Hacking Food! Livin’ la vida Low-Carb!

kale stir fryI’ve been cooking a lot of low-carb meals lately for clients, as well as, for myself and Josh! A diabetic-friendly diet includes a lot of lean protein and veggies and less carbs. It has been a bit of a challenge since a lot of Vietnamese food centers around a bowl of jasmine rice or vermicelli noodles. It’s sustenance, gotta fill you up! But these new food hacks have been a blessing for us.  Between Josh and I, we’ve lost close to 60 lbs since changing our diets in January to a less carb-centric focus!

Last night we enjoyed a almost carb-free meal on the patio that was spicy, delicious and satisfyingly good!

Chinese long beans are one of those super veggies which contain more dietary fibers than actual carbs!  An 8-ounce serving has 25 g of dietary fiber and only 16 g of carbs!


Chinese Long Beans with minced Turkey Breast and Jumbo Shrimp with Kale, Brussels Sprouts
Serves 2
A low-carb alternative to a traditional Chinese recipe for long beans and minced pork
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 1 lb Ground Turkey
  2. 5 jumbo shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  3. 1 tbsp minced garlic
  4. 1/2 tbsp minced ginger
  5. 1 cup Chinese long beans (or regular green beans), chopped into 2 inch pieces
  6. 2 cups of chopped kale
  7. 1 cup of shredded brussels sprouts
  8. 2 tsp fish sauce
  9. 1 tsp of oyster flavor sauce
  10. 1/2 tsp white pepper, black pepper, cayenne powder, garlic powder, onion powder (combine in small bowl)
  11. 1 tbsp olive oil/sesame oil mix
  1. Wash and chop all veggies and set aside
  2. Cut each shrimp into 2 pieces
  1. In a deep pan, add oil, garlic and ginger, saute for 30 secs, do not let this burn
  2. Add turkey, saute for 3-4 mins, until almost cooked
  3. Add fish sauce, oyster flavor sauce
  4. Add long beans (these need a little more time than the other veggies)
  5. Add shrimp along with other veggies
  6. Add pepper,/powder mix to pan
  7. Continue to saute until shrimp is bright orange and veggies are cooked to your liking. We prefer the long beans to have some bite!
  8. Top with fresh sprigs of cilantro and serve!
  1. This stir-fry would usually be a simple minced pork and long beans dish, but I added more veggies and changed the proteins to better suit our lifestyle!
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