Low carb diners tend to think they must avoid the cuisine of ethnic oriented restaurants because the dishes are often accompanied by rice, breads and various forms of “fillers”. Asian, Mexican, and Indian cuisines are some of my favorites and they can be just fine for a slow carb, low carb or keto lifestyle! Simply focus on the wonderful array of proteins, vegetables, sauces and spice mixes. (sometimes a little sugar is slipped into restaurant sauces so that is something to watch for if you are being really strict). If you are still wary of restaurants in your area, make your own version! This low carb stir fry the hubby made for me the other night was wonderful, and since I didn’t have to cook it I felt like I was at a fancy schmancy restaurant (kind of).
Benefits of Being Low Carb when Eating Out:
I was at a Thai restaurant in Portland Oregon with a friend and ordered one of my favorite curry bowls and it wasn’t until we left that I realized I didn’t even “see” the bowl of rice on our table. It was a memorable meal, both in flavor and in companionship and the lack of rice with my curry bowl did not diminish the meal one iota!
I’m convinced that tastebuds do in fact change after being low carb for a long time. Sweets are sweeter, a plateful of carbs is unappealing as you envision the bloat and lethargy of tomorrow, and red wine stands in just fine for cocktails. I haven’t lost the taste for a good beer, but you get satiated so much faster that one beer every so often is a reward that feels like Christmas rather than a given. If cheat days are part of your program, add a martini and/or a dessert and you are living a very good life indeed.
Tips for Low Carb Stir Frys in General:
For some reason I’ve always been intimidated by stir frys and cooking in a wok. For some people it’s baking pies or breads, for some it figuring out how to cook fish or game correctly….for me it is the stir fry. Thank goodness for the husband who is a low carb stir fry pro!
Following a great stir fry the other night I asked him to repeat the recipe for me. Well, as with many good chefs and cooks, a “recipe” is not something he was able to relay with total accuracy. I pushed and asked questions and the recipe below should be pretty close to the wonderful low carb stir fry he made.
Generally speaking, these are the components that make a good stir fry:
- get the wok (or pot) smoking hot
- have all the veggies and proteins chopped up into bite size pieces ahead of time
- use some overall combination of: oyster sauce, dry sherry, fish sauce, vinegar, and chile pepper
- work fairly fast (make sure everything you need is laid out – the mise en place as they say)
Cris’s Weeknight Low Carb Stir Fry:
- sesame oil (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 1/2 lb pork loin, cubed (about 2 cups cubed)
- 1 tsp chile pepper (your choice on how hot of pepper)
- 2 Tbsp bottled garlic
- oyster sauce (about 1 1/2 Tbsp)
- 2 cups chopped celery, large chop not mince
- 1 small bunch chard. coarsely chopped
- fish sauce (about 3 Tbsp)
- apple cider vinegar (about 2 tsp)
- dry sherry (about 1/4 cup)
- Make sure all chopping is done and ingredients are laid out
- Add sesame oil to the wok and get it smoking hot
- once smoking hot, add port and chile pepper and cook 5-6 min. or until no longer pink, stirring constantly
- add garlic for 30 seconds; then add oyster sauce and stir for a couple of minutes until it thickens a bit.
- Add celery for about 1 minute; then add chard, fish sauce, vinegar and sherry and cook for about 2 min. or until chard leaves are wilted.
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