Menu Plan Monday – Zoodles!

Chicken and zoodles

Every Monday I post my menu from the previous week, as well as the cost for some of my meals. This is to show how easy it is for a real, busy person to eat real food on a budget. 

Last week I finally received my veggie twister that I’d bought on eBay quite a while ago. I was very excited and made a batch of zoodles (zucchini noodles) to eat with some homemade pasta sauce. They were about a million times better than ordinary pasta and I will definitely be making them again! [Read more...]

Paleo Chocolate Slice

Paleo chocolate slice

I love my homemade chocolate recipe, but it’s not practical as a lunchbox snack because it needs to be kept in the fridge. Lately I’ve been experimenting with a more solid chocolate slice, based on almond butter, rather than coconut oil.

This slice will keep its structure out of the fridge. However, I do still keep it in the fridge in the Brisbane summer, since it does become a little soft out of the fridge. The sesame seeds add a nice crunch and texture to the slice, and the coconut adds a bit of structure. My housemate and I have both been enjoying it during late nights at uni working on our theses. [Read more...]

Menu Plan Monday – Boiled Eggs and Keeping Things Simple

Chicken wings with pesto

Every Monday I post my menu from the previous week, as well as the cost for some of my meals. This is to show how easy it is for a real, busy person to eat real food on a budget. 

Last week was busy, so I stuck to fairly simple meals during the week. I finally got my copy of Nom Nom Paleo’s Food for Humans cookbook, which comes with instructions for boiling an egg perfectly, so have been trying it out a lot, since eggs are such a quick and easy meal. You can check out the instructions here. [Read more...]

Giveaway: Plan Save Thrive Online Workshop

PLAN SAVE THRIVE online workshop

Today I’m taking a break from posting my menu plan on a Monday to bring you a very special giveaway from Melissa over at Frugal and Thriving.

Frugal and Thriving is one of my favourite Australian blogs, and one that I’ve been reading since before I even thought about starting my own blog. Melissa shares frugal real food recipes, craft and upcycling projects, organising tips and frugal living with kids and babies.  [Read more...]

Lacto-Fermentation for Beginners

lacto-fermentation for beginners

What is lacto-fermentation?

Lacto-fermentation is a way of preserving food that has been part of traditional diets all over the world for thousands of years.  Food is fermented at room temperature using lactic acid as a preserving agent.

Does lacto-fermentation involve milk products?

No, the “lacto” part of the name comes from the bacteria, Lactobacillus, which get their name from the way they turn lactose and other sugars into lactic acid. Some recipes call for whey (strained from yogurt) as a starter, but I don’t use this in my fermenting and it’s worked out fine. [Read more...]