Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Poached eggs in Ratatoulie

Living my life on the road now!! Yes! We've left home and my husband and I now live in a Motorhome traveling Australia blogging about our adventure. We talk about everything from the lifestyle, how we keep fit and healthy through exercise and eating as well as hiking, mountain biking, the lifestyle, free camping, house sitting, interesting people and places along the way and more. I'll be posting my recipes there but will visit here occasionally to see how things are going as this blog is still is my original baby. I thoroughly enjoy blogging and sharing my health alternative recipes so if you want to see what we're doing please head on over to our new blog Luving Life Living Free. 

Here's one of our favourite recipes while on the road, especially after a visit to a local farmers market and the produce is fresh and local.

Enjoy! :-) 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Salted Peanut and Choc Chip Cookies

I told you in the last post about my big cookie week. If you didn't see it and your a cookie fan check out my Lemon Pistachio Cookies? There super delicious as well. This is another creation from my cold weather baking spree and taking advantage of my beloved oven which I won't have in 10 days when we move into the motor home. Eeek!! If needed, we may buy a weber Q or similar to see if I can bake in it. Does anyone have one and know if this is possible? Please leave a message below as I love to hear your thoughts. I'm testing my ecopot today with a loaf of veggie bread so that will be an interesting experiment but I don't know that it will achieve the crisp crust which I'm going to miss. If it works then I'll be doing up a lot of stuff to share once we get going and settle into our new lifestyle.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lemon Pistachio Cookies

Why do I call these cookies? We're Aussies and we call them biscuits! I am so influenced by overseas markets, social media and the constant online bombardment of the foodie blogs that I follow of Cookie recipes!! I think if it called them biscuits most of my followers would think I was talking about scones! Yes, us Aussies call American biscuits Scones. Are you totally confused now? Well don't be it's easy... Biscuits are cookies and Scones are Biscuits! ;-) ... now I've totally confused you.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Paleo Pancakes with Blueberries, Banana

It's a cold Saturday morning, what better breakfast could you have then nice stodgy pancakes that don't make you feel sick!! Yep, these Paleo pancakes are grain free, gluten free and dairy free! I adore making pancakes for my family and it's been such a long time that they've wanted them I haven't had the pleasure standing over a nice warm stove with my GT! (green tea) on a cold winters morning.  Last Saturday they decided they decided they wanted them so I scoured the fridge and pantry and this is what I came up with... but I do have to admit we ducked down to the shop to get some Coyo (coconut yoghurt) to go with them as we where also on a mission to see what the hiking boots where like at Aldi that had gone on special that morning. Well, the hiking boots where useless, not our size and I don't think they'd have been any good so we ventured out after breakfast to find some reasonably priced and better quality foot and ankle protection for our impending adventures. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Apple and Banana Bircher Muesli - a plant based dairy free and protein enhanced breakfast or snack.

My boys love their bircher muesli breakfasts and I usually make enough that there's some left for snacks as well. Lucky for them I find them a really relaxing thing to do first thing in the morning with a nice strong cup of green tea. I've come up with a really simple method thats quick, easy and usually makes enough for 2 -4 servings.

I've found it best to make up a big jar of the dry bircher muesli mix and usually make the Complete Meal Bircher mix I posted quite a while ago. I've been a bit more economical of late and because my boys do ok with grain I've been adding rolled oats. As I mentioned in the post for the Honey Oats the World Health Organisation (WHO) say that the fibre in oats can lower cholesterol by 8-23%. and they're a great source of carbohydrates that go so well with the healthy fats and protein in this recipe  which makes it a tasty, satisfying and complete meal.

Keeping in line with my budget recipes this one is also made with standard supermarket ingredients that are not only widely available but generally very economical as well. Proving that you can easily eat healthy even when your funds are limited! Hello Uni students, I have a house full of then now. Mm! that reminds me I need to get some of my basic recipes into the blog for the boys! That way I won't get text messages asking me what's in the burrito mince recipe mum, can you send it to me cos I can't find it on your blog!! ... time for me to get organised! I don't know how many times I've had to send that one to Jordi!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Apple and Cinnamon Protein Bars

It's been cold and rainy here for days and as much as I usually love the rain I'm just over it this time. I think it's because I just haven't seen enough sun this winter. I am in desperate need of sunshine and vitamin D, confirmed by my latest blood tests showing that I am deficient in this essential immune system strengthening vitamin. So deficient that she ordered a D3 shot for me which I had last week. Goes to show we just need to keep on top of those blood tests to see how we're going. So this morning I've moved myself out to the front deck and I'm soaking up the sunshine with the big hat on while I write this post. I must admit it's beautiful. I can't wait until my life is a little motor home covered in warm sun and I will be able to sit outside on part benches and do my posts if need be. Simple things in life, always the best.

This is going to be a quick post as I'm really busy at the moment. I'm at the end of an online course that I'm doing and got a bit behind having visitors here and then our weekend away. The next one starts tomorrow so I have to get on top of it to clear my head and leave time for blogging which I find very relaxing and I truly love doing. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Paleo Vegetable Latkes

Zucchini and Carrot Latkes
There are probably a number of other names I could call these, like veggie patties, vegetable pancakes, hash browns, veggie things but I just love calling them Latkes which in essence is what they really are. If you wondering, Latkes are traditional Jewish potato pancakes that are best known as traditional Hanukkah food. Normally made with potatoes, onion and matzah or breadcrumbs then fried in oil until crisp, it’s this frying in oil that symbolises the miracle of Hanukkah. Mine are a healthier version in that their baked and not fried, although they would still be quite healthy if fried in coconut oil, butter or any other healthy high heat tolerant oil. I also use ground nuts and seeds instead of breadcrumbs or matzah. If you are on a restricted diet you can also use just the eggs whites but I do suggest you add at least one egg yolk as they are a powerhouse of nutrition. I've talked about it here 

Beetroot, Carrot and Zucchini Latkes

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Honey Oats - an economical, easy and highly nutritious treat.

Honey Oats - heart healthy goodness. 
Sunday morning baking. I've been so busy lately. It doesn't mean I haven't been in the kitchen though, just that I haven't had time to get to my computer and blog my new creations. I do miss it I must admit. But I also have to let you know that it's actually quite time consuming. 

I've had a house full with my husbands parents staying with us for 9 days which was a lot of fun but extremely hectic. I was exhausted by the time they left. My daughter and her new pup at the same time made for a full house and lots of food to prepare as we're not the type to eat out. I have a feeling the in-laws may have enjoyed some outings but my husband and I just aren't into spending all that money of food we really don't want to eat. So, I was basically preparing breakfast, dinner, snacks and lunch for up to 6 people each day. The boys are eating me out of house and home. With both at Uni now,  as well as training in our gym daily their appetites are out of control. That being said, a healthy brain and body needs good nutritious food so home made is where it's at for us. 

Then after life settled down to a dull roar we escaped in our new motor home for a long weekend away. Testing and trailing our new home/office/car to make sure we are well equipped for when we head off indefinitely. Only 5 weeks to go!!! Sheesh! Reality is about the hit. We've started a new blog that will be all about our travels around Australia, life in a motor home, house sitting, exercise on the road, healthy eating while travelling, hiking, markets and interesting people and places that we encounter on our journey and more. I'd love for you to check it out, it's called Luvinglifelivingfree.com and make sure to fill in the details so that you can follow us. I promise not to spam your inbox with useless posts. :-)