Year: 2015

Foolproof roasted vegetables

I never do my roasted vegetables differently. Lazy? Maybe. I just know this way works well and it always tastes good. Perhaps I’ll try different ways down the track but for now this way is foolproof. You can roast a batch of veggies early in the week and keep them in a container for salad and pizza toppings! Yum yum! You can use any vegetables. You just need them to be a similar thickness in relation to their cooking time. For example. roasting carrot and mushrooms. Mushrooms cook much quicker than carrots so they need to be cut thicker than the carrots. There is a simple formula for roasting vegetables the super quick way: vegetables + drizzle olive oil + mixed dried herbs –> baked at 180C/350F until tender (approx 30 mins depending on veg used) = delicious roasted vegetables For one small container (pictured above) I roast 1/8 butternut pumpkin, 1 carrot, 1 onion and 4 mushrooms. Foolproof roasted vegetables – vegetables washed and sliced according to cooking time (thin carrot slices, thick mushroom …

Beef Rendang + low calorie series

Here’s the first post in my new low calorie series! How exciting! Wee, woo! My mum used to make beef rendang pretty often when I was young. It’s one of those meals that are really homely and filling. It is originally an Indonesian meal that uses big chunks of steak cooked in the thick curry paste and left to slow cook for an hour or so until the curry is slightly dry and thick. This recipe I’m posting is not 100% authentic because I’m optimising it to fit into a low calorie meal plan and to be quicker to make. Instead of thick chunks of steak, the recipe calls for thin stir fry strips which are much faster to cook and lower in fat and therefore calories. I just use a beef rendang curry paste, you can find it in your local supermarket. At Coles and Woolworths it’s in the same section with all the other Asian curry pastes. The vegetables I chose for this recipe are carrots, broccoli, green beans and a bit of …

Porridge with banana, cinnamon & brown sugar + low calorie series

Porridge is one of those delicious, warming breakfasts you HAVE to eat in Winter. It’s filling, warm, nutritious and best of all it only takes 90 seconds if you use the instant oat packs. This fits right into my low calorie series for breakfast. Here’s a super simple recipe for my favourite way to eat porridge! Per serve Calories 245 Carbohydrates 41g Fat 5g Protein 9g Porridge with banana, cinnamon and brown sugar (serves 1) – One sachet of Uncle Toby’s instant oats, plain – 1/2 banana, sliced – 1/2 cup skim milk – sprinkle of cinnamon – 1 tsp brown sugar Method. 1. In a small bowl combine the oats and milk. Microwave for 90 seconds. 2. Add the sugar and stir well. Top with banana and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Sausages & mash + low calorie series

Who doesn’t love some sausages and mashed potato for dinner? I know I do. I know I freaking love sausages and mashed potato. And if you know someone who doesn’t, I don’t want to know them. Don’t introduce them to me please. ALERT: This meal is so easy. It feels like you’ve had a big naughty, filing, cozy meal when actually it’s the opposite. One serve of this meal is only 222 calories!!! Let’s put that into perspective: 2 slices of thin, white bread are 147 calories. This WHOLE meal is only 222!! Let that sink in. Gravy. Mashed potato. Sausages. 222 calories. Ugh, I died and went to mashed potato heaven. The real stinker here though, is the two ingredients I use that make this so low calorie. If you live in Australia, head to Coles and check out their Simply Less range, chicken sausages. For two sausages it’s only 117 calories, compared to Coles thin BBQ beef sausages which are 157 calories for one! While you’re at Coles you need to pick up …

Chicken Teriyaki

In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make teriyaki sauce from scratch. It’s made with 3 commonly used Japanese seasonings, (cooking) sake, soy sauce and mirin. You can find all these ingredients at your local supermarket in the Asian section. Once you have these ingredients you can make many delicious and authentic Japanese recipes. Chicken teriyaki (serves 1) – 1/2 chicken breast – 1 cup jasmine rice, cooked – 1/2 carrot, sliced and cooked – 4 broccoli florets, cooked Toppings: – Kewpie mayonnaise (Japanese mayo) – 7 spice chilli pepper (find at your local Japanese or Korean supermarket) – 1 serve of Teriyaki sauce Method 1. Cook the chicken breast on a grill on medium heat until no longer pink. 2. Cook the vegetables according to your taste. I boiled mine separately until tender. 3. Prepare the Teriyaki Sauce (recipe below). 4. When the chicken is cooked, slice it. Use a small bowl to press rice into it. Flip it over on a plate for a little rice dome. Place the chicken next to the …

Portuguese chicken curry + low calorie series

A few weeks ago there was a Night Noodle Market at Southbank in Brisbane. We (me and the bf) hadn’t planned on going to it at all, we just happened to be at Southbank for a nice bike ride. We went inside to have a quick look and oh my god, seriously, the smells of it all! Everything smelt soo good so we did a little lap of all the little kiosks. There were heaps of Asian cuisines available, Korean, Pinoy, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian and one curious little stall, Portuguese. I was a bit confused seeing as Brazilian Portuguese were.. well Brazilian and not Asian. We had a closer look and it explained that it’s history was from Asian immigrants in Brazil. The Portuguese chicken curry, chicken curry on turmeric rice. It smelled super good so we got one to share. What made it interesting was how it was served. A big scoop of turmeric rice, chicken curry piled on top, a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and a spoon of coconut milk …

Low calorie series + life update

Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing a low calorie series special! I’ll be posting some really delicious recipes under 400 calories each that can be part of your weekly meal prep and healthy lifestyle. I’ll also include a few posts about what I eat in a typical day. All my recipes will include the calories, carbohydrate, protein and fat amounts and a link to MyFitnessPal for the exact nutritional break down and so you can log the recipe without having to input it yourself. Some of the recipes I’ll be featuring include: A super delicious Portuguese chicken curry (339 cal) Traditional sausages and mash (222 cal) Beef Rendang (369 cal) Easy banana, cinnamon and brown sugar porridge Foolproof roasted vegetables Calorie amounts are per serving. I have not sacrificed any flavour whatsoever in making these meals low calorie, it’s about proper serving sizes, including vegetables and making healthy swaps. In other news I made a super amazingly delicious croquembouche for my boyfriend’s mum’s birthday. If you’re not sure what that is, it’s basically …

Lemon curd waffles + lemon curd recipe

In a few of my previous posts I’ve put up pictures and recipes that feature lemon curd, like the lemon curd, meringue and raspberry cupcakes featured in my wedding post, but with no recipe for it. Here is that recipe. It is the only recipe for lemon curd you will ever need because itΒ is amazing and once you’ve made it I know you’ll feel the same. The curd is smooth, sweet and deliciously tangy and I love it on just about anything! You can spread it on some soft bread or use it as a topping for cakes and cupcakes or as a filling. The lemon curd recipe makes a fairly big amount but it does store well in the fridge. If you’re worried, just half the recipe. A simple but very yummy way to use the curd is to put it on some waffles. This particular post is a great example on how you can make something so damn good but really easily once you have curd. You don’t need to make the waffles, …

Blueberry & Almond Lattice Pie

Pies are one of my favourite things to eat and bake because they’re crispy and chewy with a delicious filling. This pie in particular is blueberry, but it also has a super yum layer of almond meal and sugar hidden inside. The greatest thing about pies is that they require very little effort but always look stunning. If you’re not up for making a lattice top, just use a single piece of pastry and cut out some cute shapes with a cookie cutter! The very tasty looking pictures of the pie (pictured above) are from my recent Woodland Wedding Inspiration food postΒ . If you think that pie looks good you should see the wedding cake! Click here to see the post. The most important thing when baking pies is to get that golden brown colour on top, so if you think you’re pie is too light by the end of the recommended cooking time, turn up the temperature and leave it until it browns. Pie is even better when served with some (or a lot …

Food Prep Part Three: Let’s do it!

Yay, weee, woohoo! Aren’t you excited??!! Today we are finally going to do some food prepping. Well, I am and you’re going to look and read. How exciting! Part Three is going to show you lovely people exactly what goes on in food prepping and how I do it. Let’s prep! PLANNING It’s time to decide what’s on the menu this week. 20 meals (lunch and dinner for 2) will be comprised of: Indian marinated chicken breast Butter chicken & natural yoghurt marinated and grilled chicken breast – served with spiced lentils and steamed mixed vegetables (steam on the day, prior to eating) serves 4 Chicken burrito bowl Mexican spiced grilled chicken breast – served with brown rice, salsa, guacamole, corn on the cob, pico de gallo and low-fat grated cheese serves 4 Mexican inspired taco salad Mexican spiced low-fat ground beef – served with corn chips, salsa, guacamole, corn on the cob, mixed salad, pico de gallo and low-fat grated cheese serves 5 Tuna salad Canned tuna in brine (or springwater or tomato & onion) – served with …