Egg-Free Slow-Carb Breakfast: Almond Porridge

slow-carb-porridge
Some people just don’t like eggs, or they want a breakfast option that doesn’t involve eggs sometimes.

On Finding My Fitness, I have a post with several other options, but one of my favorites right now is a good replacement for oatmeal. If you like the subtle flavors of coconut milk and almonds, then this recipe is for you.

I can see this especially hitting the spot as the weather starts to get cooler, and you can change the profile of the dish completely with just the spices you use.

Don’t feel married to almonds for this, either. Other kinds of nuts would taste just as delicious, and depending on your tastes you may even like it better with something like a walnut, macadamia nut, or pecan.

This is one of the recipes I’m featuring as part of the slow-carb meal planner I’ve developed.  A bunch of people have already signed up, and some have even told me they’ve reached their goals!  Check it out if you’re interested!

Let me know what you think about it in the comments!

Egg-Free Slow-Carb Breakfast: Almond Porridge

Ingredients

  • 1 c almond meal (for a coarser mouthfeel, you can also just grind up almonds in a food processor)
  • Cream from one can of full-fat coconut milk (the stuff you skim off the top of the can after it’s been in the fridge)
  • an optional bit or two of stevia
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, heat the coconut cream until it “melts” and gets liquidy. Then add the almonds and sweetener. Mix until combined thoroughly. Stir and cook on medium for about 5 minutes.
  2. When it thickens up a bit and you’re almost ready to take it off, add the seasonings and stir it together.

How To Make A Slow-Carb Diet Friendly Aioli Sauce

How to make slow-carb friendly aioli sauce on http://www.slowcarbfoodie.com

Aioli is hardly more than mayo with garlic, but it’s oh so delicious and is a GREAT slow-carb condiment to add onto chicken, steak, or as you see in the amazing photo I found on flickr, to a bouillabaisse.

I already have a recipe to make slow-carb mayo, so pick this one up too. Add it to your arsenal of sauces that are allowed!

You’ll need a food processor with a blade, or a blender. I’ve found it works better in a small processor, but you use what you have. I haven’t tried it yet, but as I type this I’m thinking about trying it in our stand mixer with the whisk attachment at a super high speed. I’ll let you know how it goes.

How To Make A Slow-Carb Friendly Aioli Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Add the yolk, mustard, and garlic to a food processor with a blade attachment. Process until combined.
  2. SLOWLY add the olive oil while the blade is spinning, like a very thin stream, and keep processing until it's all been added. This should take a couple minutes.
  3. Stop processing, scrape down the sides, and add the lemon juice and salt. Pulse the processor until everything is combined.

photo by bluumwezi / CC BY / SCF tag added

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup
One of the readers of Finding My Fitness sent me this recipe a while back, and I pulled it out over the weekend. It turned out really well, my only tip is to make sure the beans are cooked fully!

It’s a hearty, filling, spicy soup (the spice can be modified to your taste) that I could see myself making over and over again.

I decided to do it as a fully vegetarian dish. I’m the kind of guy who says I would be sad if I could never eat meat again, but if the meals were like this, I probably wouldn’t miss it.

One of these days when I put together my slow-carb vegetarian recipe list, this will be in it.

Enjoy!

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 qt vegetable stock
  • 4 cups black beans, cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • 2 Cups Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup spicy salsa (the one I used is a chipotle, which I think enhanced the flavor a lot)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to large soup pot and heat.
  2. Add onion and chili powder and stir till the onions are soft.
  3. Add the stock, then the black beans, tomatoes, hot sauce, salsa and bring to the boil. Bring the heat down so it is simmering and leave for 30 mins. Add salt & pepper to taste. Stir regularly!
  4. When it's cooked enough, use an immersion blender to more or less puree the soup.

Will puts some sour cream in his if it’s too spicy (which you see in the photo), but it’s not necessary. If you *need* something like that to make it smoother, I’d use some full-fat greek yogurt instead. But if you can handle dairy and aren’t impeded in your fat loss, I can’t stop you from using sour cream!

What’s your favorite vegetarian soup recipe?

30 Superbly Slow-Carb Soup Recipes

30-slow-carb-soup-recipesIf it’s cold where you are, then you’ve just hit the jackpot.

My wife and I love to eat soups in the winter. They’re perfect food for the cold weather, plus they can last for days. Talk about bulk preparation!

But the same old soup day after day can get boring. So I went on a hunt.

Here’s what I found. Please enjoy (and share the crap out of) this list of 30 slow-carb soups!

Note: not everyone in the world is slow-carb, but their soups can be slow-carbed up. Along with the pics are any necessary notes for you.

(click the images to go to the recipe)

Enjoy this one over cauliflower rice instead of regular rice.
“Gumbo-laya” With Spicy Sausage, Chicken & Shrimp.
Enjoy this one over cauliflower rice instead of regular rice.
Tomato Lentil Soup
Tomato Lentil Soup
Simple Creamy Cauliflower and Artichoke Soup
Simple Creamy Cauliflower and Artichoke Soup


Pork Chili Verde
Pork Chili Verde
just take out the cornstarch
White Bean, Collards, Sausage, and Chicken Soup
White Bean, Collards, Sausage, and Chicken Soup
Chicken Tortilla-less Soup
Chicken Tortilla-less Soup


Ginger Zucchini Noodle Egg Drop Soup
Ginger Zucchini Noodle Egg Drop Soup
Again, just leave out the cornstarch.
Hearty and “Creamy” Slow Carb Tomato Soup
Hearty and “Creamy” Slow Carb Tomato Soup
Creole Jambalaya
Creole Jambalaya
Either don’t use rice or eat with cauliflower rice.


Roasted Red Pepper and Avocado Soup with Sausages
Roasted Red Pepper and Avocado Soup with Sausages
Curried Cream Of Broccoli Soup
Curried Cream Of Broccoli Soup
Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup with Dungeness Crab
Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup with Dungeness Crab


Homemade Chicken Broth
Homemade Chicken Broth
Hot and Sour Soup
Hot and Sour Soup
Filipino Beef Kaldereta
Filipino Beef Kaldereta


Pressure-Cooker Lamb Stew
Pressure-Cooker Lamb Stew
Japanese-Inspired Whitefish and Noodle Soup
Japanese-Inspired Whitefish and Noodle Soup
Creamy Carrot Fennel Soup
Creamy Carrot Fennel Soup


Caldo de Res
Caldo de Res
Thai Glass Noodle Soup
Thai Glass Noodle Soup
This pic isn’t from the recipe, but you’ll get the idea
Winter Mushroom Soup
Winter Mushroom Soup


Split Pea Soup w/ Sausage
Split Pea Soup w/ Sausage
Farmer's Market Gazpacho
Farmer’s Market Gazpacho
The link has a few recipes, but you’ll see it
Tuscan Red Lentil Soup with Kale
Tuscan Red Lentil Soup with Kale
This one uses farro, a grain. Ignore it.


Dutch Tomato Soup with Meatballs
Dutch Tomato Soup with Meatballs
Roasted Cauliflower & Mushroom Soup
Roasted Cauliflower & Mushroom Soup
Roasted Vegetable Soup
Roasted Vegetable Soup
Use coconut cream instead of creme fraiche


Coconut milk curry beef stew
Coconut milk curry beef stew
Italian Sausage and Cabbage Soup
Italian Sausage and Cabbage Soup
Healing Chicken Soup
Healing Chicken Soup

Do you have a favorite slow-carb friendly soup recipe? Link it in the comments!

And if you loved this post, please share!

Yellow Chicken Curry Recipe (And A Review of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine)

Yellow curry chicken slow-carb recipe

Yellow curry chicken slow-carb recipe
One of my favorite cuisines is Thai, and I’ve found you can generally find decent options in a Thai restaurant. Sometimes you might need to ask for it without rice, but beyond that the only thing you’ll have to be careful of is sugar in sauces.

Or you can make it yourself at home. I recently bought a cookbook that’s making that much easier for me to do.

This recipe comes from Sarah Fragoso’s newest book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine.

Delicious Thai recipes to make your slow-carb diet more interesting

I want to take a second to tell you about the book. While it’s primarily a Thai cooking book that also happens to be fully compliant to the Paleo diet, the vast majority of her recipes are slow-carb friendly or are very easily made slow-carb friendly (such as not using the honey or maple syrup she suggests). It’s by far the best cookbook I’ve found for some really exciting slow-carb cooking.

This is the real deal. She actually lived in Thailand for something like 6 weeks studying with Thai chefs to make authentic food, some of which you can’t even find in restaurants outside of Thailand.

She covers the gamut, from stir fries, curries, soups, appetizers, and even condiments that you’d find anywhere in Thailand. I fell in love with her condiment section and made quite a few of them right off the bat.

If you’re interested in the book, head on over to Amazon to check it out.

Here’s one of the slow-carb friendly recipes

We easily cook from this book once a week, and here’s the latest one we’ve done. It’s pretty simple and doesn’t take long at all to cook.

A few notes:

  • The original recipe calls for a curry paste that you can find in the book, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients for it, and I didn’t want to have to give you a second recipe that you’d have to make to prepare this meal. So what you see below is my way of getting the flavors from the curry paste without actually making it.
  • This chicken works best when eaten on a bed of cauliflower rice, but some cabbage sliced thin (so it’s kind of like noodles) does really well as a stir fry.

Yellow Chicken Curry #4hb #slowcarb

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Yellow Chicken Curry #4hb #slowcarb

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp cooking fat (olive oil, coconut oil, lard, etc)
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp water or chicken stock
  • 1-1.5 lbs chicken, cut into smaller pieces
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk (if you like that flavor)
  • 1-2 Thai hot chiles, sliced thin (depending on your spice tolerance)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pan (a wok is best but not necessary), melt the fat over medium heat. When the pan is up to temperature, toss in the garlic, ginger, cumin, curry powder, and fish sauce and saute for several seconds until fragrant.
  2. Add the water or broth and simmer for another 30 seconds
  3. Add the chicken, salt, and pepper and stir fry for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  4. When the chicken is done and most of the water has cooked out, add the coconut oil and chiles and stir fry it for just a few seconds to heat it up.
  5. Serve over a bed of cauliflower rice and enjoy!

Sausage And Pepper Slow Cooker Stew #slowcarb #4hb #recipes

Sausage And Pepper Slow Cooker Stew

Sausage And Pepper Slow Cooker Stew
On the last Sunday of every month, we get together at church and have a covered-dish dinner. There’s always a pretty good selection, and there are a few families that take healthful foods, but we’re never guaranteed to be able to make an entire slow-carb meal out of the foods people end up taking.

My wife and I have been taking matters into our own hands and make sure there’s *something* we could eat and feel good about, so we’re always on the lookout for great recipes that scale well and are part of a healthful diet.

She was given a Paleo slow cooker recipe book for Christmas, and this recipe was just what we needed. It’s such a simple recipe that I was blown away by how many people put forth an effort to find out who made it and come up to us to tell us how good it was.

Healthful foods for the win!

Sausage And Pepper Slow Cooker Stew #slowcarb #4hb #recipes

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Sausage And Pepper Slow Cooker Stew #slowcarb #4hb #recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage
  • 1 Tbsp clarified butter
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped (or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped (or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the sausage into 1/4-inch slices. The sausage we used was raw, so I found it easier to cook it in the skillet on two sides for a bit, then pull it back out and slice it up.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the sausages, turning frequently, until browned on both sides. Remove the browned sausage with a slotted spoon and put it in the slow cooker.
  3. Remove some of the rendered fat, leaving a few tablespoons (that’s optional, although if it’s not from pastured pork, I’d do it). Add the clarified butter and the onions to the skillet and saute for a couple of minutes until translucent. Add the peppers and garlic and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Dump the cooked veggies into the slow cooker. Top with the tomatoes and broth, then sprinkle the oregano and thyme on top. Cover and cool on low for 5 hours or on high for 3 hours. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Notes

You could eat this by itself, over a bed of cauliflower “rice”, mixed with some broccoli (I love how the juices get absorbed into the “leafy” part), or just over a bed of wilted greens like spinach or kale.


Paleo Slow Cooking by Dominique DeVito

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Slow Carb and Paleo Recipes and Tips for the Holiday Season

I know you’re all getting ready for the holiday season and that normally means food.  Lots and lots of food.  And potential to pack on a few pounds that never really go away.

No one wants that, do they?

Keep the menu lean and healthy with one of these holiday recipe ideas put out by some friends of the Slow Carb Foodie.

A fantastic almost freebie from Jason over at Finding My Fitness (and a regular contributor here) has put together an ebook with Thanksgiving tips and tricks for Slow Carb and Paleo eating so you and your family can enjoy a happy and healthy holiday.  Since the date is fast approaching, he’s lowered the price to $1 – a steal!  Even if you miss it, check it out for the rest of the holiday season.  There’s 7 pages on preparing the perfect poultry,  7 scrumptious sides, 6 decadent desserts, 3 delicious drinks!  You’ll be set for the rest of 2012.

Looking for a healthy way to stuff your bird?

Check out this recipe for Paleo “rice” stuffing – made with cauliflower.  Looks yum!

Need some fresh ideas for what to do with your turkey leftovers?

This looks like a super easy recipe for Turkey and Black Bean Soup (ignore those crackers in the picture!)

Need some post Thanksgiving reading material while you surface from your Turkey coma?

If you were somehow under a rock and haven’t heard, Tim Ferris has just released the Four Hour Chef.  I’ve got mine on my Kindle and can’t wait to start reading this weekend.  Make sure you order a hardcopy (or the digital version!)

For those of you in the US, I hope you all have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.  I’m on vacation in tropical Northern Queensland, Australia for the week, so no Turkey for me.  I’ve been enjoying (a few too many) cocktails, doing some business planning for 2013 and trying to relax by the pool.  Next week I’ll be back to Melbourne, and looking forward to finally enjoying some summer weather.

Paleo Holiday Recipes

Guilt-Free Egg Nog For The Holidays!

Paleo egg nogThis is a guest post from Jason of Finding My Fitness

It’s crazy to think that you can go to the grocery store and see Christmas decorations already (at least here in the U.S.).

Around this time, I usually love to start drinking egg nog. There’s a problem though.

I can’t stand it anymore.

That’s not entirely true. I love it in theory. But then I start drinking it, and it’s so sweet that I can’t take much of it. Plus it’s too thick for me. I’ve given up milk for water long ago.

Then I found a recipe on Mark’s Daily Apple for a Primal Egg Nog. It’s a good recipe, but it needed a bit of help for my palate. This one is totally dairy free and uses honey instead of syrup.

Here’s my mostly-paleo, even sort-of-slow-carb egg nog. I hope you like it!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups coconut milk, divided
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1-2 tbsp organic honey (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ground nutmeg or cinnamon for garnish

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the egg yolks, 2 cups of coconut milk, and honey.
  2. Over a medium-low heat, stir the milk continually until it starts to thicken, about 10 minutes. It’s important to gently stir the whole time.
  3. When it’s done with the heating, cool it in an ice bath until it gets to room temperature. You have to cool it quickly so the yolks don’t cook. Keep stirring for a few minutes.
  4. At this point, add the rest of the coconut milk and the vanilla. Maybe even a dash of nutmeg. Stir well.
  5. Before serving, garnish with some nutmeg or cinnamon.

Play around with the sweetness. Err on the side of less and adjust up.

I love that this egg nog is thick but doesn’t seem to coat your mouth in a film like its dairy counterpart does. And it doesn’t put you into a diabetic coma.

And especially if you love coconut, this will be right up your alley!

Incidentally, I’m just about finished with a Thanksgiving Recipe e-book, and this is one of my featured recipes. If you want to have a healthy Holiday season, this is an e-book for you.

Folks on my mailing list will hear about it first and get a hefty discount, so if you’re interested, you might want to get on the list. You’ll also get 10 of my favorite slow-carb recipes as a thank-you for signing up.

Happy holidays!

I’d love to hear from you. What is your favorite holiday-time drink? How can you modify it to fit within paleo/slow-carb guidelines?

-j

Jason has been overweight his whole life and is on a journey to being healthy and fit. He writes about his 4 Hour Body adventures with tips, encouragement, and advice on FindingMyFitness.com. Subscribe to his newsletter to get some more great slow-carb recipes!

Slow Carb or Paleo Lemon Herb Chicken

paleo-chicken recipeChicken is a staple for Slow Carb and Paleo eating so I’m always looking for new quick and simple ways to make it taste good.  Herbs are a great way to do that without a lot of fuss.

It’s summer in Australia so while most of you in the Northern Hemisphere are digging into soups, stews and heartier fare of all kind, I’m enjoying fresh, light summer food with the help of the herbs I’m growing on my balcony.  This is a super easy recipe where you can mix and match whatever herbs you have.  I serve it with salad or slightly wilted fresh spinach.

While this is quite a  light chicken dish, you could definitely eat it in winter as well.  Just try serving it with green beans or roasted veggies instead.

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Thighs (or 2 Large Chicken Breasts) cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 Tbs olive oil or macadamia nut oil
  • Juice from ½ a lemon + a bit of lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs fresh herbs chopped (I used oregano, but basil, thyme, rosemary or tarragon would all be great!)
  • Salt to taste ( I use about 1 tsp sea salt)
Directions
  1. Put all ingredients in a ziplock bag or sealed container
  2. Marinate at least one hour in the fridge (I do mine overnight.)
  3. Heat up a frying pan
  4. Toss chicken in
  5. Cook till done – about 5 minutes


Time-saving tip: Make this in bulk and freeze batches of chicken pre-marinated and then thaw on the day you want to cook it.

Slow-Carb Recipes for Chicken: 30 Different, Totally Delicious Recipes

photo credit: ruben alexander

Not too long ago, I talked about eggs. Today we talk about the chicken. So I guess we have that answer!

One of the easiest and most versatile proteins you’ll find on the slow-carb diet is chicken. I find it’s the quickest way to a solid slow-carb meal when I don’t know what else to have.

It can be easy to get tired of the same old thing every time, though. In an attempt to help you overcome the boredom, I’ve gone around the internet looking for some of the best chicken recipes and put them in one spot.

To determine what would go on the list of the dozens upon dozens I saw, I answered one question: what would I love to have for dinner tonight?

Here are the internet’s 30 best slow-carb chicken recipes! I had a hard time deciding how to categorize them, but this is what I came up with.

Soups/Salads

Classic Chicken Salad - photo by Riki Shore
photo by Riki Shore

Thai Chicken Salad
Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Soup
African Style Chicken Salad
Classic Chicken Salad

Grilled/Roasted

Slow Carb Chicken RecipeSmoked Fruit & Pistachio Stuffed Chicken
Smoked Pepper & Onion Stuffed Chicken
Tandoori Chicken
Chicken Cordon-Bacon
30-Minute Easy Slow Carb Roast Chicken
Just Chicken and Mushrooms
Jalapeño Dijon Grilled Chicken

International

Slow Carb Chicken Curry RecipeSlow Carb Peppery Chicken Curry
Spicy Balinese Chicken Wings with Sambal
Chicken Korma with Mixed Vegetables
Indian Butter Chicken 4HB Style
Slow Carb Orange Chicken
Oven Barbequed Chicken
Chicken Satay

One-Pot Meals

Rosemary & Spinach ChickenPaleo Chicken Bog
Slow Carb Greek Pot Roasted Chicken
Moroccan Chicken Casserole
Asian-Inspired One Pot Chicken
Rosemary & Spinach Chicken
Southwest Chicken & Beans
Chicken Cacciatore

Miscellaneous

Slow Carb Chicken TendersTaco chicken wings with guac dip
Chicken Tenders: Slow Carb and Paleo Comfort Food
Peggy’s Chicken “Fried” Steak
Coconut Curry Chicken Nuggets
Chicken Livers and Onions

Do you have a favorite chicken recipe? Share it in the comments!

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