We don’t eat low carb all the time at our house, but we do try to eat mostly unprocessed whole foods (though I’d be lying if I said we don’t make the occasional box of mac and cheese for lunch). I do find it really helpful to have a few easy, go-to weeknight meals that are lower carb and that I know our toddler will eat. It’s especially helpful to have these on hand for when her blood sugar has been on the higher side and I don’t want to make it angrier. I’m not going to give carb counts for these, because I don’t know them for sure. I calculate them as best as I can knowing the ingredients I used, etc, and then dose based on how I know she reacts to certain foods. Every body is different!
Here are three of our go-to weeknight meals that I know everybody will eat. Stay tuned for more.
This one is on constant rotation in our house. It has sweet potatoes, so technically it’s not low carb, but I count those as healthy carbs for little ones to have! It’s a one pot/pan recipe which I really appreciate and comes together fast. I use this recipe from Wellness Mama.
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This Pakistani Kima recipe from @wellnessmama has been a fave around here for awhile. It's amazing my picky toddler eats this, so if you have one you should try it. Since I have a gluten intolerance we were already eating pretty low carb before LJ's T1 diagnosis. Now making an effort to go #grainfree as much as possible. #type1toddler #pakistanikima #castironwok #gardengreenbeans
This is a weekly staple meal in our house – I just wing it, but a general recipe is below. My toddler will usually just eat a bowl of this meat sauce with Parmesan cheese on top. On the rare occasion she wants pasta with it, I’ll use the lentil or garbanzo pasta, but you could do zoodles too (zucchini noodles)
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion diced
2-3 cloves garlic diced
1 jar pasta sauce (I like Rao’s b/c it’s pretty low carb)
1 lb. ground turkey (you can also use ground beef)
1/2 bunch of kale finely chopped (you could also use spinach)
1-2 finely chopped carrots or red bell pepper (or any veggies you have on hand)
Cook garlic and onion in EVOO until soft (if you are using carrot or other veggies, add these in now too)
Add in ground turkey or beef and cook through
Add in pasta sauce and stir it all together
Add in chopped kale (or spinach) cook for a couple minutes until slightly wilted
Serve by itself or over your favorite pasta or zoodles! So easy.
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Miracle of miracles — this child has been eating salad! Lunch today: ground turkey ragu with kale, freeze dried peaches, romaine salad with cannelini beans, shredded carrot and cherry tomatoes from our garden. #lowcarb #grainfree #type1toddler #t1d #ezpzmat #typeonediabetes #autoimmune
Broccoli Cheese Soup
My mom made this for us originally, not sure where she got the recipe. For some reason, Lily is more excited about it when “Joanie” (her grandma) makes it. Toddlers, sigh.