I must start this post by admitting that I really love to eat. Everything and all the time. That (and my newly found ability for baking) had led me to the point that I really need a diet change. I was never really overweight but I have always had at least 10-15 pound too much. Somehow as I grew older that number started to rise and at the 25+ pounds, I decided it’s time to lose some weight!

During my weight loss journey, I have *obviously* been very careful what I’ve been eating. Well, at least most of the time. My diet is a combination of Intermittent Fasting and low carb so it’s no bread, pasta or potatoes for some time. And it hasn’t been easy.

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But I managed to find some wonderful recipes that were tasty, simple and didn’t make me feel like I’m depriving myself of anything.

As I mentioned, my diet was IF so it is more important when to eat than what to eat. Of course, I didn’t wanna stuff my face during my eating window, so I added a low carb to the mix and tried to make my lunches as healthy as possible.

Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration for whatever I need and there I found a million fabulous low carb lunches and desserts. And one of the staples of a low carb diet is cauliflower. I’d regularly stumble upon a lot of recipes with cauliflower and that’s what brought me to one of the best diet lunches ever!

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So, one of the best diet lunches I found is as basic as they get – just chicken with cauliflower. Really the most basic meal you can make and extremely tasty and very filling.

The recipe couldn’t be simpler: just take favorite part of chicken – for me it was chicken thigh with a drumstick – and half of cauliflower, season it with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper (optional – I love eating spicy) and oil – olive or vegetable, I’d use the one I had at home – and put it in the oven on 200 °C (400 °F) for 45 minutes to 1 hour. And voilá! – a beautiful, healthy and low carb lunch!

As you can see in the first photo, there’s a whole chicken and lots of potatoes. Since I share meals with my husband it’s easy to cook this way for both of us. We share a chicken, he has his potatoes, I have my cauliflower and everyone’s happy 🙂

Of course, no lunch is complete without a dessert. And since I am a sucker for desserts I really needed to find some healthy option for a diet dessert. So, I found a perfect dessert that was more or less low carb and became my favorite – Banana walnut coconut flour muffins from glutenfreehomemaker.com (you can check the whole recipe on their site here).

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I love this recipe because it’s a really healthy option for a muffin – the only non-low carb ingredients are bananas and honey (but you can ditch the honey if sweetness from bananas is enough for you). The rest of the ingredients are 1/2 cup of coconut flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 4 large eggs, 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and some walnuts.

It yields around 9 muffins and I love that I can eat them for the whole week – they store perfectly in an airtight container in the fridge. Just one muffin every day is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Do you have your favorite diet recipes? Share them with me – I’d love to try it out!

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