Strawberry Mylk

If you need a power packed, detox friendly and refreshing icy cold drink then my strawberry mylk hits the spot. Power packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, my strawberry mylk will satisfy even the fussiest aficionados. Enjoy this mylk poured over ice and sip it slowly so that the nutrients can infuse straight into the body. Just one glass will revitalise and energise and it makes a wonderful light start to the day. When blending your strawberry mylk – I also... Read More

Detox Protein Power Balls

  If you need a protein rich, superfood snack… then you need to make my awesome Detox Protein Matcha Balls. Recharge and repair the body and energise the mind, these matcha balls will hit the spot with every bite. They take just 5 minutes to make and keep well for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. I love these as a grab and go protein rich light snack and I also love them blended with coconut water and frozen banana as a healthy power-packed breakfast smoothie. What’s... Read More

Chocolate Granola

Sometimes you just want a little chocolate therapy without all the nasties. I’ve designed that special indulgent treat that will surely satisfy when the afternoon munchies hit. This chocolate granola ROCKS ! Scented with vanilla and all things yummy this grain free, gluten free granola is packed with almonds, cashews, coconut and cacao.  I love making my own granola at home and I’ve used 100%  pure gluten & dairy free ingredients that contain healthy brain... Read More

Ricotta Pancakes w/ Blueberry Maple Syrup

  Packed with protein and bursting with antioxidants to make your body glow from the inside out! These pancakes will enhance performance and reduce fatigue. The optimal recovery food to support a healthy active body.  The base to these pancakes is pure and simple and based around a classic bircher muesli where I love to fold in pillows of soft creamy curds of ricotta. The combination of oats and ricotta give these pancakes a decadence that allows the textures and flavours... Read More

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

I was inspired to make these tasty and healthy Protein Balls after attending the Australian Nut Industry Conference held in Sydney yesterday. I was delighted to be the key note speaker at the event and met so many passionate growers and producers of the finest quality Australian Nuts. Macadamias, almonds, walnuts, chestnuts, pecans, peanuts, pistachios and hazelnuts are all grown here in Australia and are packed full of delicious goodness including protein, minerals, vitamins... Read More

My Delicious Baked Christmas Pudding

This is a beautiful baked and partially steamed pudding that is scented with everything that is magical about Christmas. Orange and spice infused with notes of vanilla bean and apricot dance in your mouth and what I love about my pudding is that it’s unbelievably light, making it the highlight of any Christmas gathering. This pudding is also flourless making it gluten free and I’ve used the delicate crumbs from blanched almond meal in place of the usual flour mixture.... 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

Fruit Mince Pies

  OK, here they are! My purely delicious fruit mince pie recipe. I’ve tried to cover most bases such as gluten, wheat and dairy free which is why I’ve given you a few pastry options. My favourite pastry to make these lovely pies is the oatmeal shortcrust. It has a lovely crunch and wholesome sense of purity which I love. They last for days (up to 1 week) and they are perfect to complement your nutritious Christmas feast. The oats are low GI and provide good fibre... 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... Read More

Banana + Chia Smoothie

He’s one of my favourite banana smoothie recipes that I love to make for a healthy breakfast. It contains a nut or a seed milk such as sunflower seed milk or almond milk which I make myself in my vitamix. If you’re a little time poor, a spoonful of almond butter blended with water is a good replacement. I add a frozen chopped banana which makes my smoothie yummy and creamy. Blended frozen bananas are a creamy, almost-decadent treat that are the perfect potassium boosting... Read More

Naked Chocolat Chip Cookies

Last week I promised everyone from my cooking masterclass at the fitness expo that I’d post this purely delicious recipe for my Naked Chocolat Chip Cookies. Well here it is….pure unadulterated goodness with every mouthful. It’s a great way of using up your left over almond mylk pulp if you regularly make your own almond milk.  Don’t despair if you don’t have any left over pulp !  I’ve also give you this amazing recipe using pure almond flour,... Read More

Healthy Chef Wellness Board

This is my all time favourite Wellness Board.  It’s a dish I make when I’m entertaining with friends for breakfast or lunch or even dinner. I love the elements and textures in this dish and how the vegetables of the moment capture the essence of the season.  At first glance, my Wellness Board may look a little complicated, but if you look closer – it’s really not that hard to create. It’s important to have all your miss en place ready to go before... Read More

Strawberries + Cream Chia Pudding

Reinvent your breakfast and enjoy my purely delicious super-healthy strawberries + cream chia pudding that will keep your  body nourished and sustained all morning !  I  can’t leave the house without a good breakfast to kickstart the day and that means I need to eat a breakfast with a nutritional boost of healthy fats, good carbs and protein and without refined sugar, wheat, gluten or dairy.  My power packed recipe will work wonders for your body – it will keep... Read More

Raw Muesli

I find nothing more rewarding than making my own muesli. And with the weather warming up, this delicious raw muesli is ideal for those sunny mornings when I crave a lighter breakfast. It’s ready in minutes, and with just four simple ingredients, is a perfect quick and healthy start to my busy day. Whats great about it: Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm by aiding collagen production. Collagen gives strength and structure to your skin and... Read More

Raw Superfood Salad With Pineapple, Almonds + 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 up the goodness and you will too. What’s great about it: Green super foods such as kale and spinach... Read More

Orange Blossom Cake

This delicious orange cake makes a nice change from typical store bought and cafe style orange cakes that are generally high in refined white flour and sugar. I’ve used whole sweet naval oranges to make this gorgeous cake – skin and all.  You steam them until soft then combine with vanilla, almonds and honey that creates magic. Enjoy. x What’s great about it: Almonds are packed full of protein + heart healthy fats that are kind to your arteries and can help... 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

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

Warm Broccoli Salad With Kale, Lime + Roasted Tamari Almonds

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.  Enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner ! What’s great about it: The broccoli is full of alkalinising,... Read More

Chocolate Almond Milk

Stimulate your body with antioxidants, mineral rich cacao, carob, maca, cinnamon and pure vanilla bean. This potent blend provides sustained energy, supports the endocrine and immune systems and contributes to hormonal balance and optimal well being, and not only that; it tastes amazing too! My Chocolat Almond Mylk takes just 5 minutes to make and what I love about it is that you can enjoy it ice cold as a quick pick me up vitality drink or as a warm and nourishing Hot Chocolat... Read More

Anzac Biscuits – Everyway you LOVE them!

Looking for a delicious Anzac Biscuit recipe? In this post you’ll find the Anzac Biscuit that suits your needs. For those who would love my Gluten Free or Paleo Anzacs, they are featured exclusively in my Healthy Chef Recipe App. Anzac biscuits are traditionally made with rolled oats, butter, sugar, golden syrup, white flour and coconut.  I’ve adjusted the original recipe to create a few different versions of this fabulous biscuit so that you’ll hopefully find the... Read More

Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

                                                                    This is the perfect cookie for gluten free diets that will satisfy that sweet cookie craving, it’s hard to stop at one. These cookies keep for about 4 – 5 days and make the perfect snack if you’re craving something sweet and healthy.... Read More

Naked Chocolate Brownies

This is my purely delicious brownie recipe from my 80/20 book.  It’s the perfect recipe for Valentines Day and chocolate lovers. You can use cacao which gives it a lighter and more subtle chocolate flavour or a lush dark cocoa such as my Naked Chocolat Dark that gives depth and intensity to the whole taste experience.  I love to top them with lots of red fruits such as fresh or dried berries and serve in small delicate bite sized portions that really satisfy. What’s... Read More

Cherry + Coconut Smoothie

Most mornings I start my day off with a smoothie after a workout. I was inspired to create my lush cherry + coconut smoothie purely because cherries are in season and are one of my favourite fruits to enjoy on its own as a healthy snack, or combined with coconut water for a purely delicious power packed smoothie. Make sure to buy the fresh cherries and freeze them yourself.  You can easily pit them using your fingers, much like you would a fresh date. The inclusion of a little... 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

See Me Cooking up a Storm with Miguel. Tonight on the Living Room – 7.30 Channel 10

Tune into the Living Room tonight on Channel 10 to see me and Chef Miguel Maestre cooking up a storm in my kitchen. I’ll be whipping up my favourite Superfood Smoothie made with blueberry and Healthy Chef Protein and Miguel is making his secret granola recipe.  Read More

Raw Pad Thai Salad

This is my wonderful Pad Thai Salad from my book Perfect Digestive Health and inspired by my favourite Health + Wellness Resort – Kamalaya in Koh Samui Thailand. This salad is  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 2 days in the fridge and is perfect sprinkled with tamari roasted almonds... 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

Iced Strawberry Cashew Mylk

In the mornings, I’m often pulling out my blender and whipping up a healthy strawberry milkshake for my breakfast.  It’s a great convenient way of getting a good intake of plant based nutrients to energise and nourish my body.  I often make my milkshakes or power smoothies as complete meal replacements, so I make sure I boost them up with extra nutrients such as omega 3 and quality protein. I love freezing my fruit before blending as it results in a creamier milkshake. What’s... Read More

SPORTS NUTRITION – HOW TO BE YOUR BEST

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 extra stress but also amps up your nutritional requirements. Over the next 4 weeks, we will give you the nutritional tools you need for peak performance – Including how to: Nourish and fuel your body during training Choose amazing... Read More

Apple Crumble

One of my favourite things to do when the weather gets a little colder outside is to get into the kitchen and bake apple crumble.  I love it how the whole house gets filled with sweet aromas of vanilla and spice and how warm and cozy the house gets from a day spent having fun, baking in my kitchen.  Apple crumble is one of those comfort food dishes that is so simple to create and so delicious to eat. I love to use red apples or nice golden delicious apples as they are lovely... 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

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

Power Porridge

This is my all time favourite porridge that I enjoy most mornings when the weather is a little cold outside. It’s made from vanilla,  flaxseed, chia, fresh apple and a good dose of cinnamon that makes this morning ritual taste exactly like apple strudel.  Adding a little cinnamon has the power to help your body metabolize sugar and reduce insulin levels,  eating as little as 1/2  -  1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day is all you need to feel the benefits. Apple adds sweetness... 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

Healthy Chocolate Recipes

Check out my purely delicious chocolate recipes I designed for the latest issue of House + Garden Magazine. JUST CLICK ON THE IMAGE to view all the recipes. Homemade Dark Chocolate – Healthy Chocolate Mousse -Red Velvet Cupcakes – Delicious Chocolate Cake – The Ultimate Chocolate Crackles. For more Chocolate recipes Check out these delicious recipes below: Naked Chocolate Cake Red Velvet Cupcakes Healthy Hot Chocolate Chocolate Mousse Chocolate Chip Cookies No... Read More

DASH to health

Two of the most important lessons I was taught as a chef was to always taste my food and season with salt before I served it.  A pinch of salt in cooking can enhance the flavour of your food and in small quantities, it’s essential for health. Sodium facilitates the movement of muscles (one of the main reasons it comes out in sweat), balancing body fluids and transmitting information to the nervous system; however like most things, if we add too much, it’s not good for... Read More

Chocolate Truffles

Feel like a healthy chocolate fix ?  Well you just can’t go past these delicious chocolate truffles.  They take around 10 minutes and make a great healthy and sustaining snack.  Perfect for outdoor activities such as long bike rides, hiking, sailing, picnics, long walks on the beach or a healthy dessert to have with coffee. What it’s good for: Walnuts are a great source of anti-inflamatory omega 3 that is great for heart and brain health. Chocolate is associated... 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... Read More

Summer Muesli

This time of year my body craves fresh summer fruits to get me started for the day. I love the delicate sweet aroma of white peach that marries perfectly with summer passionfruit and raspberry.  Adding seeds and nuts such as LSA, chia and roasted almond add crunch and sustainance until lunch time, whilst creamy thick yoghurt smooths out the flavours and carries them perfectly into my mouth. Any leftovers are easily thrown into my Vitamix and blended with vanilla until thick... Read More

Banana Bread (gluten free)

  There is something magical and comforting about banana bread served lightly warm and toasted. This is my gluten free version from my book Purely Delicious.  It’s yummy on it’s own or topped with a little ricotta + honey. What’s good about it: Bananas are a terrific energy food and a great source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.They add moisture and sweetness to baked goods, which means you... 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

VEGETARIAN CHRISTMAS FEAST

Here’s a Purely Delicious Christmas Feast that I designed especially for Women’s Fitness Magazine.  I wanted my menu to be  quick + easy to prepare, fresh, healthy and taste amazing. To be honest  - the whole Christmas spread took about 45 minutes total to prepare from start to finish. The food was tailor made to suit all eating styles so no matter if you were vegetarian or  gluten free you would be happily nourished. For fish or meat eaters all you need to do... Read More

Berry Crumble

When I cook I try to make fresh fruit and veg the main component of each meal and to celebrate Christmas there is nothing I love more then making healthier desserts, puddings and cakes that everyone can enjoy.  I love making my lush berry crumble as the finale to a meal. It takes minutes to prepare and it can be served warm or cold with proper custard, thick natural yoghurt, or a light drizzle of coconut cream. I like to vary my crumble topping to vary the  final flavour and... Read More

Gluten Free 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

FREE SMOOTHIE E-BOOKS

To coincide with my NEW Healthy Chef Pure Protein range I’ve designed 3 purely delicious smoothie eBooks that you can down load for FREE! The books are specifically crafted to match your lifestyle and there are 3 delicious books to choose from that include WELLBEING, SPORTS NUTRITION + WEIGHT LOSS. We’ve been overwhelmed by the huge response to my new protein range and I hope these books provide a little inspiration on how to make the most out of your protein shakes. ... 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