Dukkah-Crusted Eggplant with Tabbouleh & Flat Bread

Dukkah-Crusted Eggplant with Tabbouleh & Flat Bread

One of my favourite ingredients since studying Ottoman cuisine has been dukkah. It's smoky, slightly spicy, crunchy and fragrant. It teams perfectly with anything from fish to chicken to veggies and I even love rolling boiled eggs into it or sprinkling some onto my hummus for extra flavour.

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Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

This week there's been a few weird-weather days here in Melbourne. Even though it's summer, we went through a bit of a rainy, cold-snap and I felt like nothing more than soup. However, because it is summer, I didn't have any of the usual suspects in my fridge, like celery, pumpkin or broccoli. Luckily, I had the right handful of ingredients to make this delish Turkish red lentil soup that I learnt to make last year.

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Lunching Lighter With Cruskits and Vita-Weats

Lunching Lighter With Cruskits and Vita-Weats

Did you know that more than 3.8 million Australians skip lunch thinking they will get more done? But by 12pm blood sugar levels begin to drop leaving you feeling tired and having trouble concentrating. Taking a few minutes for a light lunch helps to re-fuel your body and get you ready to take on the afternoon. Good choices for lunch are quality carbohydrates, protein, good fats and some vegetables or fruit.

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A Healthy Start to The New Year: Mix Apparel at Coles Supermarkets

A Healthy Start to The New Year: Mix Apparel at Coles Supermarkets

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and are getting back into the groove of healthy, balanced meals and a little more movement! I started my new year in Bali this year and it was absolute bliss. Think early(ish) mornings, long walks in the soft sand (great for your legs and pretty much like a foot exfoliation at the same time!), fresh smoothies for brekky, then a dip in the ocean, some beachside stretching and a walk back home. My go-to 'uniform' for my active routine has heavily featured the new Mix Apparel range now available at 740 Coles supermarkets nation-wide.

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Chargrilled Eggplant Soup

Chargrilled Eggplant Soup

Well what a day! Today marks Isaac and mine's 8th anniversary together. We met in high school, year 7 to be exact when I had changed schools and ended up in Isaac's class. I made a great bunch of friends, a lot of whom I still call great friends today but Isaac wasn't one of them right away. His locker was above mine but we never spoke to each because you know - high school. So the silence continued for term after term until one day we had a 'battleships' competition in maths class.

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Lime & Mango Slice

Lime & Mango Slice

I've always been one to pick zesty flavours over caramel/chocolate flavours because I find them super flavoursome and generally not as sweet. I always love enjoying a raw slice but they always have dates in them but I am actually sorbitol-intolerant and dates have a pretty large chunk of sorbitol in them. So to save looking 6 months pregnant after a coffee and cake date, I always end up going to something else.

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Easy Granola

Easy Granola

I am a firm believer that there is no better way to clear out my cupboards than by making a batch of granola. i just go through all my little bags and jars and tip whatever i've got left into a big bowl until i'm sufficiently happy that i've cleared out all the little, annoying leftovers. this time though, i actually measured everything so i could tell you about it!

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Easy Banana Pikelets

Easy Banana Pikelets

I love pikelets, i used to take little ones to school as play-lunch with jam. and in high school every single shrove tuesday (pancake day), my friends and i would go over to someone's house and either make 'shaker pancakes' from the bottle or open up a packet of golden circle pikelets and lather them up with nutella, milo, and ice cream.

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Feta & Silverbeet Rolls

Feta & Silverbeet Rolls

There's this cool little lebanese bakery in my end of town. it's always bustling, always full of lebanese and turkish people (this is the seal of approval i reckon), and it's dirt cheap. they do lebanese pitas, manoush, pides, sweets, thick coffee, and my favourite salty yoghurt drinks (ayran in turkish). they make these triangle pastries filled with lemony greens and onions, then you can sprinkle red pepper chilli into the parcel once it's cooked.

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Mango Smoothie

Mango Smoothie

Well, i reckon it is anyway. it's so luscious and silky and creamy yet lacks pretty much all of the exotic ingredients you see on social media because generally, i cannot justify spending upwards of $30 on a tub of superfood powder, or dehydrated berries when i can get my whole week's worth of groceries at the market for it even though all of those things are incredibly delicious. 

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Lemon and Caper Fish Cakes

Lemon and Caper Fish Cakes

Last night i was eating pizza in front of the tv (WHAT?! but you're a nutritionist!) because i was tired and so was isaac and i couldn't be bothered cooking. so i did one of my favourite things, ordered a semi-healthy pizza (wholemeal base, not much cheese, plenty of veg etc.) and watched SBS because i knew they'd be showing something more worthy my time and my retinas than family feud or a current affair.

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Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

The cupboards were pretty much bare when i made this chicken soup. i have zero cooking experience in asian cuisine because it's so daunting - i mean i grew up watching iron chef where they could chop shallots perfectly in a blink and made foam from livers. crazzzzzzy stuff.

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Orange Blossom and Cardamom Cake

Orange Blossom and Cardamom Cake

The last couple of years i have coincidentally made isaac middle-eastern inspired cakes, and i did it again this year. i made orange blossom and cardamom cake with yoghurt and honey icing aka 'ugh! it tastes like morning fresh detergent' according to isaac's bro.

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Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice

The inspiration for this recipe came from a cooking show i saw on tv, i don't watch tv very much at all and this show only reiterated that for me. they made zucchini slice, it was disgusting. they only used egg-whites (WHY?!), used cottage cheese instead of tasty or parmesan, and used the fattiest bacon i've ever seen.

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Vegan Dips

Vegan Dips

I used to always think that dips were just for the adults at parties i went to when i was little. they seemed to love dip. the women with the double-denim and too-dark-for-them bob haircuts were always chatting, laughing, and slapping each other's thigh when a joke was told all with a jatz cracker in their hand topped with french onion dip. 

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