Snacks & Starters

Tasty tidbits that range from posh appetizers to homely snacks to feed the kids on a Friday night (especially the healthy sausage rolls!).

There is nothing better than a good nibble to get the appetite ready to party, enjoy!

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…)

Avocado hummous {vegan, gluten-free, nut-free}

Posted on April 8, 2013

This post is sponsored by Vitasoy.

Flavoured hummous is all the rage, y’all!

OK, I just made that up.

Seriously though, flavoured hummous is really good. My favs are pumpkin or beetroot, if I can’t have the real thing. Roasted capsicum is good too – have you tried it?

Today I am introducing you to avocado hummous. The vitamin E, good-fat-filled, greenest hummous of them all! (Of the flavoured hummous’s, that is).

As you can see, I’m not a purist kinda gal. Although I do love a traditional recipe or two sometimes. (more…)

Hummous with unhulled tahini {vegan, GF, dairy-free}

Posted on February 18, 2013

More everyday dishes. That’s what I pledged to you recently.

Well you can’t get anymore everyday than this.

Hummous. A staple dish on any Lebanese dinner table and a healthy snack for people all over the world.

Forget buying those tubs of insipid, bland and preservative-filled crap at the supermarket. Make your own instead. You’ll never look back. I promise. (more…)

Chilli glazed tofu bites {vegan, GF}

Posted on January 28, 2013

Got people coming over at short notice? Have they got diet restrictions like gluten free, vegetarian or vegan?

No problemo! I’ve got you covered with the easy canapé that can also double as a spicy main course with some steamed rice and greens.

Now wipe that sweat off your brow from worrying about cooking for people with allergies and get into the kitchen to whip these up! (more…)

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