low carb meals for the family

Family Meal Foods – The Low Carb Way

Low Carb Foods the Whole Family Will Love

Getting your family to eat healthy can be tough. Between work and home life, most parents are forced into whipping up quick meals that are typically high in calories, fat and carbs just to get something on the table before 8PM. It’s also tricky to know which healthy meals your kids will actually want to eat.

Low carb foods sometimes get a bad rap. People tend to focus on the lack of bread and not the wide variety of delicious proteins, side dishes, fruits and vegetables that can be enjoyed without sacrificing enjoyment of great tasting foods. It all starts within understanding what low carb foods are OK to eat on a low carb diet, so that you can then put together recipe options to effectively meal plan every week.

To help you out, we’re going to share some low carb meal ideas that children, teenagers and adults will love. These options will offer a variety of ingredients so you can please even the pickiest eaters.

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Low Carb Foods

Here are some low carb food items that you can keep on hand to make sure your family has something nutritious to eat. The aim is to replace common items that are traditionally high in carbs and other negative properties with healthier options.

Carbquik – Complete Biscuit and Baking Mix

If your family enjoys pancakes breakfasts on the weekend, then try switching out carb-heavy pancake mixes for Carbquik, which has only 16g of total carbs per 32g of dry mix. It also contains 6g of protein and a minuscule 6g of fat.

Fiber Gourmet

Pasta is a meal that families can enjoy together multiple times a week. It’s simple to make, can be a blank canvass for your kids’ favourite flavours, and allows for a hearty amount of leftovers.

To make pasta night low carb, swap out “regular” brands for Fiber Gourmet. They offer Light Macaroni N Cheese, Light Nested Fettuccine Cajun Flavour and Light Nested Fettuccine Lemon Pepper to name a few.

Add a great tasting low carb sauce like Walden Farms pasta sauce, available in tomato basil or a nice alfredo white sauce, and be sure that any ingredients you include with your pasta dish are low carb. We also carry a number of other healthy pasta sauces.

Low Carb Recipes

Here are some recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that are simple, delicious and that we think your family will love.


Buttered Cod in Skillet

If your family enjoys fish, then you should try this recipe.  It’s bursting with so much flavour, that they might not even be able to tell that it’s low carb.

You will need 1 ½ lb. of cod fillets and 6 tbsp. of unsalted butter. For the seasoning, this recipe requires ¼ tsp. of garlic powder, ½ tsp. of table salt, ¼ tsp. of ground pepper, ¾ tsp. of ground paprika, 3-4 lemon slices and some fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro.

To make, stir together all the seasoning ingredients and then sprinkle each piece of cod ensuring you cover every side. Heat 2 tbsp. of butter over medium-high heat. Add the cod to the skillet once the butter melts. Cook for two minutes and then lower the heat to medium. Flip the pieces of cod and top with the remaining butter. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Once the butter melts, the cod will cook but make sure it doesn’t overcook. Mushy cod is not going to appeal to your kids.

Finally, squeeze some lemon juice over the cod and top with the fresh herbs of your choice. If you want to boost the lemon flavour even more, try sprinkling some Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning on the cod while it cooks.


Courgette Mint and Feta Fritters

Fritters are a delicious fried cake usually made of one or more vegetables with the most popular being potato. If you’re looking for a low carb alternative, though, we recommend zucchini.

Frying might not be the healthiest cooking method but, let’s be honest, it enhances the flavour of many vegetables and makes them appealing for people who are not inclined to eat them.

To make this recipe, grate five medium zucchinis and gather 50g of cubed feta, one large handful of fresh mint roughly chopped and two medium eggs. You can also use coconut oil instead of butter since it’s healthier. We also have a variety of other cooking oils for healthier cooking options.

Start by squeezing out all the excess water from the grated zucchini. You can do this with either paper towel or a cheese cloth. Place the zucchini in a bowl and add the feta, mint and eggs and then give it a good stir so that everything incorporates. Lastly, heat some coconut oil in a skillet and fry the mixture in small circular batches until each is cooked through and golden brown.

If your family likes a bit of spice, try serving these fritters with Mr. Spice Thai Peanut Sauce on the side.

Cauliflower Rice

Rice might be the easiest thing to substitute. Since it’s rather tasteless, you can use healthy alternatives and pair it with a tasty, saucy main.

Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that makes a splendid rice with the help of a food processor. You will need ½ a cauliflower, 250 ml of full fat coconut cream, 25g of shredded coconut unsweetened, 1 tsp. of fresh coriander and some salt.

Cut the cauliflower into chunks and place it into a food processor. Blend until it’s finely shredded and then transfer to a large saucepan. Add the coconut cream, coconut, coriander and as much salt as you’d like.

Next, cook on medium-high heat until the cauliflower softens and be sure to stir it occasionally. Once it’s ready, garnish with more coriander and coconut prior to serving.

Red Meat

If your family isn’t sold on low carb eating remind them that it means enjoying succulent proteins that are full of flavour.

Beef Brisket

Barbecue fans will love this beef brisket and the good news is you can add it to your weekly meal plan because it’s so easy to make.

Gather 4 lb. of beef brisket, 2 tsp. of garlic powder, 2 tsp. of onion powder, 2 tsp. of paprika, 1 tsp. of salt, 1 tsp. of pepper, 2 tbsp. of avocado oil, two cups of beef bone broth and ½ cup of red wine.

You should start preparing the brisket the night before you intend to cook it. To do so, generously seasons with sea salt and then cover and refrigerate overnight.

While the brisket rests on the counter to reach room temperature, preheat the oven to 325 F. Combine the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl and then rub it onto the meat. Make sure you pat the seasoning right into the meat.

Heat the avocado oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place the brisket inside to sear it. This should take about 5 minutes per side. Pour the red wine and broth into the Dutch oven, cover with a tight-fitting lid and place in the oven for 3-4 hours. You will want to baste every hour. You can tell if the brisket is done if it’s fork tender.

We recommend pairing this juicy and delicious protein with a low carb barbecue sauce.

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We hope these recipes help you understand that your family can enjoy low carb meals that are easy-to-make and delicious and won’t result in anyone leaving the table hungry.

Be sure to shop our shelves to find wonderful ingredients like sauces and seasonings to make every meal memorable.

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