October, the start of the ‘Holiday’ season. Thanksgiving & Halloween both came and went. Thanksgiving was a huge success, Halloween, well, low carb trick or treating simply doesn’t exist… so I drank tea. Lots of tea.
October was also a month full of low carb experiments, mostly with baking. Starting with this amazing 2 Minute English Muffin from Sugar-Free Mom.
I also continued my cauliflower experimentation. Did you know that cauliflower makes a respectable stand in for Macaroni in the classic comfort dish Goulash? It does!
Mug Cakes also rocked my world last month. I wrote about them here, and also played around with the peanut butter one later in the month, its recipe is right in the Instagram post.
Thanksgiving! I even made a pumpkin pie! It was sweetened with Swerve sweetener (an Erythritol blend), and had an almond crust. Delish! I made my own cranberry sauce, also sweetened with a blend of Swerve and Stevia drops. No stuffing this year, but all of the other sides (except for the squash, which I ate with a lot of moderation), are naturally low carb (cauli mash, bacon Brussels sprouts au gratin and broccoli). The gravy? I thickened with xanthan gum… it worked like a charm!
Eating out in October? I tried the rotisserie beef at Swiss Chalet… I was not a fan. It wasn’t bad, but it reminded me of something you’d get at a hospital cafeteria. I’ll stick with the chicken & chalet sauce, thanks.
I did however have a winning salad at SUBWAY… so good with the thick-carved roasted turkey, bacon, cheese and all the veggies.
My FAVOURITE discovery of the month? Cauliflower rice! It is totes my favourite way to eat cauliflower right now. I made a spicy Spanish rice version, but my favourite to date is to use it in fried ‘rice’. OMG, so good! To make cauliflower rice, just pulse it in the food processor until it looks like rice – yes, it’s that easy. You can use a box grater and do it by hand, but truthfully, it sucks, is messy, and takes forever. Then simply sauté it however you please. You can also freeze it right out of the food processor and then thaw it and then thaw and cook… it tastes the same and the texture isn’t affected – bonus!
Of course, there were still tons of eggs, salads and rotisserie chicken eaten last month, but that’s not new and exciting. What is new and exciting though is Fathead Pizza! I ended the month with a bang and this pizza was tremendous.
What I learned last month? Low carb is less restrictive if you leave your comfort zone in the kitchen. I also learned that all of these treats will stall weight loss, if that is your goal (I still lost about 4 or 5 lbs last month though, so hey). My goal last month was to snap myself out of the pity party I was having about missing out on so much yum… and I succeeded. November will be about getting back to basics and prepping for the almighty food month… DECEMBER!
Looking for more low carb meal ideas? See my previous ‘Whatcha Eatin’ There, Heather posts:
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