People often think about celebratory and festive foods as something decadent and indulgent, something they shouldn’t eat too much of unless they’re prepared to go on a mini detox the day after. And it’s hard to keep the balance right when you’re surrounded by unhealthy junk food at the office and birthday parties. We have a solution!
Today’s soup is a marvellous fusion of two nutritious root vegetables – Jerusalem artichokes and carrots. It’s the more sophisticated sibling of the pumpkin soup, nutty and savoury with more complex flavour. Great in summer and winter, this soup is a perfect light meal in itself or can be served as a dish in a two-course dinner. For those following the 28 Day Rejuvenate Program, this is a great dish to have on cleansing Mondays.
I love my spiralizer! It makes preparing vegetables quick, easy, and fun plus a little different to slicing and dicing. There’s also something very attractive about a pile of colourful vegetable spirals. Fruit and vegetable noodles can be used to make delicious raw salads, as a low carb pasta, noodle or rice replacement, in stir fries, soups, latkes, or pancakes. You can even make baked treats like sweet potato curly fries, onion rings, or crispy apple chips.
This lovely banana bread inspired cake is full of subtle flavours of ginger and winter spices, which are perfect during the festive season. It’s grain, gluten, and dairy free, with no added sugar except for dried fruit and bananas. It’s also essentially nut free (minus the pecans you can remove) so it’s safe for kids lunch boxes and those of your avoiding nuts. [Read more…]
It’s Thanksgiving this week and those who are celebrating will most likely be firing up the oven to make some juicy, crispy roast turkey. We wanted to create a simpler, quicker recipe with ground turkey that can be enjoyed both during the festive season and any time of the year. These turkey mince patties with tart and flavoursome cranberry and pine nut pesto are quick and easy to make so you’ll have a healthy dinner on the table in no time. [Read more…]
These little paleo cheesecake bites are full of zesty lemon flavour with sweet and nutty paleo crust. They are great for entertaining or to have in the fridge for a little afternoon treat. Their size makes them ideal for lunch boxes too. For those of you looking for a grain-free, dairy-free, paleo version of a lemon cheesecake, this is a great recipe to try. These can be turned into vegan cheesecake cupcakes by replacing gelatine with something like agar agar.
Gut health is one of the most talked about topics amongst nutrition and wellness experts and enthusiasts. Many studies are now showing that a healthy, well balanced gut flora is one of the key factors in achieving good digestion, and health in general. As well as avoiding stress and toxins that cause an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in our gut in the first palce, it’s important to include a variety of fermented foods and probiotics in your diet.
If like me, you like to observe trends and patterns in popular recipes and food blogging, you would have noticed a cascade of bowl meals. We’re talking about nourish bowls, superfood bowls, protein salad bowls, smoothie bowls, breakfast acai bowls – the list goes on and on. They are essentially bowls filled with super healthy, nutrient dense foods and ingredients, presented in a compartmentalised manner which, for some reason, makes us want them so much more. I guess it’s the fact that we get to visually register all the ‘super food, antioxidant rich’ bits and pieces that are about to enter our bodies and that makes us feel proud and satisfied.
Butter chicken is not something you would associate with healthy recipes – it’s rich, sweet and heavy so it can’t possibly be good for me, right? Wrong! When prepared properly, using whole foods ingredients and lovely fresh spices, butter chicken can be an incredibly nourishing dish.
I think almost every cuisine has a dish based on a vegetable cavity stuffed with some delicious filling. I remember my grandma and my parents often made vegetables stuffed with rice and pork – I think it’s a very eastern European thing – so I wanted to make my own healthier version without the rice but with some extra goodies such as nutritious carrots, cranberries and sunflower seeds. The sweetness of the carrot and cranberries really compliments the flavour of the pork and the sunflower seeds add a little extra crunch and fiber. Add to it the vitamin C loaded peppers, and you have a high protein meat dish that is actually all about the vegetables.