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10 Lethargy-Busting Low-Carb Recipes for the Winter Blahs

10 Lethargy-Busting Low-Carb Recipes for the Winter Blahs

While the rush of carbohydrates is a welcome reprieve from winter's dull grip, it's true that a high-carb meal is an express ticket to nap time. Here are 10 low-carb meals with a punch of spice to keep you alert, happy and sailing through till spring.
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2014-01-08 10:25
2013-01-16 13:53

10 Lethargy-Busting Low-Carb Recipes for the Winter Blahs

How does a recipe get our Fresh Juice low-carb icon?

Entrées must have 15 g of carbohydrate or less per serving.

Sides, salads and desserts have 7 g of carbohydrate or less per serving.

Cookies and appetizers have 4 g of carbohydrate or less per serving.

Chicken Kofta Curry (pictured above)
Koftas are the Indian version of meatballs. Traditionally, they're fried separately, but in this dish, they cook in the curry itself, which infuses them with flavour and cuts down on the cooking time.

Spiced Cauliflower
Humble cauliflower benefits greatly from wonderful Indian flavourings.


Yucatán Spiced Pulled Turkey
If you're a pulled-pork fan, you'll love this lower-fat recipe that goes way south of the border to capture a classic Mexican combo of dark spices, citrus juices and, of course, a touch of heat.

Roast Chicken with Thai Flavours
Black pepper, garlic and fresh coriander are often used in Thai cooking for grilled or fried chicken. We've adapted this flavouring for roast chicken.

Easy Crab and Spinach Frittata
A very simple lemony tomato sauce pairs beautifully with both the crab and the spinach in this Italian-style omelette.


Greek-Style Meat Sauce for Pasta
Greeks are second only to Italians in their love of pasta. For convenience, we're calling for ground beef only, but a combination of ground pork and beef or lamb would be delicious in the sauce.

Baked Fish in Pepper Sauce
Use thick fillets of white-fleshed fish such as halibut, black cod (sablefish) or cod. Serve with rice, potatoes or crusty bread to soak up the delicious pepper sauce.

Pork Paprikash Stir-Fry with Oyster Mushrooms
Classic Austro-Hungarian pork paprikash inspired this stir-fry version that's quick, simple and satisfying. Serve over rice or egg noodles.

Filipino Stir-Fried Steak with Tomatoes
This is another wonderfully tasty yet easy to prepare stir-fry. In the Philippines, the small round fruit known as kalamansi would be the citrus of choice.

Pork Tenderloin with Tofu and Green Peppers
Heart-healthy eating recommendations suggest that you include plant protein-rich selections, such as soybeans and legumes, in your diet. It's an easy task in a dish like this.


Photography, Mark Schultz (Chicken Kofta Curry).