After changing to a gluten free diet, I have recently discovered Food For Life Wheat free/gluten free tortillas. We ate them with beanless chili. But I am really excited about making quesadillas with them. They were delicious.
If you live close to a Trader Joe's Market, you can get a good low carb bread there. It's Trader Joe's brand and is sprouted grain bread (like Ezekiel 4:9 only low in carbs). It comes in Wheat, Rye, and my favorite 7 grain. It has 60 calories in a slice, but only 4 net carbs. I usually griddle toast it with a little olive oil margarine and it holds together without becoming Melba toast crunchy as it tends to do in a toaster.
Check the mexican aisle for Ole brand high fiber low carb tortillas. 14g of carbs but 9g is fiber so good source of fiber while reducing net carb count. They are large so more suitable for a wrap or burrito than a taco.
For pasta try Dreamfields. Only 5g digestible carbs when cooked as directed. The cooking directions are very important as overcooking raises the digestible carb count.
Both companies have websites.
Edited by: ESTRING46142 at: 8/15/2012 (23:59)
Fitness Minutes: (35,162)
6,364 8/12/12 1:38 P
Thank you so much, Snoopy1960!!
I have printed out everything you wrote - now I can have a lil surprise at the dinner table tomorrow night - hubby will be so pleased!!!
One cup of cooked pasta has about 40 carbs. Cut it in half and only have a half cup of pasta but add lots of Italian mix ins so you don't miss it.
Saute some bit size pieces of chicken, add in some peppers, onions and garlic. Add a can of diced tomatoes with the juice with some italian seasonings.. Let is cook thru. Pour it over the 1/2 cup of pasta. YUMMM
Make no carb meatballs
Mix 1 pound hamburg or turkey, 3 eggs, 1 heaping tablespoon of basil, 4 or 5 heaping tablespoons of parmasan cheese. The parmasan cheese is your binder. Some people also add a bit of oatmeal to bind but that adds carbs. Mix well. Shape into meatballs and bake on a cookie sheet at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes or until browned but not cooked thru. Add to your favorite pasta sauce and simmer for a few hours. Again, serve with 1/2 cup pasta.
Cook some chicken or pork sausage with peppers,onions and garlic and have with you 1/2 cup of pasta.
Here is my homemade pasta sauce recipe.
SUNDAY GRAVY ( as my Dad would call it )
1 28 ounce can ground peeled tomato ( I like Pastene kitchen ready ) 1 6 ounce can tomato paste 1 onion chopped 1 small green pepper chopped 3 cloves garlic chopped 2 cups water 1 tsp salt 1 tsp basil 1 tsp sugar ( to cut the acidity )
Saute peppers onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil. Once soft, turn up the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a soft boil, lower heat and simmer for the day.
In my area, I can buy La Tortilla or Mmam Lupe's or Mission low carb tortilla's Check your local market. They each have 3 net carbs per 7" tortilla.
Edited by: SNOOPY1960 at: 8/12/2012 (13:22)
Fitness Minutes: (35,162)
6,364 8/12/12 1:06 P
After a diagnosis of diabeties, we sharply limited the carb intake to 40 carbs per meal. This change precluded the Italian and Mexican dishes we so enjoyed as the pastas / tortillas contain SO MANY CARBS per serving.
As you may imagine, meals have become a bit BOORIIIING. . .and I'd like to includ the occasional Italian / Mexican treat.
I am hoping someone can direct me to a source of low-carb pasta / bread / tortilla options. Many have suggested a gluten-free diet but this is not necessarily low carb and that is my current need.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkTeams, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.