Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Low Fat

Summer Greens Side

Summer Greens Side

As promised, I’ve team up with Jo Randell from Perfect Friday Wine to deliver another smashing wine and food combination, and this time it’s a perfect recipe to whip up as a side to some spectacular piece of grilled meat or fish, or as a simple lunch time treat.

Using the asparagus that’s now in season, courgette, spinach, leek and if you fancy some chevre, this summer side will liven up any dinner plate because there is no grains or potato present, this is also a very low GI and calorifically forgiving meal which goes decidedly well with Jo’s recommendation …

Green Lentil Dhal

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When you make and eat food like this, you realise why the western world is getting fatter and hungrier. Dhals are ugly, they’re really easy and cheap to make and they are nutritious and filling. Not much room for profit here is there? When you consider the holy trinity of sugar, fat and salt that keeps people craving more food, you realise that selling food is only profitable when your market is kept hungry. This is one of a thousand and one recipes that are possible with lentils and other split pulses (Dhal means ‘to split’ in Sanskrit), and this …

Healthy and Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

It gets harder to be enthusiastic about salads when the weather turns. Fresh, raw vegetables suddenly don’t seem as appetising or satisfying when there’s a chill in the air. But don’t let a craving for comfort food be an excuse not to eat healthy, nutritious food. This chicken soup is an old favourite from a very long time ago when I was in the kitchen at our cafe back in Sydney. This soup is creamy and tasty but not loaded with cream or butter. It is not particularly low in calories mainly due to the creamed corn which is a …

Tabouleh

When I make Maria Elia’s spiced chicken, I serve it with pita or naan, fresh from a kebab shop if I can, hummus – sometimes homemade, and tabouleh – always home made. I’ve never had good take-away tabouleh and I think it’s because it sits too long in the juices and becomes soggy. I posted this meal as a summer alternative to a roast and it’s become a firm favourite during any season, even with my youngest, fussiest eater. In that post, I promised to share Tess Mallos’ tabouleh recipe with you. It is by far the best recipe …

Ratatouille

Joël Robuchon believes that ratatouille is best when you cook each vegetable separately, so that ‘each will taste truly of itself’. While that theory might work wonders for a man who gets paid to cook rataouille, it doesn’t go down so well with the likes of busy people like me and most other working adults. While I’ll proudly admit that I’m never too busy to make good food, I will generally find the easiest way to achieve the best results. For example, I’ve been baking chocolate babka for weeks now – think of it like the Women’s Weekly test kitchen …

Baked Chicken and Lentils

With such simple ingredients and so many lentils, I suspected this recipe would be a little bland. But I am pleased to announced that it was not in the slightest bit. The aroma of thyme, wine and garlic coming from the oven was heavenly and the taste was hearty and flavoursome without being at all challenging – perfect comfort food. I love one-pan-wonders. And for those who care, it is very low GI with no starchy carbs just the good fibre and protein from the lentils and chicken and very filling.

This recipe says to stir in the spinach and …

Talking about tomatoes…

OK, so we’ve established that when I’m anxious I blog. Today is no exception. I have just found out that my troubles with schooling is not over. Earlier this year, when we moved, I had to fight to get my kids into my local school. Fortunately I won, but it was an extremely stressful time for us. Apparently I have to apply for KT to attend the school affiliated with his current one.

Dear England,

Your school system is rubbish and you stress me out.

Sincerely,

Anxious, E. Ter

So I’ve been thinking about tomatoes. They don’t always HAVE to …

Creamy Lentils and Spinach

This recipe appears as the topping on puff pastry galettes in Ottolenghi‘s recipe book. But as you can guess, I’m always looking for ways to cut out the calories and keep in the flavour. I think I have succeeded here because this dish is spectacular without the galettes. The creaminess of the Greek Yoghurt (full fat is always best for taste and health!) makes this dish taste decadent and the delicate spices are great for those trying lentils for the first time.

When we cut potatoes, rice, pasta and grains in general out of our meals, I went on …

Salmon, asparagus and the fruits of laziness

Just showing off what we ate for dinner tonight really. It worked out better than I had planned, or rather didn’t plan. I have been salivating over the cover of the latest Sainsbury’s Magazine which shows a delicious looking meal of some salmon and asparagus. I’m so lazy that I haven’t been bothered to pick up the actual magazine to look a little closer or even glance at the recipe and so cheap that I won’t spend £1.60 on it. And so it came as no surprise to me that I had these grand plans of making ‘that recipe’ and …

Paleo Chicken Salad

A while ago I posted a recipe I love. It’s an Asian flavoured chicken and noodle salad. I want to re-post this recipe, but without the noodles, to show how easy it is to remove the grain component of a recipe, without losing flavour or appeal.

We eat a huge bowlful of this salad for dinner in summer and find it to be filing and just as delicious. What I do is just add bucket loads of baby spinach leaves and double the vegetables. I have done that for you here. I know it looks like a lot of food, …