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Low-Carb Lemon & Turmeric Meatballs in Lettuce Cups, with a Creamy Tahini Sauce

You can add any spices and aromatics you fancy to these juicy no-carb meatballs. I’ve included two hefty teaspoons of turmeric (because scientists keep discovering the amazing health benefits of this interesting yellow root) plus lemon zest for zing, and the usual warming spices I love so much –  cumin, coriander and smoked paprika. These are quick and easy to make …

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Low-Carb Pea, Spinach and Parsley Soup with Bacon Bows

Sequinned with olive oil, swirled with cream and flourished with a bacon bow, this fresh-flavoured soup is quick to make and tastes as lovely as a spring morning. The bacon bow is twee, I admit, but I added it to my soup as a personal reminder a) to have fun with food and b) that a bit o’ bacon is …

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Low-Carb Mediterranean Chicken ‘Sandwich’

Glistening, jewel-bright Mediterranean ingredients form the filling for this ‘sandwich’ of flash-cooked chicken breasts. This is a lovely lunch if you’re on a low-carb regime or you’re diabetic. You can serve this as an ‘open’ sandwich, or place another griddled chicken breaston top (see picture, below) . I’ve featured many low-carb recipes on this blog, because I love this way of …

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Low-Carb Seared Tuna with a Burnt Tomato & Caper Dressing

This is an easy and interesting dish starring just a few beautiful ingredients – spanking-fresh tuna, olive oil, capers, baby herb leaves and Rosa tomatoes at the peak of their ripeness.  I’m going to ask you deliberately to burn your tomatoes to make the dressing, and please do so with confidence, as it is the sweet charred flavour of the …

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Low-Carb Recipes: 35 Scrumptious Dishes from South Africa

I’ve had a flurry of emails from readers since I featured three low-carbohydrate recipes on this blog in recent months, all from people who’ve been inspired by South African sports scientist Professor Tim Noakes’ recent conversion to a low-carb eating plan. My version of Indonesian Gado-Gado (recipe below) People on this regime seem to struggle most with finding interesting, satisfying vegetable …

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Low-Carb Pea and Pea Shoot Salad with Bacon & Eggs

Pea shoots, with their delicate tendrils and beautiful leaves, are often used by chefs to dolly up plates of food (often to no avail, I’m afraid) but they have a wonderful fresh-pea taste and deserve to be eaten on their own as a salad leaf. Low-Carb Pea and Pea Shoot Salad with Bacon & Eggs. Plate by David Walters They’re …

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Low-Carb Snacking: Cottage Cheese, Herb & Olive Oil Smothering Dip

Professor Tim Noakes, arguably South Africa’s most eminent and distinguished sports scientist, has recently made jaws drop (and ruffled some feathers) by entirely changing his mind about what sort of food we should be eating. In a nutshell, he’s come out as a fervent supporter of a regime low in refined carbohydrates, and high (oh, joy!) in fat and protein. …

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