Cooking for a family can be challenging and if you add different dietary requirements to the mix things can get complicated! To keep things simple, plan meals that suit everyone.
Here are a few of my favourite LCHF substitutions that the whole family will enjoy.
Pasta & Noodles
Spiralized vegetables are a fantastic substitute for pasta and noodles. I recommend investing in a good quality vegetable spiralizer as in my experience the cheap potato-peeler style versions you see online don't work and are a waste of money. This style is my favourite style available from Amazon or if you're in Australia you can get it here.
Simply spiralize a low carb vegetable such as zucchini, pan fry it in butter for one minute (or use a microwave) and serve with a sauce of your choice. Remember, creamy sauces contain more fat so are more filling when you're not eating all the carbs in traditional pasta. If you buy ready made sauces, check the ingredients carefully as they often contain added sugar.
Another option is Konjac or Shirataki Noodles. Made from an asian root vegetable that is extremely low carb, these are a really handy thing to have in your pantry as they have a long shelf-life. They don't need to be cooked, just rinse them thoroughly and warm in a bowl of hot water. You can buy them in health food shops and some supermarkets or google "buy konjac online" to find your local online supplier.
Rice & Potatoes
Cauliflower is a low-carb superhero. It's incredibly versatile and a perfect substitute for rice or potatoes. To make rice, whiz some raw cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles rice. Place it in a microwave-proof dish and cover and cook on full power for a few minutes. Alternatively, stir-fry it with butter. Add other vegetables or spices to make fried rice or pilau rice.
For a mashed-potato substitute, steam some cauliflower until it is soft. Transfer it to a food processor and a nob of butter, a dollop of cream and some salt and pepper. Whizz at high speed until it is smooth.