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Vegged Up Burgers

June 12, 2012

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I love adding some vegetables to my burgers – it makes me eat more vegetables and adds great taste to the burgers!  These are so simple to make as well regardless of whether you even have a grill.  I often just pan fry them.  They also store well in the fridge so I often cook a bunch of them and store them in the fridge.  You can add in all sorts of vegetables into the patties – this time I added some leeks and parsley.  I also added some salt and pepper and eggs to make the meat stick to the veggies well. 

Ingredients:  For 3lbs of meat, I used 2 leeks, a handful of parsley, and 3 eggs.

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Directions:  Mix everything together well and form the meat patties.  Then simply grill or pan fry in some coconut oil.  It’s that simple!

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Vegged Up Burgers

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 15 burgers

Vegged Up Burgers

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs of ground beef
  • 2 leeks, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of parsley, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together well.
  2. Form into meat patties
  3. Grill or pan fry.
http://locarbolicious.com/vegged-up-burgers/

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This is such a simple and delicious recipe and perfect for showing off your grilling skills without possessing any of those skills! It’s all in the marinade, and luckily, making the marinade just means dumping all the ingredients into a large bowl and stirring it.  It’s also great because flank steak is such a cheap steak, so you can grill this all the time!

I made the marinade the night before and placed the flank steaks in the marinade overnight.  There was so much flavor!  I even reheated some left over steak in the microwave the next day, and it was still super tender and flavorful.  So, here’s how to make it…

Marinade Recipe for Flank Steak

For 3 lbs of flank steak (usually two large pieces of flank steak that feeds at least 4 people):

  • 1 cup coconut oil (or substitute with other oils)
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce (or liquid aminos for a great gluten-free alternative)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger (I used a cheese grater)
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of dried chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder (it’s not spicy so feel free to add more chili powder if you like it really spicy)

How to Marinade Flank Steak

I sliced the 2 large flank steaks into halves so that it would be more manageable for marinating and cooking.  I placed each of the 4 pieces of steak into a ziplock (sandwich) bag and poured some marinade into the bag.  I carefully sealed the 4 ziplock bags and placed them into another plastic bag before putting them into the fridge overnight (I really didn’t want anything to leak into my fridge).

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How to Grill Flank Steak

This part will vary a bit depending on the type of grill you’re using, how thick your piece of steak is, and how rare or cooked you like your steak.  My apartment building has a nice gas grill on the roof, so I try to keep the grill temperature around 300-350F with the lid down.  I like my steaks medium so I generally use tongs to see how soft the meat is getting.  When the meat starts to feel less like the softness of raw meat and more firm, then it’s pretty much ready for me.  This usually takes around 15 minutes.  If you like your steaks rare, then cook it for less time, and if you like it well done, then keep it on the grill with the temperature under 350F for longer.

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Cutting and Serving Flank Steak

Remember to cut against the grain (i.e. not parallel to the strings of meat fiber) if you’re slicing it up.

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Or you can serve the steak whole with some grilled vegetables.  The next photo shows approximately a 0.4 lb flank steak with some grilled asparagus.  So, the marinade makes 8 pieces of steak that size.

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Grilling Away

May 23, 2012

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It’s almost summer again – despite the grey skies in New York today.  Consequently, it’s time to fire up the grill.  I’ve been out of town a lot over the past two weeks, so my fridge was sadly empty.  Luckily for me, however, my freezer is still well stocked.  I pulled out a packet of Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages and two Amylu chicken burgers and fired up the grill.  

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I bought both of these from Costco, and the 5 sausages and 2 burgers were plenty for both the bf and me.  In total, each meal (2.5 sausages and 1 burger) was 600 calories, 40g fat, 9g carbs, and 54g protein.

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This is definitely a super easy dinner, and I even get to enjoy a few last rays of sunlight breaking through the muddy skies after spending a whole day inside!  Perhaps summer is arriving at long last?

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Low Carb Pizza

December 30, 2011

Low Carb Pizza
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Recipe type: Entree
Author: Louise
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 2
This recipe (which is below) makes individual 8-inch pizzas and is simple to make. The crust is made from a mixture of flax meal and parmesan cheese, which you cook in the microwave in just 2 minutes! Then for the sauce, you can go really easy and just use store-bought pizza sauce or make your own homemade pizza sauce using the recipe below (which just involves mixing some ingredients together and no cooking). I really like the sauce and recommend making it (it has very few carbs and tastes great). The recipe for the sauce makes a fair amount of sauce – enough for 8-10 pizzas (I found the recipe on allrecipes.com – it looked so simple to make and got great reviews from nearly 300 reviewers).
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons of flax meal (you can make your own by grinding flax seeds in a blender or coffee grinder)
  • 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning (or just throw in a bit of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram or whatever you have handy!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Instructions
  1. Crust:
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until there are no lumps of flax meal or parmesan cheese.
  3. Grease a microwavable plate that’s larger than 8-inches in diameter (i.e., most dinner plates) with some olive oil (using a paper towel to smudge it around the plate) or use a spray.
  4. Scoop mixture onto a plate. Spread the mixture in a circular motion using the back of a tablespoon until you create a flat disc around 8-inches in diameter. Make sure the dough isn’t broken in places as you don’t want holes in your pizza crust!
  5. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds on high. Flip it over carefully using a spatula and microwave on high for another 30 seconds.
  6. If you want the crust to be harder, then you can fry it. Just put a teaspoon of olive oil into a flat frying pan and fry each side for 2 minutes or until you think it’s hard enough. I’m lazy and am ok with a soft crust for the pizza.
  7. To cook the pizza (after putting sauce and toppings on – see below for those), heat the oven to 350F and bake for 15 minutes.
Serving size: 1 Pizza

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I always thought low carb pizza was some sort of myth (closely akin to unicorns and the Yeti) until I saw this recipe on Linda’s genaw.com.  This recipe (which is below) makes individual 8-inch pizzas and is simple to make.  The crust is made from a mixture of flax meal and parmesan cheese, which you cook in the microwave in just 2 minutes!  Then for the sauce, you can go really easy and just use store-bought pizza sauce or make your own homemade pizza sauce using the recipe below (which just involves mixing some ingredients together and no cooking).  I really like the sauce and recommend making it (it has very few carbs and tastes great).  The recipe for the sauce makes a fair amount of sauce – enough for 8-10 pizzas (I found the recipe on allrecipes.com – it looked so simple to make and got great reviews from nearly 300 reviewers).

Ingredients to make 1 crust :

  • 3 tablespoons of flax meal (you can make your own by grinding flax seeds in a blender or coffee grinder)
  • 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS
    • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning (or just throw in a bit of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram or whatever you have handy!)
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until there are no lumps of flax meal or parmesan cheese.
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  2. Grease a microwavable plate that’s larger than 8-inches in diameter (i.e., most dinner plates) with some olive oil (using a paper towel to smudge it around the plate) or use a spray.
  3. Scoop mixture onto a plate.  Spread the mixture in a circular motion using the back of a tablespoon until you create a flat disc around 8-inches in diameter.  Make sure the dough isn’t broken in places as you don’t want holes in your pizza crust!
  4. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds on high.  Flip it over carefully using a spatula and microwave on high for another 30 seconds.
  5. If you want the crust to be harder, then you can fry it.  Just put a teaspoon of olive oil into a flat frying pan and fry each side for 2 minutes or until you think it’s hard enough.  I’m lazy and am ok with a soft crust for the pizza.
  6. To cook the pizza (after putting sauce and toppings on – see below for those), heat the oven to 350F and bake for 15 minutes.

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Ingredients to Make Pizza Sauce (good for 8-10 pizzas):

  • 1 can (6oz) of tomato paste
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of dried rosemary (crushed – I just used my fingers to crumble some)
    • Alternatively (instead of oregano, basil and rosemary, you can just put 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning).
  • 2 teaspoon of salt (0r to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper (or to taste)

Directions:

  1. Mix everything together well.  Best used after it’s been left to stand for a few hours, but it tastes pretty good even if you use it straight away.

The photos below show me about to mix all the ingredients and after it’s mixed.

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Toppings:

I put a few slices of mozzarella and pepperoni on top, but you’re welcome to pick your own toppings.  Here’s one last photo, which shows the pizza about to go into the oven.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

December 7, 2011

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Following up on my low carb pasta post a few months ago, here’s a recipe for a nice low carb meal of spaghetti and meatballs (using shirataki or zucchini noodles).  I’d start by making the meatballs (you can make these in advance and then heat them up later).  Everything is freshly made except for the shirataki spaghetti, which you easily purchase at Wholefoods or at various supermarkets (most Korean supermarkets sell a variety of them).

Meatballs:  Ingredients (makes 16-20 meatballs)

  • 2lbs pork tenderloin or other lean cut of pork minced or beef or turkey or whatever type of meat you want to use in a food processor (you can buy ground meat, but I prefer to grind my own, since I then know exactly what is going into it)
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 eggs, beaten (this holds the meatballs together)
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
  • 3 tablespoons of salt
  • (Optional)  2 tablespoons of thyme
  • (Optional)  2 tablespoons of fennel seeds  (I particularly like to use fennel seeds with beef, but they add a lot of flavor with all meats)

Meatballs:  Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Beat the eggs and food process the pork so that it’s minced.
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl (I use my hands to do the mixing). 
  • Shape meatballs with your hands into 1 to 1.5 inch diameter balls (size of a golfball or a little bit bigger), and place them on a non-stick baking tray (no need to grease it).  It makes around 16-20 meatballs, depending on how big you make them.
  • Put it in the oven and cook for 45 minutes (ovens and sizes of the meatballs can differ and so the cooking time can vary – I would cut one in half to make sure the meat is cooked all the way through).
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  • (Optional) You can brown the meatballs a little by putting them under the broiler for 2 minutes after they’re cooked.

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Tomato Sauce:  Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of chopped basil
  • 3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced (I would recommend using the serrated peeler to peel the tomatoes – the pack of 3 peels also comes with a julienne peeler, which is perfect for making zucchini noodles)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste (I put in 1.5 tablespoons of salt and a pinch of pepper)

Tomato Sauce:  Directions

  • Place the olive oil in a large frying pan at medium temperature.
  • Put the minced garlic into the oil and fry for 5 minutes without browning it.
  • Add the tomatoes, basil and cook for another 2 minutes.
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  • Add the white wine and the chicken broth and cook for around 10-15 minutes on medium heat (so that it’s simmering) until the sauce is less liquid-y.
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Putting It All Together:

If you’re making zucchini noodles, then you should use a julienne peeler to create the noodles (see low carb pasta post for directions)  and then cook the zucchini noodles for 30 seconds on high in the microwave.  If you’re planning to use Shirataki (miracle) noodles, then rinse them in cold water and then place them in the microwave for 30 seconds on high to get rid of any excess water.  Since both types of pasta are pretty much carb-less and calorie-less, you can pretty much use as much as you want (I recommend 1 zucchini per serving or 1 packet of Shirataki noodles per serving just so you don’t run out of sauce).

Place the pasta on the bottom of a bowl, place 3 meatballs on top, and then pour the sauce onto it.

I calculated each meatball at around 90 calories (for 1.5inch diameter pork meatballs) and 130 calories for each serving of sauce.  So for a bowl of 3 meatballs plus the sauce and pasta, it’s around 400 calories.  The meatballs have negligible carbs and each serving of sauce has around 4g net carbs (mostly from the garlic and tomatoes).  All-Paleo for those of you who care.

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Tuna Fish Salad

December 3, 2011

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I used to hate tuna fish, and even now I still don’t eat much tuna fish, despite the fact that I generally love seafood.  I find tuna fish dry and odd tasting, so the only way I’ll eat tuna fish is in the tuna salad pictured to the left.  It’s based on a recipe that I found on allrecipes.com (Barbie’s Tuna Salad), but I’ve modified it slightly to lower the calories and make it taste even better.  I use light mayo (Smart Balance, which is low fat and low calorie), less sweet pickle relish and no parmesan cheese (I couldn’t taste it at all!) to cut down on the calories.  I also put in less dill and more curry powder than the original recipe calls for (my version is below, of course).  All in all, it’s a delicious tuna salad that’s full of protein, is low in carbs, and is relatively low in calories.  I make it by the bucket load, so that I have enough to eat for at least a week – Costco sells tuna in 5lb tins, and each tin makes a huge mixing bowl-full that takes me around a week to finish eating.

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Here’s my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • One 5lb can (or around ten 7-ounce cans or fourteen 5-ounce cans) of tuna in water (I use the chunk light tuna as I find the white tuna to be too dry) – drain the tuna and flake it thoroughly with a fork
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of light mayo (I use Smart Balance Plus Omega)
  • 10 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish (this does have some sugar in it, but makes the tuna salad taste so much better!!)  I’ve tried substituting this for zero-sugar pickle relish or just omitting it altogether, but the recipe just doesn’t work without it.
  • 3 tablespoons dried onion flakes (this gives the tuna fish a bit of a crunchy texture)
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of curry powder (this is absolutely key in this recipe, but don’t worry – it doesn’t make it taste like curry…it just gives it that hint of curry flavor, which adds so much more dimension and deliciousness to this tuna salad)
  • 1 cup of freshly chopped parsley (you can chop it by hand or in the food processor for a more thorough chop) – the original recipe calls for dried parsley, which you can’t really taste, and so I prefer to use fresh parsley
  • (Optional)  3 tablespoons of dried dill weed (I don’t really like the taste of dill, and luckily you can’t really taste it the tuna salad, but if you prefer more of a dill taste, you can decrease the amount of parsley and increase the amount of dill or use fresh dill and dried parsley)
  • (Optional)  2 tablespoons of granulated garlic (or garlic powder) – it adds just a bit of subtle flavor

Directions:

This is the simple part – just put everything in a large bowl and mix well (make sure all the tuna is well flaked so that the flavors can mix in with it).

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This takes around 20 minutes to prepare.  I would say it makes around ten 8-oz servings, and each serving contains around 250 calories.

You can obviously scale the recipe down if you don’t want to make so much tuna in one go, but just be careful to do the calculations correctly.

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A Green Egg and the Delicious Pulled Pork that Came Out

A Green Egg and the Delicious Pulled Pork that Came Out

I had pulled pork cooked in an green egg a few weeks ago at a friend’s house in Georgia. A green egg? It’s a high end ceramic charcoal cooker that keeps temperatures regulated throughout the cooking process and it’s shaped like a green egg (see photo). It tasted delicious, but unfortunately, the green egg costs over $1,000, requires a deck or balcony (which is impossible in NY), and takes 8 hours of monitoring. Instead of all that, I just use my handy slow-cooker. And what about the BBQ sauce? Aha – this is where it gets exciting…Zero-calorie delicious BBQ sauce – keep reading and all will be revealed.

Raw 3lb Pork Butt in Slow Cooker with Zero Calorie BBQ Sauce and Seasoning
Instructions for Cooking the Pulled Pork:

  1. Get some pork butt or pork shoulder and place it into the slow cooker. (The photo shows 3lb of pork butt.)
  2. Pour some sea salt into the pot (2 tablespoon for 3lb).
  3. Add 1 cup water.
  4. Optional: add some garlic and onion powder and some of the zero-calorie zero-carb BBQ sauce (see below).
  5. Cook on low (300F) for 10-12 hours (it’s ready after around 8 hours, but I like it super tender).
  6. Shred using two forks.

Zero-carlorie, Zero-carb BBQ Sauce:

Walden Farms Calorie Free Carb Free Honey and Thick and Spicy BBQ Sauces
There are 2 incredible parts to this secret sauce:

FIRST, Walden Farms makes these amazing zero-calorie zero-carb dressings and sauces (and even a chocolate dip). You can buy it off Amazon for $3.99 plus shipping or at random little stores like the one on the corner of 9th Ave. and 36th St. without the shipping. There are 4 flavors, and I’ve tried 2 so far: Honey and Thick N’ Spicy. Ok, if you’re reading their reviews on Amazon or you’ve tried it, it’s not exactly amazing. The Thick ‘N Spicy is pretty good if you can handle a lot of spice. The Honey isn’t spicy, but you can taste the fake sugar in it. But, if you add the second part of this secret sauce, it transforms….

Crystal Hot Sauce Louisiana's Pure Hot Sauce - 12 oz
SECOND, Crystal Hot Sauce, which you can buy from Amazon for $7.99 and free shipping. It may not sound that amazing, especially since the ingredients are so simple: Aged Red Cayenne Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Salt. But, it is just that…amazing. It adds so much flavor without being too spicy. I love spicy food, but I can’t take huge amounts of spice, so this is perfect.

The trick is to combine the Crystal sauce with the Walden Farm Honey BBQ and then adding a touch of salt. The hot sauce flavor completely covers up the fake sugar taste in the BBQ sauce so that you’re simply left with a delicious sauce! Pour onto your pulled pork, or pulled chicken or whatever meat you want. Zero calories. Zero Carbs. I could write something very cheesy right now, but I’ll stop here.

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Salmon Bake

August 23, 2011

Salmon Bake on Aluminum Foil

Salmon Bake on Tin Foil

I never use my oven enough when I’m cooking – I think it’s probably the Asian in me! My parents have a large kitchen with 3 ovens, and yet they never use any of them! I’m not even positive they know how to use the oven! The only time I remember using the oven before college was to dry a piece of plastic (which then melted of course, duh!) and making cheese on toast (a fav of mine from my childhood days!). Well, this diet is pushing me to discover new appliances! I discovered what the broiler button on my oven did a year ago (while trying to figure a way of cooking sausages more conveniently), and now I’m discovering just how good salmon can taste when baked in the oven. This is a simple and quick recipe from allrecipes.

Ingredients to make 2 fillets of salmon

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 (6 ounce) salmon fillets without the skin
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (optional)

Salmon marinading in ziplock bag

  1. First we’re going to prepare a quick marinade for the salmon. Mix together the minced garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and parsley (and the basil if you have some in your kitchen). This is going to be your delish marinade.
  2. Pour the marinade into a ziplock bag and place the salmon fillets into the bag as well. Seal the bag tightly and place into the fridge for an hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
  4. Take the fillets out of the ziplock bag and place them onto a piece of aluminum foil and turn the edges of the foil up so that none of the marinade spills out. Pour a bit more of the marinade onto the salmon and cover the salmon fillets up with the foil. I would the put another piece of foil around the your salmon-filled aluminum package just in case any of the marinade spills out.
  5. Place the aluminum package into a baking pan (or glass dish made for baking) to prevent spillage, and bake for 35-45 minutes (until the salmon comes off in flakes).
Salmon wrapped in Aluminum Foil in Oven

Salmon wrapped in Aluminum Foil in Oven

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Low Carb Pasta

August 2, 2011

4 Great Low Carb Pasta/Noodles

4 Great Low Carb Pasta/Noodles

It’s hard living without noodles and pasta, especially when instant ramen noodles and quick pasta dishes played such an important part of my college life! Here’s 4 noodles/pasta you can eat on a low carb diet – they all have practically no calories and no carbs (the 3rd and 4th noodles are different variations of each other)!

1. Zucchini Noodles Start with 3 zucchinis and a Julienne peeler (kinda like a potato peeler but it cuts everything into thin strands at the same time). Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise, place the flat side down onto your chopping board and start peeling away with the Julienne peeler. It’s easy to use – just pull down like in the photo. You end up with strands of zucchini noodles ready to cook.

Making Zucchini Noodles using a Julienne Peeler

Making Zucchini Noodles using a Julienne Peeler

There are various ways of cooking the zucchini noodles. The easiest is to put a bit of olive oil into a frying pan. Add some minced garlic and chopped chives and then put in the zucchini noodles. Cook in the frying pan for a minute, add salt to taste, drain and serve. Out of the 4 noodles, these were definitely my favorite!

Zucchini Noodles Cooked with Olive Oil, Garlic and Chives

Zucchini Noodles Cooked with Olive Oil, Garlic and Chives

2. Kelp Noodles I picked up this packet of kelp noodles for $2.49 from my local Korean supermarket (H-Mart on 32nd St., New York). Kelps are large seaweeds according to Wikipedia – they’re fat-free, gluten-free, low-calorie (55 cals per 12oz pack, which can serve 2 people) and 0 net carbs (11g of fiber).

Kelp Noodles from Local Korean Supermarket

Kelp Noodles from Local Korean Supermarket

The noodles are edible straight from the packet, but are rather crunchy and have no flavor. I washed the noodles in cold water and then squeezed out the excess water. I then added some soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and chives, and then mixed it all together in a bowl. I put the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds on high and poured out any excess liquids afterwards. The noodles were still rather crunchy, but not bad.

Kelp Noodles Microwaved with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Garlic, and Chives

Kelp Noodles Microwaved with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Garlic, and Chives

3. Shirataki Noodles (White) I tried these noodles a while ago as Wholefoods sold them and they had gotten a lot of press as a diet food. They’re made from the root of a type of asian yam (sometimes called konjac or elephant yam), but unlike the yams that we’re used to which contain a lot of net carbs, these so called “yam” plants have pretty much all fiber. Each 1 oz packet contains less than 1g of net carbs and 0 calories. The packet pictured below are white Shirataki Noodles (also called Yam Noodles) that contain no tofu or soy. Some manufacturers make a tofu Shirataki noodle, which as you might have guessed contains tofu. Supposedly, the tofu makes the noodles less rubbery, but it also adds some carbs to the noodles.

White Yam Noodles

White Yam Noodles

How to cook them? Take them out of the packet and wash them with cold water 3 times. I find the noodles to smell a bit fishy (literally), and so I like to rinse them well. Then place the noodles into the microwave and cook on high for 30 seconds – this helps to get rid of the fishy smell and makes them less rubbery. Rinse again in cold water. Add in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and chives and mix together. Cook again in the microwave on high for 20 seconds. Drain the excess liquid and serve.

White Yam Noodles Microwaved with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Garlic, and Chives

White Yam Noodles Microwaved with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Garlic, and Chives

4. Shirataki Noodles (Brown) These are basically the same as the white shirataki noodles except they have some seaweed food-coloring in them! They taste pretty much the same too and have the same nutritional values – it just adds a bit of variety to our meals.

Brown Yam Noodles

Brown Yam Noodles

More recipes on how to make delicious low-carb meals with these noodles will follow.

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