First recipe for 2019 and couldn’t be more happy to share this earthy, nutritious, vegan salad with you.
Slowly getting back into routine as the new year has well and truly begun. With Summer entertaining, drinking, and lets be honest over eating, I am glad to be getting back to some sort of normal eating regime. My body was feeling sluggish, under nourished and lethargic. But we all do deserve to enjoy the festive season and indulging with family and friends is all part of the spirit of Christmas/New Years after all.
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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.
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 ♥
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.
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.
Sweet Chilli Chicken with Mango Salad
A sweet and summery meal that the whole family will enjoy
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
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 lime juiced
salt and pepper
- 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.
- Prepare dressing, place all the dressing ingredients in a jar and set aside
- In a serving bowl place lettuce leaves and sliced mango
- Heat a grill pan on medium to high heat and cook chicken tenders for 3-4 mins each side until cooked through
- 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.
Are you back on track with healthy eating?
Some of us are great at sticking to and leading a healthy lifestyle no matter what time of year it is, others aren’t so much and fall off the bandwagon from time to time does this sound familiar? Don’t worry never too late to get re-inspired again. Lucky for you I have a tasty quinoa meal that is full of superfood goodness and will help you get back into the swing of things.
Lamb Koftas with Quinoa Tabouleh
A easy midweek dinner packed with quinoa goodness also leftovers are great for weekday lunches
500g lamb mince (organic is best)
1 small onion finely chopped
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tb parsley chopped
1 tb mint finely chopped
zest 1 lemon
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup quinoa
a handful chopped parsley
1 medium tomato diced
1 small cucumber diced or sliced
1/2 red capsicum diced
2 green onions finely sliced
1 handful baby spinach finely sliced
juice 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 180’C (350’F)
- Place quinoa in a small saucepan and fill with 2 cups water, bring to the boil then reduce heat to a simmer and replace the lid
- Simmer for 10-12mins or until all liquid is absorbed. Set aside to cool
- Place lamb mince, onion, paprika, cumin, parsley, mint, lemon zest and salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix to combine
- Roll into small oval shape balls and place on a baking tray drizzled with a little olive oil.
- Cook koftas in preheated oven for 20-25mins
- Meanwhile make the tabouleh place all remaining ingredients in with the cooled quinoa and toss to combine
- Serve together with the koftas and some tzatziki
It’s the first day of Summer here in Oz that also means summer bodies are coming out! Eek.. Are you ready?
Summer bodies are made in Winter right? Yeah Yeah we all lapse a little over the cooler months, motivation lacks, mood depresses and of course the cold weather makes you just feel like cuddling up on the couch with a hardy big bowl of comfort food and watch Netflix sound familiar?
Don’t stress you are only human but now being the first day of summer is a good time to kick start back into your healthy eating routine. Warmer weather is on it’s way so you can get out embrace the sunny weather and celebrate with some clean nutritious food that is low-calorie but still just as for-filling. You will feel much better for it and your bikinis will be thanking you too!
Here is a super clean healthy salad to get you started!
Chicken, Green Beans, Spiralised Zucchini & Rice Noodle Salad Dressed with a Creamy Tahini Dressing
A super clean salad to kick start summer
2 chicken breasts
2 tb grapeseed oil
100g brown rice noodles
2 zucchini spiralised
200g green beans blanched and shredded
2 cups baby spinach leaves shredded
1 cup basil and mint leaves shredded
1/3 cup toasted almonds roughly chopped
1/2 avocado cubed
Creamy Tahini Dressing
1 tb tahini
1/4 cup greek yoghurt
1 tb lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup water
Salt and Pepper
- Make the dressing by placing all the ingredients into a jar and shake to combine. Set aside
- Coat Chicken in oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook in a hot pan for 6-8mins or until crispy and cooked through
- Shred chicken with a fork place in a large bowl
- Place noodle in a small bowl and cover with boiling water set a side for 10mins then drain and add to the bowl with the chicken.
- Add zucchini, beans, spinach, herbs, avocado almonds and mix all together
- Add the dressing and mix through. This salad is best served cold
Needing some healthy salad ideas for a weekend bbq ? This is just that salad. The goodness of quinoa and whole grains with vegetables and herbs plus the added sweetness of pomegranate makes this salad a delightfully change to the standard tomato or rice salad.
Brown Rice, Quinoa , Asparagus & Pomegranate Tabbouleh with a Pomegranate Vinaigrette
A healthy quinoa and whole grain salad with the added sweetness of pomegranate
2 packets microwave instant quinoa and brown rice
1 punnet of grape tomatoes halved
1 Lebanese cucumber sliced
3 green onions sliced
1 bunch of raw asparagus chopped2 cups chopped flat leaf parsley, mint and basil
Seeds of half a pomegranate (cut in half, turn over in your hands and using the flat back of a knife beat out the seeds of the pomegranate)
**can also add some Danish feta
1/2 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
2 tbs apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tb Dijon mustard
1 tb Honey
2 tbs Pomegranate Molasses (can be found at the supermarket or health food store)
- Cook rice per packet instructions, place in a large bowl and let it cool
- Make vinaigrette, place all vinaigrette ingredients in a jar and shake to combine set aside
- Add all remaining ingredients to the rice and mix to combine, season with salt and pepper
- Add the dressing and mix throughly to combine