Out of all the things I no longer eat, bread, rice, chips, noodles and to an almost non-existent extent, potatoes - I miss noodles the least.
Sure, there are the occasional cravings for all of the above, but noodles are at the bottom of the list.
Take the following dish for example, it's got all the makings of eating Italian, minus the noodles. But as good as these flavors are, you don't miss them.
Sausage Links and Sauce
- A package of sausage links - whatever you like, Sweet Italian, Hot, heck - Breakfast links will work, I went with Smoked
- One Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
- One clove garlic, minced
- Small can of sliced mushrooms (optional)
- 1/2 cup of ready-made spaghetti sauce or marinara
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Heaping Tablespoon of Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat up the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and green pepper, saute for about two minutes. Add the sausage links and mushrooms (optional), saute for another couple minutes. Add the minced garlic, saute for another minute, then add the sauce and oregano. Stir, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes. Top with the Parmesan and mozzarella and simmer until the mozzarella melts. This simple dish is well, simply delicious and it's low-carb friendly because there are.... NO NOODLES REQUIRED!
This meal as prepared, does pack about 19 grams of carbs - the tomato sauce takes the bulk of the blame. But you want to talk about bulk? That same meal, served over noodles packs a whopping 59 carbs! So if you ate a sandwich and fries for lunch and had pancakes or even toast for breakfast - you overloaded on carbs long before you got to dinner!
Remember: Bread & noodle carbs bad! Veggie-based carbs good!