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Slow Carb Diet Recipes


The Slow Carb Diet, popularised by author Tim Ferriss, is a diet that consists of simple eating principles to restrict caloric consumption and help you to lose weight easily without having to count calories and macronutrients.

These are:

1. Avoid white carbohydrates

2. Eat the same meals over and over again

3. Don’t drink calories

4. Don’t eat fruit

5. Take one day off per week

For further information about the diet and the results it has produced for Tim, his colleagues and readers, check out his blog post on the diet and his best selling book, The 4-Hour Body.

Here are some tasty meal ideas with recipes that adhere to the diets key principles:

Chilli Con Carne


  • 5 x 400g tins of diced tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g of red kidney beans
  • 500g of ground beef
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1.5 medium capsicums
  • 10 small mushrooms
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1.5tsp ground chilli
  • 1.5tsp ground garlic
  • Olive oil


1. Dice the onion and carrot finely and cut the rest of the vegetables into small bite sized chunks

2. Marinate the beef mince in ground chilli and garlic

3. Pour all the canned diced tomatoes in a large pot, bring to the boil, add diced carrot, then allow to simmer for 30 minutes (remember to stir every 5 minutes)

4. Cook the rest of the vegetables and ground beef separately by frying in olive oil on medium to high heat

5. Once all the vegetables and ground beef are cooked add to the pot of simmering diced tomatoes

6. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!


Tuna Bean Salad

  • 1 can of tuna in olive oil
  • 1 large handful of mixed lettuce leaves and/or spinach
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ red onion
  • ¼ capsicum
  • ¼ carrot (grated)
  • 5 green olives
  • ¼ cucumber
  • ½ can of beans or lentils


1. Prepare above vegetables and combine in a bowl with the tuna in olive oil

2. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!


Dry Curried Fish and Red Lentil Soup



  • 1-2 fish fillets (a mild flavoured fish like Cod, Barramundi, Halibut, Haddock or Talapia works best)
  • 1/2tsp turmeric
  • 3 tsp of cumin powder
  • ½ tsp of ground chilli
  • ½ tsp of ground garlic
  • ½ tsp of ground ginger


1. Combine all the spices in a bowl with lemon and olive oil to form a thick paste.

2. Marinate the fish in spices and leave for at least a couple of hours, preferably overnight

3. Pan fry cooking for desired time length is recommended and garnish with coriander



  • 3/4 cup of red lentils
  • ½ tomato (roughly chopped)
  • ½ onion (finely diced)
  • ½ tsp of ground chilli
  • ½ tsp of ground garlic
  • ½ tsp of ground ginger
  • ½ tsp of rye seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp of cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp of garam masala
  • 1 tbsp of light olive oil


1. Rinse the lentils and add about 3cm of water over the level of the lentils

2. Bring to boil and let it simmer on low heat for 45 minutes stirring every 5-10 minutes

3. In another pot heat some oil and add chilli, garlic, ginger, rye seeds, cumin powder and garam masala to oil before adding boiled cooked lentils to pan undrained and simmer for 3-5 minutes on low heat.

4. Add salt and lemon to taste and garnish with fresh coriander (you can also add some frozen peas, green beans and/or spinach as an option if you want to give it more bulk).


Egg and Lentils Salad


  • 2 boiled egg
  • ½ can of lentils
  • ½ medium red onion
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 tomato


1. Boil, peel and dice the egg as well as the red onions (fine) and tomatoes.

2. Wilt some spinach in a pan

3. Combine the ingredients in the bowl

4. Dress in olive oil and lemon juice and garnish with coriander.


Hummus Dip


  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2tbsp of olive oil
  • 1tsp of crushed garlic
  • ½ lemon (squeezed)
  • Optional: Paprika


  • Put the above ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency (sprinkle paprika on at the end).
  • Cut up a platter of chunky vegetables to dip i.e carrots, capsicums, celery and cucumbers.

Traditional English Breakfast


  • Fried Eggs
  • Baked Beans
  • Lean Sausages (grill or pan fry)
  • Lean Bacon (grill or pan fry)
  • Grilled Tomatoes (chop in half, drizzle olive oil over the top
  • Grilled Musrooms (grill or pan fry)

Serve the above together and enjoy



Carrie on April 18, 2015:

A tablespoon or two of tahini (sesame seed paste) would make a much more flavorful and more traditional hummus.

Mixalis92 on July 19, 2013:

a good diet has 50-60 % carbo 15-25% protein and 20-30% fat , As far as carbs is concerned your body metabolises very easy carbs also fruits and vegetables are carbs so its better to cosnume carbs . Also carbs have sugar so if you don't eat almost at all u will have low blood sugar so its better and all the symptoms of hupoglukemia . In diets you have to reduse to amount of fat and not carbs and also to "train" the patient to know which carbs is good for ur health ( fruits and vegetables) wich is bad and the same with fat good ( olive oil ) bad ( fry oil )

Patrick Cabrera on January 29, 2012:

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Daniel on May 30, 2011:

Nice to see some recipe ideas. There is a recipe website dedicated to the slow-carb diet at http://www.slow-carb-diet.net

hublim from Scotland on April 04, 2011:

Klf, the four hour body does allow 2 exceptions to the fruit rule. Tomatoes and Avocado. It also advises to restrict your intake of avocado to 1 cup a day.

klf on April 01, 2011:

Don't understand, tomatoes are fruit so surely you can't eat them?

rcrm89 (author) on March 18, 2011:

The five rules are applicable to vegetarian and even vegan diets too - the basic premise are that the rules help put your total caloric consumption under maintenance as you are eating foods that are either calorie sparse and/or highly satiating and take longer to digest (high protein, low carbs, high fibre, high fat diet).

Eggs, cheese are good sources of complete protein that work well in this diet and beans, soy products, lentils, nuts are decent sources of protein too.

The meat in 3 of the above 5 recipes can be substituted with alternative vegetarian meat products or just removed.

kavitha on March 18, 2011:

What about us vegetarians. How do we go about this diet plan Please advice

rcrm89 (author) on March 17, 2011:

Fruit is not a particularly good source of protein (most fruits have less than 1g of protein per serving) but like vegetables they are often good sources of fibre, vitamin and minerals.

BMG from timor laste on March 16, 2011:

I do not think not eating fruits is good for health because the fruit is also a very important source of protein that the body ....

StarCreate from Spain on February 15, 2011:

Slow carb rocks! I have lost 7lb in 2 weeks, without a moment of hunger... I feel like I can easily sustain this approach until I reach my goals. Lovely photos, and that salad looks delicious.