Amazing Women: Nicky Haynes

17 August 2020| ,

“I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me.” – Unknown

Our third Amazing Woman this month is:

Nicky Haynes – mama and healthy foodie from The Haynes Kitchen

Bio: I’m Nicky, wife to Roger and mum to Chloe, (6), Josie, (4) and Anna (2). Together we love creating healthy, tasty food in our kitchen – and we invite others along for the mess, fun and inspiration. I love helping parents of young kids see that cooking & eating healthy food is possible; that healthy doesn’t have to mean expensive, and delicious doesn’t have to be difficult. My husband and I planted and now lead, a church in Blouberg, Cape Town where we live – we love the beach, running and the beautiful mountain view. I’m passionate about creating community, intentional parenting, helping people find meaning and faith, and building authentic, diverse relationships. I am also pretty passionate about my morning cup of coffee.

Fave colour: Currently olive green.

Fave food: Home made saucy pasta with lots of toppings.

Fave song and movie: Currently listening to the theme song of Daniel Tiger (not my request!) on repeat, in my car, I wish I could think of another song!

Fave travel destination: Kwa-Zulu Natal! My husband and I both grew up in KZN, so its not only a bit of ‘home’, but boasts so many adventure opportunities for our family; beaches ( warm sea! ), nature, game reserves, and mainly… family – we hope to visit soon!

Two things you have loved about lockdown: I loved the slow pace and open calendar. I loved the time we got to spend as a family, real quality time that reminded us what great company our kids are. We also loved home school – I miss that! ( never thought I would say that! ) I loved being there to witness their learning so close up!

Two things you have disliked about lockdown: I have really missed seeing our parents, and other family & friends. Also, I really struggled not running in Level 5!

Name 3 women who have empowered or influenced you: My Mum, and my two sisters. I am so grateful to have a mum who modelled security, confidence, love, service to us all the while making motherhood appear to be a privilege and adventure. My sisters are my encouragers & my sounding boards and our shared faith bounds us even more than just being sisters. I also have to mention my three daughters – who continue to influence me daily. I learn so much from being their mum, and by seeing the world through their eyes.

Your two “most made” favourite recipes: Chickpea and peanut butter cookies, and Jamie Oliver inspired meatballs.

Chickpea and peanut butter cookies

  • 1 Tin chickpeas (drained)
  • 1/3 cup of peanut butter (no salt or sugar added)
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of chocolate chips
  • pinch of salt

Blend everything except the chocolate chips. Gently fold those into the blended mixture. Roll into small balls. Bake in pre-heated oven at 180’C for 20-25 minutes.

Jamie Oliver inspired meat balls

  • Beef mince
  • 8tsp pesto
  • Tin of diced tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Rolls, or baked large mushrooms for serving

Mix the egg, half the pesto, salt and pepper into the mince. Roll into small balls. Pop them onto a hot pan with a splash of olive oil and fry until nice and brown. Add in the tin of tomatoes and a cup of water. Let that simmer on low heat for about half an hour. Put small cheese slices over each meat ball, cover with a lid and let the cheese melt. Serve on a crispy warm toll, or a nicely roasted mushroom – add in the additional pesto and enjoy!

You can find the incredible Nicky and her delicious, healthy recipes online:



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