Tag Archives: Low Carb

Flaxseed Crackers

15 Sep

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I love how simple these are to make and how delicious they are.   You can play around with the flavourings to suit your taste and for those of you who are not the biggest fan of flaxseed, spice it up!   They are delicious with dips as well as by themselves.   It’s made me want to reach for more dip recipes as this is a great cracker in texture and taste.    The great thing is that this is a wonderful way to get some glorious flaxseed into your diet.  Flax seed is high in fibre, antioxidants, magnesium, phosphorus,  and is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which is an excellent preventative for degenerative illnesses like heart disease, hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis.  A great low carb food too!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Zucchini Hummus

9 Sep
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Creamy, low carb hummus

I love hummus but was looking for a low carb alternative and just happened to have a bunch of zucchini in the fridge, so voila!  This is just so delicious!  Creamy, garlicky and lemony – yummy!  I ate it with a few flax seed crackers I had and enjoyed it so much that I immediately baked another batch of  flax seed crackers, as I wanted to eat more of the hummus.   The consistency is lighter than the traditional hummus and will not give you any bloating as there are no beans in it.  Much easier to digest too!  I served this with a garnish of parsley and a sprinkling of paprika.  Delicious!

The Chief Taster ate this with justo and even ate it with my flaxseed crackers without his usual moans about the taste of flaxseed.  I think I have found the perfect food disguise to get him to eat more flaxseed!  I am now thinking of having this in a cauliflower wrap for lunch today….nom nom!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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…

Blackberry, Lemon and Sour Cream Pound Cake (Coconut Flour)

14 Aug
Moist and delicious

Moist and delicious

I had some blackberries and sour cream left over in the fridge and thought that I could either (a) Eat them together in a bowl (b) Make a cake.   The Chief Taster’s choice won, so I decided that I would try a pound cake out of coconut flour and added some lemon to give the cake a bit more flavour.  It was delicious, moist and tasty.  You do not need a large piece (well, perhaps, depending upon how hungry you are!) as it is very filling.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Chicken with Lemon, Cumin and Mint Kebabs

7 Aug
Tasty Chicken

Tasty Chicken

I found this recipe on Epicurious and was intrigued by the unusual flavour combinations, but from my time in the Middle East, could see how this would work as these flavours are used in this region.  I changed the amount of oil and used a different chicken cut to the original recipe as the Chief Taster is a fussy man.   I grilled the chicken but this would be great on the bbq too.   This is also very easy to do and would make a great quick supper dish when you really can’t be bothered to cook but want something tasty.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Roasted Tomato Salad

4 Aug
Bright and vibrant!

Bright and vibrant!

 

Roasting tomatoes helps to concentrate their flavour, whilst the addition of balasmic vinegar enhances their sweetness.  Select the ripest and fresh tomatoes you can find.   This is a great salad dish served with some gluten free bread to mop up the juices, or as a side dish.     You could also puree this dish to use as a sauce over chicken, fish or veggies.  Or add some stock and call it a soup…be creative and get roasting!

Yummy, tell me more Diva!

Broad Bean Pate

26 Jul

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I love broad beans and this is a lovely, fresh tasting pate.  Broad beans are also know as fava beans which are often found in Middle Eastern dishes.  I like the green colour of this and food should be pretty to the eye, as well as delicious to the tongue.   There are many versions of broad bean hummus, but I found this one on http://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/ which used Zatar, a spice that is often used in the Middle East.  I moan about not getting a decent Zatar outside of the Middle East and have to settle for supermarket varieties – bah!   I used to have a jar in my kitchen from a Lebanese friend’s mother…best Zatar so far.   The search will always continue though!  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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