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Low-Carb Mediterranean ‘Pasta’ Salad, but with Calamari

A bright mixture of tender calamari rings, olives, tomatoes, capers, feta, baby marrows and frizzled chorizo bits, in a punchy garlic & lemon dressing. I’ve invented this recipe to quell my longings for my favourite pasta salad, because after almost a year on a punishing low-carb regime, I still find myself battling cravings for carbohydrates. Low-Carb Mediterranean ‘Pasta’ Salad, but …

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Low-Carb Swedish-Style Meatballs in a Creamy Lemon Sauce

Low-Carb Swedish-Style Meatballs in a CreamyLemon Sauce, with Cauliflower Mash. These juicy meatballs are mouthwateringly good, and I hope you’ll give my new recipe a try.  I adore meatballs, and in this recipe I’ve eliminated all starch to make this recipe suitable for diabetics and anyone else on a low-carb, #LCHF or Banting regime. The lemony cream sauce cloaking these …

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Low-Carb Chicken Breasts in a Butter, Basil & Tomato Cream Sauce

This delicate dish, with its tiny sequins of butter, is quick to make, but it does involve some faffery in the tomato-peeling department. It’s worth the effort, though – the dabs of fresh tomato and basil shreds add freshness to the sauce, which is scandalously creamy and buttery, containing as it does those two luscious ingredients so allowed on a …

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Low-Carb Double Cauliflower Cheese

I love cheesy cauliflower cloaked in bubbling white sauce, but not a morsel has passed my lips since I started my low-carb regime last year. Then it occurred to me  – why not make a ‘white sauce’ from puréed cauliflower? I did, and that’s why I’ve called this new recipe Double Cauliflower Cheese.  It’s also doubly cheesy, with a topping …

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Low-Carb Griddled Chicken Breasts with Romesco-Style Sauce

There are many variations of this flavour-packed Catalan sauce, and here is mine.  Being a low-carb recipe, it contains none of the fried breadcrumbs sometimes added to romesco sauces.  If you’re on a low-carb, #LCHF or diabetic diet, I don’t think you’ll miss the crumbs at all, because the toasted hazelnuts and almonds add lovely crunch, while the fiercely roasted …

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Low-Carb Griddled Baby Butternut with Chorizo, Feta & a Lemon Dressing

This beautiful black plate is the work of my uncle, master potterDavid Walters of Franschhoek. The shiny black slick of glaze across the plate is designed to stop your fork from grating. I seldom see these beautiful baby vegetables in the shops, and when I do spy them, I grab a few punnets and race home to cook them. They’re similar to courgettes [zucchini] but …

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Low-Carb Double-Bacon Cheese & Herb Mini Quiches

I have called these cheesy puffs ‘Double-Bacon’ quiches because they contain two doses of what is arguably the world’s most delicious ingredient. There are crisp bacon bits on the inside, and more strips to line the muffin pans. If you’re a vegetarian, or don’t eat bacon for whatever reason, you can use fine courgette ‘leaves’ as a casing for these …

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Quick Low-Carb Gammon Steak with Tender-Stem Broccoli, Garlic & Cream

I’m excited to share this recipe with you because it’s so quick and surprisingly delicious. It takes about eight minutes to cook from start to finish, and I eat it at least three times a week because I’m smitten by Woolies’ tender-stem broccoli, which has become one of the mainstays of my low-carb regime. Quick Low-Carb Gammon Steak with Tender-Stem …

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Creamy Low-Carb Cauliflower-Cheese Soup with Lemon Butter & Bacon

A quick yet deep-flavoured soup with a whisper of nutmeg, a luxurious topping of crisped bacon and swirls of lemony butter. This is a new low-carb version of my 2009 recipe for Cauliflower-Cheese Soup: because I’ve given up on carbs it contains not a speck of flour, not a cube of potato, nor any similar starchy thickening agent.  This is gluten-free, diabetic-friendly, and …

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Two Scrumptious Low-Carb Cheese, Nut & Herb Pestos

Feta, Blue Cheese, Herb & Toasted-Walnut Pesto with Griddled Courgettes (recipe below).  One of the things I miss most on my low-carb regime is glorious garlicky hummous.  Although hummous has a relatively low glycaemic-index ranking and load – depending on how much tahini it includes – it is still fairly packed with carbohydrates, so I avoid it these days. Over the …

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