Onion and Goats Cheese Fritatta!

Looking for a vegetarian option for lunch? For me a leek and goats cheese Frittata is the perfect solution.

A great vegetarian option for dinner!

A great vegetarian option.

You can find the recipe over at The Travelling Chopsticks – HERE. But what I love about Fritattas is that I feel as though you can really mix up the ingredients. You can add more vegetables, change the cheese and herbs to get different flavours.

Funnily enough, leeks are exceptionally expensive here in Brasilia (who would have thought), so I made my fritatta with onions instead and it worked just as well:

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Served with a side salad of tomato and cucumbers you have yourself a really filling lunch that does not necessarily revolve around meat! Which is exactly what I need at the moment, with the copious amounts of steak I ate last weekend in Argentina!

The Importance of Planning!

When I first started on the LCHF diet, planning my weekly meals was essential. This ensured that I stayed on track and there was the right kind of food at home, so I never had any excuse to jump off that proverbial wagon.

Fast forward almost a year (5th of April!), and I still plan my weakly meals. Not only does it help us keep on track, but I like the other benefits of planning our meals, such as never buying unnecessary food, not wasting money, and actually being organised enough to try new recipes.

I got my weekly meal planner from a Swedish shop called Kiki K (I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to organisation!) however, you can easily make this your selves:

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(You will notice that last week I was in Argentina for a long weekend….I can ensure you I only eat good grass-fed beef, drank fantastic wine…and only one or possibly two empanadas managed to sneak their way into my diet..)

I have swapped out the “snack” option at the end for “exercise” as I like to be able to keep track of what I have planned during the week, to make sure I have at least 3 activities. Something that I have grown to dislike on quite a few of the LCHF blogs I have stumbled across is this notion that you can just eat LCHF and lose weight, that you don’t need to exercise. I think that if you are ever trying to lose weight, maintain weight or just have a healthy lifestyle – it is important to exercise!

If you are looking for a good meal plan to help kick start your LCHF lifesytle – take a look at THIS post from The Science of Human Potential, which goes into detail about getting started on LCHF. Here they give you a meal plan as well as some ideas for substituting some of your favourite carbs (they have actually linked to some of my recipes which I’m quite chuffed about 🙂

However, they do talk about ‘whatever days’ days when you can eat whatever you want, and although they do not condone or encourage these days, I just wanted to put in my opinion. I don’t think you should, ESPECIALLY in the beginning!

Your body takes time to adjust to a new way of eating, and in order to truly get into LCHF and feel the benefits, I think that it is particularly important, especially in the beginning to be strict. Give yourself a manageable time frame like one month. If after that one month, you do not think that this diet is for you, at least you have tried it! Anyway that was my two cents worth 😉

What do you guys find the hardest on starting or being on LCHF?

 

 

 

 

 

Beef Stroganoff with Cabbage “Noodles”

If you are looking for a delicious and very LCHF meal – look no further! I made this last week and it has to be one of my favourites! Creamy beef Stroganoff!

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Served with shredded fried cabbage that works as a form of noodle. It really is delicious and filling meal. You can find the recipe for the Stroganoff over at The Travelling Chopsticks, HERE 

In that recipe I used 2 tablespoon of flour to thicken the sauce, however depending on how strict LCHFer you are, this can be easily omitted. The sauce may not be as ‘thick’ but it will not impact the flavour at all.

Cabbage Noodles

To make the cabbage noodles it is very easy, you will need the following:

  • 1/2 head of cabbage, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tblsp butter (at least)
  • 1 tbslp oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Heat the olive oil and 1 tblsp of butter in a large frying pan. Once the oil is hot and the butter is melted add the cabbage to the pan. You will have a lot of cabbage, but you have to bear in mind this will shrink considerably.

Mix the cabbage around in the oil and butter and let it fry on its own, stirring it occasionally so it does not burn at the bottom.

Fry the cabbage until it has reduced considerably and is soft. Keep adding butter as needed. Although you mustn’t let it burn, do not be afraid of letting the cabbage brown, as this really releases a lot of wonderful flavour in the cabbage.

Once the cabbage is done, season with salt and pepper.

If you are using the cabbage as ‘noodle’  to accompany something like a stroganoff keep the flavours simple. However, you can always spice up you cabbage noodles with herbs, garlic or bacon if you want to use it more as a side dish.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Deconstructed Salad!

So, I hate the word “salad”. I hate the idea that when your trying to lose weight or live healthily you should just eat salads. There is nothing more dull to my mind than a salad! And to be more specific I think eating lettuce is as exciting as eating grass!

However, I do love my veggies – and recently I have been eating what I call a ‘deconstructed salad’ for lunch and I love it. I basically leave out the ‘grass’ and just focus on all my favourite parts of a salad. The cucumbers, tomatoes, nuts, eggs, ham and cheese etc etc sprinkle a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and dry (or fresh) herbs*, and you have a great quick yet filling meal in the middle of the day.

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I think this is also a great way to monitor your meat consumption and ensure you are getting a good amount of veggies into your diet. When I first started LCHF I felt that I had to incorporate meat into every meal – and then it dawned on me that this is a low carb HIGH Fat diet, not a low carb HIGH meat diet!

*Depending on how strict LCHF you are – you can also add a little bit of balsamic vinegar to give it that extra little kick.

Enjoy 🙂

BBC News: Fat IN, Sugar OUT!

Guys – have you seen this article from the BBC regarding fat?

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26375004

It talks about how there is a growing amount of research that fat is actually good for us, and it is in fact sugar that we should be carefully consuming. The fact that this kind of information is increasingly being portrayed in mainstream media is great news for all of us LCHFers, and a great step forward to fighting obesity and diabetes in our society.

The only aspect of this article that made me raise my eyebrows slightly was the talk about calories – not that I am a nutritional expert, however the majority of information that I have read regarding consumption of fat, is that calories are not created equally and we shouldn’t really be monitoring them as we have done in the past.

However aside from that – it is still an exciting article especially in regards to the paradigm shift that we are slowly starting to witness! Now it is time for breakfast….eggs and bacon guilt free 😉