Family Recipes — Healthy Snack

Freeze-Dried Peas & Corn Power Muffins

Freeze-Dried Peas & Corn Power Muffins

Humble green peas and sweetcorn are popular vegetables that contain a fair amount of protein, fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid. They also contain adequate amounts of potassium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium that are beneficial for our daily body functions.  These easily available throughout a year vegetables are stable in everyone's household, either in a fresh, frozen or tinned variations. Thanks to modern technology, freeze-dried vegetable become more and more popular due to its nutritious, versatile and convenient use. The process of freeze-drying involves removing all the water content in their frozen state. The pressure of the freeze dryer is adjusted...


Cheesy Corn Fritters

Cheesy Corn Fritters

Corn fritters are an easy meal that perfect at any time of the day! These fritters are very popular in New Zealand and can be truly called a "Kiwi classics".  Corn is rich in insoluble fibre that feeds the good bacteria in the gut, which aids in digestion. Throw in a healthy amount of vitamin A, B, E, plus iron and potassium, and you have got one sweet package.  You can use either fresh sweetcorn (in season) or frozen kernels from the supermarket (during winter). Both will work well.  These particular corn fritters are loaded up with green onion, smoked paprika, and...


Oatilicious Energy Cookies

Oatilicious Energy Cookies

Have you got a cookie monster in a house? I shall admit sometimes I turn into one! That's why I created this recipe. These energy cookies are the best way to start your day! They made from wholegrain oats, Pic's peanut butter, coconut oil, and desiccated coconut for extra texture. Naturally sweetened with bananas, and, hence, free from refined sugar. They are perfect for those mornings when you are running late but want to make sure your kids still have a satisfying, healthy breakfast that will fill them up.  Kids love these crispy on the outside whilst being soft and chewy on the...


Fermented Foods - Probiotic Tvorog (Quark)

Fermented Foods - Probiotic Tvorog (Quark)

Tvorog (more known as cottage cheese or quark) is a very popular Russian soft cheese. It's very easy to make at home by warming soured milk until it curds and separates from whey, and then straining it. There are many techniques of preparing tvorog (cottage cheese) at home: some use lemon juice, vinegar, or enzyme (rennet). However, these methods don't contain beneficial live probiotic bacteria. That's why I am using kefir grain as a starter culter in the fermentation process of cottage cheese making. In this case, tvorog (cottage cheese) contains good-for-you probiotic cultures.   Cottage cheese (tvorog) can be eaten...


Nut Butter Pancakes

Nut Butter Pancakes

Nut butter! Truth be told, I am a self-professed nut-butter addict. It's a rescue food for me when I am on the go or as a quick healthy snack. My sons inherited my obsession with nut butter and can literally eat it by the spoonful. Nut butter provides the goodness of the whole nut but in a safer way for little humans to chew and swallow (as you know the whole nut is a choking hazard).   In my family, the jars of nut butter don't last long. As you already know I am a big fan of Pic's peanut butter and...