Low Carb Dinner Ideas

Thin Crust PizzaBeing on a low carb diet doesn't mean you have to miss out on delicious foods.  You can easily flavor-punch your regular recipes without the extra carbs.

Favorite Chicken Recipes

Bring back your favorite chicken recipes with a new, carb-friendly taste.  Instead of bread or pasta side dishes, cook the side dishes with the chicken.  Not only will you have a flavorful mix of tastes, but all-in-one dinner recipes take less time and work.

Chicken Classics:

Greek Yogurt Chicken
Sesame Chicken with Broccoli
Grilled Chicken with Creamy Herb Sauce
Chicken Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms
Spicy Chicken and Pumpkin Stew
Chicken Provencal

Exotic Flavors:

Chicken Santa Fe
Moroccan Chicken
Sri Lanka Kukul Mus Thakkali
Malay-Style Chicken Stew
Cider Chicken (Coq Au Cidre)
Chicken a La Sabra
Moghlai Chicken

Place a whole chicken, or chicken drumsticks to avoid cleaning and extra preparation time inside am oven cooking bag.  Load with your favorite vegetables and spices.  Close the bag and cook the chicken until golden brown.  The bag does an excellent job at sealing in flavor, not to mention the added benefit of virtually eliminating oven messes.

Spicy Recipes

Spice it up.  Other than the obvious benefit of adding flavor, foods that are on the spicy side tend to be more satiating, and can make sticking to a low-carb diet just a little easier.

Recipes with Spice:

Spicy Spinach
Korean Kimchi
Spicy Bean Goulash
Spicy Tomatillo Shrimp
Spicy Manhattan Fish Chowder
Hot and Spicy Recipes

There are three basic spices that can turn most average meals into mouth-watering feasts.  Sweet or spicy paprika, turmeric powder and ground cardamom seeds are must-have spices for any kitchen.  Turmeric and cardamom are common in Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, and bring an exotic flavor to dishes from chicken to rice to a broad spectrum of soups.

Crock Pot and Slow Cooker

Slow cooking is a time-tested method for preparing delicious meals.  Purchasing a Crock-Pot or other slow cooker may be a great idea, but even stove top cooking at low temperatures allow foods to gain a special kind of flavor.  Many slow-cooking recipes are the throw-it-all-in-the-pot kind, and minimize cleaning time. 

Slow Cooker Recipes:

Crock-Pot Hunter's Chicken
Crock Pot ans Slow Cooker Recipes
Spareribs - Cabbage 'N Kraut
Pollo Euscaro (Basque Chicken)
Split Pea Soup

Hamin is an ancient slow-cooking recipe that can be prepared in many variations.  The key ingredients usually include beef cuts suitable for slow-cooking, chick peas, tomato paste, eggs (in their shells), onions, garlic, salt and the three previously mentioned spices.  Meat is sautéed at the onset to seal its flavor, then all is placed in the pot and cooked for as long as 12 hours.

About Low Carb Diets

Low carb diets involve cutting out simple carbohydrates, and cutting out extra carbohydrates in general.  Intakes of protein, healthy fat and nutritious, low-carb produce such as lean green vegetables are increased.

Featured Recipes:

Asparagus Guacamole
Louisiana Stuffed Oranges
Spinach (Korean Sigumchi Namul)
Cabbage-Filled Peppers
Barbeque-Style Pork Steaks
Lamb Patties Moroccan Style with Harissa Sauce
Grilled Peking Duck

Whether you go by the Atkins diet or by the South Beach plan, your dining experience does not have to suffer.  There are plenty alternatives to sugar and breads to put together mouth-watering meals.  Follow the easy steps above to modify your favorite recipes and add new flavor to your dinner table.

Tweeking High-Carb Recipes

Depending on your dietary needs, you may not have to cut out carbs completely.  Crusts form the base of many recipes including quiches, pizzas, casseroles and pies.  Try replacing white flour with a whole grain version, and leave out the sugar altogether.  

When craving pizza, opt for a thin crust to minimize carb intake.  Instead, add an extra dose of vegetable toppings and Italian spices such as oregano or basil.  Some recipes, such as quiches, may be prepared without the crust.  The result may not hold together as well as it would with the crust included, but you should not taste a big difference in the taste of the filling.

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