Seems like eggs are a staple of the low carb lifestyle. At least at first. It’s pretty easy to get sick of eggs, however. I know I fell into the habit of having eggs nearly every morning when I first started eating more healthy and pretty quickly got sick of them. The problem is I didn’t have much of an imagination of what eggs could be besides over-easy, scrambled or boiled.
Thankfully, eggs are extremely versatile as well as healthy and quick. So I compiled some recipes for you to enjoy. Makes eating eggs more enjoyable again but also gives some variety in the way you enjoy them!
1. Deviled Eggs
These low carb deviled are basic but super delicious at the same time. If you’ve already got a bunch of hard boiled eggs sitting in your fridge already, then making these up should be fast. To add an extra bit of juiciness, top with a bit of crumbled bacon! These make the perfect lunchtime meal or the most popular dish at your next summer potluck or picnic!
2. Egg Salad
Again, another basic egg salad recipe. But I have to say usually the basic is not only the fastest way to go but also the tastiest! The great thing about egg salad is that there are so many things you can do with it. You can eat it as is. Eat it on a bed of salad greens for that extra bit of roughage. Put in a fathead bun or whole wheat pita and you have a great lunch time meal!
3. Avocado Egg Salad
This is one of my personally favorite ways to eat egg salad. I love the combination of the creaminess of the avocado but the tanginess that mayo gives it as well. I love topping my salads with this and just chowing down.
4. Cobb Salad
You know when you get down to the last part of the pay period? Like the last three or four days before payday? You know you’ve got all that lovely sandwich meat, salad greens, avocados, and bacon sitting in the fridge that needs to get eaten but you’re not sure what to do with it all? I introduce the Cobb Salad. Look at all that deliciousness in the same bowl? This recipe does include a suggestion for particular salad dressings, I’d say use what you have on hand. I’m pretty sure anything would taste good. Goodness, even just eating this without dressing would taste good as well!
Now that I’ve given my list of favorites, I’m curious to know what your favorite ways to eat eggs is. Let me know down in the comments! And in case you’re cool with eggs but not sure what else you could do with breakfast, my 8 Ways to Healthy Oatmeal can give you another few ideas to make breakfast time less boring and oh so delicious!
Today, I’m sharing an old family recipe. I got this great Betty Crocker cookbook for my wedding. It had a recipe for meatloaf that my husband and I were delighted to find was absolutely delicious. Its been a household staple since. Honestly though, I don’t make it very much. On lean paydays, it takes a lot of ground beef that sometimes you just can’t justify. And its a very long cook time – nearly 60-65 minutes in a conventional oven. Plus, once my husband and I started eating low carb/keto, the bread in my normal recipe made it a no-no. So I set out to find ways to make one of our favorite dishes that was diet friendly and easy to make. And what I came up with is my crockpot meatloaf.
The beauty of the internet is that you can sometimes find solutions to the problems you have with your favorite recipes. I starting seeing recipes for crockpot meatloaf. At minimum, that solves one of the problems with the long cook time. Throwing the loaf together is pretty simple and then letting it cook all day in the crockpot guarantees little stress after a busy day.
Almond flour also solves the bread problem. The flour helps to bulk up the meatloaf and makes it a-ok for keto as well as low carb eating. I will give you a bit of a warning however. Make sure not to overcook your meatloaf. This holds up pretty well, even with the lower fat ground beef but overcooking can dry it out. Learn from my mistake. Its not pretty but it sure did taste good!
Easy to throw together dinner that turns out so yummy in your crockpot.
I get it. Kids don’t like to eat their vegetables. Mine act like I’m asking them to eat dirt anytime dinner is served with a veg. I find, however, that if the vegetables are covered in something yummy, say a cream sauce, then they are more likely to give it a try. Its why this recipe for Creamy Chicken and Broccoli is so great. The creamy sauce not only makes the chicken taste divine but it also gives the broccoli enough flavor your kids may actually eat it!
Another great thing about this recipe is the fact that you get all the creaminess that makes chicken taste so good but its fast and easy without having to use garbage ingredients that you find in most ‘cream of’ soups. In fact, I’m willing to bet you won’t miss it at all because of how awesome this tastes. You replace the canned soup with wholesome stuff like cream, butter, chicken broth and spices. And don’t worry about messing up the sauce. Its practically foolproof. You throw it in, you let it simmer for a few minutes and wha-la! Dinner is served.
Your mouth not watering yet? How about some pizza instead? My No Carb Dish Pizza is sure to please even the pickiest eaters!
Simple. Easy. Tasty. Sound familiar? It should since that’s practically the name of my blog. It’s the whole reason I started it. I wanted to follow a low carb lifestyle and I needed recipes that not only tasted good but were quick to make. I belonged to an immensely supportive group on Facebook for people following the South Beach Diet as described in Dr. Agaston’s original books. Pamela Bongers had a brilliant recipe that I loved. The adaption of her one skillet dinner, Lemon Chicken Zucchini Skillet, follows all these principles. It takes less than 30 minutes to make. The ingredients are simple and easy to throw together. And it tastes amazing!
The secret ingredients to this dish’s amazingness are the lemon and the butter. You sauté the zucchini, onions and garlic in the butter and it gives that sweet savory flavor you crave at dinnertime. Then you throw in a little fresh lemon juice and lemon zest and it gives it a zippy fresh flavor that rounds out the meal. Your family will wonder why you don’t make it more often.
Depending on the type of low carb lifestyle you follow, like paleo, keto or some of the others, some really good sides for this could be cooked brown rice or a simple garden salad. I’ll tell you I thought I was in heaven when I added some Italian dressing to the salad. It complimented this lemon dish so well!
In the mood for something a little more hands off? Try my recipe for Chicken Vegetable Soup! You chop everything up, throw it in the pot and let it simmer and you’re good to go.
Lemon Chicken Zucchini Skillet
A zesty savory chicken dish that is fast and easy!