I avoided takeaways… YAY!

So the other night after guiltily sitting at my mums place watching the VMA’s till nearly 6.30 (oops sorry kids) as I was driving home I started to think hmm takeaways would be good I could feed the kids get them to bed and it would just all be so easy! Well that’s what the old me (yep after just two weeks I have decided I am the new and improved Hayley) would have done.  Takeaways are easy, quick, smell delicious and often don’t taste horribly … oh alright I love the taste which is partly the way I am now haha.  But we all know that there is NO WAY that takeaways are filled with only real food, that just isn’t going to happen, so I dragged my but home and decided to whip up a Asian Salmon Cakes recipe I found in all my blog trawling last week.  I thought I would share the recipe with you all because it was quick and tasty and if Mr 4 will eat it without any arguments or comments it is a definite winner in my book. 😀

Asian Salmon Cakes

Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons coriander, plus extra for garnish
Fish Cakes
  • 450g salmon, cooked or leftover and shredded with a fork (make sure the grey part of the salmon and the skin are both removed)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced spring onions
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (helps hold the cake together prior to cooking)
  • ⅓ cup whole-grain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Olive oil or ghee (clarified butter) for cooking
Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, soy sauce, lime juice, and coriander for the dipping sauce. Cover and refrigerate until the salmon cakes are ready.
Salmon Cakes
  1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly combine the cooked, shredded salmon with the eggs, green onions, sour cream, bread crumbs, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  2. Begin forming the cakes by taking a handful of the mixture into your hands. Squeeze it together and discard any excess liquid that comes out. Flatten the cake and place it on an empty plate until all have been formed.
  3. Set a large sauté pan over medium-low heat and add a thin layer of olive oil or ghee. Once the pan is warm, cook the fish cakes (in batches if necessary) until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Serve warm with dipping sauce and extra cilantro for garnish.


  • I personally used tinned salmon because we all know how dare fresh salmon is in New Zealand.  It did require a little more breadcrumbs as it was quite wet from using tinned, although I was just careful with them when I cooked them and they mostly held together fine.
  • I would also add a  little fresh chilli next time just for a little bit more of a Asian flavour.

I found this recipe on http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/ which I found full of super helpful hints and tips on eating a real food diet.  It also had plenty of great family recipes that I am looking forward to trying out.  So definitely pop on over and check out Lisa’s website 😀

Asian Salmon Cakes with dipping sauce and salad.

Asian Salmon Cakes with dipping sauce and salad.

Mr 4 thought these were great, so they were a big winner for me!

Mr 4 thought these were great, so they were a big winner for me!

Mr 4 thought these were great, so they were a big winner for me!

Mr 4 thought these were great, so they were a big winner for me!

So definitely whip these up and let me know if you all enjoyed them as much as this ratbag, is most definitely better than caving to takeaways!


H. xx


1 week down… How am I going?

So I am now officially 1 week into this and to be perfectly honest I am loving it! I am enjoying the food and surprisingly not having too many cravings (despite the fact I used to have us much chocolate as possible EVERY day). I still feel fresh and motivated and have enjoyed researching and learning more about this way of eating.

But my most exciting news (well for me anyway) is that I jumped on the scales after breakfast this morning and I’ve lost 2kgs this week!!! WOOHOO! I felt like having a celebration in my bathroom because it has been an extremely long time since I saw those scales move in the right direction! I managed this just from purely changing my eating this week, I am not starving myself (if anything I feel fuller and more sustained) and just eating a lot more plant based food and removing the processed crap. I got no exercise done this week … Oops my bad, and yet here was that awesome start to this journey. So this is really one happy mummy here!

And to top of my day I had a fab time at the Baby show with my best friend but didn’t get home till late so decided McDonald’s was the easiest option for dinner. But do you know what? For probably the first time ever I didn’t buy myself a single thing. Instead I came home an made myself a delicious dinner of toast, smoked salmon, poached eggs and avocado (which lets face it is probably much tastier) and enjoyed that without the side of guilt! I did however pinch a couple of chips from the kids but still super proud of myself.

Hope you are all having a fabulous week as well!

H. Xx

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Hope your all having a great day!



Last Night’s Dinner and Goal Progress



So just a quick post from me to share the recipe for the dinner we had last night.  The plan had been to make Dr Libby’s Chicken Chermoula but after not being able to get some of the ingredients from the supermarket I made something up by myself 😀 So here it is:


  • bunch of fresh parsley
  • some fresh rosemary leaves
  • 4 x garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp paprika (i used smoked)
  • 1 Tbsp honey (onbiously the most natural one I could find)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Oil (Iused prenzel’s lemon oil which was really nice)
  • 4 x Chicken Legs

Blitz everything together in a food processor and then rub all over your chicken.  I imagine this would be nice if you left it to marinate for a while but I was in a rush so I just chucked it straight into the oven at 180 degrees for 35mins.  I served it with a huge plate of salad and a small serving of mashed kumura.  I was so pleased with how well it turned out, it was moist and delicous!  And to top it all off I was so proud of myself for only eating 1 of the 2 Chicken legs I put on my plate, seems such a silly small thing but normally I would just plow my way through 2 because they were on my plate.  And as a extra bonus it means I get to have chicken for my lunch today woohoo.

Goal Progress : Hoping to get out for a walk today after my daughter wakes up but we have heavy rain warnings for the afternoon and night so not sure if that is going to happen so I might have to just sit down and do my mood board instead 😀

H. xx


Goal’s : Week One

So a new week and a new beginning and so far I am feeling pretty great I have been eating as many ‘Real’ meals as I possibly can and make sure my other meals are at least on the healthy side of things.  Which really surprisingly to me hasn’t been anywhere as hard as I thought it would so hopefully this motivation can stick around for it to start making an effect on on me and my family 😀

I have decided that every Monday I am going to set myself some Goals and Tasks for the following week to hopefully keep myself on track.  This is particularly important for the next months because my hubby will be in Christchurch (I am in Auckland) nearly every week over the next 3 months so he isn’t here to keep an eye on me haha.  So this weeks goals are fairly simple because I don’t want to try and change things so dramatically that I find it to hard and just give up.


1. Exercise 3 x this week.  This will most likely just be a walk, but at least that’s a good start.

2. Aim for 5 Real dinners this week.

3. Make a mood board filled with inspiration.

4. Research some Real alternatives to fizzy. Me and the hubby have a bit of a addiction to fizzy so definitely need to kick that one in the butt!

I will post progress on these as the week goes on, I am also going to share my favourite recipe I have tried so far today or tomorrow (depending on the ratbags being co-operative of course haha)

Have a great day everyone.

H. xx




Welcome to my blog Real Food Mummy 😀

This blog is hopefully a place where I will be able to share my successes and failures (although hopefully not too many of those) on my journey to eating Real Food. Why decide to start this you might wonder?? Well I am overweight and have been for a while and I feel like I have tried so many ways to loose the weight but never with any luck! So I went along and listened to a talk by Dr Libby, well she was completely inspiring and fascinating. She makes the point that our bodies are built to eat food in its most natural state as that way we take all the nutrients and goodness from it rather than digesting Preservatives and additives. She instructs everyone to raise the plant content in your menu and basically cut out the ‘crap’
(although she worded that much better than me haha), which in turn with a few other basic things will all lend towards a much healthier and hopefully smaller lifestyle.  Everything about her talk was inspiring and I highly recommend people to go and listen to her speak. So basically my goal is to get as many real food meals into my everyday eating as possible.  However this is made tricky with mu two little ratbags who I would also like to start eating the ‘real’ way and a very tight budget.

So bring it on food … because I am one motivated Real Food Mummy!


H. xx