You can’t go wrong with a potato bake. It is one of my favourite dishes to accompany special occasions.
However, as potato bakes are rich with thick cream, sour cream, cheese and of course; potatoes, I designed an alternative recipe.
This recipe retains the iconic flavours and creaminess of the legendary potato bake, however it does so at a slightly lower calorie cost.
This recipe is vegan, however can be modified to suit other diets if required.
Calories per serve
Protein per serve
Florets from 1 head of broccoli chopped into medium-small pieces
1 carrot chopped into small chunks
1 brown onion
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 cup raw cashew nuts
1.5 cup of boiling water
1.5 cups vegetable broth (or beef stock for non-vegan flavour)
2 tbsp garlic powder
Part 1 Cashew Cream: Put the cashews into 1 cup of boiling water and let them stand for 10 minutes. Then drain the cashews and add them + the remaining 1/2 cup of water to a blender. Blend until creamy paste forms.
Part 2Quinoa Casserole: Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Add all remaining ingredients + cashew cream into an oven safe dish. Stir well until all are incorporated. Place dish in oven for 50 minutes or until top is golden brown and quinoa has cooked.
Today I thought I’d share with you my favourite 4-ingredient cookie recipe. It’s perfect for whipping up on a Sunday night, so you have healthy treats/snacks to snack on through out the week.
Now that we’re all getting cold in Sydney (and by cold I mean the weather has changed to 22C/71F, and Sydney-siders are wimps), it’s lovely to have some comfort food options that aren’t going to make the anticipation of bikini season super stressful.
There’s no denying that avocado is the best breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack food available.
But who says it can’t be used as a dessert?
Certainly notme (says me and my huge sweet tooth)
Recently I have been playing around with avocado based desserts, and I took inspiration from a post I saw for brownies made for the Ketogenic diet (high fat/protein, low carb).
I ended up modifying the recipe – more towards my taste preferences – and since I’m not following the keto diet, I did add in some honey (which you might want to swap for monk fruit or stevia, if you are looking for lower carb options).
I will admit my first go was very underwhelming. I completely missed the mark on the sweetness, so brownies tasted more like buttery dirt.
But, practice makes perfect, and after many flops I have formulated a avo-brownie recipe that is undeniably healthy. You will need:
1 medium avocado
1/4 cup nut butter – I love peanut Mayver’s butter
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp cacao nibs
2 tbsp warm honey (less sticky)
Mix everything (except cacao nibs) together in a blender until it is smooth and creamy, and press into a brownie pan. Sprinkle the cacao nibs and cinnamon on top.
My latest obsession “nice-cream” is as creamy and delicious as regular ice cream, but it also has all the health benefits as well.
If you don’t know what nice cream is, let me help you. It’s basically a soft and velvety concoction that tastes like ice cream but is made from all the good stuff. As such, it has 32g of protein, and 1g of sugar.
After many mornings whizzing up different blends, I’ve finally mastered my chocolate mousse nice cream. My recipe is an ultra filling dessert, but I eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
You will need:
1 chopped, frozen banana (I like to buy about 5 bananas at the start of the week, and then chop and freeze them all at once to save time).
0.5 tbsp cinnamon (did you know cinnamon curbs sugar cravings?)
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
And that’s it! Just blend until you get a thick, creamy consistency. You might have blend a little, stir it, and then blend some more to make it all come together.
I top with different things every day. My favourites lately have been lower glycemic fruits like chopped apple, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and then sunflower seeds or cacao nibs for some crunch!
Here’s the macronutrient breakdown compared to 2 scoops of regular chocolate gelato:
Last week I travelled with my best friend to Byron Bay – a beachside town in New South Wales, Australia, known for it’s laid back beach & hippie culture. (Yes we purposely booked this trip over Valentines Day, as a cheeky romantic getaway for two single girls).
I’ve traveled with friends and family to Byron many times, but this was the first time I noticed HOW DELICIOUS and diverse all the food options were.
They literally have everything – vegan cafes, vegetarian restaurants, chocolaterie’s, wholefood cafes, Egyptian restaurants, fancy bars, Contemporary Australian cuisine, Indian takeaway, Asian fusion, Japanese dinner places, pizza… the list goes on.
What I was particularly amazed by was how easy it was to eat healthy. With green juices, fresh coconuts, protein balls, fresh fruit, and superfood slices, on offer all over the place, I was spoiled for choice.
Safya Cafe serves Egyptian inspired dishes, in a beautiful spot where the ocean breeze flows right in. We went here three times for breakfast (because I could not get over the avo/dukkah toast & dandelion latte combo), but they also do a delicious Lunch and Dinner menu.
If you are here for the contemporary Australian brunch scene, head to Bayleaf. Offering all-day brekkie options like house-made bircher, corn fritter stacks, and dill/salmon eggs, it’s a brunch spot you just can’t miss.
$1.50 oyster specials, daily sunset happy hour, live music, and $12 Espresso Martini’s – you can’t say no. Obviously we went for the oyster deal and then finished the night with an abundance of cocktails, a King Crab Salad and Lamb/Beef Pappardelle.
We booked this for the night of Valentine’s day and readied ourselves for a Mediterranean feast. O went all out and ordered the Share Mezze Platter (for herself..), which hosted kofte balls, hummus, pita bread, oven-roasted tomatoes, falafels and more. I went for two dishes; stuffed bell peppers (with basmati rice/whipped fetta/dukkah) and the lamb kofte balls. Safe to say both were delightful.
Byron is known for organic/wholefood food spots that do mouth-watering raw treats like vegan/GF strawberry cream and caramel donuts. Check out Combi and Fundies Wholefood Cafe if that’s your thing.
However, if I’m having dessert I’m going to treat myself and go all out. Hands down the best ice cream shop I’ve ever been to is In The Pink.
They are constantly introducing eclectic flavours like strawberry chocolate fudge, Nutella caramel, Gingerbread, and Orange Sorbet. On the last night I treated myself to a double scoop of chocolate fudge and Nutella caramel, and I have absolutely no regrets.
P.s. if chocolate is your thing – be sure to check out Love Byron Bay – Crêperie & Chocolate Boutique.
Calories: 219 (335 with 1 tbsp peanut butter topping)
Fat: 5g | Fiber: 14g | Carbs: 23g
Prep time: 5 mins
Now that summer’s approaching here in Australia, a smoothie bowl is the perfect refreshing breakfast or lunch.
I have curated the perfect recipe using healthy ingredients for vitality and energy. The key ingredient here (which I discovered recently and have been loving) is the Raw Slim & Tone Protein by Amazonia – this stuff has around 7.5mg of iron in it.
Incorporating this powder into a smoothie bowl gives it an irresistible nutty chocolate taste, as well as packing it with protein and iron for satiety and energy throughout the day.
In my bowl I have:
30g Slim & Tone Protein
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp psyllium husks (optional – but good for digestion of the protein)
1/4 cup water
You can also add some extra nutrients such as the collagen and pro/pre-biotic powders from Vida Glow and The Beauty Chef.
For those who don’t know, Poke (pronounced “poh-kay”) is a native Hawaiian dish of diced raw fish, usually in some sort of marinade.
For some, raw fish alone probably doesn’t seem appetising, but when whipped up in a salad-style bowl with an assortment of other flavours – trust me it’s to die for. Raw fish is also a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals – see more on the health benefits here.
I got onto the poke bowl trend after discovering a restaurant (Greenhouse Asian Salads), which does a brilliant poke bowl with tuna, black rice, soybeans, wasabi peas, and veggies.
I must have been going on about how much I loved the bowls, because a friend bought me a poke recipe book (probably to stop me from dragging her all about Sydney to taste different poke bowls). After trying a couple of the different combinations, I figured you basically need a protein, base, salad, marinade, and some toppings for extra taste. Here are my favourite combinations:
Diced Raw Tuna in Mayo
Diced Raw Salmon in Soy Sauce
Roasted Sesame Dressing
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Dried Seaweed (Nori)
Each time I make a poke bowl I mix it up with a variation of the above! Let me know if you try it.
p.s. Here are some of my other favourite poke bowl spots:
Hands down my favourite breakfast ispancakes (scrambled eggs & avo on toast comes pretty close).
There’s nothing better than soft, fluffy pancakes, complemented by a tower of delicious toppings to start the day.
This morning I woke up with a burning desire for pancakes, and I was lucky enough to have all the ingredients I needed in the fridge.
I like to mix up my pancake toppings: it’s usually a compilation of nut butter (I think I’m addicted to Mayver’s peanut butter), fresh & frozen fruits, maple syrup, chia seeds, coconut yogurt, dried fruit & nuts, or regular vanilla yogurt.
Today I went with frozen blueberries and a very thick drizzle of peanut butter to go with my pancakes. For the pancakes themselves I blended together 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup oats, 1 banana, 1 tbsp chia seeds, and a pinch of cinnamon and salt.
I thought I’d take this opportunity to address the controversy around almond milk. If you are interested in the alternatives to cow’s milk (note: I still drink cows milk, I just prefer almond milk), you have probably heard whispers about almond milk being part of a fad health craze, and that it isn’t actually good for you. Because this stuff interests me (a lot more than others haha) I investigated almond milk, and whilst it does have far less protein and calcium than soy milk and cows milk, it is a great option if you are looking for something lighter to go with a protein dense meal (such as peanut butter drenched pancakes hehe).
This was the final product: my incredibly tasty breakfast this morning, that I already want to make again. Please also enjoy the finger painted plate I crafted when I was four years old.
Hope you have a lovely Friday leading into an even better weekend. I’ve got lots planned – this one’s meant to be sunny in Sydney!! Stay tuned for more recipes and adventures 🙂
Reading over and editing this post I realised how many times I used the word Spring. It starts to sound funny if you say it too many times, but unfortunately Oxford dictionary doesn’t have any good alternatives.
We’re getting to the end of Spring over here in Australia, and although I’m excited about the beachy, holidaying climate that summer is bringing, it’s sad to see those cool, breezy Spring days go.
Because Spring is the season before Summer, here in the Southern Hemisphere, its the time every gym membership goes on sale, Halloween stashes quickly get thrown out, and green smoothies and salads are glorified.
The idea of munching on a bowl of bitter green leaves drizzled with vinaigrette sounds highly unappetizing to me, but I am reminding myself not to be too cynical about salads – with the right ingredients they can taste great, and they do have numerous health benefits.
So this Spring I worked with some of my favourite ingredients to create the perfect Spring salad.