Roasting Cauliflower with olive oil, chili flakes, zaataar spices, salt & pepper – 20-25mins at 180C
I got this great Za’ataar blend from Woolworths. Za’ataar is a blend of roasted sesame seeds, oregano, sumac & thyme.
With Autumn here and the evenings getting cooler, this curry is sure to warm you up.
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 4-5 chicken breasts cut into chunks
- Olive oil
- 1 Chopped brown onion
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- Cumin seeds
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp red chili powder (add more if you like it hotter)
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garam masala
- Pinch of turmeric
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tin chopped & peeled tomatoes (or you can use 2-3 fresh tomatoes)
- 2-3 tbsp plain full cream yogurt
Time to get cooking:
- Heat oil in pot, add cumin seeds and fry until they start to sizzle but be careful not to burn them.
- Add chopped onion and sauté until brown.
- The add the garlic, red chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, turmeric & cinnamon, salt & pepper. Mix together.
- Then add the chicken and mix to coat the chicken in the spices. It will start to stick to the pan this is normal just keep scraping.
- Keep stiring until the chicken bits are sealed.
- Add in tomatoes & simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add in the yogurt and stir through.
- Serve with brown basmati rice.
It’s important to have some protein within the first hour after waking up & eggs are a great source of protein. Easy to cook, versatile & affordable! They also make for a great afternoon snack.
- Place eggs into pot and cover with water.
- To heat on high and wait for them to start boiling, time for 10 minutes from boiling (less if you like a runny yolk).
- To make them easier to peel, put them straight into a bowel of ice water for a few minutes before peeling.
- I love plain old salt & pepper for seasoning and sometimes have a little mayo with it.
Kick start your day with a warm cup of Rooibos with apple cider vinegar & lemon. Raw Apple cider vinegar is great for keeping blood sugar levels in check – which will help to keep your sugar cravings at bay.
Make a cup of rooibos tea, add 1 tsp of raw apple cider and a slice of lemon. Sip slowly. Follow with a large glass of water. Also great with chamomile on an evening.
In winter months I want something warm to kick-start my day – bring on the oats! What I love about oats is that I can make them ahead and just reheat in the microwave when I get to work. Convenience is often what gets in the way of making healthy choices so the easier the better!
Make-ahead, creamy macadamia butter & cinnamon oats
Oats are a breakfast staple! They’re rich in a specific type of fibre called beta-glucan which is known to help lower levels of bad cholesterol. They’re also a source of protein.
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup water
- Cinnamon to sprinkle
- 1 heaped tsp. Macadamia butter (or almond butter)
- Stevia to sweeten (optional)
- Rice & Coconut milk or normal milk
- Add the oats and water to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer and cook for 3-5 minutes.
- Pour the cooked oats into a jar. Get a heaped tsp. of macadamia butter and dunk into the middle of the hot oats. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the oats (as much as you’d like). Add 4 drops stevia. Mix, mix, MIX!
When I get to work I pop the jar in the microwave for about 30 seconds to a minute, then add the milk, stir and enjoy. I hope this gives you another option to make healthier breakfast choices!