Low Sugar Tomato Soup (Serves 4)

Ingredients 2 onions peeled and chopped 1 carrot peeled and diced finely 1 clove garlic peeled and crushed 1 stick celery finely chopped 2 tbsp olive oil 450g/1lb fresh ripe tomatoes, skinned and halved 1 litre/1¾ pints vegetable stock 1 pinch of stevia to taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper Handful fresh basil, coriander or tarragon shredded (optional)   Method Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions, carrot and celery and garlic. Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes until soft. Add the sugar, salt, pepper and tomatoes. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Liquidise until smooth. If using the herbs, stir in at the end.   Portion contains 5.6g of sugar compared to 9.7g for ½ can creamed tomato...

Low Sugar Sweet and Sour Chicken or Prawns (Serves 4)

Ingredients 400g of raw chicken breast cut into strips or 400g raw prawns without shells 1 tsp olive oil 1 red onion, sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed ½ tsp fresh ginger root, grated ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely diced or pinch of chilli flakes, optional ¼ tsp Chinese five spice powder 4 tbsp tomato puree 200ml fresh chicken stock or vegetable stock 2tsp cornflour 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp xylitol or pinch of stevia (to taste) 2 tbsp light soy sauce 200g fresh pineapple cut into small pieces Freshly ground black pepper Pinch of sea salt Method Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onion for a couple of minutes until it starts to soften. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli if using and stir for a minute. In a small bowl add the cornflour and mix in a tbsp. of cold water to make a smooth paste. Add the chicken stock slowly stirring all the time. Then add to the pan along with the vinegar, xylitol, soy sauce and tomato puree and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat, add the pineapple chunks and cornflour paste and simmer for a couple of minutes to thicken the sauce. Season to taste. Add the chicken or prawns and leave on a medium heat until cooked. If you don’t add the meat or fish you can store the sauce in the fridge for 2-3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Portion contains 6.9g of sugar compared to 16.8g for a portion of jar sweet and sour...

Lower Carb Wheat Free Muesli

Many of the mueslis you buy in the shops contain lots of dried fruit which really increases the sugar and therefore carb content. Why not try making your own so you can leave this out and add other healthy ingredients instead. Low Carb, Wheat free Muesli Ingredients 100g porridge oats or millet/quinoa flakes 50g ground almonds 2 tablespoons each of chopped brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds Method Mix together all the ingredients and serve with a tsp of honey and some milk or with some natural live yoghurt and some fresh fruit (Berries, chopped pear or grated...

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Spicy Red Lentil Soup (Serves 4)

Ingredients 2 tsp. olive oil 1 medium onion chopped 2 large carrots chopped 1 small red pepper chopped 1 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. turmeric 1 pinch cinnamon 1 pinch chilli powder 1 bay leaf 125g red lentils 1 can chopped tomatoes 750ml vegetable stock Salt and milled black pepper to taste Method Heat the oil and fry the onions, carrots and red peppers gently until soft but not brown Add the spices and fry for a few minutes. Add the bay leaf and tomatoes and stock and cook until the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaf and liquidise the soup. Add the lentils and cook until they are tender....