A change is coming……In the coming months there may be little lulls in activity here. I will do my best to ensure that this is not the case but something may have “to give” for a short period of time.
The reason? I recently commenced a 40 week program of work. One aspect of the program involves writing a book, not an e-book, an actual thud on the desk book. So…I am writing a book and I am working towards it being published in December. There I have said it! This means that I will be spending a lot of time working on it and the associated items over the coming 6 months. The good news is that while I progress through this process there will be many benefits to you.
What does this mean for YOU? Well ultimately I hope that you will find my book incredibly useful and totally amazing, but for now it means that you will get to benefit from a whole suite of fresh healthy family recipes that are quick and easy to make. Recipes that are designed to remove the stress of cooking at the end of the day for busy mums.
The lead up to commencing work on my book has already led to some adjustments to our family meal routine. These changes have allowed me to find small pockets of time to dedicate to working on the program in addition to content development here and for the A Fresh Legacy social media communities. Along with the usual school (and after school) activities my family are still expecting dinner every night!! They are totally unimpressed by the notion of a book, or me spending more time working.
One of the initial minor changes that I have made to our meal time routine has been the addition of a simple meat and vegetable style meal into our menu at least once a fortnight. Of course this is not brain science, it is a common type of meal for many families but it is not the type of meal that I enjoy cooking, thus it has previously rarely featured on our menu. I enjoy the creative process of cooking. I love experimenting with ingredients and flavors.
Right now I have very little creative brain power to dedicate to meal creation at the end of the day and thus a simpler menu plan has been a forced return to simplicity. To date this has been a refreshing change but I do find these meals to be really boring! In a bid for a brighter fresher tasting meal this carrot salad recipe evolved. I wanted to add a side dish to a simple meat and vegetables meal. I wanted to eat something with a fresh interesting flavor that provided some enjoyment to create and serve. Orange flower and carrot delivered that. They are a divine pairing. If you are yet to try them together I suggest you go and hunt down some Orange Flower Water as soon as possible. You will find it at most delis.
This Carrot Salad was served alongside a simple grilled chicken and vegetable based meal. The flavors and bright color combination of the fresh ingredients make it a lovely dish to take with you to a BBQ or meal at someone’s place when you are contributing a dish. This salad dish is perfect for those evenings when you need to get a healthy quick meal on the table and you want it to be full of fresh flavorsome ingredients.
As the weather cools and meals become heavier this side dish lightens a heavy Winter meat based meal. It works through Autumn when ingredients such as capsicum and cucumber are managing to hang around before the new produce of Winter begins to emerge.
- 1 carrot - shaved or cut into fine strips
- ¼ capsicum - finely sliced
- ½ cucumber - finely sliced
- handful of Pistachio nuts (unsalted if possible)
- ½ teaspoon orange flower water
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon honey
- fresh coriander to serve
- Add the salad ingredients to a serving plate and toss gently with your fingers to combine
- Mix the ingredients for the dressing together and drizzle over the salad
- Top with fresh coriander leaves
Over the past four years I have created many family friendly quick meals. You can find them by using browsing my Recipe List via the Cook Fresh tab in the menu. Those labelled FFF are recipes that can be prepared and served in less than 30 minutes.
You can also search via the tag Quick Meals. You will find tags at the end of each recipe. They are essentially a grouping of recipe type that allow you to find other similar recipes if you would like to.
I would love to hear in the comments below your best tip for a healthy fast family meal at the end of a busy day. Please share for my benefit as well as for the benefit of all busy mums.
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