Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Pritikin style" Beetroot

I have had several people recently diagnosed with diabetes and lots of people I know have their cholesterol edging up. This is a particular issue for those of us who have taken aromatose inhibitors such as Femara or Arimidex. So I dredged back in my head to the days when I was a Pritikin person and came up with this simple beetroot recipe to include amongst my Christmas produce along with the sugar filled relishes.


6 large beetroot
1.5 cups cider vinegar
1.5 cups apple juice


Prepare jars in hot wash in dishwasher and cool
Cut the ends of the beetroots and slit the base and top with a cross
Add the beetroots to a large pan of water and bring to the boil
Simmer gently until tender
Allow to cool in water
Drain and rub off skins
Slice beetroot and half fill first jar
Sprinkle 3-4 cloves in
Fill to below rim with rest of sliced beetroot
Repeat for other jars (this makes about 3 jars depending on size)
Mix apple juice and cider vinegar
Pour slowly into jars allowing mixture to filter through to bottom
Place on lids and seal tightly
Decorate as required if giving as presents.

Cauliflower & Chickpea soup

This soup was the result of opening up some stock to cook couscous in and wondering what to do with the other three cups of it! Well I found half a cauliflower in the firdge and went on from there with what I had on hand and made a very yummy soup.

3 cups low salt chicken stock
1/2 cauliflower
1 can chickpeas (or use dry chickpeas and pre-soak and pre-cook)
4 spring onions
3 cloves garlic
Heaped tbs ginger root
1/2 teaspoon Sambal Oelek
Small bunch coriander

Place large pan on heat and add stock
Break cauliflower into flowerlets, roughly chop leaves and stalks, and add to stock
Clean and roughly chop spring onions and add
Crush garlic and ginger and add along with Sambal Oelek
Roughly chop coriander and add
Bring to boil and gently simmer until vegetables are tender.


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