Misc Information and Ideas

This is for the What~not’s that I have found go along with LC cooking!

Thanks for this, I somehow had the idea that yogurt spiked me, but I was not eating full fat yogurt, will include it in my diet again.

My Aunt is diabetic and I cannot get her to understand that any of the low fat versions of anything are going to be higher in carbs. Check out the differences in just Salad Dressings and even something like Mayo. I Love Cottage Cheese but could not eat it if I could only get the low fat versions. It is sometimes hard to find the full fat version of Yogurt, so just keep this in mind that you might have to shop around a bit. I am glad this has helped you.

I have discovered some low-carb noodles, how to make your own noodles, and a way to make low-carb flour at home.

Low-carb noodles are made from mung beans and sweet potatoes. These are available at your friendly local asian store. You can also try buckwheat noodles, but bean noodles and sweet potato noodles have less carbs. Another substitute for noodles is soybean sprouts, also available at your asian store.

How to make low-carb flour: Put 2 cups of any kind of beans, lentils, or split peas in your blender (also works in coffee grinder). Pulse in blender until flour forms, or grind in coffee grinder.

How to make noodles with your bean flour (this recipe comes from Great Recipes for Good Health by Reader’s Digest):

Homemade German Noodles (aka spatzle)

1 1/2 cups flour (use your legume flour)

1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)

1/3 cup milk

1/4 cup cold water

1 large egg

1 tbsp margarine or butter

1/8 tsp black pepper

In a mixing bowl, mix the flour and nutmeg. Add milk, water, and egg. Stir until the dough is soft. Bring 3 quarts water to boil. Press the dough 3 tbsp at a time through a coarse grater or a large holed colander directly into the boiling water. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently until the noodles are firm and no raw flour taste remains. Drain and toss with pepper and margarine/butter or desired topping(s). Serves 6.

Yum, I have had spatzle before. It is very good. I can do a lot with this recipe. Do you think you could use other flours like nut flours? I just got some coconut flour in. It is a very fine consistency. I use walnut, pecan and any other nut flour I can get my hands on but have never works with a legume flour. I will have to look into this ingredient. I have a German friend coming over this afternoon I will ask her more about making Spatzle.
Thanks for the great Idea.

You can use nut flours as well as legume flours. Just experiment with this idea to figure out how to make your own noodles. I gave info on bean flours because beans are cheap and relatively lo-carb. (Especially mung beans, split peas, and lentils). I haven’t tried this recipe yet, so let me know how it turns out with different flours. Spaghetti squash is also a good substitute for noodles that is lo-carb.

Sometimes when I say something is low carb, it’s really low GI/GL. I’m thinking it’s the same difference right now. Checked at my local Korean store, and while bean noodles and sweet potato starch noodles may not necessarily be low-carb, they are definitely low GI/GL. Some Sweet potato starch noodles are as low as 17 carbs/serving, others are as high as normal noodles. Check the package and adjust your serving size accordingly. You may eat everything low GI in moderation.

http://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/ This is one of my favorite sites. Jennifer has taught me a lot about low carbing and I have posted a lot of her recipes right here. I also have some of her cookbooks. I would recommend them to everyone!

Did you know that you can make your own protein powder out of eggs? Use egg whites only if you want more protein, whole eggs if you don’t care. I found this on ehow:

How to Make Powdered Eggs
By an eHow Contributor
Powdered eggs are not only easy to make from home, they can also be used in many different recipes. Having them handy can also save time if you are baking in a hurry. Follow these simple steps to making your own powdered eggs.
Things You’ll Need
Saute Pan and Spatula
Paper Towels
Baking Sheet
Plastic Bags or Jar with Lid
How to Quickly Make Powdered Eggs
1 Scramble your eggs in a bowl. Pour them in a saute pan and cook until done.

2 Drain the excess grease for a few minutes on a paper towel.

3 Break the eggs into tiny pieces.

4 Spread the eggs out onto a baking sheet.

5 Dry at 135° F for at least 10 hours.

6 Run the eggs through a blender until they form a fine powder.

7 Store your powdered eggs either in a heavy plastic bag, or a jar with a tight lid.

Read more: How to Make Powdered Eggs | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2304324_make-powdered-eggs.html#ixzz1NO8dUYWs

Did you know that you can grow your own natural sweetener? You can buy Stevia seeds or plants and harvest the leaves as needed. I noticed that my local Home Depot is carrying Stevia plants for only $3.33, which is cheaper than buying the packaged Stevia at my local Lucky’s. You can also order the seeds or plants online.

Soybean sprouts are another low-carb substitute for any form of noodle; just snip off the leaves and steam until soft enough. Flaxseed flour and soybean flour are usable for making homemade noodles for pasta due to their low amount of carbs and high fiber.

Low carbing isn’t just for people. Animals like cats and dogs also benefit from lower carb food. Here’s what I make for little kittens that works like KMR if the mom won’t nurse them enough or if they’re orphans:
1/2 cup milk
1 raw egg
1 or 2 tbsp regular mayonaisse
Mix everything together in a small bowl with fork or put in blender or mix with beater. There are many ways to hand-feed kittens, including straws, eyedroppers, or bottles. For kittens that have their eyes opened, you can also put this into a saucer or small bowl after you get them used to the taste and they want more. Note: if you use whole milk, the amount of mayo is 1 tbsp; increase up to 2 tbsp for fat free milk. You may try this on other baby animals like racoons or puppies if you need to.
I also have recipes for homemade cat food that I might post later if anyone’s interested.

Sorry it took me so long to see this post pinkypurse. I have been thinking about starting my Minpin on low carb.
Great idea about the egg and mayo. I need to really get on it with him. You are a life saver! Please get back with me...