Recipes

300 - 400 Calories

Apricot porridge with jumbo oats

Jumbo oats make a thicker more substantial porridge, but it's ok to use regular rolled oats. This healthy start to the day provides plenty of slowly released carbohydrate to keep your blood glucose level and help protect your heart. The apricots supply sweetness to the porridge as well as iron, beta carotene (the plant form of vitamin A) and additional fibre, and the milk is of course a bone essential because of its calcium content.

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Bruschetta with 2 different toppings

A quick lunch high on visual as well as taste appeal, bruschetta are easy and quick to prepare. Buy lower fat versions of cheeses such as mozzarella and feta which taste just as good, and look out for ready prepared 'Bruschettina' (Italian par baked sliced bread) to speed things up. If you prefer, just use mozzarella and pop the soya bean bruschetta under the grill for a minute to melt.

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Cajun turkey steak with avocado salad

Turkey steak is low in fat, high in protein and cooks quickly - all great when you are on a weight loss diet. As it is part of our ketosis recipes, it is accompanied by a delicious salad containing vitamin E rich avocado as well as crunchy cucumber and celery. This meal is a really healthy and lean alternative and can be enjoyed on any of our diet solution plans, including the VLCD and LCD diet.

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Christmas Turkey

All is not lost if you are having a low carb Christmas. Turkey escalopes wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cranberries and walnuts served alongside broccoli and Brussels sprouts, both packed full of immune boosting vitamin C. The addition of cranberries brings heart protecting and cancer fighting antioxidants. This looks and tastes delicious and should keep you in ketosis too. This can be enjoyed on any of our diet solution plans, including the VLCD and LCD diets.

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Greek and feta salad

This classic combination of salad vegetables is at its best in summer with really ripe tomatoes, but if you fancy this in the depths of winter sit the tomatoes on the windowsill for a few days to ripen fully and warm through and let the other ingredients come to room temperature before you make the salad.

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Grilled marinated prawns with stir fried vegetables

A delicious and easy dish, which is also low in carbohydrates. Keep a pack of shelled raw prawns in your freezer to make this one, as it is bound to become a favourite. Non dieters in your household will be very envious, so serve them with a portion of boiled rice to make a delicious meal. This can be enjoyed on any of our diet solution plans, including the VLCD and LCD diets.

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Mushroom Omelet with Chinese style salad

Omelettes are quick to make, high in protein and contain almost no carbohydrate. This one is served with a salad made with bean sprouts and cucumber with added fennel for an aniseedy taste. This can be enjoyed on any of our diet solution plans, including the VLCD and LCD diets.

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Omelet and summer fruit smoothie breakfast

Great for the weekend when you have a little more time, this breakfast will keep you going all morning. The riper the fruit you use the sweeter it will be, but if you are using frozen fruit and it is too tart, try a little sweetener such as xylitol, or sucralose.

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Oriental chicken salad

This is a low fat salad with stacks of taste from the many flavours it contains. Look out for Nam Pla (fish sauce) in the oriental aisle of the supermarket, but use carefully as it is very salty.

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Peppered mackerel and red apple salad

Mackerel is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, of which the important DHA is known to be essential for your heart health, vision and brain function. Here it is combined with apple and cucumber in a yogurt sauce and accompanied by baby new potatoes. A delicious lunch or simple supper.

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Steak with salsa and grilled vegetables

Indulge with a succulent steak, partnered with courgette 'chips' and grilled mushrooms for a pub grub type of meal. Better yet, this meal can be enjoyed on any of our diet solutions, including the VLCD and LCD diet. You wouldn't think this was one of our ketosis recipes!

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Tarragon Chicken with Crushed potatoes

This easy dish is ideal for a special meal or just a midweek supper. Chicken breast is low in fat and here it is cooked in a little white wine with tarragon to provide lots of flavour. The potatoes are lightly crushed before serving and have a little olive oil drizzled over. Delicious!

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Tuna and Fennel Pilaff

A family meal which mostly uses store cupboard ingredients, you can substitute celery for fennel if you don't like its aniseedy flavour. Vegetarians may use boiled green lentils instead of the tuna. Either way, this easy pilaff will keep for 24 hours in the fridge and is equally delicious served as a salad with cherry tomatoes.

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