I = Incredible Invention

I = Incredible Invention!

Hello all and welcome to ‘I’ of my A-Z Challenge! It would have been all to easy to make ice-cream for my ‘I’ post so I thought I’d do something a little bit different! This recipe has a bit of a story and I’ve been waiting to post it for a ages as I created it specifically to join Angie at her Fiesta Friday… but I haven’t been around to be able to party on a Friday for ages so I’m very excited to join the party today! 🙂

Incredible Invention! Traffic Lights! Did you know that the first traffic light was actually installed in 1868 in the UK!!! 🙂 Ah well… it was gas operated and unfortunately after less than a month it exploded and seriously harmed the policeman who was operating it! 🙁 Electric traffic lights didn’t appear until over 40 years later in the 1910’s in the USA! Traffic Lights are one of those things which we take for granted! Can you imagine what we would do without them? The other day they weren’t working (oh yes, I was in Istanbul and there was a nationwide blackout!) anyway, how very difficult was it for our taxi to edge forward bit by bit, then suddenly lurch forward into the path of an oncoming lorry! Traffic Lights… Incredible Invention! 🙂

Oh yes, this ‘is’ a recipe blog 😛 🙂 and my recipe today is ‘traffic light rosti’ 🙂 See! history and recipes! 🙂 Anyway, these did not start out as traffic lights but looking around the kitchen I suddenly thought ahhh beetroot, courgette, what else can I use and then I had to find something amber!

Hopefully you’ll see that the colours are traffic light esque! 🙂 Once you taste these! OMGosh! I started with green, then amber, then red and they are all so delicious but then I had this thought of stacking them and cutting all three together! WOW… definitely an ‘Incredible Invention’ !!! These flavours all together! Oh My Gosh!!! They are of course DEGF too! Dairy. Egg. Gluten. Free. 🙂 Incredible is the only word I have for them! 🙂


  • 1 teaspoon (5g) chia seeds
  • 3 teaspoons (15ml) water
  • 100g beetroot grated
  • 10g porridge oats (GF if required) blitzed to a flour
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used pink Himalayan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ————————————-
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) chia seeds
  • 3 teaspoons (15ml) water
  • 100g courgette grated
  • 25g porridge oats (GF if required) blitzed to a flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used pink Himalayan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ————————————
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) chia seeds
  • 3 teaspoons (15ml) water
  • 100g celeriac grated
  • 10g porridge oats (GF if required) blitzed to a flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used pink Himalayan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ————————————–
  • coconut oil for cooking


  1. Prepare three cups of chia seeds mixed with water for the three different rostis, stir well and leave for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix all the remaining ingredients for the beetroot rosti together (beetroot, oats, dill, salt, pepper).
  3. Prepare the courgette rosti ingredients (courgette, oats, mint, salt, pepper).
  4. Get the celeriac rosti ingredients mixed ready (celeriac, oats, curry, garlic, salt, pepper).
  5. Stir the softened chia into the vegetable mixes one at a time and combine well.
  6. Melt some coconut oil in a pan and shape the rostis into flat burger shapes using your hands. Shallow fry turning once or twice until cooked. Alternatively shape and place on a baking tray if you prefer not to fry.
  7. Keep warm in a low oven until you have cooked at least one of each flavour!
  8. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • Stack them and serve them!
  • Eat with salad or add your favourite grain.
  • Turn into a traffic light burger and eat with your choice of bread or wrap.
  • Store in the fridge for up to three days. These are delicious cold too!


  • Delicious Peace of Mind 10th April 2015 at 14:37

    I actually like traffic lights. As a non-driver, I can appreciate them a lot, especially when crossing a wide street without one. Brrr, scary! 🙂
    Anyway, I looove your traffic light burgers! The colors are great and the taste… I bet it’s so complementing! 🙂

    • Life Diet Health 10th April 2015 at 17:27

      Aren’t they awesome! 🙂 and the tastes are amazing… rawify them Milica! 😛 🙂

      • Delicious Peace of Mind 10th April 2015 at 17:31

        You can call me ‘the recipe converter’! 😀 I think this one also would benefit from a dehydrator, so sometime in the future. In the meantime, I did rawify the bell pepper dolmas, up on our blog! 🙂

        • Life Diet Health 10th April 2015 at 17:46

          Food processor or dehydrator… which shall I get first! Neither of which can I find the perfect one I’m looking for! Yummy ‘rawified’ peppers… why don’t you live next door! 🙂

          • Delicious Peace of Mind 10th April 2015 at 18:03

            That is a tough one… Maybe food processor first. You can get away without dehydrator longer than food processor. On the other hand, it depends which blender you have. It seems to me food processors can be cheaper than dehydrators, though I don’t know how good are those cheaper ones. I need new, bigger food processor as well and I am clueless which one to buy 😀

          • Life Diet Health 10th April 2015 at 21:54

            Our blender isnt great! Hubby says we can’t have a new food processor less than 1000w but all the ones I look at are max 750w! I’ll keep looking!

  • chefjulianna 10th April 2015 at 17:11

    Wow! I love how your imagination has poured out into this dish! I will never look at traffic lights in the same way again! 🙂 I love the layering of flavour and colours that you have attained in this super healthy dish! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at FF this week! 😀

    • Life Diet Health 10th April 2015 at 17:32

      🙂 Thank you very much Julianna 🙂 FF has amazing dishes and as I’ve been following for a while I knew I had to make something special for my first FF! 🙂

  • Charlotte @My Green Nook 10th April 2015 at 18:17

    What a fun idea – traffic light burgers 🙂 It looks delicious as well. Maybe this is a trick for all parents to get their kids to eat more veggies…

    • Life Diet Health 10th April 2015 at 21:57

      Thank you Charlotte 🙂 I didn’t even think of that! 🙂

  • GFLife247 10th April 2015 at 22:17

    I love the flavors and freshness of this dish, and of course the traffic light colors are so creative! Thanks for bringing these to FF, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

    • Life Diet Health 10th April 2015 at 23:20

      Welcome and thank you for visiting Life Diet Health! 🙂 Lots of GF recipes on here! You have a fantastic weekend too 🙂

  • charmbutterfly19 10th April 2015 at 23:56

    Great history lesson and recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    • Life Diet Health 11th April 2015 at 00:10

      🙂 Thank you very much! and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

      • charmbutterfly19 11th April 2015 at 00:13

        You’re very welcome! Thanks for visiting me as well! ?

  • Cath 11th April 2015 at 02:05

    Sounds soooo good! 🙂

  • Angie 11th April 2015 at 02:43

    Oh, you are just too creative! There’s something about this that makes me think of Dr. Seuss. And unlike Sam I am who will not eat his green eggs and ham, I will eat these traffic lights. I will eat them til they’re out of sight. I will eat them at night, I will eat them on a flight. Alright, alright, good night! 😀 Thank you so much for making these for Fiesta Friday! You’re awesome! ?

    • Life Diet Health 11th April 2015 at 09:20

      Ooo Angie 🙂 Thank you for looking at my traffic lights! 🙂
      Oh we love Dr Suess: Did I ever tell you how lucky you are? Thank goodness for all the things you are not! Thank goodness you’re not something someone forgot…
      Love your new home for Fiesta Friday and I’m just sorry it took me so long to join the party! 🙂 ps your pineapple flowers are lovely (another reason to get that dehydrator)! 🙂

  • Sophie33 11th April 2015 at 10:32

    Amazing 3 different rostis creations! i love them all! They all look so beautiful together on one plate! Yummmm!

    • Life Diet Health 11th April 2015 at 11:49

      If you have the time (and the energy) Sophie you should definitely give these a go! The taste of them all together OMGosh!!! 🙂

  • Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons 11th April 2015 at 21:51

    Very inventive, love the traffic light story. These look very healthy as well as delicious.

    • Life Diet Health 11th April 2015 at 22:47

      Thank you Liz 🙂 and welcome to Life Diet Health! 🙂 Come back again soon! 🙂

  • Hilda 16th April 2015 at 04:04

    Nice to meet you here at FF. Your traffic lights have created some buzz what with the story and the vegan and gluten free rostis.

    • Life Diet Health 16th April 2015 at 20:37

      Hello Hilda, thank you and welcome to Life Diet Health 🙂 Those gluten free rostis are delish! 🙂 It was worth waiting for a free day to post them at Fiesta Friday! Hopefully I’ll be back again soon and I am so going to make your maple and date muffins! What a fabulous idea! 🙂

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  • PantryPortfolio 6th May 2016 at 19:12

    I love this so much! What an amazing experiment that is a tremendous success!! –Deb

    • Life Diet Health 6th May 2016 at 19:45

      Thank you Deb 🙂 I think it’s almost time to make it again! It’s very good! Why don’t you check out my post today (zingy marble cheesecake) and link your fishcakes up to the party! 🙂

      • PantryPortfolio 6th May 2016 at 22:55

        I’ve never linked into a fiesta friday before – not exactly sure how. I’ll go read and try to figure it out 🙂

        • Life Diet Health 6th May 2016 at 23:08

          Basically you edit your post to say you are sharing at FiestaFriday which is co-hosted by (me and Kaila this week). You then add a link to each of us (that’s three links) – so for me you would add the link from my current post or just generically my blog home page. You then update your page then whizz over to FiestaFriday and scroll to near the bottom where it says add link. Just click it and a box will appear – make sure you enter your post URL not your blog URL. Automatically the other details should appear in the other boxes including the photo (just check them or add if needed) then submit. Pop along to see your post in the listings and just click a few pictures that take your fancy – like them, say hello etc… Job-done until next week! 🙂 I’ll come and find you over there! 🙂

          • PantryPortfolio 7th May 2016 at 22:38

            Ok. I won’t be able to this weekend for a range of reasons, but I will try this and explore in the future! Thank you for all of the helpful information! SO appreciate it!

          • Life Diet Health 8th May 2016 at 21:40

            You’re welcome 🙂 Hope to see you there soon!

          • PantryPortfolio 8th May 2016 at 02:11

            Ok. Ignore my previous post. I just linked in! Thanks for the friendly nudge. Looking forward to seeing what else is linked!

          • Life Diet Health 8th May 2016 at 21:43

            Woohoo… I see you! Well done! What delightful things have you found – there’s so many!

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