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Mock Cauliflower Couscous

SW Cauliflower Couscous

Cauliflower couscous? That was my first thought when my colleague first introduced me to this recipe. Of course nothing beats wheat couscous, steamed and flavoured to perfection but when avoiding wheat or trying to eat more speed foods, this is an amazing addition to your side dish repertoire; mock cauliflower couscous.

Making cauliflower couscous in your Thermomix is super easy. You just grind up fresh cauliflower florets in your until they resemble couscous. Add some other vegetables such as red and yellow peppers for colour, onion and dates for flavour, a bit of white wine vinegar and olive oil and then serve.

Credit: This recipe has been slightly adapted from the  Cookidoo Platform Collection Alternative Sides. Link to this recipe on Cookidoo for guided cooking is here 

SW Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a classic dish to accompany many meals including BBQ, jacket potatoes and perfect both in the summer and winter. This Slimming World (SW) coleslaw is full of their ‘free’ food and therefore in SW-speak, syn-free.

I have to admit, I’ve recently joined Slimming World. My son is nearly 7 years old and I just haven’t haven’t lost the baby weight. It’s got to do with a combination of things; working too hard, eating all the recipes that I cook for my Thermomix business and way too many cakes/ desserts that my children love and not exercising as much as I need to, to keep the weight off. In fairness, I do go to the gym and a have a personal trainer and whilst I feel fitter and healthier, I feel big.

When we’re in our teens and twenties, losing weight is often as simple as turning down that extra scoop of ice cream or adding some occasional exercise to our routines. However, as our age increases, our metabolic rate has a tendency to plummet, turning what used to be an effective diet and exercise plan into a recipe for serious weight gain. For women in particular, hormonal changes after age 40, including menopause, can make it harder to lose weight and keep it off.

So I’ve decided to do something about this and whilst I make home cooked food daily, incorporating Slimming World (SW) recipes into my daily routine shouldn’t be so bad, should it? Well, having joined on a whim just this lunchtime, with BBQ ribs marinating for dinner, while the rest of the family enjoy ribs with fries, I’ll be having mine with delicious homemade SW coleslaw.

NOTE: Everyone really enjoyed this recipe, including my fussy Thermo-hubby. Syn-free but super tasty too.

Asian Salad

This Asian salad is one of my favourites. We used to make this recipe as one of our cooking class dishes and time after time, after a class, I’d come home and repeat it for the family. It has a fantastic fusion which is bold, fresh and crunchy that is perfect on it’s own or as an accompaniment to any meal.

Credit: This recipe is from our “First Class with a Thermomix” cooking class created by Thermomix UK. If you would like to attend this or any of the classes, I am involved in, please go to my Events section on my website.

Herb Salad

Brown Rice, Herb and Fennel Salad

Now that I’ve tried it, I highly recommend this brown rice, herb and fennel salad.

Are you one of those people (like me) who read this title and quietly said to themselves, “Brown rice, no. Fennel, no”. Well, that was me and my words of wisdom are ‘don’t knock it, until you’ve tried it’. This delicious brown rice, herb and fennel salad recipe comes from Tenina Holder’s, Tenina’s America cookbook and when Tenina came to London recently, this little recipe was on the class menu and by far once of the real winners of the day. So good, that in just I’ve already made it six times in the past 3 weeks. It gets the kids thumbs up and fussy husband ate it too.

Brown rice adds so many great qualities to the salad. It has a nuttiness and slightly chewy texture that makes it just delicious. You can serve it alone, as I have done many times since the class or pair it with jerk chicken or a piece of salmon to add some protein.

Japanese salad dressing

Japanese Salad Dressing

OMG… I am missing Japan like crazy right now. This happens from time to time. You see, between the years I spent living in Japan and the fact that I have just come back from 2 weeks showing my family the highlights of this amazing country,  there is a real hold the land of the rising sun has on me. Japanese culture is so much a part of my life and the trip was so easy, even with my 6-year old as we eat so much Japanese food at home and when we go out too. Watch out for a plethora of Japanese inspired recipes over the next weeks but for today, I’ll give you an easy one to make, Japanese Salad Dressing. 

This Japanese Salad dressing really hits the spot. This is the ubiquitous restaurant style dressing you get on your starter salad with all your kaiseki meals in Japan. It’s delicious, super easy to make and, if you’re like me, it’s a comforting reminder of home.


Lemon Oil Dressing

This heavenly lemon oil dressing recipe is courtesy of Chef Alan Murchison of L’ortolan Restaurant who has a Michelin star (probably 2 now). Alan is passionate about owning a Thermomix and it’s so nice to make restaurant food in our homes.

This salad dressing is one of my favourites and I always have a bottle in my fridge. It keeps well and all you need to do is give it a good sake before using it as the oils will become semi-solid in the fridge.

When life gives you lemons, definitely make this lemon oil. You’ll be glad you did.

Goma dressing

Goma salad dressing is hugely popular in Japan. It’s perfect to make salads tasty. 

I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has asked me for the recipe for this. Here in London, Japanese sesame (goma) salad dressing is to hard to find and expensive to buy in Asian supermarkets.

This recipe shows how quick, easy and cheap it is and I guarantee you won’t be able to tell the difference. By the way, ‘goma’ means sesame in Japanese. This rich dressing can make a plain salad really come to life and is packed full of nutritious goodness.