Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

I love food. For me, cooking and baking are times to be productive and creative. I also love eating. It’s probably my favourite past-time ūüôā So here are the favourite sites I visit on a regular basis for recipes, inspiration and also¬†for the pretty pictures…

  1. First of all I have to give kudos to Taste.com.au, NewsLifeMedia’s most popular food website. I’ve been visiting Taste for years, and some of my favourite recipes are from there (banana bread, chicken soup, lasagne, meatball pasta bake to name but a few!). I love the rotating banner they have on the homepage, which will give you some quick dinner inspiration if you need it. All the recipes are rated by users, so if you pick a highly rated recipe I doubt you’ll do wrong. Bookmark it today.taste.com.au
  2. Have you liked the Tasty page on Facebook yet? If not, where have you been?!? I picked up on it in my Facebook newsfeed, because all my friends were liking and sharing the videos. This is their Buzzfeed page. You can seriously while away hours of your life just on the Facebook page. You have been warned.Tasty
  3. The Healthy Chef – A¬†trained chef, nutritionist, author and accredited fitness trainer, Teresa is an amazing woman. Her recipes are delicious AND healthy, which actually isn’t that easy to do sometimes. I found one of my favourite cold-weather¬†recipes,¬†Spicy Red Tomato + Lentil Soup, on Teresa’s website several years ago, and it’s still a family staple (but we add bacon). She also has an online store and health and wellbeing advice. And no, I don’t work for her – I just think her site is awesome.The Healthy Chef
  4. GoodFood is a bit more high-end – a bit fancier, if you will. I like their Top 10 lists (best desserts in Sydney, best pizzas in Brisbane, etc) although some of their recipes are more complicated so better for a weekend cooking session.GoodFood
  5. Not Quite Nigella – This is more a review site, lots of local Sydney eats as well as out-of-town tours. She also posts about local food tours – the best eats in different suburbs. The photos are amazing, worth bookmarking just for them!

Not Quite Nigella

What are your favourite food inspiration sites?

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

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Let’s get this straight: Winter is my season. I love the cooler weather, and I love cooking slow cooked, slow roasted, hot meals. This therefore means that Summer is not my friend. BUT, this Summer I was determined to try out a few new recipes, Donna Hay caesar salador twists on old favourites, and incorporate them into my Summer menu.

First up was a Donna Hay caesar salad.¬†Being a parent and just generally pushed for time, I took a few shortcuts. Number 1:¬†I bought a roast chook from Red Rooster and added that for extra protein and oomph. Number 2: I also added Cardini’s Caesar Dressing.¬†I challenge you to tell the difference between a freshly made caesar salad dressing and this store-bought dressing. It’s my go-to dressing now, and the bonus is it has less than 1 gram of carbohydrates per serve.¬†Making a caesar salad dressing from scratch? Ain’t nobody got time for that!caesar dressing

Then the weather dipped and became slightly cooler at the beginning of December, and I thought I’d cook up a batch of my spaghetti bolognaise. I add all the vegies I can possibly chop up into teeny tiny bits (in this case: capsicum, carrot, celery and courgette…sorry, ‘zucchini’ for the non-Brits), store-bought pasta sauce, garlic, herbs, beef mince and beef stock and then I simmer it for an hour and a half. So yes, the weather does have to be cool, because it sure heats up the house! Cooking for a toddler means that you can’t add spice to anything. Or you can, but that guarantees that they won’t end up eating it. So instead, I added Cholula Hot Sauce¬†to my own serving before I ate.

My husband will vouch for the fact that I’m a big fan of spicy food, as I keep trying to sneak chilli flakes into everything we eat (cereal excepted), and I am a new-found lover of Cholula. For those worried about the spice level, it’s hot, but the spice hit disappears very quickly, so you’re not left lunging for the nearest cold glass of milk or slice of cucumber. It has a sweetness to it that is really different to a traditional hot sauce.cholula hot sauce

It’s going to be hard, and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone cooking ‘hot weather food’ (we usually have BBQs at least half the week in Summer!) but I’m going to give it a red-hot go.

I’m planning on trying more salads than the few that are in my current repertoire, and also even attempting a Thai Beef Salad (this could go either way). It’s going to be a long, hot Summer, so stay tuned for more…

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

We have a 3 month-old baby in the house, in fact he’ll be 3 months old tomorrow. I can’t believe it was 3 months ago that I went through an 18 hour labour and survived! At the same time, it seems the last few months have gone quite slowly. It’s been hard the last week or so with the torrential rain in Sydney, we’ve been cooped up quite a bit inside, but I’ve been getting busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

What’s cooking in my kitchen?

For a start, the slow cooker has been getting a workout. This chilli recipe has gotten a workout, as has my hearty chicken & veg soup.

I’m also loving baking pies and pasta dishes, casseroles and stews. Here are a few other recipes that are on high rotation in my kitchen …

Family mince pie

Mmm meat pie

Who ate all the pies? I probably did…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chorizo and chickpea pasta (I use Vetta pasta – it’s wholemeal and high in fibre so makes me feel better about eating it)

Chorizo and chickpea pasta

Pasta deliciousness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sausage and bean stew

Sausage and bean stew

Doesn’t look pretty, but boy does it taste good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s happening on the exercise front?

I’m getting married in 7 weeks. Yep, 7 weeks. I bought my wedding dress last weekend, and have the final fitting in 4 weeks. The designer said it would be good if I didn’t lose too much more weight in the next 4 weeks, as alterations would cost more, so that’s an incentive to eat more cake, right? Hahaha – no.

Currently my exercise routine consists of visiting the gym twice a week (I re-joined about a month ago) to do weights and cardio, and walking a couple of times a week with the pram (which in itself weighs 10kgs + a baby who weighs around 7kg). I’ve done a bit of the Bay Walk with my mothers group, and have done the odd yoga DVD when the baby hasn’t allowed me to leave the house, but otherwise I’m getting quite a bit of exercise just holding, carrying and bouncing a baby up and down for approximately 12 hours a day. And you know, that’s enough right now.

I’m feeling back to ‘normal’ more and more every day, and physically I’m all healed. It’s a new routine and a new life being a stay-at-home-mum, and one that’s taken me some getting used to. I keep feeling like there’s something else I need to be doing – like working! But I have become a master at multi-tasking – just call me Mistress of All Washing, Vacuuming and Cleaning.

And now the sun has come out, finally. So we’re off for a walk …

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

I haven’t had a lot of time to trawl through Pinterest lately, but I revisited some old pins this week and thought I’d share them with you.

FOOD

I’ve wanted to make these brownies¬†ever since I saw the recipe, and now Easter is coming up I think this might be the year I do it. They look super easy too, which is a bonus.

Not Quite Nigella's Easter Egg Brownies

Not Quite Nigella’s Easter Egg Brownies

I’ve made this chicken cacciatore recipe from BBC Good Food loads of times, and it’s always reliably good. The sauce is amazing, seriously I could eat it with a spoon like soup, and there is loads to soak up mashed potato or pasta, whatever you serve it with. I chuck in extra veg to make it a bit more nutritious.

Chicken cacciatore

Seriously easy and delish

This Thai Chicken Noodle Soup is a great one for autumn or winter – seriously tasty and also pretty healthy, low carb with lots of veg (although I make it without the cabbage – not a cabbage fan).

A healthy thai chicken soup

A healthy thai chicken soup

EXERCISE

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of working out the glutes. Tight skirts and dresses just fit better when you have curves, and let’s face it, who wants a flat old lady arse? This workout features some great exercises – I won’t necessarily do the full 30 minutes but I’ll cherry pick the moves I feel like doing when I’m at the gym that day.

Glute workout

Work those buns…

These workouts have had to be put on hold while I’m pregnant, but I’ll be getting into it in about 4 months time. And I love that these little workouts are super quick and can be done literally anywhere.

Anywhere workout

Anywhere, any time

I’m always looking for new articles, recipes and tips online – have any of you clicked on something awesome lately?

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

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It’s been hotter than Roger Federer at the Australian Open this summer, and I can tell you right now I’ve found it really difficult to cook anything at all in the heat. Couple that with being pregnant and therefore not allowed to eat feta, plus not being able to stand the smell of tuna (both of which have formed a staple in my salad ingredient repertoire for several years) and I’m not feeling very motivated to do much preparing of the old leafy greens.

Those were my salad days

Or so says Shakespeare…

However, I still do enjoy what has to be one of the easiest salads to prepare: chicken & haloumi salad. Here’s how it goes:

Ingredients:
Salad leaves (I prefer a baby spinach and rocket mix)
Tomato
Cucumber
BBQ chicken
Haloumi
Salad dressing of your choice (French, in my case)

Method:
Chop up tomato and cucumber and mix with salad leaves; buy a pre-cooked BBQ chicken from the supermarket or Red Rooster; cut a block of haloumi into pieces and fry in a non-stick frying pan with a spray of olive oil until golden brown. Then bung it all together, throw some dressing over it and voila – a perfect summer salad that tastes amazing and even a 6 months pregnant woman can eat!

Chicken & haloumi salad

Too easy!

If I can’t have feta, I’ll have haloumi goddammit (but in moderation). And the first thing I want brought to me after giving birth (after the wine of course) will be the creamiest, most delicious piece of feta I can lay my hands on.

I need some more salad inspiration – what are your favourite summer salad recipes?

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x