Cookie protein bars

Cookie Protein Bar – Primal, Paleo, Clean Eating and Kid friendly

Something sweet and easy

We all love cookies; they are sweet, soft and tasty. They usually are also loaded with sugar which isn't so good. These cookie protein bars are soft, sweet and delicious with a healthy helping of protein. They are great as a post workout snack.

Pesto - Nut free

Pesto - Primal, Paleo, Kid Friendly and Clean Eating

Pesto that won’t kill me

Stupid nut allergies have prevented me from trying a number of foods over the years that look, smell and no doubt taste amazing.  Pesto was one of the things I had wanted to try for years, but as it contains pine nuts it’s been a no go.

I had a moment of genius (or madness, I can never really tell the difference) and figured that I could replace the pine nuts with something else, after a little trial and error I found a combination that worked.

Sausage and pepper salad

Some advantages to going out of town

My partner in crime has to travel around a bit as part of his job. Usually, it's a few trips a year and the odd day trip down to Hamilton thrown in to make life interesting.  I don't like it when he heads out of town, I kind of like having him around, so it sucks when he goes away. The exception to this is when he goes to Hamilton. Trips south of Auckland usually come with a pit stop at Pokeno bacon.

Workout Wednesday - 6 February 2019

Workout Wednesday - 6 February 2019

Another short week

Today is Waitangi day here in New Zealand. Waitangi day commemorates the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi which is New Zealand's founding document. That means we have a public holiday and a chance to spend some extra time together.

How to roast peppers

How to Roast Peppers

Here is another quick, easy and practical post to add to your kitchen skill toolbox.

Let’s talk about peppers

Today I want to talk about peppers. It might not seem important, but the ability to roast your own peppers is not only a must but also super easy to do.  As with most ingredients how you prepare them can enhance the flavour. This holds very true for roasting peppers. The roasting process brings out their sweetness. 

Courgette tots

Courgette Tots - Primal, Clean Eating and Kid Friendly

Once upon a time

Not so long ago there was a little boy that had a very limited diet. If was not a white carbohydrate or a sausage he wasn’t interested. The only vegetable he would eat was a potato. Fast forward a few years and that same boy now has a diet that includes carrots, peas, broccoli, kale and even the odd bit of lettuce.  It was not an easy journey from 'only potato' to 'can I try that?'. It took a great deal of patience, honesty and building trust.

Food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities

When I was younger, I remember being weird for not being able to eat nuts (well I was weird because of other things too, but that is not the point). Having a food allergy was unusual, that sadly is not the case now. The stats differ from source to source, but there seems to be a consensus that allergies are on the up across the globe. I thought it was time to have a bit of a chat about it.

Guacamole

Guacamole - Primal, Paleo, Kid Friendly and Clean Eating

Guac you gonna do about it?

I love avocados and get very excited when they come into season, I would happily eat them with every meal but guacamole is my favourite way to have them.

I will be honest, I am eating guacamole with almost every meal at the moment. I may be adding a healthy dose of jalapeno so that it is too spicy for everyone else.  I didn’t say I was doing that, I might be doing it.  It could be that the jalapenos are extra spicy.  

Workout Wednesday - 30 Jan

Long weekend

It has been a short week here in Auckland which means extra time outside and doing fun things. We had some fun at the skatepark testing out my new action camera. I love to get outside and watch the kids enjoying the great playparks across the region.

Our new camera worked great and provided me with a good laugh. Apparently, the kids forgot to turn the camera off when they finished playing at the skatepark. When we got home and looked at the footage, it was great to see so much of the sky with the odd view up Liam's nose.

Products we love - January 2019

Products we love January

Suns out guns out, along with everything else.  It has been a hot and sticky January full of days out in the sun and sweaty sessions working out in the garage. The nature of the month has brought about my favourite products this month.

Quick Bread

Quick Bread – Primal, Paleo, Clean Eating, Grain-free and Kid friendly

Bread 

Bread is a funny thing. It is one of the very few foods that I know does not agree with me that I still crave regularly, I try my very best to avoid it, but some meals just feel incomplete without it.  Burgers are one of those meals. I love a salad bun, but sometimes I want a burger bun.  

Workout Wednesday - 23 Jan

Do I have to be here?

The new year is in full swing now; it's starting to feel like the Christmas holiday's area distant memory. While I daydream about spending my time playing in the sunshine, I have spent my working week in rooms with artificial light and bad air conditioning. I have a beautiful view from my concrete prison, but it isn't the same as being outside.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes – Primal, Paleo, Clean Eating, Nut free and Kid Friendly  

Something sweet

I realised recently that I don't post a lot of sweet treats so thought I would give your something sweet this week.  This is my grain-free vanilla cupcakes with sugar-free frosting.  The cake is soft and airy which gives these cupcakes a real cake texture and taste without any sugar or grains. 

Green Pizza Salad

Green Pizza - Primal, Paleo, Kid Friendly and Clean Eating

What is better than a Hawaiian Pizza?

If you ask me it is a Hawaiian Pizza Salad.  Yes it is a real thing, I know it is real because I made it.  

Hawaiian pizza was always my favourite; I love the way the flavours work together. Anyone that gets to know me learns quickly that I love salad, so the idea of a salad based on my favourite pizza toppings appeals to me. 

Waldorf salad

Chicken Waldorf Salad – Primal, Paleo, Clean Eating, Nut free, Kid Friendly   

Easy make ahead salad  

It is a summer of salads!! The warm months mean lots of fresh veggies and endless possibilities for salad.  Anyone that knows me knows I could eat salad for every meal, I love them, lots.  Most of the time I stick with the simple mixture of protein, lettuce leaves, crunchy veg and a simple dressing. On occasion, I like to make something a little fancier.  

Working with Kale

Kale is a very popular at the moment which is a good thing as it is packed with beneficial nutrients.  Kale is easy to grow and a versatile leaf, it grows year round in Auckland and is available in many varieties.
Preparing Kale is easy enough you just need to follow some simple steps

Broccoli Pesto Frittata

Broccoli Pesto Frittata - Primal, Clean Eating and Kid Friendly

Something quick and easy, please

It is hot and sticky here in Auckland, the last thing I want to be doing in spending hours over a hot stove. This week's recipe comes from the I don't want to be in a hot kitchen collection but still want a home-cooked meal. This Broccoli Pesto Frittata is a quick and easy recipe that takes minutes to prepare and can be served hot or cold.

Easy Blueberry Ice Cream

Summertime = ice cream

Ice cream does not need to equal lots of sugar and added flavours.  Our ice cream is all natural with just one ingredient, blueberries.  This ice cream is easy to whip up when it is hot outside and an added bonus,  it is an excellent alternative for the kids. 

Workout Wednesday - First cab off the rank

Welcome to 2019

I know this is the time of year that everyone jumps of the get fit and go on a diet bandwagon. The gyms will be packed for the next four weeks. The attendees at workout classes will be through the roof. Everyone will be talking about the latest green smoothie diet.