Coconut Curry Vege Soup! Big Batch! Budget!

By Alethea Mauro We are already starting to feel the chill in the air in our neck of the woods, summer will soon feel like a beautiful yet distant memory.  The only positive thing for me about winter is the food that warms the soul – like this soup. This soup is easy to make […]

Lentil Burgers! Budget/Big Batch!

By Alethea Mauro These lentil burgers are freezer friendly and versatile.  They are great served with a salad and some hummus; eaten as a vegetarian burger on a bun with salad or even in a wrap for lunch. Lentils are so cheap and teamed with some lovely fresh ingredients and spices make a great tasty […]

Slowcooker Stuffed Capsicums! Vegetarian!

By Alethea Mauro Trying to think of something yummy to make for dinner midweek can get a bit tiresome and I often find myself bashing of the same meals week in, week out.  A slowcooker is seriously one of the best inventions for the busy modern-day family – you can literally cook almost anything in […]

Crispy Garlic Ginger chicken! Baked NOT Fried! Big Batch Recipe! Gluten Free!

By Alethea Mauro In the words of the husband this chicken is finger lickin good!  This big batch recipe is a definite crowd pleaser – I recently whipped up a batch for my father-in-laws birthday celebrations and all you could hear around the table was ‘mmmmmm’ as they sunk their teeth into their crunchy little […]

Baked Gluten Free Jam Donuts!

  By Alethea Mauro A healthy-ish donut?!   Yes.  Yes it is! These gluten free jam donut balls of joy smell like, taste like and look like a good ol’ cinnamon coated, jam filled donut except they are free from gluten and are not cooked in a big bubbling pot of oil – which means […]

Zucchini & Tomato Cheesy Muffins! Big Batch! Lunchbox Idea!

By Alethea Mauro It is so hard to be creative with school lunches five days a week and it’s easy to just make a good old trusty sandwich every day.   But, like us, kids eventually get sick of eating the same thing day in and day out so  I have been experimenting to find […]

Choc Coconut Cookie ‘Slice’! Grain & Nut Free!

By Alethea Mauro This is a versatile little recipe that you can bake into a cookie style slice if you don’t have time to roll and press out the mini cookies – it makes a great addition in the kids lunch boxes as it’s not only grain free, but nut free too and filled with […]

Caramel Peanut-Chocolate Pie! Dairy/Grain Free

By Alethea Mauro I have been embarking on a bit of a cleanse for months now and the thought of blowing it totally for one day seemed like a waste of all my hard work. So after eating out recently on a rare ‘girls night out’ where I had tried a delicious paleo chocolate almond […]

Gluten Free Gnocchi! Big batch recipe!

By Alethea Mauro I have always wanted to make Gnocchi ( or as we call it ‘pillow pasta’), but always felt a bit intimidated about trying to create a successful gluten-free gnocci recipe.  After many self pep talks I finally took the plunge and had a go and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy […]

Paleo Chocolate Cake! Grain/Gluten/Dairy Free!

By Alethea Mauro Nothing like a scrumptious chocolate cake for a special occasion or well, just because! And what makes this cake even better is it isn’t full of refined sugars and unhealthy ingredients!  Guilt free paleo chocolate cake – YES PLEASE!!!  It tastes good eaten freshly baked but to be honest I think I […]

Banana ‘Date Suprise’ Muffins! Gluten Free Option!

By Alethea Mauro These muffins make a great snack for that 3.30pm hunger strike!  They are lovely and moist with the addition of almond meal and the deliciously gooey, caramel like soft date hidden in the centre.  I made these a little more decadent by stuffing Mayver’s peanut/cacao spread into the centre of the dates […]

Spanish Style Rice! Vegetarian! Budget Big Batch!

By Alethea Mauro This is my version of a staple rice dish that we have at all our family get togethers.  My in-laws think a meal is not a meal unless it has lots and lotsa carbs – rice, bread, potatoes are often all served alongside a big pot of slow cooked meat…….I am normally […]

4 Tasty BBQ Marinades! Easy Summer Dinner Idea!

By Alethea Mauro It has been sooo stinking hot for weeks on end and I have had very little motivation to cook anything elaborate when it’s sweltering in the kitchen.  So we have been making the most of outdoor summer living and having lots of barbecue dinners. The following marinades are family favourites that are […]

Blood Plum & Passionfruit Clafoutis!

By Alethea Mauro Although traditionally made with cherries, my step mother has always made a summer fruit clafouti using various stone fruits and its deelicious!  I was inspired by her recipe with this version using some beautiful ripe blood plums from my tree in the back yard and some nice zesty passionfruit that I found […]

Cookies & Cream Dessert! Dairy & Gluten Free!

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Honey & Vanilla Poached Apricots! Big Batch!

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Onion, Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potatoes! Crispy Skin!

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Vegetarian Kedgeree! Big Batch! Gluten Free!

By Alethea Mauro I have been a vegetarian on and off over the years and have never had a huge craving for meat.  I try to incorporate a few meat free meal nights into our weekly meal plans but normally when I cook a vegetarian meal in my house it is met with comments such […]

Sage Pesto! Dairy Free!

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Slow Cooker Apricot Creamed Rice! Big Batch!

By Alethea Mauro It’s that time of year when the apricot tree in my backyard is overflowing with beautiful ripe fruit and I am trying to think of 101 ways to use them all before they rot.  My husband has a bit of a thing for ‘le rice’ and I am always nagging him  about […]