Monday, 19 September 2016

Watermelon ice lollys in Majorca

We've just got back from the most wonderful and overdue holiday to Majorca

A week of relaxing, paddleboarding, sunbathing, eating, drinking and laughing with friends.

Now granted I didn't stay low carb for the holiday, far from it, there was lots of sangria, ice cream and a few odd pizzas. And by lots of sangria, I mean lots!

This discovery was our saviour in the 30 odd degree heat, they're really easy to make and are so refreshing. Now I know watermelon isn't super low carb but it's pretty good as fruit goes with 8g per 100g- the actual melon is quite light once you remove the skin which you don't eat.

I can't take the credit for the idea, I'd seen them doing the rounds on Instagram, in particular Secret Squirrel food posted one that inspired me to give them a go.

Anyway to make them you hardly need a recipe:

  • Cut your watermelon into small triangles, the usual way, or buy them ready prepared if you're feeling decadent!
  • Use a sharp knife to cut a small slit in the middle of the hard skin
  • Push a lollypop stick into the hole 
  • Place in the freezer and leave for at least 4 hours, I made a lot in one go so they lasted for days
  • Remove and enjoy!
  • For added yummness, we melted some sugar free chocolate and waited until it was starting to cool and harden then poured that over the top before sprinkling with some sea salt. This is optional of course but does taste amazing!

Excuse the intermittent photo quality, some of these are iPhone shots, I was mostly taking a complete blogging break while away!

Hope you're all enjoying the last days of summer! See you soon and let me know if you try these!


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Low carb paella- HelloFresh recipe box

We've been travelling quite a lot recently and to counter the usual rush to the supermarket to stock our fridge on our return I've found the most fabulous discovery... Recipe boxes have been doing the rounds for a while now but I've never been that tempted, mainly because they can be quite pricey and I wasn't sure I'd like my meals each week dictated by someone else. I do like the idea of the measured out ingredients as we do have a fair amount of waste in our house, I'm sad to say, and also like the convenience of having a large insulated box of goodies waiting for me when I get home from work. Mostly of course, I try to follow a low carb lifestyle and of course the box contents are not targeted to that way of eating, though I pride myself on being able to adapt most meals, and of course I'm not the only person eating in this household.

Recently we dabbled with a HelloFresh box, being delivered the day we returned from holiday and it was such a welcome convenience to have everything ready and portioned without having to leave the house. Even more welcome was having the ingredients to make a veggie paella as we'd just returned from Spain, so it was like extending the holiday just a little longer! The recipe immediately caught my eye, as it was the lowest in carbs and was also gluten free, lactose free, vegan, low in calories (390 calories).

The full nutritional information for each recipe is included on the recipe cards and though you wouldn't expect it, the paella was actually very low in carbs, especially for a dish that's centred around a carbohydrate, there's only 14g per portion, and having made it now, I would definitely attempt it again, and might even try it using cauliflower rice for a meal that would be super low in carbs!

Everything comes perfectly portioned, even the spices, which was rather wonderful as I'm never too sure how much to put in, and always feel a bit nervous about using the spices in my cupboard as most of them are rather old!

Even though we'd been in Spain for the previous week, I hadn't actually managed to get any paella as I was the only vegetarian there and it never quite felt right to ask people to forgo the fish as that's most people's favourite parts, so it was the perfect meal to come home to. Furthermore. it was topped with samphire, which is one of my favourite vegetables, and one we've even started foraging for now we live near the coast!

Anyway, the paella was a huge hit, packed with flavour and so easy to make, and, like I said, I'm going to have a stab at an even lower carb version with cauliflower rice which I'll share if I manage to get right. Packed with lots of fresh veggies, as well as paprika, turmeric, olives, roasted tomatoes, chervil, garlic and lemon, and topped with delicious salty samphire, my paella envy from watching my friends in Spain soon disappeared!

I'll be back and posting much more regularly from now on, and have lots of new cruelty free beauty picks I've been dying to share with you, so I'll see you very soon!

In the meantime you can find HelloFresh here, their recipes change each week and you can find out what's coming up on their site. If you want me to share the paella recipe let me know in the comments. Have you tried a recipe box? 

* Contains PR samples 
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