Refined carb recipes are often seen as unhealthy, fattening, high in sugar and an overall nuisance in people’s health regimens. However, they are also some of the best things any of us will ever eat. So when that next cheat day rolls around, or let’s be honest, when you simply want to stuff your face, here are 10 delicious carb recipes for when you just don’t give a damn.
1. Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Burrito
Let’s start with some breakfast carb recipes. If you are looking for something savoury to satisfy your morning hunger, look no further than this salty, fatty, starchy, cheesy, bacon-y and overall delicious Breakfast Burrito.
Basically a buttery cheese omelet, bacon, hash browns cooked in bacon fat and a side of avocados wrapped in a flour tortilla, this quick, easy and compact meal is the perfect excuse to get excited for the morning (and a great hangover cure to boot).
2. Dutch Baby
The second option in our breakfast carb recipes list is basically a giant, pancake style treat called a Dutch Baby. Usually served warm with a simple dusting of powdered sugar, this particular recipe adds not only a thick, molasses cinnamon swirl to the batter, but also a powdered sugar glaze over top.
For a less cloyingly sweet option, try omitting those two extra steps from the process (trust me, it will still taste amazing).
3. Spaghetti Alla Carbonara
When someone mentions carb recipes, most of the time our minds go straight to the mother of all starches, pasta. There is nothing more satisfying or tasty than a big plate of thick, salty, buttery, rich noodles, whether they are smothered in a red tomato sauce or coated in a gorgeous pesto.
For your next carb coma moment, try this silky Spaghetti Alla Carbonara. Made with eggs, grated Parmesan, black pepper and pancetta or bacon, this particular pasta dish requires good quality ingredients and a little skill in the kitchen, but is obviously worth every bite.
4. Deep-Dish Pizza
Another carb recipe favourite is, without a doubt, the ever popular pizza. And what could be more decadent or indulgent than a Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza, complete with a gorgeously thick crust, copious amounts of cheese, tangy tomato sauce and spicy Italian sausage.
Try different variations like changing up or omitting the meat, switching up the cheeses or adding veggies for your own personal twist.
5. Baked Mac N’ Cheese
Out of all the carb recipes on this list, none of them are more comforting and familiar than Mac n’ Cheese. Whether you eat it out of the box or use your great-grandmother’s secret family recipe, for many it is a dish that represents childhood, warmth or just plain old gold-eats.
Try this awesome Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe for a rich, creamy and soulful take on a classic dish that’ll have you throwing the boxed version out the window, for good.
6. Chicken Enchiladas With Salsa Verde
This next carb recipe is a classic Mexican dish that is enjoyed in many different forms and variations. Enchiladas can be made with a tomato based sauce, mole, vegetables, béchamel, baked with American cheeses, stuffed with various meats or even eaten without a filling.
For an authentic feel, try these mouthwatering Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde. This recipe calls for you to fry and not bake the corn tortillas, which is how most Enchiladas are prepared in Mexico, and roll them with shredded chicken. Top with a salsa verde, Mexican cream, Queso Fresco and some red onions for a delectable treat.
7. Chili Cheese Crunchwrap
This fast food chain favourite is a go-to for many when they want a cheat meal or a junkie snack. But instead of heading straight to your local Taco Bell for the OG version, try making this at home Chili Cheese Crunchwrap yourself for a fun and slightly “healthier” option.
8. Salted Pretzel, Chocolate Chip And Cookie Dough Snickers Bars
The final carb recipes on this list will consist of decadent, creamy, crunchy, chocolaty desserts that are perfect for any and all occasions. Our first dessert is this Salted Pretzel, Chocolate Chip and Cookie Dough Snickers Bar, complete with brown butter and toped with crunchy, salty pretzels.
This five layer treat takes a bit of an effort to come together, but the ingredients are simple and the instructions straightforward so anyone willing to put in the time should be able to whip them up no sweat.
9. Chocolate-Frosted Raised Donuts With Crunchy Kettle Potato Chips
This next recipe raises the bar on any donut you may have ever eaten, ever, and bonus points if you actually decide to make them on you own from start to finish. They are fluffy, sweet, bouncy, salty, frosted with milk chocolate (although you could definitely swap for semi-sweet or dark), crunchy from the chips and worth every single bite.
Try these Chocolate-Frosted Raised Donuts with Crunchy Kettle Potato Chips whenever you have a little time to spare and a sweet tooth to appease.
10. Chocolate Pot De Crème
This final dessert in our carb recipes is a classic French chocolate custard that can be served with whipped cream, chocolate shavings or a little bit of Fleur de sel sprinkled on top. It is dense, decadent and offers a deeply rich chocolate flavour, often elevated if you add the aforementioned salt as a finishing touch.
This Chocolate Pot de Creme comes together with few and familiar ingredients and is not too labour intensive.
Which of these carb recipes will you be making on your next cheat day? Which ones were you not too crazy about? Let us know in the comments below!
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