Posted 26 May 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Cantaloupe, Ginger, Healthy, Melon, Mint, Soup | Categories: Recipes | Leave a Comment
Cantaloupe and ginger soup. This is a bit out of my comfort zone. I’ve never made cold soup before (not sure that I’ve even ever eaten it) and I really wasn’t sure about soup made from fruit. There was a cantaloupe melon in the fruit basket, getting very soft, and for some reason “cantaloupe soup” popped into my head. I knew google wouldn’t let me down and it turns out that there are lots of recipes. This is adapted from a few that I came across.
I was somewhat dubious about how this turned out, but it was fresh and delicious. Sweet, but not too sweet to serve as a starter at dinner. It would also be good as a light summer lunch.
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Posted 19 April 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Chickpeas, Cumin, Healthy, Spicy | Categories: Recipes, Side dishes, Treats | Leave a Comment
This recipe for spicy roasted chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) is so easy and is a fantastic nutritious alternative to other savoury snacks. You only need a tin of chickpeas, a little oil and whatever seasonings you want to add. Chickpeas are high in fibre, low in fat and a good source of nutrients like vitamin B6 and iron. Once roasted to delicious crunchiness, they’re also very moreish! You can adjust all the seasoning amounts to suit your taste.
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Posted 17 April 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Ainsley, Coriander, Couscous, Cumin, Healthy, Spicy, Vegetarian | Categories: Dinner, Recipes, Side dishes | Leave a Comment
Couscous is such a great alternative side dish to the usual pasta/rice/potatoes. This recipe for Spicy Casablanca Couscous comes from Ainsley Harriott’s Low Fat Meals in Minutes. I discovered it last year when I was looking for lower-calorie recipes, and it works so well that it’s become a regular feature on the weekly menu. The cumin and coriander work really well together and you can dial the hotness up or down by adjusting the amount of chillies you use. (You could obviously substitute dried chillies or cayenne, or omit them altogether.)
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Posted 14 February 2012 by Debbie
Tagged As: Garlic, Healthy, Italian, Linguine, Pasta, Prawn, Spinach | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | Leave a Comment
In a recent search for healthier recipes, I came across Italian chef Gino D’Acampo’s book The I Diet (“The Italian Diet”). The recipes look pretty good, some low-calorie, some not so much, but all based around tasty and nutritious Mediterranean ingredients. This is a recipe for linguine (or any long pasta) with garlic, prawns and spinach (aka linguine con gamberi e spinaci). As much as I resist the thought of pasta without some kind of cheese, this was actually very tasty, filling and comes in at 449 calories a portion.
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Posted 5 February 2012 by Debbie
Tagged As: Ainsley, Chicken, Coriander, Gluten free, Healthy, Lemon | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | Leave a Comment
This recipe for lemon, garlic and coriander chicken is the first of a few healthy recipes that I’ll be sharing from Ainsley Harriott’s Low Fat Meals in Minutes. The recipe uses ground coriander as well as a small amount of fresh coriander (aka cilantro), but they are both easily substituted with spices/herbs of your choice. 🙂 The lemon chicken is really delicious, and according to the book works out at just 195 calories a portion (plus whatever you decide to serve it with). Good for all of you trying to eat healthily, it’s low-calorie and low-fat because the chicken is marinated mostly in lemon juice.
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Posted 12 January 2011 by Debbie
Tagged As: Gluten free, Healthy, Jamie Oliver, Leek, Potato, Soup, Vegetable, Vegetarian | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | 4 Comments
Apparently January is national soup month (in the US presumably, but never mind…) It’s great because everyone’s trying to eat a bit more healthily but it’s still so cold (for us Northern hemisphere types) that we want something hot, nourishing and comforting. Soup is perfect. Since I had such success with Jamie Oliver’s turkey and leek pie, I decided to try his recipe for leek and potato soup. It makes quite a brothy or country-style soup, which tastes absolutely delicious. Ideal for lunch or a light supper, with some nice bread.
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Posted 11 January 2011 by Debbie
Tagged As: Chickpea, Gluten free, Healthy, Hummus, Lemon, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian | Categories: Recipes, Side dishes | Leave a Comment
I suppose it’s the time of year when we all start trying to eat a little more healthily, whether as part of a new year’s resolution, or just to offset some of the damage done during the Christmas period. I am on the lookout for healthy recipes, not always my favourite thing!
So, I have my homemade pita bread, what else do I need? A little homemade (lemon) hummus, that’s what. Or houmous. Or, to give it its full title, ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna (it means literally “chickpeas with tahini”). There are thousands of recipes for hummus out there and it’s hard to find a “definitive” one. As long as you have chickpeas and tahini in there, I think you’re ok. Speaking of which, I learned today that if you have a jar of tahini on the shelf for a long time, it goes kind of… hard. A bit tricky to work with. It needed some elbow grease to get it into a spoonable texture.
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