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May 13, 2009 03:35 PM

Vegetarian Low Carb Main Dish Ideas?

No pasta, flour, potatoes, rice, etc. Looking for fun, creative ideas. Eggs and dairy are fine, especially egg!

Thanks in advance for your efforts!

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  1. Lettuce wraps made with tofu instead of chicken; any sort of veggie-added frittata; large zucchini split lengthwise, seeded and stuffed with ricotta/mozz mixed and a variety of peppers, onions, pine nuts, parsley, basil & oregano; spaghetti squash made into - duh! - spaghetti with a basic marinara and some good parm; roasted eggplant with a tahini-lemon sauce.

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    1. Stuffed cabbage (and some sturdier lettuce leaves, like Romaine), filled with shredded cabbage, carrots, onions, water chestnuts for crunch, zucchini, mushrooms. For protein, mix in cooked quinoa. I know quinoa has carbs, but it's a complete protein, and definitely not in the same league with white flour or white rice.

      Are you totally not interested in lentils and/or beans?

      1. Virtually no carbs, like Atkins or just lower barbs?

        1. Yea, low carb, like Atkins...

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          1. re: scuzzo

            -Sauteed greens with sesame oil, celery and soy
            -Very thinly made "omelettes" can be used as wraps and stuffed
            -Spaghetti squash in place of pasta. Go SUPER easy on any marinara.
            -Boca Grillers have one net carb each, as do Quorn Grilled Chicken. I ate these constantly when I did Atkins, especially to bulk up stir fries. Also used them with egg salad lettuce wraps.

            Be aware that a lot of the previous recipes call for things like carrots, onions and tomatoes, which aren't really allowed if you're going to do Atkins.

          2. Cheesecake 17's spinach jibin Ths is truly just as good warm out of the oven, cold out of the fridge, or reheated. Also really good with sauteed mushrooms added although it doesn't need it.

            Ina Garten's Eggplant Gratin. I ue a good-sized eggplant and double evrything else. Also, I brush the sliced eggplant with a little olive oil and broil on a cookie sheet -- MUCH easier than sauteeing. Easy and delicious -- friends and family go nuts over this.

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            1. re: GretchenS

              Those are both great! I've made "spinach bread" by adding beaten egg to squeezed out frozen spinach and baked gently in a jelly roll pan to create slabs that can be used like bread to make a sandwich. I liked this a lot, and obviously can be jazzed up a lot.

              1. re: scuzzo

                A minor variation on this are the once-ubiquitous "spinach squares": spinach, eggs, cottage cheese, possibly also feta or shredded cheese, with spices (often nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper). We used to sprinkle wheat germ on the top before baking, but that could be skipped if you're avoiding the carbs...