A Caterpillar’s Dream

It’s a freezing, typical winter’s day in Melbourne. I decided a warm lunch was in order and googled a Vegan suitable cafe. I came up A Caterpillar’s Dream in Kew.  I invited my friend Jess along and after  a good 30 minute drive in the pouring rain, we met at this cute little venue. The…

Sugar Free Orange Cheesecake

Beautifully citrus with sweet tones. I love Cheesecake, finding one that’s not dense and full of fat a sugar is hard! I’ve come up with this recipe, loved by the family, it’s refreshing and low calorie. You will need:  Base: 10 crushed sugar free cookies 4 tbsp melted butter Cake: 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange…

Maxi Foods

I adore shopping at Maxi Foods. The variety and vastness of the supermarket makes it actually a SUPERmarket. There’s everything from fruits and vegetables to lollies (dairy free, gluten free, vegan) to jams, relishes (most Australian made) pastas, fresh cakes and breads plus your standard supermarket lines- pet food, stationary and so on. The fruit…

Orange Cupcakes

These are super refreshing, spongey and very light. Almost like you’re not consuming a traditional cupcake. You Will Need:  1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 80 g melted butter 1/2 cup Natvia For Baking 2 eggs 1 cup self raising flour 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze For the Icing: 100g softened butter 1 tsp orange…

Orange Curd

I have an abundance of oranges so decided to make some Orange Curd. This is great as a filling for a sandwich, cake, on a scone or on some hot toast! You will need: 2 egg yolks 2 whole eggs 80g Natvia For Baking 100g butter at room temperature 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice…

The Lilydale General

I adore this place. It’s always busy (a good sign) full of life and has a gorgeous variety of foods and drinks.  There’s everything from freshly squeezed juices, smoothies to big breakfasts, tacos and burgers.  All their meals are beautifully presented.  There’s a huge variety of vegan, gluten free and dairy free options. I started…

Chicken & Prawn Risotto

Tonight I made a Risotto for the family. Making my own stock out of 4 cups water, salt, pepper, diced capsicum, sliced carrot, zucchini, kale & tomato. Once cooked through I used a stick mixer to purée the stock and then added two more cups of boiled water.  Use the stock to cook your aborio rice while browning diced chicken breast in…

Low Fat Carbonara

The Carbonara was quick to make and satisfied my little one for dinner. Slice chicken breast, bacon & onion and cooked in a little olive oil until tender. Then stir in some extra light Philadelphia Cream for Cooking & cooked until heated through. Toss in some roughly chopped kale & add some salt & pepper. Whilst the kale…

Beetroot Relish

I had discovered Beetroot Relish a few months ago & was embracing it with foods as much as I could… But alas, the jar now runs empty.. Time to create my own. Ingredients- 2 large beetroots, peeled & grated 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled & grated 1 cup red wine vinegar 1 small onion diced…

Gluten Free Banana Bread

My sister asked me to make her some gluten free savoury bread but I ended up making her banana bread instead. Oops. I enjoyed making this as it was quick, simple & tastes great! You Will Need: 1.5 cups gluten free self raising flour 2 tsp Natvia for Baking 2 eggs 1 tsp cinnamon 2…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These little devils are super sweet and very moist.  Perfect for those with a sweet tooth that are watching their calories but aren’t too concerned about a naughty treat every now and then. You Will Need- 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour1 cup Natvia for Baking1/4 cup Natvia Drinking Chocolate1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips4 eggs/*egg replacer120g…

Meringue Cookies

I had a request from the parentals to bake some cookies as they like to have something sweet with their coffee in the evening.I brainstormed a couple of healthier versions of cookies- one a simple Meringue Cookie and one a Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookie. You Will Need- 1/2 cup Natvia Baking Sugar1/2 Cup Almond Meal1…