#foodiefriday ~~ Why cut carbs?

 

This time of year there is always a lot of hype over diets. Well, now days its all the time. You can barely watch tv without a diet commercial with some star claiming they lost a bunch of weight. Trouble is a year later you see them heavy again after their contract seems to be over. I have tried Weight Watchers but never got big results. I stayed hungry and miserable. I do like a lot of their recipes and incorporate them in meal plans a lot. I haven’tt tried the ones where you buy their foods and eat only that.

Low carb has always worked better for me. I am a meat eater and can easily give up breads and sweets. There are no carb where you completely give up anything but protein and vegetables, the there are low-carb or diabetic diets too.  Low carb doesn’t always mean no carb.

We need some forms of carbs to get energy. We can get that from carbs in fruit, and slower burning carbs such as whole grains.  Our bodies need the fiber.

Last week i talked about ancient grains and was asked a good question. Are they low in carbs. I decided to look and see.

Quinoa is said to be good for a low carb diet as a few other whole grains. But if following a plan like atkins or south beach it i s in the later stages.  On Paleo ancient grians are permitted.

Here is an interesting article I found http://www.livestrong.com/article/260060-the-best-grains-on-a-low-carb-diet/

I have Hypoglycemia… that means my sugar tends to run low causing energy sapping me leaving me feeling tired a lot.  I need to add some good for me carbs like grains and eat them with a protein to keep my body in balance.

Whole grains don’t have to be scary. Add barely to some soup, Chia to just about anything,http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/chia-seeds

The recipe for chia pudding is at the end of the article. I have to admit I haven’t quite come to terms with the texture of chia in my smoothies.

Back to Carb counts and whole grains.  Quinoa nets about 17 grams per 1/2 cup  but  packs a nutrient punch and a high ratio of plant-based protein.. if you are on a plan that has 30 grams or more  you can get by with a serving  or perhaps cut the serving in half.

So the answer is it depends on the phase you are in and the particular diet. These grains are higher in fiber which can be deducted as well.

I have found cool recipe doe pizza using cauliflower. I have nto tried it but thought I would share since I do love cauliflower.  I do like it riced as a side dish and roasted with differnet seasonings.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/katie-lee/cauliflower-pizza-crust.html

 

I think some cooked chicken or bacon or italian sausage on this would be good.

This week I am back to endurance  with my personal trainer and  adding 15 mnutes a dy to my tread mill. so far I havent lost any weight and its frustrating. I will lose four pounds then put them back on.  Oh well I will perservere and hope eventually the weight will come off or at least some inches.

Do you have a favortie lowcarb trick or tip?

No Turkey left behind

Romance on the menu spring 2015

Thanksgiving is now behind us with Christmas or whichever holiday in December you celebrate looming in front of us. If  like most of us you had a little too much food left over.  I had very little ham since the next day all the kids wanted ham sandwiches for lunch.  I use everything even the ham bone so I tossed that in a pot of beans. The ham salad i wanted did not come to pass…maybe after Christmas.

I did have a lot of turkey and stuffing left and some mashed potatoes.  Mom always made us croquettes with the leftovers and since i was doing traditional this year I thought  I would too. None of my grandkids had ever heard of it. I served that with my beans and leftover cranberry relish.

here is my recipe

2 cups dressing (or stuffing)

2 cups of mashed potatoes

3 cups of chopped leftover turkey(I used up my dark meat for this)

2 eggs

I cup of panko or regular bread crumbs( I like the panko for the extra crunch)

oil for frying ( I used my deep fryer)

Mix first 3 ingredients into a dough roll into 24 ( or more balls or oblongs)

roll in egg then breadcrumbs drop into fryer. do not overcrowd drain on paper towels.  I took my jellied cranberry sauce melted it in the microwave for a sauce you can serve with leftover gravy as well. The grandkids loved them and the few leftover( that was supposed to be my lunch the next day the oldest and her friends devoured for breakfast .

For the breast, I was planning a shepherd’s pie or  tetrazzini  but I didn’t have much left so I ground  it added  a boiled egg, some onion, celery and had a small bowl of turkey salad. Not as good as the  ham salad I wanted but  good none the less. I wiped my fridge in one day of the leftovers.

Did you have a lot of leftovers?  Do you have any recipes you make with them?

 

 

 

 

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