Posts tagged yum
Tomato Mussels and Baked Whole Snapper

Summer means many, many things to us men. Sunshine, outdoor activities and seafood! Or is the seafood just me? 

When the temperature soars, I love to lighten up my food choices so seafood and salads really seem to fit the bill. There's nothing worse than feeling heavy and bloated when you're at the beach. 

Here I have put together an absolute banger for you - Tomato Mussels and Baked Whole Snapper.

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Salmon Bowls

Summer means many, many things to us men. Sunshine, outdoor activities and seafood! Or is the seafood just me? 

When the temperature soars, I love to lighten up my food choices so seafood and salads really seem to fit the bill. There's nothing worse than feeling heavy and bloated when you're at the beach. 

Here I have put together an absolute banger for you - Tomato Mussels and Baked Whole Snapper. It's super-healthy, super-easy and in fact quite affordable to make given this type of meal would probably cost you about $60-70 at a seafood restaurant. Here, you can make it at home for about $35. 

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Veggie Omelette

Eggs and breakfast! It's a combination that men salivate over and rightly so. Not only do eggs cooked any way taste the tits, they are little protein powerhouses that in my humble opinion, are one of the healthiest, most nutritious foods you can eat!

And that makes sense right? The purpose of an egg is produce a chicken so all of the good stuff contained within that shell must be sufficient to create a new life! 

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Blackened BARRA - Proper Man Meal!

I'm totally on a fish bender right now. A 'fish mish' if you will! I don't know what's behind it but with such incredible access to seafood in Australia, I invite you to join me by trying this recipe. 

This one, Blackened Cajun Fish, I first came across when I was in the Caribbean two years ago on an island called Turks and Caicos. Being an island and having a ready supply of fresh seafood, blackened fish was the speciality. 

Blackening seasoning gives a spicy, smokey favour to food and can be used on any meat or vegetables. The recipe may vary between cooks but generally contains thyme, oregano, onion and garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt. 

I find cooking with a cast iron skillet on medium to high heat gives best results, creating an outer spicy crust and a deliciously, tender and juicy centre. Ohhhh man, I get mouth-waters just thinking about this. Topped with a squirt of fresh lime and paired with some brown or wild rice, there is simply nothing better. 

Once you've made up the blackening seasoning, feel free to store the excess for later. Fish one night, steak the next...

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Salmon Got Speared

I've grown up in a family that eats seafood on a frequent basis. Some of my fondest memories are of Dad taking my brother and I fishing as kids. We'd go out for 5-6 hours and have an absolute ball, whether we caught fish or not. I can also remember Dad going absolutely bananas when our lines got tangled... haha! He hated that but he's calmed down is his old age!

That childhood experience of fishing with the old man gave me an appreciation of two things:

  1. The opportunity we have to be able to source fresh, healthy seafood from our own means and the importance of preserving that opportunity by paying attention to size and quantity quotas. 
  2. That cooking seafood need not be hard at all. While we may pay hundreds to eat at a flash seafood restaurant, often you can cook a fillet of fish at home that is just as delicious, for a fraction of the cost. 

This recipe is an illustration of this. Could it not be any simpler to prepare a healthy, delicious dinner? I think not. 

Salmon is well known as a fantastic protein food to include on a weekly basis. It's heathy fat profile makes it great for the heart and when prepared properly, it's supportive of healthy weight management. Try this one as a quick meal this week; 20-25 minutes and you're done!

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Coffee-Infused Chia Pods

I love coffee and I'm an advocate of the benefits of caffeine in moderate amounts. Pair it with the delicious texture of chia seeds and you've got the perfect snack or dessert. 

So what are chia seeds? Derived from the South American plant Salvia Hispanica, chia seeds give true bang for their buck in a nutrient sense. In fact, 30g of chia provides around 12g of fibre, nearly 5g of protein and 5g of Omega-3 healthy heart fat! Add to this the fact that they are a super-antioxidant food and at only a moderate calorie contribution, there's a reason why the popularity of this innocuous little bugger has spiked. 

When you see chia pods in a supermarket being charged at around $5 a small tub, it would be right to assume that there's a fair bit to making them. NOT SO! I want you to try making this simple recipe! The chia forms a gel when soaked in a liquid and takes on the flavours of whatever you submerge it in. GET AMONGST!!!

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Berry Bash Bowl

I remember the first "bowl" I ever had was in Bali at the famous Nalu Bowls near Single Fin in Uluwatu. I'd always thought of these as kind of 'girly' but one taste got me hooked. I'd joined the "superfood rebellion". Haha! Not...

I've got to say, I don't really believe in the concept of superfoods being magic silver bullets to health as that little magazine in the Sunday paper may have you believe. I do however believe in nutrient density and the fact that some foods are just packed with goodness if you eat them in their rawest state. 

The thing about acai, chia and other bowls is that in Australia, they cost you and arm and a leg to buy. Interestingly though, when you have the ingredients, they are super easy to make and the PERFECT anecdote for a hot summer day. 

To demo what I mean, check out this simple recipe below...

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Tomato Baked Eggs

Breakfast or dinner, eggs are my healthy 'go to'. But have you ever thought about the fact that at most cafes, you'll pay around double what it costs you to make them at home? Well this is what inspired me to cook this one. I could either go and pay $20 to have it done for me or have a go at making it at home for an easy, cheap dinner at half the price. 

This simple recipe requires minimal ingredients and will take only 25-30 minutes to get together. 

And for you Instagrammin', hashtaggin' Facebookers, the end product is a very sexy looking dish to take pics of and share for a little social proof of your cooking skills...

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Grilled Chilli Lime Chicken

Monday night, I'm home late from work, my mind switches to dinner. I'm exhausted and looking for a quick meal. And then I dream up this bad boy - Grilled Chilli Lime Chicken! In the words of Borat... "Great Success!"

Laid over a simple, green salad consisting of kale, spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes and avocado, it took only 15 minutes to do up and tasted a dream. 

PLEAASEEEE try this one next time you're feeling take-out but want to keep on "the health train". 

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