Lentil chocolate and raspberry brownie

Lentil chocolate and raspberry brownie

Perfect for lunch boxes or when you feel like a sweet treat.

I must admit when I first heard of using lentils (or other legumes) as a base for baking, my initial thought was YUCK! But seriously, you shouldn't knock something until you try it, right?

8 tips to support your immunity this winter

8 tips to support your immunity this winter

Along with chilly temperatures winter brings a variety of bugs, often leaving us feeling run down or completely knocked over by colds and flu. Although there are no quick fixes to prevent colds and flu from striking, here are 8 simple steps you can take to ensure your immune system is functioning at peak performance. 

Chocolate fudge

Chocolate fudge

If you love bliss balls, then you're going to love this delicious and nutritious 'fudge'. It packs a punch when it comes to flavour and nutrition and is a great little treat to put in the lunchbox or to serve alongside a hot cuppa. 

What to pack in a school lunch

What to pack in a school lunch

As another school term starts, many parents will be asking themselves again, what should they be packing into their child or teens lunch box? It's an age-old question, which needs to strike the fine balance between foods which will help to keep them powering through the day but also ones that you know will get eaten…. 

Mini Vegetable Frittatas

Mini Vegetable Frittatas

Hate veggie waste? Then why not give these little beauties a try? They're a cross between a muffin and a frittata, using up all the uneaten veggies leftover from my boy's dinners during the week. Perfect for snacks and lunchboxes, I also store them in the freezer so I have something at the ready on the days I need something quickly!

Remove the guilt this Easter

Remove the guilt this Easter

Eating is pleasurable and satisfying - at least it should be! However, so often it can be a source of guilt, especially for those who may be trying to watch their weight or stick to a set of strict 'food rules'. 

So, the big question is, how can we enjoy some of our favourite foods this Easter while still staying healthy?

Are you ready for an emergency?

Are you ready for an emergency?

There was some 'questionable' advice recently in a local paper recommending that people stock up on "junk food" ahead of Cyclone Gita. To help prepare you for an emergency a team of NZ Registered Dietitians and Registered Nutritionists have compiled the following tips to help ensure your nutrition readiness for natural disasters....

Recipe - Broccoli and blue cheese soup

Broccoli and blue cheese soup

There has been a chill in the air during the last few weeks. What better way to deal with it but to curl up inside with a bowl of soup! This one is packed with nutrients and is bursting with flavour. The beauty of blue cheese, is that it packs a whole lot of punch with flavour - meaning you don't need that much!

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 cups salt-reduced chicken stock 
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 400g orange fleshed kumara or sweet potato
  • Handful of spinach leaves (optional)
  • 100g blue cheese 
  • Cracked pepper to taste

Method

  1. In a large saucepan, sauté onion in olive oil until soft and clear.
  2. Add chicken stock and bring to the boil
  3. While stock is heating wash and chop broccoli and kumara into small pieces.
  4. Add broccoli and kumara to the stock and bring back to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for around 10 minutes, or until veges are tender. Remove saucepan from heat.
  6. Add the fresh spinach and blend soup to a smooth consistency using a hand-held blender or large food processor.
  7. Crumble the cheese and add to the saucepan. Blend again.
  8. Garnish with lashings of cracked pepper. 
  9. Serve with toasted whole grain bread.
Tip: Blue cheese is quite salty so you probably won't need to season with any salt.