Switching to a low-carb diet is a fairly easy step in changing your lifestyle. Once you are on the low-carb plan, and you see that it is working for you, the next step is to go into meal planning. In order to do a proper weekly meal prep and planning, you will need the right tools and appliances. One of those is a food processor. Here are four ways you can use a food processor to help create your weekly meal prep for low-carb meals.
Purees are great as a base for pasta type dinners, using vegetables as the pasta. They can also help create the bases for different dressings, soups, stews, and other low-carb items. If you have done this by way of traditional methods in the past, then you likely spent a lot of time cutting up vegetables and herbs for the puree before you steam or boil the ingredients. Though this is a way to handle it, you can speed this up greatly by using the food processor to puree the food for you. In fact, most people use the food processor to chop up the vegetables then to mix the puree from the cooled steamed vegetables and ingredients. In this way, the food processor takes the place of immersion blenders as well as regular blenders.
Create Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower is your best friend when it comes to low-carb cooking. It can take the place of so many of the carbs that you love. Potatoes are just the tip of the cauliflower
alternative iceberg. One of the other high carb foods that cauliflower can replace is rice. You may think this is impossible, but you can get the right texture and size by simply using your food processor on pulse. Just cauliflower florets and a little salt, pepper, and water. That is all you need. Use the pulse setting. You can use steamed cauliflower, cool it down, use the food processor on pulse, the heat up as you use it.
Chop Vegetables for Soups and Stews
Chopping of vegetables for soups and stews can take a while. This is especially true if you are trying to prepare the vegetables in different ways. For example, you may want chunky bites of carrots while also using thin slices of zucchini. With the right blade attachments, your food processor can handle most of the cuts and chops you will need.
Prep Cheeses for Use in the Week
Cheese is used in a lot of the low-carb recipes you are going to find. One of the most common is sharp cheddar in shredded form. You can slice and grate cheese in a food
processor with the appropriate blade attachments. This takes several minutes, but is much faster and healthier than either doing it with a traditional knife or grater or by way of buying it already made at the store. Keep in mind, shredded store bought cheese is dusted with starch which may throw off your low-carb diet and some of the recipes as well.
By using these methods, you can make several of your basic sides and dishes for the week. Remember, these techniques can be used with other foods as well and can span out over several meals, not just lunch and dinner.