Spiced Cauliflower Fritters

Spiced Cauliflower Fritters

If you are thinking that these cauliflower fritters are going to be hard to make, think again! I swear, this recipe is super easy, cheap to make and will give you at least one serving of veggies. #winningatlife

I was doing a nutritional consult last week and we were doing some meal planning. One thing that really struck me was that a lot of the recipes were difficult. They either had a lot of needless steps, or they used way too many ingredients.

I am super lazy when it comes to cooking. I mean, I love cooking but only because it means that I can eat. And I LOVE eating! So when I look or make at a recipe, I want it to be a couple of things:

  1. Limited amount of ingredients. I live in a small isolated town, I don’t have that much choice in the ingredients that I can buy.
  2. Cheap to make. Living in a tourist town is expensive so if I can feed myself relatively cheaply, then I am happy.
  3. Makes enough for leftovers. I’m lazy, I want to make a recipe that gives me lunch as well.
  4. It’s nutritionally sound. If I eat crappy food, I’m going to feel crappy. If I’m making the effort to cook my own food, it’s going to be good for me.

Throughout my consult, I kept on coming back to my website to find simple recipes. This is because I was having such a hard time finding them on the world wide web. And this kind of annoyed me, because it really made me feel like healthy cooking wasn’t being portrayed as being as easy as it should be.

Healthy cooking can also be simple cooking. You don’t need fancy ingredients or equipment for a healthy meal. You just need a good recipe, some decent ingredients and a little bit of time to make it happen.

So this is my promise to you. I will always try and post my recipes and keep them simple. Sometimes they are going to have a couple of extra steps, but usually they are the kind that you slap together in 10 minutes.

My Spiced Cauliflower Fritters is one of those recipes. It was inspired by this recipe, but I eliminated the extra cooking time and stayed away from frying them because a) it takes too long, b) too much mess afterwards to clean up and c) too much oil, it’s expensive! In the yoghurt sauce, I use bottled lime juice in this recipe because limes are $1 each here. You don’t even have to make the yoghurt sauce, it’s just a really tasty addition to the meal.

 

I hope you find this recipe as simple and delicious as I did.

Have a great week and if you like this recipe, make sure to share it with your friends.

 

Simple Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

I have been hinting towards a baked oatmeal recipe for some time but I finally felt that I could share it after some testing. 

Making recipes can be a daunting thing.

When I first started this blog, I would just make something, guess the amounts for the ingredients that I used and post the recipe. Too bad if they weren’t right because I figured everyone was at the same level of cooking as me and they would figure out how to fix the recipe to suit them.

Fast forward a year and after doing consults and seeing my friends cook, I realize that this isn’t the case.

I have been cooking meals for my family since I was 14, that means that I have done a lot of trail and error in that time. I’ve made meals that were not edible at all!

And one time, I served a semi-rare pork roast because I was too stubborn to admit to my Dad that I was wrong and the roast needed to go back in the oven for 20 minutes. What a shit of a kid haha!

Now, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on cooking. If the recipe doesn’t taste right, I know the little tricks to fix the flavours. I know how long to cook things without burning or overcooking them. I am also a bit more humble and will admit when I am wrong or the meal I made isn’t that great (it still happens from time to time.)

So here is my baked oatmeal recipe for you.

I have tested and tasted it at least 7 times. With different oats, different fruits and different cooking times. I love this recipe for breakfast because I make it, put it in the oven and then have a shower. By the time I’m dressed, the oatmeal is ready to eat and my house smells delicious.

You can also make this recipe in the microwave, which is MUCH faster and works if you are running out the door.

 

If you like this recipe, I love to hear from you in the comment section below.

And if you really love it, make sure to share it with your friends!

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Eggy Veggie Muffins

Sometimes you need a recipe that will satisfy you for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner!

A dish that ticks all the boxes and is easy to make, transport and eat without thinking too much. I would like to introduce my Eggy Veggie Muffins.

 

They are so good that I decided to make a little video to tell you all about them…

 

 

 

If you read one of my last posts, you know that I have quite a big sweet tooth and I love having my bliss balls on hand for when I am craving something sweet. Another thing that I love to have are these savoury muffins!

 

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They are cheesy, full of vegetables and a great protein source to keep my blood sugar levels throughout the day. Key for when you are trying to keep your sweet tooth in check!

 

These little guys have been a life saver for me a couple of times when my life shifts into chaos mode (which happens more often than not!) Right now, I am balancing working some extra days at the cafe and I am also super stoked to be getting involved in the Tofino community to bring cooking classes to young people who live in the many resort staff accommodations!

 

I myself have lived in staff accommodation and although it’s a great way to meet people and live for cheap, the kitchen and cooking situation is usually pretty lacking. I am a nutritionist so I made good food a priority but not everyone has the knowledge to do the same for themselves, so I am working on a pilot project to give people the tools to look after themselves with some simple tricks and delicious but easy recipes.

 

Hope you are having a great week!

Olivia xx

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweet Corn Fritters (or Savoury Pancakes)

Cheap and Easy Meal

Feel like some pancakes?

But don’t want all the sugar and fat feeling after? These delicious little pancakes are savoury and sweet at the same time and so completely morish, you cannot stop at one! The main ingredient for them is corn, so they are chocka block full of fibre, B vitamins, vitamin C, folate and many trace minerals. I love eating mine with a spicy tomato salsa, some sour cream and a leafy green salad (as pictured above) but they are also delicious for breakfast with bacon and a fried egg!

 

The challenge of this meal is whether you have a high speed blender or not? If not, don’t worry as I have a variation for you! Because everyone should be able to enjoy this meal 🙂

 

SWEET CORN FRITTERS (OR SAVOURY PANCAKES) – High Speed Blender Version


Serves 4___Prep Time: 10 minutes___Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

4 cups of Frozen Corn (thawed slightly)
8 eggs
4 tbs of your flour of choice (I used Masa Flour)
1 Red pepper (diced)
Olive Oil

 

Method

  1. Place 3 cups of corn, the flour and all the eggs into a blender.
  2. Blend until you have a smooth, pancake batter.
  3. Add the pepper and last cup of corn and incorporate into the mixture.
  4. Take a heaped tablespoon and place it in a heated frypan, flattening the mixture.
  5. Repeat until your frypan is full.
  6. These little cakes take about 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side.
  7. Serve with tomato salsa, sour cream and a salad. Enjoy!

If you don’t have a blender version


Serves 4___Prep Time: 10 minutes___Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

2 x 400mL cans of creamed corn
1 x 400mL can of corn nibblets
8 eggs
4 tbs of your flour of choice (I used Masa Flour)
1 Red pepper (diced)
Olive Oil

Method

  1. Place the canned corn, flour and all the eggs into a bowl and mix until you have a smooth(ish) batter.
  2. Take a heaped tablespoon and place it in a heated frypan, flattening the mixture.
  3. Repeat until your frypan is full.
  4. These little cakes take about 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side.
  5. Serve with tomato salsa, sour cream and a salad. Enjoy!

 

Pesto and Feta Baked Eggs

Cheap and Easy Meal

This pesto and feta baked eggs is a take on the original and also a great way to use up the ingredients from the meal plan this week.

My first time having baked eggs wasn’t until I was 22! I was in this cool little cafe in Perth, Australia and it was all that they served on the menu. After asking the server how they were made and finding out how easy they were, baked eggs have become a common meal in my life. I eat eggs a lot anyway, for breakfast, for dinner and sometimes, even lunch! (Not all on the same day, I promise!).

If you are looking for a quick and light meal, this is perfect for you as the prep time is minimal and once the eggs are in the oven, there is not much left to do but make some toast and relax.

PESTO AND FETA BAKED EGGS


Serves 1___Prep time: 5 minutes___Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

2 Eggs
Pesto
Feta Cheese (or any cheese that you have)
Butter
Bread
Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC).
  2. Take a small, oven safe bowl (I used one of our cereal bowls) and grease it with some butter.
  3. Crack the 2 eggs into the bowl, put a couple of small spoonfuls of pesto and cover the mixture in feta cheese.
  4. Put the bowl in the oven and set a timer for 15 minutes.
  5. When the timer goes off, put on your toast and when it pops, take the baked eggs out of the oven.
  6. Serve with some fresh greens and enjoy.