Everyone loves takeaway food, right?
There's a big reason they're such a successful industry, and it's not just the convenience (although that is a big part of it). And I totally get it - my family is just like yours, there are nights when cooking dinner is totally not going to happen and takeaway food is a life saver. Takeaway foods are mostly popular because they're delicious. If they weren't, we wouldn't keep buying them. And unfortunately the main reason they're delicious is because takeaway businesses add all the sugar, salt and fat they can without having to worry about nutrition; anything to get you to keep buying it.
One of the changes I made when overhauling my diet to focus on wholefoods was to start re-creating healthier versions of the dishes I loved to eat growing up, and in that process I made it my personal mission to not miss out on my favourite takeaway items while still giving my body the nutrition it needed (ok ok, while trying to not get super fat). So for your eating and viewing pleasure I've put together a collection of some amazing recipes: 10 incredible healthy versions of your favourite takeaway foods. They've got all the flavour of regular takeaway with a nutritional profile that's actually good for you.
In no particular order:
I can't believe this is my first brownie.
I don't mean ever, my life isn't quite that sad (says the woman covered in a mixture of sweat and baby vomit...) I mean I can't believe that in the entire time I've been writing this blog I haven't done a brownie recipe! Given my complete obsession with brownies – they are pretty much my favourite baked good – this is a big deal. I have an amazing full-fat, full-sugar brownie recipe that I save for special occasions, but I feel like brownies shouldn't have to be saved for special occasions. What if there was a chocolate brownie that was healthy enough to eat any old time? Well, my friends, that is what I have created for you - the best healthy fudge brownie recipe.
Good nutrition is simple.
It simply means eating the right amount of a wide variety of foods from different sources to provide all the nutrients our body needs to function at its best. Simple, right? Maybe not...If it really were then obesity levels wouldn't be at an all time high and still on the rise. Good nutrition, while being vitally important to good health, is only part of the puzzle. The other: exercise.
I see a lot of misinformation (particularly on the internet...) regarding the finer details of nutrition as it relates to exercise - things like what to eat, when to eat them and how much is best. To help remove some of the mystery surrounding workout nutrition here is the ultimate guide to pre- and post-workout nutrition - an easy to understand list of what to eat and when to eat it.
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 think Mexican food should have its own tier on the food pyramid.
Ideally somewhere between carbs and vegetables...Seriously, the flavours they use are so bold and intense that I never get sick of eating them. We usually have at least one night each week dedicated solely to Mexican food, be it burritos, enchiladas, tacos, burrito bowls or my latest favourite - enchilasagne; a cross between enchiladas and lasagne. I'll get around to putting that on the blog in the coming weeks but let's not run before we can walk - today is all about the base to any good enchilasagne (or enchilada dish): homemade enchilada sauce. It's way easier than you think, way healthier than store-bought sauces and way tastier than a sauce with minimal effort deserves to be.
I'm pretty sure this is the longest winter ever.
Just when I think it's getting warm again and I can stop wearing jumpers to bed the universe sends me another cold snap. I was gearing up for the change of season to bring me warmer weather, slightly longer days and new season produce to cook with; instead I'm back to being obsessed with soup. Soup is a winter favourite for a reason - nothing is quite as warm and comforting as a big bowl of soup. But because there's only so much pumpkin or sweet potato soup one can eat in a few short months I thought I'd branch out with a flavour combo I've had running around in my head for a little while - cauliflower, pear and parsnip soup. I'll level with you, I wasn't sure it was actually going to taste good but I was pleasantly surprised. Like really pleasantly surprised. Like so pleasantly surprised I downed both bowls once I'd finished photographing them. #sorrynotsorry
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.
I have never been a fan of aniseed.
I'd only eat fennel under sufferance, licorice can suck it, black jelly beans are actually the devil, and I always thought any dish that contained star anise would have been just as good, if not better, had the star anise been left out. I'm not sure what's happened to me lately, but I've been willingly purchasing fennel to roast and day-dreaming up dishes that all seem to contain star anise...I blame having a baby. It obviously shocked my body into forgetting what tastes nice and what doesn't. Despite my initial hesitation to cook with star anise I just couldn't get this combo out of my head, so decided to run with it. And you know what? It's freaking delicious. I decided it needed to be combined with something warm, creamy and comforting (because everyone who knows me or reads this blog knows I hate winter...) and so coconut rice pudding with star anise strawberries was born.
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!
Do you eat a meal, only to find yourself hungry 20 minutes later?
I know I do sometimes. My plate is barely in the sink before I'm hunting through the kitchen for something else to eat. If this is you, you're not alone - and I'm here to help. Here are five reasons you're always hungry and ways to combat them!
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