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Stir it up magazine May 2017

For health-conscious diners it’s all about the protein – and they’re willing to pay a premium for dishes which cater specifically for their dietary choices. A high protein diet usually goes hand-in-hand with low carb content so how should chefs balance the two? Here, seven knowledgable chefs share their tips and ideas on incorporating animal and plant proteins to make delicious and appealing dishes. Tom Holloway head chef at the Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant in Lyme Regis, Dorset (www. hotelalexandra.co.uk) With a rising trend in health conscious, high protein and low carb diets, it can be difficult to find an interesting balance especially when dining out. The first thing most people think about 32 MAY 2017 when you mention high protein is meat. Usually a nice lean cut of venison or maybe beef fillet, which when paired with some of the many plant-based proteins (which themselves are growing in popularity) can provide almost infinite combinations of flavours and textures. Try pairing venison with braised Puy or black lentils, add to that the abundance of leafy greens and brassicas that are all high in protein sautéed with some flaked almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Mark Baumann Great British Master Chef and co-director of affordable luxury steak and lobster restaurant Bourgee www.bourgeerestaurants.com The clean eating trend shows no sign of stopping and as a result, healthier burger and hotdog options are in high demand. Diners still want to indulge but with less guilt. With this trend, it’s all about ditching the bun altogether. At Bourgee our ‘Naked Burger’ which shuns the bun in favour of a side salad has been a huge hit. By placing all the focus on the meat, the dish helps diners to cut down on the carbs without compromising on taste. Some restaurants are even using lettuce or avocados in place of bread to create faux buns that satisfy without the extra calories. James Davidson executive chef, Rich Sauces Having a balanced diet is very important so if you are trying a high protein low carb diet or way of life here are a few pointers to help. The recommended dietary allowance of protein for men is 56g and 46g for woman, this can be found in lean red meat (fat removed) eggs, fish, chicken (no skin) soy milk, tofu, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils. Not to rule out Carbs entirely particularly whole grain varieties, they provide nutrients such a vitamin B. To balance your meal fruit and vegetables are low in calorie and fat add texture and colour to your plate. Alex Connell principal tutor, the Vegetarian Society Cookery School For veggie and vegan dishes the key to the protein switch is making sure you Perfect Protein MELTING POT Some restaurant s are even using let tuce or avocados in place of bread to create faux buns t hat satisf y withou t the extra calories. / / / / / / // Why not mix it up? Add beans, nuts, tofu or meat substitutes like soya mince to your everyday, usual recipes for a well-balanced meal. Tofu makes a great addition to stirfries and curries. Marinated tofu with a rice powder crust on red onions Yogurt with berries, nuts and chia seeds Toast with goats cheese, avocado, arugula and sun dried tomatoes


Stir it up magazine May 2017
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