All posts tagged: healthy

Wild Berry Coconut Bark

For someone who would rather eat a block of cheese than a block of chocolate it can be a little tricky finding a healthy snack to satisfy that sweet craving. There’s only so many banana and peanut butter bites one person should eat, so I think we’re onto a bit of a game changer with this one, Coconut Bark where have you been all my life. This sums up all the components that make a great recipe, it’s quick – like insanely quick, you can probably make this in an ad break (maybe? Try it) it’s the perfect healthy snack to grab after dinner or when you’re watching a film and need that snack, and it uses some of my favourite ingredients, especially The Wilds Muesli, yes yes yes. And the thing that makes a good recipe for me, is that you can play around with whatever ingredients you want to add in there, Nuts? Berries? Honey? Go wild… What you’ll need 55g Coconut butter 1 can of coconut cream The Wild Lime & Coconut …

Japanese Lettuce Cups

I haven’t been this excited about a recipe since I first moved to Melbourne and discovered Smashed Avocado. Now that was a great day and this comes pretty close, you’re going to kick yourself you haven’t tried this sooner. Depending how elaborate you want to get it this can be so easy to throw together, just use whatever veg you’ve got in your fridge, play around and decide what makes the best healthy combo. We went a bit crazy in the local Asian supermarket with an ingredient overload and made all our sauces and dressings – obviously you don’t need to do this every time but trust me it tastes so good, it will definitely be worth it. Ingredients 1 baby cos lettuce 1 clove of garlic 1 small chilli 100g firm tofu ½ avocado, thinly sliced length ways ¼ mango thinly sliced ¼ cucumber ¼ red cabbage thinly sliced sesame seeds to scatter on top Wasabi Avo & Edamame Spread 2 teaspoons of wasabi powder 1 cup of Edamame beans ½ avocado 2 spring …

Lavender Chia Pots

Winter is definitely coming in Melbourne, these pitch black mornings are a killer to wake up to aren’t they? It is my belief that in winter breakfasts need to be carefully planned, I’m talking about doing as much as you can the night before so you can snooze that alarm and stay in bed until the very last minute without compromising on flavor or benefits, so this recipe is a guaranteed winner, introducing our Lavender Chia Pots. Make these the night before and voila your looking at your main reason to throw yourself out of bed in the morning. An ideal healthy breakfast rich in nutrients and nourishing goodness. There’s a reason chia seeds are as popular as they are, they’re high in fibre and a great source of anti-inflammatory properties, did you know they actually contain more potassium than bananas? But my absolute favorite thing about this recipe is using Lavender. Everyone knows how relaxing Lavender is, so imagine how calming it is to our body when we eat it? It is infamous for its …

Baked Easter Eggs

I hate Chocolate. Can you picture the outrage I get when this comes up in conversation? You’re probably doing it right now, how? What? Why? But I just don’t like it, never have, so all this Easter-food excitement is completely lost on me. Try telling that to my Dad who still buys me an Easter Egg despite me never eating chocolate my whole life, he’s chosen the route of refusing to accept it’s humanly possible or he just knows he gets to eat it, but give me a real egg any day. So in the efforts of doing something Easter related with not an Easter Egg or Hot Cross Bun in sight here is a recipe we made last year, Baked Easter Eggs. If you’re not a chocolate fan either then this one is for you. An eggscellent idea I think, this recipe is so easy to throw together, just use whatever you’ve got in the cupboards, don’t worry about it being too eggstravagant, it’s Easter after all and it’s time to relax. I’m counting down the hours until it’s the …

GF Carrot Cake Muffins

Because nothing says Sunday more than baking. Even better when it’s baking up something healthy and the words Carrot and Cake are involved. These little beauties are ideal if you want to bake but are no Mary Berry. I’m all about simple, I want an easy recipe that I can throw in the oven and in less than half an hour I can claim to be the modern day muffin man. So here we have it, simple and healthy Carrot Cake & Coconut Muffins. (And gluten free – we can still enjoy baked goods too you know) This recipe doesn’t need any extra sugar or unhealthy additions and all the carrot is a great source of antioxidants and fibre. You could even add in some protein powders to transform these into the perfect post work out snack. All this can be quickly knocked up in one bowl in record time, plus they’re a healthy take on Carrot Cake, surely that’s reason enough? What you’ll need: – 3 carrots – 1 cup of walnuts – 1 banana – 2 eggs – …

Chargrilled Aubergine & Goats Cheese Rolls

Sometimes there’s just no need to waste time with introductions. I’ll get straight to the point: Chargrilled Aubergine & Goats Cheese Rolls. Sounds pretty good right? I promise you this recipe isn’t going to disappoint. All it takes is a few key ingredients and you’ll be making this almost as often as we do. They’re light, simple and so tasty – perfect for a snack, your next picnic or for dinner with a big old salad. Only problem, you can never ever make enough. What you’ll need: – Medium sized aubergine – 200g goats cheese roll (log) – Small handful of finely chopped parsley – Salt and pepper – You need to cut your aubergine into thin slices lengthways (if you cut on a diagonal it makes it easier) – Lay out your slices in a sieve and sprinkle in salt (this draws out the extra moisture) leave for around 30minutes – Rinse the slices and grill with oil and pepper until golden (keep a close eye you don’t want them to crisp) – In …

Honey-Mustard Roasted Carrots & Cauliflower

Walk into my family home back in England right now and I promise you’d find a cupboard full of mustard – my Dad single handedly keeps Colmans in business. As a kid I hated the stuff but I am going through a serious mustard stage right now. I’m addicted. If you’re not then you might be after this recipe, have you tried Roasted Vegetables in Honey & Mustard? Incredible. (so thanks Dad) There is nothing better than simply roasting up some veg, the flavours are amazing and it’s such an easy meal, you know when you dread when a meal ends? This is me every time we make this, weeping at the final carrot. But first off, we all know how important your daily dose of vegetables are for us, they contain an abundance of benefits and nutrients, vital for keeping your body healthy. But did you also know that both carrots and cauliflower are some of the veg with the lowest calories and are renowned for their antioxidant qualities? Make a dinner with these and your onto a healthy winner. What you’ll need: – bag of …

Smashed Mint & Pea Bruschetta

After a winter that would have made London proud it is finally heating up in Melbourne. Summer is definitely on the way, so time to start weaning yourself off soups and winter meals and have some fun with some fresh summer recipes.  This recipe for our Smashed Minted Pea Bruschetta probably can’t even be called a recipe because it’s that simple to make. It is the perfect meal to quickly knock up for a light lunch to take outside and enjoy in the sun, I’ve even made it a few times this week for breakfast with a poached egg. I think we forget how good Peas are for us, you never really see a frozen bag and think ‘aaaa superfood’ but we should, those tiny little guys are full of a host of powerful phytonutrients (very good stuff) and lots of key antioxidants. What you’ll need: – x2 cups of frozen peas – decent handful of fresh mint – tablespoon of greek yoghurt – 1/2 lemon – GF crackers – Salt and pepper – olive oil What you’ll need to do: – put your peas in a bowl and cover …

GF Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Have you ever noticed there is a day dedicated to literally everything? Seriously just Google what today celebrates and you will find the weirdest list of National Holidays. Who even get to come up with these things? But when I heard that 17th October was National Pasta Day…well that is something I will happily dust off my party hat for a little belated festivities. So yes you may be thinking but she’s gluten free so how much celebrating can she actually do without a big bowl of penne, well let me tell you…A lot. Who said pasta day couldn’t be GF Pasta Day or as I am going to celebrate it as – Sweet Potato Gnocchi Day. Any excuse to make a big old batch of this: So the health bit, not only are these bad boys full of key vitamins and dietary fibre but they are also low in fat but let’s be honest none of that is as important as how good you’ll look when you tell people you actually made your own pasta. Let the gloating …

Happy Celiac Month

I’m putting it out there, October is a good month – and not just because it means it’s almost my birthday – it’s also finally heating up in Melbourne (even if I’m in currently in New York) but this month is also National Celiac Awareness Month. Bet you didn’t know that now did you? But anything we can do to raise awareness or even just help others who suffer with some simple and tasty recipes is better than nothing, every little helps and all that. The thing that always bothered me is the difference in quality and lack of options out there for Celiacs or those living GF, it’s like being constantly punished for your health issues because apparently not being able to eat pizza isn’t punishment enough. So here are some of my favorite GF recipes that I am addicted to making and more importantly to eating. Trust me with these: they’re straightforward, tasty and as healthy for you as we could possibly make. Try them: – GF Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi  Let me put it simply: …