My Favorite Slow Carb Chili Recipe

Chili is often a staple for those of us on a Slow Carb Diet.  It’s family-friendly, party-friendly, super-easy, and by making a batch or two early in the week and portioning it out for lunches, you have your weekly meals planned.

While chili is a familiar food, everyone seems to have their own recipe.  Here’s mine – a bit more ingredients than most use, but I think it gives the chili a bit more depth than most chilis.

If you’re concerned about the cocoa powder, leave it out, but if you use pure baking cocoa with no added sugars or fillers, you’re actually getting yourself a mighty dose of antioxidants that shouldn’t cause your blood sugar to spike.

Slow Carb Chili

Slow Carb Chili

 

Homestyle Slow Carb Lentils


This is a simple lentil recipe I came up with to utilize the leftover carrots, celery and onions I have from making veggie stock, chicken stock or roast chicken.  I call these “homestyle lentils” because they have a savory, wholesome roast chicken flavor.

Feel free to experiment with different quantities and seasonings.  I don’t normally measure, just throw in whatever leftovers I have laying around.  I’ve included approximations to get you started.

You can use canned or fresh dried prepared in this way.  If you use dried lentils, about 1 cup dried will do.  Just cook them before beginning the recipe as it assumes you are using cooked lentils.

Slow Carb Steak – Pepper Crusted Beef Fillet

A properly cooked slow carb steak is a delight to your mouth!
This is a really simple but flavorful Slow Carb steak recipe.  The trick is in not overcooking the steak.   I prefer mine medium rare.

A nice cut of grass fed beef, properly cooked, doesn’t need a whole lot of extras to taste amazing.   A friend’s dad used to say that if a steak requires A1, it wasn’t cooked properly. I have a similar philosophy about coffee and cream…

Anyway, you can cook this in terms of how you like it done however you prefer, just watch for burning the outside if you like your inside well done. If you’ve never had a steak with just some salt and pepper, then you haven’t experienced what good meat really tastes like. Do let us know after you’ve tried it!

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Arugula Salad With Grilled Chicken, Walnuts, White Beans, and Tomatoes

Arugula Salad With Grilled Chicken, Walnuts, White Beans, and Tomatoes | slowcarbmealplanner.com
Here’s a really great slow-carb friendly lunch recipe. You can use it for dinner too, but people get really keen on having a bunch of lunch recipes (in my own life there really isn’t much difference between the two), so I’m calling it a lunch recipe.

It’s got everything you want: protein, veg, legumes, and some healthy fat. Good portions of each, as well.

I like arugula because it’s kind of spicy. It takes an otherwise bland-tasting lettuce and kicks it up a notch.

This was thrown together (as you can kind of tell from the photo) at work, and all I did was buy pre-cooked chicken strips with the rest of my ingredients. Each ingredient works really well, and as you eat it, it feels hearty.

And watch for a whole bunch of your co-workers to comment on how healthy you’re eating and how good it smells.

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Tandoori Chicken Skewers with Broccoli and Cauliflower Couscous

Tandoori chicken with broccoli and cauliflower couscous

Indian food is one of my favorite kinds to eat on slow-carb. I got the idea for the “couscous” one day, and I was really quite pleased (and slightly surprised) at how it turned out. I used a food processor to grate it, and the texture was lovely. Not quite as grainy as couscous, but that could also depend on how much you cook it.

For the tandoori spice, be careful to read labels when you buy it. The first one I looked at had wheat and sugar in it. The second only had the spices.

So here’s one of my favorite slow-carb diet chicken recipes:

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