Spicy chicken meatballs with white beans

I have been promising to share this recipe with you for the longest time, so here it is, finally! This is one of our go-to dinners when we want something comforting yet healthy. The beans mush up slightly and become a little like mashed potato, which is a good thing I promise!

The meatballs are flavoured with chilli, garlic and lemon and are super versatile so I have included a recipe to make lots of them, as they freeze well. Try them in salads, sandwiches, with pasta or just as an appetiser. Plus the mealtballs are gluten free so you can feed all those low-carb friends in your life!


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Pickled cherry tomatoes

I generally try to eat pretty seasonally but in a big country like Australia, sometimes we have a glut of fruit and veg when you least expect it. I guess it’s still warm enough up in QLD for tomatoes, as there was an abundance at the fruit monger the other day. I bought up a heap of cherry tomatoes and figured I would preserve some for later with rosemary, honey and garlic.
Try these tomatoes on bruschetta, in pasta sauces, with grilled steaks or in salads. The pickling liquid would also be yummy in a salad dressing.



A new cookbook – Diabetes

I’m sure many of us have someone in our lives living with diabetes, and even if you don’t, the recipes in this book are great for anyone trying to eat well. I was one of four lovely ladies who wrote these recipes and they are all quick, delicious and healthy, great for weekdays especially. There’s also lots of great info about how to get started on eating well, healthy snack ideas, what to choose when eating out and more. The Australian Women’s Weekly have kindly (again!) let me share one of the recipes for my Asian-style chicken salad with you so be sure to check it out below.


Asian-style chicken salad (recipe below)


Indian pea and haloumi fritters

These Indian-spiced fritters are my go-to dinner when we have nothing left in the vege drawer, as you can whip them up from pantry and freezer items, as long as you have a little squeaky haloumi cheese in the fridge. Well actually you can even use paneer cheese if that’s something you happen to have lying around. I just love the salty, melty quality that the haloumi gives the fritters.