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SuperCharge Your Immune System Naturally

  It’s at this time of year that many of us feel under the weather and not quite our usual bouncy selves. It’s not just during the cooler months that our immune system needs some TLC, though. Even when it’s warm we are prone to infections and fatigue. Rather than heading straight to the chemist for over-the-counter medication, try visiting your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Stocking up on fruit, vegetables and quality protein will set your immune system... Read More

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Here is a delicious gluten free bread recipe. What I love about it is that it’s really easy to make.  Most pumpkin breads use smashed cooked pumpkin, but I decided to have a go at using grated raw pumpkin to save a little time. This creates a lovely texture that’s moist on the inside  which makes it wonderful to eat with both savory and sweet toppings.  I love mine topped with macadamia nut butter and a little honey or as a side to a vegetable based soup topped... Read More

Pancakes With Orange Blossom Honey

Here is a delicious gluten free and healthy recipe for pancakes that is  made from quinoa. They are perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast drizzled with the seductive flavours of orange and vanilla and even more indulgent when I’ve scattered over some lightly roasted hazelnuts. Feel free to use other toppings such as berries, roasted rhubarb, caramalized apple or just a light drizzle of honey.  It’s important to use the whole seeds when making these pancakes as... 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

Flourless Salted Chocolate Cake

This is the perfect time to bake my favourite chocolate cake ! It’s simple to make and the secret to making this purely delicious is to use quality ingredients that taste absolutely amazing ! It’s important you use room temperature eggs that whip up creamy and velvety.  Take your time – put on some classic French music such as “Putumayo” and enjoy the process of creating your masterpiece. Make the cake the day before you need it – I find that... 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

Coconut Crepes Suzette

I remember first making Crepes Suzette when I was working as an apprentice chef in a French inspired fine dining restaurant.  It was a purely delicious and indulgent, retro style dessert that was made in front of the diner in spectacular fashion that also included the flambé of the sauce with a little orange liqueur. These days I love making crepes using coconut flour that take them to the next level. They are light, moist  and very moorish.  My orange sauce is light and... 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

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

Organic Christmas Cake

It’s only a few days to go before Christmas so I thought I’d share a last minute recipe for my purely delicious Organic Christmas Cake made with plump sun-dried organic fruits, spelt, orange and vanilla. What I love about this cake is that it’s not like traditional Christmas Cakes that take weeks to make in advance – my version can be made and enjoyed in just a few hours. This wonderful cake is perfect for those last minute impromptu visits from friends... Read More

Christmas Pudding – My Healthy Chef Secret Recipe

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional pudding.  I love the fragrant aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, orange and nutmeg infused into plump sun-dried fruits then finished off with a home made proper egg custard poured over the top.  This is a recipe I designed especially for YOU !  It features in the December issue of Women’s Fitness Magazine  and  it needed to fit into the healthy chef philosophy and be Purely Delicious ! For those who prefer a more traditional... Read More

Berry + Coconut Celebration Cake

Today I thought I’d post my lush berry coconut cake that I often make for special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays.  I love the simplicity of this cake and it’s perfect for those on low sugar, gluten free, digestive health diets or primal eating plans. It’s remodelled from the classic Victoria sponge cake that I used to make regularly as a pastry chef back in the day and the simple combination of berries and coconut is just purely delicious. I’ve... Read More

Smashed Berry + Vanilla Jam

One of my favourite things to make this time of year is my purely delicious smashed berry and vanilla jam. I love serving it in so many different ways like spooning over fresh made ricotta and serving with organic sourdough or enjoying a spoonful with lush organic yoghurt and healthy chef protein for a quick milkshake; I even love making a fabulous Christmas trifle with spoonfuls of smashed berry jam,  fresh coconut cream and almond crumble. My recipe takes about 5 minutes to... 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

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

Perth Fitness Show

  I live by the motto: Keep it fresh – keep it simple – make it yourself. Taking control of your kitchen and knowing how to cook up healthy meals could literally save your life Join me this weekend at the Perth Fitness + Health Expo held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre October 5h + 6th. It’s going to be a massive 2 days and I’l be cooking up a storm on the main stage as well as joining team Healthy Chef on stand C16 and whipping up purely delicious... Read More

MINDD FOUNDATION Food is Medicine Cooking Demos

I am a firm believer in the power of food to heal. Foods have an amazing ability to promote health and vitality, to nourish us and make us feel wonderful. Food is so much more than fuel for our bodies. Nourishing foods support digestion, heal the gut, strengthen immunity, fight infection, reduce inflammation, enhance mood, calm the nervous system, build muscle, boost IQ, alkalinise the body, combat disease and much, much more. Finding the right “diet” in the modern... Read More

ALL MY PRODUCTS ARE MADE FROM WHOLEFOODS

Our products contain no chemicals or fillers and are completely pure and natural to support and nourish your body. They are purely delicious and can be enjoyed by everyone. VISIT MY ON LINE SHOP HERE GIVE YOUR BODY THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT TO THRIVE There are six lifestyle behaviours that have the greatest influence to our health and how we age. They are: • eating healthily • getting regular exercise • getting enough sleep • not smoking • maintaining a healthy weight,... Read More

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

This is my favourite no fuss one bowl chocolate cake recipe that is in my 80/20 book. It takes just a few minutes to mix up and perfect for impromptu dinner parties, picnics or just because you feel like some chocolate therapy. What’s good about it: The botanical name for the cacao tree is theobroma cacao – which means “food of the gods” in Greek. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that  cacao can improve heart health, lower blood pressure and reduce... 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

Banana + Coconut Bread

One of my favourite breads of all time is banana bread.  I bake lots of it in my kitchen and love to vary the ingredients depending on how I feel or the result I want to achieve. I have about 5 purely delicious banana bread recipes and my Banana Chia + Coconut Bread Rocks ! I love it because it’s so simple to make and it’s yummy on it’s own or wonderful with all sorts of toppings such as almond butter, ricotta + manuka honey, tahini or smashed banana and bio... 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

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

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

Bubble + Squeak

I remember mum cooking bubble + squeak for all of us when we were kids. It was basically all the leftover veggies from the night before cooked up in a hot cast iron pan until lovely and golden with lots of crispy bits that tasted amazing.  Well I love to follow a little family tradition and often make bubble + squeak at home when I want some warm and healthy comfort food.  It’s not leftovers by any means, I make it from scratch 15 minutes from beginning to end,  cooked... Read More

TEAM HEALTHY CHEF AT THE 2013 FITNESS EXPO

Thank you to everyone who popped by our Healthy Chef stand at the 2013 Australian Fitness and Health expo. It was the official launch of our Healthy Chef Natural Protein Supplements and Organic Superfood. I also shared some of my quick and easy recipes on the healthy eating stage – including macadamia nut milk, superfood smoothie, how to make the perfect kale salad and my awewome chocolate cake decorated with fresh raspberry.  It was an awesome 3 days and I’m so... Read More

AUSTRALIAN FITNESS + HEALTH EXPO

Healthy Chef will be at this year’s Australian Fitness Expo April 19 th – 21 st. We invite you to pop past, have a chat and try out our new protein range on STAND R 57.  I’ll also be cooking up some yummy recipes at the event such as my healthy chocolate cake, pumpkin bread and Superfood smoothies so make sure you pop past the healthy eating stage from 12 -1 pm every day of the expo. CLICK HERE to Check out this time table from the expo:  Read More

Apple + Cinnamon Bread

My favourite fruit this time of year is the fuji apple. What I love about them is that they are wonderfully sweet and juicy to eat so they are the perfect ingredient to make my purely delicious apple + cinnamon bread.  This is the sort of no fuss – one bowl style of bread that can easily be whipped up in around 10 minutes. Your whole kitchen will smell amazing when it’s being baked as the cinnamon apple spice floats through the air.  There is no need to add any... Read More

THE FAST + FURIOUS

Barely got time to open the fridge ? Well here are some of my favourite FAST + FURIOUS recipes that are in this months issue of Women’s Fitness magazine that take less then 15 minutes to make. I’ll also be creating these yummy delights and more at the April Fitness + Health Expo (fitnessexpo.com.au), from April 19th – 21 in Sydney.  Click on the image to take you to my recipes.  Stay Heatlhy  T:) x  Read More

Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

The pastry chef in me has come out to play and I’ve created my purely delicious chocolate raspberry muffins just in time for Easter.  What I love about making these muffins is that they are a one bowl muffin mix that takes about 5 minutes to combine, then all I need to do is to pop them into the oven to complete the magic. I’ve used organic frozen raspberries and 85% green + blacks organic dark chocolate to make these muffins which gives them just a hint of sweetness.... Read More

Hot Cross Buns

Now is the perfect time for making these delicious hot cross buns made from wholemeal spelt, oats, muscatel, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. This is not the light fluff style of hot cross bun you may be used to in the supermarkets made from white flour and refined sugar. My version is full of fibre and the oats give it a wonderful chewy density that marries perfectly with the cinnamon and vanilla.  I’ve used large muscatel raisins in this recipe, but they are also delicious... Read More

WHY I DIDN’T WANT THESE INGREDIENTS IN MY PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT

Everything I tried was full of junk and cheap fillers that caused bloating and weight gain, the total opposite of what I wanted, so I was compelled to create a protein supplement that really was good for me and provided the perfect nutritional support I needed. Healthy Chef Protein is specifically designed to be the purest, bio-available source of protein that does not cause bloating or gastro-intestinal issues. It is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, high in protein and... Read More

WHAT TO EAT BEFORE + AFTER EXERCISE

When I was working as a personal trainer, not a week went by when I used to see people virtually collapsing on the floor half way during their workout and not being able to complete their full session, due to not fuelling their body correctly and running out of puff.  Whether you are exercising just for general health, fat loss or an athlete in competition, the nutritional strategy you put in place before and after training can enhance performance and reduce fatigue and dehydration... Read More

Green Pea Fritters

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. They are a great source of Vitamin A, K + folate,  fibre and packed with protein as well... Read More

Healthy Lamingtons

Over the past few weeks I’ve been mixing and baking in my kitchen in an effort to create the perfect lamington just in time for Australia Day.  You will absolutely love my recipe – so simple, gluten free and made from fresh whipped organic eggs, coconut flour, vanilla and raspberry that make them purely delicious.  I’ve coated my lamingtons with a thin layer of dark chocolate ganache that I’ve made using a quality dark courveture 70 – 85 % mixed... Read More

7 WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT

Here’s my latest article for fitness first magazine and a few weight loss tips from my new book 101 ways to lose weight. Click on the image to read all about it.  Read More

PRIMAL CLEAN LIVING

My first experience with the Palaeolithic Diet or what’s also known as the  primal or Paleo Diet was about 20 years ago when I started competing in fitness figure competitions. I was working as a chef at the time and needed to lean up and get down to about 16% body fat in order for me to compete for my first competition. My trainer told me to cut out all processed foods (basically anything in a can, jar or packet) as well as grains, which included foods such as bread, pasta,... Read More

BUILD THE PERFECT SANDWICH

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 keep it fresh and always include quality protein and plenty of vegetables as this forms the base... Read More

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION COMPETITION – Congratulations Jessica Sharratt !

I am very pleased to announce the winner of my NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION COMPETITION. Congratulations JESSICA SHARRATT from Ultimo in Sydney.  You are the lucky winner of the ultimate prize pack that will keep you fit healthy and strong. The prize includes the awesome Vitamix Total Nutrition Center + Healthy Chef Pure Protein 6 Pack + my 101 ways to lose weight book for inspiration. Jessica’s 25 words: “I have control over what fuels my body and my body is a passive... Read More

Gingerbread Men

When I was working as a pastry chef, making gingerbread was part of our weekly production schedule.  We used to make the most amazing gingerbread houses glued together with chocolate or royal icing.  They were so big that you could almost walk through one of the doors and sit down inside them.  The cookie dough was pretty durable so it could hold up for about 4 weeks before the walls started caving in and it was made from a base of white flour, butter, eggs. spices and sugar. These... Read More

Healthy Christmas Cake

There is nothing more satisfying than baking your own cakes, puddings and biscuits for Christmas.  Around this time of year I’m in my kitchen a little bit more than usual baking cakes and cookies and packaging them up as presents for friends and family.  This is an extremely delicious and simple Christmas cake to make. It’s a part of my great Aunty’s recipe file along with other yummy healthy treats. This is a dense and moist fruit cake with a high ratio of fruit,... Read More

Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters

  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 lunch boxes. I love using zucchini when making healthy gluten free breads or lightly roasted ribbons... Read More

Naked Chocolate Cake

I absolutely love anything chocolate so here is one of my favourite one bowl chocolate cake recipes that you can whip up really quickly in the kitchen.  What I love about this one is that it’s so simple that your kids can easily make it.  If I’m really pressed for time, I just throw all the ingredients into my Vitamix for a few seconds to combine then pour the mix straight into the cake or cupcake tin. I vary the frosting on this cake which really depends on what... Read More

Spinach + Ricotta Tart

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, minerals and fibre. The darker the leaves the more nutrients it contains. Ricotta is a good source... Read More

Green Eggs

Here’s a quick and healthy breakfast recipe from my new 80/20 ebook.  It’s takes around 5 minutes to whip up and it fills me up all morning. I like to vary the veggies and cheese for a little variety and to be honest I also throw this dish together for my dinner if I’ve had a big day and don’t really want to fuss with any complicated dinners. The secret to cooking any green vegetable such as broccolini or asparagus is not to over cook them.  You can... Read More

Lemon Yoghurt Cupcakes

Here is a delicious and healthy lemon cake recipe. Traditional lemon yoghurt cakes are loaded with refined white flour, sugar and saturated  fat that really don’t do much to promote wellbeing. When I cook, my aim is to design a recipe not only for taste, but also for good health. I’ve made these cupcakes using almonds to replace the white flour because it makes them so moist and naturally sweet as well as being gluten free.  Almonds are also loaded with protein... Read More

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