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Crunchy Polenta Fingers- Chris’ Dips

I love snacking, and I’m always trying to come up with quick and easy foods to create. Especially vegan and vegetarian dishes that are portable and easy to eat on the run.

Polenta is such a versatile food which can be made sweet or savoury.  It can be used to make ‘fries’ or sweetened to make desserts.

For these Polenta snacks I used pre-firmed Polenta which can be purchased in the pasta section of your local supermarket.

You will need:

Half a polenta slab cut into fingers
1/2 container Chris’ Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric Dip
3/4 cup Gluten Free bread crumbs

Slather each finger in the dip- I used a spoon to make this easier and then dunk them in the bread crumbs so they are completely covered.

Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in a fan forced oven at 180 degrees for 20 mins to half an hour until the fingers are browned.

Leave to cool once cooked and then enjoy them dipped into more of Chris’ Dip or a plain Greek yoghurt. 

I made these gluten free to tie in with the dip and I also had a friend coming over who was gluten intolerant.
These would work well with quinoa instead of the breadcrumbs or even a cheese mixed in with the breadcrumbs.

These can be enjoyed warmed or cold.  For pre-heating do this in an oven as a microwave will leave them soggy.

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Cauliflower Pizza

I’ve wanted to experiment with a Cauliflower Pizza base for a while now and it turned out pretty darn amazing.
My whole family enjoyed it and have requested it multiple times since.
I’ve now made a bunch of bases and frozen them for future use!
You will need-
1 whole head of cauliflower
1 cup grated cheese- I made this vegan and used Bio Cheese
1/2 teaspoon each dried oregano and chilli flakes
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup wholemeal flour
Your choice of pizza toppings
1 clean tea towel

In a food processor blitz the chopped up cauliflower head until it resembles crumbs.
Place the blended cauliflower into the clean tea towel and twist the open end of the towel so it forms a ball- do this over a sink or bowl as the aim is to remove as much liquid from the cauliflower and create a dry (or as dry as possible) cauliflower mix.
 
 
Once you have squeezed as much as you can from the cauliflower transfer it to a bowl and add the flour, spices, salt and cheese.
Using your hands combine everything and knead it into a ball.
 
 
 
Place the ball onto a baking tray lined with a sheet of baking paper.
Press the mix into large disk- this is your pizza base.
I made mine about 1cm thick.
Bake at 180 degrees in a pre-heated over for 30 minutes or until browned.
You will find the base is still a little soft but it will firm up even more once you have added your toppings.
 Remove from the oven and cover with your favourite pizza toppings- I went with a low calorie salsa over the base topped with fresh basil from the garden and more bio cheese.
Bake again at 180 degrees until the toppings have cooked and melted.
Eat and enjoy!

Vegetarian Curry Puffs

With the weather changing and the dark evenings and cold mornings upon us, a quick healthy snack is ideal when you are pressed for time.  These little golden puffs of goodness are easy to make or store for later use.

You will need:

1 Pack Quorn Soy Free/Meat Free Mince
1 small diced onion
1 jar Pataks mild curry paste
200g grated vegetables- I used carrot and zucchini
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp chilli powder
4 sheets Puff Pastry

In a non stick pan brown the onion and spices then mx in the Quorn, making sure the onion is mixed through.
Add the grated vegetables- make sure if you’re using zucchini you squeeze the excess moisture out before adding it to the pan.

 
 
Let the mince and vegetables cook for five minutes and then add the sauce. Let the mixture bubble away while preparing the pastry.  The aromas should be beautiful and if you find the mix getting a little bit dry add about a 1/4 of a cup of water.
 
Grab your puff pastry sheets & lay a single sheet on a chopping board and use a circular cookie cutter or a can to press out circles.
 
 
Once you have cut out circles in all the pastry sheets start spooning about a table spoon of the mince mixture onto half of your circles.
 

Top each circle with it’s lid and then use your fingers to press the sides down omto each other. They should form a tight seal- but add a little bit of water with your fingers around the edge of the pastry to help them stick.
 
 

 
 
 
Once all your puffs are sealed, place then on a tray lined with baking paper and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees until browned and puffed.  This should take about 20 minutes.
 
 

 
Serve with a tomato or barbeque dipping sauce or enjoy them by themselves.
 
 

Gluten Free Tofu Dippers

I love using tofu. It’s so versatile and comes in many forms. It’s plain and pretty tasteless but adding sauces, spices and herbs can create many delicious dishes.

Silken tofu is perfect for use in cakes and to even use as vegan ‘scrambled eggs’.


I purchased some Firm Tofu to crumb; and pair with my favourite Roza’s Gourmet Sauce. In the end I couldn’t decide between the two sauces and went with both- Habanero Chilli Mayo & Smokey Aioli. 
You will need:
2 pieces of firm tofu sliced into rectangles
4 tbls gluten free flour
1/2 teaspoon each dill and oregano 
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp Roza’s Smokey Aioli
1 tsp Roza’s Habanero Chilli Mayo
Mix the flour and herbs.
Coat the tofu pieces in the flour mix.

Heat the coconut oil in a mini wok or small frying pan.
Once the oil is bubbling away gently place the tofu pieces in the pan and let them sizzle away for about 30-40 seconds on each side.

Once browned and crispy, using tongs place them on some paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

Plate them in a shallow dish with Roza’s gourmet sauces on the side, or you could probably just dip them in the jar.

The herbs aren’t over powering and the flavours of the sauces will come through with each dip. The tofu should be crispy on the outside and firm and moist in the inside.

Fernwood Fitness

Last month I was lucky enough to WIN a three month membership to Fernwood Fitness thanks to Natvia Natural Sweetener & Fernwood Fitness.

A gorgeous pack of Natvia goodies & a gift certificate from Fernwood arrived in the mail & so I headed to my local gym to redeem. 
I’ve never attended a Fernwood before, and have always wanted to, so I was very excited.  Fernwood has always sounded like the perfect place to workout & I hear they spoil their members. And they do, I mean, they even have candles in the change rooms; peaceful ambience, provide hair dryers & straighteners and I get offered a hot towel while exercising!
This place is almost like an indoor paradise for ladies.  Breakfast is even provided in the morning, one of the selections is Chobani- and I love Chobani!
Everything at Fernwood is neat & clean.
There’s even a crèche for the kiddies, ironing boards, deodorant, hair spray & q tips.
Fernwood offer tons of classes too, including yoga, belly dancing, body step, body balance, pump & aerobics.
The staff are just gorgeous. Very helpful & welcoming & often ask how training is going. 

There’s a generous variety of work out equipment & a complementary assessment is provided along with a personal & group training session.
I’m looking forward to my Food Coach session too, which involves meal plans & suggestions for any weight related issues.
A friend of mine luckily attends Fernwood so I have a gym-buddy, which is great!
Some of the things I’m loving most so far is that Fernwood is not jam packed with people, the music isn’t ridiculously loud & the other gym goers are considerate.
There’s an informative Fernwood magazine too, it’s got the usual advertisements but it’s not full of page after page of items for me to buy & the articles and write ups are interesting and actually worth reading.
It’s been a good excuse to stock up on some gym-wear too as I don’t own much  in the way of work out clothes. I think Fernwood should start selling their own tees and singlets too.

LiveAShore- available online 
Bought the coolest Asics runners from Sportsco too. Loving the comfort & support when I run on the treadmill… lol when I run…I mean walk very fast.
Fernwood Fitness is definitely an excellent choice of gym for Women- sorry boys- and I’d highly recommend visiting your local club & giving it a go.
I’m hoping to get the chance to participate in the new Fernwood Angels programme which is tackling fitness & weightloss from all different angles over a 28 day process. Guys- you can join in on this too- it’s all online! 
For any more information on Fernwood visit them in person or
fernwoodfitness.com.au
Or search Fernwood Fitness on Facebook & Instagram

Again a huge thank you to Natvia Natural Sweetener & Fernwood Fitness for my awesome prize!

 

Cheesecake Pudding

Are you looking for a bowl full of guilt free goodness? A dessert that actually tastes good but is low in fat, calories & sugar free?

I had a play around with ingredients and came up with a dessert that’s light, sweet & if you eat the entire bowl, that includes licking the beaters, you’re actually not going to feel guilty!
You will need:
130g low fat plain cottage cheese
1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze 
4 tbs Natvia Icing Mix
2 tsp Vanilla Essence

Using a food processor, or like me a hand whisk as my son is asleep, blend the ingredients until smooth and thick.

Refrigerate for 20 minutes and then serve. 

Yep, that’s it.
I sprinkled mine with some crushed cookie. Slicing fruit & using it as a dip is great too. Although just spooning it into your mouth works just as well too!
Recipe yields 4 small servings at 37.5 calories a serve.
Ooooor eat all 4 serves for 150 calories, 4g of fat & 13g protein.

Thr1ve, Melbourne

High protein, low carb, gluten free & no added sugar! 
Perfect meals. 
Perfect drinks.
I visited Thr1ve at the Melbourne Emporium and was greeted by lovely staff & walked away with a delicious breakfast. The choices at Thr1ve are plentiful and focus on nutritionally balanced meals. 
For breakfast there’s the option of Paleo Pancakes, Oats, Breakfast Bowls- eggs, salmon, spinach; or toast, granola & coffees.
Lunches include varied smoothies, shredded pork, chargrilled chicken, pulled beef or salad greens.
There’s also a fridge stocked with beverages from Emma & Tom’s plus coconut water. 
Eating at The1ve is like putting all your healthy training into practice. Whether it’s a balanced beginning to your day or recovery after a heavy gym workout you can find your good fats, non- gluten, high protein options all in one place. 
For me, I knew I was going to have a massive day of walking during my city trip and I wanted to start my day with enjoyable, good tasting foods.
I ordered a Breakfast Bowl- egg whites with one yolk, wilted spinach, salmon & smashed avocado. It was a filling start to my hectic city adventure! 
The service was wonderful, staff member Nick letting me still order breakfast even though they were in the process of changing the menu over to Lunch.
Smiles, friendly service and great food topped off my visit to Thr1ve. 
Just like a gym work out, Thr1ve’s about the quality not the quantity- quality produce and ingredients are used in Thr1ve’s menu, focusing on the nutritional side of things rather than a plate filled with foods of nutritionally empty calories.
Don’t miss out on visiting this non-typical ‘food court’ business. Go and grab some breakfast or just a yummy smoothie.
I know I’m looking forward to my next journey into Melbourne- lunch at Thr1ve!
Please visit Thr1ve at-
Shop 3-026, Emporium
287 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne

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