Low-Carb Recipes for a Healthy 2013
The holidays are over, and we’re at the point where everything starts to feel like one long sick day. We’re in our PJs until 5 in the afternoon. We’re eating candy all day long. There are toys scattered everywhere. Worst of all, we’re just sick and tired of fun. Yearning for some discipline. Discipline, people! Fresh air and a fresh start can’t come soon enough! Bring on those healthy dinners — every day from now on!
Wait, what’s all this “we” stuff? For all I know, you’ve risen at dawn and eaten nothing but green sapling twigs since the first of December. I’m the one with the problem. I’m the one who’s had leftover trifle for breakfast all week. I’m the one who needs to purge the carbs from her bloated system. Fortunately, I know all the right low-carb recipes to accomplish the job.
New Year’s resolutions just set people up for failure. But I’ve lived through enough holidays to know how effective a few good changes can be, even if they only last for a week or so. If you’re feeling as sludgy as I am, why don’t you join me? After a few days of dining on great low-carb dishes, you’ll be dancing with energy — or at least ready to tackle those thank-you notes.
The main thing we need to go back to is vegetables. Lots and lots and LOTS of vegetables. When you’re packed to the eyes with chocolate Santas, a big pile of veggies is the most welcome sight imaginable. Add a handful or so of freshly grated Parmesan to this primavera, and you’ll have a nice lean main course that will put the spring back in your step.
… Salads, too. Lots and lots and LOTS of salads. At this point, my whole being is crying out for a main dish containing plenty of green, raw, crisp stuff. And after all the rich holiday fare, I’m craving tart, bright-tasting meals. This Thai shrimp salad is perfect.
The fresh simplicity of this zucchini-shrimp dish will help return you to your pre-sludge state, and it only takes about three seconds to put together.
Here’s a handsome one-dish supper that could be served to company, should you be unfortunate enough to have guests this early in the new year. If you do, they’re likely to welcome a healthy meal that’s also delicious. And ready for its close-up!
Pasta will be back in our lives soon enough — you can bet on it. Until then, spaghetti squash provides a low-carb alternate that takes exceptionally well to traditional pasta toppings.
Low-carb doesn’t have to mean “not filling enough.” This hearty, spice-filled soup will warm your soul on a cold night. And with only two ounces of pasta for six servings, it won’t compromise your virtue.
Margarita mix and jerk seasoning provide the surprises in these deliciously tangy fish tacos. Feel free to sub in U.S.-farmed catfish or tilapia, which are less expensive and lower on the (sea)food chain than swordfish.
Get in shape with all these delicious low-carb recipes!