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Lockdown hits and rather than grabbing breakfast from a café, snacks on the go and eating out (or taking away) a couple of times a week we’re faced with a daunting prospect. Preparing three meals a day – plus the inevitable snacks – at home. Even working in nutrition I must admit I struggle for inspiration to keep things delicious, nutritious and exciting.

Photo Credit - Julia Gray Photography

So, for anyone loving cheese and cracker hour, missing their favourite takeaway or gagging for a decadent burger, here are three recipes to keep things interesting… whilst also keeping your nutrition on point and those all-important quarantine kilos in check.

Photo Credit - Julia Gray Photography

Flavoured Cheese Bites

Amp Your Cheese & Cracker Hour With These Cheesy Bites


- A block of cheese (melted in a bowl in the microwave/ on stove)

- Chopped: Olives, Sundried Tomatoes, Bacon

- Herbs: Central Otago Thyme, Rosemary, Cumin


- Simply separate the cheese into silicon moulds or mini cupcake cases (you can make a whole block but these portion-controlled snacks work a treat)

- Add your chosen toppings into the cheese here (this way you can make a few different flavours)

- Place in the fridge to cool – once they are set, remove & enjoy!!

Photo Credit - Julia Gray Photography

Sweet & Sour Makeaway

A sensational sweet and sour stir fry is a deliciously healthy take on a takeaway favourite… Ingredients

- 100-200g Prawns, Chicken, Pork or Tofu

- Your choice of veggies: My suggestions

- Onion, Capsicum, Garlic, Ginger, Bok Choy, Green Beans, Broccoli & Cauliflower

- Cashew Nuts & Sesame Seeds

- 1 cup pineapple chunks in juice, tomato paste, sesame oil, coconut aminos/ gluten free soy sauce Cooking


- Cook Prawns, Chicken or Pork as you normally would

- Add the veggies to the same pan

- Add the sauce ingredients (either include the pineapple or just use the juice)

- Stir fry until the veggies are cooked and the sauce has thickened

- Grate the cauliflower

- Cook for 2-3 minutes in the microwave with salt & pepper

Photo Credit - Julia Gray Photography

Naked Burger Snack


- Beef or Lamb Burger (Quorn Burger or Halloumi)

- Giant Field Mushroom, Bacon, Red Onion, Tomato

- Herbs of choice – Rosemary for lamb, Paprika, Salt & Pepper for Beef

- Add an egg or tzatziki for an awesome feast!

Cooking Method

- Place the mushroom in the oven (stalks removed)

- Fry the Bacon & Red Onion in a pan and set aside

- Cook the burger in a pan or on the barbi

- Once cooked stack them all together (on a token salad for good measure).

Will you give them a go?

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