A healthy twist to French classics
French ham sandwich
Eaten in France since 1830, this ham sandwich is a must-try dish but is not always exactly well balanced.
Recipe: begin by replacing the good old baguette with two slices of wholemeal bread, which is richer in fibre and contains fewer calories. Spread with a little butter and add a slice of plain cooked ham, considered a lean meat as long as it is not too salty. Add a few baby lettuce leaves and fresh herbs for a vitamin hit.
Blanquette of veal
For a more delicate version, it’s easy to replace the blanquette cream with a lighter cream, or alternatively coconut milk for an exotic touch.
Recipe: brown the pieces of meat in a casserole dish with two onions. Then add a bouquet garni and some button mushrooms cut into strips. Drizzle a little water and cream over the ingredients. Leave to simmer over a low heat for two hours, then serve with steamed carrots and a glass of red wine, rich in antioxidants.
La mousse au chocolat
Gourmets do not need to worry – there is such a thing as chocolate mousse with no butter, white sugar or allergens. The Guinguette d’Angèle secret? Chickpeas!
Recipe: beat the egg whites into stiff peaks with 300 ml of chickpea juice to achieve a firm, airy texture. Melt the dark chocolate in a bain marie, carefully fold in to the egg whites, and leave to rest for fifteen minutes. Finish by grating a little coconut flesh or decorate with a few cashew nuts.