20 Minute Dinner

Risotto. In the microwave. In 20 minutes.
No way?!
I’ll show you how!

Heaped tablespoon of butter – melt it in a microwave safe bowl – 30 secs
(Side note this fantastic container is a Tupperware winter range and freezer, oven and microwave proof – no I don’t sell it anymore)

Finely dice a medium sized onion.
Mix that in to the butter.
Microwave for a minute.

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Add a cup of Risotto rice to the butter and onion.
Microwave for another minute

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Add 3 cups of stock. I use vegetable.

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In the microwave for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile organise whatever it is you’re adding to your Risotto.
Tonight it is avocado and chicken so I dice the chicken and chuck it in a pan.

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Stir. Don’t drop the spoon.
Put on for another 8 minutes.

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Stir through 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese.
And anything else.
In this case a chicken breast diced and grilled and half an avocado sliced.

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Or like this one: roast pumpkin and mushroom

What will you add?

Sweet Treats – Protein Balls

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So I’m getting back into everything.
Including eating for fuel.
But I don’t see the point in eating for fuel if you don’t enjoy what you’re eating.
I enjoy eating these so it’s a win/win

Recipe
1/3 cup protein powder
1/3 cup LSA
1/3 cup coconut crunch plus extra to roll balls in
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup sugar free hot chocolate mix
1 tub less than 5% fat cream cheese.

Method
Let cream cheese get to room temperature.
Or everything in a bowl.
Mix well.
Use a teaspoon size dollop of mix, roll it into a ball and cover with coconut crunch (easiest to put some in a bowl and roll the balls around in that).

Makes approx 14.

Great for the kids too.
I know because I made these this morning, I took two to work and they had one each.
Can’t home 4 hours later and the remaining ten have been eaten.

Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes (No Added Sugar!)

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Pancakes.
Everyone loves them.
I love them.
My kids love them.
They are fan-fucking-tastic.

And usually, full of sugar.
I get some parents aren’t bothered by that and good for them. I don’t judge. I’m jealous you can feed your kid whatever and they don’t go off the charts.
Not the case here.

It also happens that my mother in law took the kids for three nights last week and took them blueberry picking. So there is blueberries in abundance at my house. Well there was. I am now making the second lot of these today and this is a double batch.

So here are the pancakes my kids get:

1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup lite milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Approx 1 cup blueberries.

Mix everything except the blueberries with an electric mixer in a bowl. Once well mixed, stir in blueberries. Cook in frypan in a little spray olive oil.
I make mine pikelet size because then in theory they last longer ;)

smoked Salmon and Feta Pancakes

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Photo is blurry because children were literally snatching it away.

I know. I told you I wasn’t in the mood for recipes. But bare with me.

So it was one of those days where groceries are really needing to be done but you really can’t be bothered so you scrounge in your cupboard to see what you can make.

These are super easy. And the kids loved them. I think it’s because it had the word “pancake” in it. Oh well. They ate them and that is what is important to me!

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup light milk
  • Cayenne pepper – to taste
  • 60 grams smoked salmon
  • 60g feta

Method

  • Chuck the first 4 ingredients into a bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer (or a fork if you’re feeling energetic) on about 2 until mixed and then about 5 for 2 minutes so it’s nice and fluffy.
  • Fridge it for about 15 minutes – helps them hold their shape.
  • Crumble feta into the mixture and break smoked salmon into little pieces – we use the Tassal cooking smoked salmon because it’s cheaper and my kids don’t care, so it’s basically in little pieces for you already – BONUS!
  • Fold it all in.
  • Lightly oil a non-stick fry pan (and I mean lightly. Just spray some on there) and put three on at a time – I used a ladle to determine scoop size. If you try and do more than three it gets all tricky and you flip them onto each other. Not worth it.
  • When the top goes bubbly, that’s when you know you have to flip it. Flip and cook until both sides are a golden brown.
  • Rinse and repeat the last two steps with the remaining batter. Serve with salad or whatever you want really!

They’d be great for lunchboxes :)

Almond and Raspberry Bread – Recipe

At the moment I feel like rubbish.
I ended my challenge and I let loose. Our meals have still been healthy and pretty clean and even the snacks have been, but it’s the snacks between the snacks that are killing me.

I have horrible stomach cramps and I feel tired and lethargic so I have decided to set myself little 10 week challenges with focus areas (which I will talk about later)

My biggest thing is I still have this “treat” mentality – something that is reinforced by our media so we can justify making purchases we don’t need…
So I needed something that is a treat, but not a cheat. I also needed something that doesn’t send the kids crazy because of the sugar in it.

Say hello to Clean Eating Almond and Raspberry Bread!

IMG_3362IMG_3361Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 TBS honey

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs.
  • Add the honey and the juice into the eggs and continue beating until it is all mixed together – just do it with a fork, no need to get the beaters dirty.
  • Add the dry ingredients and the raspberries and mix in well.
  • Line a loaf tin with baking paper (trust me it’s easier) and pour mix in.
  • Cook for approx 35 mins or until browned and the knife comes out clean

The bread is really dense and moist – and DELICIOUS.My kids demolished it – literally. They stole the container from the bench and all hands in, crumbs everywhere, demolished it.

Let me know how you go with it!

Egg Roll Twist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not going to lie. I don’t know what to call these. I was going to go for “Little golden pockets of heaven”.
firstly – as a disclaimer – I don’t know what these taste like. I am “cutting” which is basically eating no carbs.
But these little deliciousness balls disappear at an alarming rate. As in I made 8 yesterday afternoon and they were eaten by this morning.

I actually figured they would be great for kids for breakfast but as research shows, they are great for anyone, at any time.

Ingredients:

  • 12 mini bread rolls from woolworths
  • about 200g shaved deli ham
  • 12 large eggs
  • grated cheese

Method:

  • tear a hole in the centre, about a 50c piece size and hollow it out. Make sure you don’t tear through the side or it gets messy.
  • Get that half a slice (because that is how shaved ham comes, in thin half slices) and shove it in the hole and “line” the roll with it.
  • Carefully crack the eggs into the hole.
  • Top with grated cheese
  • Bake in the oven at about 200 for 15 mins then 160 for another 10 mins (in celcius)
  • Enjoy!

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Clean Mediterranean Beef Stew.

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I realise this doesn’t look like much, but trust me, it’s fucking amazing. I also realise that some people might not consider wine in a recipe “clean”. To those people I say fuck off there are different levels of clean and to me if the alcohol is cooked out, it is clean.

*Side note – the next 3 weeks of blog posts may contain excess swearing as I will have minimal carbs in my diet in a super quick ‘cut” for the end of my comp. This means I’m hangry, my brain is a little slow and my word filter is off.

RECIPE

  • 750g casserole beef
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes (not the 800g tin, the smaller one)
  • 1 TBSP + 1 tsp tomato paste – the no salt added version
  • 2/3 cup kalamata olives
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • splash red wine vinegar

METHOD:

  1. Chuck it all in the slow cooker. If your beef is frozen, no biggie. Just chuck it in, it’ll be fine.
  2. Stir occasionally, lift the lid off and drain the top bit (wipe the condensation off – because I know alcohol evaporates at 70 degrees celcius but if it is in a slow cooker, then it would just condense and go right back into the mix right? I don’t want toddlers with hangovers RIGHT?!)
  3. Serve with Sweet potato mash. Because sweet potato is amazeballs.

Protein Muffins

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imageI made these last night.
I even figured out the stats for them!
this recipe makes 12 muffins and a serve is 2 muffins.

Ingredients

  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 150g quick oats
  • 2 scoops giant delicious vanilla protein powder (any would do but this is what my stats and quantities go off)
  • 10 strawberries, diced.

Preheat the over to 180 celcius
Mix them all in a bowl.
Use a silicone pan and spray oil.
Cook until golden brown.

They taste a bit like a meringue with strawberries.

Stats per serve (2 muffins)
Protein: 13g
Carbs: 13.8g
Fat: 4.6g

Creamy Vanilla Oats w/ Mixed Berries

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It is hard to take a photo of porridge and make it look delicious.

Anyways…

I have this every morning I don’t have my easy omelet.
This is even easier than that recipe.

Ingredients
1/2 cup oats (your preference)
1 scoop protein powder (I use Giant Delicious Protein Powder from ASN)
Frozen berries.

Method
Prepare oats – I recommend just using water instead of milk as the protein powder makes it super creamy – mine takes 2 mins in the microwave.
Make sure it’s a little watery, add more water if needed.
Tip in scoop of protein powder. Stir well so it is fully mixed.
Top with berries and enjoy!

I don’t top it with berries every day.
I do maybe once a week because it feels a little fancy ;)

Healthy Satay-Style Chicken

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Just for the record, I am eating this right now and it is a-fucking-mazing.

Ingredients
2 chicken breasts in chunks
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons Oyster sauce
1 tablespoon Siracha sauce (hot Chilli sauce found in the Asian section at woolies)
2 handfuls salad greens – either baby spinach or baby spinach/rocket mix.
Water
Wholemeal pasta – spaghetti

Method
Brown that chicken. Boil the water for the spaghetti.
Put pasta on.
Once chicken is browned, add all ingredients other than greens.
Add about 1/4 cup water and mix so all chicken is well coated.
When pasta is cooked, add it to the pan. Add greens. Pour in about another 1/4 cup water and stir well so pasta is coated as well and greens are wilted.

Serve.
Seriously, it is that easy. And it isĀ  I will make it again. Maybe tomorrow.

I am a culinary genius.
Master chef, here I come!