Creamy Gnocchi with Mushroom, Bacon & Peas

Another quick and easy weekday dinner to share with you, gnocchi with a few ingredients and a creamy sauce. Gnocchi if you aren’t familiar with it are small potato dumplings traditionally made with mashed potato and flour. You could always make your own gnocchi and freeze them for a quick homemade meal mid- week or easy entertaining on weekends. We all need shortcuts in our lives from time to time so store bought are perfectly fine too.

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Hidden Veggie Meatloaf with Tomato Glaze

Family dinner with young kids can be tricky as much as you’d love them to eat every vegetable you eat sometimes it just seems impossible and not to mention stressful. I get it my kids have their moments too let me assure you.

Visually vegetables are an instant turn off for most kids, seeing the amount they have to eat each night already gets them in a bother. Sometimes we have to get creative and hide them in food they do like. Let’s be real as much as those cute food pictures that look like a butterflies or funny faces made out of veggies or cookie cutout salads look visually stimulating but who really has time to do that every night? Hiding them or mixing them in other foods just seems to be a much less time consuming and gimmicky way of getting their daily serve of veggies.

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Better for you Fudgy Chocolate Brownies and the sugar epedemic making us all sick.

Everyone loves a fudgy brownie the indulgent treat that most people feel incredibly guilty with each mouthful. But what if I told you, you can make them better for you?

Did you know that the average Australian consumes 3 times the amount of added sugar daily?

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That is a huge increase over the years, while our recommended daily intake is only 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons for men an average Australian is consuming up around 17 teaspoons that’s around 70g of sugar a day! It’s as little as having a glass of  store-bought orange juice and pre packaged cereal for breakfast with store-bought muesli bar or muffin for morning tea. They all contain added sugar which is hidden and without even knowing it you are already over your daily intake and you havent even had lunch yet.  Continue reading “Better for you Fudgy Chocolate Brownies and the sugar epedemic making us all sick.”

The Real Deal Mac ‘N’ Cheese with Peas & Broccoli

One thing I’m big on is hidden preservatives in food. I try to avoid them like the plague. Sadly there is too many quick meal options targeted at us in the supermarkets that a filled with the stuff.

We have kind of been sucked into the ‘quick’ and thoughtless way of cooking that makes dinner an easy option. Grabbing a pre-packed jar or powder packets of sauces that we think are an easy option when we are pushed for time. But if we stop to look at the ingredients on the back you would be shell-shocked to see what’s actually in them numbers, artificial flavours, colours and additives that just aren’t necessary and actually quite harmful to us over time.

I really want parents to know out there that cooking good food doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. It is usually a few ingredients put together simply that takes not a lot of time at all.

I called this “The Real Deal” because it is just that REAL. Made with REAL ingredients and tastes fresh, light and tasty. Took me 35 mins to make from start to finish so if you ask me I’d rather feed my family this fresh old favourite than a jar full of who knows what any day of the week.

I added some veggies of course for extra nutrition but if you have fussy kids just leave them out or add some veggies they like.

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Summery Sweet Chilli Chicken with Mango Salad

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Summer has come to an end sadly and what I will miss the most is the tropical fruit we are so lucky to enjoy here in Australia especially Mangoes. My grandfather has the most spectacular mango trees in his backyard which they planted over 40 years ago. Each year he harvests around 600-800 mangoes during the summer most the size of small footballs. The juicy flesh of these delicious fruits are so sweet nothing quite compares.

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The mangoes that you buy from the grocery shops are picked well under ripe like most commercially grown fruit so the flavour doesn’t have the time to develop as much as homegrown making these mangoes the absolute best (non biased of course). He even has had people help themselves to his tree uninvited  to my grandfathers displeasure. At 85 years old he still hobbles around his yard every morning quite literally collecting and admiring the fruits of his labour. So proud in fact that he keeps a journal and records how many he has harvested each year even the ones that the bats have taken. Bless his heart ♥

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Mangoes are a great source of  vitamin C which aids a healthy immune system. Helps with digestion as it contains enzymes that help to break down protein in your body. Lowers cholesterol, clears the skin, keeps your eyes healthy and there is even research that suggests the compounds in mangoes have cancer preventing properties. In case the sweet flavour of this fruit isn’t enough to get you indulging in them the nutritional  benefits speak for themselves.

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Finishing off the season I decided to make a summery mango salad to accompany the kids sweet chilli chicken they love. Very simply put together with fresh lime and olive oil as the mango just shines on its own.

Now to embrace the cooler weather  ahead well not quite yet, here in Queensland they weather stays quite warm till end of April so we still have time to enjoy the sun and afternoon swims for  a little while longer.

Caz

Sweet Chilli Chicken with Mango Salad

  • Servings: 4
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A sweet and summery meal that the whole family will enjoy

Ingredients

500g chicken tenders

1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce preferably one with low sugar

1 clove garlic crushed

1/2 lime juiced

200g mixed lettuce leaves

1 large mango seed removed and sliced thinly

Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 lime juiced

salt and pepper

Directions

  1. In a bowl place chicken tenders, sweet chilli sauce, lime juice and garlic. Mix well to coat chicken and place in the fridge till needed.
  2. Prepare dressing, place all the dressing ingredients in a jar and set aside
  3. In a serving bowl place lettuce leaves and  sliced mango
  4. Heat a grill pan on medium to high heat and cook chicken tenders for 3-4 mins each side until cooked through
  5. Arrange chicken pieces on  top of the salad and pour over the dressing. Season with extra salt and pepper if needed.

+You can also add some cashew nuts for some extra crunch.

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