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Soaked overnight oats

My children love this little breakfast that I make. I prepare it the night before it is served and let it become beautiful in the fridge.

In layers from the bottom add quick oats. Soak in apple juice so it is quite wet. Layer a generous amount of frozen berries (raspberries pictured). Top with a layer of yoghurt (dairy free if you like) and a drizzle of rice malt syrup.

It travels well in a leak proof container and can be frozen ahead of time too.

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Vanilla and coconut chia pudding

This is my favourite, go to pudding recipe. My toddlers sit on the kitchen bench and make it. As usual, this is the combination of a few recipes off the internet. Chia seeds are around 20% protein and very nutritious. I pack this pudding as a treat in lunch boxes and serve it to soothe sore little throats. Now I buy chia seeds by the kilo!

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups liquid – can of coconut cream plus remainder made up from soy milk
1/3 rounded cup chia seeds
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 or 3 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup/agave nectar
Pinch of salt (small)

Method
1. Whisk all ingredients together in serving dish (I use a Pyrex dish with plastic fitted lid).
2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (best overnight), stirring occasionally.

Serving
Top with chopped, seasonal fruit or by itself. It doesn’t last long in our house, no matter what it is served with.

Substitution
You can substitute the vanilla extract for vanilla paste or the scraped seeds of a vanilla pod.
These photos show a dark agave and black chia seed mix, hence the deep colour. Using white chia and maple syrup results in a paler colour.

Activist note
I have ditched dairy so learning about dairy free inclusions to my favourite recipes! Wish me luck.
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Quickest tahini sauce

In our house, food seems to sound more appealing if I offer it with a sauce. This is my quickest, creamy, delicious, vegan sauce. You can add a variety of additional citrus, apple cider vinegar, chopped herbs, spices like smoked paprika or garlic to adapt for a variety of foods.

Tonight I kept this sauce simple and added it to a fresh vegetable box for my children’s lunches.

Too easy!

In a small bowl, combine equal parts tahini, hommus and coconut cream. Stir well to combine. Add optional extras to taste.

This is super easy with a lovely creamy consistency. If you want it less nutty, reduce the tahini by a third. More bite, add citrus or vinegar.

I hope you love this sauce as much as my children

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Lunch for little cherubs

There are no left overs in the house and my nut-free baked freezer stash is all finished. This is what I scrounged together. Tomorrow’s offering:
– natural yoghurt with frozen blueberries
– crackers with vegan cream cheese, sunflower seeds and dried apricot
– fruit box
– vege box with tahini sauce
– vegan luncheon sandwich with pepitas and dates for a special treat.

Note to self: bake something.

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Vegan carrot and apple insect muffins

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Yum. I have ditched dairy and didn’t have any eggs in the house, so these are vegan. They are so full of flavour and easy! My children are going to LOVE these in their lunchboxes.

Ingredients

I rounded cup wholemeal self raising flour
3 tsp white chia seeds soaked in 1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup soy milk (extra for mix)
1/3 cup rice bran oil
2/3 cup pie apples (no added sugar)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 carrot grated
2 tsp vanilla extract
small handful sultanas

Method

Mix chia seeds and 1/2 cup soy milk together. Let stand, stirring occasionally while adding remaining ingredients to mixing bowl.
Add all ingredients to bowl and stir gently, breaking up some larger pieces of apple, if required. Add extra soy to mix, should combine like runny, lumpy cake batter. Do not over stir.

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Recipe Notes:
I bought these silicone moulds very cheaply from my local discount store as a novelty, but you can use normal muffin tins.
These are very moist and luscious due to the apple content so allow to rest for 5 minutes before turning on to grate to air.
These freeze well, just wrap or box them up ready to pop into the lunch box.

Activist Note: I have ditched dairy for ethical reasons (industrialised food production is becoming a bit of a turn off really), but these are equally good made with cow’s milk and eggs. If you want to use free range eggs instead of chia seeds, just remove the chia and 1/2 cup of soy milk and substitute an egg.

Hope you have a beautiful week.

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Carrot cake bliss balls (vegan, vegetables, wheat free)

Healthy finger food is essential in our house of little hands. I made this recipe as a special treat for my cherubs. These raw bliss balls taste like carrot cake, with fresh carrot and warming spices, but without the sugar, butter and nuts.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups dates
2 carrots
2 heaped tsp mixed spice
2 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp agave nectar (can omit)
water for preferred consistency

Method:

Blend in food processor for several minutes, gradually adding the water after ingredients are finely combined until mixture forms a thick, coarse paste. Roll with wet hands into balls. Refrigerate until set (at least an hour).

Note: I love spices but you can reduce if you would like less intensity.

Optional- these freeze really well. You can also roll them in coconut or sesame seeds. I freeze them individually for my daughters’ play school lunch in the Decor branded dip containers. It works brilliantly.

Enjoy!

21 nutritious breakfast ideas ready in under 5 minutes!

Need some inspiration in the morning? Some days I look at my cherubs and wonder- what am I actually going to feed you in the next 5 minutes? So, here is a list I developed to remind myself that yes, one can easily put something healthy and substantial on the table at breakfast. Yes, all of these ideas can be prepared in under 5 minutes. I have done it myself!

  1. Sourdough toast with apricot jam and cheddar cheese. Apple slices on the side.
  2. Turkish bread toasted with vegemite. Green grapes on the side.
  3. Vegetable mini muffins with vegan (or dairy) cream cheese.
  4. Pumpernickel topped with cream cheese and pear slices.
  5. Fruit platter with natural yoghurt sprinkled with sesame seeds for dipping.
  6. Natural muesli with non/dairy milk.
  7. Scrambled free range eggs with toasted, torn flat wraps.
  8. Scrambled tofu with spinach.
  9. Sauteed tofu with steamed/microwaved vegetable sticks.
  10. Leftover noodles and vegetable stirfry.
  11. Corn fritters (home made, stored in the fridge) with fruit on the side.
  12. French toast and berries.
  13. Steamed vegetable sticks, toast soldiers with yoghurt-sweet chilli dipping sauce.
  14. Breakfast smoothie (green or mango).
  15. Picnic box- vegetarian “ploughmans” style with cheddar cheese sticks, some pickled vegetables, cut cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks, bite sized bread pieces…
  16. Home made (pre-made of course) hommus with wholemeal bread.
  17. Flash fried cherry tomatoes (until they split), doused in balsamic vinegar, roughly mashed onto toast.
  18. Left over pasta with added frozen peas.
  19. Warm tofu, satay sauce and vegetable wraps (small sized for little hands).
  20. Home made vanilla poached pears with natural yoghurt.
  21. Anything involving avocado.

I would love to hear some of your go-to breakfasts.

Have a lovely week full of delicious, nutritious breakfasts 🙂

Autism and society- is this as good as it gets?

What does it say about our society when a little boy has to wear a tshirt that pronounces he is autistic and asks for strangers to be kind to him? What treatment has this small person endured from adults in his world that has driven his parents to dress him this way?

I was in the carpark of a shopping centre with my children when I saw a little boy standing next to my car. We said hello and he smiled back at us. His mother raced up to catch him with her arms full of parcels, obviously worried. We said smiled hello and greeted each other. The tension shifted from her and her shoulders visibly dropped. It wasn’t until I was reversing from my spot that I noticed his shirt.

On the front said in bold print “I’m autistic”. On the back said “I’m autistic. Please be kind to me”. I wanted to jump out of my car and hug this woman (alas, not appropriate).  How stressed must she feel leaving the house to enjoy the sunshine? We live in a modern age, full of opportunity and information. How could our society arrive here? Is this as good as it gets? Please no. Let this be a message and a journey of repair.

This might sound like common sense, but I will continue anyhow:

  • Everyone has their own path and their own story,
  • Judgement breeds insecurity, resentfulness and sadness,
  • Kindness is the basis of everything- when stripped bare, all we really want is kindness,
  • Children learn from modelled behaviour,
  • Words hurt,
  • Love heals,
  • It is our communal responsibility to care for the children in our area,
  • People who complain about the state of our society’s problems better back themselves with direct action,
  • Small acts of kindness on a regular basis make us better people,
  • Better people make better communities,
  • Better communities make better societies,
  • Better societies make a better world.

I pledge to this little boy and his family. I will be kind. Thanks for the reminder.

A Christmas message: love thy neighbours and their children.

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