Toasted tomato rice (282 calories per serve)


My daughter loves rice so long as it is plain and has nothing in it. There have been times where I’ve set down a plate with rice, some meat and some vegetables and she would painstakingly pick out the meat and vegetables and just eat the rice. She would even point at the rice pot…

Basic mushroom risotto (379 calories per serve)


My husband’s parents tend to cook a type of cuisine per week so they can use similar bases to make multiple dishes. Using this as inspiration, we decided to have Italian week in our household ranging from risottos to a good ol’ ‘spag bol’ and pizza. This mushroom risotto is pretty basic but also pretty…

Creamy pumpkin soup (282 calories per serve)


Although we’re technically at the final couple of weeks of autumn, I already feel as though winter has arrived. What I love most about winter are all the soups I get to enjoy and I absolutely love creamy soups such as this one. Although I have used pumpkin in this soup, the base is pretty…

‘Picnic pleaser’ potato salad (334 calories per serve)


My friends organised a casual picnic for this year’s Australia Day celebrations so I decided to bring, amongst other things, a simple potato salad. I’ve always loved potato salads, but not the ones at supermarket delis that are absolutely drenched in mayonnaise. I like adding a bit of mayonnaise but not too much as it…

Classic creme caramel (306 calories per serve)


The first time I made creme caramel was when I was about 11 or 12 years old. My French teacher decided to invite us all to her house for the day for a French cooking lesson. We made creme caramel. It was amazing and surprisingly simple. For such an elegant dish, it really did not take…

Thai vegetarian fried rice (659 calories per serve)


Thai fried rice is very aromatic. In my opinion, it is more flavourful than Chinese fried rice and I often have fond memories of it. When I was younger, my family used to go to Bangkok often for holidays. During these holidays, we used to stay at a motel near MBK shopping centre. I don’t remember…

Pumpkin, tofu and green beans red curry (267 calories per serve)


Do you know how much pumpkin is actually in a whole butternut pumpkin? A lot apparently … after removing the skin and the seeds, I had about 1.6kg of pumpkin! Since I am pretty much living by myself at the moment, that’s a lot of pumpkin to get through for one person without trying to eat…

Quick tofu and bean sprout stir fry (238 calories per serve)


I’ve been running around doing errands all day … doing the laundry, folding and ironing, filing away bills, paying bills, making medical appointments, changing bed sheets … I was pretty exhausted. I hadn’t been sleeping well either because the baby has started kicking and rolling almost non-stop … especially when I’m still and trying to sleep! Anyway…

Beetroot and feta yoghurt salad (244 calories per serve)


Beetroot used to be the last choice in terms of vegetables that I would choose at a salad bar. However all of that changed when I got pregnant. I just couldn’t get enough of this sweet vegetable. Then my uncle, Henry, invited us over to dinner and he made a beetroot salad with feta yoghurt….

Potato bake (296 calories per serve)


My husband made a potato bake for Australia Day earlier this year and it was amazing. He did such a great job I’ve been craving it ever since. He told me that the secret ingredient was French onion soup powder. This isn’t exactly like what he made but it’s similar. Serves 6 Prep time 20mins…

Simple hummus (152 calories per serve)


Last weekend, my uncle invited us to his house where he had a variety of dips and one of them was hummus. My brother LOVED the hummus … absolutely loved it. My uncle assured me that it was very simple to make as there’s just blending involved so I decided to give it a go. And…