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…

Beetroot and roasted shimeji mushroom salad (127 calories per serve)


In hindsight, I would’ve roasted the beetroots too instead of using the canned ones but maybe for next time. It was very simple and easy to make though. Serves 4 Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Ingredients 400g can of beetroot, diced 100g shimeji mushrooms 1 clove of garlic, crushed 2 tbsp olive…

Masala okra and tomato curry (144 calories per serve)


My brother went to Queen Victoria Market over the weekend and brought back a large bag of okra for $1. He said that the best bargains are when the stalls were just about to close. The funny thing was … he doesn’t even like okra. So I guess that means I get to cook the…

Grilled zucchini and toasted pine nut salad (196 calories per serve)


I grew some zucchini plants at the end of the year and they were doing great. They were growing, they were flowering, and then suddenly they were dying. There was one particularly bad week of inclement weather (which actually isn’t unusual for Melbourne) but it took a toll on the plants and their leaves yellowed…

Spring vegetable muse (209 calories per serve)


Having the degustation menu at the Argus Dining Room was a delight because they gave you a generous selection of complimentary dishes. One dish was something they just called their “muse” – a delicate roll of assorted green vegetables standing tall on a white sauce (possibly Bechamel but I wasn’t sure). It was so refreshing that…

Baked eggs with spiced lentils (392 calories per serve)


I woke up craving eggs and I was contemplating going out to get brunch from one of the many local cafés around – but then I realised I can’t really afford that luxury. Today I’m going to be spending big … I’m going to buy a nice, big couch and that means I probably should…

Yellow okra and lentils (297 calories per serve)


I haven’t had okra in a very long time so when I found it at my local Asian supermarket, I decided to buy some. Then it sat in the fridge for a week while I tried to figure out how to cook it. So here is my experiment with okra and lentils. Serves 2-3 Prep…