Four Low-carb Octoberfest Recipes
It can be easy to feel like you have to skip holidays and events when you have blood sugar concerns. That’s why we’ve been sharing Halloween recipes over the last few weeks and why, today, we’re sharing Octoberfest recipes. If you long for the foods when you look at photos online, you can enjoy the recipes at home!
The good news is that a lot of Octoberfest’s foods are meat. So, with veggie side dishes, you don’t have to worry at all! Spit-roasted chicken is a staple of Octoberfest in Germany. We don’t know about you, but no one on our team has a rotisserie. But, an over roasted chicken is delicious, and leftovers are great in soup! Roasted pork and ham hock are also traditional. Grilled fish on a stick is a treat people enjoy while out celebrating — try grilling sardines to enjoy a version at home.
Here are some other foods you can celebrate Octoberfest with, without worrying about your blood sugar!
When you think of Octoberfest, you think of soft pretzels and beer. There are plenty of low-carb beers on the market for people who are looking for a drink. But, if you just want a pretzel, those are harder to find! These pretzels will do the trick! The recipe includes yeast. The yeast doesn’t make them rise — there’s no sugar to feed it. Although, the inulin in the recipe will help give it a bit of a rise! The yeast is mostly there to provide it with the distinct, correct flavor you expect from a pretzel. They are chewy and delicious! A pretzel has 205 calories, four grams of carbs and two grams of fiber! Get the recipe.
Brats with Mustard Sauce
While you want to avoid sausages stuffed with bread fillers or served in buns, you can still enjoy them! This recipe could not be simpler! You grill skewered bratwurst and enjoy them with a fantastically creamy mustard sauce and warm sauerkraut! It’s a perfect way to celebrate, and it won’t keep you in the kitchen long. If it’s too cold to grill in your area, you can easily cook them inside, and it will still be a super-fast meal! A serving has 341 calories, nine grams of carbs and three grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
German Cauliflower Salad
We love German potato salad, but the word “potato” can stop anyone with blood sugar concerns in their tracks. While you might enjoy them from time to time by planning ahead, they’re not something you just eat willy-nilly. This recipe is far gentler on your blood sugar. It’s also a little lighter on your stomach, which is nice. While we enjoy feeling full, sometimes Octoberfest can leave you feeling overfull and sluggish. The mustard vinaigrette is the star and gives you the recognizable delicious flavor you want from the dish! A serving has 153 calories, four grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
Even more than a potato salad, you might this that a bread dumpling is off the menu when you have blood sugar concerns. They are delicious fluffy carbs that soak up sauces and gravies and are a staple of German cooking and Octoberfest. They are made of flour and, like all dumplings, steamed to cook. They are truly delicious, and they are excellent with any saucy dish because of how much fluid they pick up. Knödel is usually made with potato flour; this one uses almond flour. A serving has 123 calories, two grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipes.
We hope these recipes bring a taste of Octoberfest to your kitchen as the month winds down! While communities aren’t holding their regular fall festivities, we can still celebrate at home and feel those connections to traditions in new ways. These recipes might become favorites for yearly celebrations. Or, they might become favorite go-to staples!
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