BBQ season!!!

Hello summer!!! 

Along with working on that bikini body, everyone should be working on healthy, low carb and low sugar options for BBQ food.

I’ve been looking up cheap and low-carb food ideas for the little get together we’re having for the 4th and have come up with so many options. The main thing I’m doing is BBQ chicken in the crock pot. It’s easy, it should be tasty, and can feed a little crowd or a big crowd. The trick is going to be finding a BBQ sauce that’s low in sugar. Now, I haven’t had BBQ sauce in the longest time because it’s just sugar that I don’t need. BUT… this recipe is made with bacon (LOVE BACON) and really doesn’t seem too hard to do. Plus, it could probably open up a whole new world of salads and chicken/beef flavors for me to do!! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 strips of thick bacon, chopped fine (or see note)
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 small can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 can (12 oz) diet (sugar-free) cola – Splenda-sweetened preferred
  • 1/4 cup low carb (sugar-free) catsup, (or see note)
  • 3 T mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • Hot sauce to taste

Preparation:

Note 1: If you prefer to leave the bacon out, add 1-3 teaspoons of liquid smoke, to taste, near the end of the cooking. Alternatively, add some smoky flavor using 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, or chipotle powder to taste.

Note 2: If you can’t find low carb catsup, leave it out, but add about a tablespoon of vinegar and some sweetener, to taste.

1) Fry the bacon in a saucepan – a 2 qt pan works well.

2) Add the onion and cook over medium until soft – 3-5 minutes. Add garlic at this point if you’re using fresh and stir it for half a minute or so.

3) Add the rest of the ingredients, plus about half a cup of water. Stir well. 4) Simmer for 20-30 minutes. It will cook down a bit and flavors will combine. 5) Adjust the seasonings so you have the balance you want – you can add vinegar, artificial sweetener (liquid preferred), or hot sauce. (If it’s too hot, adding more sweetener will tone it down.)

The recipe makes approximately 10 servings of 1/4 cup each. Each serving has about 3.5 grams of carbohydrate plus 1 gram of fiber. 

Source> http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/saucesandmarinades/r/nosugarbbqsauce.htm

YUM!!! Here’s an awesome video (kind of) on a different barbecue sauce if you’re looking for something that has mostly stuff you’ll have in your kitchen. I live alone and I only need to get one or two things for this one 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7whaeE6fxjQ

Now that you’ve got your sauce fix enough to not buy the bottled stuff that has 15-30g of carbs/sugar per serving (yuck, I know), my brain “accidentally”  wondered to another recipe video that tells you how to make low carb cheesecake! Super super easy, only a few ingredients, and it look soooo darn good. Add some sugar-free red jello and some blueberries and you’re set for the 4th of July! 

Here’s the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQer-eG6blI

Here’s just the recipe:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup Splenda
  • 2 eggs
  • splash of lemon juice
  • splash of vanilla

How To Prepare: Beat together all of the ingredients. Pour into a cake pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or so.

Feel free to add a nut crust too!

I just may have drooled a little bit. I really hope this will make you look at the 4th as a day to stay true to your low carb lifestyle instead of looking at it as a chance to cheat yourself. Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to control yourself!! If you’re invited to a BBQ and are afraid of not having self control, bring your own side dish to help you have something to munch on. Who doesn’t love cucumber salad? Or wrapped pickles, or veggies and dip!! OOO that reminds me, I also found an awesome veggie (chip for my guests) dip:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (more or less depending on your taste)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mix together and let it chill for a few hours.

Another easy one I found is taking sour cream and mixing it with a hidden valley ranch dip or dressing mix, or a packet of lipton onion soup mix. They all sound amazing!!

Alright so I obviously think about food constantly so I hope you’re enjoying my new recipes that I find!! Let me know if you try anything 🙂 

Remember…

CONTROL YOURSELF. 

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