SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND LEMON CHICKEN

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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

SAUCE

  • 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)

INSTRUCTIONS

  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

 

ZUCCHINI SUSHI

Ingredients

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS

  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/

 

CABBAGE PASTA

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS

  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/

 

DIABETIC ZUCCHINI EGG LASKA

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS

  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/

 

THAI ZUCCHINI NOODLE AND QUINOA SALAD

INGREDIENTS

·         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

INSTRUCTIONS

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

ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  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.

ZUCCHINI PASTA

Serves 4

zuccine pasta                                    ZUCCHINI PASTA

Ingredients

4 small zucchini

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

Preparation

  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

 

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ZUCCHINI NOODLE SALAD

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

Zucchini

Shredded cabbage

French beans

Ribboned eggplant

Whole Wheat and Fortified Pastas

Quinoa

Barley

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!

Quinoa

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!

http://diabetes.about.com/od/dieticiansadvice/tp/Pasta_Substitutes.htm?utm_term=is%20pasta%20good%20for%20diabetics&utm_content=p1-main-1-title&utm_medium=sem&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=adid-612ccbeb-4e87-48a4-afce-aa6456030ebb-0-ab_gsb_ocode-5950&ad=semD&an=google_s&am=broad&q=is%20pasta%20good%20for%20diabetics&dqi=&o=5950&l=sem&qsrc=999&askid=612ccbeb-4e87-48a4-afce-aa6456030ebb-0-ab_gsb

Kelp Noodles Asian Salad

http://www.furtherfood.com/recipe/kelp-noodles-asian-salad-recipe-mango-macadamia-nuts-lime-zest-diabetes-diet/

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.

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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

Ingredients

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

CHICKEN ZUCCHINI BOATS

INGREDIENTS

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)

INSTRUCTIONS

  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.

ZUCCHINI CHCKPEA FRITTERS

Ingredients.

  • 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

Preparation

  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

SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH ROASTED TOMATO.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions.

  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

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Spaghetti Squash

Preparation

  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

COMFORT FOOD

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!

KOREAN STYLE ZUCCHINI

  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.

Enjoy!

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

 

ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

INGREDIENTS

  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

INSTRUCTIONS

  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

LOW CARB PASTA

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  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/

 

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