I’ve been following roughly Atkins-type diet for about a year. I tend to make the same 5 or 6 simple meals over and over again, so I’m concerned that I’ll get so bored of it that I’ll be unable to continue so I need to look into diverisfying my diet. I’m past the early stages where carbs need to be severely restricted but I’d like to keep it under 40 or 50 grams a day.
I’m not interested in hearing your negative opinions of low carbing or anything like that, don’t thread shit.
My cooking experience is negligible. I haven’t done anything more complicated than frying up basic meats (chicken breasts, sirloin patties or slices, ground beef) and vegetables in a skillet, making scrambled eggs, etc.
I don’t have much in the way of cooking tools. Non-stick skillet, spatula, hand blender, baking sheets. Of course I can buy more. I’m probably going to buy a slow cooker soon to make shredded or pulled chicken and pork. Any recommendations as far as that goes?
I know very little about meat. I keep getting tempted to try new meats at the grocery store, but I really don’t know anything about the 50 different cuts of beef and pork at the butcher.
I tend to like softer, boneless types of meat - sirloin patties that you can easily break up while cooking for example, or even steak 'um type sliced sirloin is probably my most used meat. What else is like that?
I wish I could cook with ground beef more because it’s simple and cheap, and you can make good stuff like low carb taco salads, but I have a hard time handling the smell of it cooking. Also, are there good taco seasoning recipes that don’t involve a lot of sugar? Most of the prepackaged ones do.
As far as vegetables, I like cooking with various types of peppers, a crazy amount of onions, spinach and brocolli are okay. I’d be willing to try other stuff if they worked well in context.
I don’t really know where to start. Are there good cooking shows that basically show a novice the way around the kitchen? Or specifically low carb cooking shows that show you step by step what you’re doing? Is there good stuff out there on youtube?
What about cookbooks? Any particular recommendations?
I prefer to keep things simple. Something I can make every day without too much fuss. Maybe once a week I could try doing something a little more involved, but I’d like to focus on easy stuff. But it’d also be good to learn how to make a few luxury items like low carb cheesecake to help keep things diverse.
I’m willing to use specialty food products, I already have regular orders from netrition, and stuff like carbquik can really diversify what you’re doing.
So yeah, please, anything that comes to mind feel free to post it. I’m pretty much a blank slate. What cuts of meat, what type of kitchen utensils to get, what shows to watch, what cookbooks to use, what to experiment on, what specialty forums might be a good place to look, I pretty much need to know everything. So post anything that comes to mind that you think would be useful.