Low Carb 1-2-3
Subtitled 225 Simply Great 3-Ingredient Recipes, this cookbook is perfect for anyone who wants to maintain a low carb diet with minimal effort and even less cooking time.
The 1-2-3 means that each recipe uses only 3 ingredients (except salt, pepper and water), is not only low in carbs but also is low calorie and low in saturated fat and is based on fresh, natural ingredients. Even though these recipes are incredibly simple and straight forward they all meet the requirements for the low carb and good carb plans such as the Atkins, South Beach, Sugar Busters, and Glycemic Index diets. As each recipe is also low in calories and saturated fat they are suitable for nearly every weight-loss program too!
The introduction covers the basics of "the 1-2-3 way" carb and calorie counting, using the 1-2-3 way with your favourite diet plan and more. Before diving straight into the recipes though you will also want to check out "The Low Carb 1-2-3 Kitchen" category which helps you set up a kitchen with everything you need to facilitate your low carb regime.
Recipe categories include: Morning Food; Party Food; Soups and Starters; Meat; Poultry; Fish and Shellfish; Vegetables and Side Dishes; Desserts. The Snacks and Menus category at the end includes many mini recipes and 52 menu suggestions to help you plan your days.
Each recipe is classified Very Low Carb (0-5 grams CTC), Low Carb (6-10 grams CTC) or Indulgent Low Carb (11-18 grams CTC) and shows the CTC (Carbs That Count) rate right at the top to help you choose the recipe for you. Nutritionist's Notes throughout the recipes helps explain ingredient choices, contain tips etc. to help you.
The last category 1-2-3 Food Lists contains a thumbnail list of Foods We Love, Foods We Love In Moderation, Foods We Like But Seldom Eat and Foods We Never Eat indicating the foods allowed and limited on a low carb diet.
Try this easy side dish:
String Beans with Roasted Garlic Butter
The roasted garlic butter, which you make yourself, is also dreamy on steamed broccoli, sugar snaps or snow peas, or atop any sauteed leafy greens. Garlic butter can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
Low Carb - Carbs That Count - 6.5 grams
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- 1 large bulb garlic
- 1/4 cup sweet whipped butter, at room temperature
- 1 pound green beans or wax beans
Wrap the whole bulb of garlic in a pouch of aluminum foil, making sure to tightly crimp the edges all around. Place the garlic in a metal baking pan and roast for 1 1/4 hours. Remove the garlic from the oven and let cool.
Cut in half through the equator and squeeze out the pulp into a medium-large bowl. Add the butter to the bowl and mash together with the garlic pulp. Set aside at room temperature.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
Trim the ends of the beans. Add the beans to the boiling water and cook over high heat until the beans are just tender, about 6 minutes. Immediately drain the beans in a colander, shaking off any excess water.
Add the beans to the bowl with the garlic butter and toss quickly. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 Servings
CTC - 6.57; Total Carbs - 10.58; Fiber - 4.01; Total Fat - 7.80; Sat Fat - 4.78; Protein - 2.62; Calories - 114
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