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Recipe // Healthy Loaded Fries

The cooler weather definitely lends itself to craving comfort food. A few weeks ago my kids were requesting ‘hot chips’ for lunch and as it happened, they weren’t the only ones feeling like crunchy spuds! As chips in our house is a side (not a meal) and because I didn’t want to go to too much effort, I thought I’d build on their craving for chips and create a one pan meal of sorts. One of the ways that I ha ...

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10 Ways to Supercharge Your Immune System

The food we eat is one of the most powerful tools we have to help prevent disease. Your immune system protects your body by defending against viruses and bacteria, which can cause inflammation in the body, resulting in illness and disease. Certainly, a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system. Fruit and especially vegetables have many properties to heal, nourish and boost your immune system. All fru ...

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Recipe // Pumpkin Lasagne

This lasagne is a fiber rich, supercharged veggie bonanza, including lots of different colored vegetables. The hero of this dish – pumpkin, is a rich source of antioxidants especially vitamin A and many other vitamins, minerals and protective phytochemicals. Ingredients Pumpkin layer 1kg butternut or Jap pumpkin, peeled and roughly sliced 2 large carrots, roughly cut 200g (1½ cups approx.) of cauliflower, f ...

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Recipe // Egg-Stuffed Avocado

There’s nothing better than a delicious breakfast that is healthy, easy to prepare and comes complete with its own bowl. Many people on Stradbroke Island are lucky enough to have huge avocado trees in their backyard, which makes it easy to source the biggest, tastiest fruit just perfect for this recipe. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 4 ripe avocados 4 rashers bacon, cooked 30g soft, fresh goats cheese 8 eggs Salt and ...

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Keep it Simple with Meal Planning

We can agree being a parent is busy and we play many roles: taxi driver, cleaner, organiser, social planner, to being a teacher, chef, therapist, and so much more. After a hectic day running around we want to give you some tips on how to keep going... and create a delicious healthy meal for everyone. Wearing that chef hat, takes up a big part of our day; beginning with planning, shopping, prepping, cooking ...

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6 Vegetables to Hide in a Smoothie

No matter what I'm cooking, I'm always thinking in terms of how I can inject more nourishment, especially when feeding my kids. Because children are growing so rapidly, they have a much greater nutritional requirements, yet a smaller capacity to be nourished (smaller stomachs). So my motto when working to improve the health of kids is to make 'every mouthful count' nutritionally. One tip I always offer pare ...

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Planning Makes Perfect

Feeding a family is not always easy, right? But having a little forethought and planning ahead a few meals can really help feed your family well. Meal planning is such a great idea in theory but sometimes the follow-through can be a little harder for those who aren’t in the meal-prepping routine (yet). Here are some tips and ideas for quick, convenient meals that can often be prepared or made completely in ...

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Mexican Omelette Wrap

This Mexican Omelette is a delicious, quick and easy breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s so simple, the kids could even make it themselves.   INGREDIENTS Salsa 10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved 1-2 capsicums (red or yellow), diced 1 cup baby spinach leaves ½ cup red cabbage, shredded (optional) 1 avocado, diced Handful of coriander leaves, chopped 425g can black beans, drained and rinsed Dressing Juice half l ...

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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

There’s no doubting it – the star attraction at most parties (be that a kids’ birthday bash or a sophisticated adult do) is the cake. It can be the element that you work your entire party theme around, or it can be more practical and multi-tasked at dessert time. Either way, make sure you get a slab and enjoy it – it’s bad luck not to eat cake at a party, right?! These cakes were made by Olivia McAuliffe of ...

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Bring a Plate

In primitive times, food acquisition was a group effort and food was shared amongst the village. There’s something special about sharing food with others - it’s very bonding and even educational, teaching children about cooperation and fairness. An interesting study of 466 Belgian students found that those who had shared meals more frequently in childhood scored better for altruistic behaviours, particularl ...

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