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Two Low Carb Dinners

I wanted to share two recipes with you that we tried last week. Here is the first:

Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs:

Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs |Paleo
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
From: http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/balsamic-braised-beef-short-ribs-paleo/
Ingredients
  • 2-3 lbs. of bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • Β½ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 4 whole dried dates
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Spice Blend:
  • 2 tablespoon of course sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together course sea salt, dried rosemary, dried sage, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and black pepper.
  2. Pat dry bone-in beef short ribs. Rub spice blend into both sides of the short ribs.
  3. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add coconut oil to pan and sear the short ribs for 2-3 minutes per side or until slightly browned.
  4. Put the short ribs in a slow cooker with a tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, whole dried dates, and smashed garlic cloves.
  5. Cook for 4-6 hours on low or until beef is tender.

It doesn’t look pretty but it tasted really good! I made some sesame cucumber salads to go with it and the tartness of the salad was the perfect combo with the ribs.

We each had one (they were pretty big beef ribs) and then a few nights later had the leftovers and we both agreed that they were even better reheated as leftovers.

Michael made this dinner, even though crock-pot cooking isn’t something he likes to do, and it was really good! We both want to make it again in the future.

The second “recipe” wasn’t really a recipe but it was “lowish” carb and on the diet plan. I picked up the carrot “noodles” from Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and we finally tried it.

Here are the stats on the carrot noodles:

8grams of carbs in a serving of carrot noodles. I also bought a jar of low carb spaghetti sauce. I hadn’t tried this brand before and another reader recommended a low carb marinara but it was really expensive when I finally found it! This particular bottle was half the price of the other one so I grabbed a jar to test it out.

A serving of this marinara was 5 grams of carbs. I also loved that it didn’t have a ton of sugar in it like a lot of red sauces have. We had some Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs on top with some fresh parmesan and opened a not-so-low-carb bottle of wine to go with dinner:

So how was the dinner? Really good! We both liked it a lot.

The carrots weren’t overpowering in flavor. They were slightly al dente, but I’m so used to eating spaghetti squash instead of real pasta noodles that it didn’t feel weird to me. The sauce? Fantastic! We both LOVED it! It was super spicy. We’d definitely make this dinner again.

I did comment that it needed some garlic bread. πŸ˜‰

Diet This Week

I know I haven’t posted an update on the diet in a few weeks. I think I left off a month ago where I had lost 6 pounds, then stalled out. I kept gaining and losing the same 1-2 pounds back and forth, back and forth…for weeks nothing worked.

I was really frustrated and felt discouraged, especially considering I was doing this restrictive carb diet–to restrict and not see progress SUCKS.

Just a reminder– I wasn’t doing a true low carb diet, but I was trying my hardest to keep the carbs down. On workout days I was somewhere around 85-100 grams of carbs for the day (no bread, rice or pasta products at all) and on rest days I was somewhere around 50-75 grams for the day.

I tried many times to get that number down but let’s be honest here. If I am going to REALLY try and do a low carb diet, I need to cut out all fruit (don’t want to do that) and a lot of other stuff…I mean, I hit 15 grams of carbs with just my coffee creamer in the morning. πŸ™ Not going to cut that out!

We had an awesome cheat meal last weekend: breakfast for dinner!

I’d been craving pancakes lately so for dinner last Sunday night Michael made us pancakes and bacon. I used light syrup which cut the carbs in the syrup by half. This was also the first time Logan tried pancakes. He loved them! πŸ˜‰

My lunches last week were really good. I was kind of sick of my meat and cheese rollups and needed to change things up. I also needed a break from the high sodium diet that comes with eating meat like that. It’s not the best choice, honestly.

So for lunches this time I did salads. I cooked up some ground turkey with low sodium taco seasoning and I had big green salads topped with veggies and the taco meat.

I had a hard boiled egg and some Greek yogurt with fruit for snacks. I also supplemented some snacks with low-carb protein shakes.Β It was nice to change things up and eat something different.

Weight Loss

Now for the weight loss aspect…A month ago I was staying about the same and just couldn’t get over that hump. We went on vacation to Bend and I was afraid to weigh myself. πŸ™ I hadn’t worked out much in Bend, or when we got home (I was sick), and my diet hadn’t been great. We ate pizza and sushi and drank beer in Bend…but I got on the scale anyways and surprise surprise! I finally lost the weight that I’d been gaining and losing over and over again.

That was a nice surprise. So I am back in the upper 160’s and feeling a bit more motivation. It also kind of motivated me to maybe try doing a true low carb diet to see if that jump starts things further. I have 12 pounds to go to get back to pre-baby weight, but ideally 15 pounds to go total.

I also emailed my doctor. I spelled out my typical diet, calories and weekly exercises. She responded with “um wow! You’re kinda already doing everything right…” SIGH. I know! And it’s not working!! Her only suggestion (besides the usual, drink more water, eat real food not from a package) was to cut my calories from 1600 to 1400. So for the last week I’ve been at 1450 calories. We’ll see what happens when I weigh in next week!