Cutting fat and a couple of carbs

By CassandraG Latest Reply 2012-02-27 07:55:01 -0600
Started 2011-08-24 21:45:24 -0500

I am so excited I just had to post this. I know it might not be new to anyone else but me, I am just glad I found it. I was cooking dinner and the recipe called for milk, beef stroganoff. Because of the noodles and all the other carbs and fat in the meal I was really looking for a way to cut them. Whole milk has 8g of fat, 5g of that is saturated fat. Carbs 12g and 11g of that is sugar. I buy 98% fat free condensed soups to cook with ( chicken and mushroom ) because I have cholesterol trouble as well. Ok what I done… I took a can of soup and mixed 1 1/2 cans of water with it ( mushroom ) and finished cooking. My husband thought I used can milk because it was so rich and yummy. The soup ticker tape: Fat 2.5g 0 from saturated fat, carbs 10g and only 1g sugar in the carbs. So anyway I KILLED the FAT with out adding carbs… LOL Yes I am easily made happy…LOL

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fatdad94 2012-02-23 18:12:40 -0600 Report

Thanks Cassandra, being an instructor by trade let me assure you there are many others that did not know your lesson but would not ask if it killed them! Thans for sharing with others like us!

hillwalker 2011-08-28 19:47:29 -0500 Report

any one know about fried tubers i once fried parsnips and thought they were tasty
that was before diabetes snuck up on me debating trying rutabega

CassandraG 2011-08-28 21:37:34 -0500 Report

Ok I had to work on this one…LOL I had no clue what a tuber was besides potatoes and carrots. Everything I read on tubers of any kind was stay away the starches and sugars, which = carbs, are not worth it. Then it got me thinking about ff-word (french fries). This is what I found, fried leeks. Leeks have a light onion flavor and a very light cucumber flavor. Now before you get your hopes up no deep frying. So put the cast iron away.

How to prepare leeks ( because I had no idea )
Cut off the fibrous root
If the dark-green outer leaves are very tough and/or spotty, remove them
Trim the ends of the remaining leaves
Cut the leek in half length-wise, then slice or chop
Place in a bowl of warm water and swirl around to help the dirt fall to the bottom
Take the leeks out, place in a colander, and rinse again. Don't just pour them into the colander as the dirt at the bottom of the bowl might get trapped in the leaves again.

Recipe for fried leeks
1 Leek
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp flour
salt and pepper to taste.

Pre-heat oven to 350
After you prepare the leeks in slices wash and dry them well. You do not want any water on them. Put the leeks in a bowl and pour the olive oil over them mixing until all are coated. Mix your flour, salt and pepper and pour in the leeks. Tossing until they are coated. ( me personally I would oil coat and then use a zip-lock bag to toss them in ) Place on a wire rack, single layer, and bake until crispy. 10-14 minutes

2 servings
Carbs 14g

In comparison I also plugged in the same recipe with a medium potato and it come back 26g of carbs. So leeks are on my grocery list. If anyone tried this before me please let me know.

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CassandraG 2011-08-27 19:00:20 -0500 Report

Great Gabby… Oh one I tried that did not end up so good was potatoes…Meatloaf is just not meatloaf without mashed potatoes, so I added a couple of spoons of fat free cream of chicken and water… Not going to do that again…LOL I know potatoes are bad if you do not watch the amount you eat but dang it I will have to find away… Being from the south potatoes are like breathing… And I miss them.

GabbyPA 2011-08-28 08:35:16 -0500 Report

I have some great ideas for your potatoes. I have potato loving family members, so I cheat on them. LOL I steam a head of cauliflower and mash it with the potatoes. I don't use milk, but only sour cream and mayonnaise and a little butter plus seasonings. If I do it right, they have no idea I just cut the carbs in half. You can do the same thing with rice.

jigsaw 2012-02-23 19:40:09 -0600 Report

Hey, thought that was my idea ! Oh well, just add some garlic to the mix and yummeeeeee!

CassandraG 2011-08-28 19:17:38 -0500 Report

Someone told me to try soft tofu.. Make it half and half. I know tofu takes on the flavor of what you are adding it too and it only has 1.6g of carbs per oz, that is about 12g per cup. Mashed potatos on the other hand are 35.5g per cup. I just want a spoon full to eat with meatloaf…LOL We will see if I become brave enough to try it.

GabbyPA 2012-02-25 19:37:36 -0600 Report

No, I have to say I have not. I have not been in the mood for tofu since I have been studying the GMO content of most soy products.

Caroltoo 2012-02-25 20:36:28 -0600 Report

Now you have given me a reason for my avoidance of soy. Never understood why, but I just don't even want to try to use it despite all the good things I've heard about it.

GabbyPA 2012-02-25 20:38:05 -0600 Report

I love soy milk. I like soy products, but like corn, Monsanto has turned most of it into I just try to keep this out of my diet as much as I can. It is crummy in a way. Even organic is not guaranteed to be non-GMO unless it is marked that way.

jigsaw 2012-02-26 07:44:09 -0600 Report

You've stimulated my curiosity about GMO. I am aware that it is utilized with some foods, but I don't know to what extent. Another subject worth researching.

Caroltoo 2012-02-26 22:59:29 -0600 Report

Check out the discussion I started about 10 days ago. There is a site I added and another that James put in his response.

GabbyPA 2012-02-26 10:31:47 -0600 Report

There is new research out there that finally independently proves that GMO foods actually alter how your organs and cells function. This is one reason I really think there is a link between diabetes and GMO foods that are in our food supply everywhere. One of the things it does is confuses the cells and they don't know what to do. I hope that some one will start testing insulin resistance with this theory.

The way it was put is that now we are also eating "information" on the DNA level and it is changing how our bodies work. Even that we actually are becoming the pesticide factories that the GMO is filled with. It is very disgusting stuff.

jigsaw 2012-02-26 11:10:03 -0600 Report

I hope to see some facts posted on this subject. I will definitely share whatever I manage to find. Thanks Gabby!

jigsaw 2012-02-26 11:02:11 -0600 Report

In all seriousness, this is a fascinating subject that I remain fairly ignorant about. Between all of us I'm sure that's about to change. Sometimes I'm not sure whether to be frustrated that we appear to be the guinea pigs for these powerful conglomerates or simply enjoy the advances they have given us.

Caroltoo 2012-02-25 20:44:07 -0600 Report

I've been discouraged to discover that also … another thing to ask and see if we can get an answer too. Aren't GMO foods supposed to be labeled as such?

GabbyPA 2012-02-26 11:22:58 -0600 Report

Unfortunately, there are many who are pushing for it to not be on the label. Just like eating cloned now what you have to do is look for a non-GMO label. Don't go by it being organic either. That is how it is grown, not the value of the food. The things I don't eat now because of this unless it says "NON_GMO" are corn, soy, beets, coconut. I understand rice is now in this list, but I am not sure.

MrsCDogg 2011-08-28 12:04:31 -0500 Report

I love potatoes and turnips together. Just cook the potatoes and turnips seperately because they cook at a different rate. Then drain them and put them in a big bowl together and mash them as you normally would potatoes, add butter, milk, salt and pepper. It's delicious and a good way to cut the carbs.

bleonard13 2011-08-28 09:44:29 -0500 Report

can u taste it because my son will not eat any veggies other than potato it would be great to get him to eat cauliflower

GabbyPA 2011-08-29 07:59:08 -0500 Report

My family doesn't seem to see a real difference in it. I make mine rich and maybe add a little garlic to the potatoes to help them carry that flavor to hide and hints of other veggies.

GabbyPA 2011-08-25 14:49:17 -0500 Report

That is great! When you make those first few adjustments it feels so good to know that you can cut cabs and still enjoy the food you cook. Thinking outside the box is a wonderful feeling!

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