I’m Adam and these are my favourite carb-conscious comfort foods from all over.
All you need is a basic understanding of cooking and access to common groceries to eat delicious low carb meals everyday.
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I have been eating a low carb and at times ketogenic diet for over 4 years now, and currently practice a low carb OMAD routine, with the occasional leftovers for lunch.
I lost 80 pounds in just over 1 year mostly eating the recipes you see here.
In fact the recipes you’ll find here are the everyday comforts I make regularly.
I buy the same common groceries nearly every month, but rarely do I eat the same meal twice in one week.
These foods are the reason I have been able to maintain a low carb diet do far.
All you need is common groceries and a basic kitchen
I tend to prepare more hands off quick meals during the week and on the weekends when I have a bit more time I like to spend some more time in the kitchen. I love making cozy, satisfying meals from all over the globe.
Although I have spent a couple decades in the kitchen, the majority of what I make daily requires only a very basic knowledge of cooking and very basic kitchen equipment such as a stove and an oven and occasionally the BBQ or slow-cooker.
Even if you’re not confident in your cooking ability, I know that you’ll find recipes on this site that you can master and love.
If you’ve heard all you need, to hear, go ahead and start exploring my low carb recipes now
Keep reading to learn more about me, what I cook, why I do this, and what I typically buy for groceries
How I Eat
The recipes here are the recipes I make and eat for myself, loved ones, and guests (even non keto ones) on an average day.
For the most part I stick to a diet of meat and veggies, but that covers everything from simple sheet pan sausages and peppers, to a more complicated chicken curry and cauliflower rice.
Both are basically meat + veg, but with some simple tweaks and knowledge of cooking you can turn meat and veggies into a masterpiece anyone would love to eat.
What I Make
A perfect example of weeknight meals for me is my 10 LAZY keto dinner plan. 10 full meals, under 10g net carbs, ready in under 60 minutes. Perfect for weeknights or busy days.
On the weekend I spend a bit more time in the kitchen so I make something a little more involved like homemade low carb tortillas, or a zucchini lasagna.
Even so, I still only go shopping 1-2 per month, and for the most part I buy the same groceries from a normal grocery store.
I love to cook low carb versions of classic comfort foods like my chicken parmesan, my cauliflower rice jambalaya, or my keto shepherd’s pie.
This also includes comforts from around the world that are inherently low carb like chicken curry with cauliflower rice.
My Favourite Things to Cook
My favourite cuisines to cook and share are: Indian, pakistani, middle eastern, Southeast Asian, Italian, Mexican, and homestyle comforts I grew up eating.
I LOVE spicy food and given the choice between sweet and savoury I will always choose savoury.
But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the occasional low carb dessert.
What I Buy For Groceries
We pretty much buy the same kinds of things every month, and then decide what to eat later.
If you shop properly, and keep a well stocked pantry, you can make almost whatever you want for dinner.
I find the pre-planning dinners causes me to spend more money on groceries since I buy the ingredients I need rather than what’s on sale.
Basic Low Carb Grocery List
Here are the basic low carb groceries I find myself buying on a regular basis.
This is how to shop low carb at a grocery store.
I don’t have any rules like sticking to the perimeter., I just buy what I know works for me and that I know I can make something with.
If in doubt I check nutrition label on the back or on google before I buy.
For produce I’m generally looking for things that can be a side dish or made into a salad, seasonings like herbs, sometimes a snack.
I always buy
- Large bag of onions
- Green/white/savoy cabbage
- Bell peppers
- Hot peppers (jalapeno, Thai reds)
I buy seasonally
- Cherry tomatoes
- Squash (acorn, butternut)
- Spaghetti squash
- Apples (as a treat)
If the Mood Strikes
I generally buy whatever meat is on sale (I love when they put the 50% of stickers on meat!), and I buy a bunch of it and freeze what I can’t use.
I try to get a mix of beef, chicken, and pork, but if one is too expensive that week I’ll skip it.
I don’t buy all of the below items every time, but a mix of whatever is the best price, and enough to feed me until my next trip.
I always Look for
- Chicken legs/thighs bone in skin on
- Stewing beef
- Ground beef
- Beef roasts (on sale)
- Pork chops
- Pork loin
- Pork shoulder
- Pepperoni sticks
If The Mood Strikes
- Peameal bacon
- Charcuterie meats
- Deli meats
- Ground pork
Most of the dairy is used for either snacking like cheese, or in sauces and cooking. Heavy cream is great for coffee and sauces.
I always buy
- Salted butter
- Heavy cream
- Cream cheese
- Brick cheese
- Plain yogurt
- Sour cream
If The Mood Strikes
- Cottage cheese
- Fancy cheeses
Everything in this section is aimed at keeping a well stocked pantry so I can make most things whenever I want.
There are some item I use all the time and I just buy whenever I see it knowing I’ll use it like tomato paste.
Others I keep and mental note to buy every so often like soy sauce.
I always buy
- Peanut butter
- Tomato paste
- Canned tomatoes
- Tomato sauce
- Parmesan cheese
- Coconut milk
- Pickled peppers
- Pork rinds
Only When I Need It
- Cooking oil
- Bouillon cubes
- Spices and seasonings
- Baking powder
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Vanilla extract
- Cocoa powder
If the Mood Strikes
- Canned peas
- Chipotle peppers
- Canned or dried black beans
- Sugar free jello
- Diet coke
- Soda water
- Soy sauce
- Hot sauce
- Dark chocolate
- Bakers chocolate
- Mixed nuts
- Canned meats
The grocery list above are the foods I buy every month from the local grocery store and I use them to make low carb meals affordably, every day.
I do order a lot of premium meat from a local farm as well such as steaks, ribs and roasts. And every once in a while we are especially ingredients from amazon or Costco, but none of those are must haves to eat well.
Some optional specialty low carb ingredients I keep on hand
Always Have On Hand
**These are the basics you’ll need if you plan to do any low carb baking