I will admit to you, there is nothing that can replace freshly made pasta; however when watching our carbs we cannot possibly afford to consider pasta; but we do not have to miss out on those favourites such as Bolognese and Carbonara and with these Zoodles made from courgettes compliment your favourite pasta sauce dishes well. Check out my Beef Bolognese Sauce.
TIP: You do need to plan ahead when using Zoodles as you will need to leave them to drain. The longer they drain, the dryer they will be. Courgettes are full of water and so if you do not drain as much moisture out as possible then you will end up with a soggy mess which will neither taste that good and will make your sauce sloppy.
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This Italian dessert lends itself to a low-carb option. Replacing the sugar with sweetener and then you have a delicious authentic low-carb dessert. 8 net carbs per portion.
I have used a fresh vanilla pod in the past which is the traditional ingredient; today I experimented by using vanilla extract and although I would happily serve this to guests as it is still yummy, I would suggest that you cannot beat using the real thing.
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A mild light creamy coconut and peanut sauce with a Thai influence. 9 net carbs per portion.
The recipe below uses chicken breast but other meats which you could use may include chicken thighs, pork loin and turkey.
If you want to spice the chilli heat up then you need to adjust the red chilli in the marinade to suit your own palate.
TIP: This has also proved a perfect dish for entertaining. You can serve with egg noodles to your guests not observing low carbs and for those who are, you can use a low carb alternative such as fettuccini made with Organic Edamame and mung bean (NC 5g pp).
Cook all the noodles / pasta before your guests arrive and refresh in cold water, then heat them up just prior to serving. The chicken dish will hold well in a warming dish or oven so you do not have to be attending to any last minute cooking once your guests arrive.
See recipe below
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Cornish pasties are obviously from Cornwall, England. Traditionally made with meat, potato and vegetable mixture enveloped by pastry. Yes pastry – I had not considered these for my low-carb blog until I found a recipe for Fat Head Pastry. Original recipe I used can be found here: https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/fat-head-sausage-rolls/
Wow if I can make a low-carb pastry then maybe I could include Cornish Pasties. My version below is only 9 net carbs per portion.
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Welcome to my recipe for Classic Beef Bolognese Sauce. This sauce is perfect served with Courgette (Zucchini) noodles – Zoodles, to make a low-carb meal however it is also yummy with spaghetti making it into a classic spaghetti Bolognese, (but not low-carb). You could also use this sauce in my low-carb Lasagne so make up a batch and store half for a meal later in the week or freeze it for another day. 12.5 net carbs per portion.
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This is a delicious Italian aubergine stew using lovely ripe fresh ingredients to really allow you to experience a taste of Sicily. Nice and quick, can be prepared and cooked within about 35 minutes. 20.5 net carbs per portion.
This Sicilian Caponata is great as a filling main meal for dinner. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
For family members not participating in a low carb diet, a few slices of fresh bread or some pasta will give a further authentic feel.
Please see Sicilian Aubergine Stew recipe below.
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