Category Archives: vegetables

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 a fry pan. Remove from heat once browned. 
Keep adding the stock until the rice is cooked & then combine the chicken & 2 cups of prawns.

Heat through & serve.
Easy, yummy, perfect for vegetable haters & a perfect end to the awfully rainy day!
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Vegspiration

Knowing ‘who, what & where’ is a plus with any kind of produce or product. It can make a huge difference to what and who you’re actually supporting. And as they say, is it another car for a big CEO or is it next year’s school uniform for a local school boy.
It’s great to help out a new, smaller business too, shop small, rather than from the bigger corporations.
Today I was at local fruit shop- 
The Coolstore, which supports local growers and has also been around longer than most of the houses in the area. 
I met with some members of the Friends for Health: Knox- Blythe and Sarah. I also had a photo opportunity with Nick Wakeling- state member for Ferntree Gully, Mayor Darren Pearce and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Georgie Crozier. I was awarded a certificate for winning the first week of Knox’s Vegspiration competition through the Friends For Health Knox Facebook Page.

Smoothies

Everyone seems to be making them & drinking them.  If you’re using the right ingredients they can be used as a meal & can be highly nutritious. 

Try non dairy smoothies too, you don’t always have to use milk. Almond or coconut milks add a creamy, nutty taste. Or coconut water is ideal for an even lighter option.

Make a couple of serves & enjoy over a couple if mornings. Rather than watering down your smoothies with ice, try freezing your selected fruits/vegetables overnight & then blend. You’ll find you have no use for ice.
Add a vegetable to a smoothie with a higher fruit content. You’ll enjoy the taste & not notice the addition of spinach, celery or pumpkin.

Smoothies are good if you’re pressed for time in the mornings, lunchtimes or even dinner times.  There’s so much that can be added to them, seeds, nuts, superfoods- goji, bee pollen or chia as an example. 

The possibilities are endless. Use what’s in season & keep a couple of packs of frozen berries in the freezer & also a few peeled & chopped bananas.