All in Dinner

Lemon Marinade

Marinade makes it better

This is my go to marinade for chicken at the minute.  To free up some time on the weekends I have been bulk buying meat, preparing and then freezing the meat. Chicken has been the primary meat over the last few weeks but it can get boring quickly.  Enter this amazing marinade.

Avocado tuna melts

Do we have tuna?

That is usually the response to the question what do you want for lunch? I won't go into how much when people answer a question with a question. Let's focus on the recurring request for tuna every weekend. Every week it is the same request for a tuna cheese melt. I don’t have any issues with providing tuna for lunch; I get bored with the leftover tuna in the fridge and no desire to eat it.

Tom Kha Kai

Tom Kha Kai or Tom Kha Gai

This classic soup has quintessential Thai ingredients. The chicken and coconut soup is rich and flavourful. There are many variations to the soup, but a few constants, coconut milk, lemongrass, chillies and ginger are usually the base of the soup. A little fish sauce, mushrooms, coriander and kaffir lime leaves can be added for a bit more depth and flavour. I've put together this recipe as a basic and easy base that you can add to depending on what you have in the pantry.

Courgette Crust Pizza

Courgette Crust Pizza - Primal, Paleo, Kid Friendly and Clean Eating

Fancy a slice?

Yes, Yes I do, but I won't be eating any of the tasty pizza available from your local pizzeria. I think I'll go for the low carb, tummy friendly option of courgette pizza crust. There is nothing better than getting a sneaky treat without having to deal with that horrible bloated and sick feeling.

Clean Fish Pie

We all need a little comfort

It has been a sh*t week, seriously, it has been one of those weeks when lots of things went wrong. That means lots of late nights at work, no family time and a lot of hugs needed. When the going gets tough, I want comfort food.

Ranch impasta salad

Simple meals don't have to be boring

I have been on a mission this year to make simple but tasty meals. The aim was to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight.

We all struggle to make healthy and tasty meals while keeping on top of everything else in life.

This recipe is healthy, delicious and easy to make recipes that you can cook on a single tray in the oven. The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes, that is all of the slicing, dicing and mixing.

Each meal is portioned to feed four adults.

Chicken Rollatini

Italian Classic – not really

Rollatini, otherwise known as Involtini is an Italian style dish. It is usually made with slices of aubergine, dusted with flour, covered with cheeses and seasoning then rolled up and baked. It isn't new to use chicken in place of the aubergine, but it is totally up my street. This recipe uses my nut free pesto to a fresh flavour and a little crunch.

Broccoli Chicken Salad

Broccoli Chicken Salad – Primal, Paleo, Clean Eating and Kid friendly

Kids are making friends with salad

I don't like the kids getting older. I still think of them as the 5 and 3-year-olds I first met so many years ago. I struggle to reconcile the man-sized 13 year old, and almost man-sized 10-year old that rock around the house now. While I struggle to think of the boys getting older, I eagerly embrace the ever-expanding list of foods they will eat and are willing to try.

Coconut Meatballs– Primal, Paleo, Clean Eating and Kid friendly

Coconut Meatballs– Primal, Paleo, Clean Eating and Kid friendly

Something different

Sweet and savoury balls of awesome. If you have come this far, you obviously want some new flavour combinations to try. Coconut and pineapple go well together. We all know the Pina colada principle applies. We also know pineapple and pork go well together. Hawaiian Pizza is a firm favourite around here. Enter some creative madness (or genius) why not combine all three flavours?

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.

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.