{The Nest Can Cook} DIY Marinated Fetta

So, without naming names, someone very special to me LOVES fetta. She stumbled across some ‘marinated dukkah fetta’ recently when we went away and now can’t let it go. We can’t find it ANYWHERE so I am endeavouring to bombard her with recipes until she starts making her own!

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I have found a nice, easy recipe for marinated fetta from Minimally Invasive.

Okay, admittedly it nearly uses your body amount in oil and cheese but, hey, let’s go with it. We all know it is only a sometimes food!

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We think this would be fabulous at your next barbecue, imagine being able to tell your guests that you actually MADE the antipasto platter (instead of buying it from the team at Woolies!)

Enjoy Nesters!

{The Nest Can Cook} How about some delicious Easter Bunny Bark?

Looking for something a little bit different this Easter? How about creating your very own Easter Bunny Bark?

Delicious, colourful and fun (and luckily because you are making it for Easter the calories don’t count right?!)

Easter Bunny Bark

You can find the recipe and how-to here -> Easter Bunny Bark

Happy Easter Nesters!

 

{The Nest Cooks} So is this the worst of ideas or simply the most brilliant? Mugs+Microwaves=?

So, I am still internally arguing with myself whether this is the coolest, or actually the worst thing I have found.

Buzzfeed have put together 18 microwave snacks you can cook in a mug – I kid you not.

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Now, before you get up on your high-horse of judgment they make everything from quiche to sticky-date pudding… I REPEAT there is sticky-date pudding in a mug in your microwave TONIGHT!

You can see the full list here -> ‘Delicious Snacks in a Mug’nutella

Mmmm - probably need to go for a run now even just looking at that page..

Enjoy Nesters!

 

{Cook this} Quinoa for little-birds? Hells yes!

Look I am as interested in superfoods as much as the next person but when your kale tastes stale and your kids go mental when they see lentils, it is easy to lose heart and give the little-birdies nuggets for dinner again.

Rest easy nesters, help is at hand. Here is a fabulously easy way to introduce the power of quinoa to your fussy little-birds.

quinoa ballsOne Handed Cooks – Quinoa Balls

Trust me when I say these are easy, tasty and a real crowd pleaser. The toddler-bird helped make them, then scoffed 5 of them straight on the cooling rack. Certainly a hit.

Why not give these a try tonight?

Plus, I feel like a champion because my little-birds now eat quinoa!

{Cook} Let us go go towards the VoVos

So this one time I stumbled across the coolest thing for you to make this Australia Day weekend. Homemade Iced VoVos is where it is at.

Get your little mini-aussies and get your bitchin’ self into the kitchen and cook up these bad boys.

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Yum. Delicious. Delightful.

Thank you Womans Day for this genius recipe.

Just remember these are a sometimes food…

Enjoy Nesters!

{Food} Snack on this, and no it’s not a soggy pear or ‘gourmet’ Vegemite sanga..

Some days I am very motivated and my children eat the proper serves of fruit and vegetables a day, drink copious amounts of water and spend the afternoon snacking on organic hummus and carrots. Then, more commonly are the other days where a Vegemite sandwich is turned gourmet because I slap on a slice of Kraft ‘plastic’ cheese and cut it into triangles. one handed

Preparing healthy, delicious and nutritious meals some days is tough but is made easier by the fabulous team at One Handed Cooks.

I can honestly say they have saved my kids from a future of honey on toast and a soggy pear cut into quarters.

They make meals that are easy, practical and completely possible whilst holding a sack of potatoes on your hip (read: unhelpful, teething 10 month old) at the same time as negotiating with toddler bird on the pros and cons of wrapping the cat in toilet paper.

Plus, you now have less of an excuse for baby bird (and the whole family) to eat poorly when out-&-about or snacking. One Handed Cooks have provided a generous list of healthy snacks you can make and take with you. Some of the fabulous choices are:

  1. Edible necklace
  2. Kale chips
  3. Fruit skewers
  4. Roast pumpkin loaf
  5. Quinoa balls
  6. Muesli bars
  7. Apricot coconut balls
  8. Vegetable sausage rolls
  9. Mini spelt pizza
  10. Roast veggie tarts
  11. Meatballs

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I really recommend putting One Handed Cooks into your favourites, for in time your little birdies will thank you for it.

Happy cooking nesters!

{Delicious} Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

Soooo, this probably, maybe, definitely isn’t likely to be the best help for any health new years resolutions you have made in the last few days but this was just too pretty/delicious/cute not to share.

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Buzzfeed has compiled 33 of the best cakes you are likely to see in a while. You can find the link here -> Buzzfeed – Cutest Cakes of 2013

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There is everything from cheesecakes to ombre to gummy bears.

As they say, “If you ever doubt that the world is a beautiful place, just remember: We’ll always have sugar, butter and flour”.

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Happy sugar loading Nesters!

{Cook this} Roll me in sprinkles and call me chocolate balls

Let me start by making a public service announcement. These are not good for you. AT ALL. Not even in your wildest ‘but chocolate comes from cocoa which comes from a tree that makes it a plant, therefore is pretty much the same as a salad‘ justifications will this ever be good for you.

BUT. THEY. ARE. EASY. POPULAR. DELICIOUS. LITTLE. TREATS

The chocolate balls are super simple (like even I can make them, okay admittedly the three year old little birdie did most of the work) but we made them for a party we had and they went quicker than Miley Cyrus’ Disney Contract.

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You can find the original recipe here at the fabulous -> The Organised Housewife blog.

Feel free to live dangerously and perhaps even roll them in coconut.. or honeycomb… or more cocoa…. or milo…. or really anything that you think will add another 40bazillion calories.

Just remember Nesters that these are simply a sometimes food… Like sometimes you just neeeeeeeed them.

Happy cooking Nesters!

Hide some vegies in this wonderful slice

Sneaky zucchini, hidden carrot, less obvious onion.

This zucchini slice recipe from TASTE is a big hit in our little nest.

photo source: Taste

photo source: Taste

We don’t always follow the recipe exactly. This is the place to hide those lonely leftover vegies at the end of the week before the next shopping trip. We have often added mushrooms, capsicum, corn and peas. The variations are endless.

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 375g zucchini, grated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 200g rindless bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 30 x 20cm lamington pan.
  2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl until combined. Add the flour and beat until smooth, then add zucchini, onion, bacon, cheese and oil and stir to combine.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Happy cooking (and sneaky vegie hiding) Nesters!

One handed cooks

Making sure your little birds eat well is tough. More often than not, the harder you try the more they resist!
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One Handed Cooks could be your saviour! Their team will inspire you to cook beautifully simple, healthy food for your little birds.

Basically, they are a baby and toddler food blog who share recipes that are all quick and easy to make, leaving you one free hand to wipe a nose, give a cuddle, or feed a hungry child.

Older kids would love the Lamb Kofta Sticks

Older kids would love the Lamb Kofta Sticks

Each nutritious recipe has been lovingly gummed, chewed, picked up, smushed and devoured by their own little birds and now we are lucky enough to have them shared with us!

Our nest uses this site ALL the time and cannot recommend it enough! Go over and check it out www.onehandedcooks.com.au/ you will not regret it!

Why not try the creamy tuna muffins?

Why not try the creamy tuna muffins?

Happy nutritious cooking Nesters!