Easy, cheap no/low carb dinners

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    Dec 16, 2012 5:25 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I figured I would come to you all for your sagely advice. icon_wink.gif

    I think I've figured out that my body responds well to a generous amount of carbs (whole grains, mostly) in the morning and throughout the day so long as I cut them off from the late afternoon onward.

    I'm pretty good in the kitchen and am open to some new suggestions for easy dinners to prepare that are filling, tasty, and extremely low in carbs. I usually get home pretty late after class so I hardly have the energy or time during the week to prepare anything fancy...

    Any ideas?

    Thanks all!
  • calibro

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    Dec 16, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    you need to be more specific about your carbs. are fruit and vegetable carbs off the table too or just starches?
  • DCEric

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    Dec 16, 2012 2:49 PM GMT
    There is the good old standby of eggs with salsa.
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    Dec 16, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    Yeah, I also scramble some eggs and eat with mixed veggies. Also, love soup. There's also Chilli and a dozen great slow cooker recipes.
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 16, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    Grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, spinach salad with oil and vinegar dressing, and a greek yogurt for dessert.
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    Dec 16, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    Eggs are great. Canned - or pouched chicken and tuna are quick fixes as well.
  • baileydog1980

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    Dec 16, 2012 3:21 PM GMT
    Not completely no carb as it includes oats but a handy snack...

    Two cans of tuna, half a cm of ginger grated, one egg, a chilli sliced, two spring onions/scallions finely sliced, half a cup of oats and some cumin.
    Mix together in a bowl, divide mixture into four or five equal sized patties and bake in the oven for about fifteen minutes. Store in the fridge afterwards.
    It's a great snack on the go.
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Fast and relatively cheap - Substitute the potatoes for sweet potatoes and then it's paleo. It's also relatively cheap because it uses skin on bone in chicken thighs. Great meal as well for entertaining.
    http://www.nutmegnanny.com/2012/09/11/cast-iron-chicken/

    Not as cheap with chicken thighs, and depending on how you feel about cheese but also a good presentation meal -
    http://www.preventionrd.com/2012/05/money-matters-baked-quinoa-and-chicken-parmesan/

    Dessert wise, here's a low carb cake (and you don't taste the ingredient that makes it low carb):
    http://www.healthyindulgences.net/2009/05/healthy-chocolate-cake-with-secret.html
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    There are billions of ways to do chicken and broccoli...best muscle building and fat cutting foods on the planet.
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    Dec 16, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThere are billions of ways to do chicken and broccoli...best muscle building and fat cutting foods on the planet.

    This. Or eggs. Or pork chops. Or steak. Or fish.
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    Dec 16, 2012 4:22 PM GMT
    Thanks all!

    And yes, I meant to write low starch/grains. I'm getting tired of the ways I prepare my eggs, chicken, and tuna so I figured I would open up this discussion to you all. Does anyone else go through periods where they just get bored with their food? Maybe I'm just too lazy or rushed and I'm not putting as much effort into my meals as before haha.

    Anyways, thanks for all the suggestions!
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    Dec 16, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
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  • mustangd

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    Dec 16, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    seafood, vegetables, and fruit are what works for me. that doesn't have to be expensive, though a treat for me like chilean sea bass is a little pricey. but cod, flounder, salmon, tuna, swordfish are less expensive alternatives. i work a lot, so its easy to put a piece of fish wrapped up in foil in the oven, and microwave some fresh veggies. this diet keeps the weight off, even at my age.