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Old 06-15-2020, 12:19 PM
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Great ideas here to try !
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Old 06-16-2020, 05:43 AM
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Some of the changes I've had to make are because I can't be trusted to eat my proper portion size, and trust me, a half cup or so of cooked rice is not a serving as far as I'm concerned! I'm better off just not having any than setting off the desire. I've been doing a lot of these eating changes for a number of years and I still crave my bad-to-me foods as much as I ever did, so I just don't bring it in the house.

Our local Franz bakery makes a Keto suitable bread that has made a nice addition to our life. While yes, still expensive compared to regular bread, for us it is easily bought at Costco and not too bad. Sandwiches are nice after 5 years or so without! For me, one tortilla is all that is allowed at a time, corn or flour. And that's the small size or two of the little street taco size - no big extra thick burrito wraps. There are also the thin buns that were all the rage a few years ago, still available nowadays even if you have to look a bit.

I mentioned in the other post about the prepared vegies and how because I am inherently cheap I didn't used to get them but now I do...

Last night we had some pork cut into strips, I "dry season" (basically add my spices to the raw meat and let sit a bit, last night was basically fajita seasonings), and I used the package of precut bell pepper strips along with an onion. First I browned the meat (it was super lean pork loin) in a little oil, then took it out and did the peppers in the same pan.

My hubby is keeping detailed records of his eating, along with getting doctor visits and dexa scans and stuff. So he is still tracking his break down of carbs/fats and such and actually weighs things. I would typically put everything back together for the final cook, but he prefers to weigh it out separately. So then I slip out the onions and peppers and finish/warm back up the pork and serve while both are hot.

I really like grilled peppers and onions, about zero carbs and just watch how much oil you use. Heat pan, then oil, then add ground pepper, garlic, sliced onions. You don't want pan so hot to burn the garlic, for me that's about 3/4ths around the dial not full heat. When the onions are about half cooked, add the peppers. Or at least that's how I do it.

Tonight we are having the zoodles (zucchini "noodle" strings). A friend of his at work said he bought a shoulder of beef, and would we like the fat trimmings. We said sure, expecting like a 2" fat cap to render down, but got what I would call "meat trimmings" the sort you need to add fat to in order to make sausage... I chopped it down into little bits, browned and then simmered into some lovely meat for chili or something like that. Poured off the cooking liquid cooled overnight, and removed the minimal layer of fat yesterday. Hubby suggested I turn it into stroganoff (we even happen to have sufficient sour cream in the fridge) and we will have that over the zoodles tonight.

It's sold out from Costco now, but a real favorite of ours in low-carb eating is Ground Lupin. I have a thread here on it.
https://www.quiltingboard.com/recipe...n-t309223.html
Lupin (related to the blue flowers) is awesome stuff!
https://carringtonfarms.com/about-lupin/


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Old 06-16-2020, 06:42 AM
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Some of the changes I've had to make are because I can't be trusted to eat my proper portion size, and trust me, a half cup or so of cooked rice is not a serving as far as I'm concerned! I'm better off just not having any than setting off the desire. I've been doing a lot of these eating changes for a number of years and I still crave my bad-to-me foods as much as I ever did, so I just don't bring it in the house.

Our local Franz bakery makes a Keto suitable bread that has made a nice addition to our life. While yes, still expensive compared to regular bread, for us it is easily bought at Costco and not too bad. Sandwiches are nice after 5 years or so without! For me, one tortilla is all that is allowed at a time, corn or flour. And that's the small size or two of the little street taco size - no big extra thick burrito wraps. There are also the thin buns that were all the rage a few years ago, still available nowadays even if you have to look a bit.

I mentioned in the other post about the prepared vegies and how because I am inherently cheap I didn't used to get them but now I do...

Last night we had some pork cut into strips, I "dry season" (basically add my spices to the raw meat and let sit a bit, last night was basically fajita seasonings), and I used the package of precut bell pepper strips along with an onion. First I browned the meat (it was super lean pork loin) in a little oil, then took it out and did the peppers in the same pan.

My hubby is keeping detailed records of his eating, along with getting doctor visits and dexa scans and stuff. So he is still tracking his break down of carbs/fats and such and actually weighs things. I would typically put everything back together for the final cook, but he prefers to weigh it out separately. So then I slip out the onions and peppers and finish/warm back up the pork and serve while both are hot.

I really like grilled peppers and onions, about zero carbs and just watch how much oil you use. Heat pan, then oil, then add ground pepper, garlic, sliced onions. You don't want pan so hot to burn the garlic, for me that's about 3/4ths around the dial not full heat. When the onions are about half cooked, add the peppers. Or at least that's how I do it.

Tonight we are having the zoodles (zucchini "noodle" strings). A friend of his at work said he bought a shoulder of beef, and would we like the fat trimmings. We said sure, expecting like a 2" fat cap to render down, but got what I would call "meat trimmings" the sort you need to add fat to in order to make sausage... I chopped it down into little bits, browned and then simmered into some lovely meat for chili or something like that. Poured off the cooking liquid cooled overnight, and removed the minimal layer of fat yesterday. Hubby suggested I turn it into stroganoff (we even happen to have sufficient sour cream in the fridge) and we will have that over the zoodles tonight.

It's sold out from Costco now, but a real favorite of ours in low-carb eating is Ground Lupin. I have a thread here on it.
https://www.quiltingboard.com/recipe...n-t309223.html
Lupin (related to the blue flowers) is awesome stuff!
https://carringtonfarms.com/about-lupin/
Will try this “new to me” lupin.
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Old 06-16-2020, 06:57 AM
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We are being a bit stingier as we are down to our last bag, but typically we use the lupin several times a week in one form or another. Sometimes hubby makes a dessert/oatmeal sort of version with a little more water than the package directions and mixes in his daily nut butter and piece of dark chocolate and calls it "his frosting".

Not sure if I mentioned the "keto stuffing" in the other thread, first you make the microwave version of the lupin. While it is cooking, you chop up some celery and onions and your basic parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme and cook until the onions are translucent. If you want to add sausage/seasoned meat of whatever variety (pork, turkey), cook that up too. Probably first in the pan that you then cook the onions in. Mix up everything -- you can roast in the oven a bit with a light sprinkle of the lupin for a crust. I usually call it good enough, but if we have some nuts around (we usually do) I like a bit chopped for a little texture.

Gravy is actually a pretty good way to get a lot of mileage out of a few carbs -- the secret is to serve it over something like green beans or fish, and not over potatoes.

I think when you are first transitioning to healthier forms of eating, some of us are really missing some particular mouth feel. It gets better, but yeah, I'd still rather have noodles and egg noodles at that instead of zoodles... but zoodles aren't so bad. I have gone from being managed by metformin to put on insulin and now am largely diet controlled. I have to keep in mind I have greater issues and desires than mouth feel.

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Old 06-16-2020, 08:23 AM
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If you like celery, celery and apple salad. You can use mayo in it or Miracle Whip. I have been known to add walnuts or pecans and 1/4 cup of dried celery. I use about 4 stalks of celery, cut into bite size pieces, one apple, cored and cut into small chunks. I don't personally like mayo, so use Miracle Whip Light - two tablespoons.
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Old 06-21-2020, 04:04 PM
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This is an appetizer more than a side really. Look for Shishito Peppers in the veggie section. They usually come in a plastic bag. Heat up some canola oil in a cast iron, frying pan and add the peppers, stems and all. Cook them over a high heat until they start to blister and brown. Remove them from heat and place them in a bowl, toss them with sea salt and maybe a little sesame oil. Serve them with a bit of Ranch dressing for dipping. Really good!

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