Low-Carb Express, Vickie De Beer

Low-Carb Express is a great resource if you are new to this concept and way of eating.

Low-Carb Express

We would all love to eat less carbohydrates and switch to a low-carb diet, but many of us think we just do not have the time. We believe that low-carb cooking and baking are time consuming, because you have to start from scratch, and it involves specialised ingredients which may be expensive or hard to find. Not so, says Vickie de Beer, who believes the problem lies in the fact that we have become afraid of the kitchen and lost the knowhow of basic cooking techniques. The truth is that you can still cook nutritional and flavourful meals without refined carbohydrates even when you are pressed for time. In  Low-Carb Express,  Vickie shows that with a little planning and better time management, you can cook healthy meals in a cinch that will not only benefit you and your family’s overall health, but might also benefit your budget.
Low-Carb Express
In  Low-Carb Express,  you plan your meals around your available time. Whether you have five minutes to whip up a nutritionally dense egg scramble or immune-boosting smoothie, or half an hour to make a delicious low-carb bobotie or the best-ever low-carb cupcakes, Vickie proves that there is no such thing as too little time to make healthy food choices. With recipes that take between five and thirty minutes to prepare, there really are no more excuses!
Chapters are divided into:
  • 5-Minute Recipes
  • 10-Minute Recipes
  • 15-Minute Recipes
  • 20-Minute Recipes
  • 25-Minute Recipes
  • 30-Minute Recipes
Recipes that caught my eye:
  • 90-second egg scramble (p19)
  • superfood pesto (p37)
  • immune-boosting brew (p38)
  • blueberry microwave muffins (p41)
  • handy nutty granola (p46)
  • tomato and chorizo soup (p54)
  • basic low-carb crackers (p66)
  • one-pan Greek chicken (p78)
  • chicken saltimbocca with asparagus (p81)
  • creamy fish chowder (p82)
  • fabulous egg muffins (p90)
  • Thai fishcakes (p109)
  • tandoori chicken oven bake (p123)
  • speedy beef stroganoff (p124)
  • everything-but-the-kitchen-sink savoury muffins (p138)
  • tomato chutney (p150)
  • best every low-carb cupcakes (p157)
Tomato Chutney
Tomato Chutney
My impressions:

I liked that there were short cuts which offered alternatives and serving idea. I am not a fan of erythritol so I would only use fructose when making the recipes.

What I made:

The first thing I tried was the 90-second egg scramble but it did not work. I felt so let down as I thought this would be a great lunch solution for us at work. The tomato chutney was so good I could have eaten it as is, with some fresh bread. Next time I make it I will double the recipe I am going to share with you.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9781432310875
Format Trade Paperback
Published February 2021

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime December 22:

Dave and I are away sightseeing with my parents. I will be back at work on the 5th of January and will reply to comments then. 

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4 thoughts on “Low-Carb Express, Vickie De Beer

    1. I find if one recipe fails it is because the recipes are not independently tested. Probably more will fail but I decided not to test more as I loathe wasting ingredients.

  1. I did keto for awhile last year and lost a little weight. But there was definitely a learning curve and I’m not really anxious to do it again. Though I still eat lower carb….

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