The Ideal Day On My 80/20 Diet

Are you looking for a fresh start this summer? I find that a lot people make plans to eat healthily around this time but then crumble at temptation as soon as they see the cheese platter or chocolate cake. I know that it can be mentally tough to stick to a new diet, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve long held the belief that the most important aspect of any diet is that it should be practical and deliciously healthy enough to follow. If you’re feeling hungry or deprived... Read More

Why Protein Helps With Weight Loss

Protein is essential for our bodies. It’s needed for balancing hormones, assisting in weight loss, supporting detoxification and digestion, and supporting a healthy immune system. Protein is also the key nutrient that helps you get ageless glowing skin and lean toned muscles. WEIGHT LOSS Protein can work effectively to regulate the appetite, increase satiety and encourage significant weight loss. When attempting to keep total calories down during dieting, protein supplementation... Read More

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

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

A delicious diabetic-friendly dinner

                                                              Up to 2.5 million Australians are undiagnosed and at risk of developing diabetes, which is the fastest growing disease in Australia. But by making a few simple changes to how you cook, the ingredients you choose, and your portion size, you can make improvements to... Read More

The Ultimate Shopping List For The Time Poor

Our lifestyles can be pretty hectic these days and the oft-delivered excuse for people not cooking is LACK OF TIME. Well, that pretty much won’t wash anymore. The healthiest meals are often the easiest to make and I have shared my foolproof way that will make healthy cooking in your kitchen an absolute breeze. I live by the motto: Keep it fresh – keep it simple – make it yourself. I personally would much rather make myself a simple meal at home, than eat out as I know exactly... 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

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

Naked Hot Chocolat

Chocoholics rejoice! Now you can indulge in these energising super foods. Bursting 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. Not only does Naked Chocolate promote optimal wellbeing – it tastes amazing too! Inspired by my love of quality chocolate (and the movie Chocolat), I set out to create my own drinking chocolate... Read More

A simple Garden Vegetable Soup

It’s been freezing cold here in Sydney over the past week and it’s inspired me to create my simple garden vegetable soup that you can easily whip up in 30 minutes. The recipe consists of classic garden vegetables that are gently simmered with a hint of thyme. There are no stocks or fancy ingredients, – it’s just pure simple honest food that tastes really good.  This soup is just loaded with vegetables and it’s one of those meals that you could enjoy... Read More

Organic Chicken Bone Broth w/ Ginger Aromatics

This is my Purely Delicious slow cooked broth with clean nourishing flavours that helps to revitalise the body and restore good health. In cookery terms bone broth is basically just good home made stock.  We’ve been making stocks for centuries to be used for soups as well as the most magical sauces. As a chef, I like to slowly simmer my stock to extract all the wonderful flavour and goodness from the bones and vegetables I use. I love serving them in large bowls as main... 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

How To Make The Perfect Guacamole

I’m staying here in Kamalaya Health Spa in Koh Samui and will be posting up some delicious recipes from this amazing resort over the next few weeks. Today I want to feature one of the most popular items on their menu – The Avocado !   It’s one of my favourite foods to eat every day and I always add them into my salads or smoothies, or spoon out and enjoy the flesh directly from the skin with a light sprinkle of sea salt. Avocados are rich in mono-unsaturated fats that... Read More

Win a Health Spa Holiday to Kamalaya – Winner Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Whitting from South Australia ! You have won the prize of a lifetime and going to Kamalaya ! You will also be getting our Healthy Chef Wellness Pack  valued at $198 – so look out for it in the post ! The runner up for the competition was Kate O’Neil from Torquay – A Healthy Chef Wellness Pack will be coming your way ! Thanks to everyone who entered this fabulous competition and stay tuned for more exciting competitions at the healthy... Read More

Body Shaping Smoothie

This is the ultimate whole-food natural meal replacement and antioxidant formula! A delicious blend of cold pressed and blended organic fruit and vegetables to support optimum health and nourish your body from the inside out! What’s good about it: This smoothie is high in protein, antioxidants, folate, minerals and fibre to support a healthy metabolism. Studies show the berries contain antioxidants called polyphenols which are anti-inflammatory to the body and can promote... Read More

Feel Like A Super Hero Every Day

My main aim at The Healthy Chef is to get people cooking, eating healthier and looking after their body, so we can all live better lives that are filled with health and happiness. Life can be pretty tough these days and a lot of times it’s difficult trying to have a work life balance. I know for me personally, my Polish nature makes me focus on work, work and more work, leaving very little “me” time.  I need to remind myself to take some time every day to either... Read More

How To Make The Perfect Dressing

A good dressing will turn any salad into a masterpiece.  I try to eat at least one large bowl of salad every day.  I make lunch my main meal of the day and pile a bowl full of leafy greens and thinly sliced raw seasonal vegetables into my favourite stainless steel mixing bowl – toss through my dressing and enjoy every mouthful.  If I’m at work and pressed for time,  I grab a couple of bags of fresh washed salad leaves from the supermarket, put them into a bowl... Read More

Cauliflower Fried Rice With Turmeric, Ginger + Tamari Roasted Almonds

This cauliflower fried rice was the star of the show at last weeks Sydney Fitness + Health Show. It”s one of my favourite meals to make at home and it takes around 5 minutes to create. My secret is to use a generous amount of anti-inflammatory aromatics. Ginger and turmeric are king and take centre stage in the beginning of creating this wonderful meal. You’ll also notice I haven’t used any garlic – I find it overpowers the punchy clean flavours of this... Read More

Thank You From The Healthy Chef !

This picture was taken yesterday after my Healthy Cooking Masterclass at the Sydney Fitness Expo. Please excuse the blurriness due to all the excitement of the event ! It was lovely to see you all there and I had so much fun cooking up a storm and sharing some of my delicious cooking tips and secrets. Your energy was electric !  I made my Naked Chocolat Almond Mylk, Naked Chocolat Chip Cookies (made from the almond pulp), the most amazing Cauliflower Rice infused with turmeric... Read More

HEALTHY CHEF Cooking Masterclass

  I’m so excited to be presenting my Purely Delicious Cooking Masterclass series at this years Sydney + Health Expo. I’ll be presenting 2 sessions a day and you’ll also be able to sample some of my delicious creations and products at The Healthy Chef Stand  A14. it’s going to be a massive weekend of health, fitness and fun! Our Healthy Chef Stand will be located Just behind the Healthy Living Stage – This is where I’ll be cooking my Masterclass... 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

Detox Papaya Smoothie

  This delicious smoothie is inspired by Kamalaya, my favourite health & wellness retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand. It’s a great start to the day and specifically designed for a healthy digestive system. I can feel the nourishing goodness infuse into my body almost immediately. Feel free to vary the yoghurt or use alternatives such as pumpkin seed milk. Boost the protein and amino acids by adding my Healthy Chef Protein, to help support intestinal function and nourish... Read More

Buckwheat & Chia Bread

Nothing beats a warm slice of homemade bread. I love pairing this buckwheat and chia loaf with a nourishing soup for lunch, or a purely delicious salad for dinner. It works well for breakfast too, topped with fresh sliced avocado and Persian feta, or my homemade macadamia butter and a little Manuka honey. Instead of using buckwheat flour, I blend pre-soaked buckwheat for a few seconds into a batter, pulsing until it’s a little creamy. What’s great about it: Buckwheat... Read More

Teresa Talks Healthy Menu Options

This week, I sat down with the team from taste.com.au to talk all things healthy eating… When it comes to the dietary demands of customers, chef Teresa Cutter has seen it all. She initially trained in the classics, with French chefs, but ended up running her own café. She now concentrates on creating food with recipes that use fresh and unprocessed recipes. “At one stage I had three banana breads,” she says of what was on offer at the Avalon cafe, which she has since... Read More

Mushroom & Quinoa Risotto With Brazil Nut Parmesan

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

RACE RECOVERY

  Taking part in a fitness event this weekend? Don’t forget the most important step in your race journey…RECOVERY. An endurance event like City2Surf places 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 during the race…. probably to the max! Depending on the distance and... Read More

Roasted Cauliflower With Lemon Scented Garden Herbs and Pomegranate

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

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 recipe from my book Perfect Digestive Health. I love 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 way of... 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

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

Here is a restorative – antioxidant rich salad that will make your body glow from the inside out. The recipe is from my book Purely Delicious and was inspired by my favourite health + wellness spa Kamalaya. The word DETOX is the umbrella term to describe many different types or approaches to detoxification. Many of them are disciplined fasting programs that can add additional stress for the body and can often deprive the body of essential nutrients needed for optimal health. Detox... 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

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

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


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