Friday, June 2, 2017

19 low carb meals you can (almost) make without a recipe

I’m always looking for easy, low stress recipes to help me stay on track.  Even though I love to cook, sometimes I just wanna eat! Sound familiar?  Well, I decided to make a post with all my favorite “no recipe” meals so I would have them all in one place.  Most of these recipes require pretty basic ingredients.  Check them out and add to your grocery list the items you don’t normally keep on hand.  Then you can tackle the week with fork in hand and low carb confidence ~(insert picture of yourself on a mountain top looking superhero-like).

1.Patty Melt Wraps- cook up a pan of cheeseburgers and wrap them in lettuce leaves instead of buns.

2.Grilled Chicken Salad- grill chicken tenders and add to salad bowl of lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, low carb dressing.  Top with a few avocado chunks if desired.

3.Baked Fish and Oriental Salad- season fish filets with old bay seasoning and bake at 400 degrees until cooked -about 20 minutes.

 Add low carb Asian dressing to a bag of slaw mix- toss in a few roasted chopped peanuts and toasted crushed ramen noodles for crunch as desired.

4.Zoodles and Meatsauce- brown ground beef or ground turkey and add low carb spaghetti sauce or a can or seasoned tomatoes.  Serve over a bed of zucchini noodles.  Top with parmesan cheese as desired.

5.Flatbread Pizza- start with a low carb flatbread or tortilla and add leftover chopped meats, chopped veggies, olives and cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees until cheese melts.

6.Veggie Omelet- coat a skillet with olive oil and saute veggies such as peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach.  When veggies are tender remove and add a few slightly beaten eggs and cook until set.  Top with veggies and cheese as desired.

7.Chef’s Salad- add chopped turkey, ham, bacon, cheese to your lettuce and tomato salad.

8.Grilled Steak & Veggie Platter- grill your favorite cut of steak alongside veggies like onions, peppers, squash, zucchini, etc.

9.BLT Wraps- Crispy bacon and sliced tomatoes rolled up in a large lettuce leaf. (Add mayo as desired.)

10.Egg Roll Bowl- lightly coat a wok with oil and heat ground pork or sausage until fully cooked.  Remove and drain excess fat from wok.  Add a bag of slaw mix to wok and sprinkle with soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil (as desired).  Cook until slightly wilted then add meat back to slaw mix and toss.

11.Kabobs- thread skewers with chunks of your favorite meat and veggies.  Season with salt and pepper or brush on your favorite low carb marinade.  Grill until meat is cooked.  (Check temp with thermometer.)

12.Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake- lightly coat an oven proof skillet with oil and cook just until chicken tenders are brown- (tenders will finish cooking in oven). Arrange tenders in skillet and top with a smear of cream cheese, some diced ham and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Bake at 375 degrees until chicken is fully cooked about 15-20 minutes.  Serve with a salad or steamed veggie.

13.Baked Eggs in Ham Cups- line muffin cups with a ham slice. Drop an egg in and bake at 400 degrees until egg is cooked- about 15-20 minutes.

14.Fajitas in a Flash- place chopped peppers, onions and chicken tenders in a baking pan. Sprinkle with fajita spices and a dash of olive oil and bake at 400 degrees until chicken is fully cooked and veggies are tender- about 30-35 minutes.

15.Herbed Chicken and Veggie Bake- Add chicken pieces to a baking pan and sprinkle with your favorite herbs, add veggies like carrots, peppers,etc and bake at 375 degrees until chicken is fully cooked- about 45 minutes.

16.Philly Cheesesteak Bowl- Add 1-2 teaspoons olive oil to skillet and saute chopped peppers and onions with ground beef or thin sliced leftover steak until veggies are tender.  Sprinkle with worcestershire sauce and top with your favorite white cheese.

 17.Chicken Salad (make your own or check label for carbs if prepared)- serve in lettuce cups or on sliced cucumbers.

18.Stuffed Mushroom Pizzas- stuff portabello mushrooms with low carb tomato sauce, cooked sausage, pepperoni, cheese. Place in 350 degree oven and bake until mushroom is tender- about 15-20 minutes.

19.Taco Salad Bowl- brown and crumble ground beef and sprinkle with cumin and chili powder or taco seasoning mix as desired. In large salad bowls,  layer lettuce, tomatoes, meat, cheese, avocado, sour cream, low carb salsa. Crisp a low carb tortilla in the oven and cut into strips- add a few strips to each salad if desired.

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