aztec super seed salad with avocado & fresh lime (gf, rsf, keto, paleo)

this salad is inspired by one of the best salads i have ever had – at chi wah wah down christchurch’s terrace.  i had to try and remake it!

fresh fresh fresh, with loads of texture…the creaminess of the avocado pairs beautifully with the sour, salty asian style dressing.

high in vitamins, antioxidants and omega 3 to name only a few, this salad is a fully balanced meal in its self!

super easy to make, and it maintains its crunchy texture for a couple days after (if you manage to hold back and save some for day two!)

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miso black bean spaghetti, with tuna, pickled daikon, bok choy and fresh coriander (gf, df)

so the star in this dish is the spaghetti sauce…. you could actually serve it with anything you fancy… (chicken, steak, white fish) or, even have it all on its own.  its full of flavour and satisfying.

black bean spaghetti is incredible… its texture is firm and chewy… its robust enough to stand strong against the punch of the miso.  the sauce is a little rich, so bok choy is the perfect pair.

give it a go, its easy to make.  and i know you will do it again!

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baked monkfish, with garlic & bacon brussel sprouts, red cabbage and toasted almonds

delicious!!!

the savoury and rich notes of the garlic and bacon veges are a perfect compliment to the tender and meaty fish baked in brown butter & lemon slices.

texture comes from the cabbage and brussel sprouts which are only lightly tossed on the heat like a stir fry, and the toastiness of the almonds is the final icing on the cake bringing it all together.

such a quick and easy dish to prepare, but max flavour!

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mexican chicken thighs, with chipotle slaw, avocado & fresh coriander

mexican is a favourite in our house… this dish is bursting with flavour and any heat from the chipotle or mexican seasoning is tamed by the avocado (cheese & sour cream – optional)…

this recipe is a great weeknight option – its nutritious, full of vege, good fats and protein… and the best part – from start to finish, its only a 20 minute ordeal.

part of the efficiency is due to the use of two pre-prepared ingredients (slaw and seasoning)….  now i am not usually a huge supporter of this option BUT these are ones i trust because they dont have any ingredients i dont know… and thats always a good sign!

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pork steak with fennel and apple remoulade

well this is away from my usual intensity of flavour, but its definitely not short of flavour.

there is a huge hit of freshness with the fennel and apple combination, the crisp texture of the salad balances beautifully with the rich tenderness of a pork steak.

perfect for a weekday evening, its a quick and easy recipe to do, especially if you have a julienne slicer to do the apple and fennel for you (like i do).

you will sound fancy calling it a remoulade, go with it 🙂

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a take on nachos: chipotle mince, with kumara chips, avocado, tomato and coriander salsa

nachos are a fave, aren’t they!?

here’s my take – the guilt-free version.

this dish WILL provide the satisfying “comfort” factor that comes with a plateful of spicy mince and “chips”…. but this baby is packed full of good things.  swapping out those corn chips for kumara, means you can pretty much eat as much as you like without filling that temple of yours with grease ….

(did you know that one serving of corn chips, is approx only 7 chips… AND corn chips are no better than your bought potato crisps! thats scary!)

anyway….. with this dish, i can bet on it that you won’t miss the corn chips.

try it, see for yourself.

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bangin’ terakihi ceviche, with kumara chips

its just bullshit that only the bad stuff tastes good…

but if you DO believe it, don’t just listen to my words…  allow me to change your mind with this dish

inspired by mexican style ingredients, this dish feels clean to eat, and clean in your gut.  its super filling, good enough for a main (but its also a great starter!), and the intense flavours, perfectly balanced (of course), will sizzle your tongue

and………… best of all, you just can’t feel guilty in ANY way for indulging.   thats always good eh 🙂

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lamb with grilled peach, rocket, mozzarella, pinenut & almond salad with rockin mint pesto

just brilliant. this salad will change your life.

I promise you:

  • sweetness from the grilled peaches,
  • balanced by pepper from the rocket,
  • paired with toastiness from the nuts,
  • contrasted by the creaminess of cheese,
  • all in harmony with the tenderness of the lamb,
  • and a flavour punch from the mint pesto

this will drive you crazy….

and you will want it for dinner the next evening too.

do it.

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wasabi & sesame crusted tuna, with avocado, corn, tomato and coriander salad served with a ginger, soy and lemon vinaigrette

the classic combination of sushi inspired this dish.  its been SO hot in christchurch lately, and that brings with it cravings for fresh and clean salads.

this dish brings with it a pop of hot from the wasabi, balanced beautifully with the salt from the soy and sour from the lemon.  the ginger will remind you of sushi garnishes – and altogether this is a match made in heaven.

im drooling writing about it.

this will take you 30min or so, so an easy and TASTY weekday meal.

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Chicken salad, cucumber, chilli, thai herbs, ginger and lime dressing (inspired by Chinwag – Christchurch)

nothing else can match the fresh, explosive flavour of a thai salad… and the one i had at chinwag in christchurch on a hot, blustery dry summers day was just that… and it hit the spot.

boy was it spicy… (which i love) but not at the expense of all the other trademark thai flavours. perfectly balanced and satisfying, i had to give it a whirl.

there are a few deviations from chinwags offering – i didnt have lemongrass at home, so used ginger in the dressing instead.  and i couldnt get fresh squid, so there is chicken which i bathed in its own sticky marinade so it would get a great flavour crust on it.  the chicken ended up contrasting with the chilli in in the dressing perfectly.

this is something you can smash together in about 45mins if you need to.  it will take longer if you want the chicken to marinate longer.

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