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Tacos / Tortillas!

An easy alternative to tacos/tortilla wraps.

Ingredients (serves 6)

1 kilo mince – beef or chicken
2 packets taco seasoning
1 × 6 pack tortilla wraps
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup tomato salsa
2 cups grated cheese
Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°c

Brown off mince, add taco seasoning and water. Simmer for 15 mins.

Layer tortilla wrap, mince, salsa, sour cream and cheese untill all wraps are used.

Sprinkle cheese across the top.

Place in preheated oven untill cheese is melted to desired liking.

Calories and summer!

With spring here and summer just around the corner with sun and fun approaching. We all consider loosing a few kilos.

The easiest way to loose some unwanted kilos is by watching what you eat. Not by watching it go into your mouth, but by choosing healthier options.

Snacking is the hardest as most of us reach for the not so healthy snacks, mostly the snacks that are easily reached are not always the lowest in calories or fat content.

Now I’m not a believer in calorie counting as such, nor do I eliminate fats from my diet or sugar in fact. I’m a HUGE believer in everything in moderation. I believe if you starve or deprive yourself of something you are more likely to want it more.

Let’s face it, not everyone has super powered amazing phenomenal will power. So below are some of my favourite low calorie snacks that are generally in most homes. You could say they are a staple in my house. Easy to throw together in a salad or meal and by limiting your portions you will keep on track. Yes there are also some treats in there. Life and food is to enjoy. So enjoy!

I believe that when your trying to loose weight women should aim for approx
1200 cal per day men should a for 1500 cal per day or approx 280 cal per meal and
5 meals per day.

1/2 x cup chick peas = 95 cal
1/2 x cup White beans = 216 cal
1/2 x cup black beans = 108 cal
1/2 x cup lentils = 287 cal
1/2 x cup kidney beans = 250cal
1 x 60gm sweet potato = 52 cal
1 x Coles Choc chip cookie = 80cal
1 x 100gm turkey mince = 155 cal
1 x small mandarin = 24 cal
1 x small banana = 76 cal
2 x whole grain rice cracker = 8 cal
10 x Allen’s jelly beans = 98 cal
200ml skim milk = 68 cal
1 heaped teaspoon Milo = 28 cal
1/2 cup boiled brown rice = 122 cal
100g low fat beef mince = 146 cal
20g low fat tasty cheddar cheese = 69 cal
250ml hot cup of tea w skim milk 1/2 teaspoon sugar = 15 cal
1 teaspoon raw fresh garlic = 3 cal
1 teaspoon chilli powder = 20 cal
1 x medium pear = 61 cal
1 teaspoon margarine = 28 cal
1 teaspoon strawberry jam = 40 cal
100g pink salmon in brine = 126 cal
100g tin tuna = 74 cal
2 x rice cracker = 14cal
1 x salada biscuits = 59
1 x small tomato = 3 cal
1 x boiled egg = 12 cal
100g light ham = 108 cal
100g light turkey = 98 cal
1 tab spoon avo = 20 cal
1 tab light cream cheese / Philli = 36 cal
10 x cherries = 30 cal
2 x strawberries = 8 cal
5 slices leb cucumber = 12 cal
2 x slices 9 grain bread = 167 cal
5 x pieces licorice = 90 cal
1 small tub diced peaches = 84 cal
1 small tub diced pears = 81 cal
2 x Jatz 97% far free = 20 cal
100gm button mushrooms = 40 cal
60gm Sweet potato = 52 cal
150gm white potato = 136 cal
100gm butternut pumpkin = 52 cal
75gm Zucchini = 15 cal
40gm green peas = 24 cal
70gm frozen yogurt = 102 cal

Butterfly cakes.

Butterfly Cakes

This recipe is such a favourite of mine. It brings back find memories if making them with my nan in her kitchen when I was about 7 years old.

Sadly nan passed away from cancer when I was 10, that is 24 years ago.

These cupcakes will always remind me of her and her beautiful ways.

Ingredients
280g butter
1 1/4 x cups caster sugar
1 1/2 x tsp vanilla extract
5 x eggs
3 3/4 x cups self raising flour
360ml milk

Filling
2 1/4 x cups thickened cream
3 x tsp icing sugar
1 x cup strawberry jam
Extra icing sugar for dusting

Method
Preheat oven to 190°C.
Line 2 x 12 cup muffin tins with patty pans and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy.

Add eggs in one at a time.

Slowly add half the flour and then half the milk and then repeat.

Beat with the electric mixer for just enough time for ingredients to be combined.

Divide mixture into patty pans and bake for 13-15 mins.

When the cakes are cool, whip the cream with the icing sugar until it’s thick.

Using a sharp knife, slice out a round disc from the top of the cake.

Place approx 1 teaspoon of jam in each top off the cake and spread with the back of a spoon. Top with a big scoop of cream.

Slice the disc you cut out in half then sit them in the cream. These are the butterfly wings 🙂

Add 1/4 tsp of jam in the centre for decoration.

Jamie Oliver inspired fried rice.

Jamie Oliver inspired fried rice.

So I was watching a Jamie Oliver cooking show last night on how he try’s to minimise his food waste, and how thousands of dollars worth of food is water each year due to it simply going off prior to being eaten or used.

One of the recipes he made was a fried rice. It looked super easy and super delicious!

We all now how I like eating healthy, clean, easy, yummy food so I decided to make my twist on his recipe.

Ingredients
1 x family size packet uncle bens brown rice – cool in microwave for 90 seconds
1 x teaspoon garlic paste
1 x tablespoon chilli paste
1/4 x cup hot chilli sauce
2 x eggs
1 x small tin corn kernels
1 x bunch rocket – Finely sliced
1 x 100gm hot salami sliced
1 x 100gm roast pork

I used sandwich sliced roast pork and salami, pre packed from the supermarket. I always have sandwich meat in the fridge. You can always use ham, beef, chicken whatever you prefer. Jamie Oliver used left over roast beef.

In a large non stick fry pan heat the garlic, chilli and rice storing until all combined.

Add the corn followed by the meats.

Once all combined add the hot chilli sauce, then 1 egg making sure the raw egg is evening dispersed and cooked.

Add the rocket combine and press down firm so that the rice will crisp against the fry pan bottom and edges. Again Jamie used cabbage rather than rocket. I had no cabbage so used rocket instead.

With a spoon make a small well in the centre of the fried rice and crack the 2nd egg into the well.

Put the lid on and turn the heat off and let sit for at minimal 30 minutes.

These flavours enhance overtime and by leaving it sit with a lid on, the 2nd egg will cool from the existing heat.

This will last up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

I serve with grilled haloumi…! Yumo!

Remember as with most of my recipes, you can add as little or as much spice and flavour as you like! I like a lot of bite in my chilli – this recipe is only mild, I generally add 1/2 cup of extra hot chilli sauce.

Overnight oats!

Overnight oats!

Ok so perhaps I’ve jumped on ten bandwagon here 🙂

These are actually delicious and creamy! My little guy and I have porridge every morning so I thought, hey why not try these. Simple, easy, delicious!

1 x cup rolled oats
1 x cup milk – your choice. I’ve used almond and full cream. (Not together)
1 x teaspoon chia seeds
1 x tablespoon honey

Add all ingredients into a jar with a lid or Tupperware is great also.
Shake, refrigerate, eat!

This is best if it’s been in the fridge for minimum 12hrs…. I make mine at lunch time for the next morning. Yumo!

You can also add other flavours, such as banana or simply top with fruits? Granola, anything really. It’s just like porridge but no cooking required!

Spicy snack mix!

Spicy snack mix!

This is a super easy and yummy snack for either at home or on the go packed with lots of protein, carbs and good fats to keep you feeling full longer.

1 x cup cashews unsalted
1 x cup almonds
1 x cup pretzels
1 x cup peanuts
1 x cup dried chickpeas
1 x cup soy crisps
1 x cup dried peas
1 x cup nutri grain (breakfast cereal)
1 x tablespoon chilli powder
1 x tablespoon curry powder
Add all ingredients into a larger freezer snap lock bag and shake, shake, shake!

You can add more spice if you like and can vary with other spice flavours also.

I also mix it up an add dried lemon zest. You could also add your favourite nuts and exchange others if you would prefer.

This is a simple on the go snack that I keep in my glove box and in my handbag.

This chilli can be as hot or as mild as you like and if you prefer, don’t add it and put it in school lunch boxes.

Keep in an air tight jar or container and this can last a month, providing it isn’t eaten 🙂

 

Mini frittatas!

Mini bacon and spinach frittatas!

Preparing your own toddler friendly food is simple and can be budget-friendly. Starting with purees and moving onto finger foods much like these mini bacon and spinach frittatas.

Perfect if your little one enjoys feeding themself.
Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 small brown onion, finely chopped
1 large rasher bacon
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup mashed sweet potato or other cooked veggies (perhaps pumpkin or white potato)
1/2 cup grated cheese
a few baby spinach leaves, chopped or torn finely – approx 15
cooking spray
Set the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Heat oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook the onion and bacon until onions are slightly brown.

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and gradually add the mashed vegetables cheese and spinach. Stir well to combine.

Spray a mini cupcake tin and scoop in mixture. Fill a few millimetres from the top.

Pop in a pre-heated oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the frittatas are golden brown on top and have moved slightly away from the edge of the cupcake tin.

Leave to cool slightly and serve warm.

These will also keep in the fridge for a week or can be frozen, if they last. Guaranteed to be a winner with all ages as either a snack or toddler meal.

Mummy guilt.

Mummy guilt…

Let’s face it, being a mummy doesn’t come with a manual or handbook and nothing can prepare you for the unknown.

When I say unknown I mean, we all know that a baby cries, drinks milk and sleeps right? Yes we lean that from family, friends and pre natal classes. What we don’t lean is what each cry means and why they are constantly waking when they have a clean nappy, have a full tummy and are at perfect temperature.

If like me you have tried control crying, tried the shhh method, patting, night lights, baby monitors, white noise etc etc but sometimes after 2hrs of continuous toddler waking – for no apparent reason other than he calls out my name and thinks I should be sleeping in his room along side him. You snap…

Well last night I did. I had reached my teather of shhh, patting, white noise, coving in blankets and every other method known to mummy’s all over the world. I raised my voice at my 20 month old little man. The love of my life, my world. I told him ‘just go to sleep mummy is cold and tired and I’m over the constant waking’. He didn’t listen though and as soon as I left his room he started to stream and call out ‘mamma, mamma, mamma’. I eventually gave in as I often get ‘mummy guilt’ and feel bad for raising my voice at such an innocent little delight (delight when he isn’t awake at 2am!).

I gave in at 4am after 2 hours of back and forth from his room to my bed and put him in bed with me. He then slept until 8am. I know this is a terrible bad habit but I suffer ‘mummy guilt’ and this morning I feel terrible for many reasons.

1. I raised my voice at him
2. I ended up giving in to him and allowing him to sleep with me
3. I was to tired to get up and see my hubby off to work
4. It’s 8am when I’m usually up at 6:30am
5. His routine is now out by a couple hours all because ‘I gave in’

Does anyone else suffer from ‘mummy guilt’?

I’ve read all the sleep books, saving our sanity books, taming toddler books, healthy eating books but none of these methods seem to help my little one.

Perhaps he just has it over me?

I look at him with overwhelming love and stare into his beautiful brown eyes and feel besotted with love and adoration. Why am I yelling at him to sleep? Perhaps he is just ready to start his day? He did go down at 7pm. That’s 7hrs sleep, adults survive on that, is it enough? Then the little voice of reason kicks in, I hear it telling me – ‘no all the books say toddlers needs 14 hours of sleep’. So I’m confused and feeling ‘mummy guilt’ again.

It’s not only with his sleep I feel guilt, it’s also with his eating. We all want our children to grow up healthy and as my father used to say ‘big and strong’ and we were drummed in that vegetables and meat made us this way. ‘Eat your veg then your meat’ my dad used to say every night at the dinner table and it was a ceremony of us all sitting down to eat together. So I feel guilty that my little one eats alone at 5pm as to keep to his nightly routine of dinner, bath, bottle, story and bed.

I feel guilty about what if he isn’t getting enough nutrients or fruit and vegetables? I still do purée veg for him to endure he eats veg every night and I do them in weekly batches and freeze then in Snap lock bags, mixing up the veg so that it’s not boring and ensuring he eats a variety of different things. I know a few children who are almost teenagers who still don’t eat veg and I think it’s because it wasn’t encouraged as toddlers.

Your taste buds and also habits evolve on a 30 day cycle so you can either beat a habit or learn to enjoy something if you stick to it for 30 days. Now I’m not saying eat the same veg for 30 days straight but encourage healthy eating from a young age and when ten reach 8, 9 or 10 even older they will enjoy certain veg. Don’t get me wrong we don’t have to love all veg but at least like 1 of every colour. He eats meat every night and I ensure he is having enough dairy such as cheese, yogurt, custards, milk etc. I don’t allow too much excess or un necessary sugars and although I allow treats, I try to minimise chocolate, chips, lollies and biscuits to a special occasion.

I’ve listed some veggie and fruit colours below that I try to have at least one veg from each colour in his weekly cook up. I freeze these in 1 cup lots then thaw for the day and cook fresh meat each evening.

Orange / Yellow = pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, corn, squash, rockmelon, oranges, lemon, mango, pineapple.

Green = broccoli, peas, beans, Brussels sprouts, green capsicum, spinach, asparagus, avocado, green apple, green grapes, limes, kiwi fruit, pear.

Red = tomato, red capsicum, radish, cherries, rhubarb, red grapes, raspberries, strawberries.

Purple / Blue = beetroot, purple asparagus, red cabbage, eggplant, blue berries, mulberries, black berries.

White / Brown = cauliflower, mushroom, onion, peaches, nectarines, garlic, banana, potato, ginger, brown pears, dates.
I know I’m not the perfect mother, I wish I was but what is ‘perfect’? I try my best to raise my child to be the best person he can be. Encouraging him to try new things, be brave, show leadership skills, be kind and caring, fun and happy, help others but most of all I encourage him to be himself. Strive for what he wants rather than what I want him to be.

Perhaps I just have too high of expectations on what is being a good mummy?