The Healing Benefits Of Bone Broth

Last week I finally bought myself a slow cooker with a good ceramic base….. I’ve got to say, now I’m hooked and I’ve been making the most amazing bone broths and soups to help support and nourish my digestive and immune system. I have always been making my own broths and stocks using my usual 10 litre stainless steel stock pot – but now it’s so easy I just set and forget.  Making your bone broth is as easy as making a bowl of porridge –... Read More

Superfood Powders: What You Need To Know

Good nutrition is the fundamental building block for a healthy body. The foods you eat have the potential to nourish every cell in your body and is your nutritional insurance policy to live longer, feel energised and perform at your optimum best. Superfoods are the five star foods because of their special ability to support good health. They give us whopping doses of antioxidants and fibre to boost the immune system and help fight illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes,... 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 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

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

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

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Here’s a velvety smooth chocolate mousse from my 80/20 cook book that’s perfect for Mother’s Day!  A chocolate mousse that’s guilt free and loaded with super foods and antioxidants. My purely delicious chocolate mousse is made from ripe avocado that is blended with my Naked Chocolat that is scented with pure Madagascan vanilla and a pinch of artisan sea salt.  The addition of a little splash of coconut milk will make the texture a little lighter – which... Read More

ORGANIC SUPERFOOD – What’s Great About It ?

The secret to perfect health is simple “EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES” to feed and nourish your body from the inside out.  As an additional benefit, you’ll also lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, improve memory + concentration, reduce stress and basically feel amazing ! Healthy Chef Organic Superfood is the ultimate wholefood vitamin formula. A delicious blend of cold pressed organic fruit and vegetables designed to give you 30% of your recommended... Read More

Naked Chocolat

THE HEALTHY CHEF LAUNCHES NAKED CHOCOLAT Australia’s first sugar-free, dairy free and gluten free drinking chocolate! Chocoholics rejoice! The Healthy Chef has launched Naked Chocolat – the perfect way to indulge with a delicious blend of 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... Read More

Chocolate Thickshake

If you want super power packed nutrition – then you need to try my power packed chocolate thick shake.  This makes a delicious healthy snack or light meal that’s perfect when you want to indulge in a little chocolate therapy.   What’s great about it: Naked Chocolat is bursting with antioxidants, mineral rich cocoa, carob, maca, cinnamon and pure vanilla bean, this potent blend provides sustained energy, supports the endocrine and immune systems and contributes... 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

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

Gingersnap + Lemon Tea

In Natural Medicine, ginger is used as a potent detoxifying and antiviral herb that helps the body get rid of toxins, stimulate circulation and boost your immune system. It’s regarded as a natural antibiotic for the body and helps to reduce congestion and mucous production. Lemon is great mixed with the tea as it adds a lovely freshness and helps with the detoxification process.  Turmeric is a natural antiviral with potent anti anti-inflammatory properties. High in cur... 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

Polish Sauerkraut

I was brought up on sauerkraut.  My Great Polish Aunt was a specialist sauerkraut maker and I remember us as kids always having it with our meals. The sour flavour comes from the process of lacto-fermentation, similar to the pickling of cucumbers. But instead of soaking the cabbage in a vinegary brine solution, sauerkraut preparation requires only salt and the lactic acid bacteria already present on raw cabbage. Sauerkraut produces amazing amounts of lactobacilli, a healthy... 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

Vitality Smoothie

This is the ultimate Super Greens Vitality Smoothie that’s bursting with antioxidants and alkalising goodness. It’s the real deal, the get me super healthy type of smoothie that will have you bouncing off the walls and feeling energised.  Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are more potent through whole food consumption which is why drinking green smoothies are the perfect way to nourish your body. A good diet has always played a vital role in supporting health,... 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

My Fruit Salad For Digestive Health

I was inspired to post my fruit salad for digestive health after last week’s MINDD foundation healthy cooking demonstration. Optimal DIGESTIVE HEALTH is something very personal to me and it’s what inspires my recipes I create every day or the products I develop for the healthy chef range. Food is most healing when it is close to it’s original state and has the properties to heal and nourish and what we eat and drink builds the foundation to our health. This... 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

Roasted Baby Carrot with Pomegranate, Pistachio + Hummus

I love my vegetables, and not a day goes by where I’m not inspired to create purely delicious meals to nourish my body and make me feel great. I couldn’t resist posting my favourite recipe of the moment made from simple roasted baby carrots served on a bed of fresh-made hummus and scented with a hint of pomegranate dressing. You’ll notice that I don’t add the traditional garlic or cumin to my hummus recipe – the reason is that I find it really over powers the wonderful... 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

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

This is the perfect way to indulge with a delicious blend of super foods. My Chocolate Olive Oil Cake is power packed with antioxidants to boost energy and promote wellbeing. Smooth and sophisticated my chocolate cake is moist and decadent and rich in antioxidants and heart healthy essential fatty acids that promote good health. This flourless chocolate cake takes just a few minutes to mix up and it’s perfect for impromptu dinner parties, picnics or just because you feel... Read More

Minestrone with Vegetables of the Moment

When I make minestrone I vary the vegetables I use depending on what I can get in the market that day.  This wonderful vegetable soup reflects the season – the vegetables of the moment that are clean and pure and that can be thrown into a large pot and simmered to perfection. I love minestrone because it’s a one pot meal that’s simple and nourishing and it can be enjoyed for a few days or until the pot is empty. I’ve used water not vegetable stock to... Read More

Pumpkin Scones

This is my secret recipe for pumpkin scones that you’ll absolutely love. I would recommend roasting 1 large pumpkin so that you can also use it to make a variety of meals such as a warming pumpkin soup.  There is a secret to making perfect scones – it all depends on how you combine and handle your dough. Dry ingredients must be combined thoroughly before any moisture is added. Make sure your spelt flour, sea salt, cinnamon and baking powder are mixed through perfectly.... 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

Roasted Pumpkin + Carrot Soup with Green Goddess Pesto

Over the next few months I’ll be posting some of my favourite winter warming recipes to nourish and heal over the cooler months. A soup that I regularly make is my roasted pumpkin and carrot soup. The roasting intensifies the delicious flavour, allowing a delicate sweetness that comes through the finished dish. I vary how I serve my soup depending on what I feel like at the time or what I have in the fridge.  One of my favourite toppings is a green goddess pesto made from... 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 takes around 15 minutes to make and I love to serve it topped with a sunny side fried organic egg. I... Read More

Macadamia Nut Milk

Macadamia nut milk is a purely delicious creamy milk that requires no straining and takes about 30 seconds to make.  It’s a staple in the healthy chef househould and I love making mine scented with vanilla bean and a touch of cinnamon. Soak for easier blending and more bio-availability, which is great for sensitive digestive systems. Use as you would regular milk such as in your next power porridge, smoothie, custard or Iced chocolat. What’s great about it: There... 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

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 Hot Cross Buns

  Now is the perfect time for making these delicious hot cross buns made from wholemeal spelt, rye, plump raisins, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Start the recipe the day before you need them. Make a double batch because these won’t last long! These tasty buns are not very difficult to make, actually the dough is very simple. After combining the ingredients the most important part is to allow the buns to rest and develop in the fridge overnight – at least 12 hours. Serve... Read More

Detox Green Vegetable Soup

This soup was inspired by Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Koh Samui Thailand. The soup is from my 80/20 book and it’s  a potent blend of  alkalinising vegetables and herbs to promote  good health. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, folate and fibre necessary for a healthy body and immune system.  I sometimes love to add a touch of chili for a little heat and pump up the protein by adding green peas or fish. 1 litre home made vegetable stock or water... 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

Buckwheat Porridge

There is nothing better than my buckwheat porridge scented with vanilla bean, red apple and cinnamon which makes it taste just like apple strudel. I’ve added chia seed for extra goodness and muscatel adds a mild sweetness that makes it purely delicious. I’ve soaked all the ingredients the night before which makes the porridge quicker to cook the next morning – around 3 – 5 minutes. I vary my topping depending on what fruit and nuts I have in the fridge... 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

How To 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

Fatoush

This is quite a simple and addictive salad.  Once you start eating it – you can’t stop because it’s so delicious. I love making it for my dinner and serve any leftovers for lunch the next day.  I pump up the protein by adding boosters such as Persian feta, chickpeas or roasted walnuts if i’m eating it cold or for warmer options I serve with my fish in a bag or some quality grass fed beef. What’s good about it: Basically everything !  The health... 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

IT’S HERE ! OUR ORGANIC PEA PROTEIN HAS ARRIVED

Our Healthy Chef Organic Pea Protein has arrived.  It complements our Pure Native WPI perfectly and is a pure + natural vegetable source of complete protein that can supplement your healthy diet. Thank you to everyone who has been patient and pre-ordered over the last week – your protein will be sent out straight away.! I absolutely love this Protein !  It hits all the marks of what I love in a protein supplement  - like being all natural, organic, low in carbs, high... 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

Soft Shell Fish Tacos

Around this time of year I start thinking of outdoor  BBQ’s and some healthy entertaining. For me personally, Mexican food is about subtle, fragrant, fresh  flavours with distinctive aromas and the use of fresh ingredients and  flavors that are bursting with goodness. I regularly make my soft shell tacos and what I love to do is just to keep it simple, arranging all the fresh ingredients in the middle of the table so that my friends can make up their own healthy taco.... Read More

Green Burgers

Over the last few weeks I’ve been creating some delicious green meals and juices that help nourish the body and  just make you feel great !  My green burgers take about 5 minutes to mix up and they are perfect hot out of the oven or cold as part of your lunch time salad.  Hubby loves to eat them with a side of cinnamon roasted sweet potato, smashed avocado and a generous drizzle of lime – I throw them into my garden salad made with lots of leafy greens, avocado... Read More

The Healthy Chef Shopping List

Here’s a page from my new book called 101 ways to lose weight. It’s my healthy chef shopping list with some great info on how to read food labels and what to look for in the supermarket. My list is intended as a guide and based on my favourite healthy foods I love to eat. Buy seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables, as they are nutritionally better for your health and also less expensive. Shop at farmers’ markets, join a fresh food co-op or grow your own. When... Read More

Superfood Green Tabouli

Here’s a terrific no fuss recipe to take to work….or anywhere for that matter. My version of Tabouli takes around 5 minutes to whip up in the kitchen and it keeps really well in a lunch box until you are ready to enjoy.  Any leftovers can be devoured as a side to pan roasted barramundi or king salmon then drizzled with extra lime or lemon. What’s good about it: Basically, this tabouli rocks ! The broccoli is full of alkalinising, anti-inflamatory and anti-cancer... Read More