If you're eating low carb for weight loss or digestion issues, I'm sure you often find yourself missing the taste and texture of something crunchy and starchy...I know I sure do! Well thanks to the recipes on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet I have found many wonderful options. I'll share one here that is a perfect compliment or main dish at any meal, Split Pea Cakes. And what's great about this recipe is it can be so easily tweaked, modified and experimented with to your own tastes. This recipe is LOW CARB, LOW CALORIE, HIGH PROTEIN, HIGH FIBER and UBER HEALTHY!
SPLIT PEA CAKES
2 cups rinsed and cooked Green Split Peas (Arrowhead Mills is excellent)
2 small onions
1/2 cup Cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup plain yogurt
4 cloves minced garlic
Carrots/Kale/Spinach (other cooked veggies optional)
Spices to taste: salt, black pepper, red pepper, hot sauce, etc.
Cook the peas as the package states, for extra flavor sub out half your water for chicken or veggie stock. Cook your garlic and onion in the pan separately in a little olive oil. Combine everything except the cornmeal together in the blender or food processor until it's a thick liquid. Poor into a mixing bowl and add in the cornmeal. Now it should have the consistency of pancake batter (add more yogurt to liquify and cornstarch to thicken). Butter a hot skillet and pour on your batter like your making pancakes. Fry about 5 minutes on each side, but it really depends on the heat of your pan. Just eyeball it. Top with sour cream or a little more yogurt and serve. Yummy! Extra batter stores great in the fridge or freezer and can be used for soups too.
Note: You can also follow this same recipe with Navy Beans or Black-Eyed Peas. Make sure you always start with dry beans, not canned. Beans should be soaked overnight in water (peas don't need to be).
Cakes can also be oven-baked or made muffin style. Here's an awesome recipe:
Okay, and while we're talking pancakes, I might as well share another super easy LOW CARB, LOW CALORIE, HIGH PROTEIN recipe that parades as a naughty baked good...
CARBLESS ALMOND PANCAKES
1 cup almond flour (Trader Joe's is awesome)
2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cinnamon, nutmeg, etc to taste
Mix all ingredients together and pour onto a greased griddle/pan or in a waffle maker. Cook as per the usual. Serve topped with something yummy like banana, blueberries or yogurt.