Garlic and Ginger Marinated Tofu

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Gluten free, sugar free, low carb, dairy free, vegan.

Stuck for healthy protein ideas to put in your salads? Or serve with your veggies? This marinated tofu will do the trick!

Tofu is super low in calories and carbohydrates, so if you're looking to slim down, it is a great protein source to keep your meal low calorie and support your efforts.

Tofu is also great for those of you that follow a vegan lifestyle, where sometimes it can be hard to meet your protein requirements.

Be sure to choose an organic, non GMO, firm tofu. 

Serves: 2

Total cooking time: 10 minutes

Calories/Energy: 169 kcal    
Protein: 14.3 g    
Fat:  10.7 g    
Net carbs:  7 g
Sugar: 1 g

Ingredients:

  • 250 g firm, organic, non GMO tofu

  • 6 tablespoons tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

  • 2 teaspoon white vinegar

  • 2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger)

  • 2 clove crushed garlic

  • 1 teaspoon stevia

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Method:

  1. In a bowl, stir together the tamari, ginger, stevia, garlic, vinegar and sesame oil

  2. Slice the tofu into thin slices (about 1/2 cm).

  3. Coat the tofu in the marinade, making sure both sides are nicely covered.

  4. Heat a small frypan on medium heat. Then when it is hot, melt 1 tsp coconut oil and make sure the pan is covered. Place the tofu on the pan and cook for a few minutes or until slightly brown, then flip and cook for a further minute. Reserve the marinate and use it to pour over the tofu when you serve it! Remove and set aside.

  Notes:

You can use tempeh instead of tofu if desired. This marinade also works very well for chicken, pork and lamb.

Serve on a bed of fresh salad with mint and other fresh herbs, some crunchy nuts and the leftover marinade to dress it or some stirfried or grilled vegetables. Or, simply enjoy as a snack alone.

Enjoy!

Let me know if you make it.

Bec xx

Creamy, Low Carb Pesto Pasta!

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What an amazing low carb, deceivingly healthy, weight loss supporting meal this is!

It's one of those "have your cake and eat it too" kind of meals that I love. In fact, most of the meals I cook are like this.

Who else loves to eat comfort foods with zero guilt?! 

This is...

  • Paleo (unless you add parmesan)

  • Low carb

  • Keto friendly

  • Gluten free

  • Low calorie

  • Vegan

  • Extremely nutrient dense!

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The pesto sauce can also be kept in the fridge and used in salads, with eggs for breakfast, on toast or drizzled over veggies. It's so versatile! And the avocado makes it so nice and creamy. 

So here it is...

Serves: 3

Total cooking time: 10 minutes

Calories / serve: 285 kcal (without parmesan or vegan cheese).

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium - large avocado

  • 1 cup of kale leaves or baby spinach

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • Juice of juice of half a lemon

  • 1 big bunch of fresh basil (about 30-40g)

  • 3 tbsp pine nuts

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 pack slendier konjac noodles

  • 1 large zucchini

Method:

  1. Heat a small frypan on medium, then throw in the pine nuts and toast them, stirring constantly until lightly browned. Set aside.

  2. Place 2 tbsp of the toasted pine nuts along with everything else in a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste, and then season with a generous amount of salt and pepper until you like it.

  3. If using the sauce to make a low carb pesto pasta... rinse the slim noodles and make your zucchini noodles (with a machine or a regular hand held potato peeler).

  4. Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add a little more olive oil (about 1 tsp) and then throw in noodles and 1/3 of the pesto sauce. Toss until all combined and heated through! Also stir through 1 tbsp parmesan cheese if your dietary requirements allow for it! Use 1 tbsp of almond, macadamia or cashew cheese if you're vegan!

  5. Plate up and top with extra salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, remaining pine nuts and a few leaves of fresh basil!

Voila!

* You don't have to have the slim pasta if you dont like it. Feel free to just have more zucchini! Zucchini is also super low in calories and carbs. So replace the slim noodles with another 1/2 of a zucchini if you like!

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Give it a try and please leave a comment if you do and tell me how it turns out. 

Stuck for other quick, guilt free weight loss supporting meals? You can get 3 weeks worth of them along with shopping lists and a whole lot more in my 3 Week Body Reset Plan - Check it out if you haven’t already! The results have been so amazing.

Bec xx

 

Fragrant Coconut Fish with Coriander

This creamy, curry style fish is very simple and extremely quick to prepare (like all of my cooking).

Such a tasty way to prepare fish, and if you're not a huge fan of seafood, this is the perfect way to incorporate it into your diet more often as the flavours totally take over! We should all be eating fish at least once a week so here's a healthy recipe that will make this super simple to do!

Suitable for paleo, keto, low carb, gluten free and dairy free diets!

Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 fish fillets (I like pink snapper, red emperor or due fish)

  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1 to 2 tbls curry powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced

  • 1 small fresh red or green chili, finely sliced

  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut cream

  • Lime juice

  • Coriander leaves

Method

  • Rub the fish with the turmeric, curry powder and salt

  • In a frying pan, heat oil and cook onion, chili, garlic and ginger on low heat for about 5 minutes. Avoid browning.

  • Add the coconut cream, stir well, then add the fish and bring to a simmer

  • Cook uncovered for 4 minutes

  • Turn fish over and finish cooking (approx another 3 to 4 minutes).

  • Stir in some lime juice and coriander leaves just before serving!

Serving suggestion:
Serve with fresh, steamed Asian greens and / or brown rice (I would swap the brown rice for cauliflower or cauliflower rice to keep it low carb and lower calorie but this is your choice). Season with extra chili, salt and pepper if desired!

 

 

 

Going Nuts for Granola

The majority of the granola's that are available on our supermarket shelves are advertised as being 'healthy' however most of them are definitely not. Lots are highly processed and contain added sugars...it is virtually impossible to find a sugar free granola.

 

Granola's that are sold in health food stores are often sweetened with honey or some other form of 'naturally occurring' sugars, which are better alternatives to the highly processed white sugar as they come along with some nutrients, however they are STILL sugar!!

 

So if you are a sugar free eater, like me, you want a granola that is TOTALLY sugar free... which is where this recipe comes in!

 

This granola is ALL nuts (no grains, no fruit, no sugar) which makes it GLUTEN FREE, and it is full of GOOD fats and protein. It is incredibly tasty and still sweet as it's sweetened with stevia (a safe, healthy, zero calorie sweetener)

 

Sprinkle it over Greek yogurt and berries for the perfect breakfast, snack or dessert :)

 

Ingredients:

- 2 cups of nuts and seeds of your choice (I use almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, pecans, pepitas and macadamias)

- 1/4 cup shredded coconut

- 2 heaped teaspoons coconut oil

- 1 teaspoon stevia powder

- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

 

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Method:

1. Preheat fan forced oven to 180 degrees Celsius

2. Line a baking tray with baking paper

3. Chop all nuts roughly and spread onto the baking paper along with the coconut

4. In a small bowl combine the coconut oil, stevia, vanilla and cinnamon and melt in the microwave

5. Pour the melted coconut mixture over the nuts and move it all around with a spoon so that the nuts are evenly coated

6. Place in the oven for around 10 minutes (watch carefully so that they don't burn!) You just want them to be lightly roasted! Then remove from oven, allow to cool and place in a container of your choice!

 

*** Think of a small handful as a serve.. the equivalent to about 8-10 whole nuts

 

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