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I don't think carbs are a bad thing. I love my carbs. However, they're such an easy staple that I eat more than I probably should. I go with whole grains and brown rice at least 85% of the time, but when I have toast and fruit for breakfast, soup with pasta for lunch and rice stir fry for dinner, it's overkill.<br><br>
So I'm wondering:<br><br>
What are some of your favorite (preferably not too complicated) meals that aren't centered around bread, rice or pasta?
 

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whole vegetables or fruits! any of them....sweet potatoes, beans, and everything else....seriously. I don't think it's terrible to limit processed grains like what you mentioned above, but there's no reason to limit whole foods which are starchy, even if diabetic.<br><br>
Today, I steamed up a one pound bag of the stirfry vegetable mixes, added a smidgeon of stir fry sauce, and that was my entire dinner at work tonight.....it totally kept me full, was a nice mix of vegetables and just a little sauce for flavor, but didn't have any rice or anything. I didn't even have room for the apple I took with me.<br><br>
I try not to do more than 2 or 3 grains per day myself, but concentrate on more of the whole foods by themselves.<br><br>
What do you think?
 

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I think that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for answering <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I would like to start eating more potatoes/sweet potatoes. I don't use them much but they'd be a great way to get the starch I crave and get away from wheat. Also, I like beans a lot, but I don't like most kinds by themselves. I like them IN something. And stir fry/pasta provides an easy answer to that. I might just have to get more creative with my cooking and learn more things to do with beans and veggies. I eat lots of them as is, but usually just with a dash of salt and a little olive oil.
 

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love any kind of bean soups or chilis! I read an article which said you should have greens and sweet potatoes on a daily basis. Those two foods contain super amts of nutrients/phytochemicals..... i think white potatoes are fine on occasion, but try to stay with the sweet, as they have many more nutrients due to the color and the caratenoids
 

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"taco salad"<br>
-textured vegetable protein or boca veggie crumbles<br>
-romaine lettuce<br>
-tomatoes<br>
-peppers<br>
-onions<br><br>
add daiya + tofutti sourcream for extra yumminess + calories if you desire
 

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I like this thread. I'm not anti-carb either but our carbohydrate intake is the highest ever, and there is merit to adopting a low-carb diet.
 

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a huge mess of steamed pea greens with sesame oil and soy sauce drizzled on top. mmmmmmmmmmmm
 

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Seitan stirfry with peppers and onions (or any vegetable you have around; broccoli works, too) in a little ginger/garlic sauce. I usually eat this over rice or pasta, but there are plenty of times I eat it as is.<br>
Tofu scramble is also a good alternative to toast or other carbs in the morning. I make mine with onions, peppers, tomatoes and some spices like cumin or curry, and I add nutritional yeast flakes if I want some tang. This also makes a great wrap filling for when you do want some carbs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br>
I also second chili and taco dishes, and maybe try them with potatoes. Potatoes do have carbs, too, but they aren't refined carbs like bread and such. I bake the potato and top it with chili or taco filling.
 

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soup.<br><br>
pretty much any kind is considered low carb. a simple vegetable soup, or pea soup, or squash soup, or lentil soup. use spices like bay leaves, thyme, sage, parsley to give them flavor.
 

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Your's diet's supposed to be 1/3 fruit and veg (or more if it can fit) 1/3 complex carbs and 1/3 all the other stuff. There should be about 6 carb servings each day (so, if a slice of toast is one you could get 2 in for breakfast).<br><br>
Unless you're having the whole saucepan of pasta or 4 slices toast at breakfast there's nothing wrong with keeping your carbs up. I know if I miss them at a meal I start reaching for the cake and my mood goes all wobbly.<br><br>
..Saying that, my favourite low-carb student food is a big bowl of defrosted frozen veg with baked beans. >.>
 

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I agree that soups are always good thing.......I made a pretty awesome soup with cabbage, carrots, green beans, onions, garlic, celery and red pepper. Sauteeing everything first for a few minutes and then adding stock and a little rosemary. The veggies season it well. I make my stock by saving leftovers from veggies (carrot peels, celery leaves, potato peels, mushroom stems, etc.)<br><br>
Salads are another good low carb way to go
 

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some sample menus<br><a href="http://www.dsolve.com/news-aamp-info-othermenu-60/27-how-tos/220-how-to-follow-a-lower-carb-vegan-diet-with-recipes" target="_blank">http://www.dsolve.com/news-aamp-info...t-with-recipes</a>
 

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Asian lettuce wraps. I've been using chopped mushrooms in mine instead of meat with great results.
 

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I steam a few cups of green beans, which I mix with half of a can of black beans, and add a few tablespoons of salsa and some nutritional yeast. It is really quick, easy and nutritious!
 

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Scrambled eggs with tofu.<br>
Soy crumbles with lentils.<br>
Low-fat quark + something sweet.
 
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