1/12/20

#WhatsForDinner? - LOW CARB AND SUGAR FREE. This is an unexpected addition to the last post. This time with a long list of ideas!

I randomly posted what we had for dinner last week, just for the heck of it. But this morning I glanced at one of my kazillion hand written and printed out 3-ring recipe binders (I have binders, notebooks, recipe boxes, folders, etc.) and in the front cover one of them I had printed "Tried & True" Low Carb & Sugar Free on the front of, I had an idea list from years ago that I honestly never bother looking at anymore, but it gave me the idea that I might want to help out readers by posting a list of 'IDEAS' because I know the question "What do I make for dinner tonight?"  VERY WELL.


There is a very long post hidden inside the topic of how I use a "MEAL IDEA LIST" and don't believe or follow weekly or monthly menu plans. But that's for another day maybe.  Today I'm skipping head and I'm just going to start re-typing some of the menu or meal ideas I had jotted down in this one particular 3-ring binder.  I'm thinking this particular list might be from about 8 (?) years ago.  I forgot it was tucked inside there.  I have various 'idea lists' depending on what we like right now, what we don't really like to eat anymore, or got tired of.  The lists change based on what 'sounds good' at that time.  My lists can be 10 meal ideas long or 65 meal ideas long.  Sometimes family chimes in.  Other times it's just me brainstorming, or flipping through the kazillion recipes I have.

So this list...

It was during the Atkins and Low Carb, Sugar Free stage... but we weren't following 'keto' so some of the items might have 15-20 carbs OR have more carbs depending on how YOU MAKE THEM and what BRAND PRODUCTS you use.  

*** This is important ***   
Example:  the brand unflavored or vanilla whey protein powder I use is 0 carbs and 0 sugar, but the brand you buy might have 20 grams of sugar and 8 carbs.   READ LABELS.

Also, if I write down an idea for 'enchiladas' this is going to leave you open to what YOU use for the tortilla wraps.  The carb counts between homemade crepe style wraps verses those of you who buy store bought low carb tortillas, verses some made with almond flour or coconut flour.  The diced tomatoes or tomato paste you use might have a bunch of sugar carbs added.  Mine doesn't.  Brands and styles of ingredients are important so yes, you can have almost ANY food item/meal assuming you have a way of substituting products to keep it sugar free and low carb or keto. If you see 'cheeseburgers' for example, you have to use your brains - no, we are not having them on store bought buns.  Use the mozzarella fat head dough and make buns, or if you trust a low-carb company's buns, or even using a lettuce wrap or no bun at all.  I'm a big proponent of using common sense, and have no patience for those who don't. 

ONE OF MY RANDOM MEAL OR RECIPE IDEA LISTS I FOUND (from around 2011 I think)
- LOW CARB & SUGAR FREE


Turkey Club Sandwich
Asian Beef with Bean Sprouts
Grilled Rib Eye
Chicken Salad
Tuna Salad
Pork Chops with Chive Sauce
Egg Salad
BBQ Pork Chops
BBQ Chicken Breasts
Southwestern Chicken Breasts - grilled
Roast
Cheeseburgers
Buffalo Wings and Blue Cheese Dressing
Shrimp Scampi
Grilled Fish
Grilled Salmon with Lemon Butter
Fish Tacos
Steamed Mussels with Garlic Butter
Crab Legs
Lemon Pepper Chicken
Grilled Scallops with Bacon
Grilled Pork Chops
Chicken Fingers
Creamy Mushroom Chicken
Pizza Burger
Lettuce Wraps - turkey, avocado
Asian Chicken with Almonds
Chicken Breasts with Italian Cream Sauce
Prime Rib
Lasagna with zucchini noodles
Fried Chicken
Parmesan Chicken
Feta and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Baked Chicken with Sour Cream Sauce
Grilled Spicy Shrimp
Tuna Cakes
Marinated Grilled Chicken - Fair Style
Creamy Garlic Chicken
Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Enchilada Bake
Smothered Pork Loin Chops
Fajitas
Pork Chops with Smoked Gouda and Bacon
Cream Cheese Crock Pot Chicken
Baked Chicken Breasts
Crab Cakes
Stuffed Red Snapper
Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops
Chicken Cordon Blue
Smothered Chicken
BLT
Cheesy Chili Bake

Cauliflower Salad
Broccoli Salad (ranch)
Mashed Turnips
Turnip Fries
Mashed Cauliflower
Zucchini Noodles with butter
7 layer salad
Broccoli and Bacon Salad
Zucchini Patties
Faux Fried Rice
Homemade Protein Noodles
Chef Salad
Green Bean Almondine
Avocado and Bacon
Cucumbers in Creamy Sauce
Sauteed Vegetables
Jalapeno Poppers
Stuffed Mushrooms
Deviled Eggs
Cauliflower Casserole
Cheesy Cauliflower and Ham
Garden Salad
Steamed Broccoli with Lemon Butter
Hot Spinach Dip
Hot Crab Casserole or Dip
Mock Macaroni and Cheese
Almond Thin Crackers
Creamed Spinach


While typing this out, I smiled a few times as there are things on this list I've never made (Prime Rib, I'm looking at you) and things we kind of make, because I make it completely different now.  Things I can't believe aren't on this old list (because many products and ingredients weren't available back then or I hadn't thought of it or found a recipe to try yet).

So this old (2011?) list is just a great place to 'brainstorm' as it may lead to a lot of other ideas.

And soon, I'll do a new UPDATED list of about 40 menu ideas we use NOW that are actually more keto as we tend to follow keto more now (which is really just the Atkins Induction Phase!  But it was hijacked years ago by others and is now just called eating "keto" as if it's a new invention.  For those of you oldies on Atkins, you know what I'm talking about.)  Call it what you want, but I'll do a more  recent and updated low carb and sugar free list soon!


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