Homemade pizza for cold rainy night made by hubby Continue reading
This weeks Meal plan is getting back into the swing of cooking. Continue reading
My Photos of meals eaten out this year. Some lovely meals. Continue reading
More from Australian Healthy Food Guide magazine
Just released are Chef Pete Evans Simmer Sauces range available through selected IGA stores or online through http://www.avogel.com.au/food . I ordered 2 of each sauces to try them out. they are suppose to be the same as the healthy everyday meals range. $7.99 for 330ml jar of sauce. Paleo, Gluten Free, Made with natural ingredients. I will review once they arrive. Continue reading
Hubby still on holidays so meals are more relaxed than normal. This weeks meals will include easy to prepare meals.
Stopped at café on road side at East Lynn NSW for lunch the first day and again at breakfast the last day. Hubby got curried beef Pie and Sausage Roll. All homemade. My Spinach and Cheese in puff pastry was so nice I had it on both days. A real treat for me as I don’t normally eat pastries.
I recently bought roast lamb on bone and decided to speed up the process of cooking it buy slicing it into steak size pieces and pan frying it in olive oil on stove. Steamed peas and pumpkin in microwave 4min on high. Made a mint jus w pan scrapings added fresh mint from herb pot growing and added organic apple cider vinegar.
Camping weekend away. Didn’t plan on total fire ban not being able to cook even with gas cooker but got these meals done before the fire ban was enforced. Continue reading
My adapted version of Jamie Oliver Cook in Curry Sauce he had on boys weekend. I didn’t have some of the ingredients at time of making it so here is what I did have and it was a nice curry Continue reading
Great start for the day. Filling and keeps you going until lunch time. It can be a lunch or dinner meal as well.
I didn’t do the normal drying with fan step as It wasn’t a full duck and it was still a tasty duck dish regardless. I did mine in stages in fridge which dried the skin out in a container with cling film over top. Not traditional but when in a hurry to do it was a good outcome.
Hubby cooked these recently when it was his turn to cook. I love steamed fish with lemon juice it doesn’t need anything else. We use Basa Fillets.
Hubby still on vacation and had a lot of manual work to do today so I wanted to fuel him for the day. Todays breakfast fry up with kimchi was a nice full breakfast to keep me going until lunch time. Avocado is a good fat in small amounts along with the gut benefits of kimchi off to a great start. Fry in skillet with cooking spray, egg, tomato & Italian sausage with onion.
Australian Healthy Food Guide is a great little magazine with plenty healthy nutritional information and health advice as well as great recipes. I have been making recipes from here since magazine was first published. Here are my photos of the recipes i have made using their recipes.
Five Tastes red curry paste pots. Couldn’t be simpler. Sorry forgot to take photo again. This is one dish hubby loves to cook. Continue reading
Hubby loves tuna salad wraps for lunch so I made different salad each time to go in it. Here are two ways to serve in Lebanese bread or without it.
I use to do this soup without the lentils but decided to add them for a different soup. Great on a cold rainy day and very healthy and filling to warm you up. As the weather gets colder I will be making a lot more soups.
We were on cooking together and I wanted hubby to choose some dishes to make. This was one his mum (and mine) used to make all the time growing up. I have adapted it only slightly to fit with both versions from both mums and what I had at time of cooking eg lactose free milk which normally be full cream milk.
I got this recipe on pinterest. I had coconut water with mine. Blend in blender 1 Banana, 4 Strawberries, 1 handful Kale, 1 handful Baby Spinach with 1/2 cup coconut water. Great for a quick meal any time of the day. Makes 2 serves.
It’s not often I purchase sauce packets as I like to make my own. This one was on special at end of the year and still in used by date so I used it as I am in process of clearing out pantry items and freezer and fridge before doing more groceries which I do from time to time. it not only saves $ but clears out items with nearest used by dates.
This is the only soup I buy as I am the only one who eats it. Salt reduced Heinz Tomato Soup. Serve with Toast and Logical Margarine. I made the toast into parmesan toast which is toast spread with margarine and grated parmesan on top then grill it under the grill until cheese melts. Dip into the tomato soup. Soo Good!
This week I am making more effort to cook meals at home rather than eat out. Hubby is on holidays so its tempting to just go out and enjoy eating out but I am aware that I don’t know how meals are prepared and calories can increase as well as sodium if I am not careful which then has a adverse affect with my health issues. I came back from 3 day weekend with what I thought were healthy meals out to find a 3kg gain.
This recipe has been one I used for years and years and tweaked a bit this time. Sorry No Photo for this one.
Pre-bought tomato & bacon with onion rissoles. Pan fried in non stick skillet . Served with Steamed Vegetables.
Needed to use up over ripe bananas so made some muffins
I love making sate sauce and each time I do its a little different from the last depending what I have available.
Away for 4day weekend for a wedding on a tight budget at the moment as unexpected expenses cropped up 2 days before leaving so decided to make own meals as we were able to get accommodation with a kitchenette. So here are the meals.
Using up ingredients before grocery day
Chinese lunar new year this week so I made lemon chicken tonight including the sauce.
Miroccan spice lifted this beans and rice as a good dish hot or cold.
prep done for a healthy breakfast tomorrow before a very early start. All cooked in non stick skillet with 1Tb oil. I will just reheat in microwave 2min in the morning.
Hubby often has lemon pepper tuna with salad on a wrap. Here i made one withou the wrap fot my lunch.
i love a good roast and this is a cheats way to get the meal done without waiting hours for it to cook. it taste same as a traditional roast without all the fuss.
I have wanted to experiment with ingredients to get a paleo slice to take to events such as when I am rostered on supper or morning teas at church. Here are two I have done today. They all crumbled when I cut them so I have Now Called them a “Muesli” for hubbies breakfasts. as he has muesli every day
Beef Strog to use up mushrooms but I used Coconut milk instead of sour cream or evaporated milk which you could use instead. I added Quinoa/Brown Rice 90 second microwave pouch made 4 serves. Green Beans or Mixed Vegetables to bulk out the Strog. .
I added the Asian greens to pan after cooking the honey soy sesame chicken. Tossed 1 handful vegepod Asian greens, 3baby bok choy
Another quick marinade for chicken is my own honey soy sesame Chicken. Great as a stir fry or in salad rolls.
I love Vietnamese food and I had all the ingredients to make Lemongrass Marinade. It can be for Pork, Chicken or Steak. I added it to a vermicelli Salad Bowl.
Pretty easy one as it was hubbies turn to cook I am teaching him different quick meals to make.
Homemade Sauces have saved me many $ and calories over the years. So here are some more staples that I make over the next few posts.
Homemade Rosti for weekend breakfast was on the menu today. So good and so filling for a busy day ahead.
Coles sell vietnamese bahn mi bread rolls (without fillings). I love creating different things in them. Here I teamed it with another simple slaw #5: red & green cabbage, organic carrot and green shallots with lemon juice served with baby pink kraut
Cooking together this meal was great knowing the salad was all homegrown from the vegepod. We made our own schnitzels too and cooked them in coconut oil. It made a double batch of chicken schnitzels so we have another meal and less mess to make.
Another smoothie to cool down on a hot day.
Homemade Cheese Sauce Cheats way to use up cheese powder. Normally I make a béchamel sauce and add the cheese to it. Which I will post at a later time.
Vegepod seeds were redone in spring and a couple of weeks ago. Here is todays harvest. Rocket, Mesclun, Bok Choy, Lettuce, Spinach leaves, Basil, Curly Parsley, Beet Leaves, Baby Kale. Baby Plumb Tomatoes, Mini Strawberries
Wrap using labanese bread to use up peri peri chicken
Rosti or fritter whatever you want to call them are quick meal and filling. Here is my version using gluten free flour and organic free range eggs
Pan fried chicken seasoned with sea-salt and pepper cooked in extra virgin olive oil with garden salad (iceberg lettuce, organic cherry tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum, organic carrot, mushrooms) and pickled ginger and seedless grapes
Using up the last of groceries for the week. Peri Peri sauce with pressure cooker chicken and salad doesn’t get much simpler.
Chicken dinner is a great way to use up vegetables or leftover chicken with some mash and gravy.
Duck Breast #2 in Five Tastes Hoisin & Chili Pot with brown sugar and Kepjap Manis served with Vegepod Bok Choy.
At the start of the week I make up salad bowls for hubby’s work lunches. Some days I make the same with a bowl for myself. These are this weeks salads so far.
Another weekend at end of pay week so the meals are more creative as using whatever is left in the house. This is a quick breakfast but you could have it for any meal of the day.
Chili con carne without mince. Used chicken breast fillet instead of mince. The chili sauce made from scratch no packet mixes here. This is a family favourite dish we have grown to love.
Trying out smoothie combinations has been a lot of fun. This is a quick healthy one for breakfast fix.
Cold night and wanted soup that was healthy. I found Tom Yam Soup Paste that was low in salt for Thai food. Hot chili hit for the dish would be too hot for those who don’t like chili but we do. I used turkey breast fillets instead of prawns and followed the list of ingredients on packet . It simply all goes into a pot and cook until meat is cooked. (Had to add Mushrooms, Green Shallot, Fish Sauce, mushrooms, chili, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf) Cooked on stove in pot.
Fish Finger wraps became a favourite of mine when visiting relatives many years ago. I cooked these today in the convection microwave under the fish setting and were done in 3 minutes cooked in oven section of the microwave. Soo good and quick to prepare.
Hubby’s turn to cook and we had a BBQ . Cleavers Organic Beef Sausages were very nice and fit into paleo meals. (Pete Evans does a similar meal with his paleo fridge range meal)
Lovely light salads for summer time. They can be eaten on their own or as a combo as shown below. Get your salad fix today. They are filling meals on their own.
Cooler day calls for homemade soup. This is a first time for me making zucchini soup with organic zucchinis. It worked out well and even hubby (a non lover of soup) liked it when I gave him a bowl to try.
I have been wanting to get back into paleo diet and this was a nice way to do it. It also helps me see what coloured vegetables I am having each day. More box meals will be coming in near future so stay tuned. I use disposable bento boxes to display food.
Chinese New Year starts in a couple of days and I wanted to eat out but all chinese restaurant were closed so i made my own. First time i have made plumb sauce and it was soo good.
I was able to pick up some duck breasts on sale and hubby doesn’t like duck so I took the opportunity to treat myself to a nice duck lunch at home. The hero of the dish though is the beetroot puree. I haven’t made it before and it turned out so good I decided the duck didn’t need a sauce, the puree was enough.
Straight out of the vegepod with some fresh herbs Basil, Mesclun and Chives from the pot. Love my vegepod. I have tomatoes growing at the moment that will be ready soon.
Trying to get omega 3 into me this week and smoked Tasmanian salmon was on special so I made this great salad. I haven’t seen seedless black grapes before so grabbed a bag too.
I had a pot luck lunch and dinner and wanted to take a warmed dish. I didn’t get to finish it in time, so I only had the chicken cooked and vegetables done. So I finished it off when I got home which we will have later this week.
This was made for a Pot Luck Dinner. See the recipe for this slaw in my catering recipes.
I wanted to add salad for a side dish and this one was not only colourful but nice and very quick to assemble.
Bean Salad #4 for Pot Luck Lunch Recipe at Catering Recipes.
Using Grass Fed Beef Mince for different meals . Out of 2x 500g packs of mince I got 4 meals. see recipes below. These are also paleo recipes that I revert back to. The shaxo xing cooking wine may not be paleo. I didn’t have any red wine which is usually in the recipe. It is also the base for bolognaise sauce.
Paleo bliss balls are a great healthy snack. I decided to give it a go and make my own. Really good! To my surprise I had all the ingredients available in stock and used what I had. You could use other combinations such as coconut and dried apricots, cacao and nuts just to name a few. They remind me of the fruit balls I used to make with weetbix and sweetened condensed milk. These are much healthier as all natural ingredients..
Australia Day – Red White & Blue or Green and Gold themes are the flavour of todays meals. Breakfast was green and gold. Lunch was Aussie BBQ and dinner was grass-fed beef nachos (instead of meat pie and sauce) with gluten free ccs.
I have been looking at smoothie bowls for a while but never made one until today I am doing mine in different forms : smoothie mugs, smoothie bowl, smoothie cups. So good for a hot day. Can be a snack or main meal . Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Continue reading
Cooking together with hubby for meals gives both of us help to get a quicker meal on the table and it mixes it up with cooking. We have a roster on different days where we do individual cooking then other days we cook together. It was recommended by my psychologist. She says if you can cook together in same kitchen at same time it promotes unity and harmony and builds bonds of marriage stronger together. So here are dishes we have done so far this year. See my pinterest boards for last years meals.
Using up the last of the gluten free Bread here is a quick lunch using other leftovers I had to use up. Photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s a lot nicer than it looks.
I often make satay sauce but didn’t have enough peanut to do it so here is a adapted version I made. It can be used with crudités or meat or chicken or vegetables for gado gado or spring rolls..
I wanted to make Pete Evans Paleo lime coconut sauce but didn’t have the ingredients so here is what I made with what was left before grocery shopping day. It was just as good as the other one I normally make. It goes well with fish and salmon that has been steamed and vegetables.
This is another Grass Fed Beef Mince that has a base for 2 different meals. Enjoy!
I love udon noodles but don’t have them often as I cant have a lot of carbs anymore. So this was a treat for me. This post will show different ways to use them. Often I serve them with Thai oyster sauce, chili, garlic, and sesame oil. This time I did a little different to use up ingredients in fridge and pantry. Tip : Thai Oyster Sauce is not as salty as Chinese oyster sauce and can be found at any Asian supermarket. Often Asian Sauces are a lot cheaper at the Asian supermarkets can be less than half price.
Using up leftovers. This is a great breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The more colours the better for you. I recently heard you should be having 21 different foods from vegetables and fruits that are colourful a week.
Bean Salad #3 is a great filler for a meal without a lot of prep and goes great with pan-fried chicken. You could also team it with Fish.
Aldi had beef brisket on special and brisket is perfect for slow cooker. I added this to slow cooker with 1 onion sliced and 1/4 bottle of salt reduced BBQ sauce. Cooked on low for 7hrs and it just falls apart. I am making it into homemade kebab with wraps & quinoa tabouleh.
Using up pesto. See previous post under sauces for pesto recipe)
Dish made by hubby with 2 cups wholemeal spaghetti cooked in saucepan with boiling water while chicken cooked. 2 steamed chicken breasts cooked in microwave steamer (11minutes from frozen or 6minutes if unfrozen). When spaghetti is cooked (taste) then drain and mix through the 1/2 jar of pesto. Serve with the chicken.
For more pesto recipes see these posts
A quick breakfast fried rice to use up mushrooms that needed to be used. I also used up some cooked rice for this one.
I found some gluten free rolls in the shops so decided to make my own burgers. The rolls were nice toasted. Come in a 5 pack. I will definitely get them again if I see them.
Hubbies turn to cook. Another quick meal to prepare. Simply cook the rissoles in non stick skillet with cooking spray. Toss together the salad and the meal is ready.
As I cleared out fridge of any bought sauces I wanted to make some of my own I haven’t tried before. I also made another batch of the mint sauce I made last year.
My Creamy Fennel Mustard Recipe is Soo Good! Great for BBQ with Sausages/Steak/Chicken or even Fish or when you want a salad dressing that’s not the normal mayo. No cream involved. Definitely making this one again.
My Basil Pesto Recipe worked out rather well. I don’t add parmesan to mine but a lot of recipes for basil pesto do include it so it is up to the individual taste. I personally don’t think it needs it.
The Chimichurri Recipe from Coles free magazine. Had this one with Steak. Neither hubby nor I liked it.
My Mint Sauce Recipe will be a favourite.
I wanted to do steak and chimichurri sauce i made. I didn’t really like the sauce but when i team it with the rest of the plate it was ok. This plate was 2 serves for me. I could only eat half and kept rest for another meal. (The chips fish cocktail and sea shanty with aioli for me is 1 meal in itself). Hubby ate the lot in one go. The Chimichurri sauce was a recipe from a free magazine I picked up at the supermarket.
My mum use to make a similar dish with ham or bacon called Oroaric. So its basically both the Oroaric recipe and added extras from the slaw.
Invited the family to a bbq picnic in the park. We did the catering. Nice healthy dinner. Free electric bbq were available.
Coles Supermarket has a free recipe magazine had this great recipe. So many good ones to choose from. They are tasty meals and quick to prepare. If you have a healthy pantry and fridge most items you should already have in stock.
I love chinese garlic prawns. Each time i make it, its different.
Hubbies turn to cook and this is what we had. Very nice combination and I will use frozen spinach with mixed vegetables in the future.
I have found a great gluten-free brand which had great baked items that never fail. I made red velvet cupcakes last time. This time brownies. Taste better than normal ones and would never know they are gluten free. Simply follow the directions on the back of the box.
Salads don’t need to be boring lettuce and tomato. Here are some that I use all the time. Great for a bring a dish and everyone loves them.
Through 2 failed attempts to get this right i managed a 3rd loaf using gluten-free flours, lactose-free milk and yogurt and organic free range egg for this bread. Nice crusty bread. I found the gluten free flour in Coles supermarket. It was really nice. Tip: if you need to toast or reheat it just sprinkle a light sprinkle of water and it comes out like its just been baked.
Pete evans recipe in his latest paleo book had a similar one. This is my version of that as i changed it to what i had available. A tasty slaw that I will revert back to. You could add a dressing but I used lemon juice and didn’t need to add another dressing.
I used a whole Free Range Chicken for this one. It can be done with normal chicken as well but it has to have bones in it to make it right.
There are many types of rice now available on the market. This list doesn’t cover all of them but its my go to ones I use regularly when having rice with dishes. I cook rice in absorption method where the water covers the rice (about 1 thumbnail above the raw rice) and cook in microwave for 10minutes. Then don’t drain it just fluff it with a fork. The water absorbs into the rice hence its the absorption method of cooking it.
Tip: I have since watched a documentary last week on rice and whether its healthy to eat. The show highlighted the fact its ok but it needs to be rinsed overnight to remove the arsenic in it. Without soaking it first for a long time the arsenic is still in it. Once it is soaked overnight its ok to eat when its then drained and cooked. Continue reading
I used my own homemade greek seasoning for this recipe. I will be adding more of my homemade seasoning mixes in future dishes so stay tuned.
I like a good soup broth and this one didn’t dissapoint. Asians have egg drop soup. This is similar without the egg or sesame seeds. This is my version with what I had available at the time of making this dish.
Using up sauces in fridge this week. Tandoori paste is mixed with yogurt to make the marinade. I used lactose-free greek yogurt for a change
Panang Chicken to use up the paste I bought. Simply chicken, paste, vegetables and organic coconut milk and dish is ready when chicken is cooked through. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.
Heat wave and I don’t want to cook so these are a easy quick fix.
Bento Soy is a Japanese soy which I don’t use very often but wanted to team it with mushrooms and minced beef. So here is the lovely combinations. Not many flavours to contend with but worked well. Loved this one and so did hubby. Will be making it again. Its a lettuce wrap or san choi bau type dish but with Japanese flavours instead of Chinese.
Bean salads are substitutes for meat for me and a great filler. Can be used with other meats, fish, prawns, poultry or on its own as a stand alone salad. Great if you have to take a dish to friends and its a little different than the normal salad that everyone brings. I have since found organic bean tins and tins with salt reduced. I always rinse the beans before using so it doesn’t have the brine they are preserved in.
I love lamb and don’t have it often as I cant have a lot of red meat.
It can be served with so many different vegetables or salads .
I use lemon as seasoning for the lamb and vegetables just to change it up a bit.
I grew the mint myself. Goes great with lamb or pork or turkey. I also add it to salads now instead of other dressings. It has become my new favourite.
Love mangos and they were on special this week. So i made this yummy salad. I used my vegepod cucumber, red onion, and mixed leaves with smoked salmon and green shallots and arranged them on a plate. No cooking involved.
I don’t buy steak a lot as I have to be careful of my iron due to health condition. Simplicity at its best. These thin sizzling steaks only take a minute to cook. Team with vegetables of your choice
Same ingredients for 2 salads shown and one with dressing. The third salad similar ingredients but swapped olives for vegepod cucumber with different dressing
Base salad: Mixed leaves, yellow tomato, red onion, celery, carrot, pitted olives.
Pad thai khoon. khoon is short for prawns. Here is a homemade pad Thai dish that hubby and I cooked together. I added extra vegetables than what is normal.
I love gravy and this homemade one doesn’t disappoint. It was a pure experiment that worked. I will be referring back to this one in future recipes.
I went out to the vegepod today and discovered there were 2 cucumbers ready for harvest. My Chives in the herb pot were also ready. Steaming fish in microwave is quick and easy but a healthy way to cook fish.
Five Taste Pots have all natural ingredients and the most authentic I have found for packaged curries and Asian seasonings. I use them all the time. I do other dishes with their red or green curry, Thai chili and basil, Vietnamese lemongrass and ginger, Chinese hoisin, massamaum paste.
A hot night and I didn’t want to cook so made these lettuce wraps. These filled me up and it was a nice healthy dinner without the fuss.
I use to watch cooking shows and they had this combo for breakfast. Here is my version. Great filling breakfast to keep you going until lunch time. A nice combination of flavours. This is one hubby liked and it was enough to fill him up for the morning without needing snacks between to get him through until lunch.
My Very last meal for 2017. I cooked this dinner to share a meal at church to end the year.
Fish Cocktails, Sea Shanties and Chips are all cooked in the oven rather than saturated in oil in a deep fryer gives the same result without added fat. Yes they take a little longer to cook but has same great taste. Team with tartare sauce or lemon wedges and garden salad or on their own with tartare/lemon/aioli or sweet chili sauce.
Mum use to do a Sunday roast chicken dinner when I was living at home. It had mashed potato with gravy and seasonal vegetables. This to me is comfort food. I have done my own healthier version without roasting the chicken. It is steamed in microwave steamer as well as the vegetables
Need to use up some leftovers ? Then pizza is a great option. Frozen pizza base was 99% fat free, nothing artificial in the base. Got it from Aldi. Comes in a 2 packet. serves 8 small slices or 4 quarter size pizzas per serve.
I love lamb but don’t have it often. I got some lamb steaks on sale and needed to use them up. Teamed here with Tossed Garden Salad and Aldi Alfredo Pasta was a nice combination for lunch. All cooking was done in pan fry.
Hot breakfast without the grease and healthier ingredients. My last one for the year. Pan frying in non stick skillet using cooking spray is a healthier option than traditionally frying in oil for the same type of English breakfast. Makes this breakfast a good option .