Chances are that if you had not done so already, over the weekend you indulged in a little comfort eating as the temperatures dropped and a salad did not quite cut it. The good news is that there are plenty of quick and easy Winter warmers that will not only hit the spot on a cold Winters evening but will do so without too many extra calories. Here are some of my favs and most importantly recipes the family is also guaranteed to love.
We all know there are few things as tasty as a fresh bowl of pasta with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan but for those keen to keep their carb intake controlled pasta can be taboo on many a Paleo or low carb diet. Like any one food, enjoying an entrée sized bowl of good quality pasta every so often is no issue but many people who have swapped their traditional pasta for a spiralizer to make zucchini pasta have not looked back. With next to no calories, and full of nutrients and fibre, zucchini pasta can be freely enjoyed with your favourite pasta sauce.
Low Carb Burgers
It may surprise you to hear that a burger can actually be a relatively good option when dining out, or when preparing a tasty treat style meal at home. The trick is to choose lean beef such as the Peppercorn Extra Lean Burgers from Woolworths as your burger base along with plenty of salad. Ditch the extras such as cheese, mayo, bacon and egg and if you can, say no to the chips. If you are super keen you can also opt for a low carb burger, using a mushroom or lettuce leaves as your bun for a tasty, filling meal with significantly fewer carbs.
When it comes to enjoying a hearty Winter roast; the more vegetables you can add the better. With a roast the extra fat and calories generally come from fatty serves of meat and the gravy so if preparing your roast at home, choose the leaner cuts of meat; load up with plenty of the lighter, nutrient rich vegetables including pumpkin, carrots and greens and ask for your gravy to be served on the side so you can control your portions.
Unfortunately pies made with plenty of high fat puff pastry can contain as much as 50g of fat per serve, much of which is saturated. A much better option nutritionally is to swap to a pie made with filo pastry which contains just 5-10g of fat per 5-10 slices. Another option is to make your own pies with a single sheet of puff pastry on top, or ditch the pastry altogether in favour of mashed pumpkin or sweet potato.
Whilst nachos, burritos and quesadillas can be packed with fat and calories from rice, flat bread, corn chips and cheese the humble taco can be a relatively good choice. With a single taco shell containing just 6g of carbs and 2g of fat, a couple of tacos filled with lean meat and plenty of salad can be a great choice nutritionally.
You cannot go past a meatloaf for a mid-week dinner option that the whole family loves and if you find a lean ready made one such as the Peppercorn Lean Pork or Lean Beef varieties available at Woolworths and IGA, you not only have dinner ready to go, but dinner for under $10 as well, which is always a good thing! http://www.peppercornfood.com.au/Products/Meatloaf_Range.php