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 🙂

Pre-Aeroplane Snack

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So, I’m heading to SĂŁo Paulo for the weekend! And although I tend to be far more lenient with LCHF when I’m travelling, I see no reason why I should subject my body to the junk that is aeroplane food!

So I made a quick snack of salami, cheese, the quail eggs and a sliced up carrot!

The rest of the carrot which you can see at the top of the pic along with a coconut water juice, will be my snack on the plane! Feeling very proud of being so organised 🙂

See you all next week 🙂

Bight Size Snack

I have just discovered the best and most easiest LCHF snack ever! I don’t know why I haven’t thought about it before – hard boiled quail eggs!!

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I love the speckled nature of the quaill egg…goes very well with my kitchen counter tops!

Eggs are a huge part of the LCHF’ers diet, but for those times where I am feeling slightly peckish, a full hard boiled egg just seems too much of a commitment before dinner! However, I saw this package of quail eggs in the supermarket the other day (they seem to be very popular here in Brazil) and thought I had to try them.

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They really are tiny!

So I threw them all in a pot with water, put them on a stove over medium heat and once the water came to a boil, I turned off the heat and put the lid on the pot and let the eggs sit there for 5 minutes. I peeled three little eggs and this is probably the most difficult part about this snack – as it is rather fiddly. I sprinkled some salt on the eggs and I was done – and they were delicious! Tasted just like a regular chicken egg…but bite size 🙂

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Sprinkled with a little salt – you have a perfect little snack 🙂

 

The rest of the packet went back into the fridge, and now I have little snacks at a moments notice! Why have I not thought of this before?

Pork Rinds – A Low Carb Snack

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Something that I know a lot of LCHFers miss, especially when they first change to this way of eating, is the crunch factor. That kind of cruchiness that you can only really get from crisps (chips if you are American!) – but is that true?

Have you ever tried crispy pork rinds or pork scratching? This is a fantastic alternative to crisps. There is an intense crunch, a meaty flavour and better yet absolutely no carbs!

Although i would not include them into my everyday diet, but for a little snack every now and again, or when you have people over for drinks, its a great alternative to crisps – they go perfectly well with a cream dip or a guacamole!

I know a lot of people generally don’t find the idea of pork rinds appetising  – but if you can get a hold of it in your country you really should give them a go!

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Pork rinds in Mexico!

Jalapeno Poppers

The other evening I went to a friends house for a girls dinner, and she introduced me to these jalapeño poppers which she served as pre-dinner nibble. They are not only incredibly LCHF but they also incredibly good  🙂

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Last night I thought I would test them out myself and to see if C liked them – which he did. They can be rather spicy, but the cream cheese balances it out quite nicely.

I don’t really think I can call it a recipe, but this is what I did:

Jalapeño Poppers

  • Fresh Jalapenos
  • Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • Smoked Bacon

Cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise and scrape out all the seeds and veins and rinse under cold water. Make sure you are very thorough with this, as this is where all the heat and spiciness lies.

With a spoon spread the cream cheese into the jalapeno halves. Be quite liberal with the amount of cheese.

Wrap a slice of smoked bacon around the jalapeno and cream cheese, and secure with a toothpick.

Put them on a grilling wrack and pop them into the oven about 180C until the bacon is crisp (about 15-20 minutes).

Alternatively pop them under the broiler.

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You can serve these bad boys as a pre-dinner nibble when you have guests (I find snacks are the hardest things to prepare on the LCHF diet). They can also work as a light dinner alongside a salad (which is what C and I did last night).

Hope you enjoy them 🙂

Tomato & Goats Cheese Nibbles

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When I got home from work today, I was feeling slightly peckish – this is what I had for a snack. There is something about using toothpicks that feels so 1980s no?

If my food wasn’t posing for the camera – I would have just used the same toothpick multiple times, rather than waste them on me. However it really was a satisfying snack and one that I can’t believe I haven’t done sooner!

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Stirfried Beef with Crispy Lettuce Wraps

This is what I had for breakfast on Sunday!

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As I sheepishly admitted in my previous post – C and I crawled back home at 5.30am after a rather wild night out on Saturday. Not only was I feeling slightly worse for ware on Sunday morning, but I woke up wanting to eat anything other than eggs or yoghurt. I would have killed for a big bowl of creamy pasta!

However, these lettuce wraps came to mind – and it worked a treat. That greasy craving you tend to feel when you have consumed one too many beverages is satisfied by the beef, but you also get this incredibly fresh crunch with the lettuce which I love. Although maybe not conventional I would totally have these for breakfast again, but they work pretty well for dinner too! In fact, you can use any mince you want – I used to make a lot of Asian inspired chicken wraps – you can find that recipe over at The Travelling Chopsticks, however depending on how strict of an LCHFer you are, you may need to substitute the honey and soy!

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Not the best photo, but I just found it amusing with our coffee cups. May not be a traditional breakfast, but it works! 🙂