The low-carb lifestyle can take a bit of adapting to for those who are used to making potatoes, rice and pasta the cornerstone of a meal. Some people worry that low-carb meals will lack variety and not be filling enough. This could not be further from the truth. Low-carb meals can be not only satisfying, but versatile. You may be surprised to find out you don't even miss the starchy side dishes.
Quiches can have very few carbs, depending on what you put into them. The trick is to make them without crust, and fill them with meats and low-carb veggies.
A basic quiche recipe is to whisk 6 eggs with 1/3 cup of cream or half and half and 1/4 cup of water. Spray a pie pan or casserole dish well with a non-stick cooking spray. Choose your favourite combination of fillings and seasonings, cooked in advance, then spread them on the bottom of the pan. Pour the eggs over the top. Bake it at 176 degrees Cor 30 to 40 minutes, until the top of the quiche begins to brown. Remove it from the oven and allow it to set for about 15 minutes before serving. They're also great served cold as leftovers for lunch.
The filling possibilities are endless. Just be certain to cook any raw meats or vegetables first to prepare them for the quiche. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-cooked meat or vegetables. Try mixing stir-fried, roasted or steamed vegetables with crumbled bacon or leftover chicken or ham cut into bite-size pieces. Add some grated cheese to the mixture.
You don't have to give up pizza to be on a low-carb diet. Make these fast and easy personal pizzas on low-carb tortillas for some very satisfying comfort food. Just put a tortilla on a baking tray that you've sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray. Add sauce, cheese and toppings and bake at 204 degrees C until the cheese melts.
If you want to go even more low-carb, skip the tortilla. Instead, spray a non-stick cooking pan liberally with non-stick spray. Sprinkle the cheese directly into the pan to coat the bottom and place the pan on the hob over medium heat. Drizzle your pizza sauce on it and add toppings.
Use a spatula to lift the edges of the cheese. Keep a watch on it. When the cheese browns and forms a crust on the bottom, it will begin to lift in one piece. Slide a spatula in to loosen it from the pan and slide it out on a plate. Cut it into pie wedges and enjoy a crustless pizza.
Pot roast can be a rib-sticking meal without the starchy sauces or vegetables. Sauté some onions, bell peppers, and garlic in a pan. Add a cup of beef broth and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar. Simmer until the liquid reduces by half.
On a 1½- to 2-pound chuck roast, sprinkle your favourite seasonings, such as cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Sear it in a hot pan, two minutes on each side. Combine the roast with the sauce, onions and peppers in a baking dish and cover it with aluminium foil.
Put it into a 250-degree oven to braise for 1½ hours. Pull back the foil and add some mixed low-carb veggies, such as green beans, squash, asparagus, broccoli or cauliflower. Replace the foil and bake for another 30 to 60 minutes until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 68.3 degrees C.
Take it out and let it rest for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.