The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Food

January 9, 2013

Getting in Shape with Low Carb

TARBORO — I can't wait for summer to come back. But, when it does, I want to be ready. So, I have decided that it's time for my low carb diet. It's not a hard diet; you can have almost any type of meat and green vegetable, salad, onions, squash. There are lots of choices. They just mostly can't be white.

The first recipe is a great way to cook chicken. You can work off some energy while pounding the chicken to make it thin. This is also a beautiful dish to serve to company. They never have to know that it’s a low-carb entrée. It has one only carb per serving.

The second recipe is asparagus with a slight zap. The dill and mustard give it a little spark. The asparagus in the recipe is fresh, however, you could used canned, just don’t cook it as long. This recipe has three net carbs per serving.

Recipe number three is peppers with goat cheese. This not only makes a great side for this meal, but it would make a great entrée for lunch with a salad. It has three carbs per serving.

The fourth recipe is to add some color and to give us a well-rounded meal. Squash cooked on the grill is always a good choice. Be careful not to overcook it. This dish has great flavor and only one net carb per serving.

The last recipe is for fun. It's pizza. Not standard pizza but pizza. Instead of the bread for the crust, it uses a portabella mushroom. Good antioxidants and good taste!

Baked Chicken with Herbs

4 Skinless, boneless, chicken breast halves

Salt & Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

1/2 of an 8-oz Package of Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 Cup Red or Green Bell Pepper, finely chopped

1/2 Tsp Snipped Fresh Rosemary

1/4 Tsp Dried Rosemary

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Snipped Fresh Chives

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