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Monday 31 December 2018

Recipe Choices For Hot Climates & Cooler Ones : Moderate Low Carb

Summer Salad … it's epic!
Perfect for BBQs and buffets, this is an assembly job of gorgeous ingredients – no cooking required.
 You may like to serve it with lamb kebabs !

Serves Six
400g black beans, drained
2 large handfuls baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
500g heritage tomatoes, chopped into large chunks
½ cucumber, halved lengthways, seeds scooped out and sliced on an angle
1 mango, peeled and chopped into chunks
1 large red onion, halved and finely sliced
6-8 radishes, sliced
2 avocados, peeled and sliced
100g feta, crumbled
handful of herbs (reserved from the dressing)
For the dressing
large bunch mint
small bunch coriander
small bunch basil
1 fat green chilli, deseeded and chopped
1 small garlic clove
100ml extra virgin olive oil
2 limes, zested and juiced
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
2 tsp honey

1. Make the dressing by blending all of the ingredients in a food processor (or very finely chop them), saving a few herb leaves for the salad. You can make the dressing up to 24 hrs before serving.
2. Scatter the beans and spinach over a large platter. Arrange the tomatoes, cucumber, mango, onion and radishes on top and gently toss together with your hands. Top the salad with the avocados, feta and herbs, and serve the dressing on the side.
Nutrition: Per serving

fat 30g carbs 18g protein 8g
From an original idea here

Goulash Soup : Perfect for a Winter's Day
This low-carb take on a traditional Hungarian dish
Goulash, is a warming soup with a rich taste of tomatoes, red bell peppers and caraway.
A great ground (minced) lamb dish that is easy and quick to make!

Here is what you need to serve six:
(12g carb per serving)
1 yellow/white onion
2 garlic cloves
½ lb / 225 g root celery or rutabaga/swede
1 red bell pepper
1 lb / 450 g ground (minced) lamb or ground beef
4¼ oz. / 120 g butter or olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
½ tablespoon crushed caraway seeds
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
14 oz. / 400 g crushed tomatoes
2½ – 3 cups / 600 – 700 ml water
1½ teaspoons red wine vinegar
For serving:
1 cup / 240 ml sour cream or mayonnaise
fresh parsley, for garnish
This soup is best with lamb, which has more flavour than beef, but you can use any ground (minced) meat you like. Why not try ground chicken or turkey for a milder taste. You can also make the soup a day ahead before enjoying it, almost all soups taste their best after a day or two!

Please see recipe and full instructions here

A variety of recipe ideas are within this blog. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...that salad makes my look forward to summer!

Valerie-Jael said...

Both suggestions are great. I've got veggie stew today. Valerie

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


I'm salivating for an antipasto now

mxtodis123 said...

Goulash soup. Sounds interesting. Definitely going to try it.

JFM said...

Both look delicious Jan!
Happy 2019 to you and your loved ones~

Catarina said...

For me... that salad is good all year round. My favourite. As for the goulash soup, I like it a lot but I am not good at preparing it.

Christine said...

Lovely dishes!

Mary Kirkland said...

I eat a lot of salad and that sounds like a good one.

Maria Rodrigues said...

Hmmm! what a delicious look.
Jan, to you and your family I wish a Happy New Year !!!
May it be a year of many victories, fulfilled dreams, happiness, love and health.
Many greetings and a big hug
Maria de
Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

Miss Val's Creations said...

This salad sounds amazing! We are going to start growing veggies and herbs in our new yard this year so will be looking forward to a great variety of salads. Happy New Year!

Jo said...

We definitely need the soup here today, it's turning cold again.

DUTA said...

Veggies in raw form are excellent for digestion; with the addition of protein from cheese, lamb, avocado to the salad - they also wonderfully calm our hunger.

William Kendall said...

The soup looks good!

Happy New Year!

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you. Grapes are also nice in a salad (though I don't know how they fit with the low-carb lifestyle.

Lorrie said...

That goulash soup looks like a perfect choice for cold winter days. Yum!

Bill said...

I could enjoy the summer salad anytime of the year. Happy 2019 to you and your family.

Snowbird said...

Such a colourful salad! All the best to you and yours for

Teresa said...

Feliz nochevieja.

Ela said...

Oh, that soup looks so tasty !!!
Happy New Year !!

Martha said...

Both sounds great! Happy New Year!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I could eat that entire salad right now!! Happy New Year to you and Eddie. I hope you have a healthy, safe, and joyful new year and the beginning of 2019, too.

Carol Blackburn said...

Great-looking salad, and I love them all year long. Thanks!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Two great recipes, that salad looks amazing

carol l mckenna said...

Both recipes sound so healthy and delicious!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Magic Love Crow said...

Thank you Jan!!! Great yummies!! Big Hugs!

Debbie said...

i LOVE summer salads...when everything at the market is so fresh and vibrant!! the dressing for this sounds amazing!!!