Low Carb Cooking Ideas & Tips

Carb Cutting Ideas

A great alternative to sugar is using Splenda. One cup of splenda equals 24 carbs. It tastes as good and measures the same.

Try using Spaghetti Squash as an alternative to using real Pasta. Bake the Squash in 400F Oven for about 45 minutes and then scrape out the insides. Try it with fettucine sauce or a low carb pasta sauce.

If you are missing your mashed potatoes, try using Cauliflower! It can be mashed up and made just like your potato recipe and personally I think it tastes better than the real thing! As an alternative to milk, just use a little cream to soften them up!

Try using ground nuts in your meatloaf instead of bread crumbs. Ground nuts also make a great crust for low carb cheesecakes and other desserts. Other ideas for making coatings for your chicken recipes that call for crumbs is to use ground up pork rinds, nuts, or parmesan cheese.

Make your own cheese crackers with this easy idea - Cut cheddar cheese into very thin slices and bake on a cookie sheet at 350F until golden. Let cool on a paper towel lined plate. Here is another great cracker recipe that we call Mock Goldfish crackers.
2 slices American cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 ounces deli-sliced Colby-Jack cheese
Low-carb salsa, as needed
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Stack the slices of American cheese and cut it into 16 small squares. Separate the pieces, and transfer them to a small bowl. Add the salt, chili powder, and garlic powder toss to combine. Arrange the 32 cheese pieces in 4 rows of 8, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving as much space in between each as possible.
Stack the Colby-Jack slices and cut them into about 24 small pieces. Arrange them on another parchment paper-lined baking sheet in 4 rows of 6—without any seasonings.
Bake both until well-browned and crispy, about 7 and 7 1/2 minutes. If undercooked, they'll be soggy, so don't be afraid to check them and put them back in for more time, if needed.
Cool the crisps and crackers completely before serving—as they cool, they'll crisp up. Store on the counter in an airtight container for a few days.
Another great snack idea is to microwave some pepperoni til crisp.


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