Sunday, 7 February 2016

A Very Veggie Tart

Hidy-ho friendly friends!

I hope everyone's week has kicked off well and we are all looking after ourselves as we head back into the hectic-ness of a working week! (and studying week; shout out to all my Year 12 buds out there in the world!)

One way to definitely make sure you're looking after yourself is by taking the time out of a busy day to simply cook. Cook yourself a home-made meal made with love, happiness and good, good food.

Even when life throws me every curve ball it can, I always cook myself something up for dinner (even if it's simply avocado soldiers and boiled eggs) because I know my body still needs the fresh, wholesome goodness of a home-cooked meals!

I had a little extra time though this passed weekend, so instead of eggs on toast, I cooked up something a little more technical:

et Voila! A Very Veggie, Veggie-filled Tart!

I have only ever made veggie tarts once or twice before- which I utterly loved- making me wonder why I don't make savoury veggie tarts more often??

This delicious bad boy is wheat free with a delightful chickpea flour base and beautifully flavoured veg baked with the rich zing of a balsamic glaze!

Ok, enough chat about this tasty tart- how about a recipe??

Ingredients:
Base:
1/3 cup chickpea flour
2 heaped tablespoons lentil flour (optional- add more chickpea if desired)
2- 3 tablespoon water (add extra/ less to form dough)
1/2 teaspoon Garlic
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
sprinkle of dired herbs of choice (I used thyme)
Veggie filling:
A few thin slices of pumpkin (3?)
A few thin slices of beetroot
Caramelised onion:
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 large red onion, sliced into rings

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius, greese a mini tart tin and line the bottom with baking paper
2. Steam veggies for around 15 minutes until soft, leave to one side

3. Rub together all the ingredients for the chickpea base (or whaz in a small food processor) until combined (not too sticky), roll out and place in greased tin.




 4. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate until needed
5. Place oil and onions in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally for around 15 mins until onion is soft and caramelised

6. Press base into mini tart tin. Place base in the oven for 10-15mins until slightly golden brown

6. Pile veggies on top of base and sprinkle with rock salt/ extra herbs/ whatever you desire- I kept mine fairly simple- nothing but those delish veggies!!) (optional) and place back in the oven for 10-20mins until golden brown and fragrant





7. ENJOY!!
I enjoyed mine with a side of steamed greens and potato topped with a little grated cheese :)

A massive flavour sensation later and BOOM- you will be one very happy veggie-filled person!

Your turn:
Are you a fan of savoury tarts?
Favourtie savoury tart to make/ eat?
Favourite way to use balsamic vinegar/ glaze?


I hope you all have a brilliant rest of your day- remember look after yourselves and as always; eat something delicious!! Bye for now friends!! :D

Thursday, 4 February 2016

WIAW #88- And New Blogging Schedule!!

Hidy ho friendly friends and happy Wednesday... Thursday!!

Yep, I sort of missed Wednesday, but that doesn't mean I missed photographing every morsel of food that graced my stomach! So I thought let's do a WIAW anyway- coz you know- living on the edge and all!!

In all honesty, I did not have a single spare second to type up a WIAW post yesterday and this left me feeling a little guilty and upset that I couldn't produce a post.

But then I thought about why I could not produce a post and the fact that I am a senior highschool student currently studying for year 12 WACE exams, doing all 6 possible ATAR courses as well as juggling school captain, other commitments and a part-time job.. well I decided to give myself a break.

And then I had to let myself have a good, long, hard look at what is realistically achievable when it comes to blog posts on the weekly.

So, to keep you in the loop I've decided that around 2-3 (or even maybe 1 some weeks) blog posts a week is a reasonable and enjoyable amount that I can adhere to and I also want to make the majority of those recipe posts (getting back to my roots and all!)

No, I'm not disappearing off the blog face, I'm simply toning down to what I think is a reasonable fun-load (because blogging is not work, therefore not work-load ;) for me at this current period in my life!

Ok, what should have been a short intro, turned long intro- let's get onto the FOOOOD!

Thanks as always to Peas and Crayons for creating this link and all the other bloggers to help host the link-up each week!

Breakfast: 7:30am
Wednesday started off lovely with a little Blogilates workout followed by preparing both breakfast, recess and lunch (forgot how hectic school mornings are!)

For brekky I whizzed together a green smoothie:
 With frozen banana, mango, spinach, kale, greek yoghurt and water:
 And drank that alongside some delicious cashew fudge bites:
 Cashew butter + oats + chia seeds + wholegrain low-sugar cheerios + almond milk
 Wonderful fuel for the school day ahead!!

Recess snack: 11:00am
 Yes, the peas are back. And I am loving it! :D

Lunch: 1:40pm
Completed maths, chemistry and was ready for some food!
 A big salad with chopped carrot, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, corn, spinach, fresh corainder and garlic tofu- deee-lish!

Afternoon snack: 3:45pm
After school I was a little ravenous (paired with not too keen to immediately dive into my homework). Enter snack:
 Chopped fuji apple with crisp red grapes:
 Dinner: 6:45pm
I was not feeling creative or cook-y (new word, embrace it! ;) at all for dinner so here is the delicious delight I threw together in a matter of minutes:
A avocado and baked bean jaffle with two poached eggs atop the remaining avocado and topped with the remaining baked beans with a side of sauteed eggplant and mushrooms on top of a bed of spinach!

Just what I needed.

Dessert:
Glass of ice cold soy milk- just to place me in the comfortably full range (I hate finishing dinner still hungry!)

I thought I might just slip it in there that it was also my birthday on Tuesday (17!!) and I did in fact celebrate with some oat-y pancakes and cherry fro-yo- happy days!!


Your turn:
What's your go-to quick and healthy lunch for in-a-rush mornings?
Favourite way to eat tofu? I feel like I need to experiment with it a bit more as I'm sort of set in my ways at the moment.
What would be your ultimate birthday breakfast? As a kid I probably would say something like ice cream and pancakes... and now that's kinda what I have!!

I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your day- don't be too hard on yourself (I know I always expect a heck of a lot more of myself than I should do!) do something you love and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends! :D


Sunday, 31 January 2016

Feeling nauseous!

You know when your stomach isn't really hungry or not hungry, but instead swirling around in a state of unhappy nausea??

Maybe you don't, but that's where my tums at, at the moment and I'm not loving it!

My guess is it's from the camps/ overnighters/ ball dinners/ out-to-dinners that have all hit at once recently and my body is kind of like; 'Woah! Steph, we don't usually eat like this!! What is all this salt/ dairy/ POTATOES coming from!?!'

And I'm all like; 'Don't worry body, it's fine, we're just living life through the waves of celebration and connecting with others that come and go like the tide.'

And yet my bodies still like; 'Nope, I'm gonna make you feel sick.'

Good times.

And yes, my body and I are fairly close and tell each other everything ;)

What's not fun about this whole constantly-feeling-ill state is none of my usual foods sound appealing anymore and this just makes me more upset and even frustrated as it becomes quite the task to find out what to eat. Things like eggplant and broccoli seem too acidic for me now for some reason? Then I think of bland foods like rice or pasta and get squeamish as I think of their texture!
Even just looking at this image makes me feel sick!?
This is what I can only assume being pregnant feels like (and no, 16 year old, year 12 student, Steph is not pregnant :P) and it is not fun!

I did a bit of research on the top foods to eat when feeling a little nauseous and some of the top contenders included:

Apple, crackers, ginger, nuts, banana, mint, lemon, toast and lots and lots of water.


To be fair, most of those foods don't leave me feeling worse when I think about nom-ing on them, but it also doesn't help that eating in general just doesn't sound appealing at the moment!

Out of interest I also researched the worst foods to consume whilst feeling nauseas and this is what came up:

Greasy, spicy or oily foods, caffeine, alcohol and carbonated drinks.

Safe to say I think I'm pretty clear on those foods, given that I can;'t stomach the idea of greasy/ oily foods, don't drink coffee/ tea/ energy drinks or alcohol or carbonated drinks.

So what is the game plan to get me back to my ravenous eat-everything-in0sight ways? Well, simply to try and eat foods that sound good. No I'm not eating some miracle food, living off tea for a week/ forcing my body to eat normally. It's all about that intuitive eating stuff again, friends. I'm listening to the body because the body is the one with all the answers, not what your mind thinks is right. (Unless of course your body doesn't give you accurate signals/ you're unsure of how to read your bodies signs!)

Wow, a whole post on nausea. Didn't expect it to take up that much room!!

Your turn:
Do you ever have days/ weeks where eating just doesn't sound good?
How do you help your body out of a nauseous state?
Have you ever overdosed on potatoes? I've gotta say, the bloat was not impressed!

That's all from me today folks, I hope you all have a lovely Monday, make the most of it- every day matters and as always; eat something delicious!! Bye for now friendly friends! :D

Friday, 29 January 2016

Back...again and foods that fix me up!

Happy Saturday everyone!!
Phew- another night away, and back again!

This 'camp' was my year 12 study retreat in which we learned about our brains, various study techniques, did some activities, caught up with those we hadn't seen for the entire Summer and spent the night.

I think I've finally figured out why I'm always starving on camps for teens. See they give us heaps and heaps of carbs (I was so over rice and pasta!!) and yet no healthy fats at all. I ate my usual large servings of food and found that merely an hour later I was starving. And also, snack times revolved around brown fried foods (think sausage rolls, samosas etc.) and when I asked them for a piece of fruit they looked at me as though I was crazy.

I guess it is safe to say that I am glad I am home now for good for the time being as I've been missing on my nut butters, smoothies and large amounts of veg.

This is how I celebrated coming home after yesterdays return:
Two soft boiled eggs with multigrain hommus and avocado soldiers, sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes and capsicum and some nutritional yeast kale chips (wash kale, rub in nutritional yeast, bake at 180 degrees celsius for 10-15 mins until crispy.) with a glass of soy milk.

This helped ease the painful food baby/ bloat a little bit but I'm still hanging onto some nausea that's sprung up over the past few days. For some reason I feel like it was the overload of acidity in all of the dishes they served us and now whenever I think of lemon juice, or vinegar or something like that I feel quite queesy!

I also very much enjoyed preparing my own delicious breakfast in which I could add all the healthy fats and filling protein and veggies I desired!
That my friends is a black berry not-so-green green smoothie with a side cup of warm cashew butter granola :)
Into the Vitamix went 1 sliced banana (didn't have any frozen ones :() 1 handful chopped frozen zucchini, 1 massive handful spinach, 1 handful frozen blackberries, 3 scoops of greek yoghurt and 1/2 cup water- whazzed up until smooth!
When I woke up this morning I realised- to my utter disbelief- that I didn't have any nut butter in the house!!! So I grabbed about 2-3 handfuls of cashews, chucked them in a mini food processor and processed for around 15 mins (scraping down edges occasionally) until smooth and creamy. Voila! Single serving cashew butter!
To make the granola I mixed together around 3/4-1 cup rolled oats, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, sprinkle chia seeds, 1 tablespoon oat bran and 2 tablespoons cashew butter and almond milk warmed together in microwave, and rubbed until combined. Popped in the oven on a tray lined with baking paper at 180 degrees celsius and baked for around 15-20 mins until golden brown and fragrant and DONE! Delicious, cookie-like granola chunks for brekky!
Smoothie + cashew butter granola bites= Happy, happy Steph :)
And I most definitely need to keep my strength up today as tonight is....

MY BALL!!

Crazy stuff! I definitely do not feel like a year 12 student and have no idea where this ball came from (out of nowhere perhaps??) but I am super excited and can't wait to see the rest of my year group looking utterly amazing and beautiful! It's going to be great!

Your turn:
Do you find that when you go away there is a lacking of healthy fats on offer?
Favourite fix-me-up dinner you make when you haven't been eating your usual foods?
Any funny ball/ prom stories??


I hope you all have a great rest of your weekend, doing something you love, treating your body kindly and as always; eating something delicious! Bye for now friendly friends!! :D

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

WIAW #87- I PASSED!!!

Hello there my friends!
Today I thought I'd do something completely sporadic, out-of-the-blue, crazy spontaneous and give you a...
WIAW!
Ok, I do WIAW's every week. But they're fun, no?

Anywho, this one is a slightly special one because it showcases my day of eats on the day I passed my driving test!! Woot woot!

No, that does not mean I can legally drive now without a licensed driver in the passenger seat (Western Australia has some funky rules) but it does mean I never have to worry about passing another practical driving test until at least the age of 80!!

In celebration of passing my test, mum took me out to brekky at the Health Freak Cafe (you may remember from this post) as my test was at 7:05am so brekky sounded good!
Breakfast: 7:45am
Enter their Berry Nut Surprise muesli bowl with coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit and berry compote, as well as a mason jar green juice known as the Mean and Green with apple, cucumber, celery, kale, lemon and ginger.
A little jug of cold almond milk to drizzle over and BOOM- a might delicious breakfast!!
I don't know if I'm happier about passing my test, or breakfast...
Just kidding, we all know how much I love food ;P

As lunch time rolled round I got a little lot peckish as usual and went with my current favourite 'making lunch snack':
 After that I dug into lunch:
Lunch: 12:45pm
 A big ol' snack plate of blanched peas, air popped pop corn and oven roasted pumpkin and potato- a typical random assortment of my favourite foods! :D
 At around 3:30 I grew peckish once more and saunted into the kitchen for an arvo snack:

Snack: 3:45pm
A delicious bowl of hiding cantaloupe/ rockmelon, green grapes and plain greek yoghurt.

For dinner I just wanted something simple and delicious...

Dinner: 6:45pm
 A brown rice bowl with garlic tofu, chopped cherry tomatoes, butter beans, sauteed mushrooms and avocado (one of the best avocados I've ever had- creamalicious!!

To round out the night I had a square of 85% dark choc and called it a day. A pretty fabulous day at that!

Aaaand that's what I ate Wednesday!

What about you?
Nightmarish driving test stories? i want to hear them all!!
What would be your ultimate celebration brekky?
Perfect muesli bowl ingredients? I feel like it just doesn't feel right without a smoothie in there to add some awesome creaminess and flavour! That's just habit I guess!

I hope you all have a fantabulous day, do something you love, be yourself and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends! :D


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