My favourite recipes for 30 minute meals


Agonising over a recipe can be a distressing occurrence for many people, as they suddenly have realised they have taken on far too much. For those moments when you want to craft something delicious in the kitchen but are not full of energy, turn to recipes for 30 minute meals. Vegetable oven bakes are a great way to fill yourself up with a good hearty portion of veggies. Roughly cut up a handful of vegetables, oil a wide oven dish, spread the vegetables over the dish and oil them as well, sprinkle coarse sea salt, pepper, oregano and basil over and throw in the oven for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle some grated cheddar in the last five minutes to make this dish even tastier. The internet is host to many different 30 minute meals. Another example of Fast 30 minute meals is a meat and veggie soup. Brown your meat, add water, then add your stock and the vegetables; then enjoy a fast and healthy meal. Thai curries usually don’t take a great deal time to prepare and cook. It will depend on whether you make up your curry paste from scratch or buy a ready-made paste from the supermarket. Brown your meat in a saucepan with a dash of sesame oil, add your paste, and then add the coconut milk; once boiling add your vegetables. You’ll never have to go far to find inspiration and ideas on recipes for 30 minute meals. Jamie Oliver is one step ahead and has already prepared many great recipes that can be made in 30 minutes on his website.


Healthy cottage cheese casserole recipe

Cottage cheese casserole recipe

Looking for a quick, easy and delicious treat? Try cheese and spinach casserole. We all know how simply delicious and versatile cottage cheese on toast is, sprinkled with onion and garlic. Both cottage cheese and spinach are part of a healthy, balanced diet and when you combine the two in a recipe, your taste buds are in for a treat. A cottage cheese casserole recipe is delicious on its own but a spinach and cheese casserole is just that much richer. You don’t require much in it either – just cottage cheese, a couple of eggs, chopped spinach, chopped onion, grated Parmesan cheese and then your spices such as salt, pepper and garlic flakes. This cottage cheese casserole recipe is so easy as ingredients are mixed together in a bowl, and after going into a 350ºF oven, it can be ready in 20 to 30 minutes and with a baked potato and cheese, you’re going to be wishing that you’d made your casserole just that much bigger.

My two favourite olive oil recipes

Olive oil recipes

Olive oil is my favourite oil. Some people wonder: is it safe to cook with olive oil? Well, I’m here to tell you that yes, it is. However, just like with almost every oil, you should not cook it above its smoke point, which is around 190-215°C. You should try to choose extra-virgin olive oil for the recipes I’ve listed here, and remember not to let it smoke!

1) Italian-style bread dip. This is a super-simple recipe that is always a hit as an appetizer. You just fill a flat dish with a 2:1 ratio of olive oil to balsamic vinegar, grind some fresh black pepper over top, (add some hot peppers if you want a kick), and dip small pieces of focaccia bread (or pita bread, or sourdough, or any type of bread) in the mix. Delicious!

2) Spaghetti Aglio Olio. This recipe is also amazingly simple, but oh-so-delicious! Simply cook and drain some of your favourite spaghetti. While it’s cooking, fry some crushed garlic and oil at a low heat. Once the spaghetti is cooked, add it to the pan, toss with fresh black pepper, salt, and some dried oregano, and voilà! Spaghetti Aglio Olio. Do you have any recipes to add?

Healthy Lunch Recipes with Marvellous Mushrooms

Healthy lunch recipes
I’ve noticed that more and more people, when they choose to eat out at a restaurant, are looking for healthy alternatives, and of course, if we want business, we have to provide what our customers want. People popping into our restaurant during their lunch breaks are looking for healthy lunch recipes that are more vegan based. I’ve done a bit of research and found that edible mushrooms can actually stop tumour growths, so we’re including mushrooms into quite a few of our dishes. You can find them on many of your local supermarket stores. Apart from our fabulous ‘green drinks’ packed full of super foods such as alfalfa and spirulina, our healthy lunch recipes are so awesome, people come from all over. Who wouldn’t want to try our mouth watering vegan Tagliatelle dish mixed with mushrooms and other tasty veg ingredients and then sprinkled with garlic sauce? Let me know of any similar finger-licking healthy recipes you are willing to share.

Coconut oil – The best oil for cooking and deep frying?

Coconut oil is the buzzword these days. It seems everyone is talking about how healthy the coconut oil is. But is there any truth to all this buzz? Or it is just another fad?  Ask ten people whether coconut oil is healthy and you are going to get 10 different answers. Some are of the opinion that coconut oil helps in weight loss and others speak about coconut oil’s magical healing powers.

 the many benefits of coconut oil

In this post, I will try to explore whether coconut oil is really worth all the hype or not. I would be covering:

  • What is it that is sold to us as “coconut oil” and what is its history?
  • How healthy coconut oil really is?
  • Why might it be healthy in comparison to other oils?
  • Can coconut oil also used for frying?
  • Benefits of coconut oil

History and production

Coconut oil is extracted from the dried flesh of the coconut. It might be new to West, but for the natives of tropical regions, it has been integral part of their diet for thousands of years.  It has been even used to treat many kind of diseases.

In 1981, a research carried out by The American Society for Clinical Nutrition found that people who were taking coconut oil in their diet traditionally were much less likely to suffer from heart and circulatory diseases. On the other hand, many studies concluded that people who replaced coconut oil with vegetables oil like sunflower oil, soybean oil etc., which were supposedly healthier, showed a significant rise in heart disease and diabetes.

Is coconut oil the best oil for cooking and deep frying?

Now that we could establish, coconut oil is indeed a very healthy oil, the question that comes to mind is that is it also healthiest for cooking and deep frying?

The coconut oil is one of the naturally saturated fats and therefore coconut oil is ideal for cooking, frying and roasting. In contrast to other frying fats, saturated coconut oil is not hydrogenated. Thus, there are no harmful, unsaturated fatty acids introduced during the manufacturing process.

Most of the oils we have on supermarket shelves these days are not suitable for frying as they contain omega-6 fatty acids, which end up introducing harmful substances, for examples, trans fats, during heating. The antioxidants are destroyed by heat and the subsequent oxidation makes it very unhealthy for our consumption. Organic coconut oil is the only oil that retains its natural, health-promoting properties even after being heated at high temperatures, thus, it serves as an ideal oil to be used in your kitchen.

More benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil promotes the health of humans in a unique and natural way. It strengthens the heart and the immune system and also supports the smooth functioning of thyroid gland. A good organic coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid , which is very rarely found in that amount even in the natural foods. It is also antibacterial and thus can be helpful in treatment of a number of ailments.


Coconut oil is time-tested and scientific studies are also establishing that coconut oil is indeed a very healthy oil. So, we can safely conclude that coconut oil is the best oil to be used for cooking, roasting and also deep-frying.



Diet changes due to health: Learning to cook all over again


Coeliac New Zealand - for information on Gluten free livestyle and receipes

The humdrum rut we can find ourselves in with everyday family cooking is challenging enough. Magazines flood the check-out counters at grocery stores for that very reason. Online recipe websites are soaring in popularity and we still fight for something delightfully compelling to fit the tastes at our  tables.

Recently due to a chronic illness my doctor suggested  my aunt to switch to a gluten-free diet. I´d seen a wide variety of premade foods available and did not anticipate it being so difficult. When I heard gluten-free I thought only of bread and crackers for the most part. Easy enough; I’d just grab a loaf of gluten-free bread  for her when she came to visit. Wow, was I in shock when I began to read the ingredients to many of the items already stocked in my cupboard.

My aunt not being a nutritionist or baking master asked me to find out more about gluten, I thought it would be useful to share on here exactly what gluten is. Firstly, chemistry 101 tells us that the culprit of our misery is naturally found in wheat, spelt and other grains. It is a natural binding compound which allows the grains upon rising to develop more elasticity and therefore be more flexible to work with. Gluten literally mean “Glue” in Latin.  

Many chronic diseases such as Celiac´s, Crohn’s and diabetes recommend a gluten-free diet for a healthier daily life. Avoiding sources of gluten is not an easy task; the most well-known host being wheat. However, rye, barley and malt by-products as well as brewer’s yeast is as venomous. It is best to read the list of ingredients on every label of prefabricated food products.

It is time consuming and frustrating to learn to cook all over again however rest assured New Zealand has some of the toughest labeling laws in the world and resources to  provide support for those switching to a gluten-free lifestyle.

It is also important to find some tasty recipes to try.

As it becomes more and more common of a dietetic dilemma for families across the globe, more and more resources to choose from become available.

Well known magazines and cookbooks  loaded with tasty ideas for a wide range of some of your favourite New Zealand dishes.

Recipes are plentiful and despite the seemingly inconvenience in time you will learn to navigate around your new exclusive culinary world with ease.

Down In The Dumps Cake

sheer decadence in every bite. this Indulgence Chocolate Cake is worth all the trouble to make it
chocolate Indulgence Cake recipe by stephylicious

Hi folks hope you all fine out there…me not so much. As I have mentioned in the about me I am expecting my first baby in January and unfortunately I have not been very well this past couple of weeks; my baby lying on my sciatica nerve and causing me a lot of discomfort and pain. Add not sleeping into the mix and well you get the picture. I am off work at the moment, so that doesn’t help my mood as you know I love my job.

In-between doing these exercise ( which are helping) I have spent some of my home time searching out recipes and I now have ( secret for the moment) a board on Pinterest for one I think will go in my book. I have also signed up for an online writing course. Well I got it as a gift from hubby. unfortunately I cannot sit for long, so working at my laptop is out but he decided to get a small loan to get some cash to purchase me a mini iPad. I love it. I have the Apple iPad mini 3 with touch technology – it scanned my fingerprint, feels very James Bond! I know it’s just new tech but I still using a 6-year-old laptop that’s too heavy to go on anyone’s lap!!

Whenever I am in the dumps I bake and nothing is guaranteed to cheer me up more than a Chocolate Indulgence Cake from fellow blogger stephylicious, check out her recipes sometime they are good. The cake is not easy but well worth persevering with husband helped me. Then got some friends round and stuffed ourselves with it, being pregnant has its advantages I had 2 pieces!! Naughty I know but I feel so much better.