Chickpea Cacciatore with Soft Polenta

Chickpea Cacciatore with Soft Polenta

What a week! I've barely cooked. Renovations are tiring! I didn't realise this for so long but this week I started to 'itch'. I wanted in on my hazard zone of a kitchen! The biggest part of the reno is almost finished so I got into my kitchen this afternoon to whip up this hearty, healthy and oh-so-satisfying chickpea cacciatore with super soft polenta.

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New Kid on the Block - Nescafe Gold Organic

New Kid on the Block - Nescafe Gold Organic

Growing up, I always remember the standard kitchen bench top items always included a sugar jar, a box of tea bags and a jar of Nescafe Gold for my parent’s daily coffee. As time went on, I began having a cup with them too and even adding it into my recipes. Now that I have my own home, I always keep a jar in my kitchen as well which is why I’m really excited to partner with Nescafe to announce the launch of their newest family member, Nescafe Gold Organic.

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Chocolate Pound Cake with Olive Oil Icing

Chocolate Pound Cake with Olive Oil Icing

This is a winner of a cake. Like an absolute, total, hands-down winner. A few ingredients, loads of healthy olive oil, magnesium-rich cacao and heaven in a mouthful! After visiting the olive groves at Cobram Estate last week I really wanted to try out an icing similar to one that the chef made for our carrot cake. I've always loved chocolate and olive oil together so it seemed fitting that I'd use it instead of water to make it!

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This week really let me know Winter was coming. Thunderstorms, super freezing winds, end of day light savings and very cold temperatures. All of that with NO HEATING. Not that I'm complaining, I've always opted for putting on a jumper (or my dressing gown in the day time!) before putting the heater on but, it's so so so cold in the mornings and in the evenings.

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Best-Ever Lactation Cookies

I have made these for my sister-in-law to help out with her milk production since our little cutie pie nephew was born. They are such a hit! Even with Isaac's brother, who obviously won't be needing to breastfeed! They have brewer's yeast in them which I buy from my health food store. It's full to the brim of B vitamins, protein and iron and it's perfect for keeping mum's energy up as well as to help convert carbohydrates into glucose for the body to use as energy. Other foods thought to be milk-stimulating or, the technical term, 'galactogogues', include oats, fenugreek and fennel. Do you guys make lactation cookies? What do you put in them?
 

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Three-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Three-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Guys! If you make just one thing this week/month/year, make it this three-ingredient chocolate mousse! Seriously it's the BEST EVER. And it's completely plant-based. The texture of this mousse is out-of-this-world and is just as though you've made it with cream! Sweeten your mousse up with maple, let it set cold in the fridge and enjoy! I love topping mine with fresh raspberries or even some nuts.

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Supergreens Pesto

Supergreens Pesto

This supergreens pesto is so so easy to whip up at a moment's notice to use a pasta sauce, which I actually do all the time because it's a cheap, nutritious and fast meal that is super tasty! Or as a sandwich spread, an awesome addition to quiches, frittatas and scrambled eggs, as a topping for pizza or even a dipping sauce for sweet potato chips! The list goes on!

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