Quinoa, black bean and corn salad

Quinoa, black bean and corn salad

Quinoa salad is a staple for summer BBQs at our house. This recipe makes a large bowl of quinoa salad that will see you through a couple of meals and makes great leftovers.Quinoa is a slowly digested carbohydrate that contains a complete protein, making it a good choice for vegetarians and people who don’t want…

Sautéed Savoy cabbage with Dijon mustard

Sautéed Savoy cabbage with Dijon mustard

Savoy cabbage is crinkled and beautiful and fun to look at. This recipe for savoy cabbage sautéed with wholegrain dijon mustard makes a spunky side dish and a nice break from the ordinary. Ingredients 1 small head savoy cabbage 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp rice vinegar 2 Tbsp Wholegrain Dijon mustard Directions Heat the butter…

Low carb cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice is a low-carb and low-calorie alternative to rice that is made from… cauliflower! Use cauliflower rice in your meals when you want the texture of rice but you don’t want the starch and calories that come with it. Cauliflower is one of the most versatile low-carb vegetables and can play a big part…

Low carb egg salad

Classic low carb egg salad

Egg salad doesn’t have to live in a sandwich! This classic low carb egg salad tastes great as a side dish, a salad topping, or wrapped up in lettuce leaves. Dijon mustard and smoked paprika give it an extra zing. Ingredients 8 eggs 1 stalk celery ½ red pepper ½ medium onion 4 Tbsp mayonnaise…

Sugar-free Szechuan green beans

Sugar-free Szechuan green beans

This is a simple version of Szechuan green beans that omits the sugar but keeps the taste. This recipe gets its heat from Sambal Oelek, a simple Asian chilli sauce made from ground chillies. It’s super-spicy, so use it sparingly, especially if you aren’t a fan of spicy food! You can find it in the…

Cauliflower Pureé

Mashed cauliflower (low carb version)

Use cauliflower instead of potatoes for this low-carb and low-calorie comfort food. Adjust this recipe to follow your favourite mashed potato recipe, or follow my suggestions below. (Just substitute puréed cauliflower for potatoes and you can’t go wrong.) You’ll need a hand blender or food processor to make the purée. (I use a baby food…

Virgin bloody Mary

Virgin bloody Mary

A virgin bloody Mary is a spicy sugar-free drink that is great at a summer BBQ or as a nice treat for a low-sugar diet. (Add a jigger of vodka to make the grown-up version, but be aware that alcohol adds carbs… and poor judgement.)Make sure to use tomato juice that doesn’t have any added…

Roasted asparagus

Roasted asparagus

Roasted asparagus is a great alternative to steamed asparagus, and it’s really easy to make. The roasting process brings out the flavours of the asparagus and crisps up the tips. It makes a tasty low-carb vegetable side dish. Ingredients 1 bunch asparagus (approximately 20 pieces) 1 Tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper Directions Preheat an…

Non-fat yogurt cheese

Nonfat Greek yogurt (yogurt cheese)

This thickened yogurt (Greek yogurt) is a tangy spread that you can use in place of sour cream or spreadable cream cheese (which often has added starchy thickeners). It’s great on toast, or use a dollop in soups and stews. Make sure to use a natural yogurt that doesn’t have any added starches or thickening…

Kale chips

Kale chips

Kale is ridiculously good for you, but it’s hard to cook it well. Boiled kale often turns out chewy and tough. Instead of boiling kale leaves, make kale chips and then see if you can stop eating them! Try kale chips instead of popcorn next time you sit down to a movie. Ingredients 1 bunch…

Sesame broccoli

Sesame broccoli

Dressing up broccoli with sesame and soy only takes a few minutes and makes it taste great. The secret is to toast your own sesame seeds – it’s fast and easy and they taste amazing. Ingredients 1 Tbsp raw sesame seeds 2 Tbsp sesame oil 2 Tbsp soy sauce 5-6 cups broccoli florettes Directions To…

Roasted Brussels sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts – you either love them or you hate them. But have you ever tried them roasted? We are addicted to these in our family. They are nothing like the boiled Brussels sprouts you’re used to – salty and slightly sweet, these are hard to stop eating. Ingredients 1 pound (454 g) Brussels sprouts…

Bacon Weave

Bacon weave

Yes, you read that right, this is a bacon weave. Let me explain. One night dreamt I was cooking bacon. In this dream, I had woven the bacon together and was curious to see if it would hold its shape as it cooked down, or if it would break apart into pieces. As I was cooking the…