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Local market goodness

All this for $59 today. The avocados were expensive, but we love them 🙂


Hope you have a great week 🙂


Paella with almonds

This is a delicious recipe. It’s very easy, satisfying and it looks beautiful when served. Every time this is served, the dinner plates are left empty. I am working my way through and adapting recipes from this recipe book.

I never use exact measurements for this dish. In fact, today I made this based on jasmine rice! I didn’t have any saffron so just used turmeric. My only variations to the recipe are that:
– I add mushrooms and snow peas to the rice
– I usually add a layer of fresh spinach in between the rice and vegetables
– I use whatever nuts I have on hand.

I hope you love it 🙂

Large pinch saffron threads
80 ml rice bran oil
Pun net cherry tomatoes
2 large handfuls fresh beans sliced
1 large zucchini
3/4 cup peas
1 tsp minced garlic
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
1 1/2 cups rice
3 1/2 cups vegetarian stock
1/2 cup almonds

Put saffron in a bowl with 1/3 cup hot water and steep.
Heat half the oil to high temp and add tomatoes for a couple of minutes until skins start to split
Remove to a bowl and set aside
Add the rest of the vegetables and stir fry for 5 minutes
Set aside with tomatoes


Add rest of oil to pan and stir fry garlic and rosemary. Cook gently for a minute until rice is shiny and opaque.
Add stock and saffron (or turmeric) water to the pan. Add diced mushrooms and sliced snow peas.
Stir once or twice and bring to boil.


When stock has rapidly boiled for a couple of minutes, reduce heat to medium and simmer gently for about 20 minutes, until almost all stock is absorbed.

Top rice with a layer of fresh spinach. Scatter over vegetables, top with cooked tomatoes and sprinkle on almonds/nuts. Note: I add nuts at this stage because I am serving small children so I like them a little softened.
Cover lightly with foil and heat on low for 5 minutes for vegetables to warm through.
Sprinkle with almonds/nuts (if you want crunchy texture contrast) and serve.



10 days in the life of a lunch box




Hi! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on my blog so I thought this one should be full of lunchbox ideas. I am a working mum and I highly value healthy home made food for my children. I make a lot ahead. We even have a box in our freezer called “the bakery” and I’m reminded if it’s running low! We use cooler bags with small containers generally. We also have a stainless steel lunchbox for my eldest used in place of all the containers. Maybe you might enjoy incorporating some of these lunchbox components.

Lunch boxes are always packed the night before and everything put in the fridge for morning. It’s the only way I have found that works in our house.

Here are some ideas below that I regularly use and my children love. The photos aren’t always great because I assemble the lunches at night – no pinterest worthy photos here, just basic, healthful food to fuel growing bodies 🙂

Baked tofu, cheese and vege sticks.
Creamy soy milk jelly pots.
Dairy free, egg free “cup cakes” (date and apricot is a yummy combination).
Free range egg and spinach wholemeal sandwiches.
Coconut and vanilla chia pudding.
Wholemeal, dairy free scrolls.
Celery boats with dairy free cream cheese and sultanas.
Crackers with cream cheese and vegemite.
Yoghurt topped with fresh fruit.
Zucchini slice, cherry tomatoes and pepitas.
Savoury vegetarian muffins (insect shaped silicone molds have proven very popular).
Stemed vegetables with yoghurt dip.
Pasta salad with creamy sauce or plain with fresh vegetables mixed through.
Oven baked pita bread with hommus topped with peas.
Steamed corn on the cob.
Avocado splashed with lemon juice (slice in skin for easy scooping).


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