Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Very Low Carb - Day 1 Plus Menu and Recipes

Day 1 of low carb has been great so far. I went to Walmart this morning and purchased everything that I need. Check out all of my goodies below.

2 bags of frozen Broccoli and Cauliflower mix, 2 bags of Cauliflower and 1 bag of pepper and onion strips

4 1/2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts, 5.5 pounds of 93/7 hamburger, Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage patties, precooked bacon, three sirloin steaks (not pictured)
and fat free beef franks.

Coffee, thin sliced almonds, 2 Fugi apples, egg beaters, a head of cabbage, a head of lettuce, bag of coleslaw mix, 1 red onion, pineapple salsa, sour cream, mini dill pickles, chili sauce, Light Asian dressing, disionaise, sugar free chocolate pudding, feta cheese, 2% shredded cheese, 98% fat free turkey, Kraft 2% singles, Light string cheese, Leaf Lettuce, 2 bags of spring mix, 1 bag of spinach, 3 tomatoes, eggs, fat free refried beans and fat free sour cream.

I forgot how expensive low carb can be. I spent way to much money on food today. I guess if it lasts me all week it won't be to bad but I have a feeling it won't last that long. I didn't even buy any fruit. It was to expensive and to small this week. I am going to check out Aldi later in the week.

For breakfast today I had a sugar free chocolate Jello pudding cup with 2 tsp. of peanut butter in it. For lunch I had a salad of Spring Mix, sirloin steak and lite blue cheese dressing. The dressing had 2 grams of carbs. Way less then the vinaigrette I was going to use. As a snack this afternoon I had two of the Cracker Barrel 2% cheese sticks. They are so good!

I haven't had any cravings for carbs yet today but I am starting to feel very tired. So I may just start craving them very soon. I hope not.

I did a little research last night on No Carb foods and found out that most of the so called no carb foods actually do have a very little amount of carbs in them. That is why I am saying that I am going low carb for the week instead of no carb. I will only eat foods that either have no carbs or have very few carbs.

Click here to view a basic list of very low carb foods. It gave me some great ideas.

My sister bought me the new Hungry Girl 1-2-3 cookbook for my birthday and I absolutely love it. I recommend it to everyone. I think it may be my favorite cookbook ever! There are so many great recipes and ideas in it.

I planned out meals for the next few days and I will list them below to give you some ideas.

Breakfast - Sugar Free Pudding cup w/ 2 tsp of peanut butter
Lunch - Spring Mix, Sirloin Steak and Light Blue Cheese dressing
Dinner - Pork BBQ Leaf Lettuce wraps and Slammin Slaw (see recipe below), Honey Dew

Breakfast - Steak w/ peppers and onions, and eggs (with egg beaters)
Lunch - Outside in Cheeseburger Patties (see recipe below), Lucky Leaf Salad (see recipe below), fruit
Dinner - Chicken Breast with Pineapple Salsa (smoother cooked chicken breasts in pineapple salsa), frozen veggies and fruit

Breakfast - Egg Mug Lorraine (See recipe below)
Lunch - Chicken Breast with Pineapple Salsa
Dinner - Crazy Pineapple Salmon Teriyakki (see recipe below), fried cabbage

Breakfast - Steak w/ peppers and onions, and eggs (egg beaters)
Lunch - Outside in cheeseburger Patties and leftover salad
Dinner - Meatloaf (click here for recipe)

- Pump up the Jam Cocktail Weenie (see recipe below)
- light string cheese
- Cracker Barrel 2% cheese sticks
- Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding Snack w/ 2 tsp of peanut butter
- 98% fat-free turkey slices + mini dill pickles (idea comes from Hungry Girl 1-2-3 cookbook) - Wrap 2 mini pickles up in snugly blankets of lean turkey)
- The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese + 98% fat free turkey breast (idea from Hungry Girl 1-2-3 cookbook) - Spread 1 cheese wedge on 2 oz of turkey and roll.
-fried lean hamburger, taco seasoning mix, sour cream, and refried beans sprinkled with a little 2% cheese.

I will post more of my menu once I plan it.

Slammin' Slaw
Hungry Girl 1-2-3 Cookbook

One 16 ounce bag dry cole slaw
1/4 cup fat free mayo
1/4 cup fat free sour cream
2 1/2 TBSP seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijonnaise
2 no-calorie sweetener packets
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
salt and pepper to taste

Place cole slaw in a large bowl, set aside.
To make dressing, in a small bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, rice vinegar, dijonnaise, sweetener, and seasoned salt. Mix well.
Add dressing to cole slaw and stir until slaw is thoroughly coated.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. (for best flavor, make slaw the night before you plan to serve)
Give it a good stir before serving, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Serving size - 2/3 cup - 49 cal, .5 g fat, 2 g fiber

Outside In Cheeseburger Patties
Hungry Girl 1-2-3 Cookbook

4 ounces raw extra-lean ground beef
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
dash salt
dash pepper
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese

Combine all ingredients except cheese in a bowl. Add as much salt and pepper as you like. Knead mixture by hand until integrated.

Form into a ball, using your thumb, make a large, hollow indentation in the ball (pat the center but not all the way through). Fill the hole with cheese and squeeze the meat to seal, making sure no cheese is exposed. Flatten slightly into a thick patty.

Bring a skillet or grill pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Place patty in the skillet/grill pan, cover, and cook for 4-7 minutes per side, depending on how well done you like your burger. Heads Up: Don't press on the patty with your spatula (your burger might ooze cheese!).

Serve however you like you burger... We like ours with Ketchup and pickles between giant leaves of lettuce!

Makes 1 Serving - 179 cal., 6.5 g fat, 0 fiber

Lucky Four-Leaf Salad with feta and apples
Hungry Girl 1-2-3 Cookbook

1 Fuji Apple
3 cups 3-lettuce blend bagged lettuce
1 cup spinach leaves
1/4 cup crumbled reduced fat feta cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 TBSP thinly sliced dry-roasted almonds
Optional: Freshly ground black pepper, light vinaigrette dressing or another low-calorie dressing

Cut apple into quarters and remove the core, seeds, and stem. Thinly slice and then cut the slices in half width wise.

Toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Add some pepper and dressing if you like, but this salad's so flavorful you may not need 'em. Enjoy!!!

Makes 1 serving - 213 calories, 8 grams of fat, 6.5 g fiber

Crazy Pineapple Salmon Teriyaki
Hungry Girl 1-2-3 Cookbook

One 5 ounce salmon fillet
1/2 TBSP thick teriyaki sauce with 20-25 calories per TBSP
1/2 TBSP sweet Asian chili sauce
2 Pineapple rings packed in juice
Dash cayenne pepper, or more to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix teriyaki sauce with chili sauce. Set aside.

Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray. Place the salmon in the center, and top with the teriyaki-chili sauce. Flip salmon over to coat evenly on both sides.

Top fish with pineapple slices and sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Fold together and seal the top and bottom edges of the foil, and then the side edges, to create a well-sealed packet.

Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until fish is cooked through.

Allow packet to cool for a few minutes, and then cut to release steam before opening it entirely. (Careful-steam will be hot.) YUM!

Makes 1 Serving - 347 Calories, 15.5 g fat, .75 g. fiber

Egg Mug Lorraine
Hungry Girl 1-2-3 Cookbook

1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese
1 TBSP precooked real crumbled bacon
1 tsp dried minced onion
1/2 tsp Dijonnaise

Spray a large microwave safe mug lightly with nonstick spray. Add all ingredients, breaking cheese wedge into pieces as you add it, and stir. Microwave for 1 minute.

Stir gently, and then microwave for another 45-60 seconds, until scramble is just set.

Stir and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving - 128 calories, 4 g fat, 0 fiber

Pump-up-the-jam cocktail weenies
Hungry Girl 1-2-3 cookbook

1 cup chili sauce (the kind found by the Ketchup)
3/4 cup sugar-free grape or seedless blackberry jam
3/4 cup very finely chopped onion
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
14 fat free or nearly fat free beef franks

Place all ingredients except franks in the crock pot. Stir until completely mixed.

Cut each frank into thirds, leaving you with cocktail-sized franks. Add those to the pot, and gently mix to coat.

Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Stir well and then serve up franks with extra sauce on top!

Makes 14 servings

3 cocktail weenies per serving - 75 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g. fiber

1 comment:

Angela said...

You might want to consider buying some Atkins shakes and/or bars. I love the shakes for breakfast. The regular price for 4 shakes is about $6, but there are coupons available and stores put them on sale quite often. The shakes are delicious and very filling! They are only 1g of carb!

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