12 Favorite Low(er)-Carb Comfort Food Recipes to Bring on the Cozy This Fall!
My great-grandmother developed Type 2 diabetes late in her life. My grandmother was diagnosed in her 30’s and my mother developed it in her 40’s after having had gestational diabetes with my brother. I have been “pre-diabetic” pretty much my entire adult life and have had gestational diabetes three times…
Yet still, I don’t always eat the way I should—I love a good burger and fries, bread and pasta, and have a mega sweet tooth, especially when it comes to cooking and baking in the fall! But I have seen the havoc diabetes can wreak on a person’s body and over the years I have stockpiled a few favorite low-carb recipes that I tend to go to time and time again. Now, as always, with the changing of the seasons and the cooler weather approaching, I am craving all things comfort food. So, I thought I’d dust off a few of my favorite low-carb comfort food recipes to share…and hopefully encourage myself to make better choices for this week’s shopping list. 😉 What counts as “comfort food” in my book? Well, most anything from the oven or made in a cast iron skillet, of course! You’ll find a couple of hot salads and lettuce wrap options here too.
Please keep in mind that these recipes are NOT KETO RECIPES and will in fact still have carbs; some of them may have more carbs than true diabetics can tolerate. Where do they come from? Vegetables, fruits, and sauces! So, while you won’t find any refined carbs in this post (pasta, potatoes, rice, bread), there will still be “good carbs” from those fruits and veggies and you’ll want to take that into consideration if you’re watching your blood sugar levels.
Also, all photos belong to the recipe owner’s themselves. Now, let’s get to it!
2) Chicken Black Bean Enchilada Skillet from Heather Likes Food: this one has enough protein and fiber per serving to make that 35g of carbs nice and balanced, but you can also use low-carb tortillas or omit the tortillas from the recipe and just serve them on the side, if you’re looking to reduce that carb count a bit more.
7) Cashew Chicken from The Pioneer Woman: this one tends to turn out a bit too salty if you don’t heed the instructions to use low sodium soy sauce and unsalted cashews. Even so, I advise against adding the extra “salt to taste”! Serve in lettuce wraps rather than over rice.
8) Chef John’s Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon from Allrecipes: the secret ingredient that makes this lemon pepper salmon better than all the rest? Cayenne pepper!
9) Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup from Gimme Some Oven: this one has 1/2c of corn flour for the whole pot, which will add some starchy carbs. The fiber and protein content helps to balance that out.
So there you have it…12 of my favorite low(er)-carb recipes to satisfy all those cravings we get for maxed-out-on-flavor, super-savory comfort foods in the fall. I know, I know…most probably wouldn’t consider a salad a comfort food, but when it’s piled high with fresh-out-of-the-oven philly cheesesteak, I’ll take it!
Do you have any go-to fall/comfort food recipes you’d like to share? Low-carb or not, let us know in the comments!
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