Sweet spud bake

This dish came to be because I’d made my Mexican spuds and had leftover roasted whole sweet potatoes. But it is so yummy that now I’ll roast the spuds just for the dish!



4 roast sweet spuds

¼ red cabbage

3 tbs rice malt syrup

3 different cheeses, about 100g dotted around

Parsley, chopped rough



Wrap your sweet potatoes in baking paper and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for one hour.

All wrapped up and ready for the oven!

Mash the potatoes into a lasagne tray. Drizzle the rice malt syrup onto the top, and then sprinkle with sliced red cabbage. Now add whatever cheese you like to the top.

Mashing the sweet spuds straight into the tray.

Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for half an hour. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving!

Sweet spud bake

Mexican style sweet spuds

Looking for a way to dress up a spud? Looking for an exciting vegetarian dinner option? This dish is delicious! And the colours are so pretty! This is good for dinner parties too because everything is placed on the table and people can assemble their own meal – so their ingredients and portion size are under their own control. Give this a whirl – you may find yourself making it as a new staple dish – I did!


8 sweet potatoes (assuming each person has one sweet potato)

1 tub of sour cream

1 jar of tomato salsa (homemade or bought)

125g grated cheese

1 can black beans

1 can sweet corn kernels

4 tomatoes, chopped roughly or a punnet of baby Romas sliced in half

1 red onion, chopped finely

A handful of coriander, chopped roughly

1 cucumber, diced chunky

2 avocados, diced or sliced as you like

1 lime

Ready for the oven


 The colours are just fantastic!


Individually wrap each sweet spud in baking paper and place on baking trays in the oven set at 160 degrees Celsius for about an hour. Drain the beans in a colander and rinse thoroughly under running water. Do the same with the corn. Place the corn and beans in a large salad bowl with the chopped onion, tomatoes, cucumber and coriander. Cut your lime in half and squeeze the juice over your salad. Once the sweet spuds are done, cut your avocado and either add it to your salad or serve as a side option. Place your sour cream, salsa and cheese as side options too. My hubby loves a bit of crunch, so I even have a bag of white corn chips as a side option! But fancy – I shove them in a bowl first! Lol! Each person assembles their own spud – so its pretty much unwrap a spud, cut in half and share the other half with the person sitting next to you, then top away. Sometimes I grill some chicken as a side option too. Oh the options! However you decide to serve your spuds, enjoy them!

Mexican style sweet spuds

Mango butter chicken



2 mangoes, sliced

1 onion, chopped

5 garlic cloves, crushed

1 Kg chicken breast, sliced

1 x 400g can coconut cream

1 heaped tbs butter chicken powder

A sprinkle of chopped chives and coriander

Dash of coconut oil



Splash the coconut oil in a pan and add the garlic, stirring for 2 minutes. Add the onion, and stir. Sprinkle the spice powder on top and stir around. Add the coconut cream and stir. Once fully combined, add the chicken breast and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add the mango and simmer for a further 15 minutes. Sometimes I add some thinly sliced capsicum for colour, or more vibrant coloured herbs, again, for a splash of colour! But I almost always serve with rice. Here I have served it with my Turkish rice! Sooo yummy!!

Mango butter chicken

Simple baby cue salad

This is a nice salad with an easy dressing. It always looks nice with yellow, orange and red tomatoes, but any kind are good. And apple in salads – so underrated!! Add an apple or two to any salad and you’ll be finding yourself doing it again and again!

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2 apples, diced

6 baby cucumbers, sliced lengthways

250 g punnet various tomatoes

Salt and pepper

30ml apple cider vinegar

10 ml olive oil



Place the apples, cucumbers, tomatoes and anything else you wish to add in a salad bowl. Splash the olive oil and cider vinegar over, crack pepper and salt on top and toss. Serve immediately!


Simple baby cue salad

Tray baked chicken and veg

Do you like meals where you can shove it in the oven and go do stuff? I do! This is one of those, great for school nights because once it’s in the oven I can read with the kids, help with sight words, homework or whatever they need. Because the chicken is cooked in such a slow oven with lemon it is really moist, and the veges are scrumptious! This is a family winner dinner!

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1 kg chicken thighs

2 capsicums, chopped rough

4 potatoes, largely diced

5 garlic cloves

2 swedes, chopped rough

1 lemon, halved

Salt and pepper

Handful of basil roughly chopped



Place all ingredients on a lined baking tray. Squeeze the lemon all over everything and then place on the tray too. Bake at 150 degrees Celcius for about 1 ½ hours. This way the chicken is slow cooked in the juice and is very tender, and the veges are just beautiful! Sprinkle with herbs when you take it out of the oven! I serve this with some baked pumpkin and salad on the side.

Tray baked chicken and veg