Carbs in recipes

By petals Latest Reply 2011-01-05 17:38:10 -0600
Started 2010-09-06 13:01:13 -0500

Does anybody on here know how to figure out how many carbs are in a recipe. I found one for low fat lasagna. And I really want to try it, I love lasagna and the recipe doesn't list the carbs, calories or anything else. Where can I go online to find out how to figure this out?

21 replies

Amazon_1969 2010-09-07 22:14:43 -0500 Report

I found a carb counter today that may be helpful. You just click on the ingredient and find it in the list. Hope it is helpful.

GabbyPA 2010-09-06 14:39:17 -0500 Report

You can do it the old fashioned way. Here is what I do when I am creating meals for the family.

I cook the item according to the recipe. On the packaging for most of your ingredients there will be a serving size and the nutritional value for that amount. You multiply (or divide) the amount by what you used in the recipe and list it accordingly. Do that for all of your ingredients. You can look up fresh foods in almost any calorie or nutrition site like the ones people have already listed here.

Then you add it all up. It will creep you out, but don't fret. Now, I tried to base a serving size on the carbs. So lets say you make lasagna and you want to find out the serving size for about 20g of carbs. So you divide the total recipe by a number to achieve your carb goal. You might find that you only get a small piece, but at least you know what you can have. If calories are your goal, then divide it up according to the calorie goal you have set.

It does take time, but you begin to learn a lot about how foods work and how much you don't realize what you are eating in a prepared meal. It is a good tool and really not that hard.

MewElla 2011-01-05 14:13:57 -0600 Report

Gabby, you are one smart lady to figure all this out. I applaud you!!

GabbyPA 2011-01-05 17:38:10 -0600 Report

Why thank you. Not so smart, just needed to know and I don't always follow recipes so when I tweak, I have to be fair.

soldierdad 2010-09-09 20:51:50 -0500 Report

Ok, I am confused…so if a whole lasagna calls for x amount of lasagna noodles, how do you figure it out? What you can have and what the total is? According to my CDE, I am allowed 45-60 grams of carbs for Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

GabbyPA 2010-09-10 07:28:13 -0500 Report

You have to look at the box and see how many noodles equal a serving. Then you see how many servings of the noodles are in your whole lasagna. Same with all the ingredients. Then you divide the whole lasagna into equal servings that will work around your goals. If you can have 60 grams of carbs per meal. Then maybe you can have a larger piece for dinner. Or a garlic roll. The lasagna is most likely not going to be the only carb on the table. You have to count your salad and dressing, your drink...all of these could have carbs in them as well.
Unless you are like my husband who skips the greens and goes straight for the meat. LOL!

petals 2010-09-06 18:41:18 -0500 Report

Thank you Gabby, that makes sense. Wish I had thought about that. I will do that , alot of recipes that I want to try has no info on them.

GabbyPA 2010-09-07 20:17:45 -0500 Report

Then what you do is write down your own numbers with the recipe so you don't have to do it again next time. That also helps you choose one food over another for a meal as you calculate the meal totals as well.

nativity4me 2010-09-06 13:52:50 -0500 Report

spark, often has recipes with carb, fat, cholesterol, vitamin, sodium,etc counts. plus groups you can join for specific issues such as diabetes, or diabetic recipes, etc. i always look there for recipes.

you can also google LOW CARB RECIPES and find several sites that will let you sign up for a daily (or weekly) email that offers carb friendly recipes as well…i get all my recipes that way.


petals 2010-09-08 13:16:21 -0500 Report

Thanks Michelle, I am going on there later on today, I meant to yesterday , but time got away from me. You have been a great help, hugs.

petals 2010-09-06 14:31:44 -0500 Report

Thank you Michelle. I wish that all the recipes had the facts with them, that would make it so much easier for all of us!!

RAYT721 2010-09-06 13:45:49 -0500 Report

Everyone has his or her own websites that they like. Personally I would direct you to and under tools, you will see "MY PLATE D." This diabetic friendly tool will let you record your favorite recipes and figure out the grams of carbs, fat, protein, sodium and more. It is a little bit of work in the beginning but as you add to it, you simply pick from favorites and it's done for you. You can print your journals or leave them online. Best of all … FREE!!!

MewElla 2011-01-05 14:10:25 -0600 Report

This is a super site and just what I have been looking for in checking out receipes and "our favorite food." Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.