For a few weeks now, I've been paying attention to carbs. Mind you, I'm no expert on either Atkins or South Beach although I do religiously count Weight Watchers calorie-fiber-fat points.
But as summer's standbys (tomatoes, cucumber) turned to fall's fare (sweet potatoes, squash, potatoes), the carb counts in the nutrition estimates here on A Veggie Venture began to noticeably add up.
With much coaching from Kalyn's Kitchen who has 41 great reasons to follow the South Beach concept, A Veggie Venture is now officially counting carbs.
- Recipes now include a NET CARB count -- that's total carbs minus fiber, a rough indicator of digestible carbs
- I've scoured 238 days of vegetable cooking for low-carb recipes -- that is, fewer than 10 grams of net carbs
- These low-carb vegetable recipes are collected here in the Recipe Box (along with the long-standing Weight Watchers section)
As for tonight's Supper Skillet, it was very good -- not something you'd likely serve for company but a wonderful weeknight quick supper.
And here's another tip from Kalyn, a low-carb pasta from Dreamfields. Unlike early cardboard-tasting products, it's really good. (Am I the last one on earth to know? The very day Kalyn mentioned it, the man ahead of me in the grocery check-out lane had a couple of boxes in his cart. He too recommended it so I ran back to the shelf and grabbed a box.)
Pasta? For 5 carb grams, 5 fiber grams and a low glycemic index too? Yes! Thank you, Dreamfields. (And please, how about a lasagna offering in time for Christmas?)
~ more vegetarian supper recipes ~
~ more pasta with vegetable recipes ~
LOW-CARB SUPPER SKILLET
Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 25 minutes
8 ounces Dreamfields low-carb spaghetti
3 cups Slow-Roasted Tomatoes (or Quick Tomato Sauce or a large can of diced tomato)
Fresh spinach (add more than you'll think is needed, it really cooks down, the skillet above should have had 2x or 3x or even 4x as much)
Squeeze of lemon juice
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh feta, crumbled
Per Serving: 256 Cal (37% from Fat, 30% from Protein, 32% from Carb); 10 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 10 g Carb; 7 g Fiber; NET CARB 8; 78 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 82 mg Sodium; 2 mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 5 points