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Roasted Beetroot Dip

  HANDS UP WHO LOVES BEETROOT? I love it! In fact, when I was a little girl, one of my favourite sandwiches was a beetroot sandwich and my grandmother always had beetroot on hand for when I would come a stay with her! True story!   I grew up with a Dad who grew much of our own produce and now as a ‘grown up’ I’ve followed in his footsteps and do the same for my family.  Currently in my garden I have an abundance of beautiful beetroots. I grow different varieties, even golden in colour, but the deep blood red varieties are my favourite. I picked a big bunch of beetroot over the weekend and made a jar of my delish roasted beetroot dip and honestly, I just love it and hope you do too. Just like many of my recipes, they are simple to make, as my philosophy on food is to be; SIMPLE, QUICK, DELISH & NUTRISH! This dip is great on any platter, served alongside with some crackers, sourdough or GF bread. …

Brown Rice Salad- Japanese Inspired

This Japanese Inspired Salad was invented purely out of me needing to use up some cooked brown rice I had in the fridge and the need to eat something light and vegetarian for lunch! Its funny how reheating or cooking with rice that has been cooked, then cooled in the fridge for a while was somehow seen as dangerous. There is now a huge amount of science gathering in the field of gut health and one of things they have discovered is the importance of resistance starch, to feed your gut microbiome. “Resistant starch promotes gut health by feeding the ‘good bacteria’ that live in our large bowel. These bacteria are sometimes called our microbiome. They can use resistant starch as food because it resists digestion in our small intestine, and moves on to the large bowel. When the good bacteria in the large bowel ferment resistant starch, they make short chain fatty acids. One of these, called butyrate, supplies energy to the cells lining the large intestine (colonocytes), promoting their wellbeing. ” – CSIRO …

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. …