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Ricotta and Cauliflower Gnocchi

31 Aug

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This is another amazing recipe I found on Maria Mind Body and Health Site.   I had some ricotta and cauliflower in the fridge and was wondering what to do with it when I came across her great recipe for gnocchi.  It was delicious but I added more flavouring to them as I found the first batch in need of little “something”.  I served mine with a marina sauce but think that these would also be delicious with a buttery sage sauce.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Grilled Vegetable and Goats Cheese Terrine

18 Aug
Colourful layers of vegetables

Colourful layers of vegetables

 

This is now my 500th post!  I cannot believe how many recipes have been tried, tested and posted in my three years of blogging.   I put the question out on Facebook as to what should I do for my 500th post and a reader asked for a grilled starter.  So, here it is and thank you, Tawnya for the challenge!  I loved the range of colours in this and the taste was lovely.  The Chief Taster was initially hesitant with me serving this cold but enjoyed it with relish and declared that the flavours “were balanced”.  He had seconds.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Almond Meal Pulp and Zucchini Falafels

9 May

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I like to make my own almond milk as that way I know that there has been nothing unnatural sneaked it but it hurts me to throw away the left over almond meal.   I tried to make a cracker with it which did not work out well.   I would rather lick the conveyor belt at the supermarket then eat those again (not every recipe is a success!).  Finally,  I made a lovely savoury dish from the almond meal so it’s not gone to waste.  I am also missing a decent falafel since moving away from the Middle East, and this was a half decent substitute (you still cannot beat the real thing).  More importantly for me, it is a great low carb version of falafel.  Perfect with a cauliflower wrap and salad.  It works out to be about 3 net carbs per falafel.  Nom nom!

The added zucchini gives the falafel the moistness you normally get from the chickpeas when you are making the traditional version with chickpeas.  As ever, it’s a great way to sneak vegetables into a dish!  More importantly, a tasty way to use up the almond meal from home made almond milk!  I’m still unsure how to categorize these, a vegetarian side dish, main or a snack?   I eat them in all three categories!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cauliflower Rice Risotto

22 Apr

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If you want an alternative to the heavy, carb loaded rice risotto then once again cauliflower is your friend!  What’s even better is that it does not take long too cook, opposed to the traditional rice risotto, and you are not standing stirring and stirring!  I sometimes cook this when I need dinner quick as it is simple and easy to make.   This recipe has spinach in it which is entirely optional.  You could add any other veggies or even meat to this dish to make it your own.  Or just have it simple with cauliflower and cheese.

Rather than grate the cauliflower in a food processor, I use a grater, purely as it gives larger chunks of cauliflower which gives it a more “rice risotto” appearance.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Pea and Mint Frittata

18 Mar

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When I told the Chief Taster that he was having a pea frittata for lunch he did not display any enthusiasm and went off muttering.  Lunch time came and after the first mouthful he tucked in with relish.   This is now on his list of favourites and pops up when I ask him what he would like to have for lunch.    It’s light  in taste, bright and colourful to look at and easy to make.   I now make sure I have frozen peas in the freezer so this can be whipped up on request. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cherry Tomato Stuffed Avocado

23 Jan

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I love avocados and this made a wonderful lunch for me, but you could serve this as a starter too.    It looks pretty on a plate and is just so simple to put together.  I love the bright colours and it almost looked too good to eat.    It tastes fresh  and light but will be fairly filling because of the nutrient density of the avocado.   Avocados are one of the best foods you can eat, packed with nutrients, healthy fats  and heart-healthy compounds.   Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Roasted Pumpkin and Broccoli with Feta

11 Jan
Delicious pumpkin and broccoli

Delicious pumpkin and broccoli

I initially made this as a main dish but I think this would be lovely as a side dish too.   Once we finished our bowls we both said we wanted more.   The saltiness of the feta combined with the sweetness of the pumpkin with the uplift of the chilli was just devine.  And roasted broccoli!   That was a revelation and a lovely surprise.  The dish looked pretty and good enough to eat, and we did it justice! Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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