New year, new me!
Lol just kidding, I ate my body weight in creamy potato salad for dinner last night. #sorrynotsorry
But given that we're in the middle of summer and the only pants that fit me right now are my maternity jeans (not so great on those 40 degree days we had...except that it was a great excuse not to wear any pants...so maybe it's not so bad after all!) I should probably get back into the healthy eating groove. First stop: snacking. The solution: these wholemeal blueberry yoghurt muffins.
Are you looking for some healthy, easy party snacks?
Don't stress, we have you covered.
With New Years' Eve only a few days away I've put together a list of 15 recipes perfect for a party, and in true Fit Kitchen style they're all easy, healthy and full of flavour. Which means if you're anything like me and still have no idea what to take to your NYE party then you're sure to find the answer to your problem amongst this list.
There's vegan, vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free options, but mostly they're all crowd pleasers. Be the star of your next party with a plate of delicious, easy, healthy party snacks!
Sometimes we all just need a little chocolate.
Or a lot, depending on how bad your day was...And while we all love a sneaky chocolate hit, we all also know that when it comes to chocolate you can have too much of a good thing. So the next time you need a chocolate fix without blowing the calorie budget I wholeheartedly suggest these little rippers: salted chocolate almond clusters.
Coconut water; my new all-round cooking companion.
A little while ago I was asked to develop some recipes for the wonderful people at Natural Raw C coconut water. OK, a long while ago. I’ve been meaning to do a recipe round up for about 12 months but things have been crazy in the Fit Kitchen lately (more details coming soon) and I just never got around to it. Better late than never! This is not a paid post, Natural Raw C have just been really supportive of this blog since I started and I love working with them. I know a lot of people are divided on coconut water, and while I don’t see it as the be all and end all miracle drink that some do, I am a genuine fan. I don’t drink soft drinks or cordial, or really anything other than water and tea usually, so coconut water is a nice alternative for me. And while it may not be a miracle elixir it does have nutritional value, so that’s a thumbs up from me. Plus I just freaking love coconut!
Cheese: the glue that holds my life together.
It's safe to say I'm a big cheese lover. In fact, if you read through my earlier blog posts you'll find a reference to cheese in every single one, regardless of the recipe. I made it my personal mission. The french have a saying that translates to "a meal without cheese is like a day without sunshine", which I assume means "shitty and a waste of time". So to make sure none of us suffer through such a day, I'm sharing a recipe for ricotta, parmesan and feta fritters. Three types of cheese equals three times the happiness!
I've never met a biscuit I didn't like.
Well except for Orange Creams, those things can die in a fire. Seriously Arnotts - is there anyone who actually likes them? We all know they're the last ones left in every packet of Assorted Creams. The world would be a better place of we removed the Orange Creams and doubled the amount of Kingstons - the true king of all filled biscuits. It even has 'king' in the name, what more evidence do you need? Kingstons are hands down my favourite biscuit ever, but since I started focusing more on a wholefoods diet there hasn't been a lot of room for them - until now. I give you: Almond Butter Coconut Cookies - aka The Healthy Kingston.
Some things are synonymous with winter.
Pumpkin - I think - is one of those things. Oven-roasted with cumin as a side dish, slowly simmered into a hearty soup or, as I've done here, steamed and mashed before being turned into a delicious batch of wholemeal pumpkin scones. Scones, or really just carbs in general, are a sure fire way to lift my spirits on these bitterly cold winter days, even more so when flavoured with pumpkin and caraway seeds. Even more so when they're wholemeal, so I know that they're good for me. Winning!
Chocolate makes everything better.
Particularly cake. But particularly healthy cake. This one is a perfect combination of warming flavours, just right for these cooler autumn days. Pear and chocolate isn’t a classic combination but pear with ginger is amazing, and chocolate with ginger is also amazing, so I decided to put all three together and hope for the best. I was not disappointed. Chocolate, Pear and Ginger Muffins are going to be on heavy rotation in The Fit Kitchen.
ANZAC Day always signifies that summer is well and truly over.
Autumn is in full swing and crisp mornings signify that winter is marching ever closer. ANZAC day is a great excuse to make Anzac biscuits, just as looming winter, a bad day or even a good day is a perfectly reasonable excuse in my eyes to get baking. As much as I love Anzac biscuits I really wanted to do something a bit more unexpected and unusual for the blog than just a healthified version of the classic biscuit and the result was this dish: half snack/half dessert, a beautiful brunch or an indulgent breakfast: Anzac tart with vanilla cashew cream.
My husband thinks salt is its own food group.
When we first started dating it was a minor clash of cultures for both of us; me growing up in a house where salt was rarely added to anything and him growing up where salt was a necessary and vital addition to everything. Last month he invented a new appetizer – an anchovy wrapped around an olive. I’m pretty sure he would have sprinkled it with sea salt flakes if I wasn’t watching... Olives and anchovies remain high on his list of favourite foods so when I introduced him to classic olive tapenade (essentially just olive and anchovy blended together) he was in heaven. One thing he doesn’t like is eggplant, which I adore, and despite me continually adding it to things and my fervent insistence that “there has to be a way to prepare it so that you like it!!” he hasn’t really warmed to it. Until now, friends. Until now. I give you the dish that represents both of us: Roasted Eggplant Olive Tapenade.
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