So my boyfriend and I are working on getting buff before the summer comes this year. Now when I say buff, I mean get in shape, lose a few pounds and tone up a bit. We actually made this goal at the beginning of the year, and I admit I have fallen in and out of my scheduled “plan” a few times, but I always come back around. One thing I have generally stuck to is cutting back on the carbs, at least for dinner.
The way I look at it, carbs provide you with energy, and you need them to efficiently function during the day and to have enough energy for a good workout. When you eat carbs at night, they kinda just sit there in your belly and don’t get used up- which is no good when you want to drop a few pounds. So I eat my breads, rice, and pasta for breakfast and lunch, and just stick to protein and two veggies for dinner!
The other night for our low-carb dinner, I made roasted onions, sautéed garlic green beans, and a ground turkey patty topped with blue cheese. Below are recipes for both veggies! They are all really easy to make too.
Sautéed Garlic Green Beans
- Green Beans
- Olive oil
- Seasonings such as: Italian seasoning, ground pepper, garlic salt, basil
- Cut the ends of the green beans off, toss them in a steamer basket and steam for about 6 or 7 minutes.
- While they are steaming, mince up about 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic.
- Put about tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan, and when you beans are nice and steamed, throw them in the pan.
- Add the garlic and all of your seasoning and saute on a med-high heat until they become nice and crispy.
Roasted Onions (probably the easiest of all)
- Yellow onion(s)
- Olive Oil
- Seasonings like: pepper, Italian Seasoning, paprika, or even curry powder, get creative!
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Slice your onions in rings, but leave the layers together, like pictured.
- Lightly spray a baking pan with non-stick cooking spay
- Place the onions on the pan and drizzle the tops with olive oil and seasonings
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until browned, turning them over once halfway through.
- Enjoy plain or use these to top your burger. (Mmm I love roasted onions)