Side Dishes

Moroccan Summer Quinoa

Moroccan Summer Quinoa

This is a light and delicious summer dish where I combine the nutty taste of quinoa with the fresh Middle Eastern flavors of mint and lime. It’s quick and easy to make with only four ingredients. You can serve it alongside a Moroccan Tajine or with grilled fish, meat, or vegetables. The superfood quinoa is also called the Aztec Gold because of the huge amount of energy and fiber it contains. It’s not a grain, it’s part of the seed family and also gluten free.

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Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini Noodles are a great alternative if you like to eat carb-free but still enjoy a nice flavorful pasta sauce or noodle dish, not only because zucchinis don’t have a strong flavor of their own, they’re also very low in calories (about 17 calories per 100 g) and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. The zucchini peel is also a good source of dietary fiber which helps your digestive system. So please don’t peel a zucchini!

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Chickpea Flatbread

Chickpea Flatbread

This Chickpea Flatbread is a great alternative to Naan Bread if you like Indian cuisine. I like the flavor of chickpeas very much and in combination with cumin it’s a great side dish and much healthier and lower in carbs than regular flatbread. Feel free to give it a try with my Kashmiri Chicken Curry and Cauliflower Rice, or your favorite curry dish.

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Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

Rice is part of the daily meal for a large number of people around the world, not only in Asia, but also in Western countries. The problem is that rice is relatively high in carbs. In my attempt to remove more carbs from our diet, I found that cauliflower is a great carb-free vegetable substitute for many higher-carb sides. You can make flat-bread, puree, and even carb-free rice from cauliflower. Here I show how to make rice out of cauliflower, which you can serve with any of your favorite dishes that would normally go with rice.

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Cauliflower Puree

Cauliflower Puree

Since we adjusted our diet to eat fewer carbs, I started using cauliflower more regularly in different ways, especially as a side dish. This cauliflower puree is a delicious side alongside any kind of fish or meat, for example, with Filled Meatballs in Tomato Gravy or Fillet of Beef on Mushroom Sauce. It’s a delicious and healthy carb-free alternative to mashed potato because the texture is similar and the taste is even more refined with the fine milky and almost nutty flavors of the cauliflower. Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6, so not only delicious, but also very healthy!

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