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Sep 20, 2007 10:22 AM

Low Carb Ideas???

I really need to do the low carb thing for a while. I'd love your ideas for some great low carb recipes. Help me get inspired!

I'll share one to start.

Low Carb Pancakes
4 oz. room temp cream cheese
4 eggs, separated

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks. Beat the egg yolks with the cream cheese. Gently fold the whites into the cream cheese mixture, lightening the batter gradually. Cook in a non stick pan with a bit of butter. Handle gently. These are like little souffles, but they look like perfect pancakes! A nice break from regular eggs when doing the low carb thing.

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  1. I did this a few years ago around this time, and here's what worked for me:

    Fall soups -- squash, pumpkin,etc. Creamy pureed -- delicious, and you can add some cream/half and half, even fat free half and half. Instead of serving with crunchy bread, maybe a few homemade croutons on top for a little crunch. Hey, you need at least a little, right?!

    Roasted vegetables and pan-cooked sausages (all sorts of cool ones from the deli).

    Tofu scrambles.

    Mashed cauliflower (this is a South Beach trick -- instead of mashed potatoes).
    Sauteed grape tomatoes with ricotta salata. Swiss chard with pistachio, cream cheese, red onion.

    Cole slaw or braised cabbage.

    Stuffed mushrooms (in the oven or grilled - no breadcrumbs).

    Asian chicken salads with peanut dressing and grilled chicken in an Asian marinade (rice wine etc). Peanut dressing optional -- mmmm.

    Cool dips/spreads with crunchy veggies. I like homemade hommus infused with all sorts of goodies like olives or sundried tomato. Other dips are great, too, like basil-blue cheese dip. Look here for some dip ideas:

    For a snack, good old-fashioned kosher dill pickles. I craved something of that deli nature, but chips, of course, were out of the question.

    The more variety and inspiration I found, the more I was able to stick to it. Good luck! :)

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    1. re: foxy fairy

      Thanks for are inspiring ideas! I like each and everyone!

      1. re: foxy fairy

        Not sure what kind of restriction you put on yourself for carbohydrates, but winter squashes (butternut, etc.) and beans (legume-type beans) have a decent amount of carbohydrate in them.

        Never done "low-carb"- but starchy vegetables, dairy (with the exception of cheese), and beans- these are all things that I've recognized as "sneaky" sources of carbohydrate for people with diabetes.

        1. re: 4Snisl

          HI there. I did the caveman or paleo diet and winter squashes were encouraged but beans were not. Leafy greens and fruit are carbo-licious, too. The idea is to reduce the highly refined carbs and minimize spikes in blood sugar. Paleo eating also frowns upon eating stuff of the agricultural revolution, such as dairy, grains, legumes and sugars. It worked for me, but I eventually returned to my wicked pasta-loving ways!

      2. Quick shrimp.

        Frozen shrimp with shells on, defrosted in water. Toss in a wok with:

        garlic, lemon and hot peppers
        garlic, ginger, mint and cilantro
        salt and pepper
        chili sauce (sirracha is best)
        anything you can wrap your mind around

        1. I found I did much better low-carbing when I didn't try much in the way of "trick" foods. One of the best things for me, though, was to make mashed cauliflower to go with steaks, roasted chicken, etc. The creamy consistency and a little sumpin' sumpin' as a foil to a sauce or gravy was invaluable.

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          1. re: weezycom

            That was my experience too Weezy. I lost a ton of weight after my last pregnancy but it stopped working once I started tooling around with recipes and tricks. If you really want to cut carbs, stick to what you know to be 100% carb free.

            1. re: weezycom

              Two votes for mashed cauliflower! Great idea. I make cauliflower soup. I saute until good and brown in olive oil, add garlic at the end so it cooks, but doesnt' burn, then puree with chicken stock! Rich, easy and delicious.

            2. One option I liked was using pasta sauces on chicken cutlets rather than on pasta.

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              1. re: MMRuth

                Pasta sauces on roasted veggies like green beans worked well for me.

                1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                  also use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons out of zucchini or summer squash instead of noodles. spaghetti squash is good here too.

                  hard winter squashes, beans and legumes are very high-carb. sorry.

              2. Here are three that we find very satisfying:

                Grilled breadless "Reubens": lighly grill a small mound of thin-sliced corned beef, flip, top with sauerkraut & swiss cheese, cover and cook until the cheese starts to melt.

                Make a meal of meatballs in tomato sauce with grated Parmesan, garlic-roased (or sauteed) green beans, and a salad.

                We just discovered eggplant roulade: make a stuffing of browned Italian sausage, chopped spinach, ricotta, and a stronger cheese (I like sharp provolone). Peel a medium egplant and slice thin lengthwise. Salt & pepper the slices and spray with oil spray. Brown them lightly, then wrap them around the stuffing. Set them seam-down in a baking dish with a little tomato sauce in it. More sauce and/or cheese over the top and bake. Extremely satisfying!

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                1. re: WNYamateur

                  I also make "lasagna' - using slices of grilled egg plant and zucchini (cut lengthwise).

                    1. re: scuzzo

                      Tomato sauce, eggplant, green beans, and cauliflower contain a fair amount of carbs (as do many vegetables). Makes me crazy when my husband goes low carb (he stays at 20 grams for the duration).

                      1. re: JazzyB

                        Tomatos are higher, but eggplant and cauliflower are still pretty low. Tomato sauce can be quite high. Maybe try this with fresh tomato slices instead of the sauce?

                  1. re: WNYamateur

                    I like the eggplant recipe! I'll try that.

                    I have made low carb "bread" before. It's not really like bread, but it does let you make a sandwich. Thaw and squish dry frozen spinich, and add just enough beaten egg to loosely bind. Cook on a jelly roll pan until set, cut into squares for sandwiches. Add salt, pepper, garlic, or other spices as desired. It ain't bread, but it does make an interesting sandwich!