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Adjustments Your Diet With Some Simple Recipes

by Frank L. Pento 09/01/2019

No matter what time of year, everyone naturally gravitates to comfort food and easy meal plans when life gets busy. If you've decided to adopt a new way of eating, falling into this pattern can derail your goals. Sometimes, all that's needed to keep you on track is knowing the simple substitutes to your basic recipes. That way, you get comfort food but stay on track.

If you’ve chosen to try a low-carb or ketogenic diet, try one or more of these substitutes for your go-to favorites:

Crust-less Quiche

Use your favorite quiche recipe—provided the filling doesn't include bread cubes or some other off-plan ingredient. Add an extra egg (or 2 for a large quiche) and an extra cup of grated cheese (Swiss, Gouda, or Jarlsberg work well) to the ingredient's list. Then, in place of the crust, butter the baking dish well and sprinkle the extra cheese on the bottom. Pour in your egg mixture, meats (bacon or ham are excellent), veggies (think spinach leaves or bell peppers), and additional cheese on top. Bake as usual at about 350°F. You'll find that the cheese on the bottom and sides crisps up nicely to create a self-crust, so no flour crust necessary.

Tortilla-free Tacos

Another family favorite, tacos, is easily adapted. While the kids are eating theirs on tortillas, wrap your filling in lettuce leaves. Merely remove the outermost lettuce leaves before cutting up the rest of the head. Wash and pat them dry and use in place of the tortilla.

Lettuce wraps

The large outer lettuce leaves–or other leaf-lettuces such as Romaine—are useful in place of bread or carb-laden wraps for other meal staples as well:

  • Sandwiches: simply wrap your meats and cheeses in a lettuce leaf to reduce both carbs and calories.
  • Asian wraps: wrap your eggroll fillings in lettuce leaves. Or, you can use cabbage leaves for this one.
  • Burgers: follow the example of large burger chains and lettuce-wrap your burger patty, tomato, and cheese. So-called “protein-style” burgers work best with several layers of crisper lettuce leaves, so don’t skimp on the lettuce.

Snack foods

Finding enjoyable snack foods is one of the more difficult parts of sticking with your meal plan. If you’re looking for something crunchy, try one of these:

  • Mini pizzas: lay pepperoni slices on a baking pan. Top with grated mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375°F them for about 10 minutes. Remove and lay the chips out on a paper towel to absorb the extra grease.
  • Pepperoni chips: Follow the same recipe as above, but without the cheese. After patting the cooked chips with a paper towel, return them to the oven for another two to three minutes. These chips pair well with sour cream dips and guacamole.
  • Devilled eggs: Make your mother’s recipe but without the sweet pickles.
  • Bacon wrapped … well, just about anything. A favorite is shrimp poppers though: Split fresh jalapeño peppers and remove the seeds. Dab a half teaspoon of cream cheese on the pepper and set a de-veined, cooked shrimp on top. Wrap in a half-slice of bacon. Slide a toothpick through to hold it all together and bake in the oven at 400°F for 15 minutes or until bacon crisps. Or, for a backyard version, put several on a skewer and pop them on the grill.

Sticking to a new plan isn’t always easy, so preparing alternatives in advance can keep you headed in the right direction. 

If you find you’re no longer inspired you to eat well in your current home, talk to your real estate professional about available homes in your area that offer upgraded or gourmet kitchens.

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Frank L. Pento

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A lifelong resident of Monmouth County with deep roots in the area, Frank’s real estate business continues to grow in the Monmouth, southern Middlesex and northern Ocean County real estate markets. With over 16 years of experience, he has earned a level of accomplishment that places him in the Top 1% of all roughly 8,000 licensed real estate agents in the Monmouth/Ocean area. As part of his business expansion plan Frank and his team have joined with Re/Max, a brand that has sold more homes than any other brand in the USA. Frank’s most important attribute is to first listen to what his clients’ goals and needs are. Then he combines his wealth of experience with a mature business savvy, high personal integrity, and keen negotiating expertise to craft a customized plan that will ensure that his clients succeed.

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