It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe on the blog – sorry! The reason is I’ve been working very hard on my fitness and wellness guide ‘Lean & Well’. All my new recipe creations have been going it to the recipe section of the guide. However I thought it was about time I shared a new recipe with you all, plus this moussaka has had a lot of requests when I’ve posted me making it on social media.
I’ll warn you that this takes a while to make, about 90 minutes cooking time and 30 minutes baking time. I would usually never make anything that takes that long, I’m all about quick and simple in the kitchen. However, I make an exception for this moussaka. It is so delicious, and produces a whopping 8 serves so it is something I make every few weeks. Probably the part I’m most proud of from this recipe is the cauliflower white sauce. Compared to the traditional sauce in a moussaka, my sauce is bursting with nutrients and still tastes flavoursome and creamy. Don’t fret if you don’t have a thermomix, you can still make this, it just won’t be as easy.
For me if lunch is not leftovers from dinner and it’s not a simple salad, then its usually rice cakes. I like that compared to a sandwich you can get into your body more ‘good bits’ like veggies, protein and good fats and less starchy carbs (three rice cakes contains the amount of carbohydrates equivalent to one slice of bread). Here are some of my favourite combos:
- Cream cheese, tomato and avocado
- Cream cheese, tomato and basil leaves
- Avocado, turkey and tomato
- Roast beef, crisp lettuce and cheese
- Ham, cheese and tomato
- Smashed avocado, cheese and cucumber slices
- Hummus, avocado, tomato, salt and chilli powder
- Cottage cheese, crisp lettuce, smoked salmon, chopped dill
- Cottage cheese, sliced gherkins, ham and sliced tomato
- Tomato relish, cheese, roast beef and cucumber slices
- Smashed avocado mixed with diced tomato, onion and tuna in spring water (drained)
This is the perfect pick-me-up for breakfast, morning tea or afternoon tea! The banana and coffee gives you a great energy boost. You also receive a good dose of protein from the protein powder to keep you feeling full for longer. The cinnamon will help stabilise your blood sugar levels and the chia seeds and greek yoghurt give you a nice healthy serve of good fats.
I’ve realised after doing a lot of travelling overseas that we’re quite lucky to have so many healthy options for eating out in Perth. It is rare to find a cafe that doesn’t have any fresh juices, smoothies and a few raw treats available, therefore, I had to be quite ruthless with this list. It contains only the cafes that I think strive to offer the majority of items on their menu as ‘healthy’, rather than just having a small selection.
1. Health Freak Cafe, Mount Lawley, Scarborough and Joondalup
Price for breakfast: $10.50 – $23
Price for a smoothie: $10
Bruschetta topped with poached eggs and feta. Image via Facebook.
I have eaten out at all three locations and really love this chain overall. I like that they have the calories and macros printed on their menu; fantastic if you are tracking your food in an app like my fitness pal. Every single item on the menu is gluten and refined sugar free. I have eaten and thoroughly enjoyed their protein chocolate cake, warm banana bread, power protein crepes, coconut paleo latte, zucchini fritters stack, protein chicken burger and chicken and spinach lasagna. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the zucchini fettuccine marinara. It was extremely watery, much like when I make zucchini pasta at home.
This recipe was inspired by a salad I loved to buy from my local supermarket. I was keen to try recreate it because I knew I could make it for a fraction of the price and with a healthier version of Caesar dressing, rather than theirs, which was full of weird ingredients and inflammatory canola oil. I love to have this as a simple dinner with a piece of grilled chicken, beef or fish. If you need the extra carbs, you could have some rice or roast potatoes with it too. This salad still tastes delicious the next day as leftovers, so is perfect to bring along to work. The broccoli doesn’t tend to go soggy since it is raw rather than cooked.
This a delicious snack, and it’s perfect now that the weather is warming up. You can’t go wrong with the flavours in this smoothie bowl!
1 handful ice
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup filtered water
1 scoop/30g vanilla protein powder
1 large / 140g frozen banana, broken into chunks
2 dried dates
2 pinches Himalayan or sea salt
1 tsp maca
1/4 cup granola