Need some seasonally-inspired low-carb recipe ideas for May?
Here at the Diabetes Diet, we are big fans of seasonal eating. Food is often cheaper – and it’s almost always more flavoursome.
What’s in season in May? Lamb, asparagus, spinach, prawns, cod, haddock, broccoli and crabs are a few of the seasonal ingredients low-carb dieters can make the most of.
Here are some seasonally-inspired low carb recipes that make the most of these delicious options:
- For lamb, why not try out some spice rubs? Or there is always the delicious treat, rack of lamb roast.
- If you’d like to use up some spinach, a lovely side dish is spinach puree.
- For cod or haddock, try the fish in a curry recipe that also uses home-made stock.
- Broccoli is another seasonal food in May (and purple sprouting broccoli). You can go for broccoli and Stilton soup or broccoli puree, courtesy of one of the food bloggers we follow – Cooking Without Limits. Another idea is broccoli and smoked Gouda soup – again courtesy of another food, blogger – the Soupy Stovetop.
You can’t let a seasonal round-up go past without mentioning asparagus. I think it’s better roasted or char-grilled than boiled. You can wrap it in Parma ham before roasting to make lovely low-carb canapés or why not try out some home-made Hollandaise?
Hollandaise is actually easier than you think to make – just pick the right recipe. Delia Smith’s foaming Hollandaise is a good one to try for the Hollandaise beginner.
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1tbsp cider vinegar
- 110g salted butter
- Put the egg yolks into a small food processor or blender along with the seasoning. Blend until combined.
- Heat the lemon juice and vinegar in a small saucepan. Let it start to bubble and then add to the egg yolks and blend well.
- Melt the butter in the same saucepan slowly – don’t let it brown. Begin to add slowly to the food processor (through the funnel) or blender. The process is similar to that you use when making mayonnaise.
- You will eventually end up with a smooth, buttery and lemon-y sauce. To make foaming Hollandaise – beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks and fold them into the finished sauce. This will lighten the sauce and make it go further.
The finished sauce has negligible carbohydrates – about 1-2g per serving.
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