Bikini season coming up, this inevitably leads to a sudden last-minute renewed interest in low-carb diets. I must admit I totally follow this trend, although I would never want to follow a really low-carb diet like Atkins or Dukan.
Pinterest is always a great place for recipe inspiration: here are 5 ideas you can regularly find on Pin boards. They may or may not sound interesting if you’re trying to reduce carbs like grains, potatoes, pasta etc. I’ve put many recipe ideas to the test: some are worth a try, while others don’t really do the trick when it comes to replacing classic carb-loaded comfort foods.
Various things made with cauliflower
Cauliflower pizza, cauliflower rice, cauliflower pop corn… Cauliflower ideas look good but they never taste like the real thing, but just like cauliflower. Furthermore, making a cauliflower pizza crust is way too much of a hassle for something that doesn’t taste like pizza unless it’s loaded with mozzarella.My favorite way to prepare cauliflower is the way my French grandmother used to make it: baked in a gratin with a little bit of Béchamel sauce.
Using nori to make wraps or low-carb sushis
Nori, the Japanese seaweed used to make sushi, is a great product to make various wraps. It can be a bit pricy but it’s way easier to digest than a store-bought ready-made whole wheat wrap. Some of my favorite recipes: these canned tuna sushis and low-carb sushi from Dr. Sara Solomon.
Portobello mushrooms as burger buns
The problem with baking big portobello mushrooms to use as buns instead of bread is that you have to have at least a decent oven. As they’re pretty big, they may take quite a while to bake. You can also try to cook them in a pan, but it’s still the same problem: you have to be patient enough for them to cook completely. A similar recipe idea would be Dr. Sara Solomon’s McMuffin made with eggplant.
“Zeggs” are zucchini and egg whites cooked in a small amount of water to resemble oatmeal. They may resemble oatmeal visually, but there’s no way you would mistake them for real oatmeal. Though the idea sounds interesting, I would much rather make myself a nice omelet with pieces of zucchini instead of a mushy-watery mixture.
Various baked goods made with coconut flour
Yes, coconut flour has great nutrition facts for low carb baking: for 100 g of flour, you get 20 g of protein, 10 g of fat, 4 g of carbs and 60 g of fiber. But the problem is, (1) it’s still very pricy for what it is (a package costs 10 euro here in Europe) and (2) it makes everything you bake taste the same. Yes, it’s very filling and it helps curb down carb-cravings, but it also make all your bake goods look coarse and clumsy!
What about you, what are you favoring low-carb go-to dishes?