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Healthy chocolate crispy crackers

These crackers may not look very attractive, BUT gosh, they are super delicious!

So delicious in fact that I baked a batch whilst the kids were in the bath, then I ate the whole lot!

Needless to say, I’m now baking another batch.
They take no time at all and are healthy and delicious.

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Healthy chocolate crispy crackers.

1 x cup shredded coconut
1 x teaspoon cinnamon
1 x pinch salt
1/2 x cup sunflower seeds
1 x tablespoon chia seeds
1 x teaspoon coconut oil
1 x egg
2 x tablespoon rice malt syrup

Method –
Preheat an oven to 180 degrees.

In either food processor or ThermoMix process all dry ingredients until they resemble an almond meal type texture.

Add the wet ingredients and further blend until the mixture resembles a gluggy thick texture.

Transfer onto a baking tray lined and roll out until the mixture is approx 3mm thick.

Bake on 180 degrees for approx 15-20mins or until golden brown.

No bake muesli bars.

So I’m in a cooking / baking / making mood.

I always try to have healthy snacks at the ready, that are quick and easy but also yummy.

Dont get me wrong, I eat not so healthy food and quite often find myself reaching for the double coat Tim Tams 😉 BUT if I’m organised I try to have better options available.

Food prep takes no time at all and your body and mindset will thank you for it.

I hate to say it, but what you fuel your body with is how it responds. Much like your car, you put good fuel in your car and it will drive well. You eat well and your body and mind will perform well.

No bake muesli bars.

Ingredients
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup agave syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract,
¼ teaspoon cinnamon,
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup cashews
½ cup pepitas
¼ cup sunflower seeds,
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup chopped dried apricots.

Instructions
Melt the agave syrup with the coconut oil.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl then add the melted coconut oil and agave mixture.

Stir well or blitz in a food processor.

Pour into a lined or non stick tray and refrigerate for minimum 3hr or until the coconut oil has set.

Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

– note –
You can swap the dried fruit for whatever you like including dates, goji berries, sultanas or even a mix.

You can also swap the nuts to almonds, walnuts or peanuts. Again whatever flavour you prefer or maybe to a mix?

You could also add extra seeds and add chocolate chips if you like or try drizzling either melted chocolate or yogurt on top prior to setting it in the refrigerator.

Who says healthy isn’t easy and yummy!

These babies took no time at all. Actually about 15 minutes without setting time.

Let me tell you where to go.

Let me tell you where to go.

Approx 3 years ago we moved from what I’d know into the unknown. We moved from the eastern suburbs of sydney to the northern suburbs which is dubbed the north shore, but the closest beach is actually about 30-45 minutes away, so go figure.

We moved here for a lifestyle change. We had a 1 year old and were planning on expanding our family. We needed and wanted a bigger home with a yard and area for our children to play. So we made the decision to buy a home that suited our needs but not in our ‘known’ area. We moved about an hour away from our comfort zone to get a bigger house with a large yard at a reasonable cost so that we wouldn’t be in debt for the rest of our time.

At first I will admit it was tough, still at times it is, but we have grown to enjoy our new surroundings and are finding our way.

What I have found though, is that although we have moved into a larger ‘family’ demographic, I’m finding that there are not necessarily a lot of kid friendly places to go, that are not play centres. Or maybe I just have not discovered them?

What I was looking for is somewhere we can go as either a family or where I can take the kids solo or to catch up with friends. Not so much an adult venue, but somewhere that’s nice yet child friendly. Let’s face it, if we are in a family demographic why shouldn’t there be more family friendly venues?

So what I have found are a few places that are now on my regular radar to take my two little people to. These places make me feel welcome each time we arrive. I don’t get snarled at by walking in with my 4year old and a 1yo in a pram. I’m not in fear of judgement of other patrons if my little people make noise and the staff are always relaxed. These places are great in many aspects, aspects that most mothers or parents will agree are important when out and about with children.

Great coffee and menu including food for fussy toddlers.

Relaxed atmosphere.

Friendly staff.

Simple decor.

Affordable.

Don’t mind if little fingers spill food.

Don’t mind if children make noise.

Provide an area for children to play.

Prompt service. We all know kids can get impatient and disruptive if the service takes too long.

So with these in mind, I have listed my favourite places to take my kiddies.

Please note – I’m not affiliated with any of the below. I’ve simply had great service and a lovely time at each of them with my little ones. We actually are regular customers and have not had a bad experience to date (in 3 years).

If you have others, please let me know so that I can try them out also. Always happy for new suggestions.

Piermonte – Terry Hills Flower Market.
http://piemonte.com.au/
This place has an awesome menu and great play area for kids to play that is safe and fenced and in direct eyesight of the seating area so that your little ones can play whilst you eat or have a coffee or juice.

Shores – Hornsby.
http://www.shoresrestaurant.com.au/
There is a cute little kids hub inside the restaurant. It’s got booths for family’s, really yummy food. Great coffee and super friendly staff.

The Station – Wahroonga.
http://www.thestationwahroonga.com.au/
Really good food, great coffee. Not really a play area for kids but the staff are super friendly and easy going and understanding with children and provide pencils and paper for drawing and colouring for kiddies entertainment.

The Fox Cafe – Wahroonga.
http://www.foxcafe.com.au/
A larger restaurant with booths for family’s, very child friendly menu. Great coffee, easy atmosphere, friendly staff and easy to find parking.

Galley Foods – Bobbin Head.
http://galleyfoods.com.au/
On the marina, it’s such a beautiful setting. Super relaxed and again with great food and coffee. They also have live music on most weekends and happy to provide colouring for keeping little ones occupied. You can also feed the fish off the marina whilst waiting for your food to arrive.

Wholesome Child.

For those who know me, know that I love to bake!

I don’t think there is a better scent than that of freshly baked goodies. 😉

I try to bake and make healthy treats for me any my family, especially my two kiddies. I also try to make sugar free or refined sugar free and use wholemeal or whole grains where I can.

I just happened to find this on Instagram, got to love social media 😉 I am no way affiliated with them, but after scrolling through their webpage and recipes I wanted to share.

So for those of you like me, trying to be healthy, check out these recipes. Yummy! I plan on baking some tomorrow!

http://www.wholesomechild.com.au/recipe_category/healthy-treats/

ThermoMix heaven….

Easy, healthy cooking.

About a year ago something happened that literally turned things around for me in the kitchen. I met Caroline, my Thermomix consultant. She’s also a mummy with two young children so we clicked straight away over shared experiences.

Together she showed me how this one piece of equipment could help me in so many ways – not just making it possible to make healthy and tasty options but to do so quickly and easily, which of course meant I didn’t resort to store-bought yuckies. And having more free time was a bonus I didn’t anticipate but certainly appreciate.

Now I’m not big on selling things but seriously, this ‘thing’ she showed me, was about to turn my kitchen experience around.

Even better, I could get those nutrients into my littlies, especially my fussy young man, without resorting to a battle. Of course, trying new tastes often results in the reflex spit-out but a bit like the sleeping patterns persistence can pay off and it took less time than I imagined.

Yes, a Thermomix is a considerable investment, but for me it’s also been a Godsend and possibly one of my best purchases as a parent. They also have many options to almost ‘lay buy’ or ‘pay off’ this piece of kitchen equipment. I use mine almost every day and for everything from a smoothie, making porridge, chopping vegetables, cooking a whole meal at once, including steaming vegetable in the varoma, whilst making a pasta sauce in the jug!

This 1 item has eliminated so many from my kitchen. It chops, blends, steams, boils, stirs, cooks, poaches, purées and all on a timer. So no boiling over, burning pans or constant stiring. Best of all it comes with a recipe chip, which is amazing! It has hundreds of easy to make recipes, that takes no time at all to prepare and cook. Well actually this machine pretty much does everything. The LCD screen works a bit like an iPad. It prompts you all the way so you basically cannot stuff up! Easy!

Not only is Caroline always just a phone call away to help with cooking and recipe tips, but as well as a Thermomix consultant I’ve also gained a friend.

Your interested to know more, please feel free to contact Caroline direct. I’ve popped her details at the bottom of this post.

Or jump onto the ThermoMix website and check it out for yourself!

Here’s one of our favourite sneaky veg recipes:

Carrot and Zucchini Choc Muffins

Ingredients:
1 medium zucchini
1 medium carrot
30g raw sugar
130g chickpea flour
30g raw cacao
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch salt
30g almonds
30g macadamia nuts
70g grapeseed oil
2 eggs

Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a muffin tray
Grate zucchini and carrot speed 7 for 2 seconds, transfer to a bowl
Add all ingredients from raw sugar to macadamia nuts and mix speed 5 for 6 seconds
Add oil and eggs and mix speed 5 for 20 seconds
Add back zucchini and carrot and mix speed 2 for 5 seconds on reverse
Transfer mixture to prepared muffin tray and bake for 20-25 minutes
Transfer to wire tray to cool for 10 minutes

I like to serve these with vanilla coconut custard…( one of Caroline’s recipes).

These can even be frozen so you always have a supply on hand!

If you would like to contact Caroline to arrange a cooking demonstration or purchase you own Thermomix you can contact her on 0402 483 803 or carolinesomma@hotmail.com

Chorizo and spinach frittata.

Chorizo and baby spinach frittata

This is a simple yet yummy and relatively healthy dish that can be used as a side, snack or meal.

You can also use low fat milk and cheese.

I have cooked this before using capsicum and mushroom. I’ve also cooked it with cubes of sweet potato. It’s one of those easy dishes that can be altered to suit your individual taste.

Chorizo and baby spinach frittata.

Ingredients –

6 x chorizo sausages (I like the spicy one’s)
12 x large eggs (I use 700gm organic eggs)
1 1/2 x cup milk (I use full cream but you can use skim)
3 x cup baby spinach
1 x cup goats cheese (you can use any cheese)
1/2 x cup wholemeal self raising flour

Method –

In a pan brown the chorizo whole then once brown on outside, slice in half and brown the insides. Once brown set aside to cool then slice or cut into bite size pieces.

Whisk the egg, milk and flour until combined.

Add goats cheese and spinach and mix well.

In a large baking dish, pour the egg mixture then slowly place the cooked chorizo over the top evenly.

I add the chorizo lastly as its a ‘heavy’ sausage and it ‘sink’s’ a bit into the egg mixture as it cooks.

Bake on 180 degrees for 30 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature back to 120 degrees and cook for a further 20 minutes or until the top is a golden brown.

Serve either warm or cold.

Stress free toddler!

Being a parent is the hardest job I’ve ever had, however by far the most rewarding.

All the academic qualifications can never prepare you for being a parent. A new adventure and or challenges on a daily or sometimes hourly basis.

Hold tight though, they are only little once and these ‘testing’ times will pass and perhaps we will look back and wonder why we thought they were so hard?

http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/andrea-nair-connect-four-parenting/20150420/handling-stress-of-having-toddler

Low fat yummy banana muffins!

Banana Muffins!

Easy and low fat!

I can’t remember where I got this recipe from but it’s always been a crowd pleaser and I know they don’t last long!

As a treat I eat mine warm, or slightly heated in the microwave and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Delicious!

Ingredients;
1/3 x cup honey
1/2 x cup applesauce
2 x egg whites
1/4 x cup buttermilk or 1/4 cup skim milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice to sour it
1 x tsp baking soda
1 x tsp vanilla
1/2 x tsp salt
4 x medium ripe bananas pureed until smooth
2 x cups whole wheat flour

Directions;
Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Be sure to not over mix, a few lumps are ok.
Pour into muffin tins coated with cooking spray or lined with paper liners until 3/4 full.
Bake at 150 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

burrito salad!

Burrito Salad – healthy yet delicious!

Ingredients

1 1/2 x cups lettuce

1/2 x cup brown rice, cooked

1/3 x cup beans, cooked (I use the 4 bean mix that comes in a tin, simply drain and rinse)

1 x cup vegetables (try tomatoes, red peppers, onions, or roasted sweet potatoes)

2 x tablespoons avocado or guacamole

2 x tablespoons salsa

Sprinkle of low-fat cheese

Directions

1. Place lettuce in large bowl.

2. Add the rice and beans then toss.

3. Top with your choice of vegetables, plus salsa and cheese (if desired).

4. Eat cold or microwave for 20 seconds and serve.

You could also add some cooked mince it cook a steak or chicken breast, slice and also toss through!

Easy, full of flavour and heathy!

Mexican chicken bowl.

Mexican chicken bowl.

I love easy recipes that the whole family will eat. It’s even better when it’s a 1 pot or 1 pan kinda meal. Less cleaning and less mess!

Here is one that a good friend of mine makes and I’ve changed a few ingredients to suit my taste buds.

Another good swap is by using browned mince instead of chicken and you can also add green capsicum and half salsa half BBQ sauce.

Be creative, think about the flavours that you like and adapt this recipe to suit your taste buds.

Ingredients

6 tortilla wraps – I use wholemeal the medium sized ones from the supermarket bread aisle.
3 cups cooked chopped chicken – I used a BBQ chicken and simply pull it apart.
1 x tablespoon olive oil
1 x cup red capsicum, chopped
1 x can red kidney beans, black beans or chilli beans
1 x can corn kernels
1 x teaspoon chilli powder – I use fresh chilli approx 1 small red chilli
3 x cups salsa – I use medium heat – store bought jars – approx 2 jars
1 1/2 x cups sour cream
1 1/2 x cups grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 x cups grated mozzarella cheese
Method

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Spray a casserole dish large enough to fit tortillas.

Heat olive oil in pan and cook capsicum for 5 minutes, or until softened.

Mix in chilli and remove from heat, stir in beans and corn.

In a medium bowl, mix salsa and sour cream.

Layer tortilla, salsa mixture, chicken, tortilla, vegetables, cheeses.

Repeat 4 times, or until you reach the top of the casserole dish. Top with cheese.

Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and browning.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.