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BBQ eggplant and french onion salad with rocket, feta and pine nuts

It’s spring in Australia which means the weather is warming up and people are dusting off their BBQs (if they were ever out of use). Eggplants are in season so what better than a BBQ eggplant and french onion salad to accompany your favourite BBQ cut of meat or fish. Cooked eggplant is a good…

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Broccolini with toasted almonds and pancetta

It’s winter in Australia and broccolini is in season. A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, broccolini is rich vitamin C and just a single cup serve contains the recommended daily intake of this vitamin which is a powerful antioxidant. Broccolini is also rich in vitamin A, an essential nutrient for eye health and contains…

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Lentil, roast beetroot, fetta and herb salad

This is a tasty and substantial winter salad recipe that can be enjoyed as a meal in itself or to compliment your favourite protein. Lentils are high in fibre which lowers bad cholesterol and helps prevent blood sugars from rising sharply after a meal. They are a good source of protein for vegetarians and are…

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Red cabbage, goat’s cheese, walnut & sultana salad

This salad is extremely quick and easy to make, packed with nutrition and is particularly good for the stomach and digestive tract. Cabbage contains sinigrin which has been linked to helping the body fight cancer, in particular bladder, colon and prostate cancer. It is high in fibre, has unique cholesterol lowering properties and is wonderful…

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Snacks

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Almost paleo banana berry bread

I’m pregnant at the moment and have been craving banana bread. In an effort to come up with a recipe that’s tasty AND nutritious I’ve been experimenting with different ingredients and have landed on the following which I find works well. It’s gluten, dairy and refined sugar free so great for those with food intolerances….

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Activated Pepitas/Pumpkin Seeds

I’ve been experimenting with activating pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds) recently. According to Weston Price Foundation the process of soaking nuts, seeds and grains and legumes neutralises phytic acid which can be hard for the body to digest and makes the nutrients more readily available to the body. Health Benefits of Pepitas Pepitas/pumpkin seeds…

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Activated walnuts

If there’s a nut worth activating, it’s most certainly the walnut. The process of soaking walnuts then slowly dehydrating them renders a beautiful, crunchy texture to the nuts and in my opinion improves their flavour by reducing the bitterness of the skin. The process of “activating” nuts has become popular in recent times as an…

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Paleo honey nut bars

These paleo honey nut bars make a delicious sweet treat that the whole family will love. They’re loaded with nutrition, provide a good source of protein for vegans and vegetarians and are a great way to incorporate a variety of nuts and seeds into the diets of children and teenagers. Scroll down to read more…

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Soup

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Slow cooked beef and barley soup

This recipe makes a delicious hearty winter soup that’s rich in protein and fibre and is substantial enough for an evening meal. Barley is a good source of trace minerals manganese, molybdenum and selenium. Manganese supports healthy bone structure while molybdenum plays an important role in helping the body detoxify acetaldehyde, released as a by-product…

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Pea and Broccoli Soup

I’m loving this green soup recipe at the moment. It’s tasty, nutritious and thanks to the potato leaves you feeling nicely satiated. I like to make it with my own homemade chicken broth but if you’re vegan you can easily substitute with vegetable stock. Health benefits Peas are little powerhouses of nutrition packed with vitamins…

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Moroccan inspired sweet potato soup

Sweet potatoes are in season at this time of year in Australia and they’re delicious and cheap. A quick recap on the health benefits of sweet potatoes: they’re high in beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is used by the body to support healthy skin and eyesight, fight infections and boost…

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Harira soup with lamb shanks

I was at a Moroccan restaurant recently during Ramadan and was served a delicious harira soup at Iftar – the evening meal that breaks the day’s fast. I started to play with recipes and decided to improvise by using lamb shanks as I’m a big fan of cooking meat on the bone. The prolonged cooking…

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