Showing posts from May, 2015

Tasty Tuna Salad

One of my lunch time faves is Tuna Salad. The worst part is the kids love it too, so I have to share.

I've had people tell me salad is boring. No Way! Just look at those colours!! Dress it properly and you've got yourself something really delicious in minutes.

Are 5 Year Old Girls Power Hungry and Ambitious?

I have held this in for way too long and now, I just can't hold it back anymore. (yes, pun intended)
Since my daughter is just shy of 2 years old and my son is more interested in racing snails (Turbo), I have seen Frozen less than a handful of times and I have to say, I just don't get why all the girls want to be Elsa.

Mito Desease -In Loving Memory

Jamie was a seemingly healthy baby at birth. Throughout his infancy he thrived. There was no indication at all of what lurked beneath the surface waiting to present itself. Into toddlerhood Jamie was meeting all of his milestones and although he was a little more reserved than his brother, we had no reason to suspect that he was anything less than a perfectly healthy child.

Herbs and Spices - Small additions, Big benefits!

Herbs and Spices have taken their rightful place on the new Healthy Eating Pyramid, released by Nutrition Australia, this week. It is Nutrition Australia's hope that this pyramid will help combat the growing myths and misunderstandings brought about by the increasing Fad diet trends.
The lower and largest layer of the pyramid, which should make up 70% of your daily intake, includes the three plant-based food groups,vegetables and legumes, fruits and grains, and does not neglect to mention the inclusion of herbs and spices, which should be enjoyed at your leisure.
Let's take a look at just a handful of delicious reasons to permanently add herbs and spices to your menu plan:
Sage- memory enhancer, Sage is rich in rosmarinic acid which helps reduce inflammation in the body and has a potent antioxidant action. This health-promoting herb can also help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and has been traditionally used by menopausal women to ease hot flushes. Oregano- is a rich so…

What is Really in Your Spice Blends?

Before I started using Your Inspiration at Home spice blends I was completely ignorant of any fillers or artificial additives in the 'supermarket blends'. Originally, I thought "No Fillers" was probably just marketing jargon, why would there be fillers in herbs and spices and how would we not be able to tell?
Of course, I had to investigate further and what I found really surprised me.
This is an ingredient list copied directly from a very popular supermarket spice blend: Salt 49%, Rice Flour, Sugar, Paprika 6%, Garlic 5%, Onion 4.5%, Pepper 3.5%, Celery Seed, Coriander Seed, Cumin, Cardamom, Clove, Chilli, Nutmeg, Vegetable Oil, Colour (Paprika Oleoresin). May contain Sesame Seeds.
At a glance, it's not too bad. Almost 50% is salt but I have nothing against salt, except that I can buy 500g for less than this tiny bottle. Remembering that the order of the ingredients on any label reflects the percentage of each, rice flour holds the second largest percentage on the li…

Tomato and Veg Pasta- The $1 dinner

Nutrient rich Family Meal for around $1 a serve. Fast, Cheap and packed with nutrients.
With so many 'fancy' food ideas running through our heads, we can often lose sight of those cheap, simple recipes which are packed full of goodness. It is necessary for me to run a pretty tight ship, not as tight as some but certainly tight. With a grocery budget of around $600 a month for a family of 5, meals like these are a saving grace.
Tomato and Veg. Pasta
400g can diced tomato 2 Tablespoons tomato paste 1-2 cups veg- eg. broccoli, mushroom, zucchini, carrot, pumpkin, spinach- whatever you like cut into small pieces or grated. 2 cloves Garlic crushed 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons Italian herb mix Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup water 250g pasta ***Depending on portion sizes you may use more or less.
*In a large pot, cook pasta as directed on package. *Meanwhile, in a medium pot heat oil, lightly fry vegetables and garlic. *Add can of tomato, sugar, water herbs and salt/pepper if…

Bacon and Egg IN Toast

Are you a morning person? Or do you need some help getting started?

I am the latter of the two, so a premade breakfast in a flash is a highly desirable option. Of course, such a dish can easily fill in for any meal snack during the day and eggs are an excellent source of energy and nutrients.
Bacon and Egg in Toast Cups