Like most grandmothers, I am always worried that my grandson P has not had enough to eat when he spends the day with me, so I constantly try to create new recipes for him to try and these Chicken and Leek Patties are a recent addition. He is quite picky with his food, so when…Read More
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Cacao Hazelnut Bliss Balls
Just when you thought I’m done sharing flavour combinations for bliss balls…SURPRISE… I have a new one for you – Cacao & Hazelnuts – and they are heavenly!These Cacao Hazelnut Bliss Balls are so delicious that you’ll not want to share them but, I must warn you, they are a little bit naughty because they have Nutella…Read More
Gojis, Nuts & Seeds Protein Balls
If you’ve been following Meatballs and Muffins the past couple of weeks, then you’ve probably read my other posts on healthy balls and bars I’ve been creating. If you haven’t, then just scroll the HOME page and you’ll easily find then. This is a new combination I came up with yesterday that I really liked…Read More
Summer Fruit Salad
If you read my last post, then you’ll know this is the Summer Fruit Salad that I promised to share with you. It’s topped with Greek yoghurt, a sprinkling of toasted muesli and a drizzle of honey. It’s so simple it’s almost embarrassing, but if you’re after something refreshing, delicious and very nutritious, then this is…Read More
Spinach, Feta & Pinenuts Muffins
Well hello, Thanks for visiting! If you’re a mum who’s looking for a healthy snack to add to your child’s lunchbox, then you MUST try these delicious muffins. They have just enough feta to add a little saltiness and the pinenuts add a delicious nutty flavour, making them a great way to get kids to…Read More
Easy Spaghetti & Meatballs
This is one of my ‘go to’ dishes when I need to cook a hearty meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I can have this dish on the table in 15 minutes from start to finish. Although it’s not made the traditional way, my version of spaghetti and meatballs is just…Read More
Spring Pasta with Asparagus
What do you cook for dinner on a warm Spring night that doesn’t require slaving over a hot stove? PENNE WITH ASPARAGUS, PANCETTA & CHERRY TOMATOES – what else! If you’re like me and you want to provide a great tasting healthy dinner for your family, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen…Read More
Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan and Aged Balsamic
Hi Reader, Here is another asparagus recipe as part of my Spring series that I know you and your family will enjoy. This is a ‘no brainer’ dish to make during the working week when you come home after a long day at work and need to cook something quick and easy for dinner. This…Read More
Do you worry that your toddler is becoming a fussy eater?
Well, the good news is that you can you can stop worrying because, fussy eating is simply a stage that many toddlers go through, often in their second year. Having raised 3 children of my own and looking after my grandson (that’s him in the photo above), I can tell you from experience, that a…Read More
Good Food for Little People – Veggie Fritters
Getting children – big and small – to eat more vegetables is a never-ending challenge for parents. And like many parents, I spent a lot to time and effort trying to encourage my sons to eat vegetables by serving them in creative ways and as a result, they grew up to love most greens and…Read More
Tip for Busy Parents: Waste not, want not!
For years, I would discard the stalks from leafy greens such as silverbeet, spinach, chicory, broccoli and even parsley, until I saw my mum use the stalks of spinach to make a simple but very delicious salad. My mum would cut off the spinach leaves and use them to make ‘spanakopita’ (a Greek spinach and…Read More
Tip for Busy Parents – storing & using fresh food
Storing and using fresh food correctly is important for your health and your wallet. Most fresh foods have a short shelf life and by not storing correctly you risk it being spoilt by bacteria and having to throw it out. Minced meat is one of those foods I’ve always worried about buying pre-minced and storing,…Read More
Tip for Busy Parents – Homemade Tomato Sauce
Home made tomato sauce is great to make and have in the fridge or freezer ready to use for a multitude of dishes. It’s particularly good with spaghetti – a dish that Pedro loves to eat (with his hands)! Just boil spaghetti according the instructions on the pack. Once cooked, strain and add to warm…Read More
Tip for Busy Parents: Homemade stock
Stock is a must for busy mums to have ready in small containers in the freezer to make healthy soups for little ones (and big ones too). Just defrost the stock, place in a pot and bring to the boil. Add some diced vegies, small pasta or diced chicken breast (or all three for a hearty…Read More
Simple but delicious!
A healthy lunch does not have to be difficult to make or expensive, but it must taste great, so here’s what it could look like! A crisp green salad made with fresh lettuce, baby rainbow silverbeet leaves, rocket and mint (picked from my vegie garden) dressed simply with a little sea salt, extra virgin olive…Read More
Who says poaching eggs is difficult?
Most people go out to a café to have poached eggs for Sunday breakfast because they think it’s the hardest thing to cook but, actually, it’s not as long as you know one very important secret – the eggs MUST be very fresh and preferably organic or free range. You can tell if your eggs are fresh…Read More