Winter pumpkin soup (240 calories per serve)


News #1, Mom arrived from Myanmar today. News #2, pumpkins were on sale today – 90c per kg, less than a third of what it is normally priced at the supermarket. The only problem was … they sold it whole and I couldn’t just buy a quarter or half a pumpkin. I was with Mom 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…

Spice-filled lentil soup (107 calories per serve)


It’s not really a very spicy soup – but then again, my spice tolerance is above-average. It does have a lot of my favourite spices in it that makes it aromatic and yummy. Serves 4 Prep time 15 mins Cook time 35 mins Ingredients 1.5L vegetable stock 1 cup red lentils, thin 1 medium tomato,…

Stir fried lentils and snow peas (259 calories per serve)


I had a bit of a lentil craving. I don’t remember the last time I had lentils – two months ago? But I can’t have lentils on their own. I need something green to go with it – that’s healthy right? So I was wandering around the supermarket looking for something green. Snow peas were on…

Creamy Cauliflower Soup (371 calories per serve)


Cauliflower would be the last ingredient I would think of using in a soup. I don’t even eat cauliflower that often to be honest. And it’s not even a flower! But I did have a large, whole cauliflower in the fridge that was starting to get brown spots so I thought I might as well…