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Recipes submitted by members.   Remember that it is vital that one chew each bite 30+ times.   Add steak to any meal. One chews it but do not swallow.

We suggest you avoid artificial sweeteners if possible. Replace with the natural sweetener, Stevia.   The following is a low carb but some things are not allowed, like peanut butter.   Ideas for protein snacks: try Slim Jims, jerky, leftover sausages or meat from another meal, a boiled egg, or take a look at this list.

1. Hard boiled eggs
2. Deviled eggs
3. Egg salad heaped on wasa crackers
4. Tuna salad heaped on wasa crackers
5. Egg or tuna or chicken salad wrapped up in butter lettuce leaves
6. Blt rolled up inside a slice of turkey breast
7. Meatballs (cold)
8. Cold roast chicken drumsticks or wings
9. Sliced roast beef wrapped around string cheese sticks
10. Beef jerky, slim jims, other cured dried meat products (i make my own jerky!)
12. Cheese, cut in cubes
13. Celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, with dip
15. Wasa cracker spread with cheese and topped with pepperoni slices (make your own pizza lunchables!)
17. Pepperoni spread with cream cheese and rolled up
18. Ditto- turkey or roast beef slices
19. Chef's salad
20. Leftovers in any form! (cold ribs are great the next day!)
21. Lc soup in a thermos
23. Cheese straws/cheese crackers (recipe follow)
24. Low-carb muffins
25. Quiche squares (delicious cold)
26. Salad strewn with leftover meat from last night's dinner, top with ranch or bleu cheese dressing.
27. Pork rinds, try the bbq or hot flavor!
28. Plain pork rinds with pimento cheese
29. Sunflower seeds, also try the salsa flavor.
30. Lc donuts

Di's Lunch Suggestions:

1) Chicken thighs. I bake a whole pile of them every weekend and then just nuke a couple for lunch or eat them cold.
2) Ground lamb patties. I don't add anything to the lamb. Just bake it at 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes or until it's done. Yum!
3) A BLT (with very little "T" - LOL!) wrapped up in one of Rani's low carb crepes. or wrap in romaine lettuce. Works for any sandwich filling.
4) Cream cheese and thinly sliced roast beef on a WASA Fiber Rye cracker.
5) Anything left over from dinner the night before.
6) Chicken "pizza." Mix bite-sized pieces of cooked chicken, shredded mozzarella, quartered pepperoni, and a little pizza sauce in a bowl and nuke it until it's hot and bubbly.
7) Any LC soup. LC chili and clam chowder always hit the spot for me.
8) Scrambled eggs with steamed asparagus on the side. I always feel very "la-dee-da" when I fix this.
9) Scrambled eggs with sautéed hot dogs added. Not fancy, but yummy.
10) Reheated quiche of any kind, but spinach quiche is my favorite.
11) Lettuce wraps. Use large romaine lettuce leaves to wrap up your favorite sandwich fixings in.
12) Small steaks (beef) or shoulder steaks (veal or lamb) broiled up fresh.
13) Salad with sliced or shredded beef, pork, or chicken added. I particularly like chicken breasts that have been marinated in Italian salad dressing, broiled, and then sliced into bite-sized strips. I make up a whole bunch at once and then freeze them in Zip Lock bags in individual portions.
14) Cucumber bull's eyes. Use an apple corer to hollow out a cucumber. (It's easier of you slice the cucumber in half first so you don't have to dig so deeply. ) Recipe follows

Brown Bag Suggestions

1) Always have bottled water. Sipping on it is great for keeping the sleepies away. You can use Brita filtered water in a bottle just as well as expensive designer water.
2) I portion out nuts in 1/4-cup servings in those snack-size Zip Lock bags and always have a few bags in the car.
3) Ham crisps or pepperoni crisps. I nuke smoked ham (gotta be smoked - boiled doesn't work) or pepperoni slices in paper towels in the microwave until they're crisp and put them in a zip lock bag.
4) I also nuke a whole pound of bacon at a time and package it in aluminum foil, 4 strips to the package. Easy to grab, and since I sort of like it cold, too, easy to eat in the car.
5) Protein bars. Not the best choice, but I always have a couple in the glove compartment for emergencies. You can also bring your own home made ones.
6) Deviled eggs. I put them in those new Glad plastic containers. If you smoosh the two halves back together after you've filled them with the yolk mixture, they travel pretty well.
7) Jerky, store bought or homemade. I like homemade better because I can control the amount of salt. All the commercial brands are too salty for me.
8) Baked chicken legs (for the car) or thighs (for the car or work) or broiled, boneless chicken breasts.
9) Plain hard-boiled eggs.
10) Premade tuna with mayo and a plastic fork or spoon or some WASA crackers to pile it on.
11) Lettuce wraps. Take some nice big lettuce leaves, spread them lightly with mayo, put some sliced deli meat on top, and roll them up. Voila! Lettucewiches!
12) Slices of leftover steak, meatloaf, pork roast, etc., in zip lock bags.
13) Low carb muffins.
14) Any low carb breakfast casserole baked in muffin cups or cut up into individual serving sizes and popped in a Zip Lock bag.
15) Slices of cheese.
16) Cooked and peeled shrimp sprinkled with a little lemon juice and salt.
17) Low carb cookies packed 3 or 4 to a Zip Lock bag.
18) Home made yogurt in a cup with a lid. Don't forget a plastic spoon!
19) Chipped beef spread, WASA crackers, and a plastic knife to spread it with. (Cream cheese, packed chipped beef like Buddig's, shredded, green onions, and a little Worcestershire sauce all mixed together.)
20) Cut up low carb veggies and your favorite dip. Put the dip in an old margarine tub.
21) Low carb cheesecake put in small plastic containers instead of made as a whole "pie."
22) Rumaki packaged 3-4 to a Zip Lock bag.
23) Some of Rani's low carb cheese straws in a Zip Lock bag.
24) Cheese crisps.
25) Sliced leftover quiche (only if you like it cold).
27) Those pre-packaged sugar free Jell-O cups.
28) Chips Chips (recipe below) another low carb chip, pork rinds, psyllie snacks, Just the Cheese crisps and some dip.
29) Turkey (or other deli meat), chopped tomatoes, and cooked crumbled bacon rolled up on mayonnaise-smeared Romaine lettuce leaves.
30) Sugar free gum.
31) Deli ham, roast beef, or turkey rolled up with slices of cheese.
32) A salad in a plastic container. Put anything you like on it, but be sure to include meat! Bring a bottle of your favorite salad dressing.
33) Any LC soup in a thermos. LC chili and clam chowder always hit the spot for me.
34) Cucumber bull's eyes. Use an apple corer to hollow out a cucumber and fill it with your favorite cheese ball recipe. Wrap and refrigerate and then slice. (It's easier of you slice the cucumber in half first so you don't have to dig so deeply.)
35) Any cold LC appetizer.

Low Carb Gummi Worms From: Rani Merens

There are numerous recipes for making low-carb gummi-worms. This is the least complicated:

1 large package (.6oz, 8 servings) sugar-free Jell-O or 2 small (4 servings) pkgs. br.1 envelope complementary flavor, unsweetened Kool-Aid powder (e.g. 1cherry +1 black cherry-berry)

3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup boiling hot water.

Stir together all ingredients until dissolved. It may require time in the microwave. Pour mixture onto a dinner plate, and allow to set 20 minutes or so. Chill in the refrigerator. Unpeel the gelatin disk from the plate. Roll up jelly roll fashion and slice into thin 'snakes.' (Kitchen shears make this a snap). Can be made in candy-molds for fancier gummies, if desired.

Rani's cheese straws from:Rani Merens

3 oz. Cream cheese
3 oz. Cheddar cheese, grated
1 egg
3 heaping Tablespoons plain protein powder
1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
preheat oven to 375*.
Soften cream cheese and mix in the grated cheddar cheese and the egg.
Blend in the protein power and salt. Gather the dough up into a ball and knead it lightly until it is about the consistency of play-doh.
Spray a cookie sheet with Pam. Roll the dough out into "snakes" and cut it into straws about 2" long; lay out on cookie sheet. --or roll into marble-sized balls and flatten.
Sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Let cool on wire racks. Can be spiced with herbs or Cajun spice for a different taste.
Makes 3-4 dozen. Total carbs: 7 for the whole batch!

Cheese Chips

Place 6-8 slices of American cheese on an ungreased cookie sheet and broil for 3-5 minutes, watching constantly. When it's golden brown, remove from heat and scrape off cookie sheet and place on plate to cool.

Break into bite-size pieces. Can also be made on a plate in the microwave, again, watch it closely as everyone's microwave seems to be different!

Turkey wraps

Take one thick or two thin slices of deli turkey breast. Make a filling, such as egg salad, tuna salad, etc. Spice it well, as the meat tends to be bland. Spoon some down the middle, fold up on end and roll it, burrito style. Alternative: sliced roast beef or turkey + cheese.

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