Author: Kerry

Honey Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Salad

The weather is still a little dreary and cold  here in southern Australia, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have salads. Salads are a dish that can be served warm or cold, as a side or in this case, can easily be the main event. I am such a huge fan of making ‘plant food’ the centre of any meal. For so long, the meat or protein component of a meal has been the centre piece and the poor old salad or vegetable component, delegated to a side dish. I made this dish recently for some friends who came for lunch. This warming salad was the centre piece and was served with a side of roast chicken pieces. It does have chickpeas in the dish, along with goats feta, so it’s ‘hearty’ enough to be served on its own or to vegetarians. The best part of this dish, is its simple, very tasty, reasonable quick and very nutritious. One to serve at any dinner, lunch, BBQ, brunch, or simply mid week meal for the family. …

Hello Strangers! Its been a while.

Hello Stranger! It’s been a wee while since I’ve been in your inbox. I haven’t been ignoring you on purpose, I promise. It’s just I have needed some serious time out. Time out from the crazy, crazy world that became my life over the last 18 months. Most of which I can assure you has not been fun. I wrote about a year ago, I was dealing with a stressful situation in my life. Unfortunately, this situation did not get better and I was forced to make some seriously humongous changes in my family’s and my life. We eventually got through this challenging time and have now settled into our new life, but once settled, I simply fell in a heap. And I mean a big giant pile of physical, emotional and spiritual heap. And it wasn’t pretty! I wish to share this story with you, not to over share my life, but to hopefully demonstrate that stress and trauma can affect us in so many different ways. We can keep being busy, thinking I’ll …

Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad

I love a good salad and I particularly love a salad ( or any dish for that matter) that uses up leftovers. This simple and quick dish is so yummy and is a great way to use up any leftover roast vegetables you have in the fridge. I often get ask, “I don’t know what to do with my leftovers, so I just end up throwing it out- what can I do?” Well, you can make this dish! Serve it along side any protein ( we had grilled lamb chops, along with broccolini and zucchini.) Did I mention it will take you only 5 -7 minutes to make?  In this dish, I used some leftover roasted sweet potato, potatoes and carrots from the night before. But you could use any or many of whatever roasted vegetables you have. Just add a couple more ingredients and that is it! Warm Roast Vegetable Salad Print Recipe This dish will take you only 5 -7 minutes to make? I used some leftover roasted sweet potato, potatoes and carrots from …

Lemon & Mint ‘Detox’ Water

It’s Summer in Australia and the mercury is certainly on the rise. We know that no matter what time of year, or weather, hydration is so important for our overall health, but when the temperature rises, it is paramount that we keep even more hydrated. Now, I am often hesitant to use the word ‘DETOX” as it can often denote thoughts of extreme diets and activities, which I am not one to endorse or advocate, but our amazing bodies, in particular our livers undergo a massive workout each day. Our modern lifestyle, has place an even larger burden on this amazing organ that has over 500 functions it needs to carry out, in order to keep our bodies working optimally. Detoxification is one of the main functions of this amazing organ. If there is one organ in your body I always say to love, it’s to love your liver!  This refreshing lemon and mint (plus cucumber!) is a great way to not only hydrate on these hot days, but also help with detoxification, along with …

Mango Bliss Balls

Schools back and that means lunch boxes. At my daughters school( like many schools) it is nut free, so when your short on time and wanting to whip up some quick, healthy and nut free snacks, then go no further. Mangoes are a favourite in my family and we always have a bag of frozen mangoes in the freezer to add to smoothies. So when I came across this recipe from kid ingredient I jumped at the chance to whip them up. They are NUT, SOY, DAIRY AND CAN BE GLUTEN FREE ( recipe uses oats, so if can tolerate use if not, use quinoa flakes), are low sugar and the best part of all, they only take 10minutes to make. WINNING!!   Mango Bliss Balls Print Recipe They are NUT, SOY, DAIRY AND CAN BE GLUTEN FREE ( recipe uses oats, so if can tolerate use if not, use quinoa flakes) are low sugar and the best part of all, they only take 10 minutes to make. CourseSnack Servings Prep Time 12-14 balls 10 …

How to stay healthy during the festive season!

The festive season is amping up. The parties are being had, the shopping is getting done…or at least started, I hope? And the festive feast with all its trimmings is being planned. With all this going on, it usually means we have a tendency to overload on sugary treats, processed finger food and dare I say a few glasses of the stuff that makes you a little warm and fuzzy inside.  Now, I’m not saying don’t relax and enjoy yourself, do, its the festive season after all but too much of the above foods and drinks can be harmful to our health. It can lead to sugar crashes, fatigue, brain fog and a little extra weight gain….now we all don’t fancy that, when  after all, its a time of year to be upbeat and joyful. The good news is, there are definitely ways to keep the holiday season healthy while still taking part in the festivities and having fun. Firstly, here are some tips I shared with you last year on how to moderate and …

Spicy Hot Nuts and Seed Mix

Who doesn’t love a good trail mix? With the festive and holiday season upon us, these tasty, spicy nut and seed mix are great for any Christmas table, perfect for entertaining, holiday BBQ’s or even place into some nice jars with a little ribbon around them and gifted to friends and family.   The best part is it takes no more than 5 minutes to whip up. Serve them warm or cold ( but warm is best) . You can pre-make them and heat them up in the wok or oven before serving for a few minutes. I’ve added currants and cranberries to this tasty mix, to make it more festive, but you can add whatever nuts, dried fruit or seeds you have or like. Enjoy!  Spicy Hot Nuts and Seed Mix Print Recipe These tasty, spicy nut and seed mix are great for any Christmas table, perfect for entertaining, holiday BBQ’s or even place into some nice jars with a little ribbon around them and gifted to friends and family. Servings Prep Time 15+ …

Zuchini and Corn Fritters

On a Wednesday night, my daughter goes to netball training. As a busy mum, I share the responsibility of getting her and her friends to and from training with another other busy mum. Its what all busy mum’s should do…share the load! On one particular night after training, I bought back my daughters friends to have dinner. These zucchini and corn fritters where what I served as one of the girls is vegetarian. And what a hit they where. I promised the girls I would give their mum the recipe, so here it is! ( OK, I might be about 9 months slow in getting it to you, Amy and Kate….oops, sorry. Better late than never!!) I often cook up fritters on a night when I need to use up bits and pieces of vegetables. Going meatless at least one night a week is not only good for the body but the environment as well. These fritters require little effort and as I often do and suggest, make a large batch and have them in …

When best laid plan, go astray!

Do you ever get up some days, with grand plans of what you would like to achieve but then the day goes a little haywire? Today, I woke up nice and early with the best intention. It all started when I flung out of bed a little too quick and strained a muscle in my neck (nothing major, just a twinge!). I recovered a little, rubbed some muscle oils in to relieve neck then got my exercise gear on, thinking ok, I won’t do any yoga today or HIIT, (due to being a little Ouchy) but I will go for a nice long walk. “Yes that’s what I’ll do”, I say. I got delayed, my daughter woke up extra early, then the morning routine went off kilter when my husband left something important at home after he had left for work, my daughter decided to be a little difficult and defiant ( hello, end of year tiredness and hot nights with little sleep!), so morning routine goes out the window. No problem I say, “I …

Banana and Cinnamon Loaf

Rain, hail or sunshine, Banana bread/loaf is one of those ‘treats’ that always goes down so perfectly with a nice cup of tea. This Banana and cinnamon loaf is no exception.  In fact, my Daughter is not a huge banana fan but loves cinnamon, so this get her tick of approval! Straight into the lunchbox it goes!! Oh, if you could only smell this loaf when it came out of the oven…divine. The best part about this banana loaf, is you can place all your ingredients in the food processor or blender, whiz it all up, pour into your loaf pan and pop in the oven…So simple, quick to prepare, and like all my recipes, full of nutrition. Funnily, my oven is playing up ( a long story I won’t bore you with…) but fortunately, I have a little toaster oven and thought, why not? I popped it in there and to my pleasant surprise, it came out a treat. Yay for me. This loaf/bread is Gluten, nut, dairy, grain and refined sugar free, in …