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Roasted Cauliflower

Roast Cauliflower with Spices

Roast Cauliflower with Spices can be served as a vegetable, a salad or a light meal. It is suitable for many diets including: Low Calorie, Paleo and Vegan. Roasting cauliflower sweetens it; and the addition of spices makes a tasty ‘combo’ and a good variation on the traditional cauliflower cheese. Cauliflower and peanuts pair well […]

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Zambia

Slice, Dice and Chop

Here in Zambia, it is the end of winter. It is warm (except in the early morning) and pretty much insect-free. Ideal for growing most vegetables (provided one has ready access to water as it is also the dry season). With the aid of ‘just right’ sunshine, plenty of water (we live right by the […]

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Green Beans with Mirin

Green Beans with Mirin

Lightly steamed Green Beans served with a Japanese style dressing is very simple and tasty and suitable for numerous diets. Serve it either warm or cold. Make this vegetable the basis of a nutritious, light vegan meal. Add more seeds or replace with nuts to provide adequate protein; and serve it with steamed brown or […]

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Pineapple and Corn Salad

Pineapple and Corn Salad

The sweet and savoury flavours of Pineapple and Corn Salad provide a meal in one that is suitable for most diets including Diabetic, Gluten Free, and Vegan. This is a combination of ingredients, pineapple and corn, that, until living in a tropical climate, I had not enjoyed to their fullest. Combining them seemed a good […]

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Roast Parsnip and Bean

Roast Parsnip and Beans

Roasted parsnips are sweet and with beans make a tasty light meal or winter salad. This dish is suitable for most diets including Diabetic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Nut Free and Vegan. One of my favourite winter vegetables has always been roasted parsnip. And this recipe is suitable for any root vegetable, which […]

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Grilled Aubergine

Grilled Aubergine

Grill aubergine (eggplant) to serve with a wide choice of ingredients to suit various meals types and diets. ‘Grilled’ Aubergine, widely featured on menus in the Mediterranean, refers to numerous cooking methods. It is frequently fried, resulting in the aubergine absorbing a large quantity of fat. The fat content of this dish can be minimised […]

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Roast Carrot Salad

Roast Carrot Salad

A salad for all seasons, bringing great flavour and colour to the table. This is the simplest of salads, being particularly useful when it is winter and you are cooking seasonally. It is also ideal for those occasions when you have minimal vegetables to select from when making a couple of salads. It was for […]

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Roasted Quince - Savoury

Roast Quince – Savoury

Roast Quince, rich and sweet, can accompany any grill, roast, curry or salad selection. It is suitable for many diets including: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan. In recent years I have become more interested in combining sweet and savoury. The contrasts enhance the inherent flavour of each and I find it reduces my […]

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Mediteranean-Bean-Salad

Mediterranean Bean Salad

Mediterranean Bean Salad is a combination of legumes and summer vegetables; delicious as a light meal or as one of a selection of salads. The vegetables I have recommended for this salad are a guide only; any number of summer vegetables can be included. Try adding celery, green beans or a little tomato. Fava beans, […]

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Spiced Potatoes and Peas

Spiced Potatoes and Peas

A spicy variation on potato salad, inspired with Indian flavours, to accompany a meal. I am very keen on Indian food, a fondness which has grown during my years living in London where many of the ‘curry houses’ are of exceptionally high quality. I am therefore including many variations on Indian recipes on this site. […]

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Cauliflower with Peanuts

Cauliflower with Peanuts

Roasted Cauliflower and Peanut is a nutritious salad that is suitable for most diets including Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, and Vegan. Cauliflower is available for much of the year, making it a very versatile ingredient. The roasting of the cauliflower makes it more digestible and sweeter, and is an interesting variation on many of […]

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Vegetable-Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biriyani is scented rice to which vegetables, beans and nuts are added. (Seafood, chicken and mutton are ingredients regularly added to a biryani.) It is traditionally served at an elegant meal, at festival time, in combination with many other dishes. However, it is a tasty and nutritious meal in its own right, with a […]

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Quinoa Citrus and Herbs

Quinoa, Citrus and Herbs

A multitude of flavours and colours for this salad of grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and herbs. I have used quinoa, a high protein, Gluten Free grain; but there are many other wholegrains that are suitable in this recipe. For a Fodmap and Gluten Free-friendly salad try bulgur wheat, millet or wild rice. Many of the […]

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Grilled Chicory Salad

Chicory Salad

A cooked winter salad. A crowd-stopper of vibrant red, white and green. Winter salads can be bright and light. Here, the leaves of chicory, which has a slightly bitter taste, are combined with the sweeter gem lettuce. Grilling these greens both changes the flavour and challenges the concept of how to present lettuce. Adding a […]

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Brussels Sprouts, Citrus

Brussels Sprouts, Citrus

A colourful and interesting winter salad combining Brussels sprouts with the flavours of Middle Eastern cooking. Sprouts often have a slightly bitter flavour and this combination of sweet and fresh, fruit and herbs will encourage most people to try what may not be their ‘favourite vegetable’. I was never very keen on sprouts but, since […]

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Festival Salad

This is a salad to enjoy as a light, healthy meal utilising ingredients remaining from a roast or festive meal. As the name suggests, this is the salad of ‘abundance’…otherwise known as the salad of leftovers! In our enthusiasm for a happy time we so often over-cater. How to use cold, cooked vegetables can be […]

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Beetroot, Carrot and Pepper

A strikingly coloured, hot vegetable dish or cold salad that will brighten up your table. This is a combination of vegetables I first encountered at Bale Mountain Lodge in Ethiopia where it was served as a warm dish with a meat main course. I have subsequently made it as a salad on numerous occasions. Either […]

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Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

A lentil salad that is a complete and easy meal to assemble in 5 minutes, with pre-cooked lentils. Variations are offered making it suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. My preference for lentils in this salad are those cooked with spices. Here I have used those remaining from a meal of “Green […]

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Green Lentils with Turmeric

Green Lentils with Turmeric

A gently spiced dish of green lentils that can be incorporated into meals in variety of ways. It is suitable for many diets including Diabetic, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Vegan. The origins of this dish, known as Misir Alicha, is Ethiopia where it accompanies other bean and vegetable dishes (egShiro Wat,Carrot and Potato andEthiopian […]

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Carrot and Potato

Carrot and Potato

A mildly spiced carrot and potato dish, ‘Tikel Gomen’, that is so versatile it can be a cold or warm potato salad or served as a vegetable with any grill. It is suitable for most diets including Dairy Free, Low Calorie and Vegan. This is a very tasty potato and carrot combo, with the turmeric […]

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Ethiopian Greens

Ethiopian Greens

The simple addition of spices to green leafy vegetables brings extra interest to any meal while keeping it suitable for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Paleo and Vegan diets. This is a traditional dish from Ethiopia, usually served as one of several withInjera, a type of pancake made with Gluten Free teff flour which is a staple […]

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Summer Salad

The simplicity of this salad of bread and tomato makes it a perfect starter or a quick meal including for those following a Dairy Free or a Vegan diet. I have called this simply a summer salad because I suspect, like myself, many may not be attracted to the idea of stale bread! But, trust […]

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Beetroot Feta Salad

This salad makes a light and visually bright meal. I came upon this recipe through the Australian chef, Jill Dupleix. It appealed to me because the beetroot is without vinegar, enabling the sweetness of the earthy vegetable to contrast with the salty feta. It is very quick to assemble particularly if you purchase pre-cooked beetroots […]

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Courgette and Dill

Courgette with Dill

A tasty salad or warm vegetable dish suitable for, among others, Fodmap, Paleo and Vegetarian diets. Especially if you grow your own courgettes, you will probably be searching for new and interesting recipes for your crop. Mixed with dill, one of my favourite herbs, they make a fine salad. Make a light meal with the […]

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Beetroot Potato and Egg

Beetroot, Egg and Potato Salad

Three favourites for a complete salad – eggs, potato and beetroot – may be enjoyed by Diabetic, Dairy Free and Low Calorie diets. These are Alastair’s favourite foods and make a ‘comfort’ meal when he returns from extended travels. As we all know: “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”! The combination […]

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Courgette Linguine Salad

Courgette Linguine Salad

A grain-free ‘pasta’ salad, fresh and light and suitable for Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegetarian diets. With the help of a mandolin, or a good knife and a lot of patience, a courgette can take on the appearance of pasta. Even its texture is not dissimilar. This dish can provide flavours similar to ratatouille when […]

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Gado Gado

Gado Gado

A delicious salad for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. Gado gado is a south-east Asian salad combining the spices of the region – coconut, tamarind, ginger and chilli. I have included only a small quantity of chilli: add more to your taste; or, to make the dish suitable for all tastes, serve […]

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Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh, flavours of the Mediterranean enjoyed by Dairy Free, Diabetic and Low Calorie diets among many others. Also referred to as a parsley salad, Tabbouleh can be personalised according to taste and the availability of ingredients. To the parsley is added a softened grain. I have used millet, which is gluten free and a tasty […]

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Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad

A vegan version of a spicy Thai salad. Papaya salad is traditionally known as Som Tam. The interesting flavour combination – sweet, sour, salty and hot – make it a tasty accompaniment to any grill or cold selection; or, with the addition of more seeds, it is a satisfying light meal in itself. Green papaya […]

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Watermelon and Feta Salad

A refreshing watermelon salad for Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. The sweet watermelon and salty feta are a tasty combination, enhanced with the mint or basil. I first encountered this dish a few years ago in a restaurant in Lusaka, Zambia. I ordered it as a starter but was so satisfied by it that it […]

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Blueberries with Greens

Blueberries with Greens

A salad full of the flavours of summer, with variations making it suitable for most diets, including Diabetic, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Low Calorie. Mix your own combination of greens, fruit, nuts and cheese for this tasty salad. It is quick to prepare and, although you may be using odd remnants in the refrigerator, its […]

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Spiced Aubergine Salad

Spiced Aubergine Salad

A multitude of flavours in this salad or salsa and a good choice for Diabetic, Fodmap, Low Calorie and Paleo diets. A tasty aubergine dish to which little oil is added and no salt is necessary. The spice balance makes it suitable for many occasions and palates. It is also delicious with chilli incorporated in […]

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Red Pepper with Lemon

A tasty balance of sweet roasted pepper, lemon and caper making it an interesting addition to salads for Dairy Free, Diabetic, Fodmap, and Vegetarian diets. Roasting peppers increases their sweetness, making them a good basis for sauces. Here they are prepared as a salad or as a dish to complement a grill or cold selection. […]

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Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

A simple and tasty addition to any meze platter, salad or starter. Asparagus various widely in its colour, size, texture and taste; from white to green, fine to thick, firm to soft, and subtle to nutty. Whatever your selection, grilling the asparagus and serving with lemon juice, parmesan cheese and black pepper is delicious. Diets […]

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Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted tomatoes for many occasions and most diets. Ripe, seasonal, tiny tomatoes are sweet bites. Roast with some fresh herbs to provide complementing flavours. Diets for which Roasted Tomatoes are suitable: Diabetic, Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Vegan and Vegetarian. Ingredients Preparation: 5 mins | Cooking: 20+ mins […]

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Mushrooms with Coriander

Mushrooms with Coriander

A mushroom salad, a canapé, or a tasty vegan addition to meze platter. This versatile dish has just three ingredients. It is very simple to prepare and is suitable for most diets, with the exception of some Fodmap diets, ie mushrooms are on the ‘foods to avoid’ list for the Fodmap diet but this does […]

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Radish and Edamame Salad

Radish and Edamame Salad

A nutritious salad for spring that is high in protein and suitable for many diets. This is quick to assemble, incorporating edamame beans and nuts, which make it a nutritionally complete meal while remaining light and fresh. (Edamame beans are young soya beans; if not available fresh, they are in many frozen food departments.) The […]

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Rice Noodle and Vegetable Salad

Rice Noodle Salad

A light salad that can be a tasty meal in 10 minutes. A simple combination of vegetables served with rice noodles to make a quick meal. Rice noodles are suitable for Gluten Free and Fodmap diets and are lighter in texture than the wheat-based noodles you may be more familiar with. This salad is interesting […]

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Beetroot and Star Anise

Beetroot with Star Anise

Beetroot with sweet, spicy flavours. Beetroot rates high on my shopping list because, along with potatoes, it is Alastair’s ‘favourite’ vegetable. With their great colour and flavour, they regularly feature in most of our mixed salads. I enjoy exploring other options to prevent flavour and cooking boredom; here, I have added star anise and orange […]

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Green Salad and Grains

Green Salad with Grains

A light, bright salad prepared with seasonal vegetables and suitable for most diets including Dairy Free, Diabetic, Low Calorie and Vegetarian. Spring brings the return of wonderful green vegetables, perfect for salads. The combinations are numerous even when you need to consider the diets you are catering for and select carefully. Fodmap diets avoid particular […]

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Asparagus with Orange

A delicious treat to herald the spring. Asparagus is simple to prepare and in this recipe the subtle flavour is enhanced with a little orange and mustard. Cook the asparagus for minimal time so it retains texture and colour. Diets for which Asparagus with Orange are suitable: Dairy Free, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low […]

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Celery and Cashew Salad

A salad full of crunch and subtle flavours. This salad is simple to prepare and the combination of ingredients will be an interesting variation in your salad repertoire. The flavours make it suitable to serve with many dishes; and the high protein content of the nuts makes this a satisfying inclusion for any meal of […]

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Spinach and Pinenuts

Spinach and Pine Nuts

Sweet and sour spinach for Fodmap, Dairy Free and Vegans. Spinach has been one of my favourite vegetables since I was very young. A strange choice for a child, though not all my favourite foods are such healthy choices! But I do not normally discuss this as I encourage tasty nutrition rich foods. Spinach is […]

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Beetroot Raita

A colourful accompaniment to curries and spicy dishes; or serve as a salad. ‘Raita’ is a word from the Indian sub-continent referring to a cooling accompaniment to spicy dishes. It is chopped or grated raw fruit or vegetables mixed with spices and yoghurt that help to enrich the flavours of a meal and sooth the […]

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Plum and Mushroom Salad

An unusual autumnal salad. Autumn provides us with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Last year, there was a bumper crop of plums; and, while one never tires of plum cake, it is interesting to delve into savoury options (and forage for mushrooms too). This salad is a variation on a roast vegetable salad. Perhaps […]

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Mango and Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Mango Salad

A light refreshing salad for diabetic, nut free and vegan diets. The season for the smooth skinned and fragrant Alphonso mango is until the end of June (any variety of mango can be used in this recipe). If you have one ‘lying around’ (not sure how that would be for this soft sweet fruit) this […]

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brussels sprouts and feta salad

Brussels Sprouts and Feta Salad

A new way to eat Brussel sprouts for the Diabetic and Vegetarian. Brussel sprouts used not to be my ‘favourite vegetable’! But, after a few winters in Britain, I came to understand that sprouts can be sweet. They like the cold (even if I don’t), with the frosts and snow being the secret to growing […]

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Avocado and Grapefruit

A simple, refreshing starter. I generally cook seasonal foods and use local produce. However, in the depths of the English winter I can be seduced by some imports, avocado and grapefruit being good examples. They are available all year, though I am most attracted by a taste of the tropics when the days are short. […]

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Cauliflower Rice

A great winter salad with an unusual combination of flavours. I have usually eaten cauliflower cooked, and when raw as a part of a platter of vegetables with a dip. A friend served a similar cauliflower salad at a BBQ and I liked the simplicity and the texture of the finely chopped cauliflower. Here I […]

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Potato and Rocket Salad

A colourful potato salad with ‘greens’, a good addition to any vegan or gluten free selection. Potato salads have traditionally been dredged in mayonnaise, making them rich, very high calorie and not the healthy choice you may have wished for. Traditionally my simple potato salad has been potatoes (Pink Eye in Tasmania or Charlotte in […]

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