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Ribollita – Hearty Vegetable Soup

I love making warm and hearty vegetable style soups this time of year.  Most of the time I just get the leftover veggies from the fridge and throw them into a pot to simmer down into a nourishing symphony of flavours that make me feel warm and revitalised. This recipe for Ribollita is from my 80/20 cookbook  and what I love is that it lasts for days in the fridge once it’s made,  so you can enjoy it for lunch or dinner topped with a little pesto or fine grated Grana... Read More

Caramelised Onions

  One of the most requested recipes I get asked about is ” how to make caramelised onions” ?  It’s one of those comfort foods that makes anything you eat that little extra special,  so here’s my secret recipe for the best caramelised onions you’ll ever eat ! The most important thing to remember is that you need to cook them over a gentle heat – that way you’ll bring out the natural sugars in the onions that helps them brown and... 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 French Style dressing just before serving. Enjoy ! What’s great about it: Kale is part of the... Read More

Margherita Pizza With Almond + Sunflower Crust

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 home-made almond mylk. For a crisp base to a pizza crust I always recommend using a pizza stone for... Read More

Superfood Pesto

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 of my healthy  recipes. Last night I spread it over a Margherita Pizza with a lush roasted tomato... 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 called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system.  Almonds... Read More

Steamed White Fish In Ginger + Turmeric

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 to hold in moisture and flavour as it steams inside it’s little pouch and it’s a clean and healthy... Read More

Warm Roasted Pumpkin + Apple Salad With Goats Feta, Walnuts and Apple Balsamic

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 pan off the heat which takes the flavour to another level and add extra freshness and aroma. I love... Read More

My Goodness Soup

This is a wholesome nourishing soup that I love to make when I need extra goodness for my body. It’s very economical and fuss free to make and I always cook up extra to last several meals. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and the light touch of star anise just makes this soup purely magical on the taste buds. What’s great about My Goodness Soup. Tuscan kale is part of the cabbage family and this wonderful vegetable is a good source of all three antioxidants:... Read More

SPORTS RECOVERY – better – stronger – faster

All that hard work and dedication got you over the line!  Now it’s time for some well-deserved R & R but don’t forget an extremely important step in your sports nutrition journey…RECOVERY. An endurance event will place a huge strain on your body, generating: Muscle Fibre Damage Inflammation Fatigue Muscle Soreness Oxidative Cell Damage Suppressed Immunity Fluid + Nutrient Loss Depleted Fuel Stores Just take a moment to think how hard you’ve pushed yourself... Read More

The Perfect 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 organic ham and I can’t get enough of greens so I always opt for my kale and spinach filling.... Read More

Win A Healthy Chef Wellness Pack – see the winners

Thanks so much for entering my HEALTHY CHEF WELLNESS COMPETITION ! We had hundreds of entries to sort from and test – both for taste and wellness benefit. I will be announcing one winner each week for the next 3 weeks and posting their health giving recipes on the healthy chef. The first of the winning entries was from Stephen Paul Cooper from Queensland.  We loved the simplicity of his recipe as well as the healing benefit it had on the body.  Congratulations Stephen... Read More

Cooking Up A Storm At The Australian Fitness + Health Expo !

Its full steam ahead at the Healthy Chef headquarters as we busily prepare for the Australian Fitness & Health expo April 4 th, 5th + 6 th. We are so excited to be venturing down to Melbourne – it’s going to be a massive weekend of health, activity and fun! I’ll be running daily healthy cooking masterclasses on the Healthy Living Stage and whipping up some of my favourite nourishing recipes like pancakes, power smoothies, chocolate power balls, organic egg omelettes... 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 naturalness of this soup. Adding 1 red apple adds a wonderful hint of sweetness and a generous grind... 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 also important not to rush the process of cooking them.  I like to do a test fritter just... Read More

Smashed Organic Eggs with Mustardy French Dressing

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 dishes.  I love to eat eggs pretty much any way, but one of my favourites is to smash them with aromatics... Read More

Detox Energy 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 the motto of a detox is: REMOVE – RESTORE – REJUVENATE A detox is a bit like an oil change... Read More

Mango Coconut Salsa

This is a purely delicious recipe from my 80/20 book. My mango coconut salsa is perfect for your Australia Day summer time BBQ and it goes wonderfully well with just about anything from white fish to poached organic chicken. The mangoes I used are Honey Gold Mangoes from PINATA FARMS in Queensland,  and all you really need to do  is just add a squeeze of lime  and a few aromatics and you have the most amazing salsa you’ll ever eat. What’s great about it: Mango is... Read More

Why I Love My Smoothies + Juices

I am often asked whether I prefer juices or smoothies. Quite simply, I love both! I don’t think you need to choose one over the other. They both offer fantastic health benefits and have really helped me through some tough digestive issues over the years. Ultimately they provide a convenient hit of fresh nutrients – the perfect addition to a healthy diet. S M O O T H I E S A smoothie involves blending whole foods, like fruit, vegies, nuts, fluids, protein, into a liquid without... Read More

Classic Leaf Salad With French Vinaigrette

My favourite salad of all time is a simple bowl of fresh leafy greens, dressed with a classic French style dressing. Some of the simplest things in life are often the best and what I love about this salad is that the assorted leaves each have a character of their own – some sweet,  some bitter and others slightly peppery that help stimulate digestion. The vinaigrette is the finishing touch that helps combine the flavours, tantalise your taste buds and keeps you coming... Read More

Win a Health Spa Holiday to Kamalaya – Congratulations CLAIRE LINDSAY !

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Win A Health Spa Holiday to Kamalaya.   The lucky girl is Claire Lindsay from Sydney Australia who entered for her gorgeous mum Vicky.  You’ve won the prize of a lifetime !   Thanks to every one who entered this fabulous competition – we had over 1400 entries which was massive.   REVITALISE YOUR BODY IN THE BEST HEALTH + WELLNESS SPA IN THE WORLD ! Kamalaya is a Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa beautifully located... Read More

Kale + Spinach Detox Salad

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 that helps me focus 100 % on my health. I get a full body check up –  fill my fridge with... Read More

Dukkah – Egyptian Spice Mix

Dukkah is an Egyptian spice blend made from roasted nuts, seeds and spice. I love making my own Healthy Chef combinations so that I can sprinkle onto garden salads, skinny dips and just simply have on hand to accentuate favourite meals. It works beautifully with Moroccan baked organic eggs,  cinnamon roasted sweet potato or veggie burgers topped with beetroot relish and a crunchy salad. I’m not a fan of store bought versions as they are not as moorish like the ones you... Read More

My favourite Christmas Recipes

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 ends meet,  and she was also an amazing cook and never bought anything from a packet. Everything we... Read More

How To Enjoy Healthy Chef Protein + Organic Superfood – Watch the Video !

Check out my video on the 3 best ways I love to use my Healthy Chef Protein and Organic Superfood.      Read More

Purely Delicious Festive Feasts

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 to die for. I also decided to do a fresh take on the traditional Christmas puddings and designed an... Read More

Pad Thai Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

I’ve been focusing on digestive health over the last few weeks and wanted to share my awesome Pad Thai Salad. It’s so easy to make and what I love about it is that you can make up a large batch then divide this awesome salad into portable containers or mason jars and take them to work to enjoy as a healthy lunch. The salad lasts for about 3 days in the fridge and is perfect sprinkled with tamari roasted almonds or served with your fav protein. The best vegetables... Read More

Quinoa With Roasted Pumpkin, Zucchini and Basil Pesto

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 nourished whilst I was away was my recipe of Quinoa with Roasted Pumpkin, Zucchini and Basil Pesto.... Read More

Perth Fitness + Health Expo

Well – We’ve finally recovered from the awesome Perth Fitness Expo that was held last week at Perth’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. It was a massive 2 days filled with Hard Bodies, Cross Fit Champions, Mixed Martial Arts and of course purely delicious food and our Healthy Chef Pure Protein and Organic Superfood. Thanks to everyone who came to visit us at our stand and see my healthy cooking demo on the main stage. Thanks to Hospitality Group Training and... Read More

Spring Into Health and Win a VITAMIX TOTAL NUTRITION CENTER – Winner Announced !!!

Congratulations to Bella Clinton ! You are the winner of the healthy chef SPRING INTO HEALTH competition with your purely delicious and healthy CACAO KAPOW POWER SMOOTHIE. One VITAMIX TOTAL NUTRITION CENTRE is coming your way, as well as a 6 PACK OF HEALTHY CHEF PROTEIN that will nourish your body from the inside out. HERE’S  BELLA’S GREAT RECIPE CACAO KAPOW!!!!! I have converted even the blokiest of blokes to enjoy this smoothie… after hours of surfing in the... Read More

ORGANIC PEA CHOCOLATE + MACA & NATURAL PEA PROTEIN now in store

  YAY !  I’m so excited ! we have 2 NEW additions to our Healthy Chef functional wholefood range. ORGANIC PEA CHOCOLATE + MACA and ORGANIC PEA NATURAL.  Both are Certified Organic and perfect to add to power smoothies or your favourite recipes to support your healthy body. I love Chocolate + Maca blended with cashew milk and frozen banana or often throw my Natural into green smoothies and enjoy as a complete breakfast. For some awesome recipes, check out the smoothies... Read More

My Interview for YUM GLUTEN FREE MAGAZINE

Check out my interview and purely delicious recipes for YUM GLUTEN FREE MAGAZINE.  Just click on the image to take you to the story.    Read More

Roasted Baby Carrot with Pomegranate, Pistachio + Hummus

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 traditional garlic or cumin to my hummus recipe – the reason is that I find it really over... Read More

Carrot + Ginger Soup

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 the nutritional benefits – it should take about 10 minutes. For more healthy recipes, check out... Read More

Why Native Whey Protein Isolate is better than Protein Concentrate

When you walk into a supermarket or health food store, you are confronted by rows of products and powders promising weight loss or lean toned muscle. It can get a bit confusing picking the best one for your needs, as well as understanding how it’s prepared and the ingredients used to make it. There are some key factors to consider when deciding on the right protein supplement for you. Protein concentrate is derived from the by-products of cheese making. Pure Native Whey Protein... Read More

Roast the Perfect Pumpkin

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 with healthy meals that will just blow you away. A luscious bowl of soup topped with a green goddess... Read More

Minestrone with Vegetables of the Moment

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 be enjoyed for a few days or until the pot is empty. I’ve used water not vegetable stock to... Read More

THE ULTIMATE PRE-RACE FORMULA

It’s a week out from race day and you are feeling fitter, stronger, faster and 100% ready to compete! Race week is about focusing your attention on what lies ahead and trusting that your hard work and dedication will pay off.  5 super tips to get you primed and ready to go for race day! 1. TAPER Reducing your training volume during race week helps to minimise the physical stresses associated with training. This gives your body the perfect opportunity to repair and recover... Read More

Green Pea + Spinach Risotto

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 year and you can use either frozen or fresh peas, when they are in season. I’ve used a lovely... Read More

SPORTS NUTRITION – HOW TO BE YOUR BEST

Many people are ditching their doonas and braving the elements to train for some pretty awesome endurance events over the next few months. What a great way to boost your health and fitness and get that energy flowing through your body. Nutrition is a vital but often overlooked element of a training program. Training for any event takes planning and perseverance, especially if you are pushing your physical boundaries. An increased training load not only puts your body under... Read More

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Pesto

Today I thought I’d post my all time favourite pesto recipe that I absolutely love adding in many of my weekly recipes you see on my site. What I love about this pesto is it’s freshness – giving life and vitality to almost any savoury dish imaginable. It can turn a plain vegetable soup into something spectacular or make a masterpiece out of simple roasted vegetables, lasagne or bolognese. The great thing about making pesto is that you can vary the flavour combinations... Read More

Salmon Burgers

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 is also featured in my 80/20 book. What’s great about them: Salmon is a great source of omega... Read More

Winter Warmers

Who Says comfort food can’t be healthy ? Cosy up to these great meals I designed for  this months Women’s Fitness Magazine and enjoy. CLICK ON THE IMAGE to take you to the full recipe PDF and be enticed by: Spaghetti + Meatballs Garden Vegetable Lasagne Almond Crusted Chicken Schnitzel and skinny mash Italian Vegetable Hot Pot Mushroom + Quinoa Risotto Apple Crumble and Custard  Read More

Sweet Chili Sauce

Here’s the perfect recipe if you feel like adding a boost of flavour and a touch of warmth to your meals. A purely delicious and healthy sweet chilli sauce that you can make in about 5 minutes. The sauce adds a little punch to tomato soup, your next chilli con carne, pan roasted salmon or organic poached chicken. It also marries perfectly with my earth burgers and cinnamon roasted sweet potato and a side of thick natural yoghurt. I often like to vary my chili sauce and... Read More

Cauliflower + Leek Soup with Parsley Oil

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 the freshness is lost. The parsley oil is my little finishing touch to this soup. It marries and... Read More

Healthy Hot Chocolate (awesome recipe using my healthy chef chocolate WPI)

This time of year I start craving hot chocolate.  Something warm, sweet and nourishing that’s healthy and not going to start turning me into a marshmallow during winter. I thought I’d share a new hot chocolate recipe I developed for myself so that I could warm and nourish my body in front of a good DVD or episode of Revenge. For the original healthy hot chocolate recipe please click HERE as this recipe is only suitable for my healthy chef chocolate WPI or vanilla WPI... Read More

6 Steps To Eating Seasonally

I love the change of season. Its revitalizing seeing the weather patterns shift and trees change colour, little signs to let us know that a new cycle is ready to begin. What most excites me though, is the availability of a whole new batch of beautiful seasonal produce. Time to experiment with different foods and flavours or rehash old favourite recipes that were enjoyed this time last year. Synchronising your diet with the seasons is certainly not a new concept. It was a necessity... Read More

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