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10 steps to a balanced life

It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy balance in life can be tricky. We are constantly bombarded with demands from work, family, and social obligations. It can be hard to find time for ourselves, let alone our hobbies and interests.

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Low carb onion bhaji

Traditionally these are made with gram flour, but to keep the carb content down I've used a different batter mix. Super easy to make and

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Fat is your friend

Go to the supermarket and the special offer shelves have low cal this and low fat that and ‘heart healthy’ wholegrain cereal bars at all

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Have you been feeling completely drained lately?

You’re not alone and its fair to say that a lot of people find themselves exhausted. Not least because of the year we’ve all been through. But there can be various reasons for exhaustion so let’s explore some of the possibilities along with potential solutions.

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prawn curry with tomatoes and spinach and a vibrant yellow sauce
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Easy Prawn Curry

This is so easy. The veg and spices are cooked first and then the coconut cream and prawns are added halfway through the cooking time.

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Pesto

This is great with the low carb pasta recipe or as a sauce to use with meat or fish

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Chicken ‘n’ Beans

This has been adapted from a Pollo A La Plancha recipe, which just translates as chicken on the grill. Its the beans that accompany it that set this dish apart.

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Best meatballs ever

There is so much flavour in these meatballs. The sauce is gorgeous mopped up with a low carb roll. Forget pasta you don’t miss it with a side of green beans and topped with Parmesan cheese.

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No Pasta Lasagne

As I advise to move away from pasta which sends blood sugar sky high, the alternative has always been to use vegetables as a swap. But this cheat, again adapted from the Diet Doctor website ticks all the taste and texture boxes whilst keeping you low carb. A revelation.

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Happy pancakes

These are ‘happy’ because they keep the body and brain on an even keel without a huge rush of insulin needed to deal with the high starch ingredients of regular pancakes.

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Best ever creme caramel

Using raw milk and the freshest local eggs, this is a dish made in heaven. It’s fructose free as it only uses glucose based sweeteners so it has a subtle sweetness. Divine.

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Pizza rolls

Melted and golden Buffalo mozzarella, basil and tomato is as traditional as you can get. But without the bread that causes blood sugar spikes that can lead to long term illness.

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Low carb rolls

If you are trying to reduce your blood sugar, bread is the last thing you should eat. These easy to make low carb rolls are the perfect replacement.

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Seed Biscuits

Based on my pecan brittle recipe, this is a no-nut crisp and sweet alternative. It’s also packed with loads of vitamins and Omega 3 fat.

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No Egg Mayo

For those with an egg allergy or vegan, this is perfect. I’ve tried cashew mayo which leaves a grainy texture on coleslaw, but this is truly smooth. Tastes delicious and the flaxseed mean it’s packed with omega 3’s.

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Stop Brain Drain

Not the kind of brain drain where the brightest sparks clear off to other countries and contribute to other economies. The kind where your own

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Quinoa Arancini

This is my take on the crispy Italian rice balls. They are filled with buffalo mozzarella as we digest it more easily.

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Cauli Salad

Cauliflower is so versatile. So using it with different textures in the same salad makes a delicious dish.

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Cauli cake

This is another star dish with loads and loads of nutrients, but importantly, flavour.

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Deconstructed Spanikopita

Spanikopita are Greek pastry parcels filled with spinach and feta. To make it gluten free I’ve made the filling and put it on quinoa pastry disks. Looks good as a starter.

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Caribbean curry with Tofu
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Caribbean Curry

This tastes of sunshine, hence the name. My oldest friend made this for me. She made it with chicken, but here I have used tofu.

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Refried beans

Not only delicious, the black beans are rich in vitamins and minerals, they also provide you with a great source of protein.

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Bean Bolognese

This is a really robust sauce. Full of brilliant antioxidants, a good source of fibre, and it’s absolutely delicious!

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poached pears with a vanilla pod and cinnamon stick
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Poached pears

Easier than you think. These make a wonderful dessert, especially when entertaining. And because the fruit is whole you get all the benefit of the fibre within.

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TV dumbs down health

    I’m the first to put the series link on and devour the info that’s spewed forth by good looking presenters masquerading as experts

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Mango, coconut and quinoa salad
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Mango quinoa salad

These flavours are so fresh and zingy. The sweetness of the mango goes so well with the savoury elements. The fried onions in the mix add another flavour dimension.

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Sweet lemon bake

These are an alternative to the lemon tart. Leaves out having to make pastry. You could serve with the super almond cookies.

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Melted cauliflower

Its not the prettiest dish, but it tastes delicious. So simple. Throw the ingredients together and bake for an hour. Side dish or main event, it works well.

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Savoury coconut crackers

With a pastry like, crumbly texture, these moreish crackers are great served with dips such as Mexican bean or guacamole. Dairy free and gluten free.

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Time on my hands

I’ve only gone and got myself an allotment! I’d envisaged this: And got this! Well to be precise I got it a month ago, and

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Lemon crumbed fish

Putting an almond crust on fish hadn’t occurred to me before, but this really works. Choose a firm white sustainably sourced fish.

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Low carb or what?

            All these food rules. I’ve heard of people making themselves really ill by literally just eating protein and very

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Liver, bacon and mash with spring greens and gravy
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Liver and Bacon

For want of a better word, organ meat is fantastic for your health. Choose good quality liver and your body will thank you for it.

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Crispy Kale

Kale is not usually something I enjoy. I’m pretty good with most veg but with Kale I have a slight mental block. Until I made

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Coconut cookies

Unlike the almond cookies these do go crisp. They are buttery and delicious and are great with a glass of whole raw or Jersey milk

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Peanut cookies

These are chewy in the middle. They are full of protein but make a great sweet treat without the fructose. These are a great energy

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Sesame cookies

Low starch and gluten free often means soft and chewy cookies, but these are fantastically crisp! High in protein and calcium, these are a great

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green bean salad
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Green bean salad

This salad is so substantial it is a meal in itself. So much flavour. I have adapted it from the master of vegetables Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Middle Eastern Greens

Need to add a little life into Kale Spring Greens or spinach? These flavours work beautifully. And don’t forget that the oil unlocks the nutrients

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