Every time I go to Grocery Outlet, I’m amazed at the cool stuff we find to try. The other day, it was taco inspired hummus with some salsa on the side for a mere $1.50! I couldn’t believe my taste buds. Around here, we’re big fans of hummus since it dresses up just about any vegetable and offers a big protein punch. We made short work of the stuff, and I vowed to come up with a recipe so we could keep eating it.
Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas, but you can use other beans to create a wider variety of flavors. In this case, we used some pintos I had on hand from my perpetual habit of soaking wayyy too many beans for one meal. I always make those extras into some form of hummus-y goodness and cook them in a second crockpot: Continue reading Taco Flavored Hummus Recipe→
As a mom with four young children and a small farm, cooking is not high on my list of Things I Want to Waste Time Doing. As a result, most of our fare is basic and, with so many individual tastes, hopefully tasty.
Breakfast is probably the hardest meal of the day to stick to low carb options.In our traditional Western diet, carbs and breakfast seem to be inseparable.Biscuits and gravy, cereal, oatmeal, even toast; they all have too many carbs for typical low carb parameters.
How Many Carbs for a Low Carb Breakfast?
If you’re diabetic, your doctor will have made a specific carb plan for you.When I had gestational diabetes, my doctor’s goal was for me to stay under 20 carbs for breakfast.This can be a challenging number to hit, but our bodies process sugars differently earlier in the day and in terms of all day blood sugar control, breakfast is definitely the most important meal. Continue reading Common Sense Low Carb Breakfast Ideas→
I’m having a love affair with quinoa right now. It is quick cooking, delicious and extremely versatile. Last night, I put together this quinoa vegetable dish. You can take any old veggies you have hanging around and throw them in. It will turn out great, I promise. Continue reading Low Carb Quinoa Vegetable Dinner→
Lentils are a staple in our house. Though by themselves they are high in carbs, they make an excellent filler in a hearty winter soup. One cup of this vegetable soup has 26 grams of carbs. If you are aiming for 45 or less for dinner, you can even enjoy a nice slice of buttered bread to dip in the broth. Continue reading Low Carb Curry Vegetable Beef Soup→
This cabbage stir fry is what we had for dinner tonight and it was great, plus easy, the two requirements for grub in this house. I can’t say it looks all that appetizing, but trust me, it is.
Altogether, it takes about 10 minutes to make, between the cutting and frying. The veggies can all be substituted for whatever you like – the main part is the cabbage and protein, which can be eggs, chicken, pork or some other meat. Rabbit would make it a low carb low fat dinner and rabbit tastes great! Continue reading Low Carb Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe→
I have struggled with weight for years. When I got married, nearly 9 years ago, I started gaining and gaining. Altogether, I gained 45 pounds over the years. Between pregnancies and raising kids, my weight fluctuated wildly but I never saw that pre-marriage weight again.
My husband went to work out of state in August and I started eating better. Today, I stepped on the scale and I am finally back to my pre-marriage weight! Since he left, I have lost a total of 29 pounds now, and boy does it feel great. I was overweight then, too, but a lot less overweight. Now, it doesn’t seem like I have that far to go. Continue reading A Weight Loss Milestone Today→
Countless well-meaning people start diets or try to stop a bad habit, only to fail shortly after takeoff. The reasons for this are as varied as the people behind them, but how often is the excuse really valid?
I smoked for 13 years, watching my mother, uncle, grandma and grandpa all die from smoking. Despite that, it wasn’t until I thought of telling my firstborn I wouldn’t be around to see him grow old that I was finally able to kick the habit. When I started eating low carb, I weighed 202 pounds. Over the past few years, I’ve lost and gained, gained and lost and am on a losing streak (in a good way!) again right now, down to about 160. Through all this addiction — to sugar, to cigarettes — I gave myself all kinds of “good” excuses as to why I could keep going for just one more cupcake…one more cigarette. Continue reading What’s Your Excuse?→
Ugh, this is such a hard time of the year to stay on track with a low carb diet. In our house, we also have all three kids’ birthdays lumped up together this time of year, making it even more difficult to be good. It’s not even Christmas and I’m all carbed out!
One thing I’ve noticed, call it a blessing if you will, is that the longer you stay on a low carb diet, the less you even want to eat all that junk food. It makes it easier to say “no” when temptation hits, but it’s almost a loss to be mourned when you consider that most of us started out enjoying a lot of those favorite comfort foods.
It’s difficult to make good choices when most of the options at holiday parties are sweets and high carb foods, so here are some tips to help you make the most of your low carb diet during the holidays.