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Category: Special Diets

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Baked baby zucchini stuffed with ricotta [6 ingredients, gluten free]

I use small Zucchini [Qarabali/marrows], round mini ones that I harvested this week. Here is the shrub and we ate these vegetables literally within a couple of hours from when they were harvested. You cannot get much fresher than that !

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5 ingredient Baked Sweet Potato and Tuna Patties [diabetic friendly, gluten free, lactose free]

I wanted to start the year on a healthy note. I also decided to publish recipes that only use common and economical ingredients, and that also use as few ingredients as possible.

New year is for new beginnings and if making more healthy choices is one of your resolutions this month, then these patties are the answer for a quick, healthy meal or even to take to work with you.

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Quick weekend baking: Orange Ginger Muffins

‘the idea of using the oranges that are still abundant and ginger makes these muffins sound so healthy with all that Vitamin C and healing properties of ginger.

A very quick, all-in-one method, these muffins can be prepared and baked in 20 minutes from start to finish. I used a mix of grated fresh ginger, ginger powder and crystallized ginger which resulted in the most rounded ginger flavor laced with orange and drizzled with melted dark sugar-free chocolate and more crystallized ginger pieces. These are the best muffins for a cold January, the ginger will give you instant warmth’.

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Another 6 ingredient Soup of Zucchini, ginger and coconut [gluten free, diabetic friendly, vegan]

Things start getting back to normal after the celebrations and I like the routine of normality. The weather forecast is very cold for this weekend and this is another quick soup made with fresh and ordinary ingredients found in the kitchen cupboard and making a great big pot provides a healthy snack any time of the day for a cosy weekend indoors.

The flavour of ginger with the zucchini is just wow, and the addition of that bit of coconut milk. Key is to use fresh vegetables – it makes a difference.

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6 ingredient all-in-one Butternut Squash Coconut Soup [gluten free, diabetic friendly, vegan]

Fresh food that is simple, quick and homemade is always best. This is the perfect winter warmer. It is economical quick to prepare as you can literally make it in 30 minutes.

I find that peeling the butternut squash is probably what puts most people off. With this soup you can literally use all the vegetable, skin included.

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Healthier Maltese Style Christmas Log

The Maltese Christmas log is an unbelievably easy to make. It is a no-bake, fuss-free quick recipe and it will always taste wonderful as long as you use a good quality chocolate to coat it. It is usually made with condensed milk.

I think every can relax and enjoy their favourite sweets at Christmas but for a healthier, vegan, no added processed sugar version, try this recipe !

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Gluten Free Christmas Cake

‘This cake has no added refined sugar and I use ground almonds instead of flour. I love the taste and texture. If you prefer it sweeter add some stevia.

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Christmas is coming! Carrot, Oat and Chocolate Bars

‘I like making my own energy bars as i know exactly what has gone into them. This is a quick recipe and the result is amazing. Once they are set, preferably the day after they are made, I cut them up into bars or squares, pack them individually and freeze them’

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Kale, Feta, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad

‘Antida’s healthy salad with raw kale is so inviting and totally delicious. She added sprouting wheatgrass and topped it with pecans.’

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Pippa’s Gluten Free Apple Almond Pudding

‘Pippa’s apple pie can be made so very quickly without the use of any kitchen appliances, simply mixed by hand. It is gluten free and Pippa grids whole blanched almonds for absolute freshness… and when its ready, the smell, the taste – just divine. If you are in a mood for an extra treat, Pippa suggests topping with fresh cream’

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Sprouting Lentil Salad

the fresh taste of sprouting seeds added to any salad not only adds nutritional value but adds to the taste and texture and makes it even more visually attractive. This is a salad bursting with goodness and I particularly liked the lentil sprouting seeds from Antida and added them to a salad with daikon, mushrooms, carrots and baby spinach

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Quick Greek Yogurt Pots with Raspberries and Pomegranate [low fat, reduced sugar, diabetic friendly]

‘There is no reason that this dessert cannot be called a ‘recipe’ because it so incredibly simple and just a matter of throwing some simple ingredients together. What makes a difference is to use a good Greek yoghurt and with pomegranates being in season locally, I chose a pomegranate and raspberry flavour’