Beetroot salad that will make you smile at healthy!

Beetroot salad that will make you smile at healthy!

The ultimate way to make a beetroot salad is from fresh ingredients, and there is nothing better than growing beetroot in your family food garden. This recipe is a fresh, crisp and flavoursome way to enjoy a garden salad and showcase your amazing fresh produce from home. First, let’s talk about Beetroot. Beetroot Plant There are so many different varieties of the beetroot plant these days, and once you have grown it at home you will never look back, especially if you are buying it in tins. You can grow beetroot all year round in most parts of Australia. Beetroot likes a bit of shade and grows quite well in containers. The faster a beetroot grows the better it tastes, so definitely use organic matter & liquid fertiliser during the early growth stage. The leaves of beetroot are also edible. You simply cutting them off and cooking them like spinach. Beetroots grow well in a sunny spot with reasonably rich soil. Make sure your pH is correct for beetroot so add some lime if needed. They need to stay hydrated so keep the water up to them in summer. There are some amazing varieties of beetroot now that come in a rainbow of colours from orange, golden-yellow, white and pink & white stripes. Beetroot bulbs grow above ground and often look like they are not rooted enough but they are. Let them grow together in clumps, so if you have a punnet with a few together, then plant them all together. Mulch well around the base to help with water retention. Once your beetroots are a good size, pull...
How to make kids lunch boxes super cool!

How to make kids lunch boxes super cool!

Kids lunch boxes can be a real challenge. Coming up with new kids lunch ideas every day is something I think every parent can relate to. When kids come home from school and their faces are red they tend to head straight for the ice blocks. You can’t help but feel sorry for them, especially wearing shoes and socks all day. We decided to supercharge the kids lunch boxes by changing the way we gave them fruit. There was nothing wrong with their fruit cut up in a container, this just gave them a chance to have it a different way. Our recipe came together by expanding on their favourite which is the classic strawberry smoothie. Adding extra nutrients through blueberries, bananas and chia seeds took the flavour to another level. It was so rewarding when the kids came home on the first day and said their friends thought they were super cool. It’s pretty hard to have the kids lunch boxes rated let’s face it, but they have proved to be a massive hit and they have been taking them every day since.   Lunch box – Fruit Smoothie Cool How to make your kid’s lunch box – Fruit Smoothie Cool! Powered by Sinchies Posted by Family Garden Life on Wednesday, 7 February 2018   Sustainable Practices Using the Sinchies pouches was another great process we implemented as sustainable living is very important at our house. What I’ve implemented this year is an unpack and repack system in our house each day after school. What we do is the kids are responsible for unpacking their school bags, washing...
How to make healthy banana bread

How to make healthy banana bread

If you are a lover of banana bread and looking for a healthy banana bread recipe, this one is sure to win you over. My family love banana’s but we sometimes find they can ripen really quickly in the warm weather, and this is a great recipe that will help make use of the overripe bananas without the addition of refined sugar. We also like making this healthy banana bread during winter as it’s a great after-school snack. Healthy Banana Bread Recipe 3-4 bananas (mashed), 1 additional banana to slice on top for decoration. 3/4 cup of almond meal 3/4 cup of coconut flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder a sprinkle of cinnamon a dash of vanilla essence a sprinkle of salt 6 eggs (beaten) 1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted) dark chocolate chips (as desired) Method Preheat oven to 160-degree C Line a bread tin with parchment baking paper. In a mixing bowl add the almond meal, coconut flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and dark chocolate chips. In a different mixing bowl add the banana, eggs, vanilla and melted coconut oil. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix through. Pour mixture into the tin. You can add some slices of banana on top if desired. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in oven. Turn around midway through the bake. Bread is ready when it’s firm in the middle and golden brown on top. Our healthy banana bread recipe needs to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then you can transfer to a wire rack. Due to the high egg content, I keep our...
Pumpkin Mac n Cheese – GUEST POST

Pumpkin Mac n Cheese – GUEST POST

Pumpkin Mac n Cheese We recently featured on Kidspot for World Pumpkin Day with 2 amazing pumpkin recipes for the kidlets one of which was pumpkin mac n cheese. We all know how hard it can be for some kids to eat vegetables. It’s one of those hot topics and something mums around the globe continue to struggle with. I’ve found that masking vegetables, to begin with, and learning how to grow your own at home, are 2 core strategies that continue to work for many families time and time again. You might also like this post on: The best edible plants to grow with kids Below is a favourite weekend treat for my kids. Who would have thought pumpkin was a treat right? Pumpkin Mac & Cheese Pumpkin Mac n Cheese Kidspot GUEST POST Kidspot – GUEST POST Kids love this pumpkin recipe, you have to try this one! Full recipe on our website! Posted by Family Garden Life on Monday, 13 November 2017  Ingredients 250gm uncooked pumpkin (skin off) approximately equals 1 cup of mashed pumpkin 1 cup of grated cheese 2 tablespoons of butter 1 cup of milk ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 300gm dried macaroni   Method Cook macaroni to pack directions. Chop pumpkin, steam & mash. In a bowl add pumpkin, cheese, butter, milk & garlic powder. Transfer to a saucepan & melt. Dish out cooked macaroni & top with sauce. *Note. The sauce will thicken as it cools.    ...
How to take salad to the next level!

How to take salad to the next level!

Rainbow Salad I can assure you that this Rainbow Salad is packed full of flavour and amazing health benefits that come with using raw vegetables. Put this on any table and your guests are going to love the colour. You can see where the name Rainbow Salad comes from. Rainbow Salad **RAINBOW SALAD** How to take salad to the next level. Full recipe on website. Posted by Family Garden Life on Wednesday, 25 October 2017   Rainbow Salad Salad Ingredients: 4-5 x large carrots, grated 1 x beetroot, peeled and grated 1 x large handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped 1 x small handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped 1 cup of tamari coated almonds, roughly chopped (you can purchase at a supermarket) 1/2 cup of currants I used a food processor to grate, however, a handheld grater will do the trick Mix together Dressing Ingredients: 1 x chilli de-seeded and, chopped finely (Long red for milder flavour, short red for hot) 1 x teaspoon of ginger, finely grated 1-2 x tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 x tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 1 x teaspoon of ground sumac (you can purchase at a supermarket) 4 x tablespoons of olive oil (good quality extra virgin) seasoning (salt & pepper) Mix together Add the dressing to the salad and serve. Enjoy!...
2 brilliant ways to take microgreens to the next level

2 brilliant ways to take microgreens to the next level

Microgreens Recipes Microgreens are little edible plants bursting with flavour and the health benefits are stacked in their favour. These mini vegetables are bursting with nutrients, in fact, they are said to contain up to 40 times more than full-grown plants. The best thing is that we have the most amazing microgreens recipes below for you to enjoy. They not only look awesome on a salad they can also be a key entry level for kids to start growing. Kids find them easy to work with because of their size and they are very fast growing so they don’t have to wait long for results, which is always a good thing with kids. Check out our microgreen kits here.      Microgreens Recipes: Microgreen Rocket Pesto Ingredients: 250gm rocket (mix of rocket Microgreens and wild rocket) 2 cloves of garlic 50gm walnuts 1 cup olive oil 1/2 lemon juiced Salt & pepper to taste Method: Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined but with some texture.   Kale Green Smoothie 1 green apple 2-3 slices of fresh pineapple 1 small handful of mint 1 handful mixed of kale microgreens & full sized kale A squeeze of fresh lime coconut water (1 cup and add more to your liking) Coconut chips to top off...