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We get a lot of great tips from low-carbers in e-mail and love to be able to then share them
with all of you! Thanks so much to my visitors that send in so many creative ideas! We're
incorporating many of them into our own daily plans here.
Make your own TV-Dinners!
One of the things we hear so often is that people miss
being able to pop a frozen dinner in the microwave or oven
when they get home from a long day, or have only a small amount of time to grab a lunch
or dinner. One great answer, is to consider starting to make your OWN TV-Dinners!
You'll need to set aside some time one or two weekends or
evenings each month. Make some simple-type dinners, but
make them in quantity. Some ideas are below, but just
like a regular TV Dinner, you'll want to include a meat
or main dish item, and a side dish. If you have gotten into
the habit of having low-carb desserts, you might want to
add one of those as well.
You'll also need some divided plates or pre-used TV Dinner
holders with compartments. Depending on how you'll be
re-heating, you'll want to chose what's most appropriate for
both your "base" and your "cover," so go for divided foil
containers and foil for the top if you will be using a regular
oven. And conversely, use paper and plastic if you'll be
using a microwave. Since you can't "heat seal" your top like
the food companies do, you might want to secure your freezer
plastic cover with a strong rubber band.
Some ideas for meats or main dishes:
Slice a low-carb meatloaf into approximately 1/2" slices
and place two slices into your meal-dish. You can include
a little broth and/or butter around the meat to keep it moist
as it re-heats.
Chicken — Either BBQ'ed (with homemade sugarless BBQ sauce
or Steel's Splenda sweetened sauce), or baked with your
Ham Slices — Great with a splash of DaVinci Sugar Free Cherry Syrup and maybe even a teaspoon of sugar free jam.
Or a ginger butter sauce.
Grilled white fish in lemon butter. Remember to slightly
undercook the fish so it will complete cooking when reheated
in your TV-Dinner.
Turkey Slices. Bake a full or half turkey breast (use
plenty of butter and broth to keep it moist!)
Grilled Salisbury steaks or chopped steaks.
Sliced Pork loin. Make slices no more than 1/2" thick
for adding to your meal-dish.
Many of the above meats will inspire their side dishes without
prompting (for example, mock mashed potatoes with a drizzle of
low-carb gravy thickened with cream and not/Starch) These are especially great with the Turkey Slices. If
you want to have some meatless meals, consider Macaroni & Cheese
made with Dreamfields Pasta. Or perhaps a squash casserole. Be sure to
reference the site for many of these recipes.
As for side dishes:
Cauliflower with cheese sauce.
Broccoli with cheese sauce or butter.
Asparagus with hollandaise or mornay sauce.
Seasoned green beans.
Cooked buttered cabbage, shredded and seasoned.
Mock mashed potatoes (made with cauliflower)
or Dixie Diners' Instant Mashers (buttered and seasoned.)
BBQ Black Soy Beans
And for dessert:
You might consider doing what they do with the Kids' style
Swanson dinners — make up a batch of your favorite cake,
muffin, or brownie batter (The Dixie Diner Mixes work exceptionally well!) and pour the batter into the smallest compartment
of your meal-dish. Pre-bake only slightly to make the batter
have "shape." (This step is not absolutely necessary but it
keeps from having spill-overs pre-freezing.)
We suggest you make 3 to 4 kinds of meals, but make less if it
seems a daunting task and more if you feel adventurous.
You'll be glad later when you can grab a pre-cooked low-carb
meal from the freezer like the rest of the Lean-Cuisine world
can do! Cover tightly; freeze well; and use within 4-6 weeks
And now, some Mini-Tips:
Whenever you have leftover broth (chicken or beef) either in
the can or from scratch, pour it into an ice cube tray and
freeze. Then transfer the frozen cubes into a baggie. Later
when sautéing veggies, making soup, or adding moisture to a
roast pot, you can add a cube or two for extra flavor and depth!
Have days when you feel like a failure? Head it off! When
you're having an especially GOOD day, take the time to create a
pretty little jar (like a decorated Mason Jar) and write out
"positive affirmations" and place them in the jar or container.
Then when you have "one of those days," just pull one out to
help you get through the tough times and remind you how good
you CAN feel and let it bring you back to reality! You can be
your own best cheerleader!
When trying to get an idea of the difference you might feel
losing weight, or when demonstrating it to others, use the
following illustrative example:
While grocery shopping, pick up a 5-pound bag of flour. Then
pick up 3 more bags to see what 20 pounds feels like. Carry the
four 5-pound bags around the store for at least five minutes (ten
is better.) You'll be amazed at how burdensome just an extra 20
pounds can be! You'll feel it in your legs, your feet, your
back... Obviously, it's a great relief when you return the flour
(what a great symbol) to the shelf!
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