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9/8/14 5:20 P

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I am doing low carb and loved all your suggestions...I need to get more creative, use my crock poot and eat more flavorful foods. I just keep it plain and it gets boring! Corned beef and cabbage, here I come!! emoticon

Eliz: Can I have your French onion soup recipe???? emoticon

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9/8/14 12:20 P

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What wonderful suggestions (many I use, some are new to me and I WILL use). Thank you for asking this question deb! I am not busy like you (Used to be, but not now), but I am lazy, like ME! Since I retired I try to take the easiest way possible so I can do FUN the rest of the time. I don't really love cooking, so it is just what I do to get from point A to point B. Point B is much more enjoyable!

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VEG954 Posts: 7,436
9/8/14 9:59 A

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Yes, less cooking while doing low carbs.
Yes, love my busy crockpot!

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9/8/14 8:29 A

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Without the carbs I find I'm doing less cooking. No boiled potatoes, no cooked rice, no carrots.

I often buy a cooked chicken at the grocery store. Steaks on the barbeque are fast too. What takes the time is veggie preparation for salad. Lots of things go in my salads besides the leaves (spinach or romaine usually) tomatoes, coloured peppers, zucchini, cucumber, celery, shredded cheese ....

But salad preparation can be done ahead of time.

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9/8/14 8:25 A

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I work at home 24/7 with 2 Group Home ladies we have in our Group Home/house. They keep me hopping.

I use my crockpot for everything around the clock! Beef gets fall apart tender. Soups to die for- today is French onion with Heavy Whipping Cream. Even in the woods right now you can smell my crockpot filled with something! Fill it and forget it!!


Joyfully~ Eliz in Minnesota

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my WOE is up to 50 g. carb, moderate protein, no sweeteners of any kind, high in good fats, and only REAL food!


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9/8/14 3:18 A

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Do you like veggies in soup? You could make a BIG pot of it and after letting it cool, place it in good freezer bags and freeze. The night before you want to eat it just put it in the fridge (like Linda suggests).


I haven't tried the crockpot version yet but that is a definite idea! You can just let it cook while you take care of things or rest on your day off.

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9/8/14 2:24 A

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After working 10 to 12 hours every day, I am sure the last thing you want to do is cook when you get home.

Buy some large zip bags,and put all the ingredients in the bag, and then freeze. Buy chicken or steak and put the marinade in the bag before you freeze it. Each evening, move a bag from the freezer to the fridge, and next morning just pop in the crock pot. Dinner is hot and ready when you get home.....

Spend one day prepping and you can have all your meals ready for the rest of the month. Not only that, but if you buy a family pack you can even save money..... Take advantage of sales.

Get a copy of the Glycemic Index rating of foods. I think you can find it on line. Or a book that lists the carb counts of all kinds of foods. Then buy the lowest Glycemic or lowest carb foods that you like. Remember, you gotta like it or you won't eat it !, lol

I love soups and stews that I can throw into a slow cooker (or ribs, or chicken, etc. I just leave out the potatoes, corn, etc and throw in cauliflower and broccoli and mushrooms, and so forth,

Berries are one of the best fruits and are low on the Glycemic scale and other than washing, require very little prep work.

You don't have to go crazy with the baking, I never eat baked goods (breads, biscuits, buns), low carb or otherwise anymore. I just don't need them.

Just keep things simple and real.... Good luck. emoticon


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9/7/14 11:45 P

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I don't spend a lot of time prepping food. I usually decide to have the same protein at lunch and another protein at dinner for the week. It would probably be easiest if I shared my weekly menu:

Breakfast - Arbonne Essentials vanilla protein shake. This is my normal breakfast all the time, and I love it! This is the best protein shake I've found in terms of ingredients, nutrition and most importantly, flavor. It tastes like a vanilla milkshake and doesn't have any funky aftertaste, and I think having this helps curb my cravings for sweets.

AM snack - 1 cup steamed green beans, 15 Crunchmaster multi-grain crackers, 1 wedge Laughing Cow garden vegetable cream cheese

Lunch - 1 can Skipjack tuna mixed with celery, onion and mustard, 4 cups steamed broccoli tossed with some butter and herbs

PM snack - 1 whole medium avocado, 1 pkg Emerald nuts 100 calorie pack of raw almonds and walnuts

Dinner - 1 turkey burger patty - Trader Joe's brand, 1-1 1/2 cups steamed baby zucchini, 1/2 cup green seedless grapes or watermelon, 1 ounce of cheese

If I find that I'm getting a bit hungry between these meals, I grab a couple coconut strips (found at Trader Joe's) or 3-4 Go Raw brand chocolate super cookies. These are small, each is about the size of a wheat thin. They also have a lemon flavor that I plan to try soon.

What I do to make the prep quick and easy is I prepare tomorrow's tuna salad and broccoli the night before, put them in the refrigerator and pull them out to take to work the next morning along with whatever else I need to have that day.

I always microwave the broccoli at home because it stinks, and I'd rather stink up my house than the breakroom and listen to coworkers complain.

Low carb doesn't have to be difficult. What makes it easy for me is finding food I like that's easy to prep and coordinating my meals around that.

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9/7/14 10:44 P

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Most grocery stores have pretty robust delis/prepared food sections. A roasted chicken. Some marinated mozzarella balls.

Food prep can be pretty simple. I have a tabletop convection oven. I put 8 chicken thighs in, sprinkle with seasoning, bake for 30 minutes on one side, go play World of Warcraft, go and turn them and season the other side, bake for 10+ minutes. Cool. Bag. Grab for lunch.

I also buy containers of salad greens at ALDI. I blend them all in a biga$$ plastic container, and just shove a handful into a plastic baggie in the morning (or the night before). My current fave dressing is guacamole, so I throw a plastic pouch of that in with the greens and a piece of chicken.

Fast food or cafeteria food is not off limits, you just need to learn to eat it without the bun or the crust. Don't be squeamish about asking for low carb versions of things.

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9/7/14 10:42 P

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I love the cooking! I have to cook for 15. So cooking from scratch is so much more rewarding than when I threw 9 boxes of Hamburger helper in a 12 qt pan and added hamburger and mushrooms! LOL!! I get very creative now with my veggies, eggs and meat!

Welcome!

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9/7/14 9:48 P

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Genaw. Type that in on google and go to the recipe website. I use the quiche recipes. I make soup. I make casseroles. I purchased 4 of the Rubbermaid container boxes with like 20 storage containers each. I also make the low carb bread that xandure posted here on SP. It is 1.6g net carbs and cooks easy. I take the ingredients x8, put the mixture in a pan that is the rectangular shape of a loaf of bread, and cook it in the oven. My microwave doesn't cook well so it didn't turn out good with how she did it... but the oven version is AWESOME with some pepperoni and cheese warmed up!

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Welcome!

What are you willing to eat? At it's most basic, all you need is meat, eggs, and veggies. Can you cook two chunks of meat a week and eat off of them? Say, roast a chicken and a pork roast at the same time. Next week maybe a chuck roast and baked chicken. Whatever. Prep some veggies so you just need to nuke them, or buy pre-prepped ones. Ditto with salad stuff; have the salads all made up so you just need to add dressing. That can take care of lunch and supper. Breakfast, too, for that matter, or make a quiche or two once a week and eat that. If you're willing to eat simple food and lots of leftovers, then you should be fine with minimal cooking.

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I sometimes I will cook an entire family pack of chicken breast at the same time I am cooking the family dinner so that I can use during the week for lunch meat. Many veggies can be eaten as crudites sparing you some of the cooking. Hard-boiled eggs: boil a dozen at ounce ( covered pot with cold water, bring to boil, turn of heat and time for 12 minutes, strain water and cover with ice water, done)

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Hi everyone,
This team was recommended to me. I really want to do low carb, but I always fail at the plans that are too strict and have way too much work to them. Is there a simple way to keep yourself on track without having to cook three meals a day? I work 10-12 hours a day, 5-6 days a week and have no time for that. I don't mind counting carbs, but I just can't do all this cooking.

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