Quick and Easy Weekday Dinner Chicken Pesto Fusilli

Summer holidays have come to an end, for myself it’s a little bitter sweet. Whilst I am over the sibling fighting and constant complaints of boredom I actually really enjoyed having my kids home these holidays. We have spent a lot of quality time together over the past two months swimming, fishing, boating, days at the beach, theme parks, bike rides, movie dates, picnics in the park we really have done it all. Continue reading “Quick and Easy Weekday Dinner Chicken Pesto Fusilli”

Chicken & Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

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When it comes to comfort food shepherd’s pie is top of the list. It is the ultimate Winter warmer, oozing comfort. From the rich hardy filling topped off with buttery creamy mash and baked all in one pan till just crisp, there is just nothing better. Hungry yet?

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Sicilian Eggplant Caponata Pasta

One of my all time guilty pleasures is pasta, I mean who doesn’t love pasta?

I try not to eat it too regularly but when I do I make it worth it. There is just something so satisfying about a big bowl of pasta with a homemade sauce that is so utterly gratifying, you know what im talking about.

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I like to use spelt pasta or quinoa pasta when I can as an alternative . I find the spelt pasta the closest in flavour and texture though without the heavy carb feeling afterwards. Spelt is low in GI so has slow releasing energy rather complex carbohydrates that gives us that full sluggish feeling, making it harder to digest. However, it is not gluten-free so if that is your requirement use quinoa or a grain pasta instead.  Continue reading “Sicilian Eggplant Caponata Pasta”

Veggie Pad Thai Noodles with Peanut Sesame Dressing

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Pad Thai is one of the most well-known Thai dishes in Australia and around the world even scoring the title of one of the most ordered takeaway dishes back in 2014. It’s tasty, not too spicy yet still packed with flavour it is easy to see why it has become so popular.

Tradionally the dressing/sauce is made with a flavour combination of salty, sweet and sour, not unlike majority of Thai dishes yet this dressing I have served it with has the addition of peanut butter adding that creamy texture and flavour that takes it to a whole new level of deliciousness.  Pad Thai is typically made with flat rice noodles and a meat protein such as chicken, beef or prawns. I have opted to make it vegetarian and used gluten-free buckwheat noodles instead, only because I didn’t have any flat rice noodles in the house (really didn’t make any difference at all).

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Cauliflower, Corn and Cannellini Bean Chowder

Soup season is upon us and what better way to start the winter off  than with a big bowl of nourishing cauliflower chowder. We often associate chowder with the classic seafood chowder with its thick, creamy consistency it naturally  sounds and feels comforting in these colder months.

This vegetarian version is a lighter take on an authentic chowder recipe which is normally made with floury potatoes and heavy cream. Can also be easily made vegan with the elimination of the cheese. Even though it doesn’t contain those heavy ingredients with the addition of the cannellini beans it simulates the same sort of fulfilling comfort.

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