Do you ever find yourself eating the same handful of meals all the time?
I know we do, and I sometimes feel guilty for feeding the family the same old dishes. So I made it my mission that once baby #2 came along I would start trying out new recipes that I've had floating around inside my head. Seeing as baby #2 is now four months old I should really get onto that...Starting with this one - roasted paprika chicken.
"A party without cake is just a meeting."
I wholeheartedly agree - everything is better with cake. And what better way to celebrate our 2 year blogiversary (say what?!) than with a gorgeous, moist, moreish, tangy cake - flourless orange and hazelnut cake to be exact.
It's got no flour, is sweetened naturally with fruit and honey, and has a total of 5 ingredients - so it's the perfect example of an easy, healthy, delicious cake. My favourite kind.
We eat a lot of chicken in my household.
This is largely because it's cheap source of lean protein and lends itself well to all sorts of different meals. Chicken is something we always have on hand, so I'm always looking for new and exciting ways to serve it up. I used to go for a basic lemon/garlic/parsley concoction as my mainstay marinade but in recent months I've found myself coming back to this combo again and again - miso honey chicken.
Spring - the season for hearty salads.
Summer is all about fresh and light, winter is too darn cold for any kind of salad (I'm not the only person who finds salads in cold weather completely unsatisfying, right?) but spring - glorious, temperate spring - is the right time for a healthy salad with substance.
Something that's a complete meal. Something that will make other people ooohh and aaahh, rather than looking like you left the other (better...) part of your lunch at home. And because we all know I'm obsessed with Mexican flavours, I give you my latest food crush: the Southwest Quinoa Salad.
Nutella - proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Unfortunately I'm one of those people that a) smells nutella and seems to get fat and b) may or may not have portion control issues with the world's favourite choc-hazelnut spread. And I really can't reconcile the amount of sugar and oil in nutella with my own healthy eating philosphies, so I've spent the greater part of the last few years living a nutella-free existance. Not anymore! Healthy homemade nutella - it's a thing, people! And it's here to make your life better.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there regarding nutrition, weight-loss and dieting.
The internet has been a blessing that allows us instant access to a huge pool of informative articles and hilarious cat videos, but unfortunately there is no guarantee that the information you stumble across is correct, helpful or remotely healthy.
Next time you see any person/company/product claiming they have the secret to fast and long lasting weight-loss a) don’t believe them and b) remember that the key to healthy, safe, sustainable weight-loss is a nutritionally varied and balanced diet combined with regular exercise and a good relationship with food.
Here are some of the worst circulating diet myths and why they’re a load of poo.
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.
Pop quiz time! What's better: a) enchiladas or b) lasagne?
Swerve! It's actually secret answer c) both at the same time. Meet enchilasagne. It's what happens when a tray of lasagne and a dish of enchiladas get freaky. It's all the flavours of enchiladas but stacked like a lasange, so cuts out the often messy, time-consuming process of rolling. Mostly, I love anything Mexican and anything that's a lasagne, so this dish was a natural result of hunger meets laziness meets Mexican food craving.
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!
Doesn't everyone love lazy food?
The kind of food you can put a small amount of effort into and ignore for a while but still gives you amazing results. I know I do. When people comment that I'm a good cook I often remark that I'm given too much credit for adding fire to meat and plants...My skills in the kitchen have come from years of monumentally screwing things up, which taught me how to fix things when they go wrong and I think that's what makes a real cook - someone who understands the ingredients they're working with and how to prepare them in a way that makes them shine (and can rescue them when it all goes pear-shaped). This recipe isn't hard, but my-oh-my is the final result something special. Everyone loves a Sunday roast, right? Well next Sunday ditch the classic rosemary/garlic combination and try this slow cooked massaman curry lamb shoulder.
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