Cooking meals with low carb food for people on the go often has its challenges. Do you find it difficult to find appetizing and economical snack options? Are you on a tight budget and can't afford special prepackaged foods?
If you answered yes to those 2 questions, then you could be like me, the type of person that gets bored easily with the same old food.
One thing that makes low carb snacking and meal preparation hard is finding ingredients that are appetizing and will not leave you bored after a few days.
Low carb dieters need to be creative with their food choices. It is easy to focus on what foods are not allowed, (which is a lot), and may cause most people to be discouraged.
However, there are many quick meal and snack possibilities right in front of our eyes if we just think about them creatively.
Certain foods are suitable for snacking and also as the basis for a hearty meal. For instance take chicken.
Chicken breast can be grilled and eaten with various low-starch, high-fiber vegetables for a nutritious dinner.
Sliced cold chicken breast can also make an appetizing snack on the run. Here are some ideas for quick meals and snacks on the go.
Make sure that your selections are compatible with the low carb plan of your choice and that they are allowed at your stage in the plan. You can eat these foods alone as snacks or as part of your main course:
APPETIZERS & SNACKS
TASTY TOMATO TREAT
Place the ice cube tray in the freezer to set and make lemon-flavored ice cubes. Combine all other ingredients in a pitcher. Stir and serve over lemon ice cubes.
WHIPPED JELLO TREAT
Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Pour into mixing bowl.
Add ice cubes and stir until ingredients thicken. Remove any pieces of ice cube remaining. Mix in whipped cream and stir briskly until smooth texture. Spoon out into serving dishes. Garnish with your favorite nuts on top.
In a mixing bowl, combine: cinnamon, brown sugar and margarine. Pour over roasted pecans. Placed pecans on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes on each side, turning once.
EASY MUSHROOM AND ASPARAGUS OMLETTE
Spray small skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Lightly whip (by hand is fine) eggs and water.
Pour egg/water mix into skillet. When top is firm, spoon asparagus, mushrooms and cheese onto half the omlette. Fold over other half. Serve.
BROCCOLI WITH CHEESE AND GARLIC
Steam broccoli in 2 inches of water for 2 minutes. Drain. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat, swirling to coat bottom of skillet. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 1 minute).
Add broccoli and sauté for about 4 minutes, stirring often. Remove skillet from heat. Sprinkle cheese over broccoli. Lightly toss.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, mix all ingredients EXCEPT the oil together well. Make about 12 meatballs from the mixture.
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat and brown meatballs. Transfer skillet (or place meatballs on cookie or baking sheet) and bake in oven for 15 minutes or until completely cooked.
Brown beef and drain. Reduce heat to low. Add the rest of the ingredients. Slowly cook for about 10 minutes and serve on (whole wheat or multi-grain) buns or lettuce leaves.
Make stuffing by combining mushrooms, garlic pepper and marjoram in skillet sprayed with nonfat cooking spray. Finish when mushrooms are soft end tender.
Make slit in chicken pieces so that a pocket is created. Stuff with stuffing you just made and sprinkle inside pocket with cheese. (If you like, secure closed with toothpicks).
Brown chicken on both sides in skillet, cooking in oil. Add broth. Cook over medium- to low-heat until chicken is no longer pink inside. Serve with broth poured over chicken.
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