Healthy Carb Cookbook For Dummies book cover

Healthy Carb Cookbook For Dummies

Author:
Jan McCracken
Published: July 14, 2005

Overview

According to USA Weekend, over a quarter of the adults in the U.S. have tried a low-carb diet. Many people have enjoyed lasting success. Others have felt mystified or deprived and given up!

Whether you’re a first-timer or a “try, try-againer”, this book helps you get with the low-carb program and stick with it! Building on the success of Low-Carb Dieting For Dummies, it gives you loads of nutritional information plus more than 100 sumptuous low-carb recipes like Crunchy Brunch Oatmeal Pecan Waffles, Caribbean Chicken, Chile Spiced Broccoli, and Lemon Torte with Raspberries. Low-Carb Cookbook For Dummies includes:

  • A complete nutritional analysis for each recipe so you can’t go wrong
  • Lots of recipes for dishes with 5 carbs or less
  • Recipes that de-carb no-nos like Southern fried chicken and Philly cheese steak sandwiches
  • Recipes for soups, seafood, and meat dishes, including pork chops, lamb and steaks (with a steak chart so you can chart a low-carb course)
  • Recipes for great desserts, including chocolate specialties and cheesecake
  • Vegetarian recipes and crock pot specialties
  • Terrific wrap recipes using lettuce, tortillas, or crepes
  • Guidelines for eating low-carb when you’re dining out or brown-bagging it

Author Jan McCracken, a health advocate and low-carber for more than ten years, has written two low-carb cookbooks and is a contributor to numerous low-carb publications. Having fallen off the low-carb wagon several times herself, she alerts you to things that can sabotage your success and clues you in on carb counting and techniques that have worked for her. You’ll get started right with:

  • Mini-courses on low-carb math and on low-carb nutritition and the glycemic index
  • A shopping list for stocking a low-carb kitchen
  • The scoop on different kinds of carbs and artificial sweeteners
  • Tips on using spices creatively for variety and flavor
  • Advice on incorporating exercise, including taking the first step (and lots more steps) with a pedometer
  • Tips for reducing stress (a common cause of bingeing)

With this information, you won’t be mystified. With the fantastic recipes, you won’t feel deprived. You will be inspired to stick to a low-carb lifestyle—one that can help you lose weight and feel healthier!

According to USA Weekend, over a quarter of the adults in the U.S. have tried a low-carb diet. Many people have enjoyed lasting success. Others have felt mystified or deprived and given up!

Whether you’re a first-timer or a “try, try-againer”, this book helps you get with the low-carb program and stick with it! Building on the success of Low-Carb Dieting For Dummies, it gives you loads of nutritional information plus more than 100 sumptuous low-carb recipes like Crunchy Brunch Oatmeal Pecan Waffles, Caribbean Chicken, Chile Spiced Broccoli, and Lemon Torte with Raspberries. Low-Carb Cookbook For Dummies includes:

  • A complete nutritional analysis for each recipe so you can’t go wrong
  • Lots of recipes for dishes with 5 carbs or less
  • Recipes that de-carb no-nos like Southern fried chicken and Philly cheese steak sandwiches
  • Recipes for soups, seafood, and meat dishes, including pork chops, lamb and steaks (with a steak chart so you can chart a low-carb course)
  • Recipes for great desserts, including chocolate specialties and cheesecake
  • Vegetarian recipes and crock pot specialties
  • Terrific wrap recipes using lettuce,
tortillas, or crepes
  • Guidelines for eating low-carb when you’re dining out or brown-bagging it
  • Author Jan McCracken, a health advocate and low-carber for more than ten years, has written two low-carb cookbooks and is a contributor to numerous low-carb publications. Having fallen off the low-carb wagon several times herself, she alerts you to things that can sabotage your success and clues you in on carb counting and techniques that have worked for her. You’ll get started right with:

    • Mini-courses on low-carb math and on low-carb nutritition and the glycemic index
    • A shopping list for stocking a low-carb kitchen
    • The scoop on different kinds of carbs and artificial sweeteners
    • Tips on using spices creatively for variety and flavor
    • Advice on incorporating exercise, including taking the first step (and lots more steps) with a pedometer
    • Tips for reducing stress (a common cause of bingeing)

    With this information, you won’t be mystified. With the fantastic recipes, you won’t feel deprived. You will be inspired to stick to a low-carb lifestyle—one that can help you lose weight and feel healthier!

    Healthy Carb Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

    Start incorporating healthy carbohydrates in your recipes by understanding the different kinds of carbs and how your body uses them. Avoid some foods (including sugar alcohols) if you want to adapt a healthy-carb lifestyle and look for a few words on menus or in recipes that signify that a dish is healthy — or serve as a warning that something's bad for you. Some simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can lead to better health.

    Articles From The Book

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    Healthy Carbs Articles

    Arugula, Radicchio, and Goat Cheese Salad

    This arugula, radicchio, and goat cheese salad will make your mouth sing. The salad’s barely bitter radicchio and bittersweet arugula, combined with the goat cheese, really wake up your taste buds.

    Preparation time: 12 minutes

    Yield: 6 servings

    2 shallots

    1 garlic clove

    3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

    2 packets Splenda sugar substitute

    2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon pepper

    10 ounces arugula

    2 heads radicchio

    4 ounces soft goat cheese

    1. Peel and very thinly slice the shallots.

    2. Finely mince the garlic clove.

    3. Combine the shallots, garlic, oil, vinegar, Splenda, parsley, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.

    4. Whisk together until well combined.

    5. Combine the arugula and radicchio in a large salad bowl, tearing the greens into bite-sized pieces.

    6. Pour the oil and vinegar mixture over the prepared greens, tossing gently just to coat.

    7. Allow the dish to sit for 4 to 5 minutes.

      This wait allows the flavors to mingle.

    8. Crumble the goat cheese over the salad.

    9. Toss again.

    10. Divide among six salad plates and serve immediately.

    Per serving: Calories 133 (From fat 100); Fat 11g (Saturated 4g); Cholesterol 9mg; Sodium 185mg; Carbohydrate 4g (Dietary fiber 1g); Protein 5g.

    Healthy Carbs Articles

    Cheesy Hot Steak Wraps

    The original cheese-steak sandwich is believed to have its roots in 1930s Philadelphia. This low-carb version, the cheesy hot steak wrap, substitutes a tortilla wrap for the bun — but it still has all the flavor!

    Preparation time: 10 minutes

    Cooking time: 8 minutes

    Yield: 4 wraps

    1/2 clove garlic

    1 yellow onion

    4 green peppers

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon pepper

    1/2 pound thin-sliced deli roast beef

    1/4 cup Italian salad dressing

    4 low-carb whole-wheat tortillas

    1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

    1. Finely mince the garlic.

    2. Chop the onion.

    3. Remove the stems and seeds, then slice the green peppers.

    4. Place the olive oil in a heavy skillet.

    5. Over medium heat, add the garlic, salt, and pepper, stirring to mingle the spices with the olive oil.

    6. Add 1/4 cup onion and 2 cups green pepper.

    7. Cook until the peppers are crisp-tender.

      This should take no longer than 5 minutes.

    8. Add the roast beef and salad dressing to the skillet, mixing well.

    9. Cook until the roast beef is heated through, about 3 minutes.

    10. Spoon 1/4 of the beef mixture evenly down the middle of each tortilla.

    11. Sprinkle each tortilla with 1/4 cup cheese and roll them up.

      Make sure to work quickly because the heat from the beef mixture makes the cheese melt inside your wrap.

    Per serving: Calories 335 (From fat 206); Fat 23g (Saturated 8g); Cholesterol 52mg; Sodium 1,167mg; Carbohydrate 18g (Dietary fiber 9g); Protein 24g.

    Healthy Carbs Articles

    Low-Carb Black Soybeans

    Black soybeans are just delicious. You can use black soybeans, which are low in carbs, in all kinds of dishes, including chili and dips. Naturally low-carb black soybeans’ flavor is great in anything, and they have all kinds of positives:

    • Low net carbs: The official count on a 1/2 cup of black soybeans is 8 grams of carbs and 7 grams of fiber — pretty awesome at only 1 net gram of carbs.

    • Health benefits: Soybeans are high in protein and fiber, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, lactose free, and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.

      In addition to all of the nutrients in soybeans, ongoing research is proving that they reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease.

    Call your supermarket to see whether they carry black soybeans before you make a trip across town to the health-food store.