Recipes

My kind of homework - kids' healthy recipes

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Nov 14, 01:36 AM in and . No comments.

Last week, my son’s year 4 class had the kind of homework I love.
The kids had to find a healthy recipe and record themselves cooking. I’m pleased to say that my son chose a really simple recipe. (Not the least because we were in the middle of moving house and all of my kitchen was packed up at this stage!)

So what did he choose? A smoothie!.

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Nikki's Chocolate Cupcakes - and they're dairy free, egg free and Vegan!

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Mar 23, 08:30 AM in . No comments.

Last week, I had the pleasure of trying these delicious cupcakes made by Nikki Broad, a student Dietitian due to graduate this mid year.

They are vegan, and for those just looking for egg or dairy free – these are your cupcakes!
I am often asked about cake recipes for kids with egg and dairy allergies, so was really pleased when Nikki said I could post her recipe here on AM Dietetics.

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Mary's Bircher Muesli

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Sep 12, 12:31 AM in and . No comments.

Bircher muesli seems to be all the rage at the moment. Called by a variety of names including “overnight oats”, bircher muesli is the original muesli invented in around 1990. I love it when historical recipes come back in fashion.
In the good old “hospital dietary therapy” tradition, Swiss Doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a pioneer of whole foods therapy, invented muesli for patients in hospital.
The original recipe consisted of rolled oats, (soaked in water overnight), lemon juice, sweetened condensed milk, grated apple and grounds nuts.

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Feta, olive and rocket salad with roasted tomatoes

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on May 4, 06:54 AM in and . No comments.

Now I am in the land of salads, I have a whole lot of great recipes to try. This one is timely with a recent study in the US showing that the mediterranean diet may lower the risk of memory problems in later life. And you can’t beat this for a mediterranean style salad.

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Homemade : Pasta Sauce!

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jan 27, 06:15 PM in and . No comments.

I haven’t forgotten my home made series !

Most families these days do seem to have a pasta night. Pasta meals go down well in my house. I like making pasta dishes for a few reasons – its quick and easy, relatively easy on the purse, most of the family seem to like it and I can pop lots of vegetables into pasta dishes.

Most people can master their own version of the bolognaise but it’s such a shame to see people reach for the trusty old bottled sauce. Home-made? Well you could argue that a meal made with a bottled sauce isn’t.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jan 9, 12:10 PM in and . No comments.

Having just found out that the UN has declared 2013 the International year of Quinoa, I thought it would be a good idea to share a recipe using Quinoa. I’ve tried using Quinoa a few times but must admit, I need to try to use it more.
So what’s so good about it?

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Vegetable Fritters

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jan 6, 03:02 PM in and . No comments.

My 8 year old has been a little picky with his vegetables lately, so I’ve been looking at different ways to serve them in an effort to make them a little more interesting for him. I found this vegetable fritter recipe which might just do the trick. I’m thinking of using these as an after school snack or as a side dish at meal times. You can try all sorts of different vegetables and add cheese or bacon if you want. I know my son will love these with a dipping sauce.

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Christmas Fruit Compote (or any time really)

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Dec 6, 01:49 PM in and . No comments.

Sorry it’s been a while since the last post…Christmas preparations taking over here at Northwest Nutrition’s headquarters! Speaking of Christmas, I was looking for desserts and puddings using a slow cooker and found this dried fruit compote recipe. This is guaranteed to get the smell of Christmas wafting through your household. I normally don’t really like the smells that fill the house when the slow cooker is on but this one should even get your family Grinch into the spirit of things.

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Lamb tagine with couscous - in the slow cooker

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Nov 5, 02:20 PM in . No comments.

This morning, there was frost on the grass and ice on the car windshield. Yes, its slow cooker and stews and casserole weather again. The winter weather doesn’t mean you have to go for winter stodge though. This lamb tagine with couscous will warm you up for sure.

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Home made- chicken nuggets!

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Oct 10, 02:53 PM in and . Comments [1].

Yes, chicken nuggets. Much maligned and misunderstood. Home made nuggets aren’t so bad as an occasional treat for kids. Here is a different, “home-made” take on the popular kids’ meal choice. Once again, “home-made” , (real food), means you know exactly what goes into your family’s food. Great as an after school snack with dipping sauces or as a light meal . And they don’t have be served “brown style”, with chips. You could serve them with rice and vegetables or with a salad.

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Home Made - baked beans!

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Sep 14, 11:34 AM in and . No comments.

I’ve been reading a lot about the “slow food” and the “real food” movements lately. I find these both really fascinating and the principles are pretty much along the lines of what Dietitians have been saying for years – avoid processed junk!

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Green Vegetable Risotto - a lovely way to eat your greens

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jul 25, 04:35 PM in and . Comments [1].

Its always the best idea to try to have as many colours on your plate, “eat a rainbow” is the catchcry but I have a soft spot for greens. Greens are traditionally the ones we tend to have the most trouble encouraging our families to eat so using lovely recipes like this green vegetable risotto is a nice way to get those greens in! This recipe includes celery, broccoli, sugar snap peas, courgette and parsley, a great variety of green favourites.

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Lemon and Blueberry Charlottes

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jul 16, 02:29 PM in and . No comments.

Sitting here on a cold and rainy day and thinking of comfort foods? Feel like a pudding? Its always a good idea to include fruit in your puddings. That way you can at least ensure your treat is also packed with a few good vitamins. Charlottes can be served hot or cold. Individual portion sizes, using individual ramekins, are good for portion control if you are watching your weight.

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Roasted Vegetable Bake

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jul 3, 09:18 AM in and . Comments [2].

I’m working on putting some vegetarian meals into my family’s diet and like this one particularly as it can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner. How versatile! This recipe is a bit of a frittata really and includes the goodness of peppers/capsicum, mushrooms and courgettes/zucchini with good old eggs.

And, no, you dont have to be afraid of eggs. The old “3 eggs a week” message I used to trot out when working for the heart foundation many years ago has well and truly been replaced with “eggs are fine” after all the evidence we have gathered on eggs over the years. Eggs are a great source of protein and there is evidence that they help make us feel fuller for the morning when eaten at breakfast. So give this a try, makes a change from the usual..

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Rainbow chicken and rice salad - a lunch-box treat

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jun 16, 09:19 AM in and . No comments.

It’s the end of two weeks school holidays for the AM Dietetics household, so it’s back to school on Monday. Having opted to go to packed lunches in the middle of this year, this also means back to trying to think of a good and interesting variety of packed lunches. I usually use a range of different breads but it’s always nice to try something a little different in the form of rice, pasta or couscous based meals. I usually make it up as I go along when it comes to lots of rice dishes but I found this great little recipe, which I have adapted, which gives it all – a little slow release, low GI carbohydrate, fruit, vegetables, some healthy fats and a bit of lean protein. Add a stick of cheese (which I always do in the lunch box) and you have it all covered! Oh and it’s great for adults too!

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