Recipes

Breakfast recipes

Frittata with tomato and spinach

This frittata with tomato and spinach is a quick and easy recipe that takes minutes to prepare and can be served hot or cold.

Chorizo chilli eggs

Eggs have to be one of the best ingredients you can find in your kitchen. I don’t think they should be breakfast only food; they are an anytime food.

Banana cappuccino

I have been drinking protein shakes for breakfast for a while now, and I am total over boring vanilla protein shakes. I have been struggling to eat enough over the last few weeks. I have been looking for a way to get more calories in the morning so doing something different seemed like an excellent idea.

Tomato, Spinach & Goat Cheese Omelette

We currently have a vegetable bed bursting with baby spinach; this recipe is an excellent and easy way to make use of the abundance of green in the garden while making a simple and tasty meal.

Breakfast crunch

This is another recipe that was born from my inability to eat nuts, if you want something for breakfast that isn’t eggs and bacon, this is a great option.

Chocolate waffles

Chocolate waffles are an excellent way to give the kids a little treat while still getting lots of good stuff into them, usually without them realising.

Paleo pancakes

I love pancakes, always have, always will. While traditional pancakes are amazing, the wheat flour doesn’t agree with me. These pancakes are packed with yumminess without any nastiness. These are Paleo-style pancakes that are very easy to make and taste great. ⁠

Fried potatoes

Spicy sweet potatoes with perfectly poached eggs to make a perfect brunch. This recipe is my take on Fried potatoes that we had years ago at an amazing cafe in Thames called Café Melbourne.

Soufflé

I’m going to tell you something and it may be hard to believe but I promise you it’s true. Soufflés are easy to ,ale.

Breakfast salad

Breakfast salads are a great option when you want something a little different to start your day. This breakfast is clean, easy and a cool option to start your day with. The recipe is enough to feed two hungry people so you can scale it to suit your needs.

Lunch and Dinner

Seared Ginger Prawns

Prawns are a favourite of more than just me; my fur baby is a big fan of prawns and loves it when we have them around. Don’t believe me? Check out the face before I even open the bag. 

Beef and snow pea stir-fry

Last week we got a reasonable haul of snowpeas to come home with, not wanting to waste the sweet, crisp freshness of the snow peas I decided a tasty beef stir-fry would make the best use of the little green treats.

Fried chicken

We all love a naughty takeaway, but we can all live without the extra calories and the expanding waistlines. You don’t need to live without your takeaway; swap it out for a delicious and healthier fakeaway. Thankfully, KFC was never on my junk food list, so I have never felt the need to reproduce it. The idea of fried chicken as a replacement for chicken nuggets for little people did appeal when the kids were young. I had a play around with a grain-free coating for some fried chicken that would keep the kids happy back in the day. I managed to come up with a simple coating that was light and crunchy, the coconut gives a great texture, and the flavour is a nice change from your standard heavy batter.

Corned beef

While I still think that the corned beef in a can is gross, I do like a nice chunk of corned beef cooked just right. As with all things learning how to do something right is a key to success, cooking the meat right is no exception.

One tray sausage and pepper rolls

This is one of our favourite Sunday afternoon meals because it is perfect for watching the UFC. Getting to sit down and watch the fights is often the only time we get to sit down and relax.

Crunch salad

Inspirational seems to strike me when I can’t be bothered to do a supermarket but have a collection of random foods in the fridge. This is another of those kinds of recipes. A quick raid of the fridge and pantry presented the ingredients for a new type of crunchy salad to go with the chicken skewers cooking happily on the bbq. 

Jalapeno burgers

During our most recent COVID lockdown here in Auckland, these burgers were our go-to cheat meal. The open top of the burger pattie means you get a light cheese crust with a beautifully creamy and spicy filling.

Tandoori chicken skewers

The weather has been warming up, and I want to spend more of my time outside enjoying the beauty New Zealand has to offer. When the weather warms up, I want to spend less time hanging out in a hot kitchen; what an excellent excuse to get the BBQ cleaned off and fired up.

Italian roast chicken

It has been a busy few weeks, I’ve been a bit basic with our meals and we have been living off our freezer staples, I have a little bit of breathing room and a strong craving for something fancier for dinner.

One pot sausage stew

It has been a crazy week; I’ve been bouncing around all over the place with no time to sort out my life. After a frantic week with no desire to eat another portion of chilli and even less desire to go shopping, it was time to get creative.

Beef and onions

This is quickly becoming one of my favourite slow cooker meals because it is so tasty. There is something so satisfying to put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a perfectly cooked meal that just needs to be plated up.

Courgette crust pizza

Fancy a slice? Yes, Yes I do, but I won’t be eating any of the tasty pizza available from your local pizzeria. I think I’ll go for the low carb, tummy friendly option of courgette pizza crust. There is nothing better than getting a sneaky treat without having to deal with that horrible bloated and sick feeling.

Chicken cranberry salad

We hadn’t planned to be home so fridge raid was in order .I had some sour cream on its way out so I wanted to come up with a way to use it up.

Reuben slaw

I’m a fan of the Reuben Sandwich, I love the flavours and would happily fall off the no grain wagon to snarf a grilled Reuben Sandwich. As I try my best not to fall off the wagon coming up with alternatives seems like the best approach.

One tray steak fajitas

This recipe was born from a need to take a little break from tacos. Don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against tacos, I love them, but we have been eating a lot of tacos recently so I thought a little change would do us some good.

Lemon chicken burgers

In the last half of 2019, we had a hectic time, the only night on the workweek we had a home with no classes or chores to do. The mass amount of activity and varied nutritional needs meant I needed to get creative to keep everyone happy. I made a few staples to have in the freezer that could be taken out in the morning or thawed in the afternoon to prepare for a quick and healthy meal. These burgers have been one of the firm favourites for weeknight dinners after Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and they are also a firm favourite on the weekends.

Taco style salad

Not long ago if I had suggested we have a salad for dinner, that suggestion would have been met with grumbles, groans and complaints. Thankfully that is no longer the case. The first time I made this salad for dinner, I did get the grumbles and groans, then the kids tried some.

Salad roll-ups

It’s another one of those moments; it could be madness or genius, turning the salad roll inside out and removing the need for an actual wrap, wheat or otherwise.

Curry chicken wraps

Not long ago, I was working on this recipe. I mixed up a batch of the curried chicken ready for the wraps when a not so little head popped around my elbow and asked ‘What’s that? It smells nice’

Chicken, bacon and mushroom pie

Jaime. It was Jaime that ate all the pies. Not that he looks like someone that eats all the pies (or the chocolate bars but that is a different story). I don’t know where his love of pies comes from, it could be an English thing. I always hated pies, I remember the ones you could get from a bakery. They would sit all day in the heated food cabinet alongside sausage rolls.

Desserts

Cross bun cookies

Yep, it really is Easter already; I know that the supermarket had the Easter eggs out at the end of January, but it is actually Easter now. I feel like Easter is not complete without hot cross buns, you can keep your chocolate eggs and your cream eggs, I miss the smell and taste of toasted hot cross buns smothered with butter.

Lemon curd

I got my hands on some beautiful lemons that are locally grown and perfectly ripe. There were so many I thought it would be rude not to make something absolutely delicious.

Easy custard

There is nothing better on a cold night than a warm desert with a generous helping of custard.

Biscotti

Having a nut allergy means missing out on many experiences, biscotti in Italy is one of them. This recipe is my nut free take on traditional biscotti.

Protein cheesecake

Every now and then my partner in crime comes to me with a recipe he likes the sound of and asks if there is a way to make a clean eating version, this recipe comes from one of those requests.

Gingernut cookies

This recipe is my take on the traditional gingernut, it is gluten-free but still has all the flavour and crunch.

Bacon cake slices

Bacon can make everything better, really it can. I love bacon, and for some reason, the mix of banana and bacon works really well. Add some chocolate into the mix, and you have a winner. Bacon cake slices, they may not sound good but trust me they are amazing.

Primal fudge

Fudge, yes it is an excellent replacement word when you are around the kids, but I have another fudge alternative for you to enjoy.

Carrot cake bars

I don’t like chocolate. The prospect of chocolate floating around isn’t that appealing, so I wanted to make something that was Easter themed that I actually want to eat.

Strawberry balsamic sauce

I have a few cups of strawberries in the freezer and the last of the berries off the garden. To make the most of the final berries I am making this strawberry balsamic sauce to capture the taste of summer.

Small vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing

Vanilla cupcakes

This is my grain-free vanilla cupcakes with sugar-free frosting. The cake is soft and airy which gives these cupcakes a real cake texture and taste without any sugar or grains.

Chocolate Drops

If you are looking for a sweet treat that doesn’t leave you feeling guilty this could be the treat for you. The combination of chocolate, seeds and berries is perfect. You can make these up and keep them in the fridge (if they last that long) so you have a treat on hand when you need one.

Christmas fruit cake

What would Christmas be without some fruit cake. This fruit cake is moist and full of fruit (and a little rum).

Banana and coconut cookies

This recipe is quick and easy to make, and the options of what you can add into them are unlimited.

Crème Brûlée

This is the height of opulence in my book, and as such, I tend to crack out crème brûlée for special occasions. I first made this recipe for Jaime and my third anniversary.

Cookie dough yoghurt

When I find myself craving something sweet, I head to the fridge and make myself a bowl of cookie dough yoghurt.

Sides, snacks and drinks

Cold brew coffee

I’m a bit lover of coffee. That is actually an understatement; coffee keeps me going, I may have more coffee than water in my body. It upsets me to say this, but there are times when it is too hot to drink a hot coffee; fear not as the solution is to have cold brew coffee. 

Egg wraps

Egg wraps are a great option for breakfast lunch and dinner; you get to replace your standard wrap which is made with grains and chemicals with something that is just protein and healthy fats.

Porkips

You may have already figured out that meat is a huge deal in our house; our family motto may need to be meat with everything. Protein rich snacks are a firm favourite for everyone including the cat.

Pre workout bars

One of my biggest challenges is eating enough food, crazy but true. I do a lot of activity, and that often means I need to get more calories in to make sure I have enough energy for the day.

Avocado tuna melts

Every week it is the same request for a tuna cheese melts. I don’t have any issues with tuna for lunch; but I do get bored tuna in the fridge.

Quick bread

Bread is a funny thing. It is one of the very few foods that I know does not agree with me that I still crave regularly, I try my very best to avoid it, but some meals just feel incomplete without it.
Burgers are one of those meals. I love a salad bun, but sometimes I want a burger bun.

Kombucha tea

I don’t profess to know the origins of Kombucha, there any many theories about who came up with it, to be honest I don’t mind who invented it, I’m just interested in the benefits it offers.
So you may be asking yourself, what is Kombucha?

Buttered coffee

It may not sound appealing, believe me, I was not sold on the idea of coffee with a bunch of oil in it, to begin with, now it is one of my favourite ways to start the day.

Apple chips

Apple chips are a cheap and easy snack. They make a great alternative to potato chips; they are sweet, crisp and slightly addictive.

Kale chips

I like Kale, but it was not on the family favourite list until a few years ago, a lovely little boy asked one weekend if he could show me how to make kale chips since then it has been in the fridge a lot.

Seed crackers

These seed crackers are the perfect replacement for the traditional crackers.

Beef jerky

As snacks go I think jerky is awesome. You may have figured out by now that I really like meat, so the idea of a snack that is just dried meat makes me a little bit giddy.  I didn’t get along very well with store bought jerky so decided to make my own.

Sun butter

Nut butters are on the list of things I don’t get to eat. Making my own sunflower seed butter is the best compromise I can think of.