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…

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…

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…

Edamame salad with sesame

Sesame edamame salad

This simple edamame salad combines soy beans with freshly-toasted sesame seeds and crunchy grated carrots, creating a salad that’s a hit at any summer barbecue or pot luck. The secret ingredient in this salad is freshly toasted sesame seeds — toasting raw sesame seeds brings out their natural oils and you end up with an aromatic and fresh result that…

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…

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…

Sugar-free slow cooker steel-cut oatmeal

Slow cooker apple cinnamon oatmeal

Assemble this oatmeal recipe before bed and wake up to the smell of cinnamon wafting through the house. You need to use a slow-cooker for this recipe and hunt down steel-cut oats, but it’s worth the trouble. Steel-cut oats are the original oat groat that is sliced into several pieces instead of rolled. They aren’t…

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…

Curried lentils and brown rice

Curried Lentils and Rice

This curried brown rice and lentil recipe is a whole-grain, low-fat, vegetarian dish. Try some yogurt cheese as a garnish – the cool tanginess of the yogurt goes well with the spicy curry flavour. This dish keeps well in the fridge and makes for lots of leftovers. However, the rice will continue to soak up water…

Sprouted bean and kale soup

Sprouted bean and kale soup

This light summer soup uses dried sprouted beans instead of regular beans. Sprouted beans have more amino acids, vitamins and minerals than regular beans, and they cook up really quickly – there is no need to presoak them before boiling. I used TruRoots organic sprouted bean trio. If you don’t have sprouted beans, you can…