Food

Cooking Lately- New Recipes to Try

I recently set myself a goal to try cooking one new recipe a week. I was stuck in a bit of a rut and felt like I was cooking the same things over and over. It’s always nice to mix things up a little and try something different, so here’s what I’ve been cooking lately…..

Winter is the perfect time for soup so I made up a big batch of Jamie Oliver’s Tomato Soup. I added some mini pasta shells to make it a bit more filling and we had it for dinner one night. Was surprised that our four year old son (who never eats soup) gobbled it down! Definitely a winner and super easy to make.

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I’m a bit obsessed with loaves at the moment. They’re so easy to make and you can cut them up and freeze them for a stockpile of lunchbox snacks. We tried making this Coconut and Lemon Yoghurt Loaf recipe by Kidgredients. Oh my god, so yummy!!

coconut and lemon yoghurt loaf, www.sarahdipity.com.au

Do you ever pick up the free Woolworths Fresh magazine? It has some really good recipes in it! Last week I made the Lemon Chicken, Peas and Rice. Hubby thought it was delicious, our son thought it was disgusting and I wasn’t too sure….the verdict is out on this one but it was very easy to make was something a bit different at least!

lemon chicken, peas and rice, www.sarahdipity.com.au

What have you been cooking lately? Got any yummy recipes I can try?

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A Healthier Me: An Update and Free Printable

Several weeks ago I wrote this post about my plans to become a healthier me. I’ve had a few people ask me how I’m going and so I thought I would update you all.

I got off to an awesome start (as one always does). For two weeks I ate healthy and exercised every day; usually a 40 minute walk. Then we went away for the long weekend and I fell off the wagon a little. I ate crap and stopped exercising. For some reason in my brain I think that if I start the week off on a bad foot then the whole week is a write off and so then I had to wait until the following Monday start ‘being good’ again. Why do I do that? Does anyone else do that?

So anyway, another new week came and I made another fresh start. The thing I’ve always struggled with is finding information on healthy eating that isn’t about losing weight. Seriously, all the websites, books and information out there all seems to be geared towards losing weight and I don’t want (nor need) to do that. And there is so much mixed information out there too, so many fads and diets; quit sugar, stop eating meat, cut out carbs…and the list goes on. But personally, I think it’s all about balance. A dietician gave me a useful little checklist last year and I’ve been using that to track what I’m eating and see the gaps; what it is that I need to be eating more or less of in order to have a well balanced diet. I was pleasantly surprised to find my eating is not actually as bad as I thought it was. Overall I need to increase my daily veggie and dairy intake. Unfortunately chocolate doesn’t count as dairy otherwise I’d be killing it. But for fruit, breads/cereals, healthy fats and oils; I’m kicking goals!

Because I’ve found the checklist so helpful I thought others might too, so I’ve added it here as a free download below:

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Just click here to print your free copy. Each little check box stands for one serve of that particular type of food. The idea is that you should be ticking off each check box and having little to no items in your ‘extra’s box’ on a daily basis. If you’re unsure what constitutes a serving size you can find that information here.

With eating, I know my downfall has always been going for the convenient option (i.e: whatever I can quickly grabbed from the cupboard) and the way to combat that is through planning. I have always planned our dinners on a weekly basis and I’ve now started to do the same with my lunches. With snacks, I’ve been setting some time aside every Sunday to prepare some healthy snacks for the week; things I can easily grab as I head out the door or start to feel hungry. Another really good tip I’ve been using is to always stop and think ‘what can I add?’ this is especially handy for my daily vegetable intake. For every meal or snack I look at it and think ‘what can I add to make this better?’ maybe it means mixing in some grated veggies, adding a side salad or sprinkling some cheese (there’s that dairy intake folks). I’m finding the more I do it, the easier it gets.

What about exercise? Well, umm, cough, that’s something I’m still working on. Perhaps starting right at the time when daylight savings stopped and the weather is getting colder wasn’t the best idea. Finding the motivation to go outside for a walk when it’s cold and dark is hard! But hubby is currently in the process of setting up a home gym (complete with a cross trainer for me) so I’m hoping when that’s ready to go I’ll be making good use of it.

So that’s where I am at the moment. Working my way through, getting there slowly.

How are you doing? Are you kicking goals when it comes to healthy eating and exercise? Or, like me, do you need to lift your game a little?

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Foodies

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Are you a foodie? One of those people that enjoys cooking, dining out and sharing pics of perfectly styled food on Instagram? I have to confess, I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I love food (who doesn’t) but as far as cooking it, marvelling over pretty photos of it, understanding it…well no, I don’t. You will not find me in the kitchen baking up a storm of homemade muffins on a Sunday. My idea of making Italian is to boil some pasta and stir through a jar of sauce (hangs head in shame). I’m in awe of people who use all these amazing words to describe their food. I have two basic descriptions for food “Yum, I like it” and “Yuck, I don’t like it”. I don’t watch MasterChef or My Kitchen Rules either (gasp!)

But let me be clear, whilst I myself am no foodie I am certainly not anti-foodie. In fact I would actually really like to have more of an appreciation of good food. I’d love to expand my horizons, test out my tastebuds and try some new things. I have always been a fussy eater and fussy equals boring and that has gotten a little, well, boring! So that leads me to the whole point of this post. Foodie friends I need your help; I don’t know where to start. I’d like to make healthier food choices; my choices now are quite limited and usually made out of sheer hunger and convenience. I’m overwhelmed by all the information out there- eat this, don’t eat that….So, what are some simple changes I can make? Some great recipes I can try? Super foods? Yays and nays? Hit me up in the comments below or head to Facebook to share- I can’t wait to your suggestions! Who knows, I may end up a foodie yet!

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