When following the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, dieters eat 2 low-carbohydrate, complimentary meals during the day and one regular meal, including carbs, in the evening (within a 1 hour time-limit). The daytime meals include 3 to 4 ounces of protein or 2 ounces of cheese, and plenty of non-starchy vegetables. Keep your complimentary meals delicious and satisfying to stay satisfied and therefore motivated. Here are four incredible meal options that are sure to please:
Remove the stems from two whole Portobello mushroom caps. Cook in 2 tsp. olive oil until the mushroom is cooked through. Place the mushrooms upside down on an oven safe pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Spread ½ Tbsp. tomato paste on each. Sprinkle pinches of salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried basil and oregano on top of the sauce. Slice a tomato into thin rounds and layer atop the spices. Sprinkle each with an ounce of shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with your favorite veggies (some may need to be pre-cooked) and bake at 425 degrees until cheese is bubbly.
Chili-Lime Tofu Salad
Cut tofu into cubes and fry in 2 tsp. hot canola oil. While the tofu is cooking, mix in the following spices: salt, red chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin powder. Cook for a few more minutes. Be sure to move the tofu around so all sides are coated with the spices. Fill a large salad bowl with shredded lettuce and chopped tomato, celery and green onion. Top the salad with the tofu pieces and dress with a lime salad dressing (whisk together 1 tsp. olive oil and the juice from one lime), salt and pepper.
Chicken Curry with Spinach
In a large non-stick pan, heat up 1 Tbsp. oil and add in ½ tsp. whole cumin seeds, ¼ chopped onion and two cloves of chopped garlic. Once onions are soft, add the following spices and cook one minute more: ½ tsp. cumin powder, ½ tsp. coriander powder, ½ tsp. ginger powder, ¼ tsp. turmeric powder and ¼ tsp. red chili powder. Stir in three chopped tomatoes, one cup vegetable broth, add the chicken and cover. Simmer until tomatoes and chicken are fully cooked—about 20 minutes. Five minutes before the chicken is done, wilt 2 to 3 cups of fresh spinach in a non-stick pan with about a ½ inch of water and a pinch of salt. Serve curry over spinach and garnish with fresh cilantro.
No Rice Sushi Roll
Lay a sheet of dried Nori (seaweed) down on a sushi mat or cutting board. Using 3 to 4 ounces of sushi-grade salmon or tuna, cut long strips and lay the fish down about an inch from the edge closest to you. The fish should be laid down in a long line from the left edge to the right one. Add layers of the following on top of or right next to the fish: thin avocado slices, thin strips of carrot, sliced cucumber, red bell pepper and alfalfa sprouts. Begin rolling at the end nearest you. Once you are an inch from the far edge, wet the far edge with water and roll so the Nori glues to itself. Slice into one-inch pieces and serve with soy sauce and pickled ginger.