Healthy and Balanced Family Recipes
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2/16/2021 0 Comments
Are you bored with breakfast & feel too hot for porridge? I promise that this muesli is quick & easy to throw together...and there are some secret serving additions for maximum enjoyment. Trust me.
Ingredients (serves 4):
1 cup oats
1 cup bran
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup roasted almonds
4 tablespoons chia seeds
2 cups chopped fresh fruit: berries, pears, bananas
4 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon 100% nut butter
Milk of choice
Mix oats, bran, cinnamon, almonds & chia. Divide between 4 bowls. Layer each bowl with chopped fruit, yoghurt, nut butter & serve with milk of choice.
9/22/2019 0 Comments
chilli, feta, mushroom pita stack
I promised a return to fresh, few ingredient balanced meals and this will be the best thing you eat all day.
Packed with folate, choline, Vitamin B12, iron, protein, B vitamins & monounsaturated fats and the right balance of macronutrients: carbohydrates, lean protein & vegetables.
Ingredients: (serves 2)
2 cups chopped mushrooms
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
4 mini wholemeal pita
2 cups baby spinach
40g feta cheese
4 tablespoons hummous
Chilli, salt, pepper
1. Boil 500mls of water, add a generous glug of white vinegar.
3. Heat oil in a pan, add garlic, mushrooms and brown on high heat. Remove and add spinach to the pan until wilted.
4. Crack 2 eggs into rapidly boiling water, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining eggs. Whilst eggs are cooking, toast pita and set aside.
4. Spread pita with hummous, pile each with mushrooms and a poached egg. Scatter feta, heap spinach on the side. Season with chilli flakes, salt and pepper.
Gluten-Free, Low FODMAP options, vegetarian
Have you ever looked at a 4-year-old’s outfit and thought, ‘I wish I could do that?’ You know what I’m talking about, stripes, stars, spots clashing all over the place, topped off with gumboots and sunglasses. Look, I know that I have and really, why not? Life’s too short to be matching. A very special little friend visited the other day, sporting the most amazing outfit, that may or may not have included a ladybird jacket cape. Stop it. One day, she will rule the world.
The thing is, these kids are onto something. Imagination is key, so why not let the sparkle and pizzazz extend to their meals? Today’s post is about my rainbow day, inspired by the children. It’s all about making yourself feel that little bit fancy. Trust me, you’ll feel good and the kids will pick up what you put down.
Let’s start with breakfast fit for a mini dictator queen (at her request, of course):
1. ‘Circle rainbow porridge:’ Quick oats made with milk, kids given creative licence with cinnamon shaker, fruit and a little honey to decorate. Tomorrow we’re adding blueberries.Breakfast, lunch or dinner:
2. Avocado and tomato on sourdough, topped with chickpeas, rocket, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Dinner for everyone. I’m not into making separate meals, it's time consuming & unnecessary. Also, preparing food with the children and eating together helps to shape lifetime eating habits. Gluten free or Low FODMAP: use gluten-free bread
3. Rainbow pizza: This is a great school lunch box idea. Spread 4 small wholemeal pita pockets with passata, topped with a variation of: grated carrot, grated zucchini, chopped beetroot, canned corn, grated cheese and olives. Add lean ham or shredded chicken breast. The idea is to let the kids make their own rainbows. Trust me, they’ll want to eat their creations. Grown-ups can add some basil and chilli flakes to their ‘rainbow pizzas’ to add a bit more zest to happy hour. I know that I need it.
Gluten-free & Low FODMAP: use gluten free pizza bases
9/5/2019 0 Comments
korean pancakes (jeon)
Gluten free, vegetarian, low FODMAP
Jeon are a brilliant way to encourage children to eat their vegetables! They are super easy and a good way to use up any leftover vegetables.
1 carrot, grated
1 potato, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 capsicum, finely diced
1 red onion, finely diced (omit for low FODMAP)
1 cup flour (wheat, rice (gluten-free), wholemeal)
1/2-1 cup water
Rice bran oil
Dipping sauce: 1 tb soy or tamari (GF) and 2 tb rice vinegar
1. Squeeze out excess moisture from the zucchini and potato. Add vegetables into a large bowl.
2. Mix together water and flour, then add with egg to the vegetable mixture. You may need to add water depending on consistency.
3. Brush a pan with rice bran oil, heat well and add 1/3 cup quantities of mixture to pan. Cook approximately 2 minutes per side until golden brown.
4. Serve with dipping sauce.
Delicious sides include: smoked salmon, avocado and salad.
8/25/2019 0 Comments
8/21/2019 0 Comments
zucchini & corn fritters
½ cup white self-raising flour
½ cup wholemeal self-raising flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup milk
1 zucchini, grated
Spring onions, finely chopped
2 cobs corn (cut kernels off the cob) or 400g canned corn
2 tbs rice bran oil for cooking
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
1. Place flours in a bowl, make well in centre.
2. In a jug, whisk the eggs, add milk and oil. Pour egg mixture into flour and stir.
3. Add fresh or drained canned corn kernels, spring onions and grated zucchini into the mixture and stir to combine.
4. Season with pepper. Heat a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of rice bran oil and add ¼ cup of mixture to the pan in batches.
5. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side until golden brown. Serve with chopped avocado, cherry tomatoes and scattered basil leaves.
Makes 10-12. These are great for the next day’s lunchboxes and a yummy source of fibre, protein and monounsatured fats. Each serve of fritters (with salsa) contains 1.5-2 serves of vegetables.
8/20/2019 0 Comments
breakfasts on the go
8/20/2019 0 Comments
mexican style omelette
8/20/2019 0 Comments
Nicole is a specialist Paediatric and Family Health Dietitian and Lactation Consultant, in private practice. She provides evidence-based, sustainable nutrition and feeding advice that supports optimal health and growth, and meets a family at their unique needs. Nicole graduated from Monash University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, and worked as a Clinical Dietitian at a large metropolitan tertiary hospital, with Melbourne’s most critically ill, for over 15 years, before a career change to infant and family feeding.
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