Carb or carbohydrate is one of the three main macronutrient ingredients of food. The primary sources of carbohydrate in the diet are plants and dairy products.
There are many simple and easy to prepare low-carb meals that you can enjoy within a few minutes. Listed below are 5 easy to prepare low-carb recipes that will make you healthy and fit.
- Egg – in – a Hole
Is egg one of your favorite foods in the morning? Hmm! That sounds good because with this simple recipe you will love your eggs even more.
This is for 1 sandwich.
1 slice of your favorite loaf bread
1 tablespoon of butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Press a hole inside the slice of bread using a biscuit cutter or a rim of a glass.
- Heat a skillet over a medium-low fire and melt in the butter. Place the slice of the bread in the skillet and crack the egg into the center of the hole when the butter is all spread out.
- Cook until the egg sets a bit on the bottom for 30 to 40 seconds. Sprinkle the egg with salt and pepper then flip it over with a spatula after a minute. Salt and pepper the other side too.
- Move the toast around in the skillet to absorb all the butter. Let it cook until the yolk feels mushy.
Key to make it perfect: golden brown toast, white whites, and soft unbroken yolk.
- Buttery Grilled Shrimps
Shrimps in your diet have never been tastier than this easy to prepare recipe. You can do this recipe also when you go camping next time!
This makes 8 servings.
2 pounds uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons lemons juice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
- Combine the first five ingredients then set aside 1/4 cup. Thread all the shrimps into an eight metal or soaked wooden skewers.
- Cover then grill the shrimp over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until the shrimps turn pink. Baste it occasionally with butter mixture. Remove from grill then brush with reserved butter mixture.
- Lemon-Pepper Tilapia with Mushroom
Did you miss eating fish? This recipe is one easy way of incorporating fish into your diet. Tilapia with mushrooms on the go!
This makes 4 servings.
4 tilapia fillets preferably 6 ounces each
1/2 pounds sliced fresh mushrooms
3/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning, divided
2 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 medium chopped tomato
3 thinly sliced green onions
- Using a 12-in skillet, heat butter over medium fire. Put all the mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper. Let it cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes until tender. Put in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
- Place fillets on top of mushrooms; sprinkle with paprika, cayenne, and the remaining lemon pepper. Cover for another 5 to 7 minutes or until fish begins to separate easily with a fork. Put tomato and green onions on top. Serve and enjoy.
- Acorn Squash with Spiced Applesauce and Maple Drizzle
Squash is no ordinary food for it is loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals. So why not include it in your low-carb diet. Here’s a unique way of enjoying your squash.
This will make 6 servings.
1 Acorn winter squash (4 inches diameter)
5 teaspoons unsalted butter stick
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup Applesauce (no ascorbic added, unsweetened, canned)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar-free Maple flavored syrup
- Preheat oven at 350°F. Slice the squash into 2, deseed then cut into 6 parts.
- Put aluminum foil in a sheet pan. Get 1 tablespoon of butter then melt it. Use the melted butter to brush on squash then put some salt and pepper. Put on pan then bake until squash becomes tender (use fork to test) for about 20 minutes.
- Heat the applesauce for 3 minutes in a small pot. Put in 2 teaspoons butter cinnamon and let it cook more another 30 seconds.
- Before serving, put a blob of applesauce mixture and a drizzle of maple syrup.
- Mini Quiches
Eggs are common in our kitchen. You can fry them, boil, or why not try this simple yet unique way of having eggs in your diet.
This will make 8 servings.
3 plum tomatoes
2/3 cup mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup pepper jack
1/3 cup sweet Vidalia onion
1/3 cup sliced pickled jalapenos
2/3 cup sliced soppressata salami
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- Ready oven and preheat it at 325°F and grease a muffin tin (15” x 11”).
- Cut and combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Season them with salt, pepper, and cayenne.
Note: You can add into the mix your favorite spice to make a new burst of flavor.
Another tip: If you want some crunch, you can fry the salami before putting it in the egg mixture.
- Crack the eggs into a bowl then whisk them thoroughly.
- Put in your heavy cream then continue whisking. Together with the cheese, this mixture will give fluffiness and moisture to the eggs.
- Pour time! Use an ice cream scooper to ensure that the mini quiches will be almost of the same size. Since the quiches will rise, make sure to give some space. Remember to give enough space for the scoops to rise.
- Put your batch in the middle rack of the oven for about 25 minutes or until the golden brown appears.
- Don’t worry much about taking them out as they surely became smaller in their tins.
- You’re now ready for your mini quiches! You can serve it hot with your bacon, bread, or any favorite pairing.
Many people opted for a low-carb diet for weight loss but some low-carb diets can have other health benefits like reducing risk factors linked to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Include these easy and nutritious recipes, in your recipe book and be healthy!