The perfect two course low GI recipe
Beef and Red Wine Stew followed by Chocolate mousse with raspberries…even if you’re on a diet!
These simple recipes come from the fabulous GI Diet plan, a diet that consists of foods that release glucose slowly into the blood stream and eliminates foods that give you a quick sugar spike, then crash, leaving you craving more food.
The GI (Glycemic Index) Diet lists foods as red (foods to avoid), yellow (foods to enjoy occasionally), and green (foods to eat as often as you want).
The following recipe is from the www.the-gi-diet.org website, which is jam packed full of information on the diet itself, as well as other tasty recipes that will leave you wondering if you are on a diet at all.
This simple, low GI, two course meal can be enjoyed virtually guilt free and is perfect on a winters evening for the whole family, or half the quantities and make as a perfect Valentines Day meal for two!
Beef and Red Wine Stew
Beef Stew with Red Wine may sound like a high calorie meal, but this recipe is made using the low GI index and is perfect for warming (and filling) you up.
450g Lean Beef
7 Sticks of Celery
5 Cloves of Garlic
½ Bottle of Red Wine
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Handful of fresh Basil
1 Stock Cube
Ground Salt and Pepper
Step 1 – Chop the carrots, celery, garlic and beef into chunks, approximately the same size, and remove any excess fat from the meat.
Step 2 – In a tablespoon of sunflower oil, braise the beef for 30 seconds in a large saucepan. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and cook for further minute.
Step 3 – Add the wine, vinegar, stock cube, salt and pepper. Turn down the heat, cover and cook for 1-1.5 hours.
Step 4 – Serve with Pita Bread or Sourdough.
Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries
Although chocolate is typically avoided when dieting, cocoa, in its purest form, is a rich source of antioxidants and the use of 70% cocoa chocolate in this recipe means that one serving is only 145 calories, that’s less than half the calories in an average chocolate bar!
80g Cocoa chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
2 Egg whites
2 teaspoons of Sugar
4 tablespoons of plain Yogurt (70g)
Approx 30 Raspberries (95g)
Step 1 – Breaking the chocolate into a pirex dish or jug, gently melt over a saucepan of hot water. Once all the chocolate is melted allow it cool for a couple of minutes.
Step 2 – Add the sugar to egg whites and whisk until it forms soft peaks. Fold in the melted chocolate and yogurts.
Step 3 – Spoon the mixture into small bowls, or ramekins, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Step 4 – Serve with the raspberries on top and enjoy your delicious, low fat, treat!