Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Blueberry And Yoghurt Breakfast Bars Recipe

Who has time to make a nutritional breakfast meal each morning?

Prep these incredible bars overnight and they’ll be ready to enjoy with a glass of orange juice the next morning! For this recipe we’ve used blueberry, but you can add a few of your favourite berries for an exceptional taste.

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Ingredients

150g fresh blueberries

250g rolled oats

50g unflavoured Greek yogurt

1 egg

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC and line a round tin with canola oil and baking paper.
  2. Combine the blueberries, rolled oats, yoghurt and 1 egg into a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until all of the ingredients have combined.
  3. Transfer this mixture into the tin, and push down as hard as you can. Use a large spoon to help you out with this step. Cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Wait for the tin to cool down, then slice into thin bars. You can use any leftover yoghurt and drizzle it over the top.

Image via Kitchen Sanctuary

August 31, 2015

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Looking to make some healthier changes in your diet this summer? Rather than skipping breakfast and choosing meals which won’t sustain your body for the day, we have compiled a list of five options that will promote weight loss and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

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Poached eggs

While the eggs themselves might feel difficult to poach at first, this is actually a quick and easy breakfast everyone can enjoy. Stick to wholemeal or multi-grain bread which is packed with added nutrients to keep you going throughout the day.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Oatmeal

A bowl of oatmeal with a few sliced vegetables and low-fat milk is another great breakfast option that won’t have you binge-eating by the early afternoon. The oats help to fill your stomach without feeling too bloated, also.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Chia pudding

Choose a healthy chia pudding which is loaded with fibre, omega 3 and protein to provide your body with energy all morning. Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds over the top to naturally sweeten the meal.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Green smoothie

A green smoothie might seem like an obvious choice, but it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals which are so good for you! Be careful with your portions since this might actually cause weight gain.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Smoked salmon and avocado

Not only is smoked salmon easy to prepare (it’s mostly pre-cooked) but it’s so good for you! The protein will keep your body full and will give enough energy to last all day long.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

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July 30, 2015

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Embrace the warmer weather and make sure your breakfast is packed with seasonal fruit and vegetables this summer. Stuck on ideas? Try some of our favourite healthy summer breakfast dishes below, which are quick and easy to create if you’re in a hurry!

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Acai bowls

These healthy breakfast options are packed with fibre, vitamins, and are so yummy! Add some of your favourite fruits such as banana, strawberry, blueberry, kiwi fruit, and grains to give the bowl added texture.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Parfait jar

Create this stunning parfait the night before and layer yoghurt, fruit, and crunchy grains to create a delicious meal for the morning.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Fruit yoghurt popsicles

This is the perfect recipe for kids who are more than picky eaters! Create your own fruity popsicles with delicious berries which everyone is bound to enjoy during the summer.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Smoothie

A healthy fruit smoothie is the perfect way to feed your stomach first thing in the morning. Add a handful of berries to give even those sour vegetables a fruity taste.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Quinoa bowls

For more of a filling meal, opt for quinoa which works well with milk and coconut water. Drizzle some sliced fruit and honey over the top for extra flavour.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Images via Peanut Butter and Peppers, Pinterest, Serge The Concierge, Babble, Skinny Taste, Dessert For Two

July 17, 2015

Breakfast Staples: The Perfect Bircher Muesli Recipe

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. There are so many breakfast foods that are absolutely delicious and guarantee a good start in the day, one of them being Bircher muesli.

Bircher muesli has become a classic breakfast recipe and a staple in every reputable cafe. It was invented by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner at the start of the 20th century; he wanted to create a healthy breakfast that included fruits for his patients in Zurich.

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Throughout the past 100 years, the recipe has been copied, altered, and honed worldwide, but the basic ingredients stay the same: Oats, nuts, apples, and milk or yoghurt. There is no cooking involved and it’s incredibly quick to prepare.

There are many ways to make Bircher muesli and different tastes require different ingredients, but I think the following is a winner:

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

25 grams of almonds, chopped

1 1/2 cups Greek yoghurt

1/2 cup apple juice

1 big apple, grated

Method

  1. Mix the rolled oats and almonds with 1 1/2 cups of natural Greek yoghurt and apple juice and let soak overnight. Depending on how mushy you like your muesli to be you can adjust the amount of yoghurt and apple juice you use.
  2. Add grated apple to mixture and sprinkle with honey for sweetness.
  3. Add any (dried) fruit or nuts you like. A bit of cinnamon works well, too.

This recipe is so easy to make and the best thing is that you can prepare everything the night before, then in the morning all you have to do is mix it, put it in a jar and it will easily last a few days in the fridge. Your healthy breakfast for this week is sorted! Enjoy hitting the snooze button on your alarm one more time.

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July 10, 2015

Cherry Tomato, Ham and Egg Frittata

This egg frittata is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or let’s face it – any time of the day! Make sure you’re using a variety of red and orange cherry tomatoes since they are absolutely packed with flavour. Serve with freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast, or a cheeky mimosa with brunch.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

4 eggs

100g cherry tomatoes

4 slices of ham (or prosciutto)

100g ricotta cheese

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF).
  2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth. Add salt and pepper to season.
  3. Line a pan with baking paper (or canola spray), then empty the mixture into the pan. Chop the cherry tomatoes and place them over the top, then sprinkle with ricotta cheese and ham slices. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Image via Canelle Vanille

June 15, 2015

The Secret To Perfect Breakfast Porridge

Porridge might be one of the most underrated breakfasts ever. Not only is it delicious and filling, but it’s also high in fibre and protein, which makes it ideal for starting the day right.

I have to confess that I usually opt for quick oats prepared in the microwave, but whenever I have a bit more time in the morning, I make sure to prepare the perfect breakfast porridge, which is a million times better than your quick oat sachets.  Here’s how it’s done:

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The first important thing is to get the right oats. Rolled oats take longer to cook than quick oats as the grains are not as thin, however the texture of your porridge will be much better with rolled oats. If time is an issue for you, simply soak the oats in water overnight. This will make them cook within 5 minutes.

Use 1/2 cup of oats per person and 3 times the amount of water, so for one person, you would need 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring oats and water mixture to a boil in a pan or pot and then turn down to simmer, all while stirring with the “wrong” end of a wooden spoon. Keep stirring for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the creaminess and texture you like.

Now here comes the secret: salt. Add a pinch of salt to your oats and you’ll be surprised how much more flavour you’ll get from whatever you add to your oats. This could be fruits, peanut butter, cinnamon, nuts – the possibilities are endless!

During cooking, you might have to add some more water if your porridge gets too thick. Remember that it will thicken even after you have turned off the stove so if it’s a bit runny while still hot, it should be perfect once cooled down.

Serve in a bowl and add a splash of milk and whatever topping you feel like. Enjoy your perfect breakfast porridge!

image via the-nutritionista.co.uk

 

June 7, 2015

Fresh Ricotta and Blueberry Ciabatta Recipe

Who doesn’t love a fresh punnet of blueberries on a lazy Sunday morning?

This recipe takes tasty ricotta cheese, crunchy ciabatta bread and a handful of blueberries to the next level. You could also substitute them for fresh strawberries or raspberries. Or both!

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Ingredients

1 large oval ciabatta loaf

500g ricotta cheese

1 cup fresh blueberries

Honey

Mint leaves

Method

  1. Slice the ciabatta into 4 slices, and grill on both sides until golden brown.
  2. If you want to make the bread extra infused, grill it with the ricotta over the top. If not, spread it generously after it’s cooled down.
  3. Top off with blueberries, mint, and drizzled honey for extra flavour. Yum!

Image via Heather Bullard

May 31, 2015

Overnight Coconut Muesli Recipe

Indulge in a deliciously healthy breakfast of bircher muesli, which is perfect for a busy working morning. Simply prepare overnight, store in the fridge (or for at least two hours if you can’t wait that long) and enjoy for breakfast with fresh fruit, chia seeds and a cup of coffee.

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Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups coconut water

1/2 cup flaked almonds

1 tbsp Greek yoghurt

Method

  1. Combine the oats, coconut water, chia seeds, flaked almonds and shredded coconut. Stir, then place in the fridge overnight to set.
  2. Scoop the mixture out of the large bowl, then serve with Greek yoghurt or additional milk to make it creamy.
  3. Top with walnuts, fresh fruit, mint, seeds and honey.

Images via Simple Provisions

April 22, 2015

Low-Fat English Breakfast Recipe

Who can resist a delicious English breakfast, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worst and a filling meal is on the cards? Create this delicious low-fat take on the traditional English breakfast, without compromising on taste, flavour, and that delicious bacon!

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Serves 2

Ingredients

2 portobello mushrooms

6 cherry tomatoes

4 eggs

6 rashers bacon (with fat cut off)

2 slices of wholemeal bread

White wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut and clean the mushrooms, then lay them flat on a lined tray. Drizzle with herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Lay the cherry tomatoes next to the mushrooms, then finally the bacon. Brush with a little olive oil and cook for 5 minutes or until crispy. You might want to cook the bread in the grill since it gives it an extra crunch.
  3. Poach the eggs by cracking each into a cup, then dropping them into a boiling pot of water. Cook for 5 minutes with the lid on, then remove and set aside.
  4. To serve, season the eggs with some chilli flakes and cracked black pepper.

Image via Good To Know

April 20, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Recipes: Plum and Yoghurt Muesli Pots

We know you don’t have a lot of time in the morning for a healthy and delicious breakfast, but these plum and yoghurt muesli pots are quick to make and taste like a decadent cafe treat. Really pressed for time? Roast the plums the night before, and all you have to do is assemble them in the morning. Don’t have plums on hand? Just roast apricots, nectarines or peaches. Yum!

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 blood plums, halved with stones removed

1/2 cup brown sugar

400g thick Greek yoghurt

1 1/2 cups toasted muesli

Method

  1. Place the plums onto a baking dish lined with baking paper, sprinkle with brown sugar and 1/2 cup water, cook under a preheated grill until the plums are soft.
  2. Divide half the plums between four serving glasses, top with yoghurt, muesli and finish with remaining plums and syrup.

What’s your favourite healthy breakfast?

April 8, 2015

How To Bake Your Own Wholemeal Bread

Why not take advantage of the Easter long-weekend and bake your family and friends some delicious homemade bread? The steps are actually a lot easier than they seem, and you can customise your own recipe depending on your health and dietary requirements.

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Ingredients

4 cups whole wheat flour

1 sachet yeast

1/3 wheat gluten

2.5 cups warm water

1 tbsp salt

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup natural honey

1 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a non-stick pan with baking paper.
  2. Combine the whole wheat flour, wheat gluten, and yeast into a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon or your hands, then cover with cling wrap for 10 minutes.
  3. In another small bowl, combine the salt, olive oil, honey and lemon juice before beating for 1-2 minutes. Then stir in the 2.5 cups of flour, and use an electric mixer to properly combine all of the ingredients.
  4. Bake between 20-40 minutes or until the bread is brown and fluffy. Remove and store in the pantry or fridge to ensure its longevity.

Image via BBC

April 4, 2015

How To Poach The Perfect Egg

Who can resist a perfectly poached egg, especially when it’s served with smashed avocado, hollandaise sauce and a side of freshly squeezed orange juice?

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Make your own at home (and they’ll probably taste better than at a café), with a few secret techniques which will always look amazing.

Technique 1: Water

  1. Bring your water to a gentle simmer (no bubbles), then crack your egg into a small cup or mug and drop it into the pan.
  2. Simmer with the lid on for 3 minutes and on a low heat. Then just remove and serve!

How To Poach Eggs Perfectly

Technique 2: Vinegar

  1. Heat one skillet with water, and bring it to a slow boil.
  2. Add some distilled white vinegar into the boiling water. Turn the water slowly with the help of a wooden spoon.
  3. Crack your egg again into a small bowl, then transfer it directly into the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes before serving.

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Technique 3: Microwave

  1. Empty 1/2 cup of cold water into a small bowl, then crack the egg.
  2. Cook in the microwave for 50 seconds, then drain the water and serve.

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Technique 4: Cling Wrap

  1. Cut small pieces of cling wrap and line the base of a small bowl. Drop one teaspoon of oil and a pinch of salt into the base as well.
  2. Crack the egg into the base, then wrap the egg by twisting the cling wrap ensuring that no air is inside.
  3. Drop the egg into a pot of boiling water and cook for exactly 4 minutes.

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March 27, 2015

Quick Fruity Crepe Ideas

The initial thought of a crepe might bring about a mental image of sugar, chocolate, with a side of fruit. But it is important to say that not all crepes are bad for you! Indulge in our top 5 healthy crepe ideas which not only keep you full, but are so quick and easy to create.

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Peanut butter and banana crepes

Stick to a slightly more conventional crepe which involves none other than banana and peanut butter. Use just one tablespoon of peanut butter for a savoury taste and why not add some honey to make it extra sweet?

5 Quick Fruity Crepe Ideas

Apple and cinnamon crepes

What’s better than a delicious rolled apple crepe? To keep with the soft consistency of the batter, gently grill the apple for 5-10 minutes, then sprinkle some cinnamon over the top before serving.

5 Quick Fruity Crepe Ideas

Strawberry fig crepes

Perfect if you have a few fruits around the kitchen which are too ripe to eat on their own. Mash together the strawberry and fig into a soft puree, then smooth over the inside of a crepe. That’s it, so easy!

5 Quick Fruity Crepe Ideas

Pear French crepes

Take that traditional French recipe and serve with a generous side of pear. Simply mash half of a ripe pear, then season with cinnamon for a taste sensation. Hold the cream if you’re watching your weight – it isn’t necessary for this recipe.

5 Quick Fruity Crepe Ideas

Lemon and raspberry crepes

Finally, one of our all-time favourites: the lemon and raspberry crepe. It might seem like a weird combination, but the result is a perfect fusion of sweet and sour without any nasty additives.

5 Quick Fruity Crepe Ideas

Which crepe would you try? We’re still very much sold on number 1…

Images via Foodie Fiasco, Julia’s Album, Crepini, Pinlavie, Diethood

March 20, 2015

Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

Fuel your body with a delicious mixture of chia seeds and oats first thing in the morning.

Chia seeds are fantastic because they are packed with slow-burning energy, and help to keep you feeling fuller for longer! Don’t forget to sprinkle some of your favourite diced fruit and goji berries over the top for a sweet taste.

RELATED: Banana, Coconut, and Goji Berry Bread

Ingredients

4 tbsp chia seeds

1 cup almond milk

2 bananas (chopped)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Two pinches of cinnamon

2 tbsp raw buckwheat oats

2 tbsp raisins

2 tbsp raw almonds

2 tbsp hemp seeds

Method

  1. Slice and mash the bananas in a medium-sized bowl, and stir through the chia seeds.
  2. Whisk through the almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until they have all combined. Store in the fridge overnight.
  3. The next morning, add the oats, raisins, and chopped almonds into a small bowl with water.
  4. Once they have finished soaking, place the chia pudding into a bowl and strain the oats before layering it over the top. Serve with some sliced seasonal fruit and goji berries for extra flavour.

Image and Recipe courtesy of Oh She Glows

February 17, 2015

Wild Mushroom Omelette Recipe

Start your morning the right way with a healthy wild mushroom omelette which is sure to keep you full until lunch time.

Our recipe takes about 5 minutes to prepare, and will leave you with lots of time to get ready for work afterwards!

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Ingredients

2 cups mushrooms

3 eggs

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp chopped chives

Salt and peper to season

Method

  1. Wash and slice the mushrooms into small, bite-sized pieces.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat, and add the butter until it begins to sauté. Add the mushrooms into the pan, and cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until they begin to melt. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Break the eggs into a small bowl, and whisk until the yolks have combined. Transfer this into another non-stick pan. Cook on both sides until the egg looks golden-brown. Then fold and transfer onto a plate.
  4. Pour the mushrooms over the omelette, and season with salt, pepper and chives.

Image via Cooking Insens

February 7, 2015

Quinoa and Goji Berry Breakfast Cookies

Want to create a delicious and healthy breakfast snack which you can eat while you’re on-the-go?

We have tracked down the perfect breakfast cookie made using quinoa flakes and tasty goji berry to keep you fuller for longer, and last until lunchtime!

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Ingredients

1 1/3 cup quinoa flakes

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 stick butter (softened)

2 ripe bananas

5 tbsp coconut sugar

3/4 cup apple sauce

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/2 cup dried fruit

2 tbsp sesame seeds

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of flake sea salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Combine the butter and coconut sugar with an electric or hand mixer.
  3. Add the mashed banana pieces, apple sauce, and vanilla extract. Mix well until they have all combined.
  4. Next mix the quinoa flakes and coconut flour. This may seem a little difficult to mix, but remember to keep stirring until everything has meshed well together.
  5. Fold in the dried fruit, chopped almonds, and sesame seeds until you have a thick batter.
  6. Spoon carefully onto the tray, and sprinkle with sea salt. Cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown, then remove and transfer onto a rack to cool.

Image and Recipe via Honestly Yum

January 25, 2015

Italian Hazelnut Biscotti Recipe

A classic Italian biscotti makes for the perfect breakfast snack, or even a light appetiser for those long summer nights. Feel free to include a teaspoon of chocolate if you’re feeling adventurous, or stick to the classic hazelnut recipe which is just as good!

Biscotti is the perfect treat for those who have an enormous sweet-tooth, and is the perfect treat when paired with a morning tea or coffee.

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Ingredients

3/4 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1.5 tsp vanilla extract

2.5 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup hazelnuts

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (170-180ºC), and line a tray with baking paper. Grease lightly if you want to place the biscotti directly over the tray.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar into a bowl until light and fluffy in texture. Whisk through the eggs one-by-one, then add the vanilla extract.
  3. Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt into the egg mixture. Beat well, then include the chopped hazelnuts.
  4. Create two equal logs with the dough, and apply directly over the lined tray.  Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and the centre is firm. Keep an eye on the time, since it’s really easy to overcook these delicious treats!
  5. Remove the biscotti, then slice diagonally before spreading them out onto the tray. Cook again for 10 minutes, then leave to cool. Store in an air-tight container in the pantry or fridge to save them for another day.

Image and Recipe via Yummly, Heather Homemade

January 11, 2015

Sweet Potato and Kale Breakfast Sandwich

If you’re constantly on-the-go and can’t manage to prepare a healthy breakfast that doesn’t come in a plastic package, then this is something you’ll be interested in.

Create a healthy sandwich packed with sweet potato and kale, in a bed of wholemeal bread. Prepare it the night before, and leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to go!

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Ingredients

1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and black pepper

1/2 small red onion, sliced

4 slices whole grain bread

6 ounces Harvarti cheese (optional)

2 kale leaves

1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced

Balsamic glaze or reduction (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC) and line a tray with baking paper. In a small bowl, place the sweet potato slices and drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss well, then place onto the tray and cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Remove from the oven, and set aside.
  2. Caramelise the onion in a small saucepan over medium heat with some olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt, and stir occasionally until onions are medium brown.
  3. Toast the bread, and layer with cheese, sweet potatoes, kale, and caramelised onions. Sprinkle with fresh rosemary, and season with black pepper and salt to taste. Grill on a pan over medium heat if you prefer your toast with extra crunch!

Image and Recipe adapted via Two Peas and Their Pod

December 23, 2014

Baked Eggs in Tomatoes Recipe

Make this healthy breakfast or brunch meal which is filled with protein and will keep you full until lunchtime.

The recipe is simple enough for beginners to create themselves, and requires just four ingredients for a delicious meal. Serve with some sliced avocado for extra flavour, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

4 large tomatoes

1 cup cooked rice

1 tablespoon pesto (optional)

4 eggs

Method

  1. Cut the top from each tomato, then remove the centre until completely hollow. Allow the tomatoes to drain on a paper towel for a few minutes, then sprinkle with some salt for a sweet and sour taste.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180ºC, and in the meantime scoop in some cooked rice into each tomato – this creates a fluffy body for the egg once it’s been cooked. Top-off with pesto (optional), and place the tomatoes onto a lined baking tray.
  3. Break an egg into the top of each tomato, then bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Season with pepper, and serve immediately.

Image and Recipe via Taste, Brooklyn Supper

December 20, 2014

Delicious Croque-Monsieur Recipe

More than just your typical ham and cheese toastie, a croque-monsieur is a delicious snack perfect for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Originating as a quick snack in French cafés and restaurants, there are also many variations which include tomato, smoked salmon (instead of ham), sliced potatoes, the list goes on!

RELATED: Baked Eggs in Ham Cups Recipe

Ingredients

Béchamel Sauce

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup Grana Parma

Salt and pepper

Sandwich

2 slices French crusty bread

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 slices smoked ham

3 slices Belgioioso Provolone Cheese

Method

  1. Start by melting one tablespoon of butter into a small pan. In another bowl, add the flour and whisk for 2 minutes or until it begins to slightly foam.
  2. Add the milk and Grana Parma to the mixture, and keep whisking until it’s smooth and lump-free. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread one side of the bread with Dijon mustard, one layer of ham, and two slices of provolone. In the meantime, melt the other tablespoon of butter and preheat your broiler.
  4. Rest the bread into the melted butter and toast for 1 minute. The provolone should be sitting at the top of the bread – toast for an additional minute so the cheese can melt.
  5. Now place the bread over the ham and cheese, and top off with the remaining provolone. The bread should be toasty and golden brown by this point, so you can add some of the béchamel sauce over the top of the sandwich. Sprinkle with Grana Parmesan.

Image and Recipe via Foodness Gracious

December 7, 2014

Avocado And Cherry Tomato Toast

Who can deny the delicious taste of avocado early in the morning? Certainly not us! Avocado toast is one of the easiest things you can enjoy for breakfast, especially with a freshly squeezed orange juice on the side. Create our favourite recipe with some sweet cherry tomatoes for extra flavour.

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Ingredients

1 avocado

1 tsp abodo

Juice of 1/4 lime

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes (quartered)

1/4 red onion (finely chopped)

1 tbsp fresh parsley

1 tbsp olive oil

6 sourdough bread slices

Method

  1. Line a tray with baking paper, and broil bread slices until golden on each side. Let the toast to cool.
  2. Mash the avocado, add the abodo, lime and mix well.
  3. In a different bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, parsley, salt and olive oil.
  4. Spread the avocado all over the the toast, and top off with tomato, red onion, parsley and olive oil.
  5. Season with salt or pepper.

Image and Recipe by Food, Wine, Thyme

November 30, 2014

Tomato, Kale, and Feta Baked Eggs

Start you day with a wholesome meal of baked eggs – with a twist! Add a bunch of cooked kale and sprinkled feta over the top of your eggs for some added protein and antioxidants which will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Disguise the taste of kale with some sweet cherry tomatoes, and don’t forget to serve with a warm piece of bread! This recipe is easy for even a beginner, and will be ready in under half an hour.

RELATED: What Is Kale and Why Is It Good For Us?

Ingredients

1 cup cherry tomatoes

3 kale leaves

100g feta

1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon butter

4 eggs

Salt and pepper to season

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 175ºC, and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Cut your cherry tomatoes in half, and sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper over the top. Saute over medium heat for just under a minute, before adding the chopped kale and butter.
  3. Remove from the heat, and add some feta over the top for extra taste. Crack 4 eggs over the mixture, then pour some sour cream around the eggs. Bake for 20 minutes or until it’s completely cooked through. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper for taste.

Image and Recipe via What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today

November 23, 2014

Zucchini Fig Smoothie

Don’t let your next smoothie taste flat and lifeless, especially if you’re looking to stay on the healthier side for breakfast. Add some chopped zucchini which is not only budget-friendly, but is packed with folate, potassium, and Vitamin A. Combine with tasty fig for a sweet and savoury smoothie which is best served ice-cold!

RELATED: Zucchini Potato Fritters

Ingredients

2 fresh figs, stems removed and halved

1 frozen organic banana

1 cup zucchini, chopped

1/2 cup organic raw unsalted cashews, soaked

1/2 cup filtered water

1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Honey or other sweetener, as needed

Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

Handful of ice

Instructions

1. Simply add the ingredients into a high-speed blender until you’ve reached a smooth and creamy consistency.

Image and Recipe via Tasty Yummies

November 11, 2014

Apple and Tahini Toast Recipe

Enjoy a delicious breakfast packed with natural fibre and sesame seeds as an essential way to start your day. If you wanted to make this even sweeter, drizzle some raw honey over the top for some extra flavour – yum!

RELATED: Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Ingredients

4 slices wholemeal bread

1 apple (cored and thinly sliced)

2 tablespoons organic tahini (or you can make it yourself)

2 tablespoons raw honey

Fresh thyme

Sea salt (optional)

Instructions

1. Toast your bread, and let it cool down on a rack. If you want the bread to be extra crunchy, pop it into the grill for 10 minutes at 180ºC.

2. Spread a thin layer of tahini on each slice of bread. Arrange the apple slices, drizzle with honey, then finish with some fresh thyme and optional sea salt for a tangy taste.

Image and Recipe via Tasty Yummies

November 9, 2014

Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Welcome to the food trend sweeping the nation (via Instagram): the smoothie bowl. While my inner cynic is saying, “but it’s just a smoothie in a bowl”, my better half can’t help be seduced by these colorful cups of health – and you get to eat it with a spoon!

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Ingredients

1 3.5oz bag frozen acai berries, thawed slightly

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup frozen raspberries

1 banana

1/2 cup coconut water

A sprinkling of coconut flakes, raspberries, nuts, seeds – whatever you like!

Method

  1. Add acai berries, blueberries, raspberries, banana and coconut water to blender. Blend well.
  2. Pour into a bowl and garnish with extra berries, coconut flakes.
  3. Take a photo and post it to Instagram!*

*not necessary

Image via gourmandeinthekitchen.com

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