fancy sharing low carb meal plans for inspiration?(21 Posts)
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littlecrystal - I have started with bootcamp rules. If you stick to them you should not feel hungry and you should start losing weight. I am talking from my own experience
You can eat as much as you want meat (try and avoid processed fish or meat) and fish with green vegetables. Butter is unlimited as well so you can fry your meals in butter or simply add it to your veg. be careful with dairy products at the beginning. And no alcohol, sugar, sweeteners, bread, rice are allowed
I hope it makes sense. I am sure others will add in
Oh what a lovely bunch of recipes. I am a new starter as of today and just wondering if all of these recipes are suitable for the very initial stage (induction?)?
re cauli cheese, it varies, but a mix of full fat philly/double cream/cheddar/parmesan is usually what I have to hand.
Another idea for breakfast - asparagus wrapped with bacon and dipped in boiled egg. Yum
or I make yogurt/avocado and garlic dip with some olive oil on top.
I also like rocket + tomatoes + feta cheese salad for lunch. I think Tomatoes and feta work together very well.
As I find chicken breast boring so I usually stuff it with garlic butter and herbs or cheese and herbs. Or top it up with sauté shallots and grated cheese. It makes a nice change.
Can I ask what cheese you guys put in your cauliflower cheese?
I am the WORST for temptation, so these are my tips for beating that...
*10-calorie jellies (hartleys)
*swapping whole/ semi-skimmed milk for skimmed. A cup of tea/coffee is good for curbing my appetite
*one calorie oil spray (swear by this) and a good non-stick/anodised pan
*lots of spices- better to flavour with spices e.g Cajun, fajita, nandos seasonings and So Tasty chicken bags than to coat in a sauce. If you opt for a sauce make a tomato-based or fat-free yoghurt-based from scratch.
*Stir-frys with Chinese 5-spice: I have lots of these ;)
*Cans of cream of chicken/mushroom soup
*Making it interesting in the making: I'm sure a salad is always more satisfying when I've put lots of thought into it, grilling the aubergines, using different coloured tomatoes, cutting the chicken into strips or using a good quality piece of salmon, using loads of ingredients all on a bed of baby spinach and making a vinaigrette or yoghurt dressing etc etc... just getting hungry thinking about it...
*as a last resort, you can make a semi healthy cheesecake dessert by layering summerfruits (from frozen) with sweetener heated and mashed in a pan; fat free yoghurt, "lightest" Philadelphia and powdered sweetener; reduced fat digestives with a bit of melted butter all pummelled in a freezer bag to crumbs. very filling for the calories.
Breakfast for me is usually scrambled eggs with cheese (done the cheat's way in the microwave), plated up with one or two of the following: smoked salmon, avocado, chorizo slices.
Lunch - I'm on mat leave so I tend to either have leftovers from the evening before, or just some nuts if I've had a late breakfast. When I go back to work I'll have salads with readycooked chicken, a couple of bits of sundried tomato + the oil it comes in, feta and pine nuts.
Dinners: I often have cauliflower cheese and I have a v similar recipe to you but I don't add cream. I also live off roasted vegetables - various combos of the following - Aubergine, butternut squash, courgette, red onion, peppers - I make a big tray and then eat it for 2 days or so, with whatever protein I'm having eg salmon, black farmer sausages, etc. I sometimes sprinkle feta or goat's cheese over the veg.
Another thing I use is sheets of dried bean curd (from Chinese supermarkets). It makes a reasonable lasagne substitute and I also soak the sheets and use them a bit like filo to make spanakopitas - the texture isnt identical to filo but it's lovely for satisfying the urge for something to crunch and that can be held in your hand.
I had skewers with halloumi cheese, courgette and tomato last night - I marinated it all in some oil and dried rosemary first - delicious!! You could change around what the veg was.
I usually have either bacon and eggs, scrambled egg with cheese and mayo or tomato and cheese omelette for breakfast.
For lunch tuna mayo or ham and egg with salad.
For dinner chilli without the beans, chicken curry, marinated chicken on skewers, bolognese, pork chops, steak, salmon or plaice fried or baked, meatballs in tomato sauce, roast pork, roast chicken.
I drink either water or black Decaff coffee.
My favourite dinners are;
Sausages with fried cabbage
Chorizo with homemade coleslaw
Cheesy pizza (ok, basically just melted cheese with toppings)
Salad with something fat such as egg & mayo, mozzarella or leftover meats.
I don't do breakfast as I'm combining low carb with the 16:8 diet.
brill thank you. Kotinka, what else are you staple meals?
Check out the recipe thread for ideas, plus loads of us share our daily menus on the Bootcamp threads
Just thought of another:
Nigella's eggs in purgatory.
It's a basic tomato sauce, like you would make for pasta, so tinned toms, garlic, herbs or whatever.
then you poach a couple of eggs in the sauce.
finish with parmesan.
makes a change anyway.
Anyone else got any ideas?
for breakfast i have a fried egg with mashed up butter and a sausage and mushrooms,
for lunch i have lettuce, cucumber, onion, celery and yellow pepper with either tuna and cheese or ham and cheese.
tea is normally pork chops with broccoli and cauliflower sliced green beans and the the stir in Philadelphia mushroom sauce.
when i feel hungry i just drink a bit of water or do exercise. i have stopped feeling as hungry now.
So here goes...
-Scrambled eggs are the quickest - with butter and cheese usually. Sometimes with spring onions/tomatoes/mushrooms or whatever.
-Streaky bacon with eggs or with some boursin used kind of like a condiment.
Salad of pre-cooked chicken/ham/tuna/cheese/egg mayo, rocket, toms, cucumber and onions. BORING
pork chop or a strip of belly pork, roasted. BORING
cauliflower cheese made with philadelphia/cream/parmesan/lea & perrins
Bolognese without the pasta.
Takeaway curry (no rice/bread) or tikka lamb chops/paneer.
So please, what are you going to be eating this week?
I'm starting again today after about a month off where the weight has piled on.
I could do with some inspiration for my meal plans as I tend to get into a rut of just roasting a single portion of meat and being too lazy to prepare any veg to go with it.
I find the chat/bootcamp threads too lengthy and fast moving to wade through looking for ideas, so maybe this would be an easy way of collating meal inspiration?
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