Friday 21 August 2015

Zucchini and Bacon Slice

Serves 8

A classic zucchini slice.  Ridiculously easy to make and it's delicious warm or cold.  This really can be served at any time - an easy and nutritious breakfast on the run, school lunch box filler or enjoy warm for dinner with a salad. 

I personally prefer to eat it cold, as the slice sets as it cools and has a firmer consistency.

What's in it?


2 zucchini
2 carrot, peeled
1 onion, peeled and halved
175g middle rasher bacon, cut into large pieces
160g light tasty cheese 
5 eggs
1/2 cup plain flour
salt and pepper

How do I make it? 

1. Preheat oven to 200°C (fan forced) / 220°C (electric). Spray a 30x20cm rectangular ceramic or glass baking dish with oil and set aside.

2. Place cheese in mixing bowl and grate 10 sec / speed 9.  Set aside. 

3. Place onion and bacon in mixing bowl and chop for 5 sec / speed 5.  Scrape down sides of bowl and cook for 3 min / 100°C / reverse / speed 2. 

4. Meanwhile, manually grate carrot and zucchini separately from each other. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the grated zucchini.  Don't be tempted to grate the zucchini and carrot in the thermomix.  Manually grating the vegetables, and squeezing out the excess liquid, gives the slice a better texture. 

5. When the onion and bacon has finished cooking, add the eggs and mix for 30 sec / reverse / speed 3. 

6. Add reserved cheese, grated carrot and zucchini and flour to mixing bowl.  Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Mix to combine for 20 sec / reverse / speed 4. 

7.  Pour mixture into prepared dish. Bake in oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. 

8. Serve warm, or allow to cool and then serve.

6 ProPoints per serve

Friday 7 August 2015

Thermomix Up & Go

Serves 1

I've been having so much trouble getting my 6 year old to eat breakfast lately, so I have been making lots of these to speed up our mornings.  This smoothie packs lots of protein, fibre and energy and is a great option for those mornings where you need to run out the door.  You can simply pour it into a travel mug and take it with you in the car. 

Oh, and unlike the commercial variety typically resorted to for convenience, there is no added sugar, flavours or other additives.  Given you can prepare this in literally under 1 minute, there is no excuse not to make your liquid breakfast from scratch. 

What's in it? 

1 ripe banana
1-2 weetbix
250g low-fat milk 
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup frozen berries (optional)

How do I make it? 

Place all ingredients in bowl and blend for 30 sec / speed 8.  Pour and serve. 


The berries are optional.  If you don't have them or choose not to use them, I recommend throwing in a few ice blocks. 

Another great alternative is to omit the berries and instead add 1tbs milo or 2tsp cocoa for a chocolate breakfast smoothie.