This easy to follow Moussaka recipe is ideal when looking to add variety to your low carb diet. Perfect for dinner and only 17 net carbs per portion.
Traditionally a Greek Moussaka is made with Aubergines, Minced Lamb, Potatoes and a Bechamel Sauce. In this low carb version I have replaced the potatoes with butternut squash and the bechamel sauce with Greek yoghurt.
Moussaka is made by layering the vegetables with a lightly spiced lamb sauce and then baking it to integrate the delicious flavours and permeate them throughout the dish.
This simple recipe does involve several stages in the preparation so be prepared to allow time for this. This will include how to stabilise your yoghurt to prevent it curdling when cooking.
Check out the recipe below.
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These delicious Peanut Butter Cookies provide a sweet tasting snack. Whilst I find eating low carb does not actually leave me needing to snack often, it is still nice now and again to be able to have a “biscuit” with your cuppa. I tried a range of different ingredients but often found cookies or biscuits dry, that was until I found these little beauties. Net carbs 1g per cookie (appx.5cm diameter).
I am not sure which website I found them on so apologies for not citing but I have been making these for a couple of years now so I do not need to refer to a recipe, they are that simple.
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These little Egg Muffins are a brilliantly versatile item for any lunch box. One of the things I find most difficult about watching my carbs is food on the go. Maybe office lunch or a picnic with friends. These wonderful muffins give a variety of easy and cheap alternatives to fulfil midday hunger.
The muffins can be made quickly and easily in advance and will hold up in the fridge for at least 3 days. They can be frozen and can be taken out as they required. Depending on your chosen filling, they can become a little watery once defrosted, but they really are so quick to make you may prefer to make a fresh batch as required.
Perfect to eat cold, but if you have the facilities to heat them, such as a microwave then they are even more gorgeous. Net Carbs 7g per muffin.
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This Low Carb Alternative Lasagne Recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds. The marriage of a fresh Bolognese tomato sauce, creamy cheese sauce and fresh pasta is my idea of a heavenly dinner. With the alternative pasta recipe included there are only 17.5 g net carbs per portion.
There are many alternative ways to make the cheese sauce and the use of different commodities to replace the pasta sheets between the meat and sauce. I have used cooked leeks, aubergines and red cabbage to make my layers and the results were fully edible, but still not a patch on an original pasta lasagne. That is until I found the following recipe for an alternative to lasagne sheets from peaceloveandlowcarb.com. What a fabulous find, it really is as good as the real thing.
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I will admit to you, there is nothing that can replace freshly made pasta; however when watching our carbs we cannot possibly afford to consider pasta; but we do not have to miss out on those favourites such as Bolognese and Carbonara and with these Zoodles made from courgettes compliment your favourite pasta sauce dishes well. Check out my Beef Bolognese Sauce.
TIP: You do need to plan ahead when using Zoodles as you will need to leave them to drain. The longer they drain, the dryer they will be. Courgettes are full of water and so if you do not drain as much moisture out as possible then you will end up with a soggy mess which will neither taste that good and will make your sauce sloppy.
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This Italian dessert lends itself to a low-carb option. Replacing the sugar with sweetener and then you have a delicious authentic low-carb dessert. 8 net carbs per portion.
I have used a fresh vanilla pod in the past which is the traditional ingredient; today I experimented by using vanilla extract and although I would happily serve this to guests as it is still yummy, I would suggest that you cannot beat using the real thing.
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A mild light creamy coconut and peanut sauce with a Thai influence. 9 net carbs per portion.
The recipe below uses chicken breast but other meats which you could use may include chicken thighs, pork loin and turkey.
If you want to spice the chilli heat up then you need to adjust the red chilli in the marinade to suit your own palate.
TIP: This has also proved a perfect dish for entertaining. You can serve with egg noodles to your guests not observing low carbs and for those who are, you can use a low carb alternative such as fettuccini made with Organic Edamame and mung bean (NC 5g pp).
Cook all the noodles / pasta before your guests arrive and refresh in cold water, then heat them up just prior to serving. The chicken dish will hold well in a warming dish or oven so you do not have to be attending to any last minute cooking once your guests arrive.
See recipe below
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Cornish pasties are obviously from Cornwall, England. Traditionally made with meat, potato and vegetable mixture enveloped by pastry. Yes pastry – I had not considered these for my low-carb blog until I found a recipe for Fat Head Pastry. Original recipe I used can be found here: https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/fat-head-sausage-rolls/
Wow if I can make a low-carb pastry then maybe I could include Cornish Pasties. My version below is only 9 net carbs per portion.
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Welcome to my recipe for Classic Beef Bolognese Sauce. This sauce is perfect served with Courgette (Zucchini) noodles – Zoodles, to make a low-carb meal however it is also yummy with spaghetti making it into a classic spaghetti Bolognese, (but not low-carb). You could also use this sauce in my low-carb Lasagne so make up a batch and store half for a meal later in the week or freeze it for another day. 12.5 net carbs per portion.
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This is a delicious Italian aubergine stew using lovely ripe fresh ingredients to really allow you to experience a taste of Sicily. Nice and quick, can be prepared and cooked within about 35 minutes. 20.5 net carbs per portion.
This Sicilian Caponata is great as a filling main meal for dinner. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
For family members not participating in a low carb diet, a few slices of fresh bread or some pasta will give a further authentic feel.
Please see Sicilian Aubergine Stew recipe below.
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