Favorite low carb recipes

We’ve been cooking up some of our favorite low carb meals over the last few weeks. I thought I’d share some more recipes with you.

Chinese Chicken Salad

This recipe is from The Joy of Cooking. My former roommate, Christina, discovered it back in 2003, and it’s been a favorite of mine (and Jim’s when he came along) since then. It’s pretty easy, fresh, and summery. We may have made a few alterations.

4 chicken breasts – cubed and cooked in oil (we use peanut oil)
Napa cabbage – chopped
1 bunch green onions – chopped
1 cup lightly salted peanuts – chopped
1 can Mandarin oranges – drained (save juice)

Mandarin orange juice
1/4 cup peanut oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

You can top the salad with chow mien noodles if you’re not worrying about carbs.

Tip for packing left overs: store the green onion separate or it will become overpowering. Also, mix the dressing in right before eating.

Turkey “Burger” Salad

I created this recipe after eating a Greek turkey burger without the bun at Zaffiro’s restaurant in Milwaukee, WI. This recipe will make three servings, which I always package up right away for lunches.

1 lb ground turkey – cooked and divided into three larger Tupperware containers
2 tomatoes – diced and split between three smaller containers
1 cucumber – diced and also divided among the smaller containers (sometimes I skip the cucumber)
1/4 cup (each) of feta cheese placed into three zip lock baggies and put into the smaller containers
1-2 Tbsp (each) Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian dressing stored in the smallest containers

To eat, warm up the turkey just a little bit. Then stir in the veggies, cheese, and dressing.

Grilled Chicken

I had Jim grill some chicken the other night after marinating it in Newman’s Own greek dressing. We usually use the Parmesan and Garlic dressing, but the store didn’t have it.

I take the chicken out of the freezer the night before to thaw, and then marinate it all day.

I really wanted the left overs for…

Chicken Caesar Salad

This is another easy make ahead for lunches. I shredded lettuce into two Tupperware containers and put Parmesan cheese into baggies. Then I diced a chicken breast each and a half tomato each. I know Caesar salad shouldn’t have tomato, but I love it so much I always add it. I also packed 1-2 Tbsp of Newman’s Own Creamy Caesar dressing, my favorite.

To eat, dump the cheese and dressing into the Tupperware, put the lid on, and shake to mix.

Crust-less Spinach Quiche

Jim and I have been eating this quiche every morning for breakfast (practically) for over two years. I still love it. I think he’s getting sick of it.

6 eggs
1/2 stick cream cheese
6-8 oz. cheddar cheese (or feta or Swiss or whatever cheese you like)
1 pack of frozen chopped spinach, thawed in the microwave for 4-5 minutes

Combine everything in a blender, then pour into a greased Corningware dish. Cook at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

What have you been cooking lately? Any good recipes, low carb or otherwise?

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