The Pioppi Diet is a revolutionary new Mediterranean approach to diet and lifestyle, which doesn’t requires saying ‘no’ to the foods you love. Lose weight and live longer, happier and healthier with this life-changing journey taking just 21 days.
To whet your appetite why not try one of the tasty recipes for a healthy alternative to pizza.
Jerk Chicken Cauliflower Pizza
FOR THE PIZZA BASE:
1 cauliflower, blitzed to cauliflower rice
2 tablespoons psyllium husk
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
FOR THE JERK CHICKEN:
2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons jerk seasoning
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
FOR THE TOPPING:
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
A red pepper, sliced
A yellow pepper, sliced
A green pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
Fresh basil leaves
1 mozzarella ball, torn into small chunks
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
Some rocket, and a drizzle of olive oil, to serve
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan.
2. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat and put the cauliflower into the dry pan. Keep stirring as it starts to cook. You don’t want it to take on too much colour, but you need it to lose some of its moisture content so it makes a good base. This will take about 10 minutes. It should be around a quarter smaller in volume when it’s ready.
3. Tip the cauliflower into a large mixing bowl while it’s still steaming, and add the other ingredients. Mix well to distribute the egg.
4. Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper and brush with a little oil. Take half of the mix for the pizza base and drop it on to the tray, spreading it into a flat round – you don’t want any holes or gaps.
5. Repeat with the other baking sheet.
6. Place into the hot oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.
7. While the base is cooking, take the two chicken breasts and rub them with the jerk seasoning and oil. Heat a griddle and cook each side for 6 to 7 minutes, or until cooked through. This will vary, depending on the shape and thickness of the meat. Set aside and slice when it has cooled a little.
8. Meanwhile, the edges of the pizza bases will be starting to brown and the bottom will be starting to dry out. After the first 20 minutes, remove the trays from the oven and carefully peel off the baking paper (minding your hands on the hot trays; a palette knife can be useful).
9. Flip over to cook on the other side. Return to the oven and cook for a further 15 to 20 minutes, or until the middle is starting to colour and feels dry to the fingertips.
10. Take the bases out of the oven and increase the heat to 220°C/200°C fan. Spread half the tomato puree over each base, then layer with the toppings, finishing by dotting the cheese in and around to hold it all together.
11. Return the trays to the oven for 8 to10 minutes. The peppers should just be starting to soften and the cheese to melt.
12. Serve with a big heap of rocket and a drizzle of oil.
'I am obsessed with The Pioppi Diet . . . I feel leaner, energised, definitely less bloated and more healthy. I genuinely feel like this is no longer a diet plan, it's just the way I eat' SARA COX
We are not being given the truth about our health . . .
We're told to avoid saturated fats, we're marketed health food that is laden with sugar and we're encouraged to pound out miles at the gym. However, our chances of getting obese are increasing - raising our risk of Type-2 diabetes, cancer, dementia and heart disease.
Yet in the tiny Italian village of Pioppi, life is as simple as it is long and healthy. There is no gym, no supermarket, the food is delicious and they enjoy a glass of wine every evening.
Now cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra - a world-leading obesity expert and Britain's number one anti-sugar campaigner - and acclaimed filmmaker Donal O'Neill combine the wisdom of this remarkably long lived population with decades of nutrition and medical research to cut through long-standing dietary myths and create this easy-to-follow lifestyle plan.
Indulge in delicious food for a happier, healthier and longer life . . .
· A creamy crab and ricotta omelette with sliced avocado
· Grilled halloumi and kale salad with tahini yoghurt dressing
· Monkfish skewers and basil pesto
· Steak burger with mature cheddar, tomato and avocado
· Cauliflower steaks and crumbled feta, za'atar and chilli
· Prosciutto, burrata and tomato salad with basil dressing
· A one-dish roasted aubergine with feta, herbs and yoghurt dressing
This isn't a diet or lifestyle, which requires saying 'no' to the things you love, or exercising for hours upon end. In just three weeks, The Pioppi Diet will help you make simple, achievable and long-lasting changes to how you eat, sleep and move - changes that all of us, no matter how busy we are, can make.
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