Thursday, June 30, 2011

a week in links 01/07

the Daily motivator incase you needed reminding how awesome you really are

Because you can't be good all of the time  the Cherry Caipirissima is on my hit list!

Ever wondered why you should Choose Organic Food, here's why

And if you live in Perth you can have the freshest Organic Produced delivered right to your door! Have a look

Something I never Considered was the beauty products I used and what was in them Here's some good info

Isn't it time we started listening to Doctors and stopped listening to Clowns? What do you think?

What foods do Nutritionists avoid? Some Of these surprised me

When I finish Dry July I might treat myself to a few of these Water Melon Martinis you know Martini by Name Martini by nature ;)

There you go, if you found anything you think I would like please share!

Harrissa spiced Cod Fillet with Moroccan Sweet Potato Chips

MMMM Fish and Chips whats better than that! But it can cost a fortune and well lets be honest not the healthiest thing to order out. but you can have this meal made and on the table in about 20 Min's and afterwards you wont have that horrible bloated feeling when your body is trying to decide what to do with all the extra fat you fed it. Here's what you are going to need;

Fish Fillets (I used frozen cod I bought at the Spud Shed, I think it cost about $10 for about 10 pieces, pretty darn good!)
Optional Add in Prawns (again bought at the Spud shed $20 for the bag)
 1/4 Tsp Harissa Middle Eastern Spices ( you can buy this with all the other spices in the grocery store)

Sweet potato Chipped Skin left on
Spray Oil
1/2 Tsp Moroccan Seasoning
The Seasonings I used

Preheat your oven to 250C place the chips in a plastic bag
spray with oil and dust in the Seasoning Swish them all around in the bag together and place on a tray in the oven for about 10-15 Min's turning once so they are nice and crisp on both sides

While they are cooking spray the fish and prawns (if you are using them with a little oil and rub on the seasoning
Pan fry on a griddle pan, BBQ or fry pan
Cook for a few Min's on each side or until cooked thru
Serve with the chips on the side

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Asian Beef Stir Fry with 5 Spice Sweet Potato

Having a few good staples in your fridge and pantry means you can whip up some fantastic meals in no time, this meal won't take long and most of the ingredients will last in your fridge for a long time. After making the initial outlay for a few different jars you will have them on hand to use for so many different meals and will save you a fortune compared to the ready made sauces, but even better than that you will know exactly what went into your meals (you would be surprised at the added sugar and other nasties that have been slipped into them and you will have the proud moment of watching your family enjoy something you have made from scratch knowing it is not only tasty but healthy too I hope you enjoy this one, here's what you will need;

1 Tbsp Peanut oil
500g Stir Fry Beef
1 Red onion Diced
1 Zucchini
1 Green Capsicum
1 Head of Broccoli
1 Tsp Minced Ginger
1 Tsp Minced Garlic
1 Tbsp Minced lemon grass
1 1/2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 1/2 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
1 Tbsp Lime Juice
1 Tbsp Minced Coriander

1 large Sweet Potato chopped into wedges
1/2 tsp 5 Spice
Spray Oil
You can't always have fresh herbs and Spices Avail these work great

Chop the Sweet potato into wedges and spray lightly with oil dust lightly with the 5 Spice and bake in the oven 180C for about 30 Min's
While they are baking away in the oven
pop the Peanut oil in a wok and stir fry the beef and set aside
Add the Onion, lemongrass, garlic and ginger stir frying until the onion starts to soften
Add the Veggies and stir fry until tender
Add the Soy sauce, Sweet Chilli and Lime juice
Return the beef to the Wok and stir to combine
Serve with the sweet potato

Monday, June 27, 2011

Herb Disinfectant Cleaner

everything you'll need

For the last few years I have been making my own household cleaning products. I used to dread when I had to buy them because I knew the shopping bill was going to go thru the roof and for what really? Its mostly water, fragrance and a lot of nasty chemicals you probably dont want to be spending much time around. Taking care of your body is not all about what you put into it but also considering what it comes into contact with, your skin is the largest organ you have (sorry gents) be kind to it.

So I went about finding a recipe to make my own that didn't have a long list of weird ingredients, I have adapted this over the years and swap the essential oils around depending on where I am using them. You will probably have a lot of the ingredients already and what you wont have wont cost much. heres what you will need;
one for every surface

1 Tsp Dishwashing Detergent
1 Tsp Borax
2Tbsp White Vinegar
2 Cups Hot Water
1/4 Tsp Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1/4 Tsp Lavendar Essential Oil
3 Drops Tea Tree
1 Spray Bottle

Mix all the ingredients
Stir until Dry ingredients Dissolve
Allow the water to cool before you pour it into the spray bottle

This can be used on any surface except glass

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pea, Chilli and Coriander Soup

I had literally 10 minutes to make myself something for lunch today, but I also had a hankering for something lovely warm and hearty, so there was some quick rummaging thru the fridge and a little rustling in the freezer (or As Nigella calls it the frozen vegetable garden) and here's what I came up with

1/2 red onion Diced finely
1 Tsp Garlic and Ginger minced
1 Red chili Diced finely (seeds and membranes removed)
Salt & Pepper
4 Cups of Chicken stock (Use Vegetable to make it vegetarian friendly)
500g Bag Frozen Peas
1 Tsp minced Coriander

in a large heavy based pot Saute the Onion, Chili, Garlic and Ginger in a little spray oil
Add the Sock and Bring to the boil
Add the Peas and replace the lid return to the boil
Remove the lid and boil quickly for 1-2 min or until the peas are just cooked, this way they will keep their nice bright colour
Remove from the heat,
Strain a lot of the broth off and pop the pea mixture into a blender
Add back as much or as little of the stock as you like until you reach your desired consistency
Stir in the Coriander and serve

Mexican Hot Chocoalte

Until I started keeping a record of the food I ate I had no idea how much Mexican I ate so its no surprise I enjoy a nice hot cup of Mexican hot chocolate. The lovely chocolate and Chilli mixture is always a winner and will warm you up like nothing else on a winters day
its super easy too.
Here's what you need;

3 Tablespoons Instant Hot Chocolate (I used Jarrah)
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
Dash of Vanilla extract
a Pinch Chilli Powder
1/4 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup boiled water

In a big Mug Add the first 5 ingredients add enough water to make a paste
stir until smooth
Top up with the hot water stir up and enjoy

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Big Assed Cajun Chicken and Pumpkin Salad

I went shopping at the Spud Shed the other day, all the vegetables, fruit and meat all look so good and so much cheaper than Coles and Wollies so I tend to go a little crazy when I am there. This week there have been even bigger salads and veggie delights to make sure its all used up. This is one we had the other day everything was so fresh and crisp, yummy!
Heres what you will need;

1 Chicken Breast
Cajun Seasoning
200g Pumpkin
Ground Coriander
Mixed Lettuce
Fresh spinach
cucumber sliced
1/2 Acocado sliced
1 Tomato Diced
1 Spring Onion

Spray the Chicken with a little oil and dust on the cajun seasoning pop in a griddle pan or on the BBQ or a fry pan, cook a few minutes on each side until cooked thru
Skin and dice up the pumpkin microwave for a minute or so (if you have time bake in the oven until crisped up a little on the outside) shake on a little ground coriander
Layer up the remaining ingredients and top with the pumpkin and chicken sliced up
And you are all done

A week in Links 24/06

What are your thoughts on GM food? Government says GM wheat products will be on our shelves 2015

your Dog is watching you hope you're doing nothing rude.....

Whole foods Parking Lot, pure Gas... this is my farovite link for the week

Michelle Bridges has a Personal Trainer Proves everyone is always learning

There is nothing like free Range eggs, I have always wanted to have my own chickens Marks daily Apple gives you some pointers to get started

After reading about the Dirty Dozen last week I have been a bit more enthusiastic about cleaning my veggies before use, you dont need to use those expensive washes you see at the shops try One of these
as a cheaper and healthier option

More proof its not just how much you eat but what you eat that matter, Hold the Chips!

They have done more studies into Static Stretching Before Exercise If you have ever trained with me you will know I recommend Dynamic stretches before a workout and Static after 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Milk and Oat Bath

I thought I would share something a little different with you today. When my baby was born we were given so many beautiful gifts one of which was a gorgeous pouch of very expensive looking milk bath powder, it was so gorgeous and mild on babies skin I was a little sad when it was all used. But it didn't look like it would really be that hard to make so I started to look for some recipes. Turns out it wasn't so here what you are going to need;

2 Cups of Milk Powder
1 Cup of Rolled Oats
Optional Add in;
Essentil oils, (Lavender)
I dont currently use any oils as this is mainly for the baby and they can be quite dangerous for your children and breastfeeding mothers)

Pop the Oats in a blender and Whizz until they form a powdery consistency
Add the Milk powder and Whizz until combined well
If you want to add oil add them now one drop at a time until well combined whizzing after each add. 3-4 Drops will be all you need.
Pop it in a little glass jar
I add a Tsp when I pour Babies Bath but you can add as much or as little as you like.

Your skin will thank you for this one, Cleopatra had daily Milk baths and her beauty has outlasted several civilisations so she must have been onto something. So this weekend get some Billy Holiday on your Ipod pour a nice glass of wine and slip into your lovely Milk Bath

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A week in links

I come across a lot of different things while I am trawling the net and I thought I might share a few of my favorite this week with you, let me know if you enjoy them

Speed up your metabolism with these tips and tricks, it was the delicious imagery that caught my eye though, probably helped raise my metabolism too

Clean Ice-cream?!?! I will be trying this one for sure. Banana Ice-cream calls on childhood memories for me

If you are feeling and looking a little "Meh" why not Improve your posture great explainations and tips

This was my favorite stretch from above, its called the "Couch Link" I was sold there and then

Can a low Carb Diet Prevent Cancer? If you needed another reason to lower your Starchy carb intake think this is it

Want to start trail running? Start Here

Although this is an american based list, there is some good information. 'dirty Dozen"

Zucchini Slice

I have been growing my own Zucchini in the garden for a few years and never cease to be amazed at the size of what grows there! I have managed 5 meals from one piece at times. This little beauty was my latest and I used half for this recipe

Zucchini Slice is one of those great meals that never turns out the same twice, you can just open the fridge and use lots of bits and pieces stir it all together and you have a great meal. Leftovers make a great lunch option and it freezes great that's if it manages to last that long
here's what you are going to need;

5 eggs
500g Zucchini Grated
1/2 Cup Wholemeal Flour
1 Onion Diced
from here you can add whatever you have on hand leftover roasted chicken shredded is great, sun-dried tomatoes, olives you are only limited by your imagination...and your fridge contents I guess?
Here's what I used
1/2 Chirizo sausage thinly sliced
1 Green Capsicum
1 Tomato Chopped
2 Field Mushrooms
1/4 Cup Each of Fresh Parsley and Thyme chopped
Low Fat Grated cheese to top
Salad to serve

Pre Heat oven to 170C Lightly spray a Lamington tray (20x30cm baking dish) with oil
Grate the zucchini, I use a food processor as it is faster, squeeze as much of the moisture out of the zucchini then lay out on a plate and sprinkle with salt
leave for about 10 Min's to allow the salt to soak up more moisture and squeeze it out again, fluff it up a bit and add to the baking dish
In a small fry pan add the chirizo onion mushroom and capsicum and stir fry until the chirizo has crisped up a bit and the vegetables are tender add this to the baking dish
Lightly whisk the eggs and herbs in a small jug and combine all the ingredients in the baking dish
Top with the grated cheese and pop in the oven for about 30min
Serve with a big arsed side salad

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chilli Con Carne

Oh my the weather has taken a turn towards the chilly lately on this side of the world, I am still enjoying it so far, getting rugged up and dusting off our coats and boots to wear is a almost a novelty, but I think my favorite part of winter is cooking up a big pot of something that's going to warm up the house and my tummy. We made a big pot of Chilli Con Carne the other night which did the trick nicely, here's what you are going to need

500g Lean Beef mince
1 Onion Diced
2 Tsp minced Garlic
2 Tsp Paprika (smokey or hot)
2 small Chilli's chopped (seeds and veins removed)
2 Tsp beef Stock Powder
2 Cups Water
400g Tinned Tomatoes
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
1 Capsicum chopped
420g Kidney Beans
Brown Rice to serve

Add the Onion to a pan lightly sprayed with oil, cook until tender
Add the garlic and spices stir until fragrant
Add the beef stir to coat and brown a little
Add stock, water, Tomato's, paste and capsicum, simmer uncovered for about an hour or until the sauce has thickened
Stir in the kidney beans and heat through
Serve with Brown Rice