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GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH THIS CHIRSTMAS

I’M SO EXCITED TO SHARE SOME INCREDIBLE DEALS I HAVE AT GC HEADQUARTERS! Its been a year like no other and one thing I know for sure, is that 2020 has taught us that looking after your health, wealth and relationships have never been more important. That’s why at The Grounded Chic, I wanted to do what I could to encompass all these things and offer you, some amazing gift deals this festive season. I have created 4 enticing deals, where everyone wins- health, wealth and relationships! Select the deal that entices you and to retrieve this deal, you must use the deal code below, at the checkout to receive your special VIP gift. DEAL 1 You deserve to receive a gift this Christmas, as well as a loved one. So my first deal is a gift that keeps giving! Purchase a Hard copy of my cookbook ‘Healthy on a Budget’ for a loved one and I will send you a digital copy of it in eBook form for FREE You must use the code EBOOKat the …

Roasted Beetroot Dip

  HANDS UP WHO LOVES BEETROOT? I love it! In fact, when I was a little girl, one of my favourite sandwiches was a beetroot sandwich and my grandmother always had beetroot on hand for when I would come a stay with her! True story!   I grew up with a Dad who grew much of our own produce and now as a ‘grown up’ I’ve followed in his footsteps and do the same for my family.  Currently in my garden I have an abundance of beautiful beetroots. I grow different varieties, even golden in colour, but the deep blood red varieties are my favourite. I picked a big bunch of beetroot over the weekend and made a jar of my delish roasted beetroot dip and honestly, I just love it and hope you do too. Just like many of my recipes, they are simple to make, as my philosophy on food is to be; SIMPLE, QUICK, DELISH & NUTRISH! This dip is great on any platter, served alongside with some crackers, sourdough or GF bread. …

Conversations Around the Table

Sometimes you across someone and their business and you just click! Well, that’s what happened when I came across Danielle from ‘Around the Table’ Danielle is a mumma of 3, who believes in the importance of connection and eating together as a family. We got chatting and realised we had many beliefs in common. One of them being the very important action of sharing a meal and the conversations that can flow from this experience. Like most families these days, we are all busy and Danielle’s is no different, but within these busy lives, Danielle had noticed how often we miss the key moments and opportunities to come together over a meal and connect on a positive level. We often leave the TV on, or have devices/phones at the table and other distraction even eating in separate rooms and times. She felt so passionately about inspiring change with this that she got to work and developed a wonderful and fun deck of cards, not just any cards, but conversational cards to make the most of meal …

Spring Chicken & Vegetable Tray Bake

I have to admit, I’m a little excited! We are well into springtime down in the southern hemisphere. The blossoms have well and truly bloomed, I’m starting to see fruit budding on my trees, the weathers starting to improve ( albeit a dreary rainy day today as I write this email- hey I’m in Victoria!) and the days are getting a little longer. For me personally, its a time I spend in my vegetable patch harvesting those end of winter crops and start clearing, planning and planting for summer crops. Spring time is a busy time for gardeners. Ok, I know its not everyone’s cup of tea, but I really do love getting out into my garden, digging in the dirt and harvesting the rewards of my labour of love. I really do love springtime.  It represents new life and warmer weather and after what has no doubt been a challenging year for many, we all need a little more sunshine in our lives, don’t you agree? My family and I decided to get away …

Winter Budget Saving Tips! Plus a bonus winter warming recipe!

Here in OZ we are in the depth of winter (well ok, technically its just clocked over into spring, but it most definitely still feels like winter and will for some time yet!). Where I live, on the Surfcoast in Victoria, today and this week is very, very chilly indeed…BRRRRR! So this morning when I got up, I decided it was most definitely soup weather. Nothing says winter like a big bowl of comforting, soulful soup don’t you think? The aroma of a hearty soup bubbling away on the stove brings that cosy feeling of home and family on a chilly evening. Soup is a brilliant low budget, nutrient dense meal that can satisfy hunger and feed a family without breaking the bank. One big pot can be packed full of protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre that keep hunger cravings at bay and provide a big daily serve of veggies. The versatility of soup means you can tailor it to your taste and dietary requirements and starting with a home made nutrient packed stock/broth is …

I’ve written a cookbook- Healthy on a Budget!

Hey there, Its been a quite a long while since I have written a blog, but I’ve been a little busy this year and during this pandemic. I decided to write a cookbook. Not just any cookbook, but one that I hope will inspire you to cook with your health in mind and your budget too! At the beginning of March 2020, things around Australia, as it already had been worldwide, started to change at a rapid rate. Covid-19, the pandemic that’s was and still is, reaching all corners of the world hit. I woke up really early one morning over Easter. I had been feeling a whole mixture of emotions over the previous weeks, dealing with the bombardment of bad news on the nightly news and the continuing increase of lockdown measures; being cut off from seeing my parents and loved ones, my daughter being schooled from home, worried for my step son who is an essential worker as a trainee paramedic, changes around me and my hubby’s work. Friends and family facing job …

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. …

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 Print Recipe This dish will take you only 5 -7 minutes to make? I used some leftover roasted sweet potato, potatoes and carrots from …

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 …

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. CourseSnack Servings Prep Time 12-14 balls 10 …