Low Calorie Chocolatey Fun With Rice Cakes!

OK! OK! So the chocolate of choice adds a few more calories, but I’d still much rather be snacking on these, than feeling bad for stuff my face on cookies!! I use to buy dark chocolate covered rice cakes (before there was a lot more gluten/wheat free things on the market). They’re not too expensive, but you can buy a whole bag of rice cakes … Continue reading Low Calorie Chocolatey Fun With Rice Cakes!

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Ingredients 1 1/2 Cups of Plain Flour (all purpose) 1 Sweet Potato 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg 1 tbsp Honey Butter, to grease the pan Milk Things You’ll Need: Frying pan, Spatula Method Place sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan of boiling water, and cook until tender, around 20 minutes – You can microwave the potato for 3-4 minutes if … Continue reading Sweet Potato Pancakes

Surviving The Winter Blues

The winter period is here, and the days are increasingly shorter while the night sky lengthens. This means during the winter months, we are exposed to less sunlight which causes our body to produce less serotonin but more melatonin; a hormone that prepares the body for sleep. This can trick your body into believing it should constantly be in the state of rest or sleep; affecting … Continue reading Surviving The Winter Blues

Meatballs with Tomato & Basil Sauce

INGREDIENTS For the Meatballs 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, finely grated 400g ground beef 400g ground pork 2 eggs 1/4 bunch fresh parsley, chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese For the Sauce 1 tbsp olive … Continue reading Meatballs with Tomato & Basil Sauce

Mushroom Risotto

INGREDIENTS 50g dried porcini mushrooms 1 vegetable/chicken stock cube, I prefer chicken but that’s personal preference. 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic clove, finely chopped 250g pack chestnut mushroom, sliced and washed 300g risotto rice, such as arborio 1 x 175ml glass white wine About a teaspoon or so of butter seasoning handful parsley leaves, chopped 50g Parmesan or grana padano, … Continue reading Mushroom Risotto

Coconut & Chia Seed Shortbread

INGREDIENTS 1½ cups fresh unsalted butter, at cool room temperature 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups flour 1 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Baking Soda 1 teaspoon Coconut extract  1/2 tbsp Chia seeds METHOD Preheat oven to 180 Degrees Celsius. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and extracts. Add  in dry ingredients, and mix … Continue reading Coconut & Chia Seed Shortbread