Food Porn Friday – Episode 27: Low-Carb

Look guys, I want you to know that this is absolutely not what Best Brunch Ever stands for. We’re 100% in favour of toast, muffins, pancakes and waffles. We believe in thick, creamy, buttery mashed potato. We’re full advocates of Spaghetti Carbonara. We endorse sausage sandwiches made with Hovis Thick-sliced White Bread and Slightly Salted Lurpak Spreadable. You get my drift.

However, this is episode 27 of Food Porn Friday and desperate times call for desperate measures. Blame the zeitgeist, or something.

Going completely carb-free is not advisable, but if you’re looking to cut down on the calories you consume, cutting carbs a little bit is a good place to start. Of course, some people have gluten intolerances or whatever, and might do better without carbs altogether. But that’s a small minority. Eat your carbs, guys. They help prevent fatigue, are good for your heart and, as we all know, have mood-boosting benefits.

However, I guess at brunch they are not always strictly necessary. So, OK, here we go…

If you’re going carb-free, you’re gonna miss waffles. That’s just science. These waffles are made with hazelnut meal and coconut flour – both things which taste better than actual flour – to give you what is essentially the nutella waffle.

Photo and recipe from AllDayIDreamAboutFood.com

Photo and recipe from AllDayIDreamAboutFood.com

OK, they’re technically not carb-free. They’re “low-carb”, with 7g of carbohydrate. But come on. We’re not monsters.

If you’re looking for something of a more savoury bent, these chickpea pancakes can be topped with avocado and a delicious homemade salsa…

Photo and recipe from ohsheglows.com

Photo and recipe from ohsheglows.com

Obviously those fillings are vegan, but you can top with whatever you want – even bacon.

Here at Best Brunch Ever, we are a massive fan of baked eggs. If you are gonna go carb-free, baked eggs are the way to go. This version, with spinach, yoghurt and leeks, is quite a twist on the classic, but looks delicious:

Photo and recipe from Bon Appetit

Photo and recipe from Bon Appetit

Cauliflowers are every low-carber’s holy grail. They like to pretend they are better than other things, like rice, or mashed potato. Obviously that is ridiculous, but a good dish that celebrates the cauliflower as it was meant to be – in a delicious Syrian-spiced hash with a fried egg on top – is not to be sniffed at.

Photo and recipe from An Edible Mosaic

Photo and recipe from An Edible Mosaic

Thanks for reading guys. Unless you want the next one to be “fat-free”, leave suggestions in the comments. See you in a fortnight!

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2 Responses to Food Porn Friday – Episode 27: Low-Carb

  1. Katharine says:

    These look great – love the idea of Nutella waffles! – but fat-free? Since it’s Thanksgiving next month, what about brunch dishes themed around American Thanksgiving-y type stuff: turkey, sweet potatoes, marshmallows, pumpkin, mashed potatoes, marshmallows, cranberries…you get the idea. 🙂

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