Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Low-GI

Pasta-free Lasagne

Pasta-free Lasagne

I want to call this paleo lasagne, but the truth is that I cheated and put a little mozzarella cheese on the top. However – if you’re strong enough to forgo the cheese, then yes, this would be a paleo meal, which means free from dairy, grains, sugars…. etc. Personally, I believe that by adding a little cheese on top it makes the meal feel much more decadent than it actually is and it’s certainly not going to break the calorie bank like a regular lasagne would, because of course the calorie riches lie in the pasta and bechamel sauce …

Roast Butternut with Pistachio Pesto

Roast Butternut with Pistachio Pesto

Every once in a while I like to try out new side dishes, because let’s face it, grilled meat is a dietary no-brainer. With a nice piece of chicken, fish or lamb, sometimes just a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a nice hot pan is all you need. But it’s often the vegetable component of a meal that can end up making the nightly dinner seem lacklustre. I’m hoping to remedy that by sharing a few new things I’ve tried out lately, some flavoursome, exciting vegetable dishes that will brighten up the weekly repertoire.

Let’s begin with this delightful …

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

There was a time that I played cook in a cafe we used to own and run. It was called On a Roll. I didn’t like it much. The mornings were very early, usually before sunrise, and the work was repetitive, lots of shredding chicken, lettuce, tomatoes etc for the sandwich bar, roasting joints of beef, making muffins, bagels and pastries and breakfast fry-ups for early birds. I was only 21 at the time and our 2nd chef had just left, leaving us with a business to run but no one to staff the kitchen. I don’t know how or …

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 …

Spiced Root Vegetable Fritters

 

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I love the look of beetroot. I like the way the dirty root bulbs belie the firm, bloody flesh inside. Beetroots are another one of those vegetables that we don’t each much of but are packed with bioflavonoids and other fun things that we’re told is good for us. But aside from that, they taste good and this recipe is great way to get more of those unfashionable vegetables like parsnip and carrot into your diet in the most delicious way.

You can serve these fritters up with anything from cucumber raita, yoghurt dip, sweet chilli sauce or some …

Pease Porridge Hot

When I originally thought of posting a recipe for split pea and ham soup, I knew it was going to be problematic. Like dhal, pea and ham soup is not pretty, but worse, it’s not textured like dhal. In reality it’s one of the ugliest meals you’ll ever eat. I remember when my mum used to make it, she’d throw chunks of red kransky sausage in and it was like digging for treasure. It distracted us from noticing how this tasty soup looks in fact, like grey slop. So instead of showing you photos of this unattractive soup, I thought …

Pea Shoots and Paris

Pea Shoots and Paris

As you know I recently had a friend from Australia visit me here in the UK. She spent a few days in the area with her partner, but mostly came to spend time with me and the boys. We met when I was pregnant with KT and have been friends ever since – that’s coming on 10 years now. The last night of their stay, L and JJ came over for a home-made dinner. It was hard to know what to make, as I didn’t want to spend more time in the kitchen than necessary and they’d be gormandising in …

African Peanut Stew

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This is a recipe from the vegan cookbook Oh She Glows. Author of the Oh She Glows blog and book of the same name, Angela Liddon is a bit of hero for vegans and those looking to reduce the amount of meat in their diets without feeling as if they’re missing out. Her recipes can be counted on for full flavour and satisfaction, unlike that dreary vegetable soup that you whip up when you’re in need of something healthy. Consider this recipe a starting point, with its soft, mild tomato base infused with a hearty peanut flavour you can really …

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 …