Asparagus Casserole

Ok, so I know what you’re thinking – asparagus casserole does not sound like the kind of thing you want to tuck into right now.  You need to trust me on this one – it’s really delicious. Nana used to roll this out as a side dish whenever there was a gang to feed. It…

Vegetarian Pizza

I have a lot of spinach growing in my garden at the moment so I have been thinking of disguising it so that I can get the kids to eat more of it. They love pizza and it’s fun to make your own dough – so hey presto vegetarian pizza for dinner! You will need…

Chicken & Orange Salad

This salad is simply delicious. It is sweet and juicy and makes a great winter salad when you need something really refreshing – and the navel oranges are in season. Serves 1 Ingredients: 1 chicken breast (no skin / bone) 1 clove of garlic (minced), save 1/4 of it for the dressing 1 good splash…

Roasted Pumpkin Soup 

In New Zealand it is pumpkin season and today it is cold! Time for soup. You can vary the quantity depending on how much pumpkin you have, but keep the same ratio of pumpkin to potato, onion and stock as below to get the right consistency and flavour. Ingredients:  1.25kg pumpkin (peeled, deseeded and cubed)…

Loaded Potato Wedges

Comfort food at its finest – this is a really easy and yummy supper. Ingredients: Large floury  potatoes (allow one per person) One cup of grated cheddar cheese 1/4 cup of sour cream 1 spring onion or some chives Rindless bacon 1/2 teaspoon of paprika Salt and pepper Turn the oven on to bake at…

Energy / Detoxing / Digestive / Immunity Smoothies

Even though they are really delicious, you do need to be careful about the sugar content in smoothies. In all of these recipes you can replace the juice with water, or coconut water. Energy Smoothies:  2 bananas 2 kiwifruit Handful red seedless grapes ¾ cup apple juice ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 2 bananas 2 peaches 2 tangerines ½…

Nanas Beef Soup 

Soup is food for the soul and when I was growing up soup was on the menu nearly every day of the week. Nana served Pop soup daily for lunch, usually either chicken noodle or beef soup and then again before his main evening meal. They often had soup followed by pancakes as a light…

Salad Dressing

If you have the following ingredients in your pantry at home you can quickly rustle up a dressing to transform the most basic of fresh greens into a delicious meal or side dish. The quality of dressing will depend on the quality of your two main dressing ingredients: oil & vinegar. Right now I’m loving balsamic…

Chicken & Broccolini Gnocchi 

Silken gnocchi with the crunch of broccolini and sugar snaps peas in a rich alfredo sauce – heaven. You can easily leave the chicken out of this recipe and it isn’t a real alfredo sauce – more of a cheats version but it makes for a really quick supper.  Ingredients: 1 bag of gnocchi (400g)…

Aislings Afghan Beans (Vegetarian Taco Filling)

This recipe was inspired by a recent trip where I was able to watch men from Afghanistan prepare a variety of dishes for Iftar, the breaking of the fast during the month long Ramadan. Vegetarian dishes are a big part of middle eastern cuisine and with a recent vege convert in our house I wanted…