On a low-carb diet? Try these healthy and delicious dinner recipes
When maintaining a healthy diet while going low-carb, it's important to ensure you're getting a healthy amount of macronutrients, proteins, fats and carbs.
In a recent interview with IOL Lifestyle, dietitian Jentty Ngobeni said a low-carb diet restricted carbohydrates, which were primarily found in sugary foods, pasta, and bread. That meant that you eat fewer carbohydrates and a higher proportion of fat.
Here are a few low-carb recipes to try at home.
Low-carb spinach and artichoke lasagna
4 large brinjals
15ml olive oil
10ml chopped garlic
2x400g tins of chopped tomatoes
15ml tomato paste
10ml castor sugar
Salt and pepper
60ml chopped basil
30ml olive oil
2 onions, chopped
15ml chopped garlic
500g cleaned, chopped spinach
2x400g tins artichoke hearts, chopped
500g crème Fraiche
60ml grated Parmesan cheese
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
60ml chopped dill
300g mozzarella cheese
250ml extra Parmesan cheese
Cut the brinjals into 7mm- thick slices. Brush with olive oil and place on a large oven tray. Cook under a preheated grill for 2-3 minutes a side until lightly golden. Remove and set aside.
Tomato sauce: Heat the oil in a pot and fry the garlic over medium heat.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes until slightly thickened.
Remove and cool slightly before pureeing with a stick blender.
Artichoke sauce: Heat the olive oil in a pot and fry the onions and garlic over medium heat until the onions are soft.
Add the spinach and cook over high heat until the spinach is limp and the liquid has evaporated.
Add the artichokes and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
Stir in the crème Fraiche, Parmesan, lemon rind, and juice, and season well. Stir in the dill.
In a 28x35cm ovenproof dish, spread half the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with a third of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with a layer of brinjals.
Spread over half the artichoke sauce. Top with remaining tomato sauce, another third mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Top with another layer of brinjals and the remaining artichoke sauce.
Sprinkle over the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 180°C for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling.
Remove and leave to stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Chicken vegetable patties
2 carrots, peeled and grated (If strict keto, you can replace carrots with two more zucchini)
2 zucchini, washed and grated
750g chicken breast, ground
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 leek, finely chopped
2 tbs fresh cilantro
1 tbs Aminos
Cayenne pepper (the amount depends on how spicy you want it)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Using your hands, create patties of equal size. Place them next to one another on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden.
Preheat the butter in a large non-stick pan, and turn the heat to medium-low. Add the patties and broil them for around 2 minutes on each side, until crispy and golden brown.
Serve with your favourite sauce or cauliflower mash
Recipe from Filthy Healthy.
Cheesesteak stuffed peppers
4 green peppers, cut in half
2 tbs olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 sirloin steak
1½ cups sliced mushrooms
1 small red onion, sliced
½ red pepper, sliced
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cut the green peppers in half and de-seed them. Drizzle with 1 tbs olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake in a 9x13 dish covered with tin foil for 10 minutes.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large frying pan. Add the steak, and season with salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to release juices. Add the onions and red pepper, sautéing for 2 to 3 minutes, until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, remove the green peppers from the oven. Divide the steak slices and veggies among the peppers then top with the cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese had melted. Remove and serve.
How do you go about sustaining the diet? A few tips from Ngobeni:
Cut back on starch
Bread is a staple food in many diets and, in most instances, it is high in carbs and generally low in fibre. This is especially true for white bread made from refined grains, which may negatively impact health and weight. Other foods to cut back on are pasta, rice, potatoes, potato chips, porridge and muesli.
Eat healthy high-protein foods
Eating a good protein source at every meal can make it easier to cut back on carbs, and it’s particularly important if you’re trying to lose weight. Protein triggers the release of the fullness hormone, reduces hunger, helps fight food cravings, and protects muscle mass during weight loss. Include at least one serving from the list of high protein, low carb foods at each meal. Consider beef, poultry, eggs, fish, nuts, cheese and yoghurt.
Prepare foods with healthy fats
Fat replaces some carbs and typically makes up more than 50% of energy on a low-carb diet. Two of the healthiest choices are virgin coconut oil and extra-virgin olive oil.