Zucchini’s large x3

Lasagne Sauce Layer-
Beef Mince 500g
Onion diced x1
Garlic cloves diced x3
Mushrooms finely diced 200g
1/2 jar tomato pasta sauce
Tomato paste 2x tablespoons
Seasonings (Use ginger, Pepper, dried basil and a tsp beef stock powder)

Cheese Sauce Layer-
Ricotta cheese 300g
Egg x1
Parmesan cheese 100g (fresh not powdered, but could substitute for any grated cheese you like
Ginger and pepper

Extra cheese to put on top


  1. Finely slice zucchini’s lengthways in long thin strips. Lay out on a baking tray and bake for 10-15mins until soft but not browned.
  2. To make the lasagna sauce, gently fry the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add mushrooms after a few minutes and then mince. Once mince is browned, add the seasonings, pasta sauce and tomato paste. Simmer until reduced so that it is not too runny.
  3. In a bowl mix together ingredients for the cheese sauce layer.
  4. Put down some paper towel on a board and blot a zucchini strip to remove any water. Spread the cheese sauce mix over the zucchini and then a spoonful of the lasagne sauce. Carefully roll up and place in a tray. Do this for all the zucchini slices. It’s a good idea to put them close together so they hold each other up.
  5. Sprinkle some cheese over the top. Mozzarella is good but any cheese is fine. Bake in the oven at 180C until cheese on top is browned. Remember that you don’t need to cook it long as everything is already cooked. 15-20 minutes is fine.




  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. Olive oil
  • 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Crack eggs into a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. In a medium stoneware fry pan over medium-high heat, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add half the egg mixture and twirl the pan to evenly coat the bottom of skillet with egg. Cook, undisturbed, until edges are set, about 1 minute.
  3. Run a spatula along edges of egg to release, then use your hands to gently flip the omelette. Cook until egg is just set on the bottom, about 20 seconds.
  4. Slide omelette onto a cutting board and let cool slightly for 1 minute. Meanwhile, repeat process with remaining oil and eggs. Roll omelettes up like a cigar and slice into 1 cm thick “noodles.”
  5. Return to fry pan to medium-high and oil. While whisking, slowly pour in ¼ cup water until combined. Add Parmesan and peppe and stir until Parmesan melts into sauce. Add noodles and toss to coat.
  6. Season with more pepper and sprinkle with more Parmesan before serving.

Adapted from https://www.delish.com/cooking/nutrition/a28366266/cacio-e-pepe-egg-noodles-recipe/?fbclid=IwAR1f0KjaQpj1Ra48rLbaZkE-cj9-G7ajSo32s6zjejjlu47-YHlpANDbubo




  • 2 large aubergines (approx. 700g), cut into 1cm discs
  • 2 courgettes, cut into 0.5cm strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2–3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 heaped tsp dried oregano
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes or fresh if possible
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 120g reduced-fat mozzarella, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grill the aubergines and courgettes until lightly browned on each side.
  2. Meanwhile, add the oil to a pan with the onion, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Next, add the red pepper, stirring regularly for another 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in the garlic, oregano and tomatoes, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add some of the sauce to an ovenproof dish, top with aubergine and courgette slices, then add more sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Repeat until the final layer of aubergine and courgette, then top with the remaining sauce, Parmesan and, finally, the mozzarella slices.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30–40 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve with a grind of black pepper and a salad,

Chefs tips

  1. You can assemble this dish, refrigerate it and bake it later – or the next day. You can even freeze it and cook when needed.
  2. You can swap Parmesan cheese with Grana Padano, which is slightly cheaper and tastes just as good.
  3. Freezing instructions: Suitable for freezing once cooked. Portion for freezing. Defrost in the microwave, then reheat in the microwave or covered in foil in a moderate oven. Reheat until piping hot.

Fruit & Veg

Adapted from https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/recipes/aubergine-and-courgette-parmesan-bake#utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=enjoy-food&utm_term=25032019&utm_content=organic




3 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 free-range chicken breasts, boneless, skinless and cubed
6 zucchini, spiralized
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup sun dried tomatoes, packed in oil and sliced
4 tablespoons goat cheese
1 lemon, juiced
Ginger and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Optional for serving: shredded parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, fresh basil, etc.


1.) Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large stoneware fry pan over medium-high heat. Once it’s heated, add the chicken and sear all sides until golden brown. Add the lemon juice, ginger and pepper and cook until no longer pink in the middle, about 7-8 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

2.) Add half a tablespoon of olive oil to the fry pan and place it over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini noodles and cook for about 1 minute, until zucchini noodles are tender but not soggy. Let the noodles rest for a few minutes so that they can release any liquid, then set aside.

3.) Drain the excess water from the pan and add the last tablespoon of oil to the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, tomatoes and parsley and cook for about 5 minutes. Lower the heat and add the goat cheese, zucchini and chicken. Stir until combined and everything is lightly coated and heated through. Serve with parmesan cheese, fresh basil and red pepper flakes on top, if desired.

Adapted from





  • 14 oz zucchini (397 g)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (30 mL)
  • 1 medium red onion (about 1 cup (250 mL), chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (15 mL)
  • 1/2  tsp crushed garlic (bottled) (2 mL)
  • 1/2  tsp ginger (2 mL)
  • 1/4tsp black pepper (1 mL)
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, optional (30 mL)


  1. Wash zucchini cut off ends and cut into 2 x 1/4 –inch (5 x 0.6 cm) matchsticks.
  2. In large stoneware non-stick frying pan, over medium heat in 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, stir fry onion until just beginning to soften. Add remaining olive oil to the onion and stir fry garlic 30 seconds.  Add zucchini and stir fry, turning occasionally until tender and browned in places.  Season with ginger and pepper; toss to coat well and stir fry briefly.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if using.  Serve immediately.


Yield:  4 servings

1 serving

90.5 calories

1.7 g protein

7.0 g fat
2.4 g fibre

4.3 g net carbs

Adapted from https://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2015/03/addictive-zucchini-sticks-with-red-onion.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR2RnptI5GTUGWO1MBn76szY2btsHcUniIg8x7YW_DFM9VOV0H3_e2fql28





  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds; discard. Place squash halves cut sides up, in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave at HIGH 20 minutes or until tender. Let stand 10 minutes. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove spaghetti like strands to measure 4 cups.
  2. Heat a large stoneware frypan over medium-high heat. Add spinach to pan; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Place squash and spinach on a clean dish towel; squeeze until barely moist.
  3. Coarsely chop squash mixture, and place in a large bowl. Add ingredients through to baking powder and toss well to combine. Place egg whites in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into squash mixture.
  4. Fill a 1/4-cup dry measuring cup with squash mixture. Invert onto work surface; gently pat into a 3/4-inch-thick patty. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture, forming 10 patties total.
  5. Re heat the large stoneware frypan over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add 5 patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove patties from pan; keep warm. Repeat the procedure with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and squash patties.
  6. Combine mayonnaise and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with fritters.

Nutritional Information

Calories 172

Fat 8.8g

Satfat 1.5g

Monofat 4.3g

Polyfat 1.8g

Protein 6g

Carbohydrate 19.6g

Fibre 4g

Cholesterol 4mg

Iron 1.9mg

Sodium 228mg

Calcium 139mg

Adapted from https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/squash-fritters-sriracha-mayonnaise?fbclid=IwAR3X1zrmpqtT16fiV1imLvnKox7Ddi6QQZ5T95_csgDFOEVNL5Jdgx1XtUg

NB1 Because high heat can change the GI of some foods I suggest that we steam these.

“The way you prepare sweet potatoes makes a difference in their GI. The GI of a 150g sweet potato, boiled with its skin for 30 minutes, is 46. That number rises to 94 if the same sweet potato is baked for 45 minutes. These dramatic differences come from the way the starches in sweet potatoes gelatinize during cooking. Foods that turn viscous, or jelly-like, in your digestive tract have a lower GI because the gelatinous substance slows the release of the nutrients in the food. Baking your sweet potatoes instead of boiling them changes the quality of their starches and transforms this root vegetable from a moderate-GI food to a high GI-food.”




  • 500g lean beef mince (make your own if possible.)
  • 1 brown onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, diced finely
  • 4 celery stalks, diced finely
  • 2 x fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup no added salt tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4-6 small zucchinis, spiralised
  • Handful of basil, ripped, for serving


  1. For the bolognese sauce: heat half the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the mince and brown, stirring to break up any lumps.
  3. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining oil and add the onion, garlic, celery and carrot. Sweat these ingredients down till they are soft and fragrant.
  5. Return the mince to the pan along with the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, bay leaves and thyme giving the mixture a good stir.
  6. Cover and simmer for up to an hour, but in the last 10 minutes of cooking remove the lid and let the sauce reduce and thicken.
  7. In this last 10 minutes of cooking, heat a smaller pan over a low-medium heat with a spray of oil and sauté the zucchini noodles for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Serve the bolognese over a good helping of zucchini noodles and top with basil.

Nutrient values of original

Calories 360

Fat 15g

Protein 37g

Carbs 12g

Fibre 8g


Adapted from http://www.shapeme.com.au/weight-loss-recipes/883/Zucchini-Bolognese?fbclid=IwAR1IjHkb_b6jfCMgkVPeq728sLnxHdh0hkx10TreflDVlr0KNS0r-ABbsgY




  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • olive oil
  • ginger and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 omega-3 skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-2 (2 1/2 cm) in pieces


  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cherry tomato, halved (600 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup water (240 mL)
  • 8 oz baby spinach (235 g)


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C).
  2. Poke several holes into the spaghetti squash. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  3. Cut squash in half along the holes. Remove seeds with a spoon. Drizzle squash with olive oil, and season with ginger and pepper.
  4. Place squash upside down on baking tray and bake for 40 minutes until soft. Let cool.
  5. Using a stoneware fry pan, cook the chicken breast on medium-high heat with a little olive oil for 6-8 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  6. Sauté onion for a few minutes. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Add tomatoes and cook for a couple minutes. Cook until onions are translucent.
  7. Add lemon juice and water, and cook until the liquid partially reduces, about 20 minutes.
  8. Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes. Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Using a fork, shred the inside of the squash.
  10. Pour sauce over the squash. Serve immediately.
  11. Serve with a salad or steamed vegetables.
  12. Enjoy!

Adapted from https://tasty.co/recipe/lemon-chicken-spaghetti-squash




  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 c. White fin fish steamed
  • 1/2 carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 tsp. Toasted sesame seeds


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, slice each zucchini into thin flat strips, peeling until you reach the centre. Place zucchini on paper towel-lined plate to sit while you prep the rest of your ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, Chili powder and lime juice. Mix until smooth.
  3. On a cutting board, lay zucchini slices down horizontally (so that the long side is facing you). Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on top of zucchini, then top the left side with a pinch each of fish, carrots, avocado and cucumbers.
  4. Starting from the left side, tightly roll each zucchini slice.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Adapted from https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a52239/zucchini-sushi-recipe/




  • 1 large head cabbage, leaves separated
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Kg. ground lean grass-fed beef (If possible, make your own.)
  • 1 small can crushed tomatoes. Or fresh if possible
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c. torn basil leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 c. ricotta
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan, plus more for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large fry pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and ground beef, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon. Cook until beef is no longer pink, about 6 minutes; drain excess fat. Add crushed tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Bring mixture to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper then stir in basil.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, eggs, and Parmesan.
  3. Oli a large baking dish with olive oil. Spoon a thin layer of sauce into bottom of baking dish. Add a layer of cabbage leaves, then top with more sauce, ricotta mixture, and mozzarella. Repeat layering twice more.
  4. Bake until cabbage is tender, and mozzarella is bubbly, about 25 minutes. Garnish with more basil.

Adapted https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a22352284/cabbage-lasagna-recipe/




  • 4 free range omega 3 eggs
  • 1x 400ml your favourite diabetic milk
  • 1500ml water
  • 1 bunch broccolini, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 1 bunch bok choy, trimmed
  • 600g zucchini, spiralled to noodles
  • Laksa paste: recipe found here http://www.findtex.com.au/diabetic-foods/chutney-etc/
  • 1 bunch coriander stalks, rinsed and pat dry, leaves reserved for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 4cm piece (25g) ginger
  • 60g brown onion (approx. 1 small)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest (approx. 1 lime)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

To serve:

  • 4 Asian shallots, finely sliced
  • 1 green chilli seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 lime cut in quarters


  1. Make the Laksa paste by placing all ingredients into high speed food processor or blender and processing until smooth as directed here http://www.findtex.com.au/diabetic-foods/chutney-etc/
  2. Heat a large saucepan on medium heat, add olive oil and Laksa paste and sauté for 3-4 minutes until fragrant, then add the milk and water.
  3. Bring to a simmer, add broccolini and bok choy, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Bring a separate small pot of water to the boil, add EGGS, and boil for 7-8 minutes for a hardboiled egg.
  5. Remove from water, crack gently and peel under water.
  6. Once vegetable broth is finished, add zucchini noodles and cook a further 3-4 minutes until tender.
  7. Divide noodles and broth between 4 bowls, cut eggs in half and place on top of noodles.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves, Asian shallots, green chilli and a big squeeze of lime.

Adapted from https://www.australianeggs.org.au/recipes-and-cooking/thai-zucchini-egg-laksa/




·         1 medium zucchini

·         1 cup shredded cabbage

·         1 cup sliced red bell pepper

·         2 scallions thinly sliced

·         1/4 cup chopped cilantro

·         1/2 cup cooked quinoa

·         1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts

·         for the sauce:

·         2 tablespoons almond butter

·         Juice of 2 limes

·         2 teaspoons gluten-free tamari

·         1 teaspoon sriracha sauce or Asian hot sauce of choice (see Nutrition Facts below)

·         1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

·         Water as needed to thin the sauce


1.    Slice the ends off the zucchini and secure it to your spiralizer. Spiralize the zucchini into long noodles and transfer to a large bowl.

2.    Thinly slice the cabbage and pepper, either with a knife or mandolin slicer, and add that to the bowl with the zucchini noodles, along with the scallions, cilantro, quinoa and peanuts.

3.    In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it’s thin enough to pour — you’re looking for the consistency of a creamy dressing.

4.    Pour dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat. Transfer to two bowls, sprinkle with a bit more peanuts and cilantro and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Pad Thai Zucchini Noodle + Quinoa Salad

Amount Per Serving

Calories 337 Calories from Fat 171

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 19g 29%

Saturated Fat 3g 15%

Sodium 478mg 20%

Potassium 880mg 25%

Total Carbohydrates 35g 12% A lot came out of the sauces that I omitted

Dietary Fibre 9g 36%

Sugars 10g

Protein 14g 28%

Vitamin A 57%

Vitamin C 180.9%

Calcium 9.1%

Iron 17.1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from https://www.simplyquinoa.com/pad-thai-zucchini-noodle-quinoa-salad/


zucchini 1     Zucchini Fritters



  • 1 zucchini grated
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • 1 Egg
  • Any in season herbs
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • A dash of Turmeric


  1. Grate the zucchini and finely chop the herbs, mushroom and garlic
  2. Mix all ingredients together and form into fritters
  3. Cooked them in a couple drops of olive oil until brown and cooked through.


Serves 4

zuccine pasta                                    ZUCCHINI PASTA


4 small zucchini

Pasta sauce (tomato, pesto, etc.) or low-calorie dressing I use Leggo’s no added salt.


  1. Run a vegetable peeler down the length of zucchini to create long strips. (The strips should resemble noodles.)
  2. Steam or microwave zucchini for 2 minutes to soften.
  3. Toss with pasta sauce or dressing.


Nutritional Information

39 Calories

1 g Fat

0 mg Cholesterol

62 mg Sodium

7 g Carbohydrate

2 g Fiber

2 g Protein

309 g Potassium


SAM_0730      SAM_1174



  • 2 medium zucchini passed through a Spiralizer or mandolin slicer
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh raw tahini
  • 1 fresh squeezed organic lime
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp. Japanese rice vinegar
  • ½ Tbsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. Hijiki or Wakaname seaweed


  1. In a food processor or blender, mix all ingredients except for the zucchini noodles. Puree until smooth. Pour the mixture over the zucchini noodles.


Other Pasta Substitutes

Healthy Alternatives to Pasta


Spaghetti Squash


Shredded cabbage

French beans

Ribboned eggplant

Whole Wheat and Fortified Pastas



Veggie Ribbons

Soba Noodles

These Japanese noodles are packed with fiber and protein and have a nuttier taste than traditional pasta.

Shirataki Noodles

Made popular by Hungry Girl. These noodles are primarily made of fiber and contain virtually no fat or calories. They come in a package of liquid and are usually sold in the produce section alongside tofu. The only cooking required is draining the liquid and rinsing them off!


Though it’s not shaped like pasta, this ancient grain can be a great pasta alternative, especially if you are looking to increase your protein — 1 cup has 32 grams!

Brown Rice Pasta

A great source of protein and magnesium, brown rice pasta is a way for people who are gluten-free to get their pasta fix.

Tofu Noodles – Can only find these in Asian stores. Make sure that tofu is the only ingredient. Again, these come already cooked. Just put them in a strainer and run them under the hot water faucet while separating them with your fingers. Use them for almost any pasta application, including pesto.

Read more: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/6-healthy-alternatives-to-pasta/#ixzz3OTU0lrSd

Pasta substitutes which are gluten free and for diabetics.

The author loves all kinds of pasta, but in recent years I have had to modify my diet to account for a sensitivity to gluten.  As a result, I have developed some great ideas that are also helpful for diabetics looking for a pasta substitute!  I have compiled my top 5 for you.  Some substitutes are healthier for diabetics because they are higher in protein and/or fiber than pasta is.  (The higher protein and fiber content helps with regulating blood sugar).  Some of my suggestions are lower than pasta in carbohydrate and calories, allowing you to have a larger portion size!


Kelp Noodles Asian Salad


Other Zuchini recipes

Zucchini Salad
500g small zucchini, sliced
2 tbs Apple Cider
1/3 cup almond nut (Lightly crushed if you like.)
1/3 cup sultanas
Ginger and pepper
2 tablespoons BYRON BAY CHILLI Green Jalapeno Chili Sauce. Make your own using fresh or dried chili in a mortar and pestle. (A few drops of water may be required.) (Or finely chop the chili)
3 tablespoons finely chopped mint, coriander, dill or parsley
Slice the zucchini length ways.

Steam the sliced zucchini until it begins to soften.

Transfer to a bowl and add remaining ingredients.

Add the oil in which you cooked the garlic.

Serve hot or at room temperature and garnish with additional herbs.


Zucchini Boats

I made these tonight and every fortnight to give the carbs a break and they’re a hit at my place (especially with fussy non-vegie liking t1d teens!lol) We call them Zucchini Boats and it’s basically spag bol with mince plus whatever I scoop out of the zucchinis, mixed into the mince. I fill half a zucchini with mince then sprinkle with light cheese. Then I bake until zucchinis tender and voila! Almost free: max 7g carbs per boat, and really filling and healthy! Nice low carb winter dinner!

Zuchini Fritters


3 cups  zuchini squash ( grated )
1  cup  onion ( diced )
3  eggs whites
1  cup  multigrain flour or gluten free
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2  teaspoon  chili powder
1/2  teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch  cayenne pepper



I kg medium zucchini (about 3-4)
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup diced green bell pepper
250 gm cooked, shredded or chopped skinned chicken
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp medium-hot chili powder
3 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup Tomato paste no added salt (Or fresh tomatoes pulped seeds and all.)
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or other melting cheese of your choice)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Cut each zucchini lengthwise, then using a spoon to scoop out the flesh, hollow out each zucchini half to create the zucchini boats. Set the boats aside and chop all of the scooped out zucchini flesh into small pieces.
    2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Sauté until the onion has softened and become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in the chopped zucchini flesh, cumin, oregano, chili powder, 3 Tbsp. of the tomato paste, the 3 Tbsp. of water and chicken and stir to mix. Taste for seasoning and add ginger and pepper if required.
    3. Line up all of the hollowed zucchini halves in the pan, then spoon the filling evenly into each zucchini boat and the remainder of the tomato paste, sprinkle the shredded cheese.
    4. Cover the pan with foil and bake 35-40 minutes until the cheese is melted and the zucchini is tender.
    5. Sprinkle with additional chopped cilantro and optional green onions, if desired.



  • 1 large/2 medium zucchini – grated
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 4 tbsp chickpea flour (Besan flour)
  • 1 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ginger – to taste
  • Chili powder or paprika – to taste
  • 1 clove garlic – grated
  • 1/4 red onion – very finely chopped
  • Olive oil spray – for pan frying


  1. Add the ginger to the grated zucchini. Mix well and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Rinse the chickpeas well and sauté in a dry pan for five minutes. Mash well with a potato masher.
  3. Squeeze the water out of the zucchini mix and put in mixing bowl
  4. Add the mashed chickpeas, chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, paprika, garlic, onion and mix very well. You may need to add a little more chickpea flour depending on how wet the zucchini mix is.
  5. Form into small patties and pan roast in the olive oil spray. Press down well so the patties are fairly thin and cook till crispy, golden brown.

Notes: try these as dumplings, steamed or baked as muffins. They also go well on the BBQ

SAM_0903           Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomato



  • 1kg spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Ginger and pepper
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Chilli to taste
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or water to cut down on the hidden salt.
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 8 pieces of bite-size fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare a steamer.
  2. Brush the flesh of the squash with 1 Tbsp olive oil, then sprinkle with ginger and pepper. Using a fork, poke holes into the skin and place in steamer. Steam for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender.
  3. While the squash is steaming, place the tomatoes in a large bowl. Add the remaining olive oil, garlic, ginger and chilli to taste. Stir everything together. Place the tomato mixture onto a large, shallow baking pan. Bake in the oven with the squash for the last 20 minutes.
  4. In a large skillet, bring the chicken broth (water) to a boil. Add the onion, then cook for about 3 minutes or until slightly tender. Remove the skillet from the heat, then add the roasted tomatoes. Using a fork or potato masher, gently press onto the tomatoes to pop the skin and release the juice. Add the mozzarella, basil and mint into the tomato mixture, then toss everything together.
  5. Remove the flesh of the squash from the shell with a fork. Top it with the tomato chutney and Parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti Squash

Serves 4


  • 1 whole Spaghetti Squash


  1. Preheat oven to180 C
  2. With a fork, poke holes into spaghetti squash so that it does not burst while baking.
  3. Bake squash for 35 minutes or until soft.
  4. Allow to cool until cool enough to handle.
  5. Cut squash into lengthwise halves and clear out seeds.
  6. With a fork, remove squash meat from rind and place into medium bowl.
  7. Discard rind.
  8. Serve with your favourite marinara sauce, adding basil, garlic powder, or pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information

  • 31 Calories
  • .6g Fat
  • 17mg Sodium
  • 109mg Potassium
  • 7g Carbohydrate
  • 5g Fibre
  • 8g Sugar
  • .6g Protein


Lasagne substitute 1          Lasagne substitute 2         Lasagne substitute 3


Thought this was a cool idea and thought I would share it here.

If you’re out of lasagne sheets just use these might try multigrain wrap, the herbal ones also sound interesting.
Works a treat!


  1. Slice zucchinis;
  2. Drizzle with Olive oil;
  3. Place into preheated grill for about 5 minutes;
  4. Arrange on the plates when ready and cool down;
  5. Place grated carrot dipped in home-made tomato source.
  6. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.


Adapted from http://juliaorganic.com.au/index.php/recipe/155-korean-style-zucchini




  1. 1 large zucchini or 2 small (any vegetable can be added or substituted)
  2. 1 clove of garlic peeled and minced
  3. ¼ Cup fresh basil; we grown our own, but you can find it at any grocery store
  4. ¼ cup fresh oregano. Ditto
  5. 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  6. 2 organic Omega 3 eggs
  7. ¼ cup gluten free flour or steamed sweet potato mashed NB1
  8. ¼ teaspoon Onion powder or to taste
  9. 1 teaspoon ginger or to taste
  10. ¼ teaspoon of pepper or to taste


  1. Using the large holes of a box grater, grate zucchini. Place zucchini in a colander set in the sink and toss with 1/2 teaspoons ginger. Let stand 10 minutes, and then wring zucchini dry in a clean kitchen towel to remove moisture. Place zucchini in a large bowl and gently mix in egg, garlic, basil, oregano, lemon zest, onion powder, ginger and pepper. Mix well to combine. Slowly add flour/ sweet potato, stirring so no lumps form.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until the oil sizzles when you drop a small amount of zucchini mixture into the pan. Carefully drop about 2 tablespoons zucchini mixture into pan; repeat, spacing fritters a few inches apart.
  3. Cook fritters until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium. Turn fritters, and continue cooking until golden, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer fritters to a plate; set aside in a warm place. Cook remaining zucchini mixture, adding more oil to pan if necessary.

Adapted from http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/zucchini-fritters-recipe.html?t=DM

NB1 flour and sweet potato will contain some carbs, sweet potato will also contain fibre which may make it a better option for diabetics as the fibre will slow digestion and absorption.


Pasta 2       Pasta



  • 1-ounce (28 g.)cream cheese,room temperature
  • 2eggs,room temperature
  • 1/4teaspoonwheat gluten,may omit but it creates a better texture


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F (160C).
  2. Add the cream cheese, eggs, and gluten to the jar of a blender.
  3. Blend on high for 1 minute, or until smooth.
  4. Pour out on a silicone mat that’s placed on top of a heavy baking pan.
  5. Smooth out into a rectangle, keeping the batter very thin.
  6. Bake at 325F (160C) for 5 minutes, or until set. DON’T over-bake!
  7. Remove from oven and let set for a couple of minutes before cutting and using as desired. These are best if they are gently simmered in a sauce or broth for a few minutes.

Adapted from https://www.lowcarb-ology.com/low-carb-egg-noodles/