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
  • 2-3 lbs. of bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • ½ 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
  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. 😉

A Healthier, Low Carb Alternative

In the spirit of eating more basic foods and less processed food…I made a healthier alternative to the usual enchilada or burritos I usually make when I’m craving Mexican food. Tortillas are YUMMY and I’m a total carb junkie. Michael has voiced wanting to limit is carbohydrate intake with the new diet he’s doing (Protein & Fiber for dinners). Even though I’m dragging my feet in the whole limiting carbs thing, I know it won’t hurt to eat bread products in more moderation.

I agreed to not use tortillas so I made turkey taco salads instead. Half the ground turkey was browned in the skillet and the other half was frozen for another week of meal planning. I prepped the veggies and got the salads ready.

I also cooked the black beans. On the 4-Hour Body diet the author apparently talks a lot about legumes. I think beans are a great addition to most meals when you’re trying to lose weight. Some beans can be higher in calories but they are so filling that you don’t eat quite as much food compared to other things.

Michael made his amazing guacamole.

Recently I had picked up a packet of taco seasoning and decided to try it. I don’t think the taco seasoning was flavorful enough–especially for ground turkey which can be pretty plain unless well-seasoned.

I had about 1400 calories left for dinner on Saturday night after burning so many at the gym. The ground turkey is really low in calories. The salad is low in calories. Black beans are a little higher than other beans but the high ticket item in dinner? Guacamole. Oh I enjoyed it too.

I also had two glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon while we watched Damages (Season 3).

Dinner was good, filling but not a gut-buster like most Mexican food is. I’m happy with the dinner we created and happy with the amount of calories was in my salad.

QUESTION: What ingredients go into your taco salad? I’m looking for ideas for the next time around!