Broccoli and other members of the cruciferous vegetable family (cauliflower, brussels sprouts and cabbage) have been getting alot of attention recently. The reason for this lies in a substance these vegetables contain – sulforaphane. Sulforafane has been shown to demonstrate anti-cancer properties, particularly in concentrated amounts. As well, cruciferous vegetables provide useful quantities of vitamin C and vitamin K, good reasons alone to eat them. The recipe below is based on a Jamie Oliver recipe but with a reduced fat content. It combines cauliflower and broccoli together in one delicious dish. Cancer protection was never so tasty!
Cauliflower and broccoli cheese
Serves 4 as a main course or 6-8 as a side dish
Time to prepare: 70 minutes
Pumpkin, feta and spinach fritters with tomato and raisin sauce
The salty tang of feta is beautifully balanced by the sweet and sour sauce.
Great when you have left-over pumpkin. For a gluten free version replace self-raising flour with brown rice flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder.
Time to make 30 minutes
Sang Choy Bow
The different textures and the contrast of hot mix in cold crisp lettuce cups adds to the zing of this deliciously vibrant dish – a perfect meal for Spring!
Time to make: 40 minutes
Lamb and coconut curry
This slow cooked dish is a meal in itself – its easy too, just throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it go. Perfect for cold winter evenings and delicious reheated the next day.
Time to make: 6 hours slow cooking
This version of blueberry muffins uses brown rice flour and ground almonds instead of wheat flour. I personally love using alternative flours to wheat flour and think that the results are often better. They can be healthier too as gluten free flours do not require as much fat and sugar to tenderise. These muffins are light and very delicious – served warm they just melt in the mouth!
Makes 12 medium muffins
Time to make 30 minutes
Ginger and walnut stuffed pears
I love ginger and walnuts so anything using them is a hit with me. The slow cooking of the pears first ie before adding the stuffing, caramelises and intensifies the natural sugars making a deliciously sweet dessert with little added sugar. Good enough to serve for a special dinner!
Time to make 5 minutes plus 2 hours cooking time
I am sorry that recipes and comments have been thin on the ground this year – am on extended leave at the moment in Europe and recipe development has not been easy. I will be back on home turf early July so promise to be more diligent then. In the meantime I hope you like this delicious take on a recipe I found while in London (by Charlie Trotter).
Apricot curry chicken with quinoa
Time to make: 30 minutes Continue reading
This can be made as a jelly or as a jelly / creamy layered dish. Either way it is delicious, light and summery!
Time to make 6 hours (includes cooling and setting time)
Team up with some crusty bread for a great summer holiday lunch.
Time to make 20 minutes
Ginger and Almond biscotti
Great for Christmas and times when you feel like something sweet. Since they are cut so thinly and have no added fat, they hit the spot without bumping up the kilojoules. Wrap in cellophane for a delicious Christmas gift!
Makes around 36
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