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Lemon Persian Lamb- Slow Cooked

There is nothing like coming home to lamb shanks in the slow cooker. This dish only took 10minutes to prep in the morning ( or the night before 👌) and switch on low👍👍

It is also loaded with Vegetables, herbs and spices!

Slow cookers are the best kitchen appliance to have when life gets a little busy!

Here is what I do, to be more time effective with eating well in a busy life;

  1. I meal plan
  2. I choose meals that are time appropriate each day, according to what time we walk in the door of an evening.
  3. I prep as much as I can- this often means either prepping on a weekend, or the night before.
  4. I don’t let the prep and planning become time consuming- 10-30 minutes max.
  5. I keep it simple during the week and especially in really busy times.
  6. I use my slow cooker a lot!!                                                                                    You can prep your slow cooker the night before, with all your ingredients,     ( minus the liquid), store in the fridge, so all you have to do is place in the morning is put it the base,  add your liquid and switch on…happy days!

Here is a wonderful Lemon Persian Lamb Shank Stew I have adapted and tweaked from Sarah Wilson’s new cookbook, ‘Simplicious Flow’. This cookbook is filled with so many time effective  tips, recipes, economical and environmental pointers that can really help you in your busy life to eat well.

Enjoy!

Lemon Persian Lamb- Slow Cooked
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This dish only took 10minutes to prep in the morning ( or the night before 👌) placed in your slow cooker and switch on low👍👍 It is also loaded with Vegetables, herbs and spices! NOTE: Use what ever vegetables you have in your fridge or like- the list of vegetables in recipe are just a guide.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 People 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 People 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Lemon Persian Lamb- Slow Cooked
Print Recipe
This dish only took 10minutes to prep in the morning ( or the night before 👌) placed in your slow cooker and switch on low👍👍 It is also loaded with Vegetables, herbs and spices! NOTE: Use what ever vegetables you have in your fridge or like- the list of vegetables in recipe are just a guide.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 People 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 People 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 onion or leek, roughly chopped
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch Fresh corriander, chopped
  • 4 Lamb Shanks
  • 1 tsp morrocan spice blend * I use Ras El Hanout blend
  • 1 cup chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Fresh Lemon cut into wedges * inlcuding skin
  • 2 carrot,roughly chopped
  • 1 Zuchinni, chopped
  • 1 Red Capsicum, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch or cup chopped spinach * this is to added in just before serving
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Add into your slow cooker pot, your lamb shanks, season with salt and pepper.
  2. Chop up all your vegetables, onion, lemon, garlic and herbs. Place into your slow cooker, on top of your lamb shanks. *IF YOU ARE PREPPING THIS THE NIGHT BEFORE, then place in your fridge now.
  3. Place your pot into your slow cooker base. Add in your chicken stock, stir well, place your lid on and turn cooker on low. Cook for 6-8hours. Don't worry if it is longer. Just before serving ad
  4. **NOTE; If you don't have a slow cooker , no worries! You can cook this on a stove top. Use a heavy based pot with lid. Follow the above instructions with ingredients( except use 2 cups of chicken stock). Bring to the boil on the stove top, then place lid on and simmer for 4 hours. Please do not leave stove top cooking unattended.
  5. I served this dish with mashed/pureed cauliflower, but you could serve it with mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes, rice, couscous, chickpeas or any legume. Simply Delish!!
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Honey Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Salad

The weather is still a little dreary and cold  here in southern Australia, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have salads. Salads are a dish that can be served warm or cold, as a side or in this case, can easily be the main event.

I am such a huge fan of making ‘plant food’ the centre of any meal. For so long, the meat or protein component of a meal has been the centre piece and the poor old salad or vegetable component, delegated to a side dish.

I made this dish recently for some friends who came for lunch. This warming salad was the centre piece and was served with a side of roast chicken pieces. It does have chickpeas in the dish, along with goats feta, so it’s ‘hearty’ enough to be served on its own or to vegetarians.

The best part of this dish, is its simple, very tasty, reasonable quick and very nutritious.

One to serve at any dinner, lunch, BBQ, brunch, or simply mid week meal for the family. I have know doubt, you’ll have everyone asking for seconds and/or the recipe…a real crowd pleaser!

NOTE: if you don’t like parsnips you could easily swap out for cauliflower, or use different coloured carrots ( purple, yellow etc)

 

Honey Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Salad
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The best part of this dish, is its simple, very tasty, reasonable quick and very nutritious. One to serve at any dinner, lunch, BBQ, brunch, or simply mid week meal for the family. I have know doubt, you'll have everyone asking for seconds and/or the recipe...a real crowd pleaser!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Honey Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Salad
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The best part of this dish, is its simple, very tasty, reasonable quick and very nutritious. One to serve at any dinner, lunch, BBQ, brunch, or simply mid week meal for the family. I have know doubt, you'll have everyone asking for seconds and/or the recipe...a real crowd pleaser!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3-4 parsnips, depending on size
  • 1 bunch dutch carrots
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 400 gram can or cooked, chickpeas
  • 1 bunch watercress or snowpea sprouts You could use half/half
  • 150 grams Goats Feta, crumbled or cubed
  • DRESSING: MIX ALL TOGETHER
  • 1 tbs Fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 3 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs Honey
  • 1 Tbs White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp * optional* dried chilli if you like a little bite!
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Cut your parsnips to pieces( like in the picture) then add with your washed carrots and broccolini to the baking tray. Drizzle with a little Olive oil and a little honey. Sprinkle on rosemary and if using, the chilli flakes. Toss and make sure you coat all the vegetables with the flavourings.
  3. Place your tray into the hot oven for approximately 25 minutes. Place chickpeas into a separate ovenproof dish. place into the oven for only 15-20 minutes. and set aside.
  4. In a jar or small dish, mix up all ingredients for your dressing. Mix really well. When cooked, remove your vegetables and chickpeas from the oven. Place in a serving plate or large bowl. Add your watercress and /or snow pea sprouts and Feta. Drizzle well with the dressing and serve!
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Hello Strangers! Its been a while.

Hello Stranger!
It’s been a wee while since I’ve been in your inbox.
I haven’t been ignoring you on purpose, I promise. It’s just I have needed some serious time out.
Time out from the crazy, crazy world that became my life over the last 18 months. Most of which I can assure you has not been fun.
I wrote about a year ago, I was dealing with a stressful situation in my life. Unfortunately, this situation did not get better and I was forced to make some seriously humongous changes in my family’s and my life. We eventually got through this challenging time and have now settled into our new life, but once settled, I simply fell in a heap. And I mean a big giant pile of physical, emotional and spiritual heap.
And it wasn’t pretty!


I wish to share this story with you, not to over share my life, but to hopefully demonstrate that stress and trauma can affect us in so many different ways. We can keep being busy, thinking I’ll be fine but eventually it always catches up with you. It should never be underestimated and healing from these traumas is by far, the most important thing you can do in your personal health journey.

So let me back track a little. This may take a while, it’s a long story, I’ll try not to ramble but you may want to grab a strong cuppa….

Now, I can’t divulge all details here, but what I can tell you is this;
I was living with a difficult and crazy neighbour, who had been a problem for several years, but this person decided at the beginning of 2017, that I was somehow the cause of all this persons issues in life and began to randomly, irrationally and sporadically abuse me. Completely unprovoked.
This took us completely by surprise and initially for a few months tried to ignore it, even if very strange and aggressive. But as the year went on, it continued, becoming increasingly threatening, even stranger and more disturbing. We had never engaged with this person or provoked any incidents, which only made it all the odder.
It eventually became so difficult for me on every level, as not only was it a direct threat to myself, it had a huge impact on my daughter, my business’s (I operated both of them from my home) not to mention my sense of safety in my own home.

It bought fear and insecurity to the point that my daughter never wanted to play outside unless with an adult, that I would walk her in and out of the house when going to/from school, She became obsessive about locking doors. I never felt safe or comfortable in my garden/outdoor space alone and it created an instability in my home along with much unwarranted tension.
We were constantly walking on tender hooks, hypervigilant to what and when it coming next. It was so random and so very, very strange.

We had been trying to take steps to deal with it in a peaceful way, as there where children involved and we were sensitive to other issues we were aware of, that I am unable to go into.

None of these channels where working sadly, so we were forced to involve police and legal matters.

This I can assure was something that I found extremely difficult and distressing.
Yes, the police and courts where extremely supportive towards us, this we were grateful for but the reality is, we could get a court order to ‘protect us’ but it doesn’t stop an irrationally disturbed person. It simply gives the police a little more power, if and when things may get out of hand again. So you’re always waiting. On guard. Hypervigilant.

Our home was no longer somewhere we wanted to be. This situation we found ourselves in created so much tension and negativity in our home, it was affecting all of us and it wasn’t healthy nor sustainable.
So we decided to sell up  our home and move! Yep, a BIG decision.

I had always dreamed of moving to the coast one day but we’d thought this was something we would do when my husband was closer to retirement.
But what was stopping us? We asked ourselves, “Why not now? What’s holding us back?”

We got to work, very quickly, exploring our options, preparing the house for sale and made the decision, whatever the outcome, we were moving to a better life. We were taking back control!

Now keep in mind, this was no mean feat.

It meant I would have to close down my hairdressing business (30 years in the industry), my coaching business is transient, so that was ok, but it meant my husband had to negotiate some changes with his work in order for it to be commutable. We would be leaving a city we loved, along with our beautiful friends and family. It meant moving away from my husband’s Son, who is now a young adult and our daughter had to leave a school and friends she truly loved. Not to mention the financial risk of this big change.
This was a big decision, one we didn’t make lightly, but one we felt was so necessary for all of us and more importantly we were so ready follow.

It was going to take hard work and stamina but we were choosing to take back the power of our happiness and live by the sea, choosing a simpler more peaceful life.

We were fast forwarding our dreams.

But there were more challenges ahead.

Our lovely home got passed in at Auction. Not one bidder. Even our agent was speechless!
Now anyone who has been through the process of selling and auctioning a home, it’s simply devastating. You put so much effort and hard work into this one moment. It’s emotional at the best of times, but with the constant threat of abuse hovering, it only heighten the stress we were already under.
We remained positive, we felt confident our neighbour was not the issue (her issue was with me remember, no one else), it was just a matter of timing. Our home would sell. It had too.

It did take time.

In fact a lot more time than one would have thought or predicted. There were set backs and weeks that we had not a soul come through our home even if we would exhaust ourselves making sure it was spick and span to present it at its best each week for open for inspections. There was a down turn in the area we lived in, as it became apparent that it was happening to other homes around us. But it did not bring us peace, we were still on tender hooks, hoping and praying our neighbour kept quiet. This went on for a weeks and weeks.

It was tough to stay positive. Really tough.

My husband became very negative at this time, he was losing hope and it was a very challenging for us all. Physically and emotionally it was draining. I carried around a card stuffed in my bra that had ‘Never give up hope!” along with a crystal. I meditated a lot. I manifested and asked the universe for much guidance. I had to keep believing and holding on,  that somehow, someway we would be able to move away from the constant threat of abuse. That we deserved to follow the dream that we longed for.
We were adamant not to be victims of circumstance,  forging our own destiny. These where only barriers we had to navigate around.

I kept telling myself, that it was going to happen when it needed to happen. Somehow, some way, it would happen. We just needed to trust and sit in this space until it did.

But I started to feel like I was losing hope.

It was nearing Christmas.

Then 2 interested parties came out of the blue and within a couple of weeks, contracts were signed.

The purchaser was difficult.

He made unusual request and demands. We remained strong. I desperately wanted to leave our situation but I wasn’t going to be bullied and manipulated. We stood strong but throughout the whole negotiations, sale and settlement process he was difficult, constantly making us feel unsettled that the sale wouldn’t go through, right up until that final day that settlement took place. That day bought us much relief. 
Meanwhile, in-between all this, we had to travel up and down the coast each weekend, trying to find our new home and keep life as ‘normal’ as we could for our young daughter.

It was exhausting. Unsettling. Challenging. So much uncertainty and unknowing. But we stood strong in our perusing of our dream.

Then finally, we found our new home and managed to negotiate a quick sale.

We packed, sorted, threw out, redirected, organised, reshuffled, closed down and moved our whole life at the end of March this year.
Anyone who has sold and moved house would know, it’s a mammoth effort.
One that required from me personally, a humongous physical, emotional and spiritual effort.

Finally, I was able to move into in my beautiful new home, by the gorgeous seaside, with my family.
I felt safe, calm and at peace for the first time in what seemed a very long time. There was much unpacking to do, we were considering some renovations for our new home, a new garden to establish and our daughter was settling into her new school. I didn’t have to work for a while, which took some pressure off me. There was no rush. All in good time. Exciting times ahead!

But every time I tried to do something, anything, I became depleted. I was struggling.
It was like my mind, body and spirit had the chance to stop and completely feel safe and it just went
“Nope, I’m so done!”
I resisted a little.

I attempted to get going. To organise and get on with our new life. Everyone else, my husband and daughter, where going great, slipping into this new life beautifully but I kept getting pushed down. I was constantly having colds and ended up in bed for over a week with the full blown flu  (totally unheard of for me). I was suffering with some digestive issues, headaches and some other ailments. I felt physically exhausted. Going for a gentle walk became a huge effort. I was trying to go slow, really trying, yet I was experiencing anxiety if I had to make a decision about anything, even a small one. Mentally, everything seemed a little overwhelming and my brain was very, very foggy. I had been experiencing night terrors for a while that would leave me reeling. I felt the need to keep my world very small, without challenges or without too many people around me. I wasn’t interested in going out or meeting anyone. I was completely and utterly drained. I felt my spirit had left me and I really didn’t know who I was.

It was uncomfortable, scary, unknown to me and I felt extremely vulnerable. 

I went to see a doctor and was diagnosed with mild PTSD and adrenal exhaustion.
I won’t’ lie, I was a little shocked, not by the exhaustion part that seemed obvious to me but the PTSD. That really through me. But as I write this post, it’s very clear, but while going through it, I just didn’t see it.

After seeking some help and along with this guidance, I have had to do some deep work on myself and heal.
I’ve realised that all my strength, resilience, stamina and power was needed to be used for the traumatic marathon that was my life for 14 months. That I needed to drive that ship of change away from the threat of abuse, challenge and negativity. That a new life awaited us, but it needed major endurance and commitment to get there. That once it arrived, there was absolutely nothing left in my tank.
I needed to be replenished. To truly heal and recover.
So I listened. Yes even stubborn, controlling me, let go. I surrendered to the process of healing. I’ve attempted a few times to nudge it along a little quicker out of frustration and impatience, but it’s pulled me back down and said a resounding ‘NO. I need time!’

So I have surrendered and given it time.

“Take all the time you need to heal”, I said.

Once I truly did that, slowly I have seen my body, mind and spirit regain and rebuild.
This I have not done alone. I have been seeing a counsellor and healer. I feel blessed also, to have a supporting loving husband and family, to have the space and time, without the pressure to work for a while, to just heal. And to heal by the sea. Not everyone gets these opportunities, choices and support. This I am truly grateful for.
I have been discovering things about myself that I didn’t know, or perhaps even wanted to?
I have accepted that I do have many limitations. That I am really very hard on myself and I need to practice a lot more self-compassion. Something that I have been told many, many times, but not truly heard.

That the situation we found ourselves in was simply ‘shit‘. We couldn’t control what that person was doing or thinking,  but we could control how we handled it and made the changes in our lives to better this.
That surprisingly, although I was completely ready to let go of my hairdressing business, it has been also letting go of a huge part of my identity that I have found a little tougher than I thought.

That I need to make changes around how, when and why my work looks like moving forward. This is still a working progress, but that’s ok. I am trusting the process, rather than just focussing only on a destination. And I am removing the pressure of achieving or know how to achieve this right now. To not over think it!

That I have needed to truly practice what I preach! Really walk my talk!!

And for now, just to stop, take some big deep breathes, be gentle, very, very gentle and heal.

Ahead of me is endless possibilities and opportunities that will come my way, but I don’t need to rush it. All in good time.
It’s exciting, but I’ll be honest, was really scary at first.

This is the life we have chosen. I get to live by the sea in one of my favourite places. I get to choose a different life for me and my family and that’s so exciting. Yes, we don’t really know hardly anyone, I haven’t wanted to for a bit, But I am starting to and that’s a really good sign. But I am lifting from a huge dark cloud of total exhaustion and trauma, the next part of my life will unfold and evolve when it needs to.

And I get to choose this life. Not let someone else’s issues and life choices impact or impose on it.

I got to close a very big chapter in my life.
But maybe it’s bigger than a chapter, as I discussed with a close friend recently, perhaps it’s the ending more of a novel in the series that is my life and now the new book in the series, rather than just a chapter, begins?

I sharing my very personal story with you, not to explain my absence in your inbox or to over share my life, even if writing this post is cathartic process for me but most importantly, to share with you that trauma recovery is really hard. Not matter what shape or form it comes in.

And healing can be a little messy.

That it’s different for all of us.

That stress and chronic stress eventually catches up with you.

That if you don’t deal with it, your body will store it and it present in ways you can’t imagine. Physiologically, emotionally and spiritually.

That it’s OK to step out of life for a bit, just go slow and heal.
Healing is so important and should never be underestimated.

 

Reaching out for help and guidance is necessary. Don’t deny it to yourself or others and you don’t have to go it alone.
It takes time, it can’t be rushed, even if like me, you try to give it a little nudge along, trust me, it will nudge you right back.

And when your mind, body and spirit are screaming at you to stop….listen. Really listen.

A new ‘me’ is emerging and replenishing.

I promise I will be back in your inbox a little more regularly than I’ve been for a while but I feel it will be with a new direction and insight.

Until then, stay safe, happy, healthy and grounded.

 

Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad

I love a good salad and I particularly love a salad ( or any dish for that matter) that uses up leftovers. This simple and quick dish is so yummy and is a great way to use up any leftover roast vegetables you have in the fridge.

I often get ask, “I don’t know what to do with my leftovers, so I just end up throwing it out- what can I do?”

Well, you can make this dish! Serve it along side any protein ( we had grilled lamb chops, along with broccolini and zucchini.)

Did I mention it will take you only 5 -7 minutes to make? 

In this dish, I used some leftover roasted sweet potato, potatoes and carrots from the night before. But you could use any or many of whatever roasted vegetables you have. Just add a couple more ingredients and that is it!

Warm Roast Vegetable Salad
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This dish will take you only 5 -7 minutes to make? I used some leftover roasted sweet potato, potatoes and carrots from the night before. But you could use any or many of whatever roasted vegetables you have. Just add a couple more ingredients and that is it!
Servings Prep Time
4 People 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Warm Roast Vegetable Salad
Print Recipe
This dish will take you only 5 -7 minutes to make? I used some leftover roasted sweet potato, potatoes and carrots from the night before. But you could use any or many of whatever roasted vegetables you have. Just add a couple more ingredients and that is it!
Servings Prep Time
4 People 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cup diced mixed cooked roasted vegetables In this idsh, I use carrots, sweet potato and potato
  • 3/4 cup either, spinach or kale, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp morrocan spice blend I use Ras-El-Hanout
  • 1/2 Lemon, squeezed
  • Salt and pepper, to season
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Dice up your precooked roasted vegetables. Finely slice your kale.
  2. In a hot saucepan, add a little olive oil or ghee. Fry your roasted vegetables, till golden brown. Then add in your kale, spice blend and saute.
  3. Squeeze half a lemon over the vegetables, then serve in a bowl.
  4. This dish can be served along side any grilled meat, fish or haloumi cheese. I served it along side some grilled lamb chops, brocolini and zucchini. Enjoy!
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Lemon & Mint ‘Detox’ Water

It’s Summer in Australia and the mercury is certainly on the rise. We know that no matter what time of year, or weather, hydration is so important for our overall health, but when the temperature rises, it is paramount that we keep even more hydrated.

Now, I am often hesitant to use the word ‘DETOX” as it can often denote thoughts of extreme diets and activities, which I am not one to endorse or advocate, but our amazing bodies, in particular our livers undergo a massive workout each day. Our modern lifestyle, has place an even larger burden on this amazing organ that has over 500 functions it needs to carry out, in order to keep our bodies working optimally. Detoxification is one of the main functions of this amazing organ.

If there is one organ in your body I always say to love, it’s to love your liver! 

This refreshing lemon and mint (plus cucumber!) is a great way to not only hydrate on these hot days, but also help with detoxification, along with flavouring your water than can sometimes taste a little boring , without resorting to sugar filled soft drinks or fruit juices!

So why lemon, cucumber and mint?

Lemon– filled with vitamin C. Anti-oxidants to fight free radicals and keeps your skin looking fresh, along with helping with cell renewal.

Cucumbers- Full of anti-oxidants, alkalising and extra hydration.

Mint– yep, they too are filled with anti-oxidants and some flavonoids too. Anti-inflammatory and helps soothe skin.

Sometimes what we experience as cravings or hunger are actually the body’s misunderstood signals of dehydration. Simply increasing your water intake will reduce your desire for other beverages and unhealthy snacks between meals.

You can vary your flavours by using different fruits and herbs. For example;

  • Orange, Lemon and Lime Pomegranate, ginger & lime flavoured water
  • Basil and strawberries
  • Mixed berries and mint
  • Pineapple and  Mint
  • Watermelon  and Basil
  • Grape Orange
  • Apple, mango and mint
  • Pomegranate, ginger and lime

…….the options are endless.

You could also use mineral water for a little ‘fizz’ for variety or when entertaining. 

 

Lemon & Mint 'Detox' Water
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This refreshing lemon and mint (plus cucumber!) is a great way to not only hydrate on these hot days, but also help with detoxification, along with flavouring your water than can sometimes taste a little boring , without resorting to sugar filled soft drinks or fruit juices!
Prep Time
2-3 minutes
Passive Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
2-3 minutes
Passive Time
15 minutes
Lemon & Mint 'Detox' Water
Print Recipe
This refreshing lemon and mint (plus cucumber!) is a great way to not only hydrate on these hot days, but also help with detoxification, along with flavouring your water than can sometimes taste a little boring , without resorting to sugar filled soft drinks or fruit juices!
Prep Time
2-3 minutes
Passive Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
2-3 minutes
Passive Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1-2 litres filtered water
  • 1/2 thinnly sliced, lemon
  • 1/2 thinnly sliced, cucumber
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fresh mint
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place your sliced lemon and cucumber, along with the mint in a jug/pitcher. Fill with your filtered water and add some ice cubes if you wish. Leave to infuse for 15 minutes or more, then drink.
  2. Vary your fruit and herbs or use mineral water for some fizz!
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Mango Bliss Balls

Schools back and that means lunch boxes. At my daughters school( like many schools) it is nut free, so when your short on time and wanting to whip up some quick, healthy and nut free snacks, then go no further.

Mangoes are a favourite in my family and we always have a bag of frozen mangoes in the freezer to add to smoothies.

So when I came across this recipe from kid ingredient I jumped at the chance to whip them up.

They are NUT, SOY, DAIRY AND CAN BE GLUTEN FREE ( recipe uses oats, so if can tolerate use if not, use quinoa flakes), are low sugar and the best part of all, they only take 10minutes to make.

WINNING!!

 

Mango Bliss Balls
Print Recipe
They are NUT, SOY, DAIRY AND CAN BE GLUTEN FREE ( recipe uses oats, so if can tolerate use if not, use quinoa flakes) are low sugar and the best part of all, they only take 10 minutes to make.
Servings Prep Time
12-14 balls 10 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour chilling
Servings Prep Time
12-14 balls 10 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour chilling
Mango Bliss Balls
Print Recipe
They are NUT, SOY, DAIRY AND CAN BE GLUTEN FREE ( recipe uses oats, so if can tolerate use if not, use quinoa flakes) are low sugar and the best part of all, they only take 10 minutes to make.
Servings Prep Time
12-14 balls 10 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour chilling
Servings Prep Time
12-14 balls 10 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour chilling
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups mangoes, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup whole oats or quinoa flakes ( if gluten free)
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 tbs Chai Seeds
  • 1 tbs flaxseeds
  • 4 tbs water
  • Dessicated coconut for rolling
Servings: balls
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine your chai seeds and flax seeds. Add the 4 tablespoons of water and soak for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients, including your soak seeds to a blender and blitz until well combined.
  3. using a spoon ( I use a soup spoon) scoop out a spoonful and roll mixture into little balls, then roll in desiccated coconut. Place on a tray or container and once all balls have been rolled place in fridge or freezer to set for approximately 1 hour....that's if you can wait that long!! I store my in a sealed container in the freezer so I can grab and go when needed.
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How to stay healthy during the festive season!

Image result for image of a healthy christmasThe festive season is amping up. The parties are being had, the shopping is getting done…or at least started, I hope? And the festive feast with all its trimmings is being planned.

With all this going on, it usually means we have a tendency to overload on sugary treats, processed finger food and dare I say a few glasses of the stuff that makes you a little warm and fuzzy inside. 

Now, I’m not saying don’t relax and enjoy yourself, do, its the festive season after all but too much of the above foods and drinks can be harmful to our health. It can lead to sugar crashes, fatigue, brain fog and a little extra weight gain….now we all don’t fancy that, when  after all, its a time of year to be upbeat and joyful.

The good news is, there are definitely ways to keep the holiday season healthy while still taking part in the festivities and having fun.

Firstly, here are some tips I shared with you last year on how to moderate and enjoy a little Image result for christmas drinkingtipple and if you do over indulge, just how to recover and reboot a little quicker and healthily. http://www.thegroundedchic.com.au/2016/12/the-festive-tipple/

 

Another thing to do is to get into the kitchen and create some healthier meals and treats to share with friends and family. They don’t have to take hours of baking and preparing. Ty my Chocolate Peppermint Bliss Balls– they take minutes to whizz up, require few ingredients and can be stored in the freezer for weeks…..if they last that long! http://www.thegroundedchic.com.au/recipe/chocolate-peppermint-bliss-balls/   

Or try my simple and mouth watering delish, Choc Berry Fudge; http://www.thegroundedchic.com.au/recipe/chocolate-berry-fudge/

 

Or these very moreish and yummy Spicy Nut and Seed Mix;  This very quick and simple nut mix is great on any festive dinner table, party or as I have done this year, place into nice jars, wrap a little ribbon around them and gave them as gifts.  Grab the recipe here; 

 

 

 

So the festive madness doesn’t need to be all about over indulging. Just a few tweaks, along with some quick and simple strategies you will keep you on your healthy path, without too much effort.

What ever you do over this holiday season, remember most of all to stay happy, healthy and grounded.

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Spicy Hot Nuts and Seed Mix

Who doesn’t love a good trail mix? With the festive and holiday season upon us, these tasty, spicy nut and seed mix are great for any Christmas table, perfect for entertaining, holiday BBQ’s or even place into some nice jars with a little ribbon around them and gifted to friends and family.

 

The best part is it takes no more than 5 minutes to whip up. Serve them warm or cold ( but warm is best) . You can pre-make them and heat them up in the wok or oven before serving for a few minutes. I’ve added currants and cranberries to this tasty mix, to make it more festive, but you can add whatever nuts, dried fruit or seeds you have or like.

Enjoy! 

Spicy Hot Nuts and Seed Mix
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These tasty, spicy nut and seed mix are great for any Christmas table, perfect for entertaining, holiday BBQ's or even place into some nice jars with a little ribbon around them and gifted to friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
15+ People 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15+ People 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Spicy Hot Nuts and Seed Mix
Print Recipe
These tasty, spicy nut and seed mix are great for any Christmas table, perfect for entertaining, holiday BBQ's or even place into some nice jars with a little ribbon around them and gifted to friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
15+ People 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15+ People 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Cashews
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Pistachio shelled preferably, but can use in shells if you like.
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Currants
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 tbs Lemon Rind, grated
  • 1/2-1 tbs dried or fresh chilli add in whatever you think you can handle. The more chillies the more spicy!
  • 3/4 cup of mixed fresh parsley, mint and corriander if you don't have fresh you can use dried. but only half a cup in total if using dried.
  • 2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 2 tsp corriander powder and tumeric, each
  • 2 tsp of grated fresh ginger ( or dried)
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. In a hot wok, add approx. 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add all your ingredients into the hot wok and stir fry for approximately 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately or place in a air tight jar or container (once cooled), store in your fridge or freezer and reheat just before serving.
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Zuchini and Corn Fritters

On a Wednesday night, my daughter goes to netball training. As a busy mum, I share the responsibility of getting her and her friends to and from training with another other busy mum. Its what all busy mum’s should do…share the load!

On one particular night after training, I bought back my daughters friends to have dinner. These zucchini and corn fritters where what I served as one of the girls is vegetarian. And what a hit they where.

I promised the girls I would give their mum the recipe, so here it is! ( OK, I might be about 9 months slow in getting it to you, Amy and Kate….oops, sorry. Better late than never!!)

I often cook up fritters on a night when I need to use up bits and pieces of vegetables. Going meatless at least one night a week is not only good for the body but the environment as well.

These fritters require little effort and as I often do and suggest, make a large batch and have them in the lunchbox or for breakfast the next day. You can vary, add in or mix up whatever vegetables etc. you like. The batter recipe is simple, use this as your base, then just add in your favourite veggies, some herbs and you’ve got yourself a simple and tasty fritter!

You could even cook these fritters smaller in size, like little blini’s and serve with a little smoked salmon or trout and sour cream/mascarpone for a tasty appetiser when entertaining.

Enjoy!

Zuchini and Corn Fritters
Print Recipe
These fritters require little effort and as I often do and suggest, make a large batch and have them in the lunchbox or for breakfast the next day. You can vary, add in or mix up whatever vegetables etc. you like. The batter recipe is simple, use this as your base, then just add in your favourite veggies, some herbs and you've got yourself a simple and tasty fritter!
Servings Prep Time
18-20 fritters 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 fritters 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Zuchini and Corn Fritters
Print Recipe
These fritters require little effort and as I often do and suggest, make a large batch and have them in the lunchbox or for breakfast the next day. You can vary, add in or mix up whatever vegetables etc. you like. The batter recipe is simple, use this as your base, then just add in your favourite veggies, some herbs and you've got yourself a simple and tasty fritter!
Servings Prep Time
18-20 fritters 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 fritters 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 Corn, chopped from the cob *You could use approx 1 cup of frozen corn if not using fresh corn
  • 1 Large Zuchinni, grated * squeeze excess water from zuchini
  • 1/2 cup Chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 stems Chives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Goats feta, crumbled
  • BATTER MIXTURE:
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Rice Flour You could use any flour, but this recipe is gluten free.
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder and tumeric
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup Milk of your choice.
Servings: fritters
Instructions
  1. Make your Batter by mixing all your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk your eggs and milk together in a jug, then slowly add to your flour mixture and whisk till a batter in formed. It will be quite runny, but not too runny.
  2. Prepare all your corn, zucchini, herbs and feta. Add to the batter mixture and combine well.
  3. Heat a pan on a moderate heat, with a little oil. Using a tablespoon, scoop a heaped spoonful of mixture and add to the pan. You can cook several fitters at once. * I like to put my oven on a low temperature and placed the cooked fritters on a tray in the oven to keep warm whilst I cook other batches.
  4. We like to serve our fritters along side a bowl of homemade tatziki and a garden salad. Other serving suggestions could be with some guacamole, poached eggs and for non vegetarians, smoked salmon. Enjoy!
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When best laid plan, go astray!

Do you ever get up some days, with grand plans of what you would like to achieve but then the day goes a little haywire?

Today, I woke up nice and early with the best intention. It all started when I flung out of bed a little too quick and strained a muscle in my neck (nothing major, just a twinge!). I recovered a little, rubbed some muscle oils in to relieve neck then got my exercise gear on, thinking ok, I won’t do any yoga today or HIIT, (due to being a little Ouchy) but I will go for a nice long walk. “Yes that’s what I’ll do”, I say.

I got delayed, my daughter woke up extra early, then the morning routine went off kilter when my husband left something important at home after he had left for work, my daughter decided to be a little difficult and defiant ( hello, end of year tiredness and hot nights with little sleep!), so morning routine goes out the window.
No problem I say, “I still have time to go for a little walk either before or in-between clients”…..
A few phone calls and messages come in and need attending too, I decide to hang some washing out, my client comes….that’s ok, I have time between her and my next client. Another phone call and distraction and so on it goes.
I get to the middle of afternoon and come to the complete acceptance that I will not be going for my long walk today and finally get changed out of my exercise gear.

Does this ever happen to you? Your best laid plans go astray.

How do you react? Do you get all up tight and frustrated or do you just surrender and be more flexible?

I know in the past, I would have got all head up about this. I would have thought, I’ve made a decision to go exercise today, so I have to make this work, then I would get all stressed, then place more pressure on myself, then go to a negative mindset of rigidity and frustration. But what I have learnt over the year is no matter how much we intend, strategize or even try to be a little flexible with our plans, sometimes it just doesn’t work out this way and that’s ok.

Rigidity and control is never good for anyone’s health.

So if today or whenever in the near future, especially during the fast approaching silly season, you find yourself all frustrated when your best laid plans for the day are not going according to your intentions, just surrender to it, let it go as sometimes the universe and others have different intentions for you that day.

Maybe today my body just didn’t need to move like I thought I wanted it to, (I think my neck twinge was a BIG warning sign there, don’t you think?) maybe I just needed to slow down a bit, so I did. I listened and I’m ok with it.
There is always tomorrow!