Low carb-ing with your partner / family
I, like many of you, am living with a partner that is not living the low carb lifestyle. We are on a budget and I don’t want to be constantly preparing two separate meals, one low carb and one not. I also do not try to impose my style of cooking on others, I feel once they see the results and are more exposed to how to eat LC, maybe they will think about trying it. So I have become very good at creating meals that suit both our dietary needs. Here are a couple simple tips to save both money and time in preparing meals for those non-lowcarbers in our lives:
- Prepare a simple starch for the side that your non-lowcarb friends can eat. For me its rice, mashed potatoes or pasta.
- Curries are great on their own eaten as a stew for the lowcarber (LCer), add a little rice for others
- Make a low carb pasta sauce and serve the LCer spaghetti squash or shirataki noodles for the LCer and regular pasta for others.
- BBQ is a great option for LCers, just skip the bun for hotdogs/burgers or make some LC buns
- Make a few extra veggies for the LCer, while the non-LCer will fill up on starch
- Salads are great fillers. Everyone can use more salad in their lives.
- Cauliflower mash can fill the starch requirement for many non-LCer as well. Give it a shot, but make sure to make it tasty. I suggest some cream cheese and lots of butter.
- If having a dip / appetizer, cut up some veggies or jicama for the LCer, and you can have some chips or bread for others
- Stirfrys can easily be made low carb, just leave out the noodles or rice and watch the sugary sauces. You can cook some up on the side for the non-LCer.
- In a party situation, put out plenty of LC veggies, cheese, deli meats, nuts and dips. These will be enjoyed by LCers and non-LCers alike. If you must, include some chips or bread