Trying to follow a meal plan when there are items I won't eat.

By kellyeck3 Latest Reply 2012-02-15 07:47:02 -0600
Started 2012-02-14 14:22:24 -0600

I would like to know how to substitute items in your meal plan. For example I can not stand any type of fish or seafood so I will not eat that but how do i find nutrition info to try and substitute something like chicken or pork. I don't like turkey unless it is cut directly from the bird. Sometimes I believe I'm more of a vegetarian than a carnivore but I still eat some meats. Help please!

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Nick1962 2012-02-14 18:04:21 -0600 Report

Welcome Kelly! You omnivores are easy to feed even without fish. Try looking at it another way - list all the things you do like, then work from there. Start with your favorite proteins and build on that. Hungry for chicken? Well there's countless ways to cook it, then just add a veggy or two and you're set. We often cook a turkey "out of season" have it for one or two meals then freeze the rest. I shred what isn't good size chunks for soup, cube some up for maybe a turkey stew, and slice some as well for turkey, gravy and a few low-carb egg noodles (french green beans with almonds too). Even the nastiest leftovers go into making turkey salad for snacks. Same goes for chicken.
Don't know if your cooking for one or a family, but no law says you need a pretty, straight out of Betty Crocker meal every time either. Some nights we go "pub" style and just cook up a family pack of chicken legs, drumettes and wings with buffalo sauce (or plain), and serve with fresh raw veggies like celery sticks, carrots, brocolli and cauliflower with a low fat bleu cheese dip. And if you make too much chicken - it's great for a quick protein snack before a workout or bedtime.

kellyeck3 2012-02-14 22:40:28 -0600 Report

Nick1962…great idea..see that's what I needed…a new way to look at it. Thank you so much!

Nick1962 2012-02-15 07:47:02 -0600 Report

Sure - just give a shout if you get stuck, I'm not starving here at under 60 carbs/day. We can "iron chef" you something pretty quick if you run out of ideas.

jayabee52 2012-02-14 14:38:39 -0600 Report

Howdy Kelly WELCOME to DiabeticConnect.

There are some websites I have used to find nutrition info. There are undoubtedly more, but I have used these with good results (in no particluar order) one is here ~ another is here ~ and the 3rd, a collection links to low carb "charts" is here ~

you may have to play around with these sites to try to get them to do what you want them to do for you but I pray you have success in adapting your meal plan to your unique tastes.

James Baker