Healthy Entertaining – BBQ Salmon with Lentil, Haloumi and Spinach Salad

Healthy Entertaining – BBQ Salmon with Lentil, Haloumi and Spinach Salad

It’s hard enough to stick to a healthy eating regime when eating out at restaurants or at friends let alone when entertaining at home!

I love entertaining, and throughout our healthy eating journey Andrew and I have gathered lots of recipes and ideas for entertaining at home that are healthy,simple – yet really quite impressive and of course very yummy (remember I said that Andrew and I don’t like to suffer too much in the food department!!!).

A couple of weeks ago Judy Davie (The Food Coach) popped in for lunch.  She hadn’t seen us since Andrew had his operation.  I agonised over what to cook for our food mentor and decided on the recipe below.  The salad comes from a good friend of mine Robyn who runs Mimis Kitchen.  It is fabulously easy to make, goes beautifully with BBQ’d salmon (or chicken if you aren’t a fish person).

Most of the work is done in the oven (and by hubby on the BBQ) which leaves lots of time to chat to your guests rather than fussing about in the kitchen…

BBQ Salmon with Lentil, Haloumi and Green Spinach Salad

(serves 4)

You will need …

4 pieces of Salmon.  (I buy the Decosti’s Huon Salmon pre-packaged in the fish section of Woolworths for ease.  I like skin on, but skin off is obviously fine too).

1 Bag English Spinach Leaves

150-200g  Green Beans (topped and tailed)

1 Packet Haloumi (broken into bite sized pieces)

1 Tin Organic Lentils (drained and rinsed)

Sumac (optional but very tasty), paprika would also be nice …

Jar of good quality store bought pesto – better if found in the fridge section.


Shake juice of 1 lemon, a splash of olive oil (2-3 TB) and a dollop of Dijon mustard in a jar with salt and pepper.


Make a few cuts in the skin of the salmon, rub with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Put aside until ready to bbq.  (Andrew did these below – don’t they look great?!)



To make the salad, place beans and haloumi on a baking tray lined with baking paper, sprinkle with pepper and sumac (or paprika) – don’t forget haloumi is quite salty already.  Bake in a medium oven for 15- 20 minutes or until the haloumi is deliciously golden.

When cooked, put the spinach in your salad bowl, scatter the lentils over the top and then finish of with the beans & haloumi.  Drizzle with dressing.


haloumiandlentilsaladTold you it was easy!

To BBQ the salmon, Andrew cooks it about 4 minutes each side (medium rare).  Serve Salmon with a dollop of pesto, wedge of lemon and the salad – delicious and very healthy!!!



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A bit of background …

I thought a bit of background might be a good idea before we move forward.

Andrew had struggled with his weight from early on in his life.  His memories of  his school years are of being overweight and unable to participate fully in most activities.  Unfortunately he was never able to lose the weight and was teased and bullied for most of his high school years.

Andrew and I met when we were in high school but it wasn’t until our mid 20’s that we met again and started dating.  When I bumped into Andrew again in 2001, I was blown away at how well he looked.  He told me he had recently lost about 25 kilos with Jenny Craig, I hadn’t seen him since school and he looked well and happy.  We hit it off immediately – after all he is an awesome guy!  You know how it goes – we got comfortable together, enjoying our food and wine a little too much, and the weight stacked back on … with interest….

Fast forward to our engagement and wedding in 2004 and he was weighing over 150 kilos … not good!

I tried everything to help Andrew lose the weight, but I also was struggling to keep my weight down – it was so hard and depressing.  We’d go to Weight Watchers meetings but wouldn’t make it through the next day without breaking the diet.  The only vegetable that Andrew would eat was iceberg lettuce – it was very frustrating!!!

I heard about a lady who called herself The Food Coach – her name is Judy Davie – and at the time, she specialised in a sort of personal training program with food for people who need to learn how to eat for health.  She was an amazing support system for Andrew and I and with her help over a couple of years we managed to clean up our act and in the meantime had 2 babies!!!  Gaby came a little later!

I will be telling you more about what Judy taught us in coming weeks.

You can find out more about The Food Coach here.

Here  and here are a couple of  articles on Judy’s website where Andrew discusses his journey in his own words – I hope that you find it as inspirational as I do!!!

Next time I’ll share what I cooked when The Food Coach recently popped in for a visit – we hadn’t seen her since before Andrew’s surgery –  and she was blown away with how well Andrew looked and how happy he is!!!  ….

Welcome To The Shrinking Hubby ….

Welcome to The Shrinking Hubby!  I have been looking forward to writing about our story and sharing my recipes and health motivation for such a long time and I hope that you will enjoy reading about Andrew’s inspirational journey.


 August 2011 at the snow – so much easier to ski when you are 60 kilos lighter!

When people meet Andrew they find it so hard to believe that at the time of our wedding in 2004 he was weighing over 150 kgs and they always want to know how he did it!


Our engagement party February 2004 ….


November 2004 – on our honeymoon

Now, 8 years later and a father of three beautiful girls, Andrew is a healthy 95 kilos!  He is one of the fittest people I know, has loads of energy, can wear anything he wants and is a picture of health.Andrew did not lose the weight quickly, it has been several years, however through hard work and consistency he has not only managed to lose over 60 kilos, but the weight has stayed off.In May last year Andrew had an operation to remove the excess skin around his tummy (an abdominoplasty) – years of being overweight had affected the elasticity of his skin and he was not feeling comfortable.  The results have been amazing and he hasn’t looked back!


June 2011 just after Andrew’s operation.

 Through my blog, I look forward to sharing our story with you – from when we met, how we struggled with our weight, and the sense of achievement when that weight started coming off – FOR GOOD!!!

I can’t wait to share so many tips and techniques and handy information that we have picked up along the way.

Most importantly, you have to understand that we are not on ‘a diet’!!!  We don’t feel like we are continually depriving ourselves in the name of a healthy lifestyle – this is so important for anyone who struggles with their weight because we only get one life and there is no point in spending it on a rollercoaster of deprivation (depressing) and indulgence (Guilt!)!!  Consistency is the key!!!  We both eat well, train very hard but most importantly indulge every now and then because it makes us happy!!!!

I get asked all the time how we did it.  It has been a huge learning curve for both Andrew and myself and is still definitely a work in progress.  We have completely changed our whole attitude towards food and healthy eating, we both love good food and over the years I have created and discovered some absolutely delicious recipes which are full of excellent nutrients and taste great and I want to share them with you!!

So please share this blog with your friends – especially those who find it challenging to enjoy clean eating, have a couple of kilos to lose or are interested in health.


May 2012 with our three girls Hannah (6), Samara (3) and Gaby (2)

I look forward to inspiring you all with Andrew’s story!!!

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