You need these low-cal and low-carb hacks in your life for the days you’re craving pasta, bread and rice but don’t want to mess with your Plan! There are so many fantastic alternatives that won’t lead you astray you away from your quest to lose weight! Here are our ‘Top 3’ carb alternatives!
Courgetti is one of the hot new food trends that burst onto the scene a year or so ago – mimicking the texture of spaghetti with a dramatic cut to the calories pasta serves, what’s not to love?!
Ideally you need a spiralizer to produce the silky spaghetti-eqsue strands, but you can get a similar effect from a peeler (linguine anyone?) or a cheese grater.
We recommend putting your courgetti onto a kitchen towel to draw out any excess moisture before gently stir-frying in a lightly oiled pan (use 1kcal spray oil) for a few minutes.
Those of you on Step 2 or above can make a quick tomato based sauce, either cooked with mince for a Bolognese or topped with chicken, salmon or prawns. Steps 3 and above can add more veg into the mix for a really tasty treat to quell your pasta cravings!
Why not give our scrummy seared chicken courgetti recipe a try?
Another Step 2 (and above) friendly veg, cauliflower rice can fill the void that the stodgy container of takeaway rice from your local Indian has left in your life!
All you need to do is cut the hard core and stalks from the cauliflower and pulse the rest in a food processor to make grains the size of rice. Tip into a heatproof bowl, cover with cling film, then pierce and microwave for 7 minutes on High, no need to add any water. Stir in whatever herbs and spices you wish to use to flavour the rice (otherwise it may be a little bland).
We’ve recently spotted a genius fake-away idea from one of our Consultants who makes up a Cambridge Weight Plan Chicken Tikka Style Curry, purees it, and adds cooked chicken, puts all this on top of their cauliflower rice and voila, a fabulously easy, Step 2 friendly curry!
The answer to your bread based prayers has arrived! This quick and easy bread alternative is suitable for Steps 2 and above – it makes a brilliant burger bun replacement!
This version makes 8 portions, which you can freeze for another day. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees. In a bowl whisk 4 egg whites until they start to form stiff peaks, in a separate bowl whisk the yolks with 50g of cream cheese and a ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar. Fold the mixtures together trying not to knock out too much air. Dollop onto a lightly greased baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until golden on top.
You could serve this with our delicious Chilli Pork Burgers recipe.