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Family sushi dinner

We love sushi. It’s so delicious, healthy and full of vegetables. I love making vegan sushi so much.

Tonight’s sushi dinner includes:

– edamame in pods blanched and tossed in salt.

– inari stuffed with garlic, sesame mushrooms

– tofu and vegetable sushi rolls,

– ginger sesame cabbage

– tofu nigiri

– vegetable gyoza.

A lovely friend showed me Costco and i bought the edamame and tofu there at good prices.

The lettuce in the sushi rolls came from our vege patch!

The gyoza i buy frozen. Served with accompaniments 🙂

This big banquet served 3 adults and 2 children for dinner and has enough leftovers for 3 lunches. You could easily make dinner go further by adding a serve of miso soup for each person and some tempura vegetables.  Yum!

Hope you have a lovely week full of vegetables hehe.

Xx

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Easiest muesli slice

As I was cuddling my daughter before sleep in the dark recently, she started whispering her hopes to me. She asked if we could make a slice together, with nuts and chocolate melted in the microwave and spread on top. It was such an adorable request I said yes and cuddled her before she drifted to sleep.

The next day after work I found this recipe on the “Oh She Glows” website and bought the ingredients. When I collected my cherub from Childcare she was very excited that we had all the ingredients to make her imagined slice.

This recipe is almost an exact copy of the Oh She Glows recipe, except I have substituted easily accessible ingredients available at the supermarket and customised to our family’s tastes.

Ingredients
1.5 cups mashed banana (4 large lady fingers)
2 teaspoons vanilla paste/extract
2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup sultanas
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pepita seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
2 pinches crushed sea salt
3/4 cup dairy free dark chocolate

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan forced). Line a Lamington tray with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl mash the bananas and add the vanilla. Stir to combine.
3. Stir in the roles oats.
4. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
5. Pour into pan, press down firmly with the back of a wooden spoon. Bake for 25 minutes until the edges are golden and pull away from the pan.
6. Allow to mostly cool in pan. While you gradually melt the chocolate in the microwave.
7. Drizzle top with chocolate, spread evenly and sprinkle with flaked almonds.

My children made most of this with my supervision. It’s so delicious, we’ll definitely be making this again without the nuts (substituting more seeds) and chocolate to make it Childcare friendly. Yum!

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Another market haul and a potato pancake lunch

My children love to go to the market on a Sunday. This week we chose a tray of mangoes for $13. Yum! We buy yesterday’s bread loaves for $1 and look for plants to put in our garden. 20150204-053050-19850118.jpg
When we arrive home we open the cupboard and do some meal planning for the week. 20150204-053323-20003214.jpg
I made a potato pancake for lunch. It’s very easy. Grate one potato and press excess fluid out through a strainer. Add to a bowl with 1/4 brown onion finely diced, 1 large mushroom finely diced, 2 tbsp chickpea (besan) flour. Mix together. Add a small amount of water until moist enough to come together. Transfer to oiled, medium heat no. Stick fry pan. Cook for a few minutes until golden on the underside. Loosen from pan with spatula and gently invert onto a plate. Add more oil to the pan. Gently slide the pancake bake into pan and cook for another few minutes until golden brown. Serve with a drizzle of vegan mayonnaise and barbecue sauce and chopped salad vegetables.

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We also made some pickled cucumbers.

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Wholefoods goodness 🙂

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Lunches for cherubs

Welcome to the latest series from Whistling Kite Collective, lunches for little hands.

Tomorrow’s offering consists of:
– natural yoghurt and pureed apple
– tofu and vege stir fry
– fruit box
– celery boats with cream cheese and sultanas
– coconut vanilla chia pudding
– crackers with vegemite

The eldest gets a carrot and the youngest gets milk with lunch.

It seems like a lot of food but its for a long day.  We mothers just do the best we can don’t we?

I would love to hear about any quick, healthy go to recipes you might use!

Here’s to appreciating our good fortune in being a resident of the first world.

Love xx
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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 🙂