Low Carb Feasts…

Where the hell have I been, you may be asking, or not if you don’t read my blog. Ah eternal hope of more readers…

Anyway, I have had such a mental couple of weeks, I feel like a whirlwind, which isn’t unusual considering I’m a general haphazard clumsy oaf. I have had a blogging block for the last couple of weeks. I haven’t had much to say to be honest and have been enjoying just taking a week or so off really.

I digress, this week I have been trying out some low carb recipes for my dinner. I still eat carbs for lunch, I’m not a monster. However, I have cut them out of my breakfast routine and my evening meals. I was finding that I was really suffering with bad stomach aches after I was eating a carb heavy meal in the evening.

So, I wanted to share with you my week of recipes for evening meals that I have been trying out. These recipes are for two but just double up or slim down the quantities as needed.

Day 1: Italian Feast

What you will need:

2 Chicken Breasts
2 Courgettes
Parmesan Cheese
Panko Breadcrumbs
Avocado
Mozzarella
Tomato
Parma Ham
2 Baking Trays
Olive Oil

This one is so easy, it’s defo my go to meal now if I don’t have a lot of time in the evening. Its made up of Garlic Chicken, baked courgette crisps and a small anti pasti plate. I use the Maggi So Juicy Garlic Chicken, to cook my chicken breasts in, they go in the oven for about 35-40 minutes at 180 degrees C. While that is cooking I prep my courgettes, I slice the courgettes into rounds about the thickness of a pound coin (maybe a bit bigger). To coat the courgettes I make a dry mix of panko breadcrumbs about 2 tablespoons and about 2 handfuls of good parmesan cheese. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the courgettes and coat them in the cheesy mix, pop them on an oily baking tray.

 

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These can go in the oven about 20 minutes into the cooking time of the chicken at the same temperature. To make my small anti pasti plate. I simply cut up the avocado, mozzarella and tomato and place all of that with Parma ham on a plate, sprinkle black pepper on it and drizzle it with some really good oil.

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Day 2: Steak and Broccoli Stir Fry

What you will need:

Thin Steak Cuts (I used Beef Escalope’s)
1 Broccoli Head
A packet of Sharwood’s Spicy Szechuan Stir Fry Melts

If you thought the last one was easy, then this is the bigger better brother of easy. This legit took me 15 minutes to cook. Perfect for a quick mid week meal.

First off I cut the steak into thin slices, while you’re slicing, put some boiling water on for the broccoli. Heat some oil in a wok, I just use veggie oil, any oil with a high smoking point is good. Otherwise your house is like an episode of London’s Burning ( non 90’s kids look this up)

Stir fry the pieces of steak for a couple of minutes, I like to keep my steak pink, but go for 5 minutes if you like yours well done. Pour over the stir fry melts and just heat that through. Take the steak mix off the heat.

Blanch your broccoli, I cook mine until it’s just tender, I like it to still have a crunch when I serve it. Drain the broccoli pour into the steak mix with a tiny bit of the cooking water. Warm the steak and broccoli mix through. I serve this in big bowls and sprinkle with some sesame seeds for some extra crunch. Voila, you’re done!

Day 3: Sausage and Beans with Carrot Crush

What you will need:

8 Pork Sausages
1 can of Butter Beans, 1 can of Cannellini Beans
1 can of tinned tomatoes
1 red pepper, 1 white onion
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of chilli powder
2 cubes of chicken stock
Tablespoon of butter
As many carrots as you like

This right here is comfort food! I made this on a Sunday when I had a bit of a hangover and it fixed me right up. The sauce almost turns creamy because of the beans and the little bit of spice just mixes it up a bit.

First of all brown your sausage and get some nice colour on them, put them to one side. Soften the onion and pepper in a large pan, I use a heavy based saucepan, I use olive oil to cook in for this recipe. Add your garlic and spices, let those bad boys get into the onion mixture, then add the tinned tomatoes. Bring this to the boil and add one of the stock cubes. Add both the cans of beans with the water they are kept in, simmer the mixture for 10 minutes.

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Add your sausages and keep this on the lowest heat for about half and hour. In this time boil your carrots in water and the other chicken stock cube. Wait until the carrots have softened and drain them. Add some butter, salt and pepper to taste and get mashing. I use just a regular potato masher but you can blitz this in the food processor if you want more of a puree.

Devour…

Day 4: Chicken, Bacon and Leek Bake with Carrot Fries

What you will need:

2 Chicken breasts
1 Leek
1 packet of smoked bacon
1 packet of Schwartz Chicken and Leek Bake Sauce Mix
3/4 pint of semi skimmed milk
Grated cheddar cheese to top
As many carrots as you like
Panko breadcrumbs

Now you will have to forgive me as this contains a packet sauce mix. Gasp! I know I’m a sinner but a girls got to have shortcuts when cooking after work, work, work, work, work… sorry can’t help myself

On the plus side, this is so so tasty, who doesn’t like bacon? Okay, start by slicing and dicing your chicken and bacon, there’s no right way to do this just chunks that you feel good with. Add in the leeks and fry those off in a tiny bit of oil. Mix the packet sauce with the milk, pour over the chickeny baconny goodness. Transfer into an ovenproof dish, top with the cheese and bake at 200 degrees c for 20 minutes.

Before you put your bake in the oven, prep your carrots. I peel them, slice them into batons (fingers) and spray with a bit of the light oil spray, roll them around in the breadcrumbs and transfer to an oiled baking tray. They should be ready in the same time as your chicken. Feel free to mix things up with your carrot fries, I like them with a pinch of cumin on as well, they go really good with burgers as well, if you want a healthy option. (snigger)

This is really good and you don’t feel like you’re cutting anything carby as the carrot fries go so crispy.

Day 5: Lettuce Wrapped Tacos with Guacamole

What you will need:

Romaine Lettuce
500g Beef Mince
2 Peppers
1 White Onion, 1 Red Onion
2 Small avocados
1 Lime
1 Tomato
1/2 Clove of garlic
Spices: Paprika, Chilli Powder, Cumin
1 can of Tinned tomatoes
Grated cheddar cheese

Hands up if you like Mexican food, insert sassy girl hand up emoji here. I love Mexican but wanted a way of getting rid of the wraps and tortilla chips that I love soooo much. If you have ever been on a food board on Pinterest you have probably seen these before. They are yummy, easy to make and you don’t feel too bad for over eating.

First off chop your peppers and onions, then start cooking on a low heat until they soften slightly. Add you spices to the pepper and onion mix, then add your mince and start browning it. Once the mince is browned add your tinned tomatoes, leave it on a low heat so the mixture can reduce and get nice and spicy.

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While that is going on, make you guac. Scoop out your avocados and mash them up. Dice you onion and tomato, grate the garlic over them and chop them all in together so they can mingle. Put this mixture into the avocado, add the juice of the lime and sea salt to taste.

Serve the mince mixture in the large leaves of the romaine lettuce, scoop of guac on top, sprinkle of cheese and you’re good to go.

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Stuff ya face…

I hope you try some of these, I loved making them and they will be staples in my household! Comment, let me know what you think. Feel free to tweet me your own recipes, always up for trying new stuff!

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

8 thoughts on “Low Carb Feasts…

  1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for these! I’m just about to start a health kick but so many of the recipes I’ve seen look so unappealing. These look unreal, can’t wait to try them!

    Also it’s good to have you back. Glad you enjoyed your time off though, it can be really beneficial!

    Beth x

  2. Shouldn’t have read this unless I had just eaten! These look amazing! Great ideas and definitely inspired. It’s so good to have quick meals for during the week, and these sound s good. I’m definitely going to try the courgette crisps and the steak and broccoli soon. Bookmarking for meal inspo! xx

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