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Simple Recipe Adjustments to Fit Your Diet

by Holly Sanders 09/08/2019

No matter what time of year, everyone naturally gravitates to comfort food and easy meal plans when life gets busy. If you've decided to adopt a new way of eating, falling into this pattern can derail your goals. Sometimes, all that's needed to keep you on track is knowing the simple substitutes to your basic recipes. That way, you get comfort food but stay on track.

If you’ve chosen to try a low-carb or ketogenic diet, try one or more of these substitutes for your go-to favorites:

Crust-less Quiche

Use your favorite quiche recipe—provided the filling doesn't include bread cubes or some other off-plan ingredient. Add an extra egg (or 2 for a large quiche) and an extra cup of grated cheese (Swiss, Gouda, or Jarlsberg work well) to the ingredient's list. Then, in place of the crust, butter the baking dish well and sprinkle the extra cheese on the bottom. Pour in your egg mixture, meats (bacon or ham are excellent), veggies (think spinach leaves or bell peppers), and additional cheese on top. Bake as usual at about 350°F. You'll find that the cheese on the bottom and sides crisps up nicely to create a self-crust, so no flour crust necessary.

Tortilla-free Tacos

Another family favorite, tacos, is easily adapted. While the kids are eating theirs on tortillas, wrap your filling in lettuce leaves. Merely remove the outermost lettuce leaves before cutting up the rest of the head. Wash and pat them dry and use in place of the tortilla.

Lettuce wraps

The large outer lettuce leaves–or other leaf-lettuces such as Romaine—are useful in place of bread or carb-laden wraps for other meal staples as well:

  • Sandwiches: simply wrap your meats and cheeses in a lettuce leaf to reduce both carbs and calories.
  • Asian wraps: wrap your eggroll fillings in lettuce leaves. Or, you can use cabbage leaves for this one.
  • Burgers: follow the example of large burger chains and lettuce-wrap your burger patty, tomato, and cheese. So-called “protein-style” burgers work best with several layers of crisper lettuce leaves, so don’t skimp on the lettuce.

Snack foods

Finding enjoyable snack foods is one of the more difficult parts of sticking with your meal plan. If you’re looking for something crunchy, try one of these:

  • Mini pizzas: lay pepperoni slices on a baking pan. Top with grated mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375°F them for about 10 minutes. Remove and lay the chips out on a paper towel to absorb the extra grease.
  • Pepperoni chips: Follow the same recipe as above, but without the cheese. After patting the cooked chips with a paper towel, return them to the oven for another two to three minutes. These chips pair well with sour cream dips and guacamole.
  • Devilled eggs: Make your mother’s recipe but without the sweet pickles.
  • Bacon wrapped … well, just about anything. A favorite is shrimp poppers though: Split fresh jalapeño peppers and remove the seeds. Dab a half teaspoon of cream cheese on the pepper and set a de-veined, cooked shrimp on top. Wrap in a half-slice of bacon. Slide a toothpick through to hold it all together and bake in the oven at 400°F for 15 minutes or until bacon crisps. Or, for a backyard version, put several on a skewer and pop them on the grill.

Sticking to a new plan isn’t always easy, so preparing alternatives in advance can keep you headed in the right direction. 

If you find you’re no longer inspired you to eat well in your current home, talk to your real estate professional about available homes in your area that offer upgraded or gourmet kitchens.

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Holly Sanders

As a luxury real estate specialist with over 20 years of experience, Holly Sanders, knows what it takes to help her clients buy and sell property in the high net worth luxury market. Holly has built her long-standing reputation by surpassing her client’s expectations with her low-key and trustworthy approach. Her focus on every detail and impressive level of competency has allowed her clients to relax as they place their trust in her and protect their privacy. 

Born in Connecticut, Holly moved overseas when she was very young, spending her younger years studying in England and boarding schools in France and Switzerland. After returning to the states, Holly relocated to Miami and realized her calling was helping people, she earned her Master's Degree and Post-Doctoral work in Psychology. Shortly after, Holly met the love of her life, a real estate developer, who knew she would be a great Realtor with her knowledge and compassion for people. Her first deal was signed on the back of a car and she has never looked back. 

Once known as the Queen of Brickell, Holly now focuses her time and efforts on the luxury markets of Bal Harbour, Surfside, Indian Creek Island, South Beach, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, and Brickell Avenue. Her constant desire to better serve her clients has led to a number of achievements and accreditations, including a Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing, Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), Certified International Property Expert (CIPS), Residential Finance Consultant (RFC), Transnational Referral Certification (TRC), and more. More than 90 percent of her business comes from past clients and referrals, which helps solidify the fact that her service standards are among the absolute highest. 

With her ability to recognize lucrative investments, qualifying buyers, selling properties, and closing deals with her sharp negotiation skills Holly can offer incomparable real estate solutions to her clients. Owning her own brokerage for over 20 years has given her clients the edge they need to access listings and connect with buyers all over the world.  

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