Afternoon Snack: Cream cheese & gluten free seed crackers

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Cumin Seed Chicken Curry

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:

  1. Heat oil in pot, add cumin seeds and fry until they start to sizzle but be careful not to burn them.
  2. Add chopped onion and sauté until brown.
  3. The add the garlic, red chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, turmeric & cinnamon, salt & pepper. Mix together.
  4. 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.
  5. Keep stiring until the chicken bits are sealed.
  6. Add in tomatoes & simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Add in the yogurt and stir through.
  8. Serve with brown basmati rice.

Boiled Eggs

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.

Rooibos spiked with ACV & Lemon

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.

Make-ahead, creamy macadamia butter & cinnamon oats

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.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  1. Add the oats and water to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  2. 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!

Sugar Free Fern | Creamy Macadamia Oats

Homemade Cheese & Onion Beef & Lentil Burgers

Protein packed burgers with a combination of lentils & beef mince!

Ingredients:

  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can lentils drained & rinsed
  • 500gr beef mince
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg

Get cooking:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse a bit and then scrape down the ingredients still sitting at the top to ensure an even consistency. Pulse again. You don’t want to over pulse it or it will become too mushy.
  2. Roll spoonfuls of burger mixture into balls and shape into patties.
  3. To cook, Fry them in olive oil.

Serve with mashed avocado & feta on a bed of lettuce with a side of sweet potato or carrot chips!


It makes a big batch, about 15 patties and they freeze raw really well! Just wrap individually in cling film and place in a ziplock bag.