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Basa + Cashew Stir Fry

Basa + Cashew Stir Fry

When I had no idea how to cook, I relied on throwing things into a pan with a splash of oil. A classic stir fry is a super simple, 1-pan situation that is convenient after a long day or week – no chef skills required. Minimal prep and cooking time, throw this together when you need something tasty in a flash!

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Leftovers + Baked Eggs

Leftovers + Baked Eggs

Doesn’t sound very sexy, but adding all your leftover veggies and meat or seafood to the bottom of a shallow dish and adding eggs on top makes for one the simplest, tastiest meals around. At the end of the week I often have some greens that are past their best – and they work great in this dish. Gather all your odd-and-ends – reduce waste and get dinner in under 30 minutes. Winning!

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Low-Carb Chicken, Cauliflower and Mushroom Risotto

Low-Carb Chicken, Cauliflower and Mushroom Risotto

My mother-in-law has a knack for risotto. You might say it’s her signature dish (though, she has a million of those). She spends hours stirring it until it’s a delicious creamy consistency and tops with a mix of roasted balsamic vine tomatoes, garlic and mint – it’s an incredible combination. For me, it’s missing a protein element for muscle repair and satiety, and is pretty heavy on refined carbs. It’s more of an ‘occasion’ food – which I hate, so here’s my take on low-carb risotto, using cauliflower rice instead of arborio. No white wine (though you could add it if you wanted!) and served up with some hearty organic chicken breast. Now that’s one balanced, every-day kinda risotto I can get on board with.

The humble cauliflower provides a high amount of nutrients for a small amount of calories. Cauliflower is also high in both fibre and water content, which helps to prevent constipation, maintain a healthy digestive tract and lower the risk of colon cancer. A ‘regular’ risotto indeed.

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Dazzling Winter Slaw, red cabbage salad recipe from The Fit Foodie

Dazzling Winter Slaw

Delicious on it’s own, or an impressive accompaniment to cold meats, tarts, and quiches, this one will become your winter staple. It’s packed with anti-oxidants to keep your skin glowing. Red cabbage is also high in potassium – tuck into it after a workout to help reduce muscle soreness.

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Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Sweet Potato and Greens

Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Sweet Potato and Greens

Even I will admit that trying to eat a variety of nutritious dinners can be a bit of an effort sometimes. Plain protein and greens hits my dinner table ALOT, so I’ve managed to perfect the art of ‘jazzing’ them up in as many ways as possible. This delicious and simple meal is great for busy weeknights and offers 35g of quality protein, along with loads of vitamins and minerals. The addition sweet potato will keep you from reaching for dessert too. Clever {low GI} carbs.

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Skin Loving Salad

Skin Loving Salad

To get beautiful skin (I’m looking at you, Scarlett Johansson*), healthy fats should be an essential part of your diet. Your nutrition is paramount in achieving supple, hydrated, wrinkle-free skin. The recipe? Essential fatty acids, which irritatingly your body can’t make on its own. This dish is sure to boost your natural glow – chocked full of EFA’s with avocado, mackerel and caviar.

*Disclaimer: this meal does not guarantee an overnight transformation to Scarlett.

Vanilla Panna Cotta Pots

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta Pots

For a wonderful crowd-pleasing dessert, fill happy tummies with one of these dairy-free creamy panna cottas and grab 10g protein while you’re at it. With plenty of aromatic fresh vanilla bean and zero sugar, this is one healthy re-invention you don’t want to miss.

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Fennel Salted Snapper with Beetroot Purée

Fennel Salted Snapper with Beetroot Purée

Sounds fancy right? It takes 10 minutes from start to finish. Move over Jamie.

Perfect as a mid-week meal or special enough to serve to guests, this restaurant-quality dish is packed full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Along with it’s low-carbohydrate profile and a calorie count of just 270 cals, this is a great evening meal for anyone looking to lose weight.

Chocolate Superfood Breakfast Bowl

Chocolate Superfood Breakfast Bowl

This week has been full of early mornings for me. These mornings require chocolate, and plenty of it (ladies listen up – this is your body calling out for a dose of magnesium). While I don’t recommend grabbing the nearest Hershey’s bar (urgh), there are plenty of healthy ways to get your chocolate fix…and this is one of them. Hallelujah.

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Roast Salmon & Mango Salad

Garlic & Paprika Roast Salmon with Orange Salad

I’m a big lover of Sydney Fish Market. They have an amazing array of fresh seafood, sushi bars and a fully stocked grocery store.

I recently bought my first whole salmon from there, and was utterly amazed at how many different meals it made. This was one of my favourites – spicy, soft, crunchy and sweet – not to mention super high in protein, vitamins and minerals, and low on the carb front. Perfect for weight maintenance over the festive period!