Does A Gluten Free Diet Make You Healthier?

When I opened my first cafe some years back, I tailored my menu for those with sensitivities to gluten. I baked gluten-free banana bread using almonds and coconut, made gluten free pancakes from buckwheat and chia, and even had a gluten free porridge made with LSA meal, grated apple, cinnamon and sun-dried raisins. Now, when I design recipes for my cookbooks or blog, I still provide substitute ingredients. Personally, I don’t strictly follow a gluten free diet because I’m... Read More

The Secret To Anti-Ageing: Matcha Tea

If I could bottle up my own magic pill for youthful skin and an ageless body, matcha green tea would be my main ingredient. This is because matcha green tea is brimming with powerful antioxidants and anti-ageing properties – even more than pomegranates and blueberries – the Chinese have coined it “the elixir of immortality”. What is matcha tea? Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea is the finest grade of green tea available. It’s a potent superfood powder obtained by... Read More

Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits – Exclusive to THC Recipe App

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. This recipe is exclusive to The Healthy Chef Recipe App in the BAKING SECTION. Amazing recipes presented with beautiful photography and easy to follow instructions. Available now for iPhone, iPad and Android Phones and Tablets.DOWNLOAD... Read More

Fight The Cold Naturally

When I’m a little stressed and run down, my immune system gets a little hammered, so I make a conscious effort to avoid getting sick with immune boosting foods and nutrients. Food is one of the most powerful tools we have to help prevent disease and a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system. Over 70% of your immune system resides in your gut and what you eat forms the foundation of your health. If it’s not supported with the right foods, it becomes more susceptible... Read More

It’s A Good Time For Apple Pie

  It’s apple season, and there’s nothing I love more than indulging in some homemade apple pie scented with just a hint of cinnamon and vanilla! For this recipe, I created a purely delicious shortcrust made from organic spelt and rolled oats. The spelt shortcrust is one of my favourites and I love the richness of the pastry as it provides a decadent texture when you bite into it. What’s great about it: Apples are high in fibre (around 5 g each) they contain both soluble... Read More

Healthy Chocolate Mousse With Roasted Hazelnuts

This chocolate mousse is one of my favourite desserts where I blend ripe avocado with cocoa powder, soft pitted dates, cinnamon and vanilla bean – the end result is magical and your sweet tooth is satisfied with just a few spoonful’s of this purely delicious and sophisticated dessert. What I love about this easy recipe is that it’s loaded with superfoods and antioxidants from my Naked Chocolat, and contains healthy fats from the ripe avocado and lush coconut yoghurt. When... Read More

A Fish Recipe For Easter

This is a glorious recipe featured in my new cookbook, Purely Delicious. A simple and classic recipe that takes just a few moments to prepare. You can use any fish you like for this recipe – some good examples are Australian salmon, flathead, whiting, sea mullet or tailor.  I remember when I was about 10 yrs old, my dad would take me me fishing most weekends. I had my own hand-line and my own little fishing rod and it was the best family time ever! I also loved to watch... Read More

3 Lean + Green Recipes for St Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with these purely delicious green dishes to keep you healthy and feeling great! Each of these recipes are super easy to make and are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Great for casual entertaining or to enjoy and pack for lunch the next day! 1. Green Pea + Spinach Risotto  A simple and nourishing meal that is purely delicious comfort food and makes you feel great from the inside out. Green peas are loaded with antioxidants... Read More

Beauty Boosting Strawberry Smoothie

  My beauty smoothie is full of anti-ageing properties and it takes just 1 minute to prepare. What’s Great About It: Hibiscus tea and strawberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm by aiding collagen production. Collagen gives strength and structure to your skin and is vital for elasticity and firmness. Silica is also a trace mineral found in berries that assists with collagen formation, as well as helping improve your skin’s... Read More

Top 10 Ingredients For A Delicious Dairy-Free Milk

When I design my recipes, I always like to use a variety of milks and it all depends on what I’m making. I love to use grass fed organic milk or yummy dairy free alternatives made from nuts and seeds. Nut and seed milks are a delightful lactose-free alternative to traditional dairy. They can easily be incorporated into healthy diets and provide your body with essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc to nourish the immune system. A dairy-free milk is basically... Read More

What A Day Of Clean Eating Looks Like

There’s a lot of confusion and conflicting information out there with the modern day “nutrition gurus” promoting all sorts of diets and latest eating plans.  When it comes to fat loss, it’s all about switching your body to burn more energy, revving up your metabolism and eating the right kind of nutrient-dense foods for your activity level and healthy lifestyle. For weight loss to work effectively, it’s important that you look at it as a lifestyle, not a diet — a... Read More

9 Ingredients I Don’t Want In My Protein Powder

  This is the time of year where most of us embark on a healthy new year detox. We load ourselves up with green foods such as smoothies and salads but many of us forget the essential ingredient to a detox which is protein. Most detox diets are low in protein sources so it’s important to supplement with a high grade protein shake  to support your detox or weight loss program. Protein is essential because your body required adequate amino acids for the construction... Read More

Persian Watermelon Salad

Icy cold, juicy, ruby-fleshed watermelon is so hot right now and I just love being on the watermelon bandwagon, creating refreshing salads, gelato and icy smoothies to keep my body cool in the summer heat. I love salads made from watermelon and often marry thick cut wedges with rocket leaves, fresh chopped parsley and Persian feta. This is a delicious watermelon salad that’s loaded with electrolytes and the perfect dish for a hot summer day ! Enjoy on it’s own or... Read More

Daily Green Juice

This is my ultimate detoxifying green juice that is packed with restorative antioxidants to reboot and re-energise your system. The recipe is from my book Purely Delicious and drinking it will help eliminate toxins from the body, boost metabolism,  enhance weight loss and support perfect health. I enjoy my Daily Green Juice most days.  Drink it in the mornings before a healthy breakfast and save any leftovers for a mid afternoon energising tonic.  This is a potent green juice,... Read More

How To Make The Perfect Baba Ghanoush

The secret to a great Baba Ghanoush is simplicity. The seedless variety of eggplants are available at the moment and what’s great about them is that the taste is sweet and velvety,  which makes for a smooth and creamy Baba Ghanoush. I aways roast my eggplant in a hot oven in preference to charing on top of a stove. Mainly because I prefer the cleaner flavours over the smokiness of traditional versions and the subtle hint of lemon and freshness shines through. If you do prefer... Read More

Summer Berry Crunch

This is a yummy breakfast trifle that will nourish and energise your body. It’s rich in whole food antioxidants, protein and probiotics that will support optimum health. I absolutely love this on-the-go breakfast as it takes just a few minutes to make. You can make it up in to glass mason jars and take to work or enjoy as a healthy breakfast for impromptu entertaining. This recipe is featured in my Purely Delicious Cookbook and it’s one that I’ll be making these... Read More

The Perfect Christmas Salad

This is one of the simplest salads of all time to create. It’s from Purely Delicious - the cookbook and the perfect addition to a festive Christmas Lunch  The flavour of this magnificent salad depends solely on the quality of the ingredients you use. I especially enjoy making this over the summer months, as juicy, ripe tomatoes are bountiful and at their seasonal best. For me, healthy cooking is all about using real food and the simplicity of the ingredients. The aim is... Read More

A Delicious Asparagus Salad

This is the perfect season to enjoy asparagus. I love this beautiful and simple salad that’s loaded with goodness and takes just a few minutes to prepare. You can serve this for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy topped with creamy thinly sliced feta. The slightly salty feta marries perfectly with the subtle earthy flavours of asparagus and a drizzle of lemon juice and cold pressed olive oil just brings it all together. This salad can be eaten hot or cold, so if serving... Read More

Matcha Coconut Smoothie

This is a power packed smoothie that I regularly enjoy for breakfast after a morning workout. It’s light on the palate and easy to drink without weighing you down, so you’re powered up and energised for a busy workday ahead. I’m a huge fan of smoothies and if the right ingredients are used, they make a perfect meal and can fill you up for hours.  I’ve used coconut water to make this recipe as it’s extremely refreshing and helps hydrate my body quickly... Read More

Spinach, Kale + Ricotta Pie

This is a delicious meal that I often make for my weekday dinner or as a portable healthy lunch. Preparation is effortless and I  alternate between a wholemeal spelt and oatmeal shortcrust and almond shortcrust – just for a little variation. Serve along side a rocket salad laced with cold pressed olive oil and a little lemon. What’s great about it: Kale is part of the cabbage family and this wonderful vegetable is a good source of all three antioxidants: beta-carotene... Read More

A Super Smoothie For Glowing Skin

The secret to glowing skin is simple, eat lots and fruits and vegetables and make sure you are feeding it with antioxidants, healthy fats and protein to nourish your body from the inside out. As an additional benefit, you’ll also do wonders for the rest of your body such as lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, improve memory + concentration, reduce stress and basically feel amazing ! I love smoothies for breakfast  made with strawberries, raspberries, almond... Read More

What I Know About Body Shaping

It’s no secret that exercise is important to me. It’s how I start each morning or unwind after a long day at my desk. It gives me an opportunity to clear my head, blow off steam and get some much-needed me time. I realized my passion for nutrition and healthy living when I left high school and started my chef’s apprenticeship. I was a chef in WA and joined the local gym to get fitter, feel more energized, tone my muscles and lose some body fat. I became interested in fitness... Read More

Why Matcha Is The New Coffee

Are you’re looking for a morning pick me up that’s similar to coffee but amazing for your health? Why not check out Matcha… the anti-ageing – antioxidant rich highly concentrated green tea that’s loaded with health benefits to keep you youthful and energized. Matcha has the ability to boost your immunity, control your stress and even assist in weight loss. One serve of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of steeped green tea. Whilst a cup of espresso in the morning will... Read More

Spelt + Honey Banana Bread

Here is one of my favourite banana breads of all time ! It’s the recipe I developed when I first started my Healthy Chef Cafe in the northern beaches, many years ago. I absolutely love this bread for the wonderful texture and depth of flavour you get when eating it.  This makes a nice change from typical store bought and cafe style banana breads that are generally high in refined white flour, sugar and saturated fats. It’s important to bake this in a slow oven for... Read More

The Perfect 10 Minute Meal

This is a delicious meal that is rich in super food goodness. High in antioxidants and restorative minerals to boost energy + vitality. It’s quick to make for a week day dinner and any leftovers can be taken to work the next day for lunch. I also love to vary the superfood greens that I use based on what’s in season or what I have lying around in the fridge. Kale, leek and spinach marry perfectly in this meal, and I also love using other greens such as asparagus... Read More

How To Make A Great Smoothie Without A Blender !

NO TIME TO BLEND ? If you’re busy and pressed for time, a blender free smoothie can often come in handy. At any time of day, you can quickly whip up a nutrient rich shake that’s loaded with protein, antioxidants and fibre to support your health and wellbeing and get you through your day. This post is due to the many emails we receive at Healthy Chef HQ  and while we absolutely love blended smoothies, there are those occasions where you find yourself without a blender,... Read More

Wholesome Carrot, Apple + Oatmeal Muffins

If you crave a quick, healthy + delicious breakfast on the run then these wholesome muffins hit the spot in every way. They are packed with antioxidants, fibre and protein and make the perfect portable meal if you need some quick nourishment. I love to make them in advance when I know I’ve got a busy week in front of me. They marry perfectly with my hot matcha tea or ristretto long black and will sustain me all morning.  You don’t need to fuss to much when making... Read More

Avocado Mayonnaise

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been enjoying rejuvenating salads loaded with antioxidants and anti-ageing benefits that help nourish my skin and help cleanse the body. The finishing touch to all of them has been my creamy avocado mayonnaise that I generously dollop over the top. It takes around 1 minute to create and it’s scented with a drizzle of cold pressed olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sea salt.  Store in the fridge for up to 3 days and serve over... Read More

Nacho Beans

What I love about this recipe is that it’s budget friendly, it freezes well and it tastes so damn good !!!  I  often make this recipe for a casual weekday dinner and serve straight in the pan topped with chunks of avocado, lime and a dollop of thick yoghurt. You can serve them as is, or accompany with organic corn tortillas or a large leafy side salad. What’s great about them: Black beans are low GI, which will keep your blood sugar levels stable as well as keep you... Read More

Strawberries + Creme Overnight Oats

Here’s the first winning entry from my Recipe Competition !  It’s a yummy Strawberries + Creme Overnight Oats submitted by Nicola Poole from Victoria.  I loved how simple it was to prepare and the fact that it was a great portable recipe to take to the office. This yummy breakfast will also last for  3 days in the fridge, so it’s perfect for busy movers and shakers who don’t have much time in the kitchen. Fresh seasonal strawberries top the lush creamy... Read More

My Healthy Tasty Green Smoothie

If you’re after a green smoothie that tastes delicious, is simple to make and is loaded with nutrients that contribute to glowing skin and endless energy…..  Well you need to try my all time favourite recipe. After just one glass,  I promise you’ll be a green smoothie convert for life. A smoothie involves blending whole foods like fruits and vegetables into a liquid without removing the fibre. A heavy duty high performance blender is essential if you want... Read More

Cinnamon Chai Cashew Milk

When the 3.30 pm munchies hit at Healthy Chef HQ we love to make cinnamon chai cashew milk.  It’s packed full of protein and all things yummy and good for the body, plus it satisfies that craving for something a little indulgent and sweet mid afternoon. I love mine over lots of ice to sip slowly at my desk, whilst the girls love theirs warm with a little extra water and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon. I love anything chai and infusing the warming and sweet spice of cinnamon... Read More

10 Foods To Always Keep In Your Fridge

My fridge is always bursting with fresh seasonal ingredients but I love to have a nice stash of my 10 fridge staples to nourish hubby and yours truly during the week. Having my 10 fridge essentials at hand,  allows me to plan my meals and be prepared for the week. Smoothies or eggs for breakfast, salads and veggies for lunch and nourishing soups for dinner….it’s a no fuss formula that creates quick, healthy meals that taste delicious. When I go shopping, I always select... Read More

Healthy Chef Recipe Competition

Here at The Healthy Chef we focus on SIMPLE, PURE and NATURAL whole foods.  As part of our commitment to helping you improve your health + wellbeing and also celebrating of the launch of my new cookbook “PURELY DELICIOUS” and healthy Recipe APP, I’m excited to be giving away a copy of my new Cookbook and a Healthy Chef Wellness Pack (total value $268.90) to one lucky reader each week for the next 4 weeks. All you need to do is create and send through your original and... Read More

Detox Vegetable Curry

It’s my last day here at Kamalaya and I thought I’d post up one of my favourite recipes that I’ve been enjoying during my stay. This curry is bursting with flavour, antioxidants and restorative nutrients that have all been specifically combined to help nourish the body, boost metabolism and basically make you feel great ! It’s quite simple to make and you can pretty much use what ever seasonal fresh vegetables you like to eat. My favourites are broccoli,... Read More

Detox Protein Matcha 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 great... Read More

My New Cookbook !

I’m in Koh Samui and I’ve just received two advanced copies of my New Cookbook from the printer ! They arrive in Sydney 7th September, so all advanced copies will be sent out as soon as they arrive at our warehouse. This gorgeous 500 page cookbook has been a year in the making and it’s full of all my  purely delicious, healthy recipes that I love to cook and make me feel nourished every day. Whether you’re gluten free, paleo, sugar free, vegetarian or just... Read More

Buckwheat Coconut Pancakes

These pancakes will nourish your body. They are vegan, gluten and dairy free and are delicious served with cashew or coconut yoghurt, banana and organic maple syrup. The recipe is inspired from the breakfast menu at Kamalaya Koh Samui where I’m staying this week. To make this recipe I’ve used the coconut water and meat from 1 young coconut which gives it a delicate sweetness. You can also use a good organic coconut milk in place of the 1 fresh coconut. It’s also important... Read More

Immune Boosting Congee

When I’m feeling a little run down and need nourishing comfort food, I head to the kitchen and make congee. Congee is a delicious medicinal porridge that helps nourish the body and promote good health. It’s a very grounding and comforting soup that only takes a few ingredients to prepare. You can use water or any stock as your base for the soup, but for my simple no fuss version I’ve used water to simmer my rice. Finish off your congee with healing aromatics such... Read More

The Ultimate Chocolate Smoothie

If you feel like a little chocolate therapy, then you need to make my ultimate chocolate smoothie, that’s loaded with super food goodness and it tastes purely delicious ! Made from Naked Chocolat, almond milk, Healthy Chef Protein, banana, avocado and a little honey. A pure indulgent chocolaty treat! What’s great about it: Bursting with antioxidants, mineral rich cocoa, carob, maca, cinnamon and pure vanilla bean, this potent blend provides sustained energy, supports... Read More

Warm Turmeric Milk

This time of year, our immune system needs some TLC to help ward off colds and flu. I head straight to the kitchen and make restorative drinks that provide me with a concentrated source of nutrients that the body can easily absorb. I include anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric and ginger which play a starring role and are potent aromatics that help the body eliminate toxins, stimulate circulation, aid digestion and boost immune function. One restorative drink that... Read More

Chia Coconut Pudding With Passionfruit

My chia coconut pudding is power packed with omega 3, fibre, protein and super food antioxidants. It makes a quick, healthy, portable breakfast that I can easily take to work for a delicious breakfast or light lunch. When making your pudding, it’s important you give it a little time and allow it to set properly. I normally make this the night before allowing it to set and develop in the fridge.  The next morning, you’ll notice that the chia has expanded into a lush... 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

How To Make My Simple Bone Broth

A bone broth is simply a stock. We’ve been making stocks for centuries to use them in soups as well as the most magical-tasting sauces. As a chef, I like to slowly simmer my stock to extract all the wonderful flavours and goodness from the vegetables and bones I use. Stocks are super nutritious when they are homemade with quality ingredients such as grass-fed meat, organic chicken or wild-caught fish and have amazing healing effects on the body. Benefits include reducing inflammation,... Read More

Matcha Chocolate Latte

This is the ultimate winter warmer that’s high in super food antioxidants to support health, energy + vitality. The weather is cold outside and there is nothing better than sipping this very yummy chocolatey latte. I’ve used a mix of water and coconut milk to make this recipe, but you can use whatever milk you love such as almond or full cream dairy. The secret is to gently heat the milk in a small pot – be generous with your milk and adjust according to your... Read More

Rescue Remedy

Here is my immune boosting smoothie and potent remedy for when I’m feeling a little run down and I need to revitalise my body.  Just one glass of this smoothie will leave you feeling energised and instantly restored as you drink in the pure goodness. It’s loaded with whole food vitamin C and vitamin D as well as the best natural anti-inflammatory ingredients you can get. My rescue remedy will hydrate the body and restore optimum health. What’s great about it: Orange is... Read More

Healthy Chef In Clean Eating Magazine

Check out this month’s issue of CLEAN EATING MAGAZINE with me on the cover ! I share my healthy cooking philosophy, my secret tips and advice on how to cook quick easy meals at home.  I also share my most favourite recipes designed for people who are passionate about food and eating clean. I don’t follow extreme diets or people who push strict dietary ideologies. I find that most people stress over finicky nutrition details rather than focusing on the broader picture... Read More

Apple Pie With Oatmeal Shortcrust

  This is the perfect time of year to bake home-made apple pie. The secret to my recipe is to firstly use sweet delicious apples – my favourites are golden delicious apples which are naturally sweet and just seduce you into cooking with them. I don’t peel the apples so that the filling looks rustic and wholesome, plus it adds another dimension of texture and flavour. The spelt shortcrust is one of my favourites and I love the richness of the pastry that gives a decadent... Read More


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