Bacon, Egg, Avocado and Tomato Salad

This recipe is based on on one from Marks Daily Apple blog. It is a delicious filling warm salad and so quick to make.

INGREDIENTS – 2 SERVINGS

Egg, tomato, avocado and warm bacon salad

  • 1 avocado, cut in chunks
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, cut in chunks
  • 1 small tomato, cut in chunks
  • 2 strips bacon,
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Carbs: 4.5g approx per serving
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Low Carb Cauliflower Pizza

Low carb cauliflower pizzaCauliflower Pizza is one we’ve had on our list to try for ages and we finally made it recently. It’s a much healthier option than regular pizza and was surprisingly good. Also not difficult at all especially if you have a blender – we do and we use it most days. (A tip someone gave me was to leave it on your kitchen counter – that way you are more likely to use it). This recipe is based on this Cauliflower Pizza from Popsugar, You can leave out the cheese if you need to make a dairy free version and it still works well. Just top with your favorite toppings.

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Homemade chicken and beef stock

In last months recipe for Chicken Chowder, I mentioned that you could make your own stock. This post is going to tell you just how and why you might want to do that.

Homemade Beef StockIt is possible to just buy stock cubes in the supermarket though its difficult to find any that don’t contain added sugar. Why stock cubes need to have sugar added to them is another story!? Despite the added sugar, the amount of carbs per 100ml is generally very low and making your own soups etc with shop bought stock is obviously much preferable to buying ready made soups.

However, when I tried making stock recently and realised just how easy it is and when I read about the amazing health benefits of homemade stock, I thought it well worth the effort. It is fantastic for people with arthritis, skin issues, problems with bones, inflammation in the gut and more. See more on the benefits of homemade stock and bone broth here. Bone broth is similar to stock except that it is usually simmered for 24 hours whereas it takes about 4 hours for stock.

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Chicken Chowder

This recipe for Chicken Chowder is a variation on the one from the New Atkins New You cookbook and uses chicken and cauliflower instead of the traditional clams and potatoes used in chowder. You can buy chicken stock but a far healthier option is to make your own. So if you’ve had roast chicken for dinner, throw the remaining carcass into a pot with some vegetables and herbs and simmer for a few hours. See this recipe for an easy chicken broth recipe.

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Chilli Con Carne

Chilli Con Carne is a real favourite in our house. It’s also an easy recipe to make and one where you can easily double the ingredients and make enough for the following day as well. If you don’t like hot food, just go easy with the chillies or leave them out. With the red kidney beans, you can buy them in tins in most supermarkets. Otherwise if you buy dried kidney beans, you just need to remember to soak them in water the night before. Then you usually need to boil them for about 10 minutes and simmer them for roughly an hour. Continue reading

Roast vegetables

Roast Vegetables

Roast Vegetables

Roast vegetables are a great option on Atkins and go well with many meat or fish dishes. For instance you can have them with roast duck, lamb or beef. Just put your meat in the oven and add the vegetables about 40 minutes before the end (or less depending on the type of vegetables you choose). Continue reading

Low carb Moussaka

This delicious low carb Moussaka has become a regular meal in our house and is perfect for winter time. It is a lovely low carb warming dish and suitable for the induction phase. It works well with beef mince as well as lamb mince. It is best to slice the aubergine and cover with salt (see step one) a few hours beforehand. Continue reading

Low carb Fish Chowder

This delicious Atkins friendly low carb fish chowder is one we make all the time for lunch and is a perfect candidate for making extra so you have enough for a few lunches. Not only is it a good way to get fish into your diet, but it is also a nice option for a warm lunch. The original recipe is from the following excellent website: http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2012/11/hearty-fish-chowder.html All we’ve done here is translate the measurements to grams and millilitres instead of cups. Continue reading

Low carb cheesecake

Low Carb Cheesecake

Low Carbohydrate Cheesecake

This low carb cheesecake is simple to make and really delicious. You can either make a chocolate flavoured for for a lemon/orange flavoured cheesecake see the Alternative section at the end. If you are short on time, I often find it easier to make the base in the evening and then make the topping at a different time – that way the base is cool when you add the topping. Continue reading

Quick and Easy Salads on Atkins

Salads are an excellent option for lunches on Atkins and can be very quick and easy too. Of course, salads don’t need to be anything fancy – you can just take whatever ingredients you have in the fridge and add a tablespoon of full fat mayonnaise or another dressing. For instance you could choose from the following:

  • meat such as chicken, ham, turkey, pork – meat left over from foods you have cooked would be better as cooked meat you buy in packets tends  (unbelievably!) to have sugar added as well as other additives. It’s not very much but worth keeping in mind when making dinner so you can cook some extra meat for dinner so you can have it with your salad the next day.
  • tinned fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines or fish such as prawns or smoked salmon
  • cheese such feta, brie, cheddar, mozzarella, swiss cheese, goats cheese – and these are all acceptable in phase one
  • vegetables such as red, green or yellow bell peppers, lettuce, avocado, cucumber, radish, mushroom, olives, onion, spinach etc.

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Breakfast ideas on Atkins

Broccoli and Tomato Omelette

Broccoli and Tomato Omelette

Breakfast can be the biggest change you need to make to your eating habits once you start the Atkins way of eating. We’re so used to just having cereal and toast before rushing out of the house in the morning, if we eat anything at all. As a result the idea of having a hot breakfast or something more substantial takes a little getting used to (unless its a full Irish breakfast at the weekend!). However, once you make having a truly healthy (i.e. low-carb) breakfast a habit, it really becomes much easier and will transform your health as well as getting you to your goal weight and keeping you there. Continue reading

Creamed spinach

Low carb creamed spinach

Low carb creamed spinach

Creamed spinach is a delicious and very easy dish to make and would go great with fish. It is also naturally gluten free.

There are lots of recipes for this online but we’ve just done the work of converting cups to grams and using fresh spinach rather than the frozen spinach (not sure you can even buy this in Ireland?) you see in most recipes. Continue reading

Low Carb Valentine’s Feast

valentine's heartAs the Beatles once sang, “all you need is love”. And on St. Valentine’s Day we all should be receiving and giving some love to the one closest to us. Maybe you’ll pamper that special someone, buy them a sensual gift or treat them to a night out or maybe you will stay in, light some candles, put on some romantic music and treat to them to a lovely home cooked meal for two. If you are planning on cooking a special meal here is a Valentine’s Day themed menu, all low carb of course! Enjoy! Continue reading

Thai Chicken Curry and Cauliflower Rice

Back in 2011 when we began following a low carbohydrate lifestyle and the Atkins diet, one meal that we felt we would miss was currys. However as we learned more and more about the types of food that can be eaten, we discovered that there are ways to cook and enjoy meals such as curry and rice while still keeping it low-carb.

So, here is one of our top low-carb recipes of all time.  We know you’ll love it! Continue reading