3 HEALTHY LUNCH HACKS THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE ON ROTATION

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These are my 3 hacks (+3 delicious quick and easy recipes) for making sure lunch is always brilliant and you don’t get bored or stuck in a lunch rut. They are aimed at those who aren’t going to do a huge amount of lunch prep on the weekend and want something that can be thrown together in 15 minutes or less.

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SPICED PUMPKIN AND SWEET POTATO SOUP



Winter means soup. Lots of root vegetables are in abundance and you pretty much want to fill your body with heat at this time of the year, and soup goes well with both those things. This soup uses sweet potato, pumpkin, fragrant spices and a little coconut to warm and nourish you from the inside out.

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BANANA AND SALTED CHOC CHIP MUFFINS


If you’re after a quick and easy gluten free, low fat, low sugar snack then these are for you. They are so so good. Especially straight from the oven. Is there anything better than breaking open a muffin straight from the oven filled with oozing melting chocolate? I think not.

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DIPS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR SNACKING FOR THE BETTER

Eating the recommended intake of vegetables gets a whole lot easier when you’re including them in your snacks. Not a snacker? Then use these dips as part of a delicious lunch spread instead. They are loaded with goodness from vegetables, healthy fats and nuts and are great spread on crackers, rice cakes or sticks of vegetables. Not only that, both are full of flavour.

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CRUNCHY, SALTY, SWEET ADDICTIVELY GOOD PUMPKIN AND KALE SALAD

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I could not think of a name for this to save myself. It has roasted pumpkin, crispy kale, caramelised pecans, salty feta, massaged kale and wild rice all in a lemony dressing. It’s ridiculous, addictively good stuff. And it’s a salad, how many salads are addictive? Salads with crunchy, salty and sweet notes definitely are. Everything in this salad is so good and different and balanced it makes you want to keep going back for more. 

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JAR NOODLES AKA 4 MINUTE NOODLES




If quick and easy lunches are your thing then this recipe is for you. During the work week, convenience is a big deal when it comes to food. These noodles are fast, delicious and take less than 15 minutes to prep, no matter your kitchen skills.

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PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE OAT COOKIES

Cookies. Is there a better word to hear when you’re feeling a little snacky? I have quite a few cookie recipes that I rotate but these guys have fast become a new favourite. They just have such a good texture and so much flavour. Soft chewy oats, the crunch of peanuts and melted chocolate… I can’t possibly need to say anything else to convince you to give these a shot!

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POTSTICKERS WITH PICKLED CARROTS AND BLACK VINEGAR.


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I love dumplings. So so much. They are up there with my most favourite foods ever. Which is probably still a long list as I don’t like playing favourites with food… it’s all so good. I would normally serve these as an entree or nibble for friends or have them for dinner with a pile of steamed broccolini on the side because you know, health. The filling is juicy and flavoursome and the contrast between the crunchy underside of the dumpling and the soft chewy top is what eating is all about. The vinegary carrots add something a bit different to the garnish and some crunch.

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MEAL PLANNING: THE EASY WAY.


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This week I thought I would let you all in on a little secret. How I plan my meals for the week to make sure I a) don’t get bored b) can make meals without having to do a post-work supermarket shop c) don’t spend ridiculous amounts of money on food then waste it. So are you ready for the secret to all this brilliance?

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HAZELNUT AND SOUR CHERRY CUPCAKES


Sometimes you just need cupcakes, right? But sometimes you don’t want to throw all your good intentions out the window. These little gems are a great mid-ground, they are still sweet but are made with fantastic whole food ingredients and are filling enough that you can stop at one (if, like, self control is a thing you have a handle on). They remind me of those delicious hazelnut gluten free cupcakes with the white chocolate icing and nut brittle that many Melbourne cafes stock. Except these use much less sugar, and are a mixture of buckwheat flour and hazelnut which ups the nutty taste. Fraser believes the pralined nuts on top make these ones, I think it’s the light but creamy vanilla, ricotta and cream cheese icing. Either way they are a delicious indulgence.

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