I have done much better with eating low carb this week. However, as I said in my five frugal things round up, it didn’t all go to plan.
Circumstances meant that I didn’t do the grocery shopping until Thursday, instead of Monday, so I didn’t have many of the ingredients I had planned for and had to improvise.
When I started to pull out stuff from the freezer, I found all sorts that needed using up. The soup I made wasn’t entirely free of carbs and the bread pudding definitely wasn’t!! Never mind. I do like to have a purge of the stuff hiding in the back of the freezer from time to time. Food waste is something I strive to avoid, so if it needs eating and it isn’t low carb, then I will either force feed it to Mr S or eat it myself!
Since Thursday, I have stuck to eating low carb all of the time, however, so I am back on track. This week, I will make some old favourites, but also branch out with some new recipes. Obviously, I will be keeping an eye on our food budget at the same time.
I did finally cave and buy a couple of low carb chocolate bars this week when I spotted them in B&M. They are ridiculously expensive, but sometimes I am desperate for something sweet. I figured that having a few treats like this will stop me eating biscuits.
The ones I chose are Grenade Carb Killa high protein bars. At £1.65 each, they are more than twice the price of your average choc bar. However, they are also really rich and sweet and there is no way I could eat a whole one in one sitting.
They were OK, but made me a bit bloated. When I checked the ingredients list, I found they contain soy, which I don’t tolerate well, so that explained it. However, they did stop me caving in and having a bag of crisps with Mr S last night, so I am glad I bought them.
I had a look on Amazon and found a better value, soy free chocolate bar, the Atkins Chocolate Coconut Snack Bar*, which apparently tastes like a Bounty. These cost £16.80 for 15 bars, which is £1.12 a bar. Let’s hope I like them, since I have 15 to get through!!
A meal plan for eating low carb
Spaghetti bolognese because I have minced beef and lots of peppers that need to be eaten. I will have courgetti with mine and we will have a big green salad and tomatoes from the garden too.
I would have made keto garlic bread, but I have no mozarella! When I went to Aldi their fridge had broken down and they had no cheese at all – disaster! I will pick some up in the week.
Baked chicken thighs with roasted courgettes, garlic, peppers, cherry tomatoes and herbs. Mr S can have some potatoes with his, but I will just eat the roasted veg.
I am hoping the weather will be nice enough to allow me to get to the boot sale early, so dinner needs to be quick and straightforward to prepare.
If I have time and we are hungry, I will make a keto chocolate mug cake for dessert to have with some cream.
I plan to make a version of this Greek salad omelette, as I have some feta that needs to be eaten.
We have lots of lettuce and rocket, so I will make a salad with this.
Salmon cooked in a little butter with lots of vegetables. Mr S and his mum can have air-fried potatoes with theirs.
We are out for dinner tonight, with some family members who are renting a house nearby. They are ordering in a take away, which is bound to be full of carbs. I will avoid them if possible, but won’t stress if it ends up being fish and chips!
I would say I won’t eat the chips, but who am I kidding?
I still have some of the two huge bags of white fish that I bought in Iceland a few weeks ago. I thought I would adapt this haddock in tomato basil sauce recipe to use some of that. I will substitute the aubergine for courgette, though, as, along with the tomatoes, they are still growing on the veggie patch.
We will have some broccoli with this.
Something easy for tea tonight. Eggs, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes – so basically a fried breakfast for dinner :). I am the only one home tonight and, as you know, I make it really easy for myself on a Friday.
If I stick to this, I will be happy. I am not eating low carb to the extent that I will go into ketosis, but that’s not essential for me. There are enough benefits to my health taking this approach.
What are you eating this week?
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