Category Archives: Easter

Love your leftovers? Hazelnut crust pie

Hazelnut crust pie

Do you still have leftovers hanging around from the festive season?

Then use them up in this pie. This moorish hazelnut crust pie is a great way to use up leftovers – meat, fish, poultry and veggies are all a winner here. The more veggies the better really.

This recipe is simple, fresh and super tasty and it can made gluten-free and dairy-free so everyone can enjoy it.

The combinations that you put in this pie are endless – turkey and cranberry with veggies, nut roast with kale. Or make a sweet filling with leftover custard or chocolate mousse.

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Happy New Year Pancakes

Happy New Year

Happy new year!

There is something exciting about the start of a new year. A fresh calendar just waiting to be filled with fabulous events and time with friends and family – creating memories of a great 2016.

And what better way to start the new year than with some healthy-fied pancakes. This pancake recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, with added goodness from the blueberries and ground almonds.

These yummy pancakes might a nice treat for breakfast or brunch. Serve with mango cashew yogurt or other yogurt of your choice.

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Throwing a Party? 3 Easy Party Snacks

Party Snacks

Are you throwing a party during the silly season?

If so, then you want to be the hostess with most and be looking gorgeous and relaxed as you mingle with your guest.

From my experience, the art of throwing a successfully party (that doesn’t leave you running around like a mad woman) is to plan ahead and make party food that you can make in advance. That way you can enjoy the party just as much as your guests.

These are my top three, easy-peasy recipes that you can make several days in advance.

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Homemade + edible Christmas gifts

Edible Christmas Gifts

Feeling festive?

I am getting in the spirit of Christmas by making some yummy, homemade + edible Christmas gifts. These are always a hit with friends and family and perfect for any last minute visitors or party invites.

So put your favourite tunes on the stereo, light your cinnamon and allspice candles and spend some time in the kitchen creating these gorgeous gifts. Be sure to make a few extras so you can keep some for yourself.

Enjoy my top five, edible christmas gift recipes. Be sure to share your photos on Instagram.

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Choc Brownies – Can you guess the healthy secret ingredient?

Brownies

Hmm, chocolate brownies with a cup of herbal tea – a perfect way to have a mid afternoon break.

These brownies are to die for – fudgy, nutty and super chocolatey. Quick and easy to make. This recipe can easily be changed up by adding different nuts, seeds or dried fruit such as cranberries. They are gluten-free and diary-free (if you so choose).

But can you guess the healthy ‘secret’ ingredient that makes these brownies healthy? I’ll give you a hint…… it is not beetroot.

 

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Oven baked tomato, asparagus, crispy kale and eggs

Baked eggs asparagus tomato mushroom

There is nothing quite like eggs for breakfast, especially on the weekend when you have time to linger and read the paper with a good cup of coffee or tea.

This baked eggs recipe is quick and easy to make, the equivalent of a one-pot wonder. It is easy to make if you have friends coming over the brunch, giving you more time to relax and chat.

Eggs are a great source of protein and with the addition of asparagus, tomato, mushroom and kale you are also getting a great start on your five-a-day of fruit and veggies.

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Raw Tiramisu Cake

Raw TiramisuCake

Sometimes you need a cake or dessert that has some wow factor, and this raw tiramisu cake has it all.

There is texture from the different layers, sweetness with a hit of coffee and it is decadent looking. A real crowd pleaser.

Don’t tempted to serve large slices unless you want your guests to be rolling out the door. It is  rich and dense, so it will easily serve twelve slices. Perfect for a large gathering of family and friends (I am thinking this cake might feature on my Christmas menu).

It is dairy-free and gluten-free so it can be enjoyed by all.

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet Potato

Have you tried sweet potato wedges?

The first time I tried sweet potato (also called yams or kumara) wedges I was blown away by how good they tasted. I was hooked –  I can eat them as a warm side dish, cold in a salad or as snack.

I prefer them to standard potato wedges because they are a low GI food, so they won’t cause a blood sugar spike (especially helpful for managing diabetes) and compared to frozen supermarket potato wedges they contain no fat, are low in sugar and are free from additives and preservatives.

Plus, one medium sweet potato will provide you with over 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A and 37% of vitamin C.

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Brain Boosting Teriyaki Salmon

Teriyaki Salmon

Need a quick and nutritious week night dinner?

Then this salmon recipe will have you sorted.  The marinade only takes a few minutes to make, add the salmon and leave it to absorb the flavours while you prepare a side salad, rice or veggies. Then just bake the salmon for 12 minutes or so – dinner is served.

Salmon is a nutrient dense, high-quality protein and it is an excellent source of potassium, selenium and vitamin B12. But it is the salmons omega-3 fatty acids that are brilliant for good heart health and healthy brain function.

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Falafels with Sumac Dipping Sauce

Falafels with sumac dipping sauce

Falafels are a great way to use up those tins of chickpeas you have hiding in the back of the kitchen cupboard. Originally cultivated in the Middles East, chickpeas are a really affordable, filling and nutritious ingredient to cook with.

Chickpeas are high in fibre and protein making them great to control hunger. They have also been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease.

While the butternut squash is a anti-inflammatory vegetable that is a rich source of omega 3 and beta-carotene, both of which are important for a strong immune system to help protect against colds and flu.

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