One Healthy Salad

One look confirms that this is a salad full of goodness…

And to my great surprise and relief – it was also delicious.  I’m trying to up the ante on healthy eating and a rocket, chickpea, celery, coriander, English spinach and spring onion salad dressed in a little lemon juice, garlic and a splash of extra virgin olive oil seemed to be a good start.  I was originally inspired by a recipe that I found that included all of these ingredients as well as quinoa and tuna.  I saved the quinoa and tuna for another day. For me this seemed like quite enough…and it was!

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Lunchbox Inspiration

Each week I try to make a different snack for the boys’ lunch boxes. This is generally something sweet ranging from Jam Drops to Quinoa and Choc Chip Cookies to Pikelets to Chocolate Slice. It is balanced out with sandwiches and fresh fruit.

But to be honest at Week 3 of Term 2 I’m finding packing lunches all a little dull…and I suspect the boys are equally bored with the contents of their lunch boxes. Then I found some inspiration on alphamom.com…Bento style kids lunch boxes. How cute are these???

Source: alphamom.com

 

Source: alphamom.com

 

I just love the use of the silicone cupcake moulds for holding the fruit. Now I can’t wait to pack the kids lunches tomorrow! OK – I can wait…but I have a little inspiration to help freshen things up a little.

Embracing the Local Way

This afternoon I will fly home to Australia but before I left Denver a nice young Australian who works here at the Mariott Park Meadows convinced me to try a local beer, Blue  Moon, brewed just up the road in Fort Collins.

If you think it looks more like juice than beer you’re absolutely on the right track. It’s a wheat beer and tastes quite fruity indeed.  Not many bubbles, and served with a wedge of orange. Interesting and refreshing.  A great match with a light soup and salad lunch.

I’m looking  forward to getting home and getting creative again.

Smoked Salmon Salad

Salads are just so simple – a potpourri of refrigerator ingredients.

I created this one with mixed salad leaves, cucumber, roasted capsicum, smoked salmon, capers, caperberries and a squeeze of lemon juice. Yum!

Make Your Own Burger

There’s nothing better than a home-made burger.  For me, it’s a little bit about using great quality beef mince and fresh herbs BUT mostly about creating my own perfect combination to stuff into the bun with the burger itself.

Today I created burgers, combining  500g 5 star beef mince with:

  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 small carrot, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce

Mix well and form into burgers. Roll lightly in flour and place on a plate in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.

Finally, cook in a pan on a medium heat for 10 minutes each side, or until cooked through.

Then comes the fun part – pop it on your favourite roll with your perfect toppings. Today I added roasted capsicum, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce to my burger on a soft white bun.  Yum! What’s your favourite burger combo???