Jun 062014
 
Greek lentil soup (v. 2.0)

This remains one of my very favourite soups, but I decided to make a low calorie version of the original recipe. I reduced the olive oil and lentils and increased the tomatoes. I like this every bit as much as the original version, and this will be the version that I made from now on. If you’re counting calories, this

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Feb 222014
 
Creamy curried mushrooms

This recipe is a calorie-reduced version of my previously posted recipe Succulent mountain mushrooms. I reduced the amount of vegetable oil and used low fat vegan yogurt instead of vegan sour cream. I also upped the ginger and garlic. The dish turned out sooo delicious, and did not taste like diet fare at all. As it was only 114 calories

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Jan 302014
 
Macaroni with sauteed veg

One thing I love about the 5:2 diet is that there are no restrictions on the type of food you can have on diet days, only on the calorie content. That means if you’ve got a craving for pasta on diet day, you can have it as long as it’s low calorie. Believe it or not, this delicious pasta dish

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Jan 092014
 
Fried veg with rice & tofu

Here is a great recipe when you’ve got a Chinese food craving, but it’s diet day and you need something low in calories. This fried rice & veg dish is less than 250 calories per serving and tastes great. It’s quite a generous portion for the low calorie count (that’s a cereal bowl in the photo), but as you can

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Jan 092014
 

Probably most people have heard about the 5:2 diet by now. For those of you not in the loop, the 5:2 diet consists of two days a week of calorie restriction (500 calories for women and 600 for men), and the other five days of normal eating. Not only can you lose around 2kg a month on the diet (about

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Jan 212012
 
Carrot soup with Thai flavours

My first inclination was to call this “Thai carrot soup”, but I wouldn’t want anyone thinking this is a traditional Thai recipe or anything, because it isn’t. It is, however, exceedingly tasty. Nicely spicy from the Thai curry paste and [optional] chilli, and mellowed out with coconut cream. I’ve tried carrot soups in the past, but they were all a

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Dec 252011
 
Happy holidays to all!

Here is our Christmas dinner… vegan turkey roast with stuffing, roasted potatoes with rosemary, roasted parsnips & carrots, sprouts, sunspuds (aka Jerusalem artichokes), leeks, stuffing balls, and of course, gravy. Wishing a happy and joyous festive season to all creatures!

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Oct 312011
 
Happy Halloween!

The awesome carved pumpkin you see above is not only the first one ever carved in the Thrifty household, but it has been carved from a pumpkin that we grew ourselves, down at the allotment. Yay! The flesh that was carved away has been steamed, and may be destined for pumpkin muffins. The seeds have also been saved, as they

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Jul 092011
 
Summer minestrone

I tend to go through food phases (apparently having never outgrown them), and lately I have been in one of my frequent “soup” phases. I’ve been sticking with favourites like Greek lentil soup and Black bean & sweetcorn soup, but last night I had a hankering for minestrone. This is a great hearty soup loaded with veggies, beans and pasta

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Jun 272011
 
Spicy Spanish potato salad

Yes, another potato salad recipe! This one is completely different than the mayo-based Potato salad with garlic & herbs. It is a super quick and easy recipe, and uses common kitchen ingredients. With this recipe, the potatoes are cooked with a chilli, and then dressed with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing. The cooked chilli plus raw garlic in

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