Start Your Day Right!

Looking for a healthy nutritious high fibre start to your day and something this will keep you going until lunch time?

Try this  – Oat Bran, Quinoa and Chia Porridge  (p.20) from Anna Gare’s Delicious Every Day  – wheat free, diary free goodness.  Suggestions for serving – a drizzle of honey, extra almond milk and pistachios.   I had an almond and coconut milk mix on hand so used that and am allergic to honey so made a quick strawberry coulis (with frozen berries) to naturally sweeten this dish – delicious!




Pumpkin-Spiced Quinoa Balls: One Handed Cooks – Allie Gaunt, Jessica Beaton & Sarah Buckle

Cover One Handed Cooks

One Handed Cooks

Allie Grant, Jessica Beaton and Sarah Buckle

Penguin Random House Australia


ISBN: 9780670079018



Pumpkin-Spiced Quinoa Balls

Pumpkin Spiced Quinoa Balls


‘Extracted from One Handed Cooks by Allie Gaunt & Jessica Beaton with photography by Sarah Buckle, Viking, RRP$39.99

M a k e s a b o u t 4 0

P R E P T I M E 15 minutes

C O O K I N G T I M E 55 minutes


½ (about 550 g) butternut pumpkin (squash), seeded and cut into 8 wedges

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ cup (95 g) quinoa

1 cup (80 g) finely chopped broccoli florets

1 small red onion, finely grated

Steamed vegetables, to serve


This simple finger food is all-natural, with a subtle hint of spice and little pops of texture to excite your baby.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced) and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Put the pumpkin into a bowl, add the olive oil and spices and toss to coat. Arrange the pumpkin in a single layer on a lined tray and bake, turning halfway through cooking, for 25 minutes or until soft and caramelised. Remove from the oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  3. Meanwhile, place the quinoa in a fine-meshed sieve and rinse thoroughly under cold running water. Transfer to a heavy-based saucepan, add 1 cup (250 ml) water and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside, without lifting the lid, for 4 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and leave to cool.
  4. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil. Add the broccoli and cook for 2 minutes or until tender. Drain well.
  5. Scoop the pumpkin flesh from the skin and place in a bowl. Squeeze the liquid from the grated onion and use paper towel to pat the onion dry. Add the onion, broccoli and quinoa to the pumpkin and mash together until well combined. Dollop teaspoon-sized balls of mixture onto the remaining lined tray.
  6. Bake the balls, turning halfway through cooking, for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with steamed vegetables alongside.


N U T R I T I O N N OT E Spice doesn’t always mean ‘hot’, so don’t let the word scare you off when cooking family meals. Incorporating a range of spices into your child’s meals will help in the transition to family food and encourage positive eating behaviours.

S TO R A G E Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Alternatively, freeze the uncooked balls, on a lined tray covered with plastic film, until frozen, then transfer to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

Freeze, GF,WF,DF,EF,V

Very Berry Shake: Supercharged Food For Kids – Lee Holmes


Recipes and Images from Supercharged Food for Kids by Lee Holmes (Murdoch Books).



125 g (412 oz/1 cup) fresh or frozen mixed berries
12 banana, peeled and frozen
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) almond milk
4 ice cubes

Whizz all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.


Very Berry Shake


Need breakfast on the run? This shake will provide ample energy when time is short.

Guilt Free Soul Food for Readers and Writers

Today I made my version of raw food, Chocolate Bliss Bombs – recipe to follow in the next day or two.


These are an excellent source of protein, essential fatty acids,  and there is no added refined sugar, no added salt and no preservatives and they are dairy free – what more could you want from of a healthy and delicious snack? Just more time to indulge – in reading and Bliss Bombs! As you can see I have a few books on my To Read List. 🙂