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How to Cook Healthy Meals for your Family

by Foodie on December 12, 2014

Healthy Family EatingDo you have trouble knowing how to cook healthy meals for your family? The good news is that there are recipes that are very healthy but the healthy nature of these recipes is somewhat disguised. What they do not know in these instances truly should not bring harm their way (outside of allergies, which should never be ignored).

Healthy cooking is often difficult as most of us do not want to spend time planning and preparing meals that our families refuse to eat. At the same time, we want our families to be healthy so we feel compelled to learn new and improved ways of cooking healthy foods for our family to enjoy (and unfortunately in some cases scorn).

With weight and nutrition being known as the culprit in so many health conditions it is impossible to ignore the importance of not only eating healthy ourselves but also of teaching our children the importance of eating healthy. One way to insure that your loved ones are in fact eating healthy is to make sure that you are cooking healthy and nutritious foods for them. This does not mean that you cannot enjoy the occasional calorie splurge or even that you shouldn’t. The key to cooking healthy is learning to control portions and understanding the importance of moderation. [click to continue…]

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Spicy Fish Kebabs

by Foodie on November 16, 2014

Spicy Fish KebabsJust for something different we decided to use lemon grass stems as skewers, the add a fresh tangy flavour to the fish. But you can use bamboo skewers if you want

Ingredients

1kg firm white fish fillets
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 fresh red thai chillies, chopped finely
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon peanut oil
4 x 30cm-long lemon grass stems [click to continue…]

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Skewered Lemon Prawns

by Foodie on November 16, 2014

Skewered Lemon PrawnsAnother fantastic easy to make, seafood dish. This Skewered Lemon Prawn dish works great on a BBQ Grill, extremely healthy and tasty.

Ingredients

1.5 Kgs large uncooked king prawns
1/4 Cup (60ml) olive oil
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
freshly ground black pepper [click to continue…]

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Shrimp gumbo

by Foodie on November 13, 2014

Shrimp GumboGumbo is a fish soup that originated from the south of Louisiana, and makes a great Paleo recipe.

Ingredients

¼ cup cooking fat;
1 large onion, chopped;
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into
strips;
2 cloves garlic, minced;
3 cups dark beef stock;
½ tsp hot sauce;
1 bay leaf;
3 chopped tomatoes;
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste;
1 ½ lbs raw shrimps, peeled and deveined;
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste; [click to continue…]

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Spicy Vegetable Kebabs

by Foodie on November 12, 2014

Spicy Vegetable BebabSometimes, when you Barbeque, you want to do something a little different, you can always try a Spicy Vegetable Kebab to impress and get a hit of veges

Ingredients

1 Trimmed corn cob
2 baby eggplants, cut into 3cm slices
1 large red capsicum, cut into 4 cm pieces
1 large green capsicum, cut into 4 cm pieces
8 large truss cherry tomatoes
200g button mushrooms

Spicy Tomato Marinade

1/2 cup (125ml) tomato puree
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 long green chilli, chopped finely [click to continue…]

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Hoi An Pancakes

by Foodie on November 6, 2014

hoi an pancakesOn a recent trip to Asia, we got to do a Vietnamese cooking class.  One of the many dishes we got to cook was this amazing Hoi An Pancakes. Its a easy recipe to be able to cook at home as well. Great, simple way to impress friends and family.

Ingredients

Rice Batter – Ingredients

1 cup of dried rice flour
11/2 cups of fresh water
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder (or curry, saffron or food colour powder dissolved in water)

Rice Batter Method

Mix all together, leave in the room temperature for one hour.

The rest of the Ingredients

150 grams of finely cut shrimps, shelled and deveined (or any other seafood)
2 thin strips of pork
Vegetable oil for frying
2 thinly sliced spring onions
250 grams of bean sprouts
Topping mix – a selection of mint, coriander, Vietnamese basil, lettuce and bitter herb
Packet of rice paper [click to continue…]

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5 Simple Tips for Cooking Better Tasting Pasta

by Foodie on November 5, 2014

Cooking PastaPasta is a easy dish to make, but most people get it wrong, its either over cooked, not cooked enough. You might of heard the old wifes tail about throwing cooked Spaghetti at the wall if it sticks its cooked if it doesn’t its under cooked. We wanted to give you 5 tops tips for how to cook pasta.

1. Water

Make sure you use a big pot, enough to allow for one liter of water per 100 grams of pasta. [click to continue…]

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Fresh Tomatoes and Ricotta Sauce

by Foodie on November 1, 2014

Fresh Tomatoes and ricotta Sauce Italian food is without a doubt one of our most favourite, what a great flavour, versatile and something that is simple and easy to make at home.  Whereever possible when making your own sauces, make sure you use fresh ingredients.

Ingredients

550g Roma Tomatoes (ripe), Roughly chopped
15g onion, chopped
70g fresh ricotta, full cream
15g Grana Padano, grated
10g Pecorina Romano, grated
5g fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbs tomato concentrate or paste
3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste [click to continue…]

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Spicy Malagueta Prawns

by Foodie on November 1, 2014

Spicy Malagueta PrawnsThis Brazilian flavored Prawn dish is an excellent dish to get your metabolism to spike.  Its got great flavour and is very easy to make, nice and tasty.

Ingredients

6 red chillies, finely chopped
50 ml groundnut oil
3 cloves garlic
4 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp sweet paprika
3 tsp salt
400 g raw prawns. [click to continue…]

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Making Your Paleo Shopping List

by Foodie on October 28, 2014

Paleo Shopping ListThe Paleo diet is often referred to as the caveman diet. Its pretty simple, the basis of the paleo diet is to turn back the clock and imitate the diet of our ancestors. Adopting a paleo lifestyle can feel challenging at times; it may often feel that as you look through the grocery store aisles, previously favorite foods are now off limits (You know Chips, pasta, Grains). In fact, many of the Western diet staples may need to be left out of your paleo shopping list leaving you confused about just what exactly you can indulge in on a paleo diet.

Learning How to Shop Paleo

Learning how to shop for a paleo based diet can take a bit of searching around and working out. Different grocery stores will often carry different products. With time, you will learn which places carry for favorite paleo items and where you can get the best paleo bargains and deals. Finding paleo products doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to shop in the all organic, upscale, overpriced swanky stores, however. Big name chains, like Costco or Woolworth also have an excellent variety of paleo friendly foods. [click to continue…]

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