Wednesday, December 15, 2010

50 Carb Meals

We're having friends over tonight for dinner! I like this menu because it's fairly easy to prep in advance and has a lot of delicious and healthy food in it... yum yum.

Turkey Divan Casserole (1/4 of recipe = 10g carbs)
Roasted Carrots (3 oz = 7g carbs
Brown Rice (3/4 cup cooked = 28g carbs)
Cranberry-Feta Salad (1 serving = 10 carbs)

Total: 55g carbs.

We got Chicken Divan from a friend as part of a baby meal after Mary was born, and LOVED it. Basically, combine cooked chicken, cooked broccoli/cauliflower, mushroom soup, milk, and cheddar cheese in a casserole dish, then bake and enjoy! I add mushrooms for more bulk and flavor, and use thyme to season. I don't know how I managed to avoid knowing about this casserole, but it is now a standard at our house! It's easy, delicious, and super low-carb. This is Turkey Divan because I got a cheap cheap turkey a few weeks ago. I roasted it last week and we're eating the leftovers this week. Also? This recipe makes me want to drawl "It's di-vahhhhhhn, dahling,' whenever I talk about it.

Turkey (or Chicken) Divan: Combine 1.5 cups cooked turkey or chicken, 1 cup cooked broccoli, and 1 cup mushrooms in a casserole dish. In a separate bowl, mix 1 can cream of mushroom soup and 1/3 cup milk. Add salt, pepper, and thyme to taste (I use a lot) (we like flavor). Pour sauce over the casserole dish and stir a bit to coat it all. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese on top. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.

Roasted Carrots: From The Pioneer Woman Cooks! Recipe here. I use dried thyme and baby carrots. Because that's how I roll. I combined everything ahead of time and just popped it in the oven when I started prepping the Divan (di-vaaahhhhhhhn).

Brown Rice: Durrr. I'm actually not very good at cooking rice (or beans, or eggs (used to be, better now), or not burning grilled cheese. I can frost a wedding cake but I can't cook rice. Somebody notify the grandmother's league!

Well, like the eggs, I'm getting better at the rice. It's almost always cooked through now and rarely burnt on the bottom. Well done!

Did you know you can make those handy microwavable frozen rice packets at home? That's what I did when I made rice for turkey curry earlier this week. Go here for details.

Also I love brown rice. I think it tastes so much better than white rice. Especially short-grain, slightly sticky brown rice. Yay flavor.

Cranberry-feta salad: Romaine lettuce, sliced onions, dried cranberries, feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette dressing. One of our standbys.

That's it! I'm always looking for new low-carb and delicious vegetable-based recipes.... we'll see what I find next.

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