Dumplings are one of my absolute faves. We have an awesome dumpling place here in Christchurch called Potsticker so I wanted to give them a go. I had no idea how easy they were to make, and it is so satisfying. I will definitely be making more of these and popping them in the freezer for an easy dinner night. These pan fried babies are an absolute winner!
Author: Jess & Nate
Avocado Chocolate Brownie
Now I love a good chocolate brownie and so I was quite eager to try this version using avocado. Too be honest I wasn’t expecting much but wow, if I hadn’t of known I would of thought it was a typical delicious unhealthy brownie but this baby is a great alternative. It ticks a number of health requirements including Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo and even Vegan. I will be sure to be making this again.
No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars
I stumbled across this recipe when a colleague recommended Detoxinista as a cool health conscious website. As my love of peanut butter and chocolate is no secret I thought I would give it a try. So glad I did as oh my it is amazing! Definitely not something you can have all the time but in terms of a treat this is one of the healthier ones. It is also Gluten and can be Dairy Free.
Cacoa, Coconut Digestive Bites
I have been trying a few ‘healthier’ recipes over the past week and I have been presently surprised with the outcome. This coconut biscuit is adapted from Lorna Jane and is Gluten & Dairy Free.
Healthier Peanut Butter Cups
These homemade Reece’s peanut butter cups are an healthier alternative and so moorish. They have been made with natural peanut butter and 82% dark chocolate. Great after dinner treat.
This dish is a fun and healthy. Using the lettuce cups as edible bowls is the traditional way to eat this spicy pork dish and frankly I love it. Yes it may get a little messy and sometimes a fork is needed but it is fun and light as it limits how much you put on your plate. It is a great mid week dish as it is super quick to prepare.
Afghan’s are one of my Dad’s favourite biscuits so it is only fitting that I made these for Fathers Day. Unfortunately Dad is up in the North Island and unable to sample these specific ones but they are going down a treat in my house.
Winter Lamb Salad
This salad is perfect for a healthier winter option. It is packed full of great vegetables and delicious New Zealand lamb from our Westmeat butcher store. Beetroot and feta are great flavours that really compliment the lamb. Very easy and pretty quick to whip up so it is the perfect mid week meal. Enjoy!
This wee gem is perfect salad to take for work lunches or can be used to compliment your BBQ spread. The addition of the jalapeno’s adds another kick along with the chorizo which is just how my house likes it. This salad keeps really well and the flavours just keep intensifying. Enjoy!
Coffee, Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Caramel Slice
Dish would have to be one of my favourite NZ food magazines. I snapped up this recipe from one of their recent posts and it is to die for. Created by Sarah Tuck of From My Kitchen this slice needs to be handy the next time you have friends over for coffee. Mum and Dad are visiting and they have given it the thumbs up… so moorish!
Peanut Butter Brownie
Peanut butter and chocolate is an ace combo. This recipe combines my favourite brownie recipe with addition of Whittakers Peanut Butter Chocolate. It is a great twist on a classic chocolate brownie.
Pear, White Chocolate & Caramel Cake
The trusty pear would have to be one of my favourite fruits. This cake is absolutely delicious and the caramel compliments the pear very well. This is a great cake and perfect with a good cuppa. Could also swap out pear or apple if you are that way inclined.
Nat’s pretty handy at making fried chicken but he’s one of those Jamie Oliver cooks that just chucks a bit of this and a bit of that into the dish. Often when he recreates it is slightly different but still tastes amazing. This is a base recipe that you can play around with a wee bit depending on what you have in the pantry.
Banana Chocolate Muffins
Have leftover old banana’s? Don’t throw them out, mash them up and make tasty banana chocolate muffins. They are great for taking to work. You can easily double the recipe and freeze the leftovers to pull out each day for work.
This dessert is a childhood favourite and one my grandma Raymee used to make for the grandkids. You can make different variations depending on your favourite favour. This one is vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate and freeze-dried raspberries. Next time I will do Kapiti White Chocolate & Raspberry ice-cream with white chocolate and freeze-dried raspberry filling.