The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Carb Meals

In the world of weight-loss and health-oriented diets, low-carb dieting continues to be highly popular. Today’s low-carb diets rely on cutting down on starchy and high calorie carbohydrates and replacing them with protein, low-carb vegetables and fruit, and healthy fats. However, many low-carb diet cookbooks read as if they were written by scientists, not foodies.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Carb Meals is a cookbook focused on the art and love of delicious recipes with a low-carb twist. This book includes:

• Over 350 low-carb recipes
• Vegetarian and vegan selections
• Nutritional information for each recipe (which is my favorite!!!!)
• Dessert recipes plus an entire chapter on low-carb chocolate treats
• Options for fantastic salads, bread and pasta recipes, grains, potatoes, rice, desserts, and fruit

With everything from quick or leisurely breakfasts to late-night snacks, The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Low-Carb Meals, Second Edition offer hundreds of delicious recipes for both the dieter and the health-conscious cook that appeal to the family and are easy to make.  It just makes cooking for yourself and your family so much easier.  I love anything that actually tells me the nutritional content so I don’t have to try and guess it, so this cookbook scores high just for that!  It also has a great range of recipes that are actually good!  That and whole chapter of one pot cooking makes it a must get cookbook!

Jovial Foods Einkorn Pasta

As you all know, I am always looking for ways for my family and I eat healthier. However, we don’t want to give great tasting foods either. That is why I am super excited when I find products that are healthier for us like Jovial Foods Einkorn Pasta. Einkorn is nature’s original species of whole wheat, first cultivated nearly 12,000 years ago. Considered even healthier than modern whole wheat, ancient einkorn grains are inherently more nutritious. It has more naturally occurring high protein (9 grams per serving), nutrient, mineral, vitamin and antioxidant content (a 2-ounce serving of einkorn pasta outperforms “superfoods” including the raw blueberry, in its nutritional value). Einkorn also is a healthy source of dietary fiber, zinc, iron, and the antioxidant Lutein, making the pasta a nutritional powerhouse and ideal for both vegan and non-vegan diets alike.

That all said, I know you have to be asking “how does it taste”. I used my two pickiest taste testers in my house — Madison (7 years old) and Will (4 years old). After asking me why these noodles looked different, they went to town on these noodles (I served them with some spaghetti sauce). Both kids asked for more helpings twice! Now, in my house, the kids normally finish their plate and don’t ask for seconds. That just tells you how good their pasta is! I personally didn’t find a taste difference between this pasta and the pasta I normally make (which is no where near as healthy as this!). Here are few recipes if you want to be way more exciting than me.

Jovial Foods Einkorn Pasta is definitely something I would buy and continue serving to my family!

Uncle Bens: Rice Is Back!

Up to this point, my family and I weren’t rice eaters. Well, actually everybody but me. However, rice intimidated me.  My husband would buy a brand other than Uncle Bens, and we always seemed to screw it up.  However, I went to the Uncle Bens event here in Chicago to learn, and learn I did!
Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain pasta is good. They have a whole line of rice that is not only easy to make, but really good for you. First, it looks and tastes like white rice. I like to think of that as my secret weapon since whole grains normally get a thumbs down. It’s also made with natural ingredients and is low in fat. Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice is a good source of fiber and nearly delivers the recommended daily amount of whole grains. It’s whole grain goodness everyone will love. Ready to eat in just 10 minutes, Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice is available in six plain and flavored varieties:

  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Long Grain
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Broccoli Cheddar
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Chicken
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Taco Style
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Sweet Tomato
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Garden Vegetable

There is a flavor for everyone!  My favorite flavor is the chicken one!  I’ve reintroduced this staple into my family, and you should too!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Uncle Bens and received the product necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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