• easter egg

    5 reasons why you should eat the damn chocolate this Easter.

    Share          Over the long weekend, I plan to eat my way through several Crunchie chocolate bunnies (over 800 calories each), a few of those mini Cadbury easter eggs (about 100 calories each even though they’re only mini) and about half of a Nigella chocolate cake with chocolate ganache topping (probably about [read more]

  • cupcake-atm-in-new-york

    Cupcake vending machines are a thing. Yes, you read that correctly.

      This is a cupcake vending machine. A 24-hour machine that lets you buy cupcakes when EVER you want. And it is awesome, well amazing actually. You simply swipe your credit card, chose your cupcake: And then a cupcake appears. This snazzy machine was invented by LA-based cupcake company ‘Sprinkles’, who recently opened a 24-hour [read more]

  • The classic 'post dinner fridge raid'.

    9 of the most entrenched diet myths. BUSTED.

              Diet myths. They’re what make us doubt everything we put in our mouths, and everything we put in our trolleys in the supermarket. They’re what make us paranoid about everything, from carbohydrates to fat to sugar. They’re what confuse us to the point that we’re not sure what we should [read more]

  • Instead of tea, try a glass of warm milk before bed.

    Five myths about dairy foods. (And why they’re wrong.)

            Recently my son had his very first sleep-over party. Nine boys! In the morning, we prepared our usual breakfast and were surprised by one boy who pleaded lactose intolerant and didn’t eat any porridge. This got me thinking…what dairy myths exist that are preventing people from enjoying dairy and how was [read more]

  • Kids-Fried-Rice

    Five family-friendly dinners that will use up all your leftovers.

          Each week I accumulate a variety of leftovers in the fridge that are ignored and eventually thrown away. It’s such a waste, and I feel guilty every time I discard them. Sound familiar? My biggest challenges each week are finding time to cook healthy dinners, minimising waste and keeping the fridge clean and [read more]

  • kids dinner recipes

    Dinner recipes you actually like, modified for kids.

      I love food. Really, really love food. But most of the food I love is firmly in the grown-up column. I love spicy, I love raw, I love green. These are all things that kids are not known to be fans of. So imagine all your favourite meals, made kiddie-friendly. Imagine no more… Monday: [read more]

  • My Kitchen Rules boys

    “Every night this week I’ve accidentally on purpose tuned into My Kitchen Rules.”

                Every night this week I’ve accidentally on purpose tuned into My Kitchen Rules. I haven’t really told anyone for risk of judgement. Everyone in the office watches fancy TV shows like The News and Breaking Bad. But when I sit down at night, I like to be taken to [read more]

  • iron rich meals

    5 family friendly, iron-rich meals for extra energy.

      School is back and kids need lots of energy to keep up with their busy days. When my children get home from school all they want to do is eat and play… no rest for the wicked. So, I like to make sure they eat healthy, delicious, iron-rich dinners to power them up for [read more]

  • Tuna-Pasta-Bake-Holly

    Five pasta recipes that kids (and adults) will love.

      I can tempt my daughter (who’s almost 4) into eating a carrot with some serious bribery or distraction, but my little boy (who’s not yet 2), just turns his head with a decisive ‘NO’, any time there’s anything that grew in the ground coming his way. But both my kids will eat pasta, any [read more]

  • Cajun Chicken salad

    5 kid friendly dinners: Barbeque, chicken wings and noodles

      Gosh, how hot is it? I can’t quite describe what it’s like to have to deal with children in extreme heat, the kind of heat you can’t even play in. It’s all about cold drinks, ice blocks and light meals. My daughter, who hasn’t napped in years, has been falling asleep on the lounge [read more]

  • Blueberry

    Healthy cocktail recipes to get you through the summer.

          It hasn’t even hit Christmas, and yet I bet you’ve already consumed enough alcohol throughout December to leave you feeling… shall we say… sluggish in the lead-up to the festive season. I know that I have personally already drunk all the mojitos in the world this month, so sorry if you wanted [read more]

  • turkey-roast

    8 easy and tasty Christmas recipes.

      These Christmas recipes are big on taste and small on stress. Whether you’re planning a traditional European-style feast with all the trimmings or a summery Aussie spread you’ll find a delicious dish here that will add to the day. We’re keeping our cool at my house, so the prawn and the potato salads are [read more]

  • fruit and veg on forks

    How many of you ACTUALLY do five a day?

              Okay, it’s time for a bit of honesty. I want you to think back to the last time that you honestly – cross your heart – had five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit in one day. Can you remember a day? I’ll be honest – I can’t. [read more]

  • leftover-chicken-lettuce-cups

    5 of the easiest meals you will ever cook.

      It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … and my urge to get overly creative in the kitchen is pretty low. I’m too busy fretting over my last-minute Christmas shopping and wrapping! So I’m filling next week’s shopping list with lots of pasta and clever ways to reuse leftovers. Here’s what I have [read more]

  • Jo Abi's kids enjoying Christmas lunch!

    7 Christmas lunch ideas for people who don’t want to be 4am kitchen slaves.

            I am one of those people who buys and eats Christmas food weeks before the big day. I can’t help myself. I just love it. I’m the same at Easter. I’m the first one purchasing and eating hot cross buns and Easter eggs. Why not? Life is too short. I may [read more]

  • Savoury-baked-oats

    5 dinners your kids will actually eat.

      Throughout my early twenties (before I studied nutrition), I moonlighted as a personal chef and caterer. So, although I don’t yet have kids myself, I’ve shopped for, prepped and cooked hundreds of dinners for many busy families. The secret to a repeat customer? Simple meals and familiar ingredients cooked in ways the kids will [read more]

  • EasiYo - Making Yoghurt

    Cooking with kids? These 5 fun recipes will keep your kitchen intact.

              Cooking with kids is the best. It’s one of my favourite things to do with my children. My mother NEVER let me help her with the cooking. She had absolutely no patience whatsoever. Some of my most vivid childhood memories are of me talking to her back while she stirred, [read more]

  • green smoothie

    5 easy superfood recipes to improve your life.

              Is your diet providing all of the nutrients your body needs everyday? The answer for most is no. These superfood recipes could change that. Including the following superfood recipes into your diet will not only provide amazing plant nutrition but also the energy, vitality, and nourishment to get the most out [read more]

  • Tomato-bruschetta

    Five easy family dinners (where cutlery is optional).

      I am a huge fan of dinner foods where cutlery is optional. Actually, even when I make food that SHOULD be eaten with cutlery, my children tend to prefer to use their fingers… rice, spaghetti… Anyway, here are some dinner ideas where cutlery is definitely optional. Why does food taste better when we use [read more]

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    6 realistic and healthy food swaps you’ll never find in a glossy magazine.

            By NATALIA HAWK I love a fitness or health tip. I have pages and pages ripped out of magazines and filed away, and hundreds of articles bookmarked on my computer, so that I can go back and get inspiration whenever I need it. But what I don’t love is how unrealistic [read more]

  • Which one?

    Become fluent in another language: Nutrition labels.

    Hands up if you’ve ever found yourself standing in the middle of a supermarket aisle, attempting to decode the nutrition label of a food product? Yep, thought so. Because on the front, the crackers say they’re 100% natural. But does that make them better or worse than the crackers that are 98% fat free? And [read more]

  • Dinner

    Quick question: What’s for dinner at your place this week?

    Between school concerts, Christmas shopping and every member of my husband’s family having a birthday in November (I’m blaming Valentine’s Day) there’s barely time to grocery shop, let alone cook. Here’s what I plan to serve up this week to keep hunger at bay and my sanity intact.

  • Italian

    Need food to go with your glass of wine tonight? We’ve got you sorted.

     By JO ABI A good roast can make the dullest day special. Add Italian flavours to this dish and you’ll be in heaven. I’ve been lucky enough to be feasting on Italian roasts my whole life thanks to my mum’s exceptional cooking skills. Like all good Italian children I have eaten roasted rabbit, roasted quails [read more]

  • Spider-web pizza

    Virtual high fives go to anyone who can recreate these Halloween themed meals.

      Love it or hate it Halloween will be pretty hard to avoid this week. Everywhere I look stores are filled with pumpkin-themed paraphernalia. A few years back I was vehemently anti-Halloween being introduced to Aussie kids, but I’ve mellowed. The streets surrounding our house have such a lovely community vibe on October 31. Families [read more]

  • milk pouring glass

    Don’t stop eating cheese. The benefits of dairy foods are enormous.

        By STEPHANIE OSFIELD. I recently had a café catch-up with a friend. I went for my usual Americana-style with a single shot. In coffee-speak that’s somewhere between a latte and a long black. I order it because I like to get the amount of full cream milk in my coffee just right (I [read more]

  • diet plate

    Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands.

    By MIKE ARCHER The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more sustainable agriculture, adopting a vegetarian diet might be the worst possible thing you could do. Renowned ethicist Peter Singer [read more]

  • asian-style-grilled-chicken

    5 quick dinners for summer weather.

      By ALANA HOUSE What’s with this weather!? Doing my weekly meal planning is so tricky when I don’t know whether we’re going to freeze or boil. It was so hot one night last week that I didn’t dare turn the oven on and bought sushi instead. So I’m hedging my bets with our family [read more]

  • health

    Where to find a healthy cafe breakfast in your city.

            By NATALIA HAWK It’s 9am on a Sunday, and you’re keen to go out for breakfast. A healthy breakfast. But your local cafe – just like every other cafe on the block – just has your standard breakfast fare on the menu. Eight different variations of bacon/eggs/sausages/hash browns/baked beans, toast with [read more]

  • Dinner

    Five recipes that are delicious – and won’t take 7 hours to create.

    This week I’ve challenged myself to cook dinners I’ve never cooked for my family before. It required some thinking but I managed to come up with a pretty delicious series of dinners. Let’s hope my children eat them.

  • Yaz Trollope

    Video: Wild Strawberry and Rhubarb Yoghurt Muffins, oh my!

        By YAZ TROLLOPE As a holistic health coach I’m always encouraging my clients to buy the best quality ingredients they can afford. From natural dairy products free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, to grass fed meat and organic fruit and vegetables, using the best produce available means your body is running on [read more]