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Vegetarian low-carbing - calling all veggie low carbers for moral support!

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ghosteditor Fri 28-Jun-13 20:34:14

I'm going back on the veggie low carb bandwagon after putting back on 8-10lbs in the last few months, following an injury. I lost 30lb+ last year (post-natally) but could do with getting rid of this sneaky half stone.

I need some more recipe inspiration so please share!

AKissIsNotAContract Fri 28-Jun-13 20:36:35

I'm a veggie low carber.

Low carb pizza (make the base with 2 eggs and a tub of cream cheese)
And cheese and spinach soufflé are my current faves.

ghosteditor Fri 28-Jun-13 21:45:22

Oh they sound yum!

AKissIsNotAContract Fri 28-Jun-13 22:12:49

Making 'rice' from grated cauliflower is good too, with a nice chilli.
Aubergine parmigiana is another good one.
And using Aubergine slices as 'cannelloni', rolled up with spinach and ricotta.

ghosteditor Fri 28-Jun-13 22:24:34

I haven't got on well with cauliflower rice, but I like to use kale instead of rice! The other suggestions sound lovely grin

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Fri 28-Jun-13 22:28:50

AKiss - I didn't know that smile The things you learn!

It will be lovely to have some other veggie low carbers to talk to!! I don't eat eggs either - so an added challenge!

Tonight I had a small aubergine (which I salted and left on papertowel all afternoon) & a courgette coated in olive oil put on a baking tray alongside a red pepper cut in half & filled with pesto, finely chopped mushroom, garlic, halved cherry tomatoes & a small amount of cheddar cheese - all shoved in a hot oven for about 45 minutes. Very very good. I had it with some cold basil (taifun) tofu & some almonds after.

ghosteditor Fri 28-Jun-13 22:47:13

Sounds amazing chipping!

It would be hard without eggs, amazed that you're coping. I'm not a huge fan (don't feel like they are very veggie) but I like the variety...

I'm going to spend tomorrow making some recipes for the week. Nut granola for me this week!

MollyBerry Fri 28-Jun-13 22:57:33

Is anyone vegan ish low carb? The only non vegan thing I do do is eggs! So opposite to you two

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 10:44:04

I think there are some vegan low carbers around here somewhere...

Not me though grin

Egg and cheese omelette for breakfast - it begins!

I weighed myself this morning and it was a bit of a shock -137.8lbs hmm

I'm aiming for 125-127lbs so I need to get cracking. I've been on crutches recently due to a mysterious foot injury, but I've had the all clear for stress fracture so i can start training again, just cycling to begin with.

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sat 29-Jun-13 11:04:38

Ghost nut granola - what are you putting in there that's low carb?

Molly - I was vegan for 3 years, but found it almost impossible when I was travelling, so started eating cheese again and the other bits have crept back in, but I can't do eggs.

I'm having avocado, black pepper and Food Doctor savory seeds for breakfast smile

Ghost that's the kind of shock I'd like - I am a LONG way of getting down to 137lbs!

I'm 5ft and my goal weight is around 125lbs... as I say, it's a fair way in the distance!

AKissIsNotAContract Sat 29-Jun-13 11:13:25

I'm not doing it to lose weight anymore. I've lost the weight I wanted to. I'm doing it now because I feel so much better - not bloated, blood sugars feel more stable and I swear my PMS symptoms are better.

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sat 29-Jun-13 11:18:36

Lucky you AKiss smile

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 12:04:46

Well done akiss! I was in that place at the end of last year - life without the bloat was amazing. I have struggled with injury and going back to work and have gained 10lbs.

chipping I've been there at a much higher weight and know what it's like! I saw 125lbs once late last year and was starting to look a bit gaunt in the face by then, but it's a reasonable target BMI and size wise.

Good luck ladies grin

snoworneahva Sat 29-Jun-13 12:13:06

Try to get hold of Celia brooks brown veggie low carber book, it's really good, interesting food. I found Rose Elliot's attempt very poor and lacking in imagination. These falafels are very tasty and very tasty.

Try using portobello mushrooms as a pizza base. Madhur Jaffrey's aubergine curry - instead of faffing around with ricing the cauliflower, you could roast the florets - they work really well with curry.

perplexedpirate Sat 29-Jun-13 12:14:34

Marking place. I think low carb is the way I need to go but I thought I couldn't do it being veggie.
How wrong was I?! These recipes sound fab!

AKissIsNotAContract Sat 29-Jun-13 12:19:06

I hope I didn't sound smug. Didn't mean too, just that the benefits of low carb are more than weight loss.

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 12:37:58

You can do it perplexed! And so many of we veggies overcompensate with carbs. I lost about 35lbs last year!

Nut granola is a Rose Elliot recipe - walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, all chopped and roasted with stevia. Delicious with a bit of yoghurt smile

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 12:38:56

I'm going to take a look at that falafel and celia Brian's books - I have the Rose Elliot one which is a good intro but some of the food is a bit bizarre!

snoworneahva Sat 29-Jun-13 13:10:28

Frittata's are good too - especially for using up bottom of the fridge veg. I roast the veg first before mixing it with egg and cheese - feta, goats, haloumi, pine nuts, thyme/sage or rosemary works too. Make up a huge one or individuals for breakfast/lunch options.

Crackers: 2 cups ground almonds, 1 egg and season with a pinch of salt, pinch of rosemary and a pinch of garlic granules to taste. Roll between two sheets of baking parchment as thin as you can - 1-2mm. Score with knife into cracker sized pieces. Bake 180 for 10 mins, remove outer crackers which bake quicker, pop back into the oven for 2-3mins and again remove outer crackers, repeat till done.

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 13:27:39

They sound amazing. You're making me hungry! And I just finished divine cauliflower bake. Which was indeed divine. I'm at 12g of carb for the day; shame I've got about 9-10 hours of being awake left!

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 13:28:24

Snow, do you score through the baking parchment, presumably?

snoworneahva Sat 29-Jun-13 14:24:58

No I don't go through the parchment - a pizza wheel lightly applied or a Mezzaluna. Rock a knife along gently pressing rather than sawing - hope that makes sense.

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 14:29:53

I see! But while the parchment is still there, I guess?

snoworneahva Sat 29-Jun-13 14:31:35

Yes bake it on the parchment - sorry should have said that. Dis guard the top layer of parchment though.

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 15:55:13

Might try it tonight!

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