Should I Go Gluten Free?

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

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

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

My Top 5 Beauty Boosting Recipes

You don’t need fake bronzer or anti-ageing pills for gorgeous skin and a healthy body. For me, beauty comes from the food you eat as well as your lifestyle. Eating your way to glowing skin and a beautiful body is really simple. As long as you include antioxidant rich leafy greens, good fats and protein in your diet, you’ll be getting the nutrients to give strength and structure to your skin to help it glow, and the fuel your body needs for youthful energy and vitality. Here... 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

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

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

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

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

Spelt + Cinnamon Gingerbread Men

These little cookies make the perfect addition to your Christmas table or bundled together as a delicious gift! What I love about these cookies is that they taste like shortbread and the delicate hint of vanilla and spice is ever so subtle…the perfect cookie recipe for those who find traditional gingerbread a little overpowering. This is a wonderful cookie recipe, so feel free to cut your cookies into whatever shape you prefer. The recipe is slightly too delicate for a traditional... 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

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

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

This is a great portable recipe if you’re a busy mover and shaker and need a quick breakfast on the go. They are the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee or green tea and full of protein, vitamins and fibre that will sustain your body as well as boost energy. What’s great about it:  This is a nutrient packed portable breakfast that will energise and revitalise your body! According to studies, the beta-glucan fibre found in oats can help regulate your appetite... 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

A Simple Guide To Perfect Digestive Health

When your digestive system is off, your health can suffer in all sorts of ways. This includes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn or gas.  You may also experience food allergies, weight gain, skin problems and more. If unaddressed, these symptoms can easily manifest into more chronic health conditions such as adrenal burnout, thyroid conditions, motility issues, depression and more.  Here is a list of what helps me support my own digestive... 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

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

Health Crunch Cookies

This is a protein packed power cookie that makes the perfect portable snack any time of day.  Perfect as breakfast on the move with your morning coffee or green smoothie and great to pack into lunch boxes or into the back of a cycling jersey.  These cookies take around 5 minutes to mix up plus an additional 15 minutes to rest before baking. They are soft when you pull them out of the oven, so it’s important to let them cook completely before devouring. What’s great... 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

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

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

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

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

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These yummy cookies are full of all things wholesome and nourishing. What I love about this recipe is that it’s  very therapeutic to make and I adore slowly mixing the oat filled dough with my hands.  Baking cookies and cakes is fun and it’s a great way to de-stress and relax, put on some French music and have fun. The secret to making these chocolate chip cookies lies in the mixing. Making sure the ingredients are well combined and gently massaged and squished together... Read More

Nut Free Protein Balls

So here’s my recipe for Nut Free Protein Balls, packed with superfood chocolaty goodness. These delicious balls contain organic, raw and natural ingredients to help keep you healthy + energised. I’ve designed them especially for the readers who have requested a version of protein balls for the kids to take to school or those with nut allergies. These protein balls are so delicious – they taste like a raw bounty bar and it’s hard to stop at one. Enjoy. What’s... Read More

Meatballs In Smashed Tomato Sauce

These meatballs contain all the essential nutrients such as protein and antioxidants needed to build muscle, fight disease and support a healthy body. You can use your choice of grass-fed beef, veal, pork or turkey mince in this recipe. I’ve also mixed in a few spoonfuls of ricotta which lightens the meatballs so they are tender and gorgeous when you eat them.  For those who are dairy free you can add one fine-grated potato in place of the ricotta and mix it through the... Read More

Superfood Energy Bowl

My breakfast of the moment is called the Superfood Energy Bowl. It takes just 1 minute to prepare and is loaded with vitality boosting super foods that nourishes your body from the inside out.  What I love about it is that it makes the perfect portable breakfast or snack so you can easily prepare it into a glass mason jar and take it to work to enjoy at your leisure. I use a good thick Greek Style natural yoghurt as my base, and for those who are dairy free you can use coconut... Read More

How To Make The Perfect Dairy Free Milk

When I cook, I always use full fat or organic milk in my recipes and I always try to cater for people who have intolerances such as to lactose or dairy. Nut and seed milks are a delightful lactose-free alternative to traditional dairy. They can be incorporated into healthy diets and provide your body with essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc to nourish its immune system. Fermented dairy such as yoghurt and kefir with live cultures can normally be tolerated by... 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

Super Greens 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, which is why... Read More

Carrot Soup With Ginger + Turmeric

This soup is packed with antioxidants and superfood goodness that will nourish your body from the inside out. It comes from my new book Perfect Digestive Health and you can feel the healing benefits as soon as you eat it. The quick cooking time allows for maximum nutrition and flavour so enjoy and be nourished. What’s good about it. Carrots are the richest source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for tissue growth and repair,... 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


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