Low Carb Meals

The healthy way of life is home cooked food. It does require some effort, but no doubt, it is worth it all. Most people find it difficult to cope up with cooking at the end of hard day at work. But, with the option of the slow cooker, it is not so much of a worry. And with most urban cities of the country getting the piped gas connection, one does not have to worry about the consumption of gas. Another option is the electronic cookers.
Being an integral ingredient of plant life carbs are found in fruits and vegetables. Though not a dietary requirement, as such, yet foods without carbs are not possible. This is because carbs are regarded as the actual energy source for the body. Those, who are into a lot of physical activity, are recommended to eat carbohydrates, come what may. However, those who lead a more or less sedentary lifestyle are recommended to indulge in the low carb recipes.

In fact, body builders and those into aerobics and other such high-energy activities, require higher amounts of carbs; as they are sources of quick-burning energy. But then otherwise one needs to cook their vegetables in away that maximum carbs are removed. Usually boiling and steaming vegetables does the needful. That is why nutritionists and dieticians recommend a lot of boiled food.

Even the carbohydrate content in rice can be reduced considerably if the water is drained out before serving, rather than letting the rice absorb the water, which contains all the starch.

Here are some interesting, and yet simple low carb recipes. They do not take much time to prepare, and are yet delicious.

Spinach Lasagna recipe

A packet of lasagna noodles
¾ cup low cal butter/margarine
1 finely chopped onion
Finely chopped spinach
Sliced mushrooms
1 diced tomato
finely sliced black or green olives
1 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste
Grated cottage cheese
Finely sliced mozzarella cheese
Low carb pasta sauce

Melt the butter/margarine in a cooking pan. Then add the onion and cook till golden brown. Add the spinach, mushrooms, tomato, olives, pepper and salt. Let it for about twenty minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In the baking dish add one-third of the lasagna noodles. Then add the cottage cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese. Then spread the spinach mixture evenly over this layer. Place a second layer of noodles and then spread the remaining spinach mixture evenly. Place the third layer of noodles. And finally add the remaining mozzarella cheese. Let it bake for not more than 45 minutes.  When serving you could garnish it finely chopped olives and a few slices of tomato and onion.

Stir Fried Vegetables recipe

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Garlic paste (2 cloves)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 finely sliced onion
Broccoli florets
Baby corn
Sliced red bell pepper
Soya Sauce

Heat the oil and then add the ginger and garlic stirring it for 20 seconds. Add the onions and stir-fry till golden brown. Then add the vegetables. Add the Soya Sauce. Stir the entire mixture for a few minutes.

Colorful Soup recipe

1 finely chopped onion
Chopped celery
Grounded garlic
1 chopped red bell pepper
1 chopped carrot
1 Tablespoon sweet paprika
3 teaspoons of turmeric powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 bay leaf
2 chopped tomatoes
Chopped spinach
Chopped French beans
Salt and pepper
2 to 3 cups of vegetable stock
1 Tablespoon of olive oil

First heat the oil in a large soup pot. Then add the onion and celery and for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Then add the red bell pepper and carrot. Then add the spices and let it all blend in for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and vegetable stock. Bring to boil and then let it simmer for about twenty minutes.