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Healthy Pizza Bites- Chris’ Dips

Have you tried the new range of Chris’ Dips?

My favourite at the moment is the Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric.
It is FULL of flavour and very moreish. It’s safe to say I’ve eaten the entire container.

The great thing about the Chris’ Dips range is they taste like you’ve just made them yourself. Fresh, light, delicious and full of all the good stuff; for example the carrot is actually visible in the dip- and it’s only 39 calories per serve!

I wanted to create something warm and tasty, yet healthy- to feel good about what I was eating!

These take no time to make and you can add whatever pizza toppings you prefer or what suits your dietary needs.

I sliced a green capsicum in half and used Chris’ Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric dip as my base, topped with sundried tomato and grated Bio Cheese.

Bake in a preheated fan forced oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.

These are healthy, full of flavour, vegan and vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, low in saturated fat, and perfect as a snack or as an entrée. 

They would work well at a party too, and make simple finger-food. 

I love Chris’ Down 2 Earth range, it’s great for the health conscious and next on my list is their Japanese Eggplant and Miso dip!

Best get creating!

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!

New Year, New You

I’ve made a few bits and pieces the last few days but haven’t had much time to blog.

Here’s a selection of foods I’ve whipped up in a hurry.
This parfait was fun to make with my son & gave me the much needed protein after a mini workout. I’ve been trying to walk daily for about 45 minutes and run small sections of my route.
I used zero fat Chobani Greek yoghurt with blueberries, raspberries, linseed, sunflower & almond mix (lsa) and bee pollen. 
All these were just layered in a small glass.
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A favourite with my son is Chow Mein.
I made a low fat version of this using Slim Rice ( I had no noodles left in the cupboard!) & it came out filling & yummy!
Again this was a throw together meal.
Wee Man enjoyed cutting up the cabbage & we grated the carrot. I used a lean beef mince for this dish too.
My Low Fat Chow Mein came in at about 150 calories a serve. 
I used a McCain recipe base, grated carrot, sliced cabbage, diced onion & lean beef. Once all the meat is cooked & the veggies soft I threw in the warmed slim rice. YUM!
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This is my absolute favourite.
I wanted a quick but tasty warm breakfast. This would be suitable as a snack too. Modify it to your taste.
You will need: 
3 egg whites & 1 whole egg & a handful of grated cheese.

Whisk the eggs & microwave for one and a half minutes. Sprinkle in the cheese, saving a little for serving, microwave for a further minute and then serve. Sprinkle on the cheese and ENJOY! 

This sets you back about 150 calories.
3% carbs, 60% protein & 37% fat.
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Love me a pizza!! 

This pizza was completely vegan.
I used a vegan pita bread, Cheezly motzerella cheese, spinach, chargrilled vegetables ( zucchini, eggplant, capsicum, olives) & some Tofutti cream cheese instead of a tomato paste base.

The pizza cooked in about 10 minutes on about 180 degrees.

A lovely light meal at about 300 calories.