Think eating low-carb is boring? Think again! Here are ten very excellent (and very delicious) low-carb recipes that’ll make you wonder why you ever needed carbs in the first place.
(Except for cheesecake. Everyone needs cheesecake.)
Hello, Weary Chef-ers! I’m Kirsten, and I’ve been Andi’s social media assistant for the past couple of months. Having known Andi for a little while now, I can confirm that she is every bit as lovely as she appears to be within the pages of this website, and you should all give her a virtual high-five for being so awesome.
Andi’s asked me to write a bit about low-carb meals today; a topic I am veeeeeerry interested in. For the past few months I’ve been on a low-carb, high-fat diet called the ketogenic diet. I wrote a ginormous explanation of this on my own blog, if you want to have a look, but basically the keto diet turns your body into a FAT BURNING MACHINE.
There are also a whole heap of other health benefits that come with this diet, but I like it because you don’t have to count calories. Plus, it gives you a clearer mind and stops bloating. Also bacon. And peanut butter. Sometimes together. What a glorious combination. I’m not necessarily aiming to lose weight with this diet, although a couple of kilograms (or pounds for you Americans, which I assume is most of you – hello!) would be nice. I just find that I feel my best – inside and out – when I eat low-carb foods, and so I’ll continue to eat this way for a long while yet. Any diet where halloumi is not only acceptable, but encouraged, is okay with me.
However, the downside to eating low-carb is that it can be very restrictive. I found the diet to be quite hard when I started, but over time you learn to substitute high-carb foods for low-carb foods. Instead of milk in your coffee, you might have a bit of whipped cream or almond milk. Or instead of stuffing your face with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (a previous hobby of mine that I miss so dearly), you might whip up your own batch of keto-friendly peanut butter cups, like these ones here. Every so often I’ll have a “cheat day” and eat so much Pizza Hut that I actually turn into a giant pepperoni (because they’re greasy and round, like me post-pizza), but for the most part I don’t really miss any of the high-carb foods I used to eat. Oh, except for fruit. I love me a bit of fruit. Yesterday they were selling $1 punnets of strawberries at my local supermarket. They are usually $6 a punnet. Do you know how often this happens? Only when I’m on a diet, it seems. Australia is both cruel and expensive, man.
Anyway, back to what we’re all here for: food. Here are ten low-carb recipe ideas, all of which I wish I was eating right now:
Hi! Andi here. Thanks so much for this fab roundup, Kirsten. Be sure to leave her a comment letting her know what you think, and maybe she’ll be nice enough to write for us again soon!