5 Easy Low Carb Meals – Ideas for the Uninspired

Some days, regardless of being in ketosis or not, you may find yourself NOT wanting to cook ANYTHING!  Especially anything elaborate.  But you know you still need to eat something, cause you’re hungry.

Here are 5 ‘Go To’ low carb meals that are quick and easy:

1) Pre-packaged Chef’s Salads – this is my number one Go To meal.  My local grocery store makes a pretty good salad (found in the deli section) made with turkey, ham, hard boiled egg, red cabbage, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers and a sprinkle of cheese.  Top it with ranch dressing, or an oil and vinegar mix and you’re good to go.  Otherwise find a store with a salad bar.  Don’t use any croutons.

2) Tuna or Chicken Salad – the old standby.  If I don’t feel like cooking, then I make tuna salad.  I use organic mayonnaise, preservative free relish (either dill or sweet), some mustard, salt, pepper and viola! lunch.  Throw in some celery, a hard boiled egg, or just serve over lettuce or spinach.  For the tuna, I like Wild Planet’s pole caught tuna.  And for chicken, I try to use leftover’s from the night before, otherwise tuna is just easier and faster.  No cooking required.

(c) Wikimedia Commons / Kaoutherbed

(c) Wikimedia Commons / Kaoutherbed

3) Crockpot Shredded Chicken – one of the EASIEST recipes I know.  I use 3 chicken boneless skinless breasts, a half a jar of organic black bean and corn salsa, some whole garlic cloves (take the skin off), some salt & pepper and cook on HIGH in a crockpot for 3-4 hours.  Then shred with a fork.  Use lettuce leaves and make a wrap, maybe drizzle on some ranch or salsa or hit it with some hot sauce and / or shredded cheese.  Maybe avocado if you are feeling inspired.

4) Roasted Split Chicken Breasts with Cauliflower – another go to meal for me.  I take 2 split breasts (with skin on), seasoned with salt and pepper and sear them skin side down in a cast iron skillet for about 5 minutes while the oven is preheating.  Then pop them into the over for 40 minutes at 375.  Take them out, take them out of the skillet and add frozen cauliflower and some olive oil in the hot pan and chicken fat/juices and about 5 minutes later you’re ready to eat.  One pan, easy clean up and easy to make.

5) Fast food Burger or Roasted Chicken – just hold the bun.  I’ll do this if I really don’t want to cook and don’t have anything in the fridge or pantry.  It’s rare these days, mostly cause of all the crap/chemicals they put in their food but in a pinch it works too.

Good luck, if you have any other ideas or recipes for easy uninspired low carb meals, feel free to share below.

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