Balsamic roasted portobello Mushrooms on crunchy polenta chips with Asparagus and shaved Parmesan.

Balsamic roasted portobello Mushrooms on crunchy polenta chips with Asparagus and shaved Parmesan.

This is a delicious flavourful dish that although is meat free is packed full of protein and richness that allows you to fully appreciate the flavours of each component. The rich meatiness of the mushroom with the crispy polenta and … Continue reading

Delicious low fat Prawn, Avocado and Grapefruit salad.

This salad is surprisingly fresh, zesty and delicious!! Even my boyfriend who isn’t a fan of grapefruit loved it!
The colours and flavours of this salad are fresh and exciting and not only does it taste great it just makes you feel good too!

I have been once again trying to eat clean and healthily but have been trying to find a little more inspiration with some knockout flavours to get out of my bland healthy food rut and this did the trick!!
Eating healthy should be exciting because there are so many fresh yummy flavours out there but often I get myself in a bit of a rut where I am chomping on rabbit food and not enjoying it, it’s almost a chore.. It shouldn’t be this way !!

This salad is
on a base of rocket with a thai style dressing of lime juice, fish sauce, palm sugar, soy sauce and chilli.

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Breakfast Quinoa porridge with sliced Nectarines, roasted almonds, seeds and coconut.

This is a fresh tropical tasting breakfast that is as filling as it is tasty!
 In this week before Christmas I decided to clean up my diet so I have set aside 4 days to eat really cleanly, removing Wheat, dairy, caffeine, Alcohol and meat from my diet. Thankfully my fiancé is on board as we have both been feeling a little sluggish.

You will need
I/2 cup of quinoa flakes, cooked with 1 cup of water.
5 smashed almonds dry roasted unsalted is best but raw great too. ( Beaten with a mortar and pestle or the handle end of a knife)
A tablespoon of shredded coconut
2 nectarines
A dash of soy/ almond or rice milk.
a teaspoon of sunflower and Pepita seeds (optional)

 This recipe is made with Quinoa flakes, You can get them from health food stores and even some supermarkets. My local Woolworths has them.Quinoa is a protein rich super food rich in Iron, amino acids and magnesium with a lower carb content than other grains or oats.

To Cook the Quinoa you just prepare like you would a bowl of oats either on stove for 3 mins until they thicken or in the microwave for 2 minutes.

 Transfer into a bowl and top with chopped fresh Nectarine, shredded coconut, smashed Almonds and some sunflower seeds.

Add a dash of Soy, Almond or Rice milk and there’s your yummy brekky!

Its tropical, light, fresh and super tasty! In fact is so yummy I chopped up some nectarines again, added some coconut and almonds for a snack in the afternoon too..

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Summer Salads: Haloumi and marinated capsicum salad w asparagus

Haloumi saladSummer is now upon us here in Australia and we are finally being graced with some warm weather! As we jump back into swimsuits it is a reminder that we need to eat a little lighter. The best way to eat lighter is to eat fresh foods with a side of protein and to reduce your fat and carb intake.

I generally like to eat really well throughout the week when I am in a more controlled environment like work and home so that on the weekends I can eat whatever I like and really enjoy it.

I realised recently that my Fiance and I had got into a bit of a healthy food rut. We were eating such basic healthy food that it was becoming less appealing and the thought of pizzas, snitzels and Thai and take away was more appealing. Both of us being a little tired after work not a lot of thought was going into our night time dishes, well not every night at least and we were eating just simple steak and veg or Tuna salads. As with all foods if you eat them too often they become less desirable and boring so I could tell… we needed to spice things up a little!
Yesterday I decided I needed to reinvigorate my tastebuds and passion for healthy foods so I popped down to the market in my lunch break and picked up some things to accompany the very boring selection of mixed leaves, cucumber and tomato on my fridge.

What do I like eating when I am out? I LOVE salads when I am out so why am I not making these yummy salads at home??
I Love roast beetroot, pumpkin and pine nut salads, rocket pear and balsamic, waldorf salads with walnuts, apple and blue cheese, greek salads with chicken and mint and of course haloumi salad!
I grabbed some Haloumi, asparagus and marinated red capsicum at the shops.

When I got home I washed my mixed lettuce leaves and dried them off roughly with a paper towel ( so important to do this or they will get bit watery and dilute the dressing)
I topped the leaves with some blanched asparagus, red onion, roast capsicum and some Haloumi I fried in the frying pan till it was gold on the outside and soft in the middle.
I dressed the salad with lemon juice and olive oil and salt and pepper and there you go.. a really yummy salad that I made in 10 minutes that was restaurant quality and healthy .
If you were quite hungry you could add some chicken or chick peas to it just to add in some protein but mine was fine without!!

Now that summer is back I am going to try and eat at least 4 big salads a week, I am experimenting with some new flavours tonight so I will let you know how I go!!

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