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The Slow-Carb Diet has been my go-to way of eating for around 6 years now, and for the most part, I’ve stuck religiously to the rule that you should eat the same few meals over and over again.
A typical week usually has me eating dinners of taco mince, chilli, roast chicken, meatballs, smoked fish and then a steak on Friday. On the whole, I’m pretty happy munching through the same menu week after week, but sometimes I just want a change. I crave a new flavour – something that feels like a ‘treat’ but doesn’t stray from the main Slow-Carb elements of protein, veg and beans. And, importantly, it needs to be quick and easy to make.
So if, like me, you’ve been looking for Four Hour Body foodie inspiration, check out this round-up of 10 delicious Slow-Carb dinner recipes – you might just find a brand new staple to add to your rotation.
Chicken. Spinach. Beans. Everything you need for a great Slow-Carb meal. And although the 50-minute cook time is longer than I’d usually want for mid-week dinner, I love that you can just set it and forget it for the last half hour. The only modification I’d make here is to leave out the white wine and add extra stock and a dash of white wine vinegar instead – but other than that, this recipe is good to go!
Sometimes you just want guilt-free take-out, and this fake-out makeover really hits the spot. It’s not entirely Slow-Carb as it uses honey and chopped peanuts, but lose those two ingredients and you’re golden. You could even add some chopped mushrooms (the darker the better) to give the dish an umami flavor, and increase the volume of water chestnuts to give it a satisfying crunch.
Speaking of mushrooms, this recipe from The Slow Carb Cook is easy to prepare and packed full of flavour. This would be great paired with a white bean mash and collard greens.
I love a good one-pot dish, and this recipe saves time as well as washing-up – this is a 40-minute wonder from prep to finish. Just leave out the potato and replace with any veggie you like to make this fully Slow-Carb.
Yes, I know burgers are an obvious one, but I can’t usually bring myself to eat them without a good carby bun to go with it. These suggestions, however, have opened up my eyes to the culinary fun you can have with a bun-less burger. My favourite is the bacon, egg, mushroom and avocado option, but they’re both strong contenders. And you could always make a bean mash, rather than the cauliflower mash suggested, to check off the fiber element.
You have to scroll down a long way to find this recipe, but it’s worth it – it takes just 10 minutes to throw together and makes a nice change from my usual go-to Mexican mince flavourings. Just add beans n’ greens.
This dish delivers Asian flavours with a twist – instead of stir-frying, the author grills both the meat and veg and then combines at the end, but it would be just as easy to stir-fry if the mood takes you. He suggests adding cannellini beans to make it truly Slow-Carb, but black beans would hold up well too.
Just 15 minutes to throw this together and then 40 minutes in the oven – plenty of time to get some jobs done or just sit down with a glass of wine. Either way, this dish gives a tasty Mediterranean makeover to the humble chicken. Top it off with a white bean mash made with a hint of garlic. Perfection!
For a meal that feels super decadent, try this combo of chicken, prosciutto, butter and sage (plus beans n’ greens – you know the drill). Butter isn’t really allowed on Slow-Carb, so make sure you use ghee if you’re being strict – I have to admit, I use normal salted butter and it tastes AMAZING. Let me know how it turns out if you use ghee instead.
The best thing about this dish (apart from the great combination of flavors) is that it’s lightning fast to make. Swap out the butter for ghee, pair with zoodles, raw spinach, or asparagus, and add some beans on the side. Boom.
So there you have it – 10 quick and easy Slow-Carb dinner recipes for days when your usual dishes just won’t cut it.
And if you loved those recipes, why not check out my Slow-Carb beef taco recipe? It includes instructions for cheat’s guacamole and salsa and it’s my absolute go-to weeknight dinner. Enjoy!
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