What's Been Cooking

 Thermobexta's Tomato Sauce/Ketchup

Thermobexta's Tomato Sauce/Ketchup

 Thermobexta's Very Vege Lasagne

Thermobexta's Very Vege Lasagne

 Thermobexta's Oriental Vegie Bowl

Thermobexta's Oriental Vegie Bowl

Thermobexta (aka Bec Allum) has recently released her first recipe book, Main Meals Made Easy. The recipe book is a thermal cooker vegetarian book but also has "make it meaty" variations throughout.

Thermobexta: Main Meals Made Easy is a beautiful cookbook with 22 recipes for you to make in your thermal cooker, using easy to access, healthy, real food ingredients.

Catering for a wide variety of dietary requirements, all recipes are vegetarian, most have meat variations included and most are gluten, dairy, egg and nut free, or have options on how to make them so.

You can get the book here.

So what have I cooked so far from the book:

  • Tomato sauce/ketchup (scored a $2 bag of tomatoes from the fruit & vegie shop)
  • Vegetable lasagne (subbed the top layer with skinnymixers cauliflower soup and grated cheeses)
  • Oriental vegie bowl 
  • Zucchini slice
  • Spelt pizza (which has been a cant be bothered night staple for the past year)

I've put together a downloadable 'cook the book' shopping list so you can get right into the book.

Thermobexta also has a blog with over 100 free recipes to try: www.thermobexta.com.au,  and can also be found on facebook www.facebook.com/thermobextapage and a facebook chat group at www.facebook.com/groups/thermobexta/

What's Been Cooking

December & January has made me very quiet on the posting front as I was asked to join the Skinnymixers team and therefore participate in recipe testing for the newly released The Healthy Mix by Nikalene Riddle - Skinnymixers.

The book includes 25 recipes of quick, healthy and versatile recipes. 

 The Healthy Mix by Nikalene Riddle - Skinnymiers

The Healthy Mix by Nikalene Riddle - Skinnymiers

Personal favourites are the Mexican Spice Mix which is my go to spice mix and goes great on anything, the Banoffee Smoothie has become my breakfast recipe of choice, lunch time favourite is the Creamy Chicken and Cauliflower Soup (aka chicken soup to my children) and dinner favourites are Middle Eastern Lamb Cutlets, Healthy Carbonara and the Fragrant Asian Fish Parcels.

The Healthy Mix is available from Skinnymixers as a pre-sale.

Follow for me tips & reviews of the menu items from The Healthy Mix.

 

What's Cooking

Argh its been ages since I've attempted to meal plan. Things are so busy that I'm generally planning on the fly or have been on an Asian bender (thanks to the new Skinnymixer "A Little Taste of Asia" recipe booklet. So here's what I'm cooking this week (got all the staples out of the way today at our whole foods cook-a-long.

What's Cooking

Wowsers time passes so quickly. School holidays merge into week 3 before you know it. 

So what's been cooking this week:

Breakfasts

  • Quirky Cooking's spelt pancakes with stewed cinnamon apples
  • Green Smoothies (apple, orange, banana, spinach or kale, 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 1 cup coconut water)

Snacks/Lunchboxes

Lunches & Dinners

Staples

  • Coconut Milk (80 grams desiccated coconut and 800g water and mix 1 minute speed 10 and strain)
  • Almond Milk (soak 1 cup in water overnight, then rinse and add to jug with 1 litre water and mix 1 minute speed 10 and strain)
  • Almond Nut Butter

GRF = Grain Free, GF = Gluten Free, DF = Dairy Free, NF = Nut Free, RSF = Refined Sugar Free, V = Vegetarian, VG = Vegan, P = Paleo.

All are preservative & additive free and wholefoods.

What's cooking

Busy cooking weekend over the long weekend included:

  • Porridge - TM5 Chip recipe but we blitz an apple (5 seconds/speed 5) first and put in a handful of sultanas in
  • Spiced lentil soup
  • Roast chicken, steamed vegies and popped in a cup into the varoma with some frozen garlic mushroom sauce
  • Green smoothie - kale, orange, apple, banana, coconut, chia seeds and coconut water
  • Carrot banana and coconut muffins (Jude blereau wholefood for children)
  • Pumpkin soup - Roasted pumpkin then follow the TM5 chip recipe with additions of garlic, celery, sweet potato and a selection of herbs
  • Double batch of skinnymixers madras sauce, cooked one with chicken and frozen off the second for a slow cooked beef version in the future (A Little Taste of Indian booklet)
  • Skinnymixers Indian cauliflower rice (A Little Taste of Indian booklet)
  • Spinach & cheese naan bread
  • Quirky apple & berry crumble (Quirky cookbook)
  • Vegie stock paste concentrate  (BCB)
  • Meatballs with tomato sauce (BCB) for the kidlets

 

What's Cooking

This weeks inspiration is Lola Berry's The Happy Cookbook and my Fruit & Veggie box from Indigo Whispers.

  • Porridge - Blitz an apple, handful of sultanas or raisins then follow the BCB recipe. 
  • Almond Milk - Half batch - 1/2 cup almonds soaked over night, drain and add to blender or thermo with 500ml water, blend for 2 minutes (speed 9 for tm), use nut milk bag to drain. keeps 3-5 days (go by smell). 
  • Almond Nut Butter
  • Miss 5's staple meal... Pumpkin Soup (BCB) except totally changed up lol... roasted pumpkin, sweet potato, celery, no cream
  • Stewed Cinnamon Apples my 3 year old son has a tendency to have a bite of many apples and finish few so i stew them up 
  • Lola Berry's (The Happy Cookbook) Cauliflower Rice with rainbow vegetables - Cauli Rice method then pan fried the rest 
  • Skinnymixers Chicken Thai Green Curry
  • Thermofun's Herbie Chicken & Vego Friends (and have bottled up the stock for soup cooking later)
  • Roasted vegies as requested by miss 5
  • Gnocchi (BCB) but cant stick to a recipe whoops.. half potato/sweet potato & spelt flour then served with sage butter & parmesan cheese
  • Baked Gnocchi (above recipe but baked for 20 mins) then pan tossed with sage butter, spinach, mushrooms & pine nuts
  • Lola Berry's (The Happy Cookbook) Salted Caramel Slice
  • ThermOMG Mint ice cream - real mint flavour (from my garden) and all sorts of awesome!

What's Cooking

So I jumped on it straight away when I heard Nik from Skinnymixers was producing a booklet "A Little Taste of India".

So far we have made:

  • Butter Chicken (one of the most raved about recipes within facebook groups) served with cauli rice and then because there is so much sauce we served it the next night over steamed vegies with cauli rice. subs made - coconut cream rather than cream
  • Chicken Tikka served with quinoa (the first night) and then with the Chicken Biryani