I have said it many time that diet food should not be bland and monotonous.u00c2u00a0 My family were licking their fingers when they ate this dish and characterized it as “gourmet”.

There will be many temptations during the holidays so why not cook something healthy but delicious that only you will know that this is diet food. The preparation and cooking is done in no time, provided you have roasted the pumpkin beforehand.

I hope that you like salmon because it’s my favourite fish and as I have been eating it often, now that I am on a diet, each time making it different and with a different side dish, so I have a few more recipes to share.

Salmon is considered as «fatty fish» so it is not recommended for a gallbladder diet. u00c2u00a0 You can replace it with other grilled or baked fish. u00c2u00a0The same recipe can be made using perch but without too many spices. u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0

Another vegetable I am nowu00c2u00a0 in love with is roasted pumpkin or rather butternut squash.u00c2u00a0 A few days ago I bought one again, this time it was bigger, so I have stored some in the deep freezer.u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 I already have so many ideas how to use it.

When I was preparing the puree, I decided to add halloumi, which is salty, to balance the sweet taste of pumpkin.u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 Halloumi is quite fattyu00c2u00a0 but the amount I used is not that much and instead of using whole milk and butter, I opted to add some light milk instead and a combination of olive oil and olive oil margarine.


Crustedu00c2u00a0 Sesame Almond Salmon, recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 3


  • 1 salmon fillet (about 500 grams)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the crust:

  • 2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons almonds
  • 2 rusks or 3 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp spice mixture


  1. Wash, dry and cut salmon into servings.
  2. In a spice grinder add the almonds and rusks and powder.u00c2u00a0 Mix the spices with the crushed nuts and bread crumbs to combine.u00c2u00a0 Coat the salmon on both sides.
  3. In a sautéing pan heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and sauté the salmon, skin facing down for about 5 minutes until browned and then turn on the other side as well and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Transfer to a preheated oven to 180o C / 350o F and cook for 5 more minutes.

I am adding butternut squash to my diet menu, as it is a flavorful addition to any healthy diet. The health benefits are many:u00c2u00a0 It has no fat or cholesterol, it is a good source of fiber, it is full of anti-oxidants, especially Vitamin A and beta-carotene. It also contains Vitamin C, which also helps the immune system.

I made the pumpkin puree exactly the way I make mashed potatoes with the exception that I added halloumi and mixed in the pumpkin puree. u00c2u00a0 It passed my mind to add some heavy or light cream but I preferred to keep it lower on calories. u00c2u00a0 I must say that I did not expect it to be so much better than plain mashed potatoes.


Pumpkin Potato Purée

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 3


  • 1 cup butternut squash puree
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil based margarine
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup grated halloumi
  • Salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Milk


  1. Roast butternut squash.
  2. Peel potatoes and cut into wedges.u00c2u00a0 Put them in a saucepan and cover with water.u00c2u00a0 Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer until soft.
  3. Drain potatoes.u00c2u00a0 Using a hand mixer ora potato masher puree the potatoes.u00c2u00a0 Add margarine and olive oil and mix until the margarine has melted.u00c2u00a0 Stir in pumpkin, halloumi,u00c2u00a0 nutmeg, salt and pepper and mix.u00c2u00a0 Add milk a little at a time and mix until it reaches the consistency you prefer.u00c2u00a0 It should neither be too stiff or too watery.


Recipe adapted for Gallbladder Diet

Disclaimer:u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 I’m not a doctor, I’m not a surgeon and I’m not a dietician. u00c2u00a0Each person may have different symptoms, so please consult your doctor before following this diet.u00c2u00a0

Pumpkin Potato Purée

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 3


  • 1 cup butternut squash puree
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oilu00c2u00a0
  • Salt
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Low fat Milk

Directions, same as above

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  1. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Angie from Angie's Recipesa u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    That nuts-encrusted salmon steak looks mouthwatering and pairs really well with pumpkin and potato puree. A fantastic meal!
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  2. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Anna u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I was going to make salmon for Christmas dinner, this recipe is such a good idea for some lovely variation!
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  3. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Reeni u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I don’t eat enough salmon or fish in general Ivy! It’s hard to find it fresh from someone I trust where I live, which is a shame because I truly love it. I like how you crusted this! And the pumpkin potatoes look wonderful!
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  4. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 mjskit u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    That piece of salmon looks delicious! Crunchy outside, soft and tasty inside. So different from most salmon recipes I’ve seen. Will have to give it a try. Great recipe! Perfect pairing with the puree!
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  5. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Caffettiera u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Pumpkin and butternut squash are mybest friends too when I want to keep calories down. They are so sweet tasty and creamy that I cannot believe they are not calorie packed! I love the crust – yummy and satisfying while very very healthy.
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  6. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Seared Orange-Honey Crusted Salmon u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] Although I thought I had posted this recipe with orange, honey and orange zest, which makes all the difference, I think it is worth having it on record as it was delicious.u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 I served it with pumpkin potato puree. [...]

  7. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Mary u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Hi Ivy, I wanted to see your salmon recipe, but I have to say the potatoes with butternut squash look tempting, too. Halloumi is a great addition to it. I’ve only recently started seeing halloumi in the store here since it’s started to become a more popular ingredient in the US. I’ve never thought of cooking salmon with a coating, I usually think of that for a mild fish that needs more flavor. But your coating looks good with the almonds and sesame seeds.
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