Prawn Curry with Cauliflower Rice – The CSIRO Low Carb Diet Easy 100 – Professor Grant Brinkworth & Dr Pennie Taylor

The CSIRO Low- Carb Diet Easy 100

Professor Grant Brinkworth & Dr Pennie Taylor

Photography by Jeremy Simons and Rob Palmer.

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN:9781760988456

RRP $39.99


UNITS PER SERVE:

Breads, Cereals, Legumes, Starchy Veg 0 Dairy 1 Lean Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Tofu 1.5 Low–Moderate Carbohydrate Veg 3.5 Healthy Fats 2

SERVES: 4 | PREPARATION: 10 MINUTES | COOKING: 25 MINUTES

Ingredients:
2 heads broccoli, stems and florets chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 long red chilli, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2 cm piece of ginger, finely grated
2 teaspoons curry powder
3 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
400 g tinned diced tomatoes
600 g cooked prawns, peeled and deveined, tails intact (see notes, and also note on page 174 regarding sodium)
1 cup (260 g) natural yoghurt
Juice of 1 lemon

TO SERVE
450 g cauliflower rice, heated according to the packet instructions (see notes)
2 tablespoons chopped roasted unsalted cashews
½ cup coriander leaves

Method:

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook the broccoli for 5 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6–7 minutes until very so ened. Add the chilli, garlic, ginger, curry powder, mustard seeds, turmeric and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and cook, stirring, for a further 1–2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, 2 tablespoons water and the prawns, tossing everything together. (There won’t be a lot of sauce here, so place a lid on the frying pan to help the prawns steam to cook through.) Cook, covered, for 2–3 minutes until the prawns are cooked through, then stir the yoghurt and lemon juice through. Divide the cauliflower rice four between bowls, spoon the prawn curry over and add the cooked broccoli. Garnish with the cashews and coriander leaves and serve.


    Notes: You can use frozen raw prawns if you prefer. But don’t add the water to the frying pan as the frozen prawns will release quite a bit of moisture. You may need to simmer the sauce for an extra 2 minutes to reduce any excess liquid in your curry before serving. You can find cauliflower rice in the fresh produce section at your local supermarket. If unavailable, use the frozen variety instead.
    18 g CARBS P E R S E R V E


Salmon Nori Rolls – The CSIRO Low Carb Diet Easy 100 – Professor Grant Brinkworth & Dr Pennie Taylor

The CSIRO Low- Carb Diet Easy 100

Professor Grant Brinkworth & Dr Pennie Taylor

Photography by Jeremy Simons and Rob Palmer.

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN:9781760988456

RRP $39.99

LUNCH
UNITS PER SERVE:
Breads, Cereals, Legumes, Starchy Veg 1 Dairy 0 Lean Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Tofu 1.5 Low–Moderate Carbohydrate Veg 3 Healthy Fats 3

SERVES: 4 | PREPARATION: 20 MINUTES | COOKING: NIL

Ingredients:
6 sheets nori
3 Lebanese cucumbers, very thinly sliced (use a mandoline if you have one), patted dry with paper towel
6 cups rocket leaves, baby spinach leaves or shredded kale. Stalks removed
¾ cup (140 g) cooked basmati rice


SALMON FILLING
600 g tinned salmon in spring water (no added salt), drained well
2 teaspoons salt-reduced tamari (see note)
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2½ tablespoons whole-egg mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sriracha or other hot chilli sauce
4 spring onions, thinly sliced

  1. To make the salmon filling, place all the ingredients in a bowl and mash well with a fork to combine.
  2. Place a nori sheet flat on a workbench and top it with one-quarter of the cucumber, rocket, spinach or kale and rice, smoothing over the surface.
  3. Add one-quarter of the salmon filling, roll up the nori sheet tightly, running water along the far edge to seal. Slice in half, then set aside and repeat with the remaining nori rolls and filling.


Note
Tamari is a higher-salt product, so ideally use low-salt or no-added-salt
alternatives. If you are following a low-sodium diet, omit this ingredient. 20 g CARBS P E R S E R V E

The CSIRO Low Carb Diet Easy 100 – Professor Grant Brinkworth & Dr Pennie Taylor

The CSIRO Low- Carb Diet Easy 100

Professor Grant Brinkworth & Dr Pennie Taylor

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN:9781760988456

RRP $39.99

Descritpion:

The CSIRO Low-carb Diet is proven to be highly effective in achieving sustained long-term weight loss, reducing risk factors for heart disease and improving metabolic health. Now, with book #6 of the bestselling CSIRO Low-carb Diet series, eating low-carb has never been easier or more delicious.

Here are 100 brand-new everyday recipes, featuring plenty of vegetarian options, meals for one and two, and low-carb alternatives to high-carb staples, such as bread, pizza bases and smoothies. Plus there are shopping tips, handy lists and easy-to-follow guidelines, with solid, dependable advice from Australia’s foremost nutritional scientists.

My View:

Easy to follow, recipes for one or two people, lots hints and tips including how to set up your low carb kitchen, this book is sure to be a big hit.

Stay tuned I will publish a few recipes from this book over the next few days.

Quinoa and Black bean Patties; Meal Plan Your Way to Weight Loss – Rebecca Burnicle and Wendy Van Staden

Meal-Plan Your Way to Weight Loss by Rebecca Burnicle and Wendy Van Staden, published by Macmillan Australia, RRP $39.99, photography by Jeremy Simons

Packed with flavour and seriously satisfying, add these tasty, fibre-filled patties to your weekly rotation if you’re keen to include some meat-free meals.”p144

Makes 4 / Prep 10 minutes / Cook 15 minutes

Ingredients:
¼ cup (45 g) quinoa
400 g can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup (35 g) dried breadcrumbs ( I use Gluten Free)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1–4 Personal Points range per patty
.
Method:
1 Combine quinoa and ½ cup (125 ml) water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about
15 minutes or until water has been absorbed.

2 Meanwhile, mash beans in a bowl with a fork. Add cooked quinoa and remaining ingredients. Mix until well combined. Divide mixture into 4 even portions. Shape into patties.

3 Lightly spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil (or line with a WW non-stick liner) and heat over medium heat. Cook patties for about 3 minutes each side or until evenly browned.

· TO REFRIGERATE: Prepare patties up to 2 days ahead. Store in
a reusable container and cook as required. Cooked patties will keep
in a reusable container for up to 5 days.
· TO FREEZE: Store cooked patties as above, with baking paper between each patty.



Choc Nut Energy Bliss Bites; Meal Plan Your Way to Weight Loss – Rebecca Burnicle and Wendy Van Staden

Meal-Plan Your Way to Weight Loss by Rebecca Burnicle and Wendy Van Staden, published by Macmillan Australia, RRP $39.99, photography by Jeremy Simons

Ingredients, Serves 32 / Prep 15 minutes + soaking

½ cup (80 g) almonds
½ cup (50 g) walnuts
½ cup (75 g) unsalted cashews
¼ cup (25 g) cocoa powder
1 cup (230 g) medjool dates, pitted and chopped

1–2 Personal Points range per serve
I love the idea of bliss balls, but it’s the thought of rolling the mixture that I just can’t be bothered with. Instead, I make up the mixture and pop it into a tray to set, then simply cut it into bite-sized pieces. All the deliciousness of a bliss ball, without the fuss of rolling – winning! p172




1 Place nuts in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak overnight. Drain.

2 Lightly spray a 16 cm x 26 cm slice tin with oil and line base
and sides with baking paper.

3 Transfer drained nuts to a food processor. Add cocoa and dates and process until well combined (add a little water if necessary to help the mixture come together). Spread mixture evenly into prepared tin. Cover and place in freezer for at least 2 hours, until firm.

4 Lift slice from tin using baking paper. Stand for about 10 minutes to soften slightly, then cut into 32 pieces. Transfer pieces to a reusable container and store in freezer. Thaw pieces for a few minutes to soften slightly before eating. ·

TO FREEZE: Store bliss bites in a reusable container for up to 4 months. Thaw at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.


Slow Cooker Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry; Meal Plan Your Way to Weight Loss – Rebecca Burnicle and Wendy Van Staden

Meal-Plan Your Way to Weight Loss by Rebecca Burnicle and Wendy Van Staden, published by Macmillan Australia, RRP $39.99, photography by Jeremy Simons.

“Meal-prepping is so easy when you put your slow cooker to work. This recipe
makes 8 portions, so stocking your freezer with ‘I can’t be bothered’ dinners
is a breeze. All it takes is 15 minutes of prep in the morning.
Serves 8 / Prep 15 minutes / Cook 3 hours 45 minutes – 7 hours 30 minutes” p154

Slow Cooker Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

2 brown onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder ( I use a gluten free stock)
50 g coconut milk powder
2 cups (400 g) dried red lentils
250 g cauliflower, cut into 2 cm pieces
250 g orange sweet potato (kumara), cut into 2 cm pieces
1 zucchini, cut into 2 cm pieces
400 g can diced tomatoes
400 g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
150 g baby spinach leaves
1 cup fresh coriander sprigs
2–6 PersonalPoints range per serve


1 Place all ingredients, except for chickpeas, spinach and coriander sprigs in a 5.5 litre (22 cup) slow cooker. Add 1 litre (4 cups) water and stir to combine. Cook on high for 3.5 hours (or low for 7 hours).


2 Stir in chickpeas and spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on high for a further 15 minutes (or low for 30 minutes). Top with coriander sprigs to serve.

Stove-top method:
1 Heat a large non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, garlic and ginger, stirring, for 2–3 minutes, until softened slightly. Add spices and stock powder and cook,
stirring, for a further 1 minute.


2 Stir in coconut milk powder, lentils, cauliflower, sweet potato, zucchini and tomatoes. Add enough water to cover vegetables. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30–40 minutes, until vegetables and lentils are tender, stirring occasionally and adding extra water if mixture starts to catch
on base of pan.


3 Stir in chickpeas and spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for a further 5 minutes. Top with coriander sprigs.


· TO REFRIGERATE: Transfer curry to a large reusable container or divide individual portions into separate reusable containers. Store for up to 5 days. To reheat, simmer gently in a saucepan or microwave single
servings until hot, stirring in a little water if curry is too thick.


· TO FREEZE: Store curry as above. Thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat
as above.

**This is one of my favourite vegetarian curries though I hadn’t thought of adding cauliflower – what a great idea. I will make this to take with me on my next visit to my vegetarian daughter.**

Weight Watchers : Prep For Success : Meal Plan For Weight Loss.

Meal-Plan Your Way to Weight Loss by Rebecca Burnicle and Wendy Van Staden, published by Macmillan Australia, RRP $39.99, photography by Jeremy Simons.

My View:

Some great advice that I intend to start following. Once I did meal plan, it made shopping, cooking and my day easier. It’s time to focus on things that work to make our busy lives easier. I will share some quick and easy recipes from this book in the next few days.

“There are ways to get even more bang for your meal-planning buck, including this handful of ideas:
Make the effort to choose recipes and meals that include some of the same ingredients or components, so you can prep and cook once to enjoy several different meals across the week. This could be cooked lentils, roast vegetables or poached chicken breast.

You can use the ‘ingredient’ index at the back of this cookbook to easily find recipes that have foods in common.


Create a plan that’s a little bit flexible. Depending on your preferences (and your personality!), being
able to switch and swap a few meals across the week, to cater to what you genuinely feel like
eating on any given day rather than being too rigid about what you have to eat, when, can help
you stick with the plan.


Choose recipes that you want and like to eat. Sure, kale, fish and chickpeas are good for you,
but if you genuinely don’t like the taste of those ingredients, it’s best not to choose recipes for
your meal plan that rely too heavily on them. Incorporate recipes that feature your ZeroPoint
foods if you’re a WW member. You chose them for a reason – because you like them! So when you
do this, you not only tick the box outlined above, you’ll be making the most of your Personal Points
Budget, too.


Make sure at least one or two (or three!) of the recipes in your meal plan are quick-fire ones so
that when your day is busier than expected, you can still create something healthy and delicious,
regardless of how much prep you have or haven’t been able to do beforehand. Check out the prep
and cooking times included on every recipe in this book to guide you.


HOW TO PREP FOR SUCCESS
Once you’ve planned your meals, the next step is prepping ahead of time to make it as easy as
possible to cook those meals. Depending on the ingredients and what suits you best, you can
either set aside a specific time to do this prep or simply incorporate it into the cooking process for a
particular recipe. Either way, once you start thinking about it, your prepping options are endless, but for
some inspiration, you could:

Chop up ingredients ahead of time. Again, you can either set aside a time to do this or whenever
you’re preparing meat, plant-based proteins or veggies for one meal, simply chop and divide
up more so that you have them ready to go, for another meal.

Totally stretched for time? When it comes to vegetables, the frozen variety are great to have on hand. They’re nutritious, pre-chopped and you can cook them straight from frozen.


Cook up double – or triple – batches of those ingredients that the recipes you’ve chosen have in common. Depending on how many days it’ll be until you’ll use them again, you can either store
them in the fridge or pop them in the freezer (turn over the page for freezing tips). After cooking,
‘leftover’ ingredients last for two or three days in the fridge.

Make sure your fridge, freezer and pantry is well organised. The way it’s structured only has to
make sense to you, but being able to put your hands on the ingredients you need quickly is vital
to making the meal-prep and cooking process as easy and enjoyable as possible.” p.15

Dentice Al Forno Con Patate; The Italian Home Cook – Silvia Colloca

 ‘The Italian Home Cook by Silvia Colloca, published by Plum, RRP $44.99, photography by Rob Palmer.’

Description:
‘Italians are taught from a young age to cherish the ingredients we cook with, whether home grown or store bought. We have observed our nonnas caring for these ingredients with passion and knowledge, and turning them into meals we will never stop craving or recreating.’

Australia’s favourite Italian home cook, Silvia Colloca, shares the 100 recipes that will show you how to cook like a true Italian, using the most humble of ingredients: end-of-summer tomatoes, salty anchovies, vibrant greens, oozy burrata and many more.

These are the dishes made lovingly in homes around Italy every day, and they are often brought to life with only a handful of ingredients and the simplest equipment. Try silky handmade noodles, savoury pies filled with fresh ricotta and parmigiano, crispy fried seafood, or slow-cooked ossobuco over saffron risotto. The Italian Home Cook is your essential guide to shopping, cooking and eating like an Italian, and will help you bring a little slice of Italy into your own home.

Another great book from this wonderful cook! I love Silvia’s recipes. Whole Snapper with potatoes, cherry tomatoes, olives and capers is perfect for any family gathering.

The idea with this dish is to create a tasty bed for a whole fi sh to nestle on. As it all bakes, the juices, flavours and aromas combine to create the most delicious one-pan dinner. Watch out for those coveted potatoes . . . they are sensational, having absorbed all the pan juices like golden sponges” p200

Ingredients: Serves 4

125 g (3⁄4 cup) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
90 g (1⁄2 cup) pitted black olives
1–2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
3–4 anchovy fi llets in olive oil, drained
125 ml (1⁄2 cup) dry white wine 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil
3 potatoes, boiled and cut into wedges
salt flakes
1 × 1 kg whole snapper, scaled and gutted, scored with two slashes on each side
roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves, to serve

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180°C.

Oil a large baking dish.

Place the cherry tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies, wine and half the olive oil in the dish. Add the potato, season with salt and toss with the other ingredients. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
Place the snapper on the cherry tomato mixture and baste with the pan juices, drizzling them onto the slashes cut into the flesh. Season with a little more salt and return to the oven. Bake for a further 20–25 minutes or until the fish is just cooked through. To test if it’s ready, gently lift some flesh with a butter knife. If it lifts off easily and looks opaque, the fish is done.

Scatter some parsley over the top, drizzle on the remaining olive oil and serve.

Saltimbocca All Romana; The Italian Home Cook – Silvia Colloca

 ‘The Italian Home Cook by Silvia Colloca, published by Plum, RRP $44.99, photography by Rob Palmer.’

Description:
‘Italians are taught from a young age to cherish the ingredients we cook with, whether home grown or store bought. We have observed our nonnas caring for these ingredients with passion and knowledge, and turning them into meals we will never stop craving or recreating.’

Australia’s favourite Italian home cook, Silvia Colloca, shares the 100 recipes that will show you how to cook like a true Italian, using the most humble of ingredients: end-of-summer tomatoes, salty anchovies, vibrant greens, oozy burrata and many more.

These are the dishes made lovingly in homes around Italy every day, and they are often brought to life with only a handful of ingredients and the simplest equipment. Try silky handmade noodles, savoury pies filled with fresh ricotta and parmigiano, crispy fried seafood, or slow-cooked ossobuco over saffron risotto. The Italian Home Cook is your essential guide to shopping, cooking and eating like an Italian, and will help you bring a little slice of Italy into your own home.

Another great book from this wonderful cook! I love Silvia’s recipes and I am going to share one of my favourites with you:

P214 POULTRY & MEAT

Saltimbocca alla Romana (Roman-style veal with sage and prosciutto)
The name of this classic Roman dish pretty much explains how delicious it is. Saltimbocca literally means ‘jumps in the mouth’, and I can guarantee this is going to be your wish the second you are presented with succulent veal delicately wrapped in savoury, crisp prosciutto and sage, and drizzled with wine-infused pan juices. The fact that this takes only 20 minutes to make should be enough for you to immediately bookmark this page.” p214

Ingredients: Serves 4

4 × 200 g veal minute steaks
4 thin slices of prosciutto di Parma, cut in half
12 sage leaves, plus extra as desired
150 g (1 cup) plain flour
2 1⁄2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
25 g butter
1 garlic clove, bashed with the back of a knife
150 ml dry white wine
sourdough, lemon wedges and green leaves, to serve (optional)

Method
Beat the veal steaks with a mallet until thin, then cut each steak into three pieces. Press a slice of prosciutto onto each piece, then place a sage leaf on top. Fold the meat to half enclose the prosciutto and sage, trying to keep it nice and flat.

Place the flour in a shallow bowl. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Dip each steak in the flour, shake off the excess, then place on a platter.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and as many extra sage leaves as you like, then add the veal, sage leaf–side down, and cook for 3–4 minutes or until the prosciutto is crisp. Turn and cook for 1–2 minutes or until the veal is almost cooked through.

Add the wine to the pan and deglaze, scraping up any bits caught on the base. Cook out the alcohol for 1–2 minutes. Transfer the saltimbocca to a platter, drizzle over the pan juices and serve straight away with your choice of sourdough, lemon wedges and fresh green leaves.


Paella – The Fibre Fuelled Cookbook – Dr Will Bulsiewicz

The Fibre Fuelled Cookbook

Dr Will Bulsiewicz

Vermillion

Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9781785044175

RRP $45

If you have been following along with my blog you will have realised how important I think gut health is for everyone. This book is another great resource on gut health, I hope you find it helpful.

“Saffron is a bulbous perennial plant in the iris family that blooms in the autumn. Harvest takes place over two weeks and the flowers are handpicked before dawn, before they open for the day. It requires more than six thousand flowers and over twelve hours of labour to create just 30 grams of saffron, hence the nickname “red gold.” In this recipe, the musky, piney saffron is complemented by the earthy, smoky paprika and garlicky sweetness. It’s a taste of heaven.” p261

9 Plant Points

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable stock

1 medium yellow or white onion, finely chopped

1 jarred roasted red pepper, chopped

1 red sweet pepper, seeded and chopped

1 medium courgette, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 pinch saffron threads

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

220 g short-grain rice (Arborio, Japanese sushi rice, Bomba rice)

600 ml Biome Stock Unleashed (page 239) or vegetable stock

10 g fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

1 lemon, sliced

1. In a paella pan or a large, shallow frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, roasted red pepper, and sweet pepper to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes, until brown and reduced.

2. Add the courgette, garlic, tomato, saffron, paprika, and cayenne and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.

3. Add the rice and stock and stir once to combine, then shake the pan to evenly distribute the rice and vegetables. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 22 to 25 minutes. Check for most of the liquid to be absorbed and the rice at the top to be nearly tender. If for some reason your rice is still not cooked, add 60 ml more water or stock and continue cooking (can also finish cooking in the oven; see Pro Tip).

4. Remove the pan from the heat and cover with a tight-fitting lid or foil, then place a tea towel over the lid to rest for 5 minutes (this allows the rice to finish steaming). Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon slices.

PRO TIP:

Once the rice is mixed in, resist the urge to stir it again in order to allow a crispy crust to form at the bottom, called a socarrat. Depending on the size of your pan or burners on the hob, you may need to finish this in the oven. Cover with foil, then finish in a 175°C oven, until the rice is cooked through.