23 May 2016

Nicola Graimes' Top 100 Low-carb Recipes

The Top 100 Low-carb Recipes by Nicola Graimes*, £5.99

I was recently given the opportunity to review this little recipe book, written by Nicola Graimes. The book focuses on low-carb options; perfect for those on a diet or people who are just keen to reduce their intake of carbs! With recipes to suit all diets, there is something for everyone. I really like the handy size of the cookbook, as well as the colourful photographs.

As a vegetarian, I was a little limited as to which recipes I could make, and I did find that most recipes called for one or more ingredients that I wouldn't usually have stocked in my fridge or cupboard - this cookbook would be perfect for people who plan their meals in advance, ensuring you have all the ingredients required to hand.

I'd definitely say that the majority of the recipes seem really healthy and there is a focus on unrefined, slow-release carbohydrates, which is really good. I managed to find some time recently to try out a couple of the recipes. I think I'll pass it on to my meat-eating husband, so he can try some of the other recipes! A great feature in the book is that each recipe states the grams of carbohydrates per serving.
Roasted vegetables with pesto dressing
This was really simple to make and gave a new twist to our roasted vegetables. We really enjoyed this recipe! We are big pesto fans, so this is an ingredient we always have stocked in the fridge.
Soufflé Berry Omelette
This recipe can be found in the Breakfasts & Brunches section, but I would also class it as a dessert-style recipe, which is what we served it as. Luckily I had some frozen berries waiting to be used in the freezer, so I didn't need to buy anything specially to make this recipe. Unfortunately, we both thought it was awful. Even with a sprinkle of sugar on top, there was no sweetness to it and it just didn't work. Granted, I'm not good with cooking omelettes, pancakes e.t.c., so it didn't look up to much, but it just didn't work for us - the omelette base was too savoury.

If you are following a low-carb diet and want to cook quick, healthy dishes with lots of flavour and fresh ingredients, definitely check out this cookbook.

*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

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