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Meet Caroline...the creative and delicious chef behind Gourmet Casa Kitchen.
As the mother of three hungry and growing boys, she knows all too well that the kitchen pantry and fridge needs to be full. From sugar free homeade banana bread to homemade muesli bars, you are bound to find recipes on her blog that your chldren will also love.
You are mother to ?
Food must not last long with a household full of boys. What are their favourite go to snacks?
Cobbs popcorn, Homemade muesli bars, Fruit, Nuts, Homemade banana bread and anything else I’ve made that week.
How did ‘Gourmet Casa Kitchen’ evolve?
I love to cook and wanted a place to keep all my recipes accessible. My friends soon caught on and wanted me to share it with all of them so I started sharing the blog with others. They would always say to me you cook such gourmet food hence the name. With recent health issues within the family my cooking slowly evolved into what I make on a daily basis to maintain a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family. I share healthy wholesome recipes that are mostly refined sugar free. Dinner ideas and healthy alternatives to kids food.
Describe your day on a plate.
Something colourful, full of healthy vegetables, with a balance of delicious flavours that quick and easy to cook.
Top tip for parents who have a child who would rather stick a fork in their eye than try something new?
I always say to my kids you have to try something at least three times before you actually know if you hate it or not it’s a proven fact. This usually becomes a game and in fact they are actually eating and trying something new and end up liking it most of the time.
If you could invite any 3 people to a dinner party, who would they be?
Donna Hay as she is my absolute idol and would pick her brain, Jamie Oliver as I respect him and what he has done for children’s food education around the world & Hamish Blake for a good laugh and entertainment.
What is your stance on sugar and kids?
I don’t believe in added sugar in foods and drinks for kids. I have seen first hand the difference it makes on kids behavior, moods, and overall health. I strongly believe you can teach kids form an early age healthy food habits without giving in to the processed food & sugar industry. If they don’t have it they don’t crave it. I could go on forever on this topic I am very passionate about it.
Favourite budget & kid friendly meal you can whip up in a flash?
Chicken and Basil Stirfry with noodles, Zucchini & Haloumi Fritters, Lettuce Taco Cups
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love a slice of teacake or banana bread. I make my own using no added sugar and slice them and keep them in the freezer for when I am craving a slice with a cuppa.
Homemade Hidden Veggie & Beef Sausage Rolls
By Caroline Covino, Gourmet Casa
Prep 40-50 mins
2 tsp olive oil
500g lean organic beef mince
1/2 leek thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 carrot, peeled and grated finely
1 zucchini, grated finely
2 tbs tomato paste
10 sheets mountain bread
1 egg whisked
3 tsp sesame seeds
Preheat oven 160’C line a tray with baking paper
In a large frypan heat oil and garlic and leek. cook for 2-3 mins until leek has softened
Add carrot and zucchini cook for a further 3-4 mins
Take off the heat mix together with the mince meat in a bowl. Add tomato paste and season with salt and pepper
Lay 2 sheets of mountain bread on top of each other. Spoon 3 heaped tablespoons of mince meat mixture on one end of the sheet to make a log shape.
Roll to enclose, cut into three pieces and place on baking tray
Repeat with remaining sheets and filling
With a sharp knife make little slits on the top of the sausage rolls, with a pastry brush the sausage rolls with whisked eggs and sprinkle with sesame seeds
Cook in the oven for 25-30mins or until golden and crisp and filling is cooked through.