Ok, what I am about to write is NOT life changing, but I found a low-carb meal that is very easy to do. I wanted to share the news! It's perfect for a Tuesday if you need to get Suzy to gymnastics in 45 minutes, feed a family of five and have everyone love it and not complain. Save grandma’s three-hour meatloaf recipe for Sunday!
As background, I had someone ask me to post a low-carb meal that she can make for her diabetic daughter. Here is a meal that makes me actually eat a pork chop. Something I have not done since my mom "Shake n' Baked” one in 1979. Yuck! Sorry mom!
Thank you Kraft and Dole for making this meal easy and low-carb. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes from refrigerator to table.
The key to this meal is something Kraft just came out with called “Fresh Take”. No, I am not getting paid by Kraft (or Dole), I wish!
You can find it in the cheese section in the grocery store. It comes in four different flavors and the ingredients include cheese, spices and breadcrumbs in a zipper bag. You throw your meat in and toss around a little. Sing a happy song while you toss because this is the easiest meal you will make all week! Then, you take out the meat and put it in the oven. Follow the directions on the package for time and temp. They say you can use it with chicken, fish or pork.
This cool, little thermometer helps me keep an eye on the temp. You can grab them at Bed, Bath and Beyond (dont't forget the big blue coupon!). The sensor goes in the meat into the oven, with the temperature gauge on the outside of the oven. Then you can monitor the temp outside of oven, so you don't have to keep peeking.
Here is a hint about meat that my husband has taught me. Take meat out of the oven 10 degrees below the recommended temp and cover with foil for 10 minutes. The idea is that meat still cooks outside of the oven, but slower to make the meat more tender. You should try my husband’s filet steaks! Another tip he taught me is cut all meat in slices (like turkey dinner slices) not cubes. Give it a try, especially with tougher meat like beef or pork.
The Fresh Take creates a crunchy, cheesy coating over the meat and keeps the juices inside. Each pork chop is only 8 carbs. Yum!
Next, open a Dole Salad Kit. Enough said. This one has a sweet dressing and has cranberries. Yes, it was on manager's special. No it wasn't expired (yet).
If your kid won't eat a salad, just try some thinly sliced raw veggies such as red, orange or yellow peppers. Give them ranch to dip who cares how it gets in them, right? A mom recently told me that she put green beans on her table 11 times and her kids would NOT eat them. One day she made them into bunny ears and they asked for more! Who knew?
If you’d like to add some carbs, season some low-carb bread with butter, garlic salt and shredded parmesan or mozzarella and broil until it bubbles. This carb addict (go figure) loves me some cheese bread! Yum!
Since the carbs for the Fresh Take are so low, one cup of salad (8 carbs), one pork chop (8 carbs), one piece of low-carb bread and 6 oz of milk (10 carbs), the total dinner is only 26 carbs!
The munchkins LOVED it!
No, really, they did! See? Don't make fun of my paper cups. Hehe!
Ingredients: 1 Fresh Take, 1 package of pork chops thick cut, 1 Dole salad kit, 1 bag of low carb bread(optional) and milk.
So there you have it PaulaDeen (#pauladeen)! That's how us diabetic parents do it. You'll get there. Let me know if you need any help!