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Recipe of the month

People living with diabetes can enjoy the same healthy meals as the whole family.  Read our healthy cooking fact sheet for ideas on how to make small changes to your favourite recipes.
Some great ways to make recipes healthier are to:
  • add extra fibre
  • add extra fruit & vegetables
  • reduce the amount of sugar, salt, or saturated fat

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Smoked paprika potato and chickpea salad  

Serves: 8   Preparation time: 15 minutes   Cooking time: 40 minutes

2kg baby potatoes
Sea salt flakes 
6 eggs
2-3 teaspoons smoked sweet Spanish paprika 
1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil
400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 handfuls mind leaves
2 handfuls baby rocket (arugula) leaves
Freshly ground pepper 

1/4 cup (60ml) red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, finely chopped 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (180 degrees fan forced).
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, add a large pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are just tender. Add the eggs in the last 6 minutes of cooking time to cook. 
  3. Drain the potatoes and cool slightly. When the eggs are cooled, peel off the shells. 
  4. Cut the potatoes into uniform medium chunks, add to a large bowl with the paprika and toss to combine. 
  5. Pour the oil into a sturdy roasting pan and put in the oven for 5 minutes to heat up. 
  6. Toss the potatoes in the oil and roast them for about 20 minutes, or until crisp and golden. About 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time. add the chickpeas and lightly toss to warm through. 
  7. Tip the potato mixture into a large bowl. Cut the eggs into quarters and add to the bowl with the onion, mint and rocket. 
  8. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and pour over the salad, toss together lightly and serve.
Tip: Sweet smoked paprika increases the earthiness of the dish. However, you might consider swapping or combining another spice with paprika: warming cumin, or fennel with its slightly aniseed flavour and sweet aroma. 

Nutrition information
 Per serve 
 Fat, total19.5g   
 - saturated3.5g 
 - sugars9g
Exchanges3 per serve

Images and recipes from Good Carbs Cookbook by Dr Alan Barclay, Philippa Sandall and Kate McGhie
(Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99) Photography by Alan Benson.

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