Low Carb and Lovin' It
Low Carb and Lovin' It Episodes
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George shows us the basics of how to live a day in the low carb lifestyle. His day's menu full of fresh and satisfying dishes includes Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Omelet; Roasted Pecan and Herb Crusted Salmon; Ernie's Greek Salad.
No one has time to cook - particularly during the week. George shares his tips on getting organized and preparing a quick and delicious low carb meal in minutes. On the menu: Collards, Roasted Peppers and Artichoke Saute;Iceberg Prairie Salad with Smoky Green Chile Ranch Dressing, Easy Cheesy Chili Chicken.
You've started your low carb eating plan, but you're craving a snack that's "not allowed." Don't give into temptation. Try these craving busters that are guaranteed to keep you from cheating. Dill Deli Rolls; Strawberry and Tofu Smoothie; Cheese Crisps and Mock "Goldfish" Crackers.
You can have fabulous "comforting" soups minus the carbs. George shows us how to turn a bowl of soup into a super-satisfying low-carb meal - perfect for weeknights or entertaining. Grilled Portobello and Montrachet Salad; Seafood Cioppino; Mushroom Florentine Soup.
With Georges festive recipes, you can still have all your traditional favorites, and give thanks for their low carb count. Sausage and Herb Stuffing; Wild Mushroom Turkey Gravy; Fresh Cranberry Relish; Green Bean Casserole
Everyone has their own secrets to success in losing the battle of the bulge - George and his special guest share their tips for losing weight and transforming their lives through a low-carb lifestyle. Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast w/Lemony White Wine Sauce; Simple Squash and Basil Saute.
It's tricky satifying the tastes of individual family members - particularly when you're on a low carb eating plan. George and his family share their solution to this common problem and how you how they were able to loose weight and keep it off. Blackened Mixed Grills Salads; Vegetable Stir-Fry.
Join George and his son Christian as they demonstrate how healthy eating habits enabled them to loose weight and to keep the pounds off. Kinife-and-Fork Chili Turkey Burgers; Christian's Kitchen Sink Salad, Liz's Fast Festive Salad. (Episode: LL1B08)
You want to go low carb, but you love Italian food. What can you eat? George shows you how to make this tasty eggplant rollantini and some other Low Carb Italian food. Eggplant Rolatini Casserole; Italian Marinade; Italian Marinated Vegetables.
Whether you've been low carb for a while or you're just starting out, it's good to know you don't have to give up some tried and true classics. George shows you some low carb dishes that re pure warm and fuzzy comfort food. Family-Style Chicken; Mama' Stella's Straciatella.
Sandwiches are a lunchtime staple. George has some other ideas for your low carb lunchbox." Chef Stella Salad; Asparagus and Cheese Souffle; Crispy Pepperoni Chips.
So all your buddies are coming over to watch the big game. You want to serve up some incredible snacks - not rabbit food! George has some crowd pleasing treats that you can serve up without sabotaging your low carb lifestyle!" Uncle Al's Sausage and Peppers Casserole; Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Shrimp Cocktail; Cajun Trail Mix; Frozen Margaritas.
Lunchtime is sandwich time for so many of us-but today George shows you how to break the habit with some wraps that are so good you'll never miss your high-carb heroes." Cubano Lettuce Wrap; Turkey Fajita Wraps.
The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family so I'll show you how to give them the best gift of all - a low carb holiday dinner you can all enjoy together! Rosemary Dijon Pork Loin; Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese Casserole; Smoked Salmon Pinwheels; Pumpkin Pound Cake.
A lively look at the low carb phenomenon from the Atkins Diet in the 1970's to the South Beach Diet of today. Does low carb dieting work? How? What's the science behind it? We'll see some amazing success stories and share some secrets low carb recipes.
Low Carb Dieting
Questions about the wildly popular low carb diets?
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Chef George Stella whips up a tasty breakfast that wont even make you miss the carbs. He makes what he calls The Worlds Tallest Omelet filled with steak, spinach and some grated cheddar cheese; a plate of blueberry muffins made from soy flour; and low carb maple pecan pancakes topped with a little bit of butter. To finish off the meal he makes some fresh whipped cream (with a sugar substitute) to accent the subtle sweetness of a small bowl of strawberries.
Top 5 Tips
1. Soy flour has only a quarter of the carbs of white flour, making it a great alternative for low carb baking. But be careful: Soy flour can become dried out, so don't over bake!
2. Club soda is a low carb breakfast staple. Add it to eggs when making an omelet for fluffier results, and to muffin and pancake batters to help them rise.
3. Extracts are a great alternative to the real thing. Try maple, vanilla or almond to get the flavor without the sugar or fat. Just be sure to double check the nutrition label for added sugars.
4. Heavy cream is useful in low carb meal, particularly if you use brands that are labeled "low carb." It can be whipped with or without sugar substitute for a sweet treat with fruit or on its own!
5. A lot of low carb recipes use wheat bran instead of flour. If you are allergic to wheat, oat bran is a great option. (Episode: LL1A01)
Chef George Stella shows how a little planning ahead goes a long way in maintaining a low carb lifestyle. He makes a few different dishes in just a short time that can be wrapped and kept until the mood suits. He bakes chicken breast wrapped in bacon and topped with tomato and fresh thyme; a colorful plate of grilled portobello mushrooms and summer vegetables; a family sized serving of tequila marinated grilled London broil with a tomato fromage as an accompaniment; and finally, blackened salmon cooked with spinach and soy black beans great anytime.
Top 5 Tips
1. When cooking a low-fat protein such as chicken, wrap it with bacon. The fat from the bacon adds flavor and much needed moisture, while keeping the dish low carb.
2. Tomatoes are fairly low in carbs, but they do contain some natural sugars. You can eat them but remember: only in moderation.
3. Many vegetables are an important part of a low carb diet but some are better for you than others. Keep in mind that red bell peppers contain more Vitamin C than green ones. Also, most vitamins and minerals are found in veggie skins, so skip a step and leave the peeler in the drawer.
4. Store-bought marinades contain a lot of sugar; even some dry spice mixtures do too. Make a large batch of your own so you can top your proteins and veggies with it anytime you want.
5. Soy black beans are an excellent alternative to regular black beans, since they taste very similar but have far less carbs. (Episode: LL1A02)
Our favorite comfort foods the low carb wayit can be done! Chef George Stella creates several sinfully satisfying low carb dishes: "beefed-up" meat loaf with a layer of prosciutto and provolone, onion rings, Southern fried chicken, "mock" garlic mashed potatoes, and a quick chocolate almond ice cream. Go ahead, indulge without the guilt!
Top 5 Tips
1. You can eat onions on a low carb diet. Avoid them the first few weeks, but in moderation, they're fine.
2. Use a mixture of parmesan cheese and eggs in place of breadcrumbs. They'll bind just as well as their carb-laden counterpart.
3. Soybeans are already toasted and have a tendency to burn when you deep-fry them. This is why we finish the chicken in the oven, rather than in the oil.
4. Cauliflower is low in carbs and absorbs the flavor of any ingredient you put with it.
5. Use a plastic baggie for the dessert if you don't own a pastry bag. Fill baggie with your mock ice cream, snip off a corner, and pour mixture into tall glasses.
Chef George Stella invites his family and friends over for a dinner party that no one would ever suspect was low carb! He starts off the meal with one of his personal favorites teriyaki sesame chicken skewers served outside a hollowed out melon half filled with melon balls. Next he prepares fresh Key West crab cakes (without using breadcrumbs) and a mustard dipping sauce; grilled Jamaican jerk pork loin cooked to perfection with a light summer squash salsa; and a healthy dessert a gratin of fresh berries with a little sour cream. No sooner do the guests arrive than they all dig in to taste the fruits of Georges creations.
Top 5 Tips
1. Watch out for mayonnaise that is labeled "light," as it may contain more sugar than regular, full-fat mayo.
2. When cooking with crab, splurge for the real thing. Many imitation crabmeats contain added sugars.
3. Baking powder, along with eggs, will act as a binder in place of the usual carb-heavy breadcrumbs.
4. Pork is an excellent carb-conscious option. It is low in fat, has zero carbs, and usually costs less than beef.
5. Cantaloupe is a good fruit choice for the low carb dieter. Contrary to popular belief, George says that many fruits are acceptable on a low carb diet, but limit your intake. (Episode: LL1A04)
Everyone has their weak moments. Chef George Stella reveals low carb secrets to satisfy the most urgent of cravings. His low carb vegetable and "mega-meat" pizzas made with a soy flour crust, "mock" fettuccini primavera using spaghetti squash, fresh fruit margaritas with blueberries, cantaloupe and strawberries, and the biggest one of all, cannoli parfaits with chocolate chip covered ricotta and whipped cream will get you through those tough times.
Top 5 Tips
1. Pre-made spaghetti and pizza sauces are discouraged due to their high sugar content, but tomato paste or sauce in a can without added sugar is allowed. Just remember to always read the labels!
2. Once the spaghetti squash starts to resemble strings, it is ready. Take out immediately and put in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. If not, you'll end up with squash squash, not spaghetti squash.
3. The spaghetti primavera has 8 net carbs per serving, but don't worry about the carbs. Spaghetti squash is full of fiber and everyone needs that!
4. Each cannoli serving is 7 net carbs, but you can always trim your carb count by dividing into six servings and then you'll have 5 net carbs per serving.
5. Fresh fruit is allowed on a low carb diet as long as you pick the right fruit. Honeydw, cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries are all great choices.
Chef George Stella is right at home as he cooks up a smorgasbord of his favorite Italian dishes. He assembles a beautiful antipasto platter of sliced meats and cheeses topped with fresh basil that takes only a few minutes to prepare. He makes an Anaheim shrimp scampi with spaghetti squash in lieu of pasta; a radicchio salad with a simple and light raspberry vinaigrette; and he finishes the meal off with low carb neopolitan parfaits topped with strawberries and mint for garnish.
Top 5 Tips
1. Don't peel cucumbers -- the skin is full of vitamins and nutrients.
2. Remember to buy unsweetened cocoa powder for the parfaits, not a cocoa drink mix.
3. Radicchio is a great Italian lettuce you can buy in most grocery stores. Cut the core off the bottom, throw it away, and peel off the leaves.
4. If you can't find fresh raspberries for the salad, substitute frozen ones without added sugar.
5. Stock your pantry with a low carb staple: hearts of palm.
Eating low carb isnt tough, especially when it comes to snacks. Chef George Stella makes easy low carb options like turkey and Swiss BLT roll-ups, "Mock Raisinettes" with unsweetened chocolate and blueberries, and cinnamon pecans and almonds. Georges youngest son, Christian, also joins in to make his favorite, Philly Steak Salad with cheese. George finishes it off with a beverage everyone will love, a lemon lime slushee, perfect for after school or work.
Top 5 Tips
1. Use whole or real mayonnaise. Low-fat or lite is usually an indication that sugar has added to make up for the loss of body and flavor from fat.
2. Most nuts are low carb, but overeating them is a problem. Avoid this by portioning them out.
3. Frozen blueberries can be used as a substitute for raisins.
4. You can set a good example for your kids by eating the right foods. It's also fun to cook with your kids.
5. Keep your fridge full of good low carb foods such as cheese and sliced meats. When anybody in the house is hungry or having a craving, they can just go and find some great low carb selections.
Chef George Stella shows the quick and healthy way to grill practically everything. Some of his favorites are Bourbon BBQ Pork Shortribs, Cilantro Chicken Breast, and Balsamic Grilled Vegetables. Accompanying this, George makes a Waldorf Coleslaw, and for dessert, Grilled Strawberries a la Mode with a "mock" vanilla ice cream. Fire up the grill! The choices are endless!
Top 5 Tips
1. Add bourbon to barbecue sauce to give it extra flavoring. Don't worry, it happens to be zero carb.
2. Avoid hidden carbs when eating out by asking if the meat is breaded or marinated in sugars.
3. Tomatoes have natural sugars, but in moderation they are acceptable. You only would avoid them it you're in the induction period.
4.Low carb ice cream can be made with fresh whipped cream, sugar substitute, no sugar added vanilla extract, and ricotta cheese.
5. Strawberries only have about 7/10 of a net carb each. They're allowed on a low carb diet.
Chef George Stella is joined by best-selling cookbook author Dana Carpender to prepare some of her favorite quick and easy, low carb gourmet meals. Together they make a heaping fresh spinach salad topped with toasted pecans; a feta-spinach salmon roast; a dish Dana calls "Little Mama's Side Dish" which uses chopped cauliflower as its base mixed with green pepper, chopped onion and sautéed bacon; and finally a simple dessert called strawberry cups topped with a pretty fanned strawberry and a dollop of homemade whipped cream.
Top 5 Tips
1. Cauliflower is a great stand-in for potatoes and rice, adding texture while picking up the flavor of whatever it is cooked with.
2. Low carb is about freshness, but not everyone has time to prepare a fresh meal everyday. Stay healthy by preparing things in large quantities and saving the leftovers. Protein-packed chilis and meat roasts are easy to make and can last for days in the fridge.
3. Watch out for unsuspecting veggies. Onions are what George calls a "borderline vegetable" since it contains so many natural sugars. Limit yourself by using one onion for up to four different meals.
4. Olives are a great salty snack alternative for low carb diet programs.
5. Berries are an excellent choice for low carb dieters. They are lower in sugar than their fruit counterparts and are packed with anti-oxidants.
Chef George Stella heads for the border with a menu of tequila chicken quesadillas, southwestern chili con carne, a no-bake Key lime cheesecake, and guacamole. George finishes the meal off with a classic Mexican drink, Sangria. Ole low carb!
Top 5 Tips
1. Avocados have the highest amount of oils and protein of any fruit. They're also loaded with healthy fats that actually lower your cholesterol.
2. Soy flour is made from toasted soybeans that are ground up. It's not absorbed by your body the way white flour would.
3. Cream cheese is a low carb staple and contains almost zero carbs.
4. Spice up dry red wine by adding fresh lime and lemon juice, sugar substitute, diet orange drink mix, and club soda to make sangria. Garnish with slices of lime and lemon.
5.Club soda isn't only a beverage. It can be used as a leavener in quesadilla crusts.