Category: Special Diets

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Healthy white egg vegetable ricotta flan

This is Antida‘s recipe in her quest to promote healthy eating for the new year.   All you need is: 6 egg whites 125g ricotta 150g grilled vegetables salt and pepper pinch of dried herbs Place the egg whites and ricotta in a bowl. Break down the ricotta using a fork and mix with the egg whites.  Add the salt and pepper. Spray an … Read More Healthy white egg vegetable ricotta flan

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Chocolate Beetroot Cake – no processed sugar, no butter or oils

Cakes should be fluffy and light. The bulk of processed sugar and the flavour and consistency of butter is often needed to achieve the right consistency in cakes. The big secret to achieving that light and fluffy texture is not to overmix. You will not need any electric mixers or gadgets. Simply sift the flour twice and dry ingredients into a large bowl and … Read More Chocolate Beetroot Cake – no processed sugar, no butter or oils

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Quick Scottish Lentil Soup – 2020 is for more plant based food

I crave for this soup, even during the hot summers.  In the winter I make it almost every week. It is so quick to prepare, economical, no blender, no chopping and you end up with a satiny textured purée – perfection for the month of January. My Scottish mother-in-law was never too fond of cooking but she made this soup when I went to … Read More Quick Scottish Lentil Soup – 2020 is for more plant based food

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Healthier Christmas Cake with Olive Oil

Gluten-free, lactose-free and reduced sugar diets are hot topics these days.

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What’s in season in late October?

Just checking out the fresh produce that seasonal this month, whats new in the market and the best  budget buys on the islands. It is important when we use fruit and vegetables in recipes to use it fresh.  It makes a difference in the taste.  So best to buy small quantities and more often and this also avoids waste. The budget buy this week … Read More What’s in season in late October?

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Kefir as a frozen dessert – and this one is lactose free

Kefir is an Eastern European ingredient that I fell in love with as soon as I started seeing it on the shelves of the Bulgarian and Polish specialist shops and Russian deli a few years ago. It is an ancient ingredient and has been used for over 2000 years.  The taste is tangy and fermented and it is a stronger version of a drinkable … Read More Kefir as a frozen dessert – and this one is lactose free

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Green Lentil, Parsley and Lime Soup with Soft Gozitan Gibna

Green lentils keep their texture and have a richer flavour than the orange variety.  For this soup I use a hand held blender [pulse setting] to puree the soup lightly and the final result has a mix of whole green and pureed lentils. It is very quick to prepare, no chopping and served with a Gozitan fresh goat’s milk gibna, it makes a very … Read More Green Lentil, Parsley and Lime Soup with Soft Gozitan Gibna

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Healthy Feta and Quinoa Salad

This is the type of salad that you can make for supper and take the rest for an amazingly nutritious and delicious lunch-at-work.  It is one of those wholesome salads that are substantial enough for the autumn and winter months. For this salad you will need: 1 cup quinoa, cooked 200g sweetcorn 150g cherry tomatoes, cut up 1 avocado, cut up 150g feta cheese, … Read More Healthy Feta and Quinoa Salad

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Kapunata with Prickly Pear Paddles

The paddles of prickly pears are a common ingredient in Mexico and are sold in the vegetable section of supermarkets with spindles removed. Although prickly pear trees are all over the island, the paddles have not made their way to the supermarkets yet, nor to our kitchens.  I encourage you to try them out and they are best when the fruit is in season. … Read More Kapunata with Prickly Pear Paddles

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The language of food – Prickly Pear Paddles

The language of food can vary even in two islands that are just over 20 km away from each other.  😉 Saute of Prickly Pear Paddles

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Calorie Counter #1

I am not an advocate for calorie counting however it is a good exercise, at least once in a while, to remind oneself to reduce portions.  I could easily eat double the amount of smoked salmon here but the calories of this ‘meal’  are just about enough for a light lunch.     I use cottage cheese by Milk available at Quality Foods Marketing … Read More Calorie Counter #1

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Pork and Mushroom Red Coconut Curry with Quinoa

Serving quinoa with red curry makes it like a totally different dish.  This is a mild curry.  This dish can never go wrong as long as you use a good curry paste.  I prefer to use the large meatier mushrooms, cut into chunks rather than sliced so that they do not completely disintegrate. The dish improves if it is prepared the day before and … Read More Pork and Mushroom Red Coconut Curry with Quinoa