Sweet Potato Salmon Patties

Sweet Potato Salmon Patties

I am always looking for new lunch ideas, so when my sister and I thought of salmon patties I knew I had to do something a little different! Combining it with the sweet potato gives it a deliciously sweet flavour and hide some of the ‘fishy’ taste – so it is sure to be a favourite with everyone! Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze them and take them out for lunches when you need!

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Sweet Potato Salmon Patties

Delicious gluten salmon patties that are made in minutes. They are extremely versatile and great for kids lunch boxes.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine Australian
Keyword fish cakes, Lunch, lunch box, Salmon, salmon patties, sweet potato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 patties

Ingredients

  • 415 g tin of salmon
  • 400 g Sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped coriander
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped

Instructions

  • Peel and roughly chop the sweet potato. Steam in the microwave or over the stove for 15mins or until soft. Then place into a large bowl and mash. Add in salmon and mash together with a fork. Add in remaining ingredients to form a thick, but wet mixture.
  • Roll mixture into the size of golf balls and flatten slightly on a lined baking tray. Bake in the oven for 15-20mins, turning over once.

Notes

Nut Free version, swap the almond meal for ½ cup plain flour
- Swap the tuna for salmon for something different.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

I love peanut butter and I love jam… but I am not the biggest fan of it on bread. I don’t know why, maybes its because I just associate sandwiches with savoury filling! It’s just not right to put them together between bread.

 

But I know it is a popular flavour combo so I didn’t want to give up on it just yet! Enter the peanut butter and jelly pancakes. WOW, Just WOW. Fluffy peanut butter pancakes on slightly sweetened by maple syrup sandwiches with boysenberry jam (or raspberry, actually even strawberry jam works really well too!). Then topped with fresh berries. I use my favourite Pic’s Peanut Butter as well as there delicious boysenberry jelly! Ps. I have an awesome giveaway coming next week ft. there amazing peanut butter so be sure to keep an eye out on my instagram!

So why are these pancakes so great?

These pancakes are great to make for your kids on the weekend (or get them involved in mixing them up!). The whole meal flour makes these super high fiber and the flax seeds provides a healthy source of fats (aka omega 3) and even more fiber! Because those little guts need to be cared for!

 

The peanut butter in the pancakes also provides a good source of protein, along with the milk and Greek yoghurt.

 

They are super low in sugar, for kids until 2 you could totally remove the maple to make them even more baby friendly.

For dairy free options swap the milk for oat or almond milk and the yoghurt for coconut yoghurt (or lactose free yoghurt is only lactose intolerant as this way you still get a good source of calcium.

 

So what are you waiting for? Why not celebrate the last few days of school holidays with delicious fluffy peanut butter pancakes – because yes mums its ok to celebrate that your about to get a little more peace and quiet around here soon!

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

Fluffy peanut butter pancakes sandwiched with tart berry jam for a delicious take the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Australian
Keyword berries, Chia Jam, healthy breakfast, healthy fats, pancake, pancakes, Peanut Butter, peanut butter and jelly
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup whole meal flour
  • ¼ cup flax meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1¾- cup milk
  • ¼ cup greek yoghurt
  • 1/3 cup Boysenberry jam

Instructions

  • Combine the dry ingredients (wholemeal flour, flax meal, cinnamon and baking powder) in a bowl. In a small bowl whisk together the wet ingredients (peanut butter, egg, maple syrup, milk and greek yoghurt).
  • Heat a non stick fry pan on medium heat. Spoon ¼ cup mixture in the pan and cook for 1min until bubbles begin to form. Flip and cook for another 1 min. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  • Spread jam between the pancakes and then drizzle with a little extra peanut butter and top with fresh berries.

Notes

Notes
use whole meal self raising flour if you have and remove the baking powder
Gluten Free Option: use gluten free flour but reduce the milk by ¼ cup as wholemeal flour absorbs a lot more liquid!
use your favourite jam flavour – raspberry and strawberry are also delicious with these pancakes!
‘Healthier’ GingerBread Cookies

‘Healthier’ GingerBread Cookies

Moreish little parcels of joy! I love love LOVE making gingerbread. So this year I tried putting a bit of a healthier twist on it by reducing the sugar and boosting the fibre!

Just because I have put the word healthy in front of these doesn’t mean that you can eat them all in one sitting. They still contain sugar, albite smaller amounts than classic gingerbread. They are still a treat and should be eaten and enjoyed in moderation!!

Remember Christmas, in the end, is all about sharing a delicious meal with the one you love. Food is always a highlight of Christmas, so why not making healthy gingerbread for your loved ones as a homemade gift!

Gingerbread Biscuits

This is a great recipe to make with your kids this Christmas, Get them to help you mix the dough and then cut out the shapes with their favourite Christmas cookie cutter!

Cooking with kids doesn’t need to be hard, and they don’t need to be involved in every single step of a recipe. It is more about giving them time in the kitchen to spend time with you and gain confidence around food!

Gingerbread Biscuits

A few notes on the recipe:

Molasses – Molasses is the liquid by product of refining sugar cane. While it is still a sweetener it is rich in minerals giving off a range of health benefits. I do recommend using a blackstap molasses as the mineral content is higher and it gives a delicious spicy flavour to the biscuits!

Flour – I opted for a whole meal flour in this recipe to boost the fibre content. If you can’t eat gluten try a mix of almond meal and buckwheat flour!

Egg – I used 1 egg to bind the dough. But to make these eggs vegan, simply substitute in a chia or flax egg!

Healthy Ginger Bread Cookies

Hi Fibre, Low sugar version of our favourite Christmas treat without compromising on flavour!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Australian, english
Keyword anzac cookies, biscuits, Christmas, christmasbaking, festive, gingerbread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Servings 20 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups whole meal plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Glaze

  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 3 tsp boiling water

Instructions

  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then add in the wet ingredients and mix together to form dough. Form the dough in a 1-inch thick disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1hr.
  • Preheat oven to 170C.
  • Roll out on a silicon mat or a floured surface to 3mm thick. Then use your favorite Christmas cookie cutters to form shapes. Carefully lift the cookies onto a lined baking tray and then bake for 10mins.
  • Make the glaze and brush over biscuits while they are still warm. Then allow to cool completely before you ice them or simply keep them plain!

Other Recipes you may love this christmas:

Trio of dips – for all your holiday entertaining!

Trio of dips – for all your holiday entertaining!

We are coming into the holiday seasons – aka a month of a whole lot of entertaining so I like to make some delicious healthy treats for my usual cheese platters.

But dips are just for entertaining OR cheese platters. They are a great sensory experience for your kids. No only do they provide great colour and a different texture to their plates it also provides a different ‘action’ for finger food! So here are my favourite three dips this summer – which all provide another serve of veg or legumes as well!

Pumpkin White Bean Hummus

Make your own buckwheat crackers to accompany these amazing creamy dip!

Pumpkin White Bean Hummus

Roast pumpkin packs this dip with flavour for the perfect mix of sweet, savoury and creamy!
Course Snack
Cuisine Australian
Keyword dip, hummus, pumpkin soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 400 g white beans
  • 400 g butternut pumpkin roasted
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200C. Spread the cubed pumpkin over a tray. Roast in the oven for 30mins and then allow to cool slightly.
  • Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend on high for 2-3mins until smooth. Top with a little olive oil and hemp seeds.

Fresh Beetroot Dip

Serve it up with fresh veggies of your choosing, or slathered on toast and topped with an egg.

Fresh Beetroot Dip

Fresh Vibrant beetroots make for a 'fun coloured dip for yum kids, or a delicious addition to your cheese platter.
Course Snack
Cuisine Australian
Keyword beetroot, dip, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 3 large beetroots
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp corriander
  • 3/4 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Place the beetroots in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil for 30mins. Remove from the water and allow to cool for 5mins, then use paper towel to rub the skin off the beetroot. Place the beetroot and remaining ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blend on high for 2-3min until smooth.

Classic Hummus

Serve them up with the incredible zaartar pita chips for something extra delicious!

Hummus With crispy Pita chips

The ultimate creamy hummus perfect for dipping with veggies sticks or cripsy pita chips!
Course Snack
Keyword chickpeas, hummus, legumes, pita chips, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 x 400g can Chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper

Pita chips:

  • 2 large pitas
  • 1 tbsp zaatar seasoning*
  • Spray cooking oil

Instructions

  • Drain the chickpeas and pour them into a saucepan. Top with water until chickpeas are covered. Bring the chickpeas to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10mins. This step is optional, but makes for the creamiest hummus!
  • Drain the chickpeas through a colander with a jug beneath it to capture ½ cup of the cooking water.
  • Add your chickpeas, tahini, and cooking water to the food processor. Processes for 1min until smooth and then add in remaining ingredients and process on high for 2mins until creamy!
  • Serve with crunch pita chips.

To prepare the pita chips:

  • Preheat the oven to 170Lightly spray the pita breads with spray oil and then sprinkle with zaartar. Bake in the pita chips straight on the wire oven wracks for 7-10min until golden and crunchy. Allow cooling for 5min and then using your hands break them up into rough chips.

Notes

*(or 1tsp sesame seeds, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, salt and pepper if you can’t find zaatar in your local supermarket!)

Savoury Pumpkin Scones

Savoury Pumpkin Scones

Savoury Pumpkin Scones

Soft savoury pumpkin scones perfect warm with a little butter or just as is for a tasty snack.
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Cuisine Australian, english
Keyword pumpkin soup, savoury, scones
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 scones

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 cup SR Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 55 g Butter cubed and chilled
  • 3/4 Cup Chedder Cheese Grated
  • 1 Tbsp Chives
  • 1/4 cup Milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Sift the flour, salt and cumin into a bowl. Then rub the chilled butter into the flour to create a fine crumb. Mix in the cheese and chives. Then add in the warm milk and pumpkin puree to bring the mixture together to form a smooth dough. Dust with flour. Form a round disc (about 8inch wide) and cut into 8 wedges, alternatively use a scone cutter!
  • Bake in the oven for 15-17min until they have risen and are golden.

Notes

  • To make your own pumpkin puree steam or roast some pumpkin and blend for 1min until smooth. 
  • you can you gluten free flour for these scones as well!
Funfetti Birthday Layer Cake

Funfetti Birthday Layer Cake

I am 26 today and I fully intend on eating this cake. I made it for myself, because what type of food blogger would I be without making one for myself.

And when I say cake I mean with REAL flour, sugar, eggs, butter. You name it! Why am I so passionate about this? Why a I a nutritionist promoting eating cake?

funfetti birthday cake

Why I always eat cake on my birthday!

My fondest memories of my childhood was picking the cake my mum would make me for my birthday – one year I got three (school, actually birthday, and party!! I thought I had won the lottery!). So to me it signifies learning to bake with my mum and celebrating and having fun with family and friends! OH and turning one year older, though I am slowly coming to that AGE where you don’t want to make a fuss of it anymore.

So I may be a nutritionist but I am a nutritionist that urges you to keep eating cake! Eat food that makes you feel good. So eat vegetables and grains and legumes and protein because they make you feel great and make your body function well. But also eat cake because it makes you feel good, eat it because of what it signifies for you!

 

So instead of finding healthy options for your kid’s birthday, make it with them and demonstrate to them that eating it is ok. That it is allowed! Because what a healthy watermelon cake tells them is that this food is not allowed, that it should be restricted.

Your kid is going to attend birthday parties; they are going to have the option of eating unhealthier foods. So show them that it is allowed as this can prevent kids from going crazy at parties, because its just another food, not some special treat that should otherwise be restricted.

So here is to making delicious cakes to celebrate our birthdays! Its how I plan on spending my big day today (plus a little work, because its unavoidable!). And best yet make this recipe for your kids because they will love it, I have never met a kid who doesn’t love sprinkles!

Funfetti Birthday Cake

Birthdays are for enjoying cake and celebrating someone you love! So ditch the healthy cake and make something you will all love!
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine Australian
Keyword birthday, Cake, sprinkles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 225 g butter softened
  • 200 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bi carb soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

Icing

  • 1 Batch Cream Cheese Icing or 2 x Philly Cream cheese icing packs
  • 3 tbsp Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 170C and line the base of 3x 6inch cake tins or 2 x 8inch baking tins.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl with electric beaters. Then add in 1 egg at a time. Beating until smooth and creamy. Add in vanilla. Use a wooden spoon to fold in plain flour, baking powder and bi carb soda, alternating with buttermilk.
  • Finally fold in sprinkles, be careful not to over mix.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30min until cooked through. Allow to cool for 10mins before removing from their tins and then cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile make the cream cheese frosting or if using the new philly cream cheese icing packs you can ignore this pack.
  • Once the cakes are cooled carefully cut off the top of the cakes with a serrated knife if they are not flat.
  • Then place one cake on a plate, top with 1/4 cup icing, repeat until all cakes are layered. Then carefully spread your remaining icing around the edge. Smooth it down with a bench scraper or pallet knife. Top with sprinkles.
  • Keep cake in the fridge if it’s a hot day, and remove 20min before serving to allow icing to soften.

Other great cake recipes for your special days: