Adjustments Your Diet With Some Simple Recipes

by Patricia Uribe 07/28/2019

No matter what time of year, everyone naturally gravitates to comfort food and easy meal plans when life gets busy. If you've decided to adopt a new way of eating, falling into this pattern can derail your goals. Sometimes, all that's needed to keep you on track is knowing the simple substitutes to your basic recipes. That way, you get comfort food but stay on track.

If you’ve chosen to try a low-carb or ketogenic diet, try one or more of these substitutes for your go-to favorites:

Crust-less Quiche

Use your favorite quiche recipe—provided the filling doesn't include bread cubes or some other off-plan ingredient. Add an extra egg (or 2 for a large quiche) and an extra cup of grated cheese (Swiss, Gouda, or Jarlsberg work well) to the ingredient's list. Then, in place of the crust, butter the baking dish well and sprinkle the extra cheese on the bottom. Pour in your egg mixture, meats (bacon or ham are excellent), veggies (think spinach leaves or bell peppers), and additional cheese on top. Bake as usual at about 350°F. You'll find that the cheese on the bottom and sides crisps up nicely to create a self-crust, so no flour crust necessary.

Tortilla-free Tacos

Another family favorite, tacos, is easily adapted. While the kids are eating theirs on tortillas, wrap your filling in lettuce leaves. Merely remove the outermost lettuce leaves before cutting up the rest of the head. Wash and pat them dry and use in place of the tortilla.

Lettuce wraps

The large outer lettuce leaves–or other leaf-lettuces such as Romaine—are useful in place of bread or carb-laden wraps for other meal staples as well:

  • Sandwiches: simply wrap your meats and cheeses in a lettuce leaf to reduce both carbs and calories.
  • Asian wraps: wrap your eggroll fillings in lettuce leaves. Or, you can use cabbage leaves for this one.
  • Burgers: follow the example of large burger chains and lettuce-wrap your burger patty, tomato, and cheese. So-called “protein-style” burgers work best with several layers of crisper lettuce leaves, so don’t skimp on the lettuce.

Snack foods

Finding enjoyable snack foods is one of the more difficult parts of sticking with your meal plan. If you’re looking for something crunchy, try one of these:

  • Mini pizzas: lay pepperoni slices on a baking pan. Top with grated mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375°F them for about 10 minutes. Remove and lay the chips out on a paper towel to absorb the extra grease.
  • Pepperoni chips: Follow the same recipe as above, but without the cheese. After patting the cooked chips with a paper towel, return them to the oven for another two to three minutes. These chips pair well with sour cream dips and guacamole.
  • Devilled eggs: Make your mother’s recipe but without the sweet pickles.
  • Bacon wrapped … well, just about anything. A favorite is shrimp poppers though: Split fresh jalapeño peppers and remove the seeds. Dab a half teaspoon of cream cheese on the pepper and set a de-veined, cooked shrimp on top. Wrap in a half-slice of bacon. Slide a toothpick through to hold it all together and bake in the oven at 400°F for 15 minutes or until bacon crisps. Or, for a backyard version, put several on a skewer and pop them on the grill.

Sticking to a new plan isn’t always easy, so preparing alternatives in advance can keep you headed in the right direction. 

If you find you’re no longer inspired you to eat well in your current home, talk to your real estate professional about available homes in your area that offer upgraded or gourmet kitchens.

About the Author
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Patricia Uribe

As the driving force behind the Patricia Uribe Real Estate Team, I have been taking care of my real estate clients throughout Southeast Michigan and surrounding regions for over thirteen years. I have been helping first time home buyers and first-time home sellers work through every step of the buying and selling process to give them the peace of mind and feeling of trust they expect.

When you work with me, you are working with a highly respected and trusted real estate agent that has built a solid reputation throughout the communities I serve. When I work with my clients, I want them to achieve exactly what they want out of selling or buying their home, exceeding all their expectations.

I have built an outstanding reputation within the real estate community by participating in various organizations, being recognized for awards, and completing certifications.

● Over 15 years of professional real estate experience
● Member of the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce thru RE/MAX Suburban, Inc.
● Governing Board Member of the Women’s Council of Realtors (Lake Point Chapter) during 2010 and 2011
● Member of the Year for the Women’s Council of Realtors in 2012
● Certified as a Distressed Property Expert
● ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative
● Completed all class requirements for Associate Broker
● 2005-2012, 2014 – RE/MAX Executive’s Club
● 2013, 2015- 2018 – RE/MAX 100 Percent Club
● 2016 – Achieved RE/MAX Hall of Fame status
● Office Mentor since 2015

With years of experience behind me, I can make recommendations based on your personal preferences and the market status and can also provide information about various neighborhoods, as well as other relevant and associated information.

I provide services to individuals in all areas of Macomb County, Oakland County and in surrounding areas.

If you live in or around these areas of Southeast Michigan, give me a call and let me know what you are looking to accomplish with buying or selling your home. As an experienced RE/MAX Realtor, I will help you buy your dream home or sell your current home to allow for the changes in your life. Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time, but I will make sure the process goes smoothly and stress free for you and your family!