These recipes and food swaps will help you feel satisfied when you are craving your favorite dishes, but can’t have them as they usually come because of their carb content.
Cheese Burger And Fries
Who doesn’t love a delicious and juicy cheeseburger and fries? The problem is that when you add up the carbs from the potato and the bun, it’s not a very safe option. Luckily, with just a few tweaks you can still enjoy this tasty treat.
The first swap is to get rid of the potatoes and go for a lower carb fry instead. Kohlrabi can work really well, as long as you season it well and cut it really thin so it can get crispy in the oven. The quickest way to do this is to use a mandoline, a gadget that can help you get really thin, straight pieces perfect for fries. If you need to invest in one of these for this meal to be a success, I say go for it. You can even look at articles like this buyer’s guide to mandoline slicers to find out which one to buy. Just think of it as an investment in your low carb lifestyle.
For the seasoning use garlic salt, smoked paprika, and a little chili powder for a kick. Toss the kohlrabi in this mix and a little oil and then lay out on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 mins or until crispy.
In the meantime, you can work on the burgers. To make sure they are truly low carb it is best if you make the burgers yourself and then you know no bread or filler has gone into them. Use steak mince with a decent amount of fat as this is what gives your burger a good flavor. Season simply with salt and pepper and then shape into patties. Grill these in a pan and serve with cheese, tomatoes, and in between two baked field mushrooms instead of the traditional bun, or wrap them in lettuce.
Lasagna is such an amazing dish, it breaks my heart to think that all those low-carbers out there having to skip this meal because of all the pasta. However, with an easy tweak, you can make your own delicious language and still keep it low carb.
The trick is to use long strips of vegetables like zucchini or aubergine instead of the pasta sheets. So you dish will be constructed from veg, meat sauce, veg, meat sauce, veg and then cheese sauce on top. Another great idea is to use fresh spinach leaves in place of the pasta!
Also wherever possible, make your own sauce and cheesy top as then you can be sure that no extra sugars or carbs are creeping in there that you don’t want. Add diced carrot to the sauce too, if you like it sweet, as these are perfectly acceptable on a low carb diet but melt down in the sauce and give it a delicious flavor.
Remember too if you are really craving a true pasta hit you can get low carb varieties now that are made from things like black beans, ingredients are much better for you than the traditional stuff. Allowing you to eat your favorite dishes without compromising your low carb lifestyle.