Creamy, Low Carb Pesto Pasta!

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What an amazing low carb, deceivingly healthy, weight loss supporting meal this is!

It's one of those "have your cake and eat it too" kind of meals that I love. In fact, most of the meals I cook are like this.

Who else loves to eat comfort foods with zero guilt?! 

This is...

  • Paleo (unless you add parmesan)

  • Low carb

  • Keto friendly

  • Gluten free

  • Low calorie

  • Vegan

  • Extremely nutrient dense!

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The pesto sauce can also be kept in the fridge and used in salads, with eggs for breakfast, on toast or drizzled over veggies. It's so versatile! And the avocado makes it so nice and creamy. 

So here it is...

Serves: 3

Total cooking time: 10 minutes

Calories / serve: 285 kcal (without parmesan or vegan cheese).

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium - large avocado

  • 1 cup of kale leaves or baby spinach

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • Juice of juice of half a lemon

  • 1 big bunch of fresh basil (about 30-40g)

  • 3 tbsp pine nuts

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 pack slendier konjac noodles

  • 1 large zucchini

Method:

  1. Heat a small frypan on medium, then throw in the pine nuts and toast them, stirring constantly until lightly browned. Set aside.

  2. Place 2 tbsp of the toasted pine nuts along with everything else in a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste, and then season with a generous amount of salt and pepper until you like it.

  3. If using the sauce to make a low carb pesto pasta... rinse the slim noodles and make your zucchini noodles (with a machine or a regular hand held potato peeler).

  4. Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add a little more olive oil (about 1 tsp) and then throw in noodles and 1/3 of the pesto sauce. Toss until all combined and heated through! Also stir through 1 tbsp parmesan cheese if your dietary requirements allow for it! Use 1 tbsp of almond, macadamia or cashew cheese if you're vegan!

  5. Plate up and top with extra salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, remaining pine nuts and a few leaves of fresh basil!

Voila!

* You don't have to have the slim pasta if you dont like it. Feel free to just have more zucchini! Zucchini is also super low in calories and carbs. So replace the slim noodles with another 1/2 of a zucchini if you like!

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Give it a try and please leave a comment if you do and tell me how it turns out. 

Stuck for other quick, guilt free weight loss supporting meals? You can get 3 weeks worth of them along with shopping lists and a whole lot more in my 3 Week Body Reset Plan - Check it out if you haven’t already! The results have been so amazing.

Bec xx

 

Fragrant Coconut Fish with Coriander

This creamy, curry style fish is very simple and extremely quick to prepare (like all of my cooking).

Such a tasty way to prepare fish, and if you're not a huge fan of seafood, this is the perfect way to incorporate it into your diet more often as the flavours totally take over! We should all be eating fish at least once a week so here's a healthy recipe that will make this super simple to do!

Suitable for paleo, keto, low carb, gluten free and dairy free diets!

Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 fish fillets (I like pink snapper, red emperor or due fish)

  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1 to 2 tbls curry powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced

  • 1 small fresh red or green chili, finely sliced

  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut cream

  • Lime juice

  • Coriander leaves

Method

  • Rub the fish with the turmeric, curry powder and salt

  • In a frying pan, heat oil and cook onion, chili, garlic and ginger on low heat for about 5 minutes. Avoid browning.

  • Add the coconut cream, stir well, then add the fish and bring to a simmer

  • Cook uncovered for 4 minutes

  • Turn fish over and finish cooking (approx another 3 to 4 minutes).

  • Stir in some lime juice and coriander leaves just before serving!

Serving suggestion:
Serve with fresh, steamed Asian greens and / or brown rice (I would swap the brown rice for cauliflower or cauliflower rice to keep it low carb and lower calorie but this is your choice). Season with extra chili, salt and pepper if desired!

 

 

 

Creamy Zucchini Soup

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The weather has suddenly become cold and rainy which makes it the perfect time to start eating soup! There's nothing better than rugging up with a bowl of hot yummy soup in the winter months!

 

Homemade soup is always the best kind to consume as you know exactly what you are putting in it and you can use the freshest ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

 

This soup is EXTREMELY SIMPLE to prepare and cook and is packed full of taste; so much so that it actually feels like you are eating something naughty! However this could not be further from the truth, it is INCREDIBLY HEALTHY!

 

It is...

  • Low calorie

  • Low carb

  • Gluten free

  • High in dietary fibre

  • Extremely high in potassium (more than a banana!)

  • Rich in antioxidants

  • Rich in vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, folate, B6, B1, B2, B3, and choline, as well as minerals like zinc and magnesium, which are all valuable in ensuring healthy blood sugar regulation

 

So you can eat this soup knowing that it will DEFINITELY benefit your health and weight loss efforts!

 

Ingredients:

- 1 tbls olive oil or nob of butter

- 2 large zucchinis

- 1 brown onion

- 1 large garlic clove (or 2 small)

- 1 1/2 chicken stock cubes

- Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to season

 

Method:
1. Dice the onion and chop the zucchinis into rough medium sized chunks (about 2 cm).

2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

3. Sautee onions for 2 minutes, then add zucchini and crushed garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes or until lightly browned.

4. Pour boiling water and stock over the zucchini and onions until JUST covered and season with salt and pepper.

5. Turn the heat to low and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.

6. Allow to cool for half an hour and then blend using hand-held blender stick (straight into the saucepan).

7. Serve with generous amounts of parmesan cheese and extra salt and pepper for taste.

 

* Makes two very large serves or 3 medium serves!

 

Enjoy! Honestly you will be surprised by how good this soup is!

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect One Minute Breakfast Pudding!

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I have been posting quite a few instagram photos of many breakfast puddings and pancakes over the past few months! Each with slightly different recipes as I always just experiment as I go!

However, I have finally mastered a recipe so that I can share with you all the exact quantities for the absolutely PERFECT 1 minute microwaved pudding!

This pudding is incredibly tasty and satisfying and will keep you feeling full until lunch time... any breakfast that doesn't do this is a waste of time in my opinion!

So here goes...

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white, whisked

  • 2 heaped tbsp almond meal

  • 1/2 serve vanilla protein powder

  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or coconut milk)

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

  • 1/4 tsp bicarb soda/ baking powder

  • 1 tsp granulated stevia

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

  • Toppings: Plain, greek yogurt or coconut yogurt and blueberries/ raspberries / strawberries. 

  • *Double everything in this recipe if you desire a larger breakfast (if you are male you will want to).

 

Method:

1. Place all ingredients in a small cereal bowl or mug and whisk with a fork until well combined.

2. Place in the microwave for 1 minute.

3. Top with a few spoonfuls of plain Greek yogurt and toppings (plus an additional sprinkle of stevia and cinnamon! Almonds and/or coconut flakes are great too!)

 

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Voila!! There is a breakfast which has minimal mess, takes about 3 minutes to prepare and 1 minute to cook!

Simple, easy and satisfying.

Give it a try!

This is the PERFECT example of how healthy eating can be SO tasty and exciting, it never has to be boring!

My Top 5 Go-To Takeaway Options

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Do you feel time poor? I think all of us are! Even though home-cooked meals can be quick and easy, sometimes it’s totally necessary (and fun) to grab takeaway. It also means that there are no dishes – win-win.

I always leave two spaces for “free meals” when I construct personalised meal plans for my clients. These are meals where I leave it up to the client to go out for dinner or grab a takeaway.

These "free meals" are also incorporated into my own diet and the 3 Week Body Reset Plan that so many of you are on! So, I thought I would write a quick blog for you all to share my top 5 go-to's to help you stay on track with your health at these times.

Eat healthy 80-90% of the time? Then let yourself indulge. But, if you're serious about losing weight, or if you have gut problems including food sensitivities, you do want to be that little bit more savvy and always go for the healthiest option.

 

1. Grill'd Burgers

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Firstly I just want to say… if you’re living a healthy lifestyle, it should be one that focuses around home-cooked meals about 80% of the time. Then, the other 20% doesn't have to be so regimented and strict! We need to live an enjoyable life with variety. SO, when you want a burger… get a burger! There’s no need to really get into the nitty-gritty (unless you have specific dietary requirements - like me). There’s nothing wrong with getting a regular, genuine, good old burger.

My top picks:

The salads are all great. Just ask for the dressing on the side, otherwise too much can be used and the calorie content would easily surge up.

ANY of the burgers. The bun just really depends on your dietary pattern! So, don’t bother getting a low carb/paleo bun if you’re not following a low carb lifestyle. If you seem to manage your weight well with a diet that includes carbohydrates, go for the normal bread! And, if you’re gluten free but don’t follow a low carb diet, choose the gluten-free bun. Calorie wise… all of the buns are much/much.

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What do I get?

The green dream salad with dressing on the side.

OR

The simply grilled or Simon says on the paleo/low carb bun. 

Extra tips to still make the healthiest choice and not go totally overboard:

  • Avoid getting chips or share with a friend

  • Ask for dressing on the side with your salad

  • If you’re getting a burger that already has mayo in it, probably go easy on the cheese (and visa versa). Choose one or the other

  • If you’re trying to limit sugar, especially if you’re on a weight loss diet, ask for the relish to be left out.

 

2. Peko Peko (Doubleview and Attadale)

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Honestly, everything here is a dream. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, low carb or just generally health conscious, all of the meals here are amazing.

It’s so healthy that it doesn’t need to even really count as those
“once or twice a week free meals”.

Perfect for a super healthy and tasty light lunch or a more substantial, comforting meal at night.

What do I get?

I LOVE the rice-paper rolls at lunchtime. I always get one chicken rice paper roll and one tofu. On days I’m extra hungry ill get 3 (one chicken and 2 tofu). I always get the miso and ginger sauce too to go with them - obsessed.

For dinner, I order a noodle meal with chicken and the red curry sauce. However - I ask for no noodles and extra vegetables. Honestly the best meal ever, it has so many fresh greens and the sauce is extremely tasty.

 

3. The Boatshed (Cottesloe)

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This supermarket has everything. From fresh produce to takeaway meals. It’s great if you don’t know what cuisine you feel like as there’s pretty much everything here!

From salads to soups, to curries, to sushi, to hot meals, it has you covered.

What do I get?

I love getting a large salad from the deli. I always get a combo of three or four of them - and they change daily! But I always opt for ones that suit my dietary requirements (gluten free and low carb). So, I go for ones that don’t have grains!

I also love the hot roast meat that they do! Sometimes I get this and a small-medium salad to go with it.

And Fine Foods do a great range of super healthy soups – I find these hard to find! Love getting this in winter when I just don’t have the time to cook up my own.

 

4. TQR (Nedlands)

So this is the best Vietnamese food for dinner! You can also dine in as it is a restaurant. It’s just so fresh and tasty and the portions are nice and generous. I eat it and don’t feel gross and heavy afterwards - like so many other Asian restaurants make me feel.

I always ask for my meals to be prepared gluten-free and it’s possible! They just use gluten-free sauces when they’re cooking your meals. Definitely get this with a group of people so you can order a few things and share.

What do I get?

The basil chicken stirfry, the red and green curries and the steamed Asian vegetables. The vegetables are great as they bulk up your meals and gather all the yummy sauces so I don’t really feel the need to eat rice. It’s a great feeling to feel full of heaps of vegetables.

 

5. Mamatran

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Another great, super cheap Vietnamese place. I prefer it for lunch when you just want a meal for yourself (TQR is more of the place where you need a few people to share it with I think!).

What do I get?

The chicken salad or the vegetarian rice paper rolls. The pho’s are great too but I just haven’t tried them yet!

I hope you enjoyed reading this!

Want more help? You can now purchase my Dining Out Guide for only $6 here . It is also included as a bonus document in the 3 Week Body Reset Plan.

Bec xx