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Bolognese & Sweet Potato Noodles

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500g ground red meat (grass-fed preferably)

1 onion

2 cloves garlic

4 mushrooms

4 cherry or plum tomatoes or 1 medium tomato

2 cups tomato sauce / passata

3/4 cups hot water

2 large sweet potato or 3 medium

Spices: olive oil, 2 bay leaves, 1/4 tsp basil, salt & pepper


  1. Season meat with salt & pepper and start browning on a medium – low heat, covered, for about 2-3 minutes while you chop onion finely. Move the meat to one side and tip pan, letting the fat from the meat drain to one side. Add the onion to this natural fat and fry with lid on while you chop the garlic. Add the finely chopped garlic to the onions and fry for 2 minutes
  2. Quarter tomatoes and add to the onion and garlic. Fry for 2-3 minutes while you clean and chop the mushrooms. I usually slice the mushrooms 4-5 times horizontally and vertically
  3. Mix onions, garlic and tomatoes and mushrooms into the meat. Let itcook for 3-5 minutes while you prepare your sweet potato noodles using a spiralizer or julienne peeler (see below)
  4. Add the leftover core of the sweet potato (cut into cubes first) to the meat, as well as your spices: 1/4 tsp basil, 2 bay leaves, salt & pepper, tomato sauce and hot water. Cover, bring to a boil
  5. Once the sauce has boiled, reduce to a simmer, keep covered and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. In a separate frying pan, warm up 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add sweet potato noodles and cook on medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring once or twice each minute. You want the noodles to keep somewhat of a crunchy texture to them so they don’t wilt under the sauce.
  7. Add sauce to the sweet potato noodles
  8. Voila!

Sweet Potato Noodles

  1. Peel the sweet potato
  2. Using a spiralizer or julienne peeler start making your noodles. I use a julienne peeler because it works just as well as a spiralizer and I don’t have space in my kitchen for another large appliance. It’s very simple. Hold the potato and using the julienne peeler, firmly start to peel the potato. I usually do 4-5 peels before turning to start on the other side of the potato. Continue to do this until you’re left with about a 1/2″ core of the potato. (This core will be cubed and added to the sauce for natural sweetness)
  3. Salt noodles and continue with step 6 in Method


I’ve never been a fan of boiling noodles. They take ages, and I end up obsessively watching the pasta cook for the last 5 minutes, constantly testing it to make sure it’s done. Sweet potato noodles solves that problem! Not only do these ‘noodles’ increase the nutritional value of the meal, but they take about 4 minutes to cook. Super simple!

As a mother and a nutritionist, I choose to restrict many grains and refined flours. I do this as a lifestyle choice for myself and also as a guideline for weaning and toddler nutrition, especially 0-2 years. Don’t get me wrong, I love a sandwich, and one of my best food experiences from my holiday in Italy was the large bowl of four cheese pasta that got devoured with a bottle of wine.

I consider grains such as pasta and bread a treat, like ice cream, rather than a staple. Both are a carbohydrate, and carbohydrates along with protein and fat are categorized as macronutrients. A balanced macronutrient intake is essential for optimal health. As a starchy carbohydrate replacement, I prefer root vegetables like sweet potatoes and squash. I always have sweet potatoes in the house. Sweet potatoes are a nutrient powerhouse, packed with vitamins A and C, two well known antioxidants and immune supporters, as well B vitamins which our bodies require daily to make energy. Sweet potatos are also very easily digested – perfect for the developing digestive tract of a baby or toddler, and contain good fibers that when digested help to improve the microflora in the gut, contributing to a healthy digestive tract. Sweet potatoes are in season almost the entire year, making them a versatile and accessible carbohydrate.



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Buttered Popcorn

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1/4 cup olive oil or 2 tbsp ghee
3/4 cup kernels
3.5 tbsp butter


  1. Heat oil or ghee on medium-high fire. Add three kernels to the pot. Shake the pot around every now and then until all three kernels pop. This takes about 3-4 minutes.
  2.  Once the three kernels have popped, pour in the remaining kernels and cover. Give the pot a good shake. Within 60 seconds, the kernels should start popping quite rapidly
  3. While the kernels are popping, melt 3-4 tbsp of butter – I melt my butter in a small saucepan on the stove, but you can do it in the micro, if that’s your preference
  4.  Once the kernels have stopped popping, turn fire off. Pour half of the butter over the popped kernels. Salt generously. Cover and shake really well. Remove some of the popcorn and pour the remaining butter over the popcorn. Salt generously. Cover and shake
  5. Voila! Serve while hot.

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Buttered Popcorn! I rarely eat sweets – in fact I can count on one hand the amount of desserts I’ve had this year. But anything salty, savory, fried or crispy, I’m in for the win. I make popcorn once, maybe twice a week and if I’m having a bad day, I might have it for dinner. Buttered popcorn might seem overindulgent to some, which is why I’ve classified it as a treat, but if you buy your own kernels and pop it at home, using good quality grass fed butter, it’s a great snack! It’s fun; it’s not fried and a great variation on the sweet snacks.


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Broccoli & Mushroom Casserole




4-5 cups broccoli

1.5 cup mushrooms

1 chopped onion

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 cup double cream

1.5 cup cooked quinoa (1/4 cup dry)

Spices: 1/4 tsp salt, cracked black pepper, garlic granules


  1. Preheat oven to 350F, 180C, Gas 4
  2. Wash and cook quinoa. For 1/4 cup quinoa, add 3/4 cup of water. Bring to boil, reduce and cover. Cook for 10-15 minutes
  3. Wash and prepare broccoli, mushroom and onions. Broccoli into small toddler pieces and  mushroom and onion roughly chopped
  4. Chuck vegetables in a steamer for 10 minutes to take the edge off the rawness
  5. While veg are steaming, grate cheese
  6. Tip the steamed veg into a 9×12 rectangular pyrex dish, or something similar
  7. Add cheese, cream and mix in quinoa and spices
  8. Put into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. You want the cheese to turn a nice golden color and crisp around the edges
  9. Voila!

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When I’m craving a pizza, on a Tuesday night, but don’t want the bloated and guilty feeling that comes with eating a pizza, on a Tuesday night, I make my grandmother’s casserole dish. My grandmother was an amazing cook. She lived around the corner from us, and I spent a lot of time at her house, eating her food. One year, during the Thanksgiving holiday, I packed a bag and moved in with her and my grandfather for an entire week. This is a long time for a seven year old. But we were tight. I loved being at her house.

We always ate real food in our family. This recipe, although it might sound indulgent, is all real food ingredients. Nothing processed – nothing refined, much healthier than a pizza. I modified the original because I’m a nutritionist, and that’s what I do, but the flavor is identical. It’s healthy and it makes my family happy. Dad devoured half of the casserole, standing over the stove. That is food joy!

Diary – should we eat it or shouldn’t we?  Choosing a diary-free diet is almost as common as a gluten-free diet, and for good reason – many people are allergic or intolerant. However, if you don’t react badly to dairy, and if you consume it moderately from farms that respect their cows and produce organic, grass-fed products, in its full fat form, then I think dairy can be a wonderful and fun addition to cuisine. Real cream, real butter and whole milk not only taste better than the alternatives, but they are actually better for you. To be boring, consuming full fat dairy over low-fat alternatives will reduce insulin spikes, keep blood sugar balanced and it has a better fatty acid profile. So, ditch the low-fat, skimmed, soy alternatives and indulge in the option that is more of a real, whole food.



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Mellow Jello




3 cups of juice (not from concentrate)

1 cup of water

3 tbs Gelatin


  1. Mix the juice and water together.  Pour one cup of the juice mixture into a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin. Let it sit and form a solid texture
  2. Heat the remaining 3 cups of juice mixture on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes
  3. Whisk the heated mixture into the gelatin then pour into a glass or ceramic baking dish
  4. Let it set in the fridge for 2 hours
  5. Voila!

Being in control of what goes into your child’s body is so important these days. There are small changes that we can make to our food approach to give us more control. Preparing homemade and healthy snacks is a good starting point.  Little tykes typically need three meals and two snacks a day.  It’s important to remember that snacks should be small meals – not junk – but finding healthy, balanced snacks that isn’t fruit is really difficult.  Preparing homemade jello, using grass fed gelatin, is a winning 5 minutes of your time.

There are many myths about gelatin associated with store bought Jell-o. I can’t say for sure how true they are, but I can say that store bought Jell-o is very low on the list of natural, healthy snacks for kids.  However, jello made with gelatin, sourced from grass fed cows, using quality fruit juice is a wonderfully nutritious snack or dessert for your child.  I will blog about gelatin and its benefits soon, but for now just know these basic facts: gelatin is a pure protein, so mixing it with fruit juice will help to balance blood sugar, preventing your tiny human from having sugar tantrums. AND, here’s a big selling point, gelatin contains an amino acid called glycine which is well known for its calming and sleep promoting properties, so maybe serving up this Mellow Jello might have a positive outcome for your toddlers sleeping patterns!

Try these flavors: grape, cherry, orange & mango, strawberry & pineapple, apple


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