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,

 

Spiced Lentil Stew

The days are growing shorter and shorter each day and I am finding myself naturally craving warm and comforting foods as the air grows crisp and the trees are no longer covered in bright red leaves, but are rather skeletons of their former selves. 

 

 Sometimes I like to add an egg as well for some extra protein.

This spiced lentil stew is made regularly in my kitchen, along with my Black Bean and Quinoa Chilli.

 

It is my version of the Oh She Glow’s Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup. If you have ever checked out the recipes from Angela Liddon, you know that she makes the most amazing meals that are simple and nutritious! My kind of cooking!

 

I have made Angela’s recipe but I really like this recipe as a stew with some extra veggies adding in.

 

The best thing about this recipe is that is it vegan and nut free so it is always a winner at pot lucks. It is also the perfect meal to make when you don’t want to cook and because it makes a large quantity, there is always plenty left over for dinner the next day.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 

Olivia xx

 

 

 

 

Did you like this recipe? Make sure it share it with your friends! 

Or leave a comment below and let me know which veggies you like to add to your stews. 

 


 

Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

black-bean-and-quinoa-chili-709x800

This the kind of meal that I make when canned tomatoes and black beans are on sale.

Why? Because we already have too many cans in our cupboards but Alex insists on buying more!

I know! I know! First world problems!

Anyway… this meal is so easy but so flavourful! It keeps for days (if you don’t eat it all beforehand) and can also be frozen so you have some in stock in the freezer for busier days.

This bean bean and quinoa chili has certainly helped me out.

If you follow me on instagram, you would know that I just moved and I am eating out a bit more than I usually do. It is delicious, organic food from the conveniently located cafe down the road from me but I do prefer to eat at home.

 


Once I got settled, a made a giant pot of this chili and then proceeded to live off it for a couple of days, knowing that I was eating something nourishing with lots of veggies but also amazingly delicious! Looking for some other ways to eat more veggies, make sure to read this article as well.

So try it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Otherwise, let me know your favourite go-to meal when you are crazy busy?

 

Cheers,

Olivia xx

 

 

 

 

 

<<<<Did you like this post? Make sure to share the love and share it <<<<with your friends. Just use the icons on the left side of the page

 

 

Bliss Balls For A Sweet Tooth

Bliss Balls for a Sweet Tooth

Do you have a sweet tooth? I know that I do!

 

I try not to eat too many sweet things. Try being the operative word!

I work in a kitchen with lots of cookies, croissants and delicious danishes and if I don’t plan my day out right, I can end up eating 2 or 3 before even realising! Then I have a stomach ache and I feel really crappy 🙁

via GIPHY

I found the trick for me is to be prepared. Obviously I know that I am going to be making these sweet treats and working around them for most of the morning, and I know that I get hungry on my shift so what can I do to make sure that I eat something wholesome, instead of engulfing all the baked goods in front of me?

Nuts have always been a handy little savior. They are compact, don’t go bad in my bag if I forget about them (highly likely) and it is easy to grab a handful while I am rushing around at work.

BUT….

Some days I still want something sweet. You can only eat so many almonds while staring longingly at the perfectly baked almond croissant that is within arm’s reach before you give in completely to the flaky pastry and gooey inside. So, I decided that maybe I needed to add a little “oomph” to my humble nuts and turn them into a mighty powerhouse snack that I actually like eating.

So I made these bliss balls to cope with the sweet cravings!

Now a word of warning, just because these bliss balls are full of goodness, you cannot go mad on them. Nuts are little energy powerhouses which means that when you eat too many, they end up on your hips. 2 a day is plenty but because of the high fat content, they leave you feeling quite full anyway. Coupled with a cup of coffee, they make the perfect mid-morning snack to pull you through to lunch time.

 

Give them a try and let me know what you think?

Reach out to me in the comments section below and if you really like them, please share this recipe with your friends. 

 

Have a  great week,

Olivia xx

 

A movie review :: “That Sugar Film”

A movie review of that sugar film

David Attenborough is my hero!

When I was a kid, if I got to watch one of his documentaries, I was in heaven! Don’t worry, I also liked the normal kid movies too but there was always something so majestic about David’s description of animals and I just wanted to be there with him, learning about the world that I live in. I also wanted to be a vet at the time and have a pet elephant!

 

Exploring the world around me. Mainly the ground because I fell over!
Exploring the world around me. Mainly the ground because I fell over! Hiking can be dangerous…

 

Fast forward 20 something years and I am still obsessed with learning about the world around me. I love a good documentary but lately, I have been avoiding any concerning food because they have all made me feel guilty for the way that I eat…until I came across “That Sugar Film

A little bit about me and sugar first…

When I was 19, I was diagnosed with candida by a naturopath and had recently just come off an intense round of antibiotics because I had Helicobacter pylori in my gut (the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers and is usually an issue for 50 year olds). I looked fit and healthy, but on the inside, I was battling constant stomach pain, nausea and feeling crappy all over.

My naturopath recommended that I go on an “elimination diet” which took out more than it allowed in, so I was pretty bummed…

No gluten, dairy, soy, yeast, meat products and most importantly, no SUGAR!

This was nearly 10 years ago, when gluten free was not widely available (especially in Darwin, Australia) and no one I knew was a vegetarian, let alone a vegan! The hardest thing out of everything for me was the sugar. I quickly realised that it was in EVERYTHING and although the first few weeks were tough, I slowly learnt how to live on this elimination diet, while enjoying food again. If it wasn’t for this book, “Cooking Without” by Barbara Cousins,  I wouldn’t have been able to do it!

 

On this elimination diet, I started to feel good, and then I started to feel great!

My stomach pain stopped, I wasn’t bloated all the time, my mind was so clear and I had waaaay too much energy if I didn’t exercise. My gut healed and eventually, I allowed different foods back into my diet. If you are wondering why I didn’t stay on the diet for the rest of my life, I will let you know right now, avoiding that many foods makes life pretty lonely. Going for dinner with friends is a nightmare and you have to remember, I was 19. I wanted to live, I wanted a peaceful relationship with food, not one consumed with fear!

 

When I was on the elimination diet... I was super fit and also a super pain in the butt to cook for!
When I was on the elimination diet… I was super fit and also a super pain in the butt to cook for!

 

Since then, I have always been conscious of which foods affect my body and one that stands out is sugar. Last year, I bought the book “I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook” and I tried Sarah Wilson’s method of ridding sugar from my life. What a great program! If I had that when I was 19, I would probably would have stayed off the sweet stuff forever! Now, I will eat foods with refined sugar in them, but only when eating out or at a friend’s house. When cooking for myself, the only sugar in my house is in my dark chocolate and I feel like I have a pretty good balance. I eat foods because they make me feel good, not because I fear that if I don’t eat them, I will get fat/cancer/diabetes ect.

 

If you have ever told someone that you have quit sugar, they will always give you a weird look and you can explain until you are blue in the face, the effects of it on your body but eventually, their eyes will glaze over and they will go back to their triple glazed donut without a second thought. Hence why I just don’t tell people or try to convert them.

 

Enter “That Sugar Film

 

It’s about a guy called Damon, who hasn’t eaten refined sugar in 2 years and because he is curious, he decides to adopt a “healthy” Australian diet. A diet, which consists of about 40 teaspoons of refined sugar (or 160g) a day!

Spoiler alert but his health goes downhill alarmingly quick and you know this because he has a team of health experts, monitoring him through his journey. He basically replaces all his “high fat” meals with “low fat” and although he is consuming the exact same amount of calories, and doing the same amount of exercise, Damon is putting on weight fast and feeling like a piece of poo!

So, this movie sounds like a downer but it is actually hilarious! I watched it with a friend and we were often in stitches, in between being in shock! Hands down, the most confronting thing for me was watching Damon eat cubes of sugar, instead of the added sugar in the foods. YUK YUK YUK! There is also a scene that involves a dentist, but that is all that I am going to say about that.

Another great thing about this film was that it didn’t make me feel guilty for how I eat. It just presented the facts and then left off with a happy ending for Daemon because he felt better when he got off the sugar. I didn’t feel fear, like many other documentaries, I just felt informed and empowered and that is how everyone should feel.

If you want to know more, watch the trailer for That Sugar Film, or even better, watch the whole movie.

 

Let me know what you think of removing the amount of processed sugar in your diet. Could you do it? Have you ever tried?

 

Let me know by leaving a comment below or on my facebook page.

 

Have a great day groovers, Olivia xx