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Raw Salad of Kale and baby spinach with pinepple + blueberry + turmeric dressing

I love this salad. I go through phases in the recipes I create and get inspired by fresh seasonal foods, the weather and how my body feels. This salad has been my lunch for the last couple of days and it’s delicious, simple to make and keeps really well for a few days in the fridge. It’s spring…the season for cleansing and new life. I can feel my body soaking... Read More

trail mix

I’m nuts about nuts – and seeds. I eat them everyday…raw, activated, roasted, salted and spiced. They’re a staple in my kitchen and an important part of my diet. Most weeks I make up a big batch of trail mix, which is a lifesaver when I’m busy travelling or when I want a quick, high-protein meal at my desk. What’s great about it: Research shows... Read More

flower pot salad

I wanted to celebrate the first day of Spring by showcasing my deliciously healthy Flower Pot Salad. Everything in this flowerpot is edible – including the soil and I’ve designed this fun dish to be simple and effortless to make. Don’t be concerned by the many layers of ingredients – you can make this as simple or creative as you like. This is a perfect salad for kids,... Read More

mushroom + quinoa risotto with brazil nut parmesan

This is my go-to risotto if I need something quick and healthy for dinner after I get home from work. In less than 20 minutes, I can have a bowl of goodness that nourishes my body from the inside out! What I love about it is that any leftovers can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner the next day. I’ve made mine with a unique and delicious brazil nut parmesan that adds flavour... Read More

Roasted Cauliflower w lemon & pomegranate

Cauliflower was often served at our Polish dinner table when I was growing up. Mum used to steam it then sauté with home made breadcrumbs and browned butter then finish off with a little lemon.  These days I like a fresher touch, and this is one of my favourites this time of year. Lemon, fresh herbs and cauliflower – totally irresistible. This salad makes a simple meal... Read More

kale spinach + feta pie

This is a delicious meal that I often make for my weekday dinner or as a portable healthy lunch. Preparation is effortless and the final result is beautiful as the fresh subtle flavours of green dance in your mouth. I love to serve mine with a large garden salad made simply of leaves from a variety of lettuce – tossed with the finger-tips ever so lightly and drizzled with... Read More

pizza

This is a delicious vegetarian classic of roasted tomato sauce, milky Buffalo mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato on a thin, crisp pizza base.  I’ve also added a light  spread of pesto to the almond base that gives the pizza a delicious basil aroma and flavour when eating it.  What I love about this crust is that it’s the perfect use for leftover almond pulp from making your... Read More

Superfood Pesto Graded 2-8864

This time of year, I try put an extra focus into Immune Boosting Foods that help nourish and support my immune system. This is a delicious recipe for  Superfood Pesto created by Caroline Beaumaris who was one of the winners from my Healthy Chef Wellness Competition. I loved its simplicity and the fact that this pesto was so versatile allowing me to incorporate it into  so many... Read More

Roasted Carrot With Almond Dukkah + Labne

I absolutely LOVE this salad !  It’s a staple in my home and it’s delicious warm straight out of the oven or cold the next day for a delicious healthy lunch. Roasting brings out the natural flavours of the carrot and the dukkah intensifies the deliciousness. Simple to make and delicious to eat.  Enjoy. What’s great about it: Carrots contain vitamin A precursors... Read More

steamed fish with turmeric and ginger

This is a delicious immune boosting recipe that I regularly make at home. I loved the simplicity of the dish and the extraordinary flavour that marries so well with any type of seafood, especially delicate proteins such as fish.  You can choose to steam the fish in the classic French style en papilotte, that basically means “cooked in a bag”.  This method allows the food... Read More

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If you need a warm nourishing meal that’s quick and easy to make then you can’t go past my warm broccoli salad with kale, lime and roasted tamari almonds. It’s my go to wellness recipe that makes you feel amazing after eating it. Delicious on its own or served with extra protein such as steamed white fish drizzled with extra lime, olive oil and black pepper.... Read More

Roast pumpkin + apple salad

This is a beautiful marriage of seasonal flavours that evokes a hint of sweetness and spice. Rounds of pumpkin are roasted with olive oil and a touch of cinnamon which intensifies the delicious flavour.  I’ve also sliced red apple into generous rounds and pan roasted them until golden – the secret is to also squeeze over a little orange juice just before removing the... Read More

paleo omelette

Here’s my quick and easy omelette recipe.  I love serving them individually in 20 cm stainless steel or cast iron pans, and they look spectacular served on rustic wooden boards.  My organic egg omelettes take around 5 minutes to make and they make a delicious brunch or quick and healthy dinner.  I’ve given you 2 options below – Hubby loves the one with shaved... Read More

Zuchine Lingunie Graded-8280

I love making my zucchini linguini !  It’s a great alternative to traditional pasta and it has the added benefit of being nutrient dense and kind to the digestive system. What I love about this dish is that you can enjoy zucchini linguini  raw or lightly heated through. The pesto slightly softens the zucchini as the aromatics penetrate right through and you end up with... Read More

SAUERKRAUT

I was brought up on sauerkraut.  My Great Polish Aunt was a specialist sauerkraut maker and I remember us as kids always having it with our meals. The sour flavour comes from the process of lacto-fermentation, similar to the pickling of cucumbers. But instead of soaking the cabbage in a vinegary brine solution, sauerkraut preparation requires only salt and the lactic acid bacteria... Read More

Classic Tomato Soup

This is a beautiful classic tomato soup that has been a part of my cooking repertoire for many years. When I make soups in my home, I go for simplicity and freshness, so that I can immerse my senses in the unadulterated flavour of the ingredients. I don’t use a vegetable stock, I use plain filtered water as I find that using stock can sometimes interfere and complicate that... Read More

GLUTEN FREE SWEETCORN FRITTERS

This is a wonderful recipe I had published in my very first book around 12 years ago.  It’s a quick and simple healthy meal that I love making at home. These fritters marry perfectly with fresh tomato salsa and smashed avocado scented with jalapeño and freshly squeezed limes. The secret to making them so very delicious is to use fresh corn and not the frozen variety.  It’s... Read More

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One of my favourite all time foods are organic free-range eggs.  We always have a dozen in the fridge at all times as they make a perfect meal for breakfast, lunch or quick healthy dinner. I remember my Great Aunty cooking up lots of egg dishes when I was growing up.  We used to raise our own hens and grow our own veggies, so a lot of our meals were based on egg and vegetable... Read More

Detox Garden Salad

I was first introduced to a detox diet when I visited an awesome health and wellness retreat called Kamalaya that is situated in Koh Samui, Thailand. I did  a 14 day program especially designed by Dr Karina Stewart to help cleanse the body and nourish the cells.  At the end of my treatment – I felt amazing ! I was energised, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.  Basically... Read More

Graded Kale + Spinach Detox Salad-6122

I’m excited about welcoming in the new year and all the exciting projects I am developing for The Healthy Chef.  But before I weather the storm, it’s important to me that I take a minute to re-evaluate  and reset my health and my lifestyle that will help me get through the busy year ahead. January basically means that my home turns into a health spa, a detox retreat... Read More

CHRISTMAS PUDDING FULL IMAGE

I love this time of year, and I’m a huge fan of Summer and all the wonderful fresh fruit and vegetable options you can enjoy. It’s a great time to eat lighter healthier food and there are no excuses even over the holiday period. I remember as a young girl Christmas was always spent at my Polish grandmother’s house.  She worked extremely hard and held down 2 jobs to make... Read More

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I wanted to share with you my Delicious festive recipes (pdf) from this month’s issue of Women’s Fitness Magazine.  I really wanted to make it fresh and wholesome using seasonal ingredients as well as making the menu very easy to prepare. You’ll love my oatmeal crusted gingerbread men and the caesar salads with green garden pea, organic egg and kale chips are... Read More

Greek Salad Graded A-5784

When I was growing up, my great aunt used to grow her own lush vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes.  I remember bowls full of these glorious tomatoes on her kitchen bench, picked straight from the vine and the quirky colours gave them life and character. She would slice and throw them into  simple summer salads married with fresh cucumber and dressed with wine vinegar, fine sliced... Read More

Graded Quinoa + Pumkin-

Phew !  Well we’re back in Sydney from the Fitness + Health Expo that was held in my home town Perth last weekend and I’ve finally recovered after an awesome time making organic egg omelettes, green smoothies, perfect kale salad, pumpkin bread and chocolate protein balls on the main cooking stage. To see the pics from the event just CLICK HERE. The dish that kept me... Read More

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If you want a budget friendly healthy meal that takes just 2 minutes to make – you can’t go past my fisherman’s board  Sardine Bruschetta. I always have a few tins of sardines in the pantry and the secret to preparing it lies in the aromatics you use. Lemon and chopped parsley adds freshness and a good grind of black pepper completes this purely delicious simple... Read More

Graded Colorful Carrots-5178

I love my vegetables, and not a day goes by where I’m not inspired to create purely delicious meals to nourish my body and make me feel great. I couldn’t resist posting my favourite recipe of the moment made from simple roasted  baby carrots served on a bed of fresh made hummus and scented with a hint of pomegranate.  You’ll notice that I don’t add  the... Read More

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This purely delicious carrot soup recipe comes from my haven of solitude –  Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Koh Samui. What I love about this soup is that it’s quick and easy to make and you can feel the healing benefits just after a few mouthfuls. The most important secret to making this soup is to cook it very quickly to maximise the flavour whilst still keeping... Read More

Pumkin_MG_4943

Pumpkin is one of my favourite vegetables that I love to cook with and the best way to prepare it is to roast it!  Simplicity is the secret to preparing pumpkin – the roasting enhances flavour whilst adding a hint of cinnamon and sea salt adds depth and takes it into another dimension.  By perfecting the roasted pumpkin you are able to create and explore new possibilities... Read More

Minestrone Soup_MG_4989

When I make minestrone I vary the vegetables I use depending on what I can get in the market that day.  This wonderful vegetable soup reflects the season – the vegetables of the moment that are clean and pure and that can be thrown into a large pot and simmered to perfection. I love minestrone because it’s a one pot meal that’s simple and nourishing and it can... Read More

Green Pea Risotto Graded-4870

My green pea and spinach risotto was inspired by a good friend who just returned from Italy. It’s a simple and nourishing meal that is purely delicious comfort food and makes you feel great from the inside out. When I make risotto my aim is to focus on using more vegetables rather than a lot of rice and the secret is to keep it simple. This risotto is fabulous any time of... Read More

Spag Bol Graded -4612

One of my favourite one-pot meals is spaghetti bolognese. I love it because it’s nourishing and comforting, easy to prepare and budget friendly.Iit keeps for a a few days in the fridge or freezes well into portions if you’re a little time poor. This recipe is also in my 80/20 book. My secret to the perfect bolognese starts with choosing lovely ingredients. My meat comes... Read More

New Salmon Burgers Graded -4588

The salmon burger is probably one of my favourite meals I love to make at home. Mainly because they are simple to prepare and can accompany a quick salad or steamed or roasted vegetables very quickly after I finish work.  I often serve them with oven roasted sweet potato or a salad made from shaved fennel, rocket, lemon and cold pressed olive oil. This purely delicious recipe... Read More

Cauliflour Soup Graded-4510

One of my favourite quick soup recipes of the moment is my delicious cauliflower and leek soup. There is something magical when you combine cauliflower and leek and you instantly feel satisfied and nourished after eating it. The most important thing to remember when making this magnificent soup is not to cook it for too long. A brief 5 – 10 minutes is all you need otherwise... Read More

Kale Salad Graded -4180

Kale is part of the brassica family which is the same family as cabbage.  Some of us call it kale  - some of us call it black kale, cavolo nero or Tuscan black cabbage. There is a secret to a great kale salad and such a great vegetable requires great respect.  The leaves need to be washed and shredded finely.  They then need to be filled with love and lots of it – so... Read More

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Here are a few of my favourite fish recipes that I love to cook. Whether you’ve just caught your catch or selecting from the market, it’s important to handle your fish with care. Look for full bright eyes and red gills, the fish itself should smell fresh and clean.  When preparing, it’s important to avoid overcooking. Poaching is one of my favourite ways to cook fish. I... Read More

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Our lifestyle can be pretty hectic these days and the oft-delivered excuse for people not cooking or eating right is a lack of time. Well, that won’t wash anymore. The healthiest recipes are often the quickest to make.  When I’m time poor nothing goes past my version of refried black beans scented with a little chilli, cumin, coriander and smokey paprika then topped with... Read More

Pea Fritters Graded-3883

This is a wonderful meal you can whip up in around 10 minutes. What I love about these delicious green pea fritters is that you can also take any leftovers to work the next day and enjoy them cold or warm with a side salad of leafy greens, a squeeze of lemon and cold pressed olive oil. What’s good about them: Green peas are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.... Read More

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The secret to preparing a healthy sandwich comes down to some basic strategic planning.  All chefs do it in restaurants when they need to prepare for service, and it’s no different when you’re preparing food for yourself or for your kids at home. Set out a basic menu plan at the start of the week, knowing pretty much what you’ll be eating for most meals is the key. Try and... Read More

Roast Chicken Graded-3613

Roasted chicken was always part of my Christmas meal when I was growing up.  I try to continue the family tradition with this simple farm style meal that my great Aunt used to prepare every year. The chicken was free range and raised in her back yard on grass and vegetable scraps from the garden. The stuffing was made with pear, pistachio and cranberry or at other times apple,... Read More

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Around this time of year I start thinking of outdoor  BBQ’s and some healthy entertaining. For me personally, Mexican food is about subtle, fragrant, fresh  flavours with distinctive aromas and the use of fresh ingredients and  flavors that are bursting with goodness. I regularly make my soft shell tacos and what I love to do is just to keep it simple, arranging all the... Read More

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  When I’m pushed for time and need to create a meal that’s quick, healthy + purely delicious, I make zucchini fritters.  What I love about these is that they not only taste great but they marry with so many of my favourite ingredients such as Persian feta, baby spinach, lemon + avocado. Enjoy them hot or cold  - perfect for breakfast, picnics or  take to work... Read More

Green Burgers 2

Over the last few weeks I’ve been creating some delicious green meals and juices that help nourish the body and  just make you feel great !  My green burgers take about 5 minutes to mix up and they are perfect hot out of the oven or cold as part of your lunch time salad.  Hubby loves to eat them with a side of cinnamon roasted sweet potato, smashed avocado and a generous... Read More

Green Tabouli Graded-2844

Here’s a terrific no fuss recipe to take to work….or anywhere for that matter. My version of Tabouli takes around 5 minutes to whip up in the kitchen and it keeps really well in a lunch box until you are ready to enjoy.  Any leftovers can be devoured as a side to pan roasted barramundi or king salmon then drizzled with extra lime or lemon. What’s good about... Read More

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I love making this recipe when I’m loaded up with work and don’t want to spend too much time prepping food in the kitchen. This recipe is featured in my new 80/20 eBook and it’s basically a throw it all in the food processor style of tart that practically makes itself. What’s good about it. Leafy greens such as spinach  are  a great source of vitamins,... Read More

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Last week I had lots of play time in the Kamalaya kitchen in Koh Samui Thailand, that inspired me to reinvent my favorite dish of Massaman Curry. What I love about this curry is that it just has the right flavor and nice amount of heat without it being overbearing.  I set my self the challenge to see if I could reduce the saturated fat whilst keeping the traditional flavor and... Read More

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 I often make this egg white and greens frittata for quick dinner or weekend brunch after a workout. This is the perfect clean and healthy meal.  It’s quick and easy to make and you just feel fantastic after eating it. If I’m extra hungry I’ll enjoy  this with green salad or extra steamed vegetables topped with parsley, lemon and mint salsa verde.   What’s... Read More

chilli con carne

This chilli con carne is from my 80/20 cook book.  It’s a quick, easy one pot meal that’s delicious to eat and really versatile in so many  recipes such as pies, sloppy Joes or lasagne. In this recipe I’ve used lean grass fed beef that I minced myself in the Vitamix.  I often fold through some of my home made XO chilli sauce right at the end and use it in place... Read More

Earth Burger_1713

When I first designed these burgers, I felt like I was back at my favourite health spa “Kamalaya” in Thailand.  Eating them will automatically make you feel healthier and more energised and they make the perfect meal, delicious hot or cold. Serve as a bun free burger on plates or stuff into large lettuce cups and top with caramelised onion, fresh tomato and avo. A... Read More

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