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Thai Lime and Coconut Salmon Parcels with Lemongrass Infused Rice

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IMG_4541Planning a “dinner for two” but stuck for ideas and can’t bare the thought of spending the whole evening slaving away in the kitchen? Why not try this amazing little dinner and dessert combo that is packed full of flavour, easy on the eye and sure to please even the toughest of critics. Despite looking like something you would see served up at a fine dining restaurant, both of these recipes are very simple and easy to prepare, leaving you plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.

Thai Lime and Coconut Salmon Parcels with Lemongrass Infused Rice

 What you need…

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 fresh lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely diced
  • small bunch coriander, choppedIMG_4519
  • 1 tsp green curry paste
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bruised
  • ½ Chinese wombok, finely sliced
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
  • ½ tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Steamed greens to serve

What to do…

Pre-heat fan forced oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Next place 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add a pinch of salt, the lemongrass and the rice. Turn the heat down to a simmer, cover with a tight lid and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed.

Meanwhile, spread two large pieces of alfoil down on a clean working surface and then place a piece of baking paper over the top. Divide the wombok amongst the sheets of paper and then top each with a salmon fillet. Next start layering the salmon fillets with the fresh lime slices followed by the shallots, garlic, coriander, chilli and kaffir lime leaves.

Add the coconut milk, fish sauce and curry paste to a bowl and stir well to combine. Fold up the sides of each of the salmon parcels and then pour the coconut mixture over the fillets. Wrap each parcel up like a big present.

Place in the oven and cook for approximately 15-20minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon fillets. To test, open one of the packets, insert a fork into the centre of the fillet and gently pull back. If the inside flesh is opaque the fish is cooked. If not, return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until cooked to your liking.

Once cooked, remove from the oven and serve with some steamed greens and the lemongrass infused rice sprinkled with the toasted sesame seeds.

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Choc Coconut Dipped Strawberries with Pistachio Crumb

What you need…

  • 1 punnet fresh strawberries, rinsed and drained IMG_4557
  • 200g dark cooking chocolate
  • 200ml coconut milk or cream
  • 2 tbsp pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp almond meal

What to do…

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees fan forced. To make the crumb, mix the pistachios, almond meal and coconut together and spread over a baking tray lined with baking paper. Spray lightly with oil and place in the oven for about 5-7 minutes or until the edges of the mixture just start to brown slightly. Remove the oven and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, use a double boiler or microwave to melt the chocolate and coconut cream, stirring occasionally until smooth.

Transfer the chocolate to a bowl and assemble on a platter with the beautiful fresh strawberries and the pistachio crumb.

Enjoy!

A

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Blackened Cajun Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa

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salmon and salsa With Christmas (and the peak of summer) just around the corner this dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser, especially on these hot balmy summer nights! Being one of my all-time favourite food combinations – mango avocado and some lovely fresh seafood this dish has quickly worked its way up the ranks of my favourite dinner time creations! Packed with loads of essential vitamins and minerals and heart healthy fats you will be doing your whole body a favour..not just your taste buds! Though it may sound very exotic, this dish is super quick and easy to prepare. So if you’re keen to give this one a whirl please read on…

What you need…

  • 4 x salmon fillets
  • Cajun seasoning
  • 1x sweet potato, thinly sliced
  • smoked paprika
  • Steamed green veggies to serve (optional)

For the salsa:

  • 1 ripe mango, cut into cubes
  • 1 ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1 long red chilli, finely diced
  • 2-3 kaffir lime leaves, very finely diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, diced
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • Juice of a fresh lime
  • handful of fresh mint leaves, torn

What to do…

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Then rub the Cajun seasoning mix into the salmon fillets and then set aside until ready to cook.

Slice up the sweet potato into thin slices and throw them onto a lined baking tray. Spray over some olive oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika and salt and pepper. Place in the oven and leave for 20-25mins or until soft to touch and slightly crispy and browned across the top.

Meanwhile add all of the chopped salsa ingredients to a serving bowl and then tare up the mint leaves before mixing them through. Squeeze over the fresh lime juice and a light drizzle of olive oil.

For the salmon, preheat a non-stick fry pan  and then add the salmon skin side down. Cook for about 3-4 mins and skin is nice and crispy before flipping and lthe fillets and cooking for a further 2-3 mins or until cooked to your liking. (Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fillets.

Grab the sweet potato from the oven and serve up with the salmon and sexy, fresh salsa!
Enjoy!

A

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My take on the traditional Nicoise Salad

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salmon niscoiseHi everyone! Has been awhile but I’m back and man do I have something for you! Now that the weather is warming up again I am happy to say the soups are just about out and the salads are coming back in avengeance! With a hankering for salmon I decided to combine the two and create my own take on the traditional salmon (or more traditionally tuna) Nicoise Salad! Tried and tested on my other half earlier this evening this dish is a winner all round. Packed full of flavour, complementing textures, healthy fats and a tonne of fresh, crunchy salad veggies to up your vitamin and mineral intake there is really nothing not to like about this dish!

As a bit of an experimenter in the kitchen, I decided to mix things up a  bit and swapped the traditional steamed spuds for roasted sweet potato, swapped the boiled eggs for poached and added a sprinkling of lightly toasted almonds for an extra crunch!

Not only did the sweet potato add a tonne of flavour to the dish but from a nutritional perspective, using this lovely starchy vege instead of plain old potatoes helped to lower the overall GI (glycemic index) of the dish ever so slightly! Sweet potato also contains betacarotene which is a precursor for vitamin A (a vitamin essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, skin integrity and eyes). Furthermore, not only did adding the crunchy almonds create a textural party in your mouth but they are also a great source of healthy monounsaturated fats…Great for your general health AND lowering your cholesterol! As are the omega 3 fats found in the salmon… Winning!! The boiled eggs on the other hand were really just there for show, but I have to say, they were delicious, as they just oozed over the salad to create a lovely creamy textured sauce for the dish!

To recreate this dish here is what you will need for 2 people:

For the salad:

x2 Salmon fillets

olive oil

paprika

handful of green beans, halved

small handful of kalamata olives

1/2 bag of mixed leaves

1/2 punnet cherry tomatoes

1 small sweet potato, chopped into bite sized chunks

2 tbsp toasted slivered almonds

2 eggs

For the dressing:

1 tbsp olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp seeded mustard

salt & pepper to taste

1/2 tsp minced garlic

What to do…

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees fan forced.

Place the chopped sweet potato on a lined baking tray, spray with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and a sprinkling of paprika. Cook in a moderate oven for 20-25mins or until soft and slightly browned around the edges.

Begin constructing the salad by adding the mixed leaves, olives and the chopped cherry tomatoes. Then steam the green beans and once cool add them to the salad.

For the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and mix well. Set aside until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, boil some water in a saucepan and allow to simmer on low heat until you are ready to poach your eggs.
While your water is simmering away, place a non-stick frypan over moderate heat on the stove and spray with oil. Pat dry your salmon fillet and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place your salmon to the pan skin down and leave for 4-5mins before turning. Leave facedown for a further 2 mins (or until cooked to your liking) before removing from the heat.

Leave the salmon to rest while you quickly poach your eggs which should only take 2-3 mins. (Make sure the water is only simmering when you drop your eggs in otherwise the whites will go everywhere! ) Once cooked to your liking remove the eggs from the water and set aside while you assemble the rest of the salad.

To finish off the salad, gently break the salmon into large chunky flakes or pieces and scatter over the salad along with the roasted sweet potato before dividing the salad amongst your serving bowls.

Finally top each salad bowl with a poached egg, a sprinkling of toasted almonds and a drizzle of the homemade salad dressing!

Delish!

And a point to note, if you wanted to jazz up this salad a little further you could always add in some avocado or a sprinkling of marianted fetta cheese for a little extra indulgence!

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

A

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Grilled Atlantic Salmon and Black Rice Salad

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black rice salad and pumpkinSo after a 4day foodie adventure in Melbourne (where I probably ate a few too many ridiculously tastey meals and drank a few too many delicious vinos) I needed something fresh and healthy for dinner..and what spells fresh and healthy better than a nice piece of grilled salmon and a nutritious black rice salad?!

Never used black rice before? Long been treasured in Ancient China as a luxury food, back in those days black rice soon became known as the “forbidden rice” as it was cultivated exclusively for royalty ONLY and all others were banned from eating it. Fortunately these days black rice is available for everyone to enjoy right around the globe! Though perhaps a little more expensive than your standard wholegrain rice, black rice makes a great addition to just about any dish. Not only adding more depth, texture and flavour to your meal but also obviously adding a whole heap of extra important vitamins and minerals! Hailed by many as being a “superfood” black rice contains significant amounts of the vitamin Niacin (needed to release energy from food, to control blood sugars and also plays a role in maintaining healthy skin, nervous system and digestive system), thiamin (required for optimum growth in childhood and fertility) and magnesium (essential for regulating blood pressure and in nerve and muscle function). It is also obviously a great source of fibre to keep our digestive systems healthy! The grain’s magnificent colour is due to a naturally occurring antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is also responsible for the vibrant colour of blueberries and blackberries! So really…what’s not to love about this tastey, nutritious grain?!

Ok so back to my nutritious dinner… I served up some fresh grilled atlantic salmon with roast pumpkin, a brown and black rice salad and some home made pesto! Deslishhh!

Here is what you’ll need….black rice salad1

2 salmon fillets

1/2 cup uncooked brown rice

1/2 cup uncooked black rice

big bunch of parsley

1/2 punnet cherry tomatoes

1/2 can cannelini beans (rinsed)

1 small red onion

1/3 cup currants

handful of washed roquette leaves

1/4 cup mixed seeds (pepitas, pumpkin seeds, linseeds etc) OR i think a pistachios would also go really nicely with this dish!

juice of a lime

1 tbs soy/tamari sauce

1 tsp brown sugar

olive oil

sesame oil (optional)

Home made pesto (see previous salmon recipes for how instructions on how to whip this up)

200g chopped pumpkin

What to do…

Firstly turn your oven onto moderate heat (180degrees fan forced). Chop up your pumpkin and place it on a small baking tray, spray with olive oil and a sprinkling of pepper and then place in the oven to bake for around 25-30mins (or until it is soft and slightly crispy around the edges).

As for the pesto.. it was just a last minute idea and you can, of course, always just use a bought pesto or replace it with a dollop of tzatziki or chilli jam! It’s totally up to you! I was just going with what I could find hiding in the fridge! But if you are after the recipe for this have a look at my previous posts as I have explained the process a couple of times in previous recipes!

Although I cooked both lots of rice seperately (as per instructions on the back of the packets). You could also just buy a packet of already par cooked brown rice to save yourself some time and then just cook the black rice using the packet instructions. As they both take the same amount of time to cook however, it is almost just as easy to cook them both separately!

I think that the absorption method is best for the black rice (1 part rice : 1.75 parts water) where after rinsing your rice first, you just place your water and rice in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer, and then cover and leave for about 25mins or until all the water has all been absorbed.

As for the brown rice I just filled a saucepan 2/3 full with water then brought it to the boil before adding the rice and then leaving it for around 25mins or until the rice was “aldente” and still slightly chewy.

However you choose to cook your rice, I’m sure it will work out just fine! Now onto the rest of the salad.. chop your cherry tomatoes in half, chop up your big bunch of parsley and finely dice your red onion before adding them all to a large salad bowl along with the rice. Add your rinsed lentils and the currants and mix all the ingredients through really well.

In a small jug add your lime juice, tamari/soy sauce, a dash of olive oil (or sesame oil) and the sugar and stir well to combine. Pour over the salad and mix well. Just before serving you can add in your nuts/seeds so that they are nice and crunchy!

When you are almost ready to serve, heat a non stick frying pan, spray with olive oil and when it is nice and hot, place your salmon skin side down and leave to cook on that side for 3-4 mins, then flip over and cook the other side for 1-2mins. (the cooking times will obviously vary depending how thick your pieces of salmon are!)

And it’s serving time!! (Oh yeh and I should probably let you know that I actually made this salad for 2 but it could easily have fed 4 or maybe even 6 people!! oh well lots of left overs for me! yay!)

Enjoy!

A

My Brother’s Newly Acquired Culinary Skills!

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daves masterpieceOk. Soooo Wednesday was my Mum’s birthday and I have to say I was blown away when I heard that my 22 year old brother had  bravely stepped into the kitchen and cooked up a storm for Mum’s B’day using one of my more recent culinary inventions.. Spiced Pan seared salmon with my quinoa salad! Yay! There is nothing more gratifying than knowing that my passion for (cooking..and eating) tastey, nutritious food is rubbing off on others! My brother has always been pretty handy in the kitchen but I highly doubt there would be many boys his age out there who would even know what quinoa is so yesterday was a pretty proud moment when mum sent me through some pictures of my brother’s efforts in the kitchen! Go Dave! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM!! Wish I had been there to celebrate with you..and to trial Dave’s culinary masterpiece!

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A

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My introduction to life without meat!

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nomeat2Being the beginning of the week I have decided to set myself a little challenge…I have decided to trial cutting out meat (red and white) for 7 days, essentially becoming what we dietitians like to call a “pescetarian” or in other words a vegetarian who still eats seafood. (Was it not for my boyfriend I may have trialled going totally vegetarian or even vegan but I felt this might be a bit unfair on his behalf having live off a totally plant based diet for a whole week! Eeek!)

And why am I doing this you ask? Well I figure that to be able to really connect with my clients its about time I put myself “in my clients shoes” and see what it is like to live with dietary restrictions like those of a vegetarian/pescetarian/coeliac etc. It will also help encourage me to trial new recipes and come up with some tastey concoctions of my own to share with my clients as well as my friends and family!

So, if I manage to survive without my beloved meat for 7days perhaps next week I will try becoming a Coeliac and sticking to a fully Gluten Free diet! Or maybe even a week avoiding dairy so I gain an understanding of what life is really like for those who either choose not to or are unable to eat certain foods.

So for my first dinner of the week I kept things pretty simple and made a tastey combo of spice rubbed salmon and tabbouleh salad, which turned out to be quite a hit! This recipe is SUPER healthy, with an impressive combination of omega 3 fats for good heart health, plenty of fibre and protein and lllllloads of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep you feeling radiant and energised! Being an oily fish, salmon has a ridiculous amount of essential omega 3 fats so is highly beneficial for your heart, through helping to lower your cholesterol levels and is also believed to be good for improving brain function and memory. So if you like salmon (or any other type of oily fish) you are already one step ahead of the game!

Having a few meat free nights a week (or at least replacing red/white meat with fish) has loads of health benefits so if you have never really given it much thought why don’t you join me and give MEAT FREE MONDAYS a go?

Spiced Salmon with quinoa tabbouleh salad

2 x 100-150g salmon fillets

1/2 cup quinoa

1/2 punnet cherry tomatoes (quartered)IMG_0550

1/2 Lebanese cucumber (roughly diced)

1 sm red onion (diced)

1/2 bunch flat leaf parsely (chopped)

juice of one lemon

1/2 tbs olive oil

1/2c fat free natural yoghurt

handful chopped corriander

big handful green beans

1/4 large avocado

handful of mixed sunflower and pumpkin seeds

200g chopped pumpkin

Spice Rub:salmon and tabbouleh

1 clove garlic (crushed)

1 tsp ground coriander, cumin, paprika, ginger

sm splash olive oil and splash of lemon juice

sm handful of coriander (finely chopped)

Salt and pepper

What to do…

Firstly make the spice rub by adding all the ingredients to a mortar and pestle and mash into a thick paste. Rub paste over the salmon fillets and place in the fridge til ready to be cooked.

For the tabbouleh – First chop up your pumpkin and add to a baking tray. Drizzle over some olive oil and a light sprinkle of paprika and pepper. Bake in a moderate oven for 20-25mins or until soft and lightly browned around the edges.

While the pumpkin is cooking,  place the quinoa in a small saucepan and add about a cup of water and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer for about 10-15mins, stirring occasionally.Next chop up all your salad vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, onion, parsely) and add to a salad serving bowl. Once quinoa is cooked rinse under cool water, drain and add to the salad bowl. Add a drizzle of olive oil and the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

Place the yoghurt into a small serving bowl and add the chopped coriander and season with salt and pepper.

When the pumpkin is getting close to being ready add a splash of olive oil to a hot saucepan and pan fry the salmon for 2-3 mins each side or until cooked to your liking. (Note: if the spice rub is starting to burn, place the salmon in a small baking dish and place in the oven (along with the pumpkin) until it is cooked through.

Remove salmon from heat and set aside for 1min while you steam some greens. (i used beans but you can use whatever combination you like of broccoli, asparagus, broccolini, beans, zucchini etc!)

Add your cooked pumpkin to the tabbouleh and sprinkle over the sunflower and pumpkin seeds and the chopped avocado.

And there you have a healthy, fresh Monday night dinner on the table in about 45mins! Deeelish!