All posts tagged: Cooking

How to food plan like a rock star

Before I started my health kick I used to open the fridge door at work at look at the shelves of homemade lunches with envy. There they stood, packed lovingly the night before full of healthy looking goodness. I wanted to be like those who made at work food look so easy. The owners of this food also didn’t have to spend 20 minutes of precious lunchtime hunting for something reasonably healthy to eat. And then pay $15 for the privilege of enjoying said meal. Fortunately, like all those who had come before me, after some investigation I realised that I too could do the food from home thing. All it would take is a little planning, some consideration and confidence and of course, lots of experimentation! You see, bringing healthy, delicious food from home isn’t actually that hard (I know – shock horror!) you just have to prioritise it and apply some savvy organisation tips to the process. Two years later and I’m now a food prep queen (if I don’t say so myself) …

Quinoa Crust Pumpkin Pie + learning to cook

On Sunday I made pie and it was delicious. That sounds kind of old school doesn’t… but I loved every minute of it. Of course, true to my ‘The Whole Life’ approach this wasn’t your ordinary pie. There was no sugar coating or stewed apples. This one was made from quinoa and cinnamon pumpkin. The incredibly simple and delicious feast was from Donna Hay’s Cookbook Fresh and Easy. While her books don’t usually scream sugar free, gluten free or dairy free recipes, this one offers a seriously good bevy of mostly clean options that’s are pretty easy to adapt to your specific food preferences. Before embarking on my health journey, I couldn’t have given two clicks about cooking. To me, food prep wasn’t a pleasure it was a pain so convenience in the kitchen was always key. When I started to take an interest in what I was putting in my body, I had to learn from scratch what it meant to actually make something that wasn’t toast or packet pasta with sauce. At first …

For the love of pasta; sweet potato gnocchi

Pasta has got to be a staple in every Aussie home, right? As a child I used to love twirling spaghetti around my fork and stuffing it in my mouth. When I first moved out my diet consisted almost entirely of the cheapest packet pasta I could find, and in recent years the fresh stuff has seen my love affair grow even stronger. I will happily put my hand up and say that pasta is one of the most delicious foods on this planet. So imagine breaking up with the stuff. For those of us who avoid gluten, pasta is almost permanently off the menu (and because of its soy content, so to are most of the gluten-free versions). For me, this Easter marks one year since my last rendezvous with the Italian delicacy. In terms of substitutes, I’ve always known that fresh gnocchi was an option, but speaking honestly it’s always been one of those recipes that’s just been a little too complicated to attempt. So when my boyfriend requested sweet potato gnocchi for …

Lee Holmes’ book launch ‘Eat Clean, Green & Vegetarian’ + her heavenly Caramelised Onion Tart

With the wellness revolution booming there seems to be a new cookbook ready for testing every other week. I was fortunate enough to spend last Tuesday night with my good friend Mel (from The Well-Planned Wife) at the book launch of Lee Holmes’ fifth book ‘Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian’. I’ve found that health and wellness cookbooks can be placed into two categories; those that produce deliciously good food, and those that produce food that simply tastes healthy. Why the distinction? While healthy is important, healthy shouldn’t equal bland just because it lacks sugar, dairy or gluten. Lee’s books use nutrient rich ingredients and wholefoods to create delicious recipes designed to help our bodies perform at their best everyday; with a particular emphasis on the healing properties of clean, unprocessed foods on our guts. Having had the pleasure of first meeting Lee at last year’s Vitality conference, and then again through work this year, I can say she is a truly lovely person. She can also cook supercharged food like a MasterChef. Her ‘Eat Your …

Blog Crush: Meet Meg from Meg and Veg

If you’re into awesome healthy food there’s a good chance you’re aware of the stellar job Sarah Wilson and her team at I Quit Sugar are doing. Meg Yonson is a junior writer on their team and the author behind drool-worthy food blog ‘Meg and Veg‘.  She’s also my latest blog crush! A qualified nutritionist, Meg is a country girl at heart who is passionate about making and consuming real, honest food. Her blog is a gathering of flavoursome, easy-to-prepare eats featuring fresh produce and ideas. Meg was kind enough to give me a few minutes of her time to dish on her love of food and nutrition. She also shared a couple of her recipes with me, so make sure you click through to get more. You won’t be disappointed. Tell me about your blog. Why did you start it and what’s your passion? As soon as I became “that friend” that took photos of their food on Instagram, my friends were asking for the recipes. So, I created Meg & Veg – a …

The summer dip that everyone will love: Beetroot Hummus

‘Tis the season for fruity cocktails, sunscreen and prawns with avocado. Yes, the Aussie summer is in full-swing which means long lunches, picnics and BBQs are aplenty. For those who have food hurdles to overcome the joys of entertaining or attending a friend’s do are often squished by embarrassment and starvation. Ensuring there is food you can eat, with out feeling like a royal pain or rude guest, can be a difficult task. Fortunately today it seems that food vices are no longer as taboo as they once were. My social gatherings are often a spectacular collection of no-nos including vegan, dairy-free, pescetarian, paleo and sugar-free eaters. The solution? A list of handy summer dishes that are easy to make, fuss-friendly and so delicious that even your normal friends will love them too. Here’s one to start your collection: Beetroot Hummus You’ll need: 500g beetroot 3 tablespoons unhulled tahini 1 garlic clove 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons ground cumin ½ teaspoon sea salt What …