Sun-dried tomatoes can add vitamin A to a low-carbohydrate diet.
A low-carbohydrate diet can help you lose weight and control your blood sugar levels. Chicken can be a staple on a low-carbohydrate diet because it is carbohydrate-free. Sun-dried tomatoes are convenient options to have in your pantry because of their long shelf life. Make a variety of meals with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes to keep your diet interesting.
Bake a Greek Chicken and Tomato Omelet
Eggs are ideal for low-carbohydrate diets because they are nearly carbohydrate-free and they provide a variety of essential nutrients such as vitamin D, iron, vitamin A and choline. Make a low-carbohydrate omelet by beating eggs and adding diced cooked chicken breast, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and thyme. Bake the omelet in the oven until the eggs are cooked. Using egg whites instead of eggs reduces the cholesterol in your meal, but the egg whites do not contain vitamins A, D, iron or choline.
Make Chicken Salad
Try a low-carbohydrate salad for lunch. Use Romaine lettuce, spinach or mixed greens for the base. Each cup of Romaine lettuce has 1.6 grams of carbohydrates. Toss diced, cooked chicken breast and sun-dried tomatoes into the salad and add other low-carbohydrate ingredients, such as sliced almonds, with 6 grams of carbohydrate per ounce. A dressing with olive oil and balsamic vinegar is carbohydrate-free and rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Include Pizza on Your Low-Carbohydrate Diet
Use portabella mushroom caps instead of pizza crust as a base for your pizza. Each mushroom has 3 grams of carbohydrates. Use no sugar-added tomato sauce or fresh tomatoes and basil, and sprinkle grated mozzarella or Parmesan cheese over the tomato sauce or tomatoes. Top the pizza with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and low-carbohydrate vegetables such as diced red peppers and fresh spinach leaves. Add anchovies, which are carbohydrate-free, for extra protein and some heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Use Ground Chicken for Gourmet Burgers
Shape hamburger patties from a mixture of ground chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, black pepper, blue cheese and a beaten egg, and grill or bake the burger. Blue cheese has less than 1 gram of carbohydrates per ounce. To keep the meal low-carbohydrate, serve the chicken burger on a large lettuce leaf instead of a hamburger bun, and use low-carbohydrate condiments, such as mustard, instead of condiments such as ketchup, which contains sugar. For a low-carbohydrate side dish, make coleslaw with shredded cabbage and fat-free plain Greek yogurt.