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{homemade} Spelt & sweet potato bread

Posted on August 11, 2014

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Bread is my new cooking obsession.

It’s not something I have chosen to become obsessed with. However, as I am realising more each day, your children lead you down learning paths to new wisdom.

Whether you want to go or not.

My daughter’s restricted eating is a challenge I relish most of the time. But on the difficult days I tear my hair out in despair and hope that another brilliant idea (like this bread) is just around the corner.

Parenting a child with autism is a roller coaster like that. And food is just the tip of the iceberg*. (more…)

Bliss balls for kids (with 5 ways to boost them nutritionally!)

Posted on June 2, 2014

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My little girl is a super fussy eater. It’s both her age (3.5) and her sensory issues (autism). So instead of always forcing her to eat nutritious foods, I hide them in treats. That’s not to say I never offer healthy foods, the opposite is true.

Some days I just want an easy ride, you know what I mean?

One particular favourite of mine for hiding the good stuff is bliss balls. I’m sure the name comes from the bliss you feel watching your child eat hidden vegetables.

I’ve provided the basic recipe, but there are so many possibilities for add ins. Let me give you some ideas.  (more…)

Crunchy baked zucchini chips

Posted on January 20, 2014

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Who says chips can’t be healthy?

Think outside the potato square today and make yourself a crunchy snack that is not only delicious, but a big ol’ serve of green veggies too.

Afterwards, pat yourself on the back and grin like a cheshire cat. OK, maybe you’re not a drama queen like me, but you can certainly feel good about yourself! (more…)

Mediterranean smashed avocado on roasted flat mushroom

Posted on November 25, 2013

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Sometimes I feel like a really light breakfast that is carb-free and packed with veggies. Mind you, it’s usually after I’ve had a massive pizza feast the night before, but still – my mind is in the right healthy headspace.

I’m actually a big believer in getting at least one serve of veggies in at breakfast time, especially on the weekend, as that’s when I’m usually prone to ordering more cheekily than usual (um, hello battered barramundi and chips!).

Do you fall into the weekend naughty eating trap too? No? You’ve probably got more self control then.

Anyway, this recipe combines many of my favourite things – mediterranean flavours, mushrooms and buttery ripe avocado – and also happens to be vegan, paleo, gluten free and dairy free. Winning!  (more…)

Almond and coffee self-saucing pudding {vegetarian}

Posted on June 12, 2013

Self saucing pudding is one of my signature desserts. I love experimenting with different flavours and textures in both the fluffy topping and the saucy bottom. My usual go-to flavour combo is banana (on top) and caramel (saucy bottom). It is truly divine, and I promise to share that recipe soon.

However, this delicious combination came about when Vitasoy briefed me to make two coffee-flavoured desserts. Tiramisu immediately sprang to mind, but then I remembered I’d already created a chocolate virgin version before for them, so that was out. At that moment it started raining, and for some reason a warm, comforting self saucing pudding popped into my brain.  (more…)

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