Menu ideas for busy people

I was asked by a friend who wanted to plan some menus for her family, and especially with kids, if I had some ideas regarding planning.

Do I have ideas? Is the Lincoln Monument tall (though it makes one wonder how they fit the whole thing into each penny)?

If you are also planning menus, but you’re not sure where to start, or you’ve never eaten in a lower-carb fashion before, I’ve put together some cursory ideas which could help you to get started. Whether an adult, a teenager or a young boopie, these are meals which don’t necessarily make you feel like you’re following any plan at all.

Many of the products mentioned below are available in stores. Otherwise, you can order them online through various companies and sources. I’ve found FlatOut wraps quite a few places, including Safeway, Super Wal-Mart (deli section), but you can find more store locations at their website.

Breakfast:

Whole, full-fat yogurt with flax seed meal, fresh, sliced strawberries or blueberries
Breakfast smoothie (with protein powder for staying power)
Scrambled eggs and sausage
Atkins revolution roll (Google recipe) ‘McMuffin’ with said egg and sausage
Spicy omelet (jalapenos, purple onion, have fun!)
Loaded scrambled eggs (add cheese, sausage, veggies while scrambling!)
Mini quiches (Google south beach and mini quiches)

Lunch:

Flat Out wrap pinwheels with meat and cheese
Broccoli cheese soup (google recipe) and salad
Egg salad in a Flat-Out wrap
Mini quiches
‘sampler’: olives, pepperoni slices, cheese slices, macadamia nuts
Bunless loaded brats and hot dogs, coleslaw (bagged and make your own dressing) and deviled eggs
Breadless deli sub salad! (bring your knife and fork if you like yours piled high)
Flax crackers (recipe follows) with hummus

Dinner:

Mashed cauliflower with sour cream and butter, chicken breast and gravy with ThicknThin/Not Starch instead of flour (you’ll never know it’s not flour or cornstarch)

Flat-Out low-carb wraps used as a crust for a pizza (I add Alfredo, spinach, pine nuts, fresh tomato, black olives, pepperoni and feta)
Flat-Out wraps used to make quesadillas
Mexican pulled pork in the slow-cooker
Guacamole bacon burgers on Atkins revolution rolls
Shrimp breaded with low-carb breading mix, loaded sweet potato
Veggie and chicken stir fry
Spinach lasagne

Dessert

Ghirardelli chocolate square
Fresh strawberries and home-made whipped cream
Sugar-Free Jell-o
Shaved ice with sugar-free syrup (Davincis has a raspberry)

Flax cracker

2 Tbsp flax seed meal
2 Tbsp water

Mix flax seed meal with water in a bowl. Pour/scrape onto a piece of parchment paper and spread into a 4″ X 8″ cracker. Microwave for 2 minutes, 30 seconds, or until dry-looking. Let rest.

Fresh dill spread

Combine 2 Tbsp of softened cream cheese with a dash of dill. Spread on flax crackers, or (if you make more) roll up in a Flat-Out and cut into pinwheels for a delicious and fun snack!

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