Friday, April 29, 2011

Cucumber cups

While cruising thru Jamie Eason's pics the other day (I have a major girl crush on her, she's fab!) I saw a picture of these she had tried at a party. I thought to myself if they are good enough for Jame they'll be great for me :) They are easy peasy and took no time

Cucumber chopped into chunks lengthwise, use a spoon to scoop out some of the seeds to make a "cup"
Hummus (I posted a low fat version a few days back)
Roasted red Marinated capsicum (you can buy this in jars, it last for ages)

spoon a little hummus into the cucumber cups
top with the marinated capsicum
Nom Nom Nom

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mexican Chicken Lasagne

Straight out of the oven

One of my favorite types of food is Mexican, but it can be quite fattening. This recipe is fast, healthy and tastes AMAZING

1 Chicken breast cooked and shredded (I poached mine, make the chicken so tender and juicy)
1 onion diced
1 400gm Can of Kidney Beans
1 400gm Can of reduced salt sweet corn
1 red chilli diced
1 400gm Can diced tomatoes
1 sachet of taco seasoning (or make your own its easy!)
a few mountain bread slices
1/2 cup of shredded lite cheese

Add the onion to a pan with some oil saute for a few Min's,
Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, Chilli and tomatoes, bring to the boil and let the sauce thicken a little
cut one of the mountain bread to size and pop in a baking dish top with some sauce and chicken
layer like this until you have used it all topping off the last layer with some sauce and the grated cheese
bake in an oven for about 10 Min's or until the cheese starts to brown a little on the edges
can you smell the goodness?

This is what I am reading right now, this man is disturbed haha. A good read What are you reading?

Thai Red Kangaroo Curry

Red Curry with Cauliflower Rice

Now before you are scared off about eating an animal that graces your national flag (if your an Aussie) you can easily swap it out for beef or Chicken they all work perfectly with this meal. But bear in mind the Kangaroo is not farmed, it lives off the land so its very lean, it has not been pumped full of antibiotics and is very high in protein (keeps you fuller for longer and builds those firm muscles of yours). Its a gamey meat and has a flavour not unlike Venison, be careful not to over cook it. If you haven't tried it now might be the perfect time

500g Kangaroo Steak (chicken or Beef)
2 Cups of veggies chopped ( I used Sweet potato, asparagus, broccoli and zucchini)
2 Tbsp Red Curry Paste
1 Kaffir Lime leaf
1 Cup of Stock
1/3 Cup Coconut Milk
1 Tbsp chopped Coriander
2 tsp Lime Juice
1 tsp Fish Sauce
Simmering away 

Add some oil to the pan (coconut or peanut works great) add the veg and cook until tender.
Add the Curry Paste and stir until it becomes fragrant
Add the meat, stir to combine and cook until browned
Add the Stock and the coconut milk and Kaffir lime leaf, bring to the boil and then reduce heat to a simmer cover for 10-12 Min's stirring occasionally until the sauce starts to thickens
Remove from the hat and stir in the Fish sauce, lime juice and coriander, serve with brown rice or Cauliflower rice

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Savoury Coconut Cauliflower "rice" From Pam's Table

From Pam's Table

Cauliflower is one of my all time favorite vegetables, it has so many great uses and is quick to prepare. To make it into Rice all you need to do is grate and cook for a couple of minutes, much quicker than real rice and when mixed with whatever you serve it with almost indistinguishable as cauliflower.
This is a variation of this meal that has quickly become a favorite in our household, my mum made it last and sent me a picture (see above, There was no invite to join tho) here's how you do it;

1 Head Cauliflower (grated)
1 Clove of Garlic
1/2 Cup Shredded/ Desiccated Coconut
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
1 Onion diced
Juice of 1 Lime
4 spring onions chopped

Heat the oil in a pan. Add Onion and garlic sauté. Add Coconut and cook until lightly browned
Add grated Cauliflower and Coconut Milk. Cover and cook for 7-10 Min's or until cauliflower reaches desired consistency. Stir in Lime juice and serve topped with chopped spring onion.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spicy Chicken and Haloumi Cous Cous

I've had a few requests for Cous Cous recipes lately. To get a little Blue Peter on you, Here's one I prepared earlier. Once you have cooked Cous Cous you will wonder why you didn't start earlier as its so easy and takes on the flavour of whatever you cook it with beautifully and is beyond easy to prepare.

1 Chicken breast diced
180gm Haloumi
1 1/2 cups cous Cous
1 1/2  cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 400g Can of Chickpeas drained and rinsed
2 red chilli's chopped (take out the seeds ans vein)
4 spring onions chopped
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp smoky paprika

Put the Cous Cous in a large bowl with the stock and cover for a few minutes or until the stock is absorbed covered with a tea towel. fluff with a fork and leave to one side.
Chop the haloumi block into 3 lengthwise and pan fry on each side allow to cool and chop each section into about 12 disks. pop the diced chicken into a pan and brown. Add all the ingredients to the bowl with the Cous Cous. then whisk the dressing together in a bowl until well combined and pour over the Cous Cous mixture, stirring to combine, Season with pepper to taste
Serves 4
Cooking time 10-15 Minutes

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Because you can't be good all the time

A friend of mine had a bottle of Pear vodka she needed to get rid of, I am ever eager to help in these type of situations so we decide to get creative, here's what we came up with;

100ml Pear Vodka
I packet Lime low calorie aeroplane Jelly
1 Mango or 1 Can

Make up the Jelly as per instructions, but replace 100ml of the cold water with the vodka. Allow to set in the fridge. pop into the blender when set with the mango and blitz until combined, pour into a pretty glass and enjoy. the entire jug has 390 Cal's so technically you are still being good even though it looks nuclear!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dry Brushing

Nice firm Bristles for a nice firm Butt

Its getting to my favorite part of the Biggest loser, the end where you can see all the hard work the contestants have put in, But with all this super fast weight loss one thing I always notice they have in common is that they have lots of loose skin. This is because your skin is not as fast at firming up as fat is at disappearing which is one of the reasons that you have probably heard countless times to do a slow steady approach, Of course The Biggest Loser is a TV show and if you had to wait around for months on end to see them get results you would probably lose interest and move on.
Dry Brushing is a great way at helping your skin keep up and stay clear, healthy and firm. When I was pregnant I like most women feared the dreaded stretchmarks caused by by body moving to accommodate my little ones growth, so as the trainspotter I am I started to research relentlessly!
Dry brushing became a part of my daily routine and still is. Its quick, easy and the benefits are many;

It helps the skin unplug the pores
removes ingrown hairs
increases the ability to absorb nutrients
increases circulation and polishes
getting rid of that top lair of dead skin and allows the skin to breathe and do its wonderful job of ridding the body of toxins better.
Fat Deposits will be distributed better
nerve endings will be given a boost and muscle tone will be improved.

You  get a lot out for very little effort, that's what we need!
So how do you do it and what will you need? Well you probably have everything laying around your bathroom already. I like to use a long stemmed brush (you can pick these up for a few dollars in the grocery store if need be)
A long handle make it easy to get those hard to reach areas

Start with dry skin, just before you hop in the shower works great
Begin with your feet lightly brushing (never scrubbing, your skin is very delicate) brush up your legs in long sweeping motions
When you get to your bum use circular motions, the same on your tummy. then your arms working from the fingertips working back to the chest. The idea is to help everything back to the heart and Lymphatic system ready to be processed. Then when you are done hop into the shower to remove any cell build up from the skins surface, keeping the water warm but not hot. When you are finished pat your skin dry and apply a nice layer of moisturiser. It shouldn't take More than a few minutes and as you can see the benefits are so many its a Worthy addition.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sweet potato Chips

Steak, egg and chips has always been a favourite in our house, as with many I am sure. I didn't want to miss out on this yummy meal but still stick to my eating plan. Heres how I do it;

1 Sweet potato chopped into chips
1 tsp of Olive oil
1 tsp of seasoning (I used PeriPeri)

Pre-heat oven to 250C. place Sweet potato in a plastic bag with the oil and seasoning to coat. spread them on a baking dish and pop in the oven, turning once so they get nicely browned on both sides. cooking for about 10-15 mins serve as a side to your favourite meal

This one was requested by Lala, I hope you enjoy making and eating it babe xx