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,

 

Creamy Pasta With Mushrooms and Broccoli

Creamy Pasta With Mushrooms and Broccoli

The other night, I really craved some comfort food.

I was tired, a little bit fed up with winter and I just wanted my food to hug me from the inside. The temptation to buy a jar of creamy pasta sauce was pretty high. But admittedly, I only need to look at the ingredients on one of those jars to convince myself to make my own sauce. Price wise, making my own sauce also helps a lot as I had nearly all the ingredients at home!

 

Making a creamy pasta sauce can be intimidating but it’s actually very easy.

All you need is milk, flour and butter. Done! I added stock to this recipe because it gives it a lovely rich flavour.

 

I hope this recipe makes you feel as good as I did.


Peanut Butter Jelly Time Smoothie

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Do you put peanut butter in your smoothies?

I never used to because I thought it sounded weird but I have been converted!

Every time I make this, I always sing the peanut butter jelly song. Makes me so happy and then I get a yummy drink too.

If you have been following me on instagram, you know that I have been quite sick.

Living in a small town means that if one person gets sick, EVERYONE in the town gets sick! And my day job is in a coffee shop so I see a lot of people come in and out of the shop so you think that I would get sick that way… but no! My darling Alex always picks up the sickness and then I get it after I’ve been looking after him. Plus side is that then he has to look after me.

The downside of being sick is that you really just don’t want to eat.

For me this time, I lost all sense of smell! Not sure if you know but 70-90% of your taste comes from the aromas that you can smell. So basically I couldn’t taste anything. Definitely made eating less enjoyable because my food looked SOOOOO good and tasted like nothing {insert sad face here}

 

Thankfully I am on the mend but this means that I need some nutrients and extra energy to keep me going. Enter the smoothie….

This one has raspberries which are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate, Manganese and fibre.

Oats for B vitamins and some more fibre for keeping you regular and full.

Plain yoghurt for calcium, a protein punch and some gut loving bacteria.

Protein powder for added protein to maintain muscle mass, as well as being a complete protein source.

Peanut butter for protein, and some fat for satiety (feel satisfied).

And finally cinnamon because I like the flavour and it helps to maintain blood glucose levels.

 

If you are looking for a smoothie that tastes like dessert and is nutrient dense, this is the way to go!

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that the feature image is not my own (I wish!) I got it from the website: Just So Tasty 

Mango and Banana Smoothie

If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I LOVE my smoothies!

I find that they are so easy to get a nutritional punch to start my day, and the more that I experiment with them, the more delicious they become.

Here is my Mango and Banana Smoothie.

I made this smoothie for the first time when I was really missing the beautiful sweet mangoes that we get in  Australia. Coupled with some banana, you get a really nice tropical flavour.

It is sweeter than most that I make, hence why you can add some spinach and you won’t even taste it!

Hope you enjoy it,