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Tarragon Chicken & ‘Rice’ Soup

Posted on October 26, 2020 by

Using riced cauliflower in your favorite soup recipes brings down the carbs while maintaining the balance of textures!

Ingredients
4 cups chicken broth
2 large chicken breast halves, cooked and diced
1 small onion, diced
1 cup chopped or shredded carrots
4 stalks celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbls dried tarragon
1 tsp dried basil
½ tsp fresh ground pepper
1 package frozen riced cauliflower

Directions
1. Cook your chicken breasts in the broth until done. Remove from broth and dice.
2. Return chicken to pot and add everything else but the riced cauliflower.
3. Simmer until carrots are tender and add frozen riced cauliflower. (do not cook first)
4. Simmer until tender & serve!

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 156
Total Fat 4.6g
Total Carbohydrates 9.7g
Dietary Fiber 3.4g
Protein 19.2g

Print Recipe: Tarragon Chicken Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Posted on September 18, 2020 by

A quick and easy soup with staples from your pantry!

Ingredients
2 cans black beans, drained & rinsed
1 can Rotel tomatoes (any variety)
2 cups chicken broth
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp cilantro
4 Tbls light sour cream
1 green onion, sliced

Directions
1. Drain and rinse beans. Add to soup pot.
2. Add tomatoes and chicken broth.
3. Stir in seasonings and heat over medium-high heat until hot.
4. Divide into bowls and top with 1 Tablespoon sour cream and sprinkle with green onions.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 152
Total Fat 4g
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Protein 9g

 

Print Recipe: Spicy Black Bean Soup

Low Carb Shrimp Sushi Bowl

Posted on September 11, 2020 by

A colorful dish that’s filled with flavors!

Ingredients
1 lb cooked shrimp, chilled
1 avocado, sliced
½ cucumber, sliced thin
1 green onion, sliced
4-6 sheets nori, sliced into ribbons
Black or toasted sesame seeds to sprinkle
1 package frozen riced cauliflower
2 Tbls rice vinegar
¼ cup mayo
2-3 tsp Sriracha sauce

Directions
1. Thaw shrimp and chill.
2. Heat riced cauliflower to package instructions. Stir in vinegar & mix well. Divide into bowls and allow to cool.
3. Mix mayo with Sriracha sauce and spoon into plastic bag. Seal & cut small tip off one side to drizzle.
4. Arrange shrimp, avocado slices, cucumber slices, green onion & nori on top of riced cauliflower.
5. Drizzle spicy mayo over entire bowl and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 358
Total Fat 18g
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Protein 31g

Print Recipe: Low Carb Shrimp Sushi Bowl

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Kabobs

Posted on August 14, 2020 by

Pair shrimp kabobs with a fresh garden salad and a slice of melon!

Ingredients
1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
3 Tbls olive oil
Salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Toss basil leaves, garlic, parmesan, olive oil and seasonings together in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until blended smooth.
  2. Combine raw shrimp with pesto and allow to marinate for an hour. (I don’t always have an hour and it still tastes great)
  3. Soak 4 wooden skewers in water for 20-30 minutes. Thread shrimp onto skewers and place on metal outdoor grill pan.
  4. Cook over medium-hot grill until shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat immediately to avoid over-cooking. 6-8 minutes should be enough.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil & extra shredded parmesan if desired.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories         220
Total Fat          13g
Total Carbohydrates  1g
Dietary Fiber       0g
Protein           25g

Print Recipe: Grilled Pesto Shrimp Kabobs

Parmesan Meatloaf Minis

Posted on August 07, 2020 by

All of the flavors of Chicken Parmesan without the carbs!

Ingredients
1 lb ground turkey (or chicken)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ small onion, minced
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
2 Tbls fresh basil, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
1 cup marinara sauce
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil.
  2. Mix together ground turkey, Parmesan, garlic, onions, Italian seasoning, basil, salt & pepper and egg.
  3. Divide into 4 equal parts and shape into mini loaves.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Remove from oven and spoon 2-3 Tbls of marinara sauce over each loaf and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Return pan to the oven and place under the broiler until cheese is browned & bubbly.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories         305
Total Fat          16g
Total Carbohydrates  11g
Dietary Fiber       2g
Protein           28g

Print Recipe: Parmesan Meatloaf Minis

Tomato & Spinach Frittatas

Posted on July 27, 2020 by

For breakfast, brunch or appetizers!

Ingredients
2 cups baby spinach
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
10 eggs
¼ cup milk
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Divide spinach, tomatoes & cheese in the muffin cups.
  3. Mix eggs, garlic, milk and salt & pepper in large bowl and whisk together.
  4. Pour mixture evenly into each cup.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.

Makes 12 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories         82
Total Fat          5.4g
Total Carbohydrates  2.3g
Dietary Fiber       .6g
Protein           6.4g

Print Recipe: Tomato and Spinach Fritattas

Cucumber Noodle Salad

Posted on May 06, 2020 by

You’ll want to serve this often – so easy to toss together and it looks like you fussed!

Ingredients
1 English cucumber
1 large carrot
3 Tbls lime juice
1 tsp honey
2 tsp olive oil
2 green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Tbls peanuts, chopped small

Directions

  1. Mix lime juice, honey, olive oil, green onions, garlic, red pepper flakes & cilantro together in medium bowl.
  2. Spiralize or cut cucumber & carrots. Allow cucumber to sit on paper towel for a few minutes to absorb excess moisture.
  3. Add cucumber & carrot to dressing and toss. Top with chopped peanut & serve!

Note: I used a large spiralizer blade for the cucumbers and a small one for the carrots. Both cucumber and carrots could be cut in rounds or julienne strips.

Makes 2-3 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories       125
Total Fat        7g
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber   3g
Protein        3g

New York Strip Steak with Herbed Butter

Posted on May 05, 2020 by

Pair it with fresh veggies or a colorful salad! (adjust the portion to control the calories & fat)

Ingredients
2 New York strip steaks (4-5 oz)
2 Tbls red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp oregano
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbls olive oil

2 Tbls butter
1 Tbls fresh chives
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper

Directions

  1. Mix vinegar through olive oil together in large resealable bag. Add steaks and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes in refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature prior to grilling.
  2. Mix butter, chives, garlic & pepper. Set aside.
  3. Grill steaks over medium heat to desired doneness. Allow meat to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing. Top with herbed butter and serve with green veggies or a side salad.

Makes 2 servings

Nutrition Facts: (for 4-ounce steak with 1 Tbls butter)
Calories       460
Total Fat        31g
Total Carbohydrates 2g
Dietary Fiber   1g
Protein        41g

Print Recipe: New York Strip Steak with Herbed Butter

Recipe for Cucumber Noodle Salad

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken with Provolone

Posted on May 01, 2020 by

Pair it with fresh veggies or a colorful salad!

Ingredients
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (3 oz ea)
8 spears asparagus, trimmed to 6-7”
2 slices provolone cheese
Italian seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste 

Directions

  1. Pound out chicken breasts to ¼” thickness.
  2. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on inside of each breast and place 4 spears of asparagus on top.
  3. Roll chicken breast around asparagus and place seam side down in baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle top with more Italian seasoning.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until juices run clear.
  6. Cover each chicken breast with a slice of provolone cheese and spinkle with salt & pepper.
  7. Return to oven until cheese melts.
  8. Serve with a salad or veggies.

Makes 2 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories       280
Total Fat        14g
Total Carbohydrates 4g
Dietary Fiber   2g
Protein        34g

Print Recipe: Asparagus Stuffed Chicken with Provolone

Meal Planning Tips and Menu Ideas

Posted on March 24, 2020 by

Now, more than ever, it’s important to plan your meals and snacks.  If you’re working from home, the kitchen & pantry are just too close for comfort! Really, the last thing you want to get out of your time in quarantine is a larger waistline.

Take the time you’re saving by not commuting and plan your next week or 2 of meals and snacks.  It’s easier than you may think.  Use this handy template or create your own on a whiteboard – whatever works for you!  CFWLS Weekly Meal Planner

Where to start?

  1. Consider how much protein you need for your day.  What is your carbohydrate cap? These are the first 2 things you need to think about.
  2. Make a list of all of the proteins and vegetables in your freezer, refrigerator & pantry. These are things you won’t need to add to your grocery list and a good start for your menu plan.
  3. Find recipes that use the primary ingredients that you have on hand. A great place to start is our Blog page or our Pinterest page. Pick out 4 or 5 to try this week. Most of them are quick & easy and use ingredients that you have on hand or are easy to find. The nutritional information is included but you may need to adjust for serving size if you’re eating less than indicated.
  4. You will want to use the perishables first so look at the proteins & veggies you found in the frig. They will be the key additions to your meals and snacks the early part of your week. I find it easiest to start with dinner (or the main meal of the day) and work from there. Pencil in those meals and you’ve begun!
  5. Fill in the remaining main meals with recipes that contain the items that you found in your freezer and add any missing ingredients to your shopping list.
  6. Breakfasts don’t have to be complicated. Protein shakes, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and the like can be quick and satisfying options. Stay away from any starchy items in your pantry as they tend to lead you toward a slippery slope when it comes to carbs later in the day. Pencil in your week with healthy options that you have and add any missing things to your list.
  7. I leave lunches until last because it’s a great place to use the leftovers from any previous meals. Figure out what you will have left over and slip it into your lunches for the week.  Keep in mind that the end of the week dinners may slip into next week’s plan.
  8. Snacks will be used to make up the rest of your protein target.  Keep in mind that many of these sources will also have carbohydrates so choose wisely.  Here’s our handy ‘Sack Lunch and Snack Ideas Trifold‘ handout for reference.
  9. Now, before you forget, order those missing items from your local grocery store.  Online shopping has made it easy but keep in mind that the wait time right now is longer than normal. You may need to plan on picking up your items (or having them delivered) will be 2 or 3 days out and some items may be out of stock. (plan for allowances) You can refer to our Low Carb Shopping List for more ideas to keep on hand for next week.

Additional resources:
Low Carb Substitutions for Cooking & Baking
Tips on Cooking and Low-Carb Eating
Baritastic Tips – A Great Tracking Tool!
CFWLS Monthly Menu Planner – for long range planning
Kids lunch and snack handout
Menu planner – 3 weeks – these are done for you but you can switch it up a bit!

Enjoy! This can truly be a fun and rewarding experience and is a great teaching tool for family members. Get the kids involved – they catch on quickly.

Reach out to me with any questions! Dawn@CFWLS.com