May 31, 2007

Cracker Barrel's LC Breakfast Review (It's Not What They Claim)

Cracker Barrel Low-Carb Breakfast Review
Review of 
Cracker Barrel's

Breakfast Menu
My in-laws came home last week. 

On a trip we made up north during that visit, we decided to check out Cracker Barrel's Low-Carb Breakfast Menu. 

I had read some very good things about it on Jimmy Moore's blog, Livin' La Vida Low Carb, and wanted to see if our own Cracker Barrel, here in Utah, would live up to the same reputation.

Cracker Barrel isn't a new restaurant for us. We used to go there occasionally before I went low carb. The food has always been of great quality, as well as more than adequate quantity. Service has also always been great there.

Since three of the four of us are currently low-carbing, and we wanted a big meat-lover's breakfast, it felt like a good choice for us. After all, what I'd been hearing was that Cracker Barrel now catered to low-carb dieters.

May 21, 2007

Oven-Fried Tilapia (Low-Carb)

Breaded Tilapia being fried in a skillet
Tilapia Oven Fried
Using Pork Rind Flour

and Unsweetened Coconut
I was so happy with the way the chicken-nugget coating turned out the other day that I wanted to use it for a wider variety of fried foods.

So far, I've made traditional fried chicken, which worked out very well. I just dipped the chicken in the same egg and cream mixture that I used for the nuggets, rolled the chicken in the crumbs, and then baked it in the oven for an hour.

The other night, I tried it with some Tilapia fillets.

May 12, 2007

Low-Carb Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Nugget Made with Crushed Pork Rinds
Chicken Nuggets
Can Be Made
with Pork Rind Flour
Switching to a low-carb diet can be a bit traumatic. 

Many of the comfort foods you're used to eating are now off-limits.

While you can still visit your local burger joint and toss away the bun or eat the toppings off that fragrant, cheesy pizza, other foods like chicken nuggets are more problematic.

It's almost impossible to get the breading off a chicken nugget.

I know. I tried.

And in the process, I totally demolished the chicken. It wasn't edible after I got done with it.

Luckily, you don't have to sacrifice those nuggets if they are one of the foods you really want to keep in your new low-carb life. You just have to learn how to make them yourself using an appropriate low-carb flour alternative.

May 07, 2007

The Low-Carb Whoosh Fairy

Child Dressed Up Like a Fairy, Waiting . . .
Is the Low-Carb 
Whoosh Fairy Real?
When you have been faithful to your low-carb diet and you have done everything by the book, it can be difficult to watch the scales not budge -- even a tenth of a pound. 

People at low-carb forums and blogs often forget what it feels like to be a low-carb newbie, so they will simply tell you to be patient, that the Low-Carb Whoosh Fairy will pay you a visit soon. 

"You just need to have a little faith." 

With no where else to turn, you spend the hours praying for the Low-Carb Whoosh Fairy to pay you a visit, but it is taking soooo long that you've begun to wonder if you're just wasting your time. 

Should you keep doing what you're doing and give your low-carb diet a little more time to work? 

Or should you chuck it all and try something else?

May 02, 2007

Tangerine-Walnut Coleslaw (Low-Carb Recipe)

Perk Up Your Boring Coleslaw with Tangerines and Walnuts
Tangerine-Walnut Coleslaw
For those on a low-carb diet, lettuce salad is a low-carb staple, especially on Atkins 72.

But torn greens every single day can get very boring. Boredom on a low-carb diet is the kiss of death, but bringing a bit of spunk to your meals doesn't require a lot of extra work in the kitchen.

You can take your low-carb meals to whole new level just by becoming more familiar with herbs, spices, and fruits.

Yes, fruit.