Butternut Squash Colcannon

 

This is a homage to the Irish Colcannon. This version has been adjusted to suit a lower carb diet. I am therefore using Butternut Squash in place of creamy mashed potatoes.

Colcannon is a traditional Irish Potato dish whereby kale (or green cabbage) is mixed with buttery, creamy mashed potatoes.

I will be using Curly Kale and Spring Onions in my recipe. A perfect accompaniment to serve with couple of pork sausages, onions and garden peas. A very satisfying comfort plate of food.

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Pesto Chicken and Avocado Salad

Chicken and Avocado simply mixed with Pesto flavoured mayonnaise served with green salad leaves or spinach makes a satisfying lunch to eat in or take to work. Total net carbs per portion is 2 g.

I have used chicken thighs in my recipe as I find they are tastier and cheaper than breast meat, however you can easily replace with breasts if this is your preference without changing the net carbs.

Avocado is so good for you as they are a great source of vitamins including C, E and K and other nutrients including potassium, beta-carotene and Omega-3. They are very low in sugar content and high in fibre which is ideal for making you feel full for longer.

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Aubergine Ratatouille

Check out my simple Aubergine Ratatouille below.

Wonderful fresh flavours makes this a delightful vegetable dish to accompany any meal. You could even serve cold as part of your salad accompaniments.

I made this one without the traditional addition of courgettes, simply because I had an aubergine to use up and not a courgette in sight. In my recipe I note for you to peel the skin from the aubergine; this is because aubergine skin can be rather bitter. If you add courgettes, although I peel these myself, you could get away with not peeling. With the addition of courgettes, add before the aubergines as they take very slightly longer to cook. NOTE-only as long as it will take you to peel and cut the aubergine.

The dish is not particularly low in carbs (6 net carbs per portion), as both tomatoes and onions contain a fair amount, but serve it with a dish which is low in carbs, such as my Low Carb Chicken Kebabs and you still have a low carb meal.

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Low Carb Creamy Coleslaw

Every barbecue should be accompanied by a lovely fresh creamy coleslaw and there is nothing easier than making a bowl of this yourself for you, your family and guests to enjoy.

The supermarkets  have some wonderful coleslaws for sale, from the most basic to deluxe but it is so cheap, quick and easy to make your own, why wouldn’t you.

My recipe uses shop bought Mayonnaise. I wanted the recipe to demonstrate how quick it is to make homemade coleslaw so did not want to mess about making up mayonnaise.

Unless you like your coleslaw chunky, then I would recommend shredding the onion and cabbage as thinly as possible.

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Low Carb Barbecue Sauce

Summer has arrived and it’s time to BBQ! Time to try out this quick and easy homemade low carb barbecue sauce.

Why buy a Barbecue Sauce when it is just so simple to make and tastes so lovely and fresh? You will also know exactly what is in your sauce, no added sugar making this perfect for a low carb lifestyle. The recipe below makes 500 ml of sauce. Total recipe is only 26 net carbs.

This sauce can be used as a marinade, see my Barbecue Pork Recipe for further instruction.

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