Need some low carb recipes ideas

I have no clue on wether this should be in Cafe Society or MPSIMS, So I picked MPSIMS, If its in the wrong place could someone move it for me?

I could really use some low carb recipe ideas, recent events have forced me to take a closer look at my insulin resistance. I really can’t cheat anymore, but I am running out of food ideas. By now I don’t want sweets too often, but when I do I can’t bring myself to spend 1.90 on an atkins bar, or some other “low carb” bar.

I am running out of meal ideas now that I have to count out everything. So I am turning to my fellow dopers to help me. I know someone somewhere has to have some ideas, I hope :eek:

A chicken breast and some sauteed veggies is basically the perfect low-carb meal, and that one’s pretty easy.

I have a pretty simple salad that I like. It’s a half-bag of lettuce or spinach leaves, two hard-boiled eggs, two sticks of string cheese, two tablespoons of flax seed, one tablespoon of vinegar, and one tablespoon of olive oil (for a little kick, get the chipotle pepper flavor). Chop up the eggs and cheese, toss everything in a plastic container, shake it up, and you’re good to go.

My saving grace is a book called 500 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender. My favorite so far from the book is a lasagna recipe (no noodles), it is really good. Go to the Recipe section of the messageboard and find thousands of recipes. There are plenty of stickied subjects like soups, casseroles, and desserts. Other than that, Boscibo’s book idea is supposed to be the best.

Barbo’s is another recipe site.

For veggies, green beans and a salad. All the meat you want to eat. Pork rinds for snacks. Nuts too.

I have a recipe for fudge that’s good. Melt four or five tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter. Stir in one package of sugar-free chocolate pudding, four packages of the sweetener of your choice (I use Splenda) and half a cup of heavy cream. Stir until well blended, then pour into a small square casserole dish that’s been sprayed with Pam. Chill, then cut into at least 15 pieces.

I do get a craving for bread sometimes, and I’ve found that three slices of cocktail bread are only 14 grams of carbs. You can find them in the deli section of your grocery store. They’re small, long loaves cut into slices. For breakfast I usually have three slices spread with French Onion Dip, cheese, and bacon. I also found something called Crispbread, which are long thin crunchy cracker things. Three of those are only 11 grams of carbs.

I’ll second Boscibo’s vote on that particular cook book. I have it, and have really liked all the recipes we’ve made out of it. My fave is deviled chicken, which is made with mustard and Splenda. Also, check out They’ve got lots of recipes.

I third the reccommendation for the 500 Low Carb Recipes book. It is fantastic and Dana Carpender is my hero. Love the Meatza! recipe and the chicken almond stir fry. For sweet craving try Russell Stover sugar-free candies, $1.50 at Walmart for a bag, in the candy section. Hershey’s and Reece’s also has sugar-free chocolate and peanut butter cups.
Diet-Rite cola is sweetened with Splenda and tastes great. Try and find the tangerine and white grape flavors.

That fudge sounds good, Ivylass. I’ll have to try that.

Honk, honk!

ivylass, Trader Joe’s makes a low-carb bread that’s only 4 grams of carbs per slice. It’s got a kinda spongy texture, but my wife and I have adapted to it pretty quickly.

This is a dip for crackers. Try it on a few rice crackers (found in the ethnic food aisle at the grocery) or spring for some “official” low carb crackers. I don’t know the carb count for this recipe but given that you’ll eat it in small amounts it’s probably quite low.

Warning: you will either love or hate this dip. There is no in between. It sounds disgusting but give it a chance:

3 cups of mayonnaise
1 pound cooked bacon, crumbled
2 cups shredded cheese
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup pecan chips

Mix together and chill.

This makes a lot so you may want to half the recipe. It’s VERY filling, though, so a little dab’ll do ya.

Thanks for all the tips so far, I made no carb cheesecake but I am afraid I am not impressed. Since I am off today I am going to look at all the links (thanks) and Try some of the recipes you posted,
I was going to die if I had to eat any more ham salad dip!

Last night I made lo-card Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Boneless chicken breast, wrapped in a slice of deli ham and swiss cheese, dipped in a beaten egg, and rolled in crushed pork rinds; baked at 350 deg F for 45 minutes.

I was skeptical of the pork rinds as breading, but it was pretty good with the ham slices. Sort of a bacony effect…

I would like to add for anyone who is interested that I made low carb chicken wings that were excellent, I dipped the chicken in beaten eggs and then I rolled them in crushed pork rinds, I thought that it would be horrible but it was really good.

Not sure how low this is, but I’m on SouthBeach and this works for me(15 pounds since halloween, 5 more to go!). I saw this at a restaurant and copied it.

Take a ‘wrap’, which i figure is a burrito shell, not perfect but…

spread hummus on it. spicy red pepper is the best.
then put on slices of tomatoes & cucumbers.
then put on slices of avocado
then put on either lettuce or spinach.
wrap it up. very tasty.

if I don’t have the shells/wraps, I’ll just use whole wheat bread or pita, i’m at the phase where a peice or two of bread won’t hurt. and pita is preferrable if i recall.

1 more thing. Someone at work, a great baker, made about 5 cheesecakes for an event we had, in addition she made an Atkins cheesecake for the Atkins people at work. I tried it out of curiosity. It was awful. So you probably made it the way it was supposed to be. :dubious:

Atkins would be hell if it wasn’t for sugar-free Jello and Reddi Whip.

Anyone tried the Atkins wraps at Subway yet?


The chicken and ranch has 8 net carbs, IIRC. You can reduce it by having them leave off the peppers and onions.

They put a LOT of ranch dressing on it so you might wanna tell them to go easy on that.

Check out recipes and a really friendly message board.

I made this last night.

1 lb. Ground Beef
1/2 lb sliced mushrooms
1/2 large sweet yellow onion chopped
1 clove of garlic crushed
1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
1 head of cauliflower
2 tbsp butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Emeril Essence
Salt and Pepper

Steam the cauliflower until nice and soft. While the cauliflower is steaming saute the onions, mushrooms and garlic until onions are translucent and mushrooms are tender. Add ground beef and brown thoroughly. Drain fat from ground beef mixture and add salt and pepper and Emeril’s Essence to taste. Add half and half and reduce heat to simmer.

Meanwhile, put the steamed cauliflower in a food processor with the butter and blend until smooth. Salt and pepper this to taste.

Put the Ground beef mixture in a baking dish. Top with 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, then the mashed cauliflower then the rest of the cheese. Put this whole concoction under the broiler for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serves 6. 7 Grams carbs and 2 grams of fiber per serving for an effective carb count of 5.

Oh, yeah,

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I’ve made chocolate mousse a number of times using whey low. Don’t have a recipe because I usually wing it and just keep trying until it tastes right but it’s basically heavy cream whipped until stiff with a little vanilla extract. Add powdered cocoa or melted baker’s chocolate (the not sweet kind) and sugar to taste. Very extremely rich and chocolatty. I’ve also added a little dollop of cream cheese and some peanut butter for a different flavor and texture. Extremely yummy.