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Peruvian Inspired Beef Stir Fry

Peruvian Inspired Beef Stir Fry

Hey Guys! I LOVE sharing recipes (of course, It's my job haha!) but I especially love sharing recipes from my community. This recipe was created by our incredible BARE ambassador Angela Martin (Instagram @the_healthy_diary_) who is a Meal prep QUEEN!  Serves: 1Cook time: 5 - 10 minutes Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 100g lean beef strips 60g spaghetti, raw weight 1 medium tomato, sliced and seeds removed ½ small onion, sliced 1 garlic clove, finely diced 1 tbs of soy sauce 1 tsp of oyster sauce 1 tsp of sesame seed oil (or olive oil if you don't have!)  Fresh coriander, to your liking and chopped finely Salt & pepperDirections:  Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions (make sure they are al dente!). Once cooked, drain the pasta and let cool down. In a large non-stick pan or wok, add sesame oil and heat on a medium to high heat for about one minute. Add beef strips and cook until seared on each side. Remove and set aside. In the same pan/wok, add garlic and onion and cook until the onion becomes translucent. Stir constantly, ensuring the garlic does not burn! Add the tomato and cook for about 1 minute or until it becomes soft, but still with a slight crunch! Bring the beef strips back to the pan, keep stirring. Now its time to add the pasta to the pan/wok and stir through. Add in the soy sauce and oyster sauce here and continue to stir and heat through.  Leave on the heat, stirring continuously to ensure the spaghetti really soaks up that beautiful flavor! Add some fresh coriander! Serve and top up with more coriander! Enjoy!
Mango Chicken Lettuce Cups

Mango Chicken Lettuce Cups

There is something about lettuce cups that makes me so happy haha! It's the EASIEST DINNER EVER! Now, you guys know I am frightened by fruit and meat together but I'll do it because I know you love it....well...THIS IS THE RECIPE THAT FINALLY CHANGED MY MIND. Fruit and meat...DO GO TOGETHER HAHA I'll eat my words!! These mango chicken lettuce cups were made with the DELISH Macro Organic Natural Yoghurt and the Macro Organic Frozen Mango, which of course is only available at my fave, Woolworths!  Cook time: 10-15 minutes  Prep time: 5 minutes  Makes: 2 serves Ingredients: 1 tablespoon yellow curry paste (or red!)1 small chicken breast, sliced into strips 7-8 snow peas, sliced finely1 small carrot, julienne 1 cup Macro Organic Yoghurt 1 cup Macro Organic Frozen Mango chunks 1 tablespoon coriander, chopped 8 small lettuce cups, washed Olive oil, for cooking  Directions:  In a deep pan, heat a splash of olive oil over medium heat. Add curry paste and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant.  Add chicken into the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, continually stirring. Add snow peas, carrots and cook for 3 minutes. Turn the pan down to low heat. Add yoghurt, mango chunks and coriander. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 6-7 minutes on low heat (try not to let it get too high or it will separate. Add chicken mixture into the lettuce cups and top with any remaining coriander.  EAT!
Mango Iceblocks

Mango Iceblocks

Needing a new night time snack in this summer? I swear these are going to be your JAM! Since moving out...I need (or want haha!) constant snacks prepared and my pantry/fridge/freezer so I can quickly grab and go (#adultlife)!! These are in my freezer right now and are seriously a PERFECT little healthier night time sweet treat - especially on the warmer nights! The base is Macro Organic Coconut Water with Macro Organic Frozen Mango only available at Woolworths! Blend it all up and pour it into these ice block holders and you are good to go. They have Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries too so you can always change up the flavours! I love everything homemade, these are honestly so refreshing you have to try them!  Prep time: 5 minutes  Makes: 8-10 iceblocks  Ingredients: 2 cups Macro Organic Frozen Mango2 cups Macro Organic Coconut Water Handful of berries  Directions:  Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until combined. Add mixture into a silicone iceblock mould (I got mine from Amazon!) and push a couple of pieces of fruit into each iceblock. Freeze overnight and enjoy on a hot day. 
Coconut Water Mocktail

Coconut Water Mocktail

It's SUMMER TIME YAY! I love summer so much and absolutely love hanging out by the pool, chilling out and having DELISH summer fruits. I always love love love having a super refreshing drink by the pool too and coconut water is seriously the BEST! I used Macro Organic Coconut Water and added a load of fruit (watermelon, berries, fresh herbs like basil and mint & lime!) all available from @woolworths_au. If you're feeling like you need a 'mocktail' type drink by the pool, then GET ONTO THIS!!   Prep time: 5 minutes  Makes: 1.5L (serves 6) Ingredients: 1.5L Macro Organic Coconut water ¼ Watermelon, sliced 1 lime, sliced1 small handful basil OR mint ½ cup blueberries ½ cup raspberries  Ice to serve  Directions:  Mix together the coconut water and fruit into a large jug. Add basil/mint and lime slices. Mix and serve. When you reach the bottom of your cup, eat the fruit! 
Beetroot Juice

Beetroot Juice

Kick start your new year new you? Need a super refreshing juice? Look no further than this DELISH Beetroot, Apple and Coconut juice! It's seriously refreshing and also, If you're feeling a little under the weather it is PERFECT because it's full of ginger and lemon which always makes me feel super good! I used the amazing Macro Organic Coconut water only available at Woolworths to add a little delicious flavour. You have got to try this for sure!Prep time: 5 minutes  Makes: 1  Ingredients: 330ml Macro Organic Coconut Water 1 small apple, sliced 1 small beetroot, raw 3-4 mint leaves 1cm fresh ginger Ice to serve Small lemon squeeze to taste  Directions:  Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until combined. If you don’t like the texture, run it through a sieve to remove the pulp.  Love Leah XX 
Chipotle chicken burger with Quke® salad

Chipotle chicken burger with Quke® salad

HOW CUTE ARE THESE BABY CUCUMBERS!!! Their official name is Quakes, and they're special variety. They're not 'regular cucumbers' just picked early, they've been made to be mini! Super crunchy and absolutely perfect for the kid's lunchbox with the school year just around the corner. I made these DELISH Thai chicken burgers with slithers of these Qukes and they were SO delicious. Even the chicken patties are perfect for the school's lunchbox, seriously PERFECT! These Qukes are a fuss-free snack, I absolutely love them!  Serves: 1Cook time: 10 minutesPrep time: 10 minutesIngredients:200g chicken mince1 garlic clove, crushed2 Tbsp Chipotle powder1 Tbsp. Paprika1 Tbsp. Mustard powder1 Tbsp. Cumin1 Tbsp. Salt1 Tsp Pepper1 small handful fresh corianderSalad:1 Truss tomato, sliced3-4 Qukes®, peeled into ribbons1 tbsp kewpie mayonnaise1 tsp hot sauceDirections:1. In a mixing bowl, add chicken, garlic, spices and coriander. Mix well.2. Shape the chicken mixture into 2-3 patties. Place chicken patties on a hot pan with asplash of olive oil and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. 3. Toast the bread buns (or leave fresh!) and layer with chicken patties, Quke® ribbons,Truss Tomato slices, mayo and hot sauce.4. EAT!
Easy Chocolate Milk

Easy Chocolate Milk

I am a self admitted chocolate milk fiend - I mean, who isn't? So I needed to find a version I could make at home haha! This chocolate milk is bloody delicious warm or cold! I used Macro Organic Cacao Powder only available at @woolworths_au to give that really yummy chocolate taste and blended up some dates to give a caramel flavour - my two faves!  Prep time: 5 minutes   Makes: 1  Ingredients: 1 date, soaked 2 tsp Macro Organic Cacao 2 tsp Maple syrup 1 handful of ice ¾ cup milk of your choice  Directions:  Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until combined. This can be warmed in a pan or in a microwave for hot chocolate!   
Kombucha Mocktail

Kombucha Mocktail

HOW GOOD are mocktails?! I'm obsessed. Especially with this Aussie heat - anything fancy by the pool is an absolute YES from me! I don't drink alcohol, so the next best thing for me is DELISH kombucha with all my delicious flavours! This mocktail has these AMAZING little Qukes which are a special variety of cucumbers, they're SO crunchy and make this drink so incredibly refreshing. They have a sweet flavour and a really refreshing crunch....so once you finish your glass you can eat it haha #nowaste! Serves: 6Prep time: 5 minutes Ingredients: 1 packet Qukes®, ribbons 2L apple kombucha  2 x punnets strawberries, sliced thinly 10 mint leaves, ripped roughly 1 lime, sliced Directions: Add all the ingredients into a punch bowl or a large jug. Pour kombucha on top and chill for 30 minutes. Add ice and drink!  
Crunchy Chicken Tenders  

Crunchy Chicken Tenders  

CRUNCHY CHICKEN TENDERS!! How good do these look? They're so light, crunchy and seriosuly perfect for the whole family and a GREAT option for a #glutenfree dinner after a big Christmas feast. I used the amazing Woolworths Free From Gluten Corn Flakes, which can only be found at @woolworths_au :)    Cook time: 20 minutes  Prep time: 15 minutes  Serves: 2-4  Ingredients:  500g chicken tenderloins, cleaned  ½ cup Gluten free flour  1 cup Free From Gluten Corn Flakes  2 eggs, whisked  1 tsp salt  1 tsp pepper  1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp chilli flakes  1 tsp paprika  Directions:  Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.  Into a small bowl, add eggs and whisk. In another bowl add the free from gluten corn flakes. Using your hands, crush the cornflakes a little (not so they’re a crumb, but just not whole corn flakes). In another bowl, add the gluten free flour, salt, pepper, dried oregano, chilli flakes and paprika. Mix well.  Dip the chicken tenders into the flour, then egg and then cornflake mixture. Ensure it is fully covered. Place onto a lined baking tray and then place into the oven for 20 minutes or until fully cooked through.  Pair with some sweet chilli sauce! 
Linguini with Mushroom Sauce

Linguini with Mushroom Sauce

Who doesn't like creamy pasta? It's seeeeriously delicious! I am a huge fan of mushrooms, so naturally....this is my new favourite meal pasta!Serves: 6Ingredients:15 mushrooms, sliced thinly2 small brown onions, diced4 garlic cloves, crushed2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt1 tsp pepper1/2 cup of parmesan cheese2 cups of vegetable stock300ml heavy cream500g linguine pasta  Directions: Boil water and cook pasta aldente (almost cooked!)  In a deep pan, heat olive oil over a medium to high heat.  Add onion, garlic and mushrooms to the pan and cook for 7-10 minutes, or until mushrooms have softened. Add stock, heavy cream, salt, pepper and parmesan to the pan and stir. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes on a low heat.  Add Half cooked pasta to the pan and mix through and leave to further cook for 5 minutes. Continue to stir.  Remove from pan and place into serving bowls. Sprinkle a little bit of parsley to serve. 
Honey Crackles

Honey Crackles

Cook time: 10 minutes  Prep time: 5 minutes  Makes: 12  Ingredients:  5 cups Free from Gluten Flakes  100g Salted butter  2 tablespoons honey  2 tablespoons maple syrup  Directions:  Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.  Melt butter, honey and maple in a pot over medium heat. Allow to cook for 5 minutes.  Pour butter mixture over the gluten free corn flakes and stir to combine.  Add the mixture into muffin cases and place into the oven for 10 minutes or until they lightly brown.  Remove, allow to cool and eat!   
Christmas Pork Roll

Christmas Pork Roll

  ANOTHER CHRISTMAS MEAL! How great is christmas? Seriously, you get to eat, spend time with your family and begin to enjoy the holidays. It makes me SO HAPPY!! But not as happy as mitch's face when he saw this pork roll HAHA He goes ""Leah, Why have you NEVER made me this? It's ALL my favourite things rolled up in my other favourite thing"" haha safe to say he ate the WHOLE THING as soon as it came out of the oven!! Cook time: 30 minutes Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 large pork tenderloin10 button mushrooms, sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 9 short cut bacon pieces, diced Salt & Pepper to taste Small handful of parsley Small handful of fresh basil Small handful of fresh thyme ½ cup Free From Gluten Bread Crumbs 1 tbsp Gluten Free Worcestershire sauceOlive oil, for cooking ¼ cup Gluten free chicken stock  Directions:  Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.  Cut any excess fat off your tenderloin. Make a slice down the middle of the tenderloin, but stop before you cut it in half completely (you want them to still be attached). Open the two halves like a butterfly and place a sheet of baking paper over the top. Using a meat cleaver, pound the meat until it’s around 1cm thick. Salt and pepper the meat.  In a small deep pan, heat a splash of olive oil over a medium to high heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, bacon, parsley, basil, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes or until mushrooms have softened and the bacon is crispy.  Add breadcrumbs and worcestershire sauce into the pan and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.  Add mixture onto the pork and begin to roll tightly (you want to roll the longer side!) once you meet the other side, secure with toothpicks. In a large pan, splash olive oil and heat to a medium heat. Sear the pork roll all over and then place into an oven safe dish. Add chicken stock into the dish and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through.  Remove toothpicks and slice with a sharp knife. Slice and serve!