5
135
128.5
122


MISS-UNDERSTOOD
SparkPoints: (2,485)
Fitness Minutes: (5,202)
Posts: 8
6/3/11 6:20 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Didn't read through so I am sorry if these have been posted already

pasta:
thin slices of zuchhini
eggplant in lasagna (the eggplant takes on the flavour of whatever you cook it with)
spaghetti squash
nooodle (yes, three Os, http://www.nooodle.com/)

rice:
cauliflower cut into little bits for a base for curries, stir-fries, etc.

Hope that helped :)



SUNRISE14
SUNRISE14's Photo Posts: 5,216
4/3/11 6:28 A

SUNRISE14's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
How bad are romane noodles ?

The Lord is my strength and i know i can do better with the Lords help. The Lord laid it on my heart to start a team called GOD ANSWERS PRAYER AND I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ANYBODY THAT WANTS HELP TO LOSE THEIR WEIGHT TO JOIN . I KNOW I CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT THE LORDS HELP !


 Pounds lost: 22.9 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30


SNOOPY1960
SNOOPY1960's Photo Posts: 1,680
4/2/11 9:17 P

SNOOPY1960's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You can crush pork rinds and use them as "bread crumbs"
***********
Try to make cheese crisps !!

CHEESE CRISPS

1 cup grated hard cheese (such as Parmesean or Romano) - NOT the dried powdery stuff but REAL grated cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Toss cheese with any seasonings you'd like -- garlic powder (about half a teaspoon for a cup of cheese), hot pepper powder, even cinnamon. Or leave plain.

Pile 1 to 4 Tablespoons of cheese (depending on the size you want) on a baking sheet covered foil and sprayed with Pam

Flatten the tops so they are in more or less an even pile. There should be at least two inches between smaller mounds, 4 inches between larger ones.

Bake 5 to 6 minutes until they are a light golden brown (they will be a little darker at the edges).

It happens fast, so watch carefully.

If you want to mold them into a shape, you want to "drape" them while still warm. You can make cups over an upturned glass, or "taco shell" shapes by draping over any cylindrical object that is at hand (rolling pin, side of glass)
********

Use romaine lettuce leaves as "bread" when you make a sandwich.







TERRIAM
TERRIAM's Photo SparkPoints: (11,797)
Fitness Minutes: (11,052)
Posts: 170
4/2/11 6:00 P

TERRIAM's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
@Tammy: I love your zucchini recipe, thanks!
I also wanted to comment about the Dreamfield pasta. I did find it in a local market, but the Carbs on the box indicate 41 carbs per serving. It does have a teaser about only 5 carbs being 'digestible' but I am not sure what that means and am bothered by that, so I'll be skipping Dreamfield for now. I didn't find much info about 'net carbs' here on SP, so I did post a Message in the Diet and Nutrition board.. under 'Get Help Here'



 current weight: 140.0 
 
174
163
152
141
130


TAMMYC1970
TAMMYC1970's Photo Posts: 31
4/2/11 9:45 A

TAMMYC1970's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Have you ever tried zucchini noodle? I use them in all of my pasta dishes.

This recipe will make 2 servings
1 TBS pepper
2 TBS olive oil
4 med zucchini

80 Calories per serving

Peel zucchini. Use a potato peeler to slice zucchini into ribbons.
Heat skillet add oil sauté zucchini about 3 minutes
season with pepper

Edited by: TAMMYC1970 at: 4/2/2011 (09:49)

 current weight: 234.0 
 
257
230.25
203.5
176.75
150


TERRIAM
TERRIAM's Photo SparkPoints: (11,797)
Fitness Minutes: (11,052)
Posts: 170
4/1/11 9:31 A

TERRIAM's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the new suggestions!
@CCHELSEY6- I had forgotten about spaghetti squash and had always wanted to try it.
@EXENEC -I see Dreamfield Pasta is available at most of the local grocery stores, I'll check it out.
@POOKIE: the cauliflower recipes look great on that website,thanks!
@TAMMYOKHARA: You got me looking more closely at pork rinds, in fact the website that Pookie suggested had recipes that included pork rids.



 current weight: 140.0 
 
174
163
152
141
130


EXENEC
Posts: 5,617
3/31/11 7:27 A

EXENEC's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Have you tried Dreamfield's pasta? A serving (2 oz dry) has 5 net carbs and it tastes just as good as the regular stuff.

I enjoy my homemade marinara and turkey meatballs over steamed spinach.



 Pounds lost: 64.6 
 
0
20
40
60
80


CCHELSEY6
CCHELSEY6's Photo Posts: 42
3/30/11 3:02 P

CCHELSEY6's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Spaghetti squash or beans(lentils?)



 current weight: 160.0 
 
160
153.75
147.5
141.25
135


-POOKIE-
-POOKIE-'s Photo Posts: 11,848
3/28/11 5:58 A

-POOKIE-'s SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
genaw.com/lowcarb/

This site has recipes for cauliflower rice in the side dishes page... try that! And look round the rest, its great!

Edited by: -POOKIE- at: 3/28/2011 (05:59)


TAMMYOKAHARA
TAMMYOKAHARA's Photo Posts: 404
3/27/11 7:52 P

TAMMYOKAHARA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You can serve it over or with pork rinds.



 Pounds lost: 9.0 
 
0
22.5
45
67.5
90


TERRIAM
TERRIAM's Photo SparkPoints: (11,797)
Fitness Minutes: (11,052)
Posts: 170
3/27/11 2:15 P

TERRIAM's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have found some awesome Sparkrecipes- both oven & crockpot- for dinner entrees like pulled pork, cream cheese salsa chicken, etc...but am now looking for some new low carb alternatives to buns, rice or pasta.

I already pour my entree over boiled cabbage or whipped cauliflower, but I'm always looking for other alternates. I posted on the recipes & nutritional count for Whipped Cauliflower on the 'Secrets of Success' page, but here it is again:
Whipped Cauliflower: Take 1 head steamed cauliflower (florets only), whipped with 2 Tbl non-fat milk & 2 Tbl fat free cream cheese- makes 4 servings (1/2 cup) with 24 Cals, 0 fat, 3 carbs and 2.5 g protein per serving.
Anyone else have tips?



 current weight: 140.0 
 
174
163
152
141
130


 
Page: 1 of (1)   [ 1 ]
Search  

I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Report Innappropriate Post


Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=23524900

Review our Community Guidelines



 
Diet Resources: workouts with medicine ball | medicine ball drills | medicine ball training