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Veggie Stroganoff!?!

Trying to pack in the veggies & still provide a tasty meal for the family can sometimes be a chore….but this will have something yummy for the table, it can save you time as a slow cook & you can freeze leftovers for later!!  😉

Ingredients:

  • can lima beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • can tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 medium zucchinis, grated
  • 1 C broccoli, chopped
  • 1 capsicum, seeded & cut into thin strips
  • 2Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2C veggie stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 400g mushrooms of choice
  • 1 C soy yoghurt (or Greek)

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients into slow cooker except mushrooms & yoghurt.
  2. Set on auto or low for overnight cooking or as you leave for work.
  3. During last 20mins or upon arrival home after work…add in mushrooms. Unwind…have a shower, or chop up a green salad to serve alongside.
  4. Stir through yoghurt before serving. Enjoy!!

“Be confident & fearless as a cook. Accept compliments & criticisms graciously. Never apologise if it doesn’t work out….just do your best” ~Audrey Tea

 

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Easy Delish Bean & Greens Dip…great for Lunchboxes!!

 

So it’s that time again….getting ideas for back to school & work time. We can get a little bored with the same day to day flavours – well this is so nice to spread onto a lovely sourdough or chia/wholemeal wrap, then add your extras…or dip with veggie sticks!

Packed with magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, iron & protein – it’s a winner!

Ingredients:

  • 60g spinach & rocket leaves
  • 400g can Cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2Tbsp mint leaves
  • 1/4C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp lemon zest

Method:

  1. Simply throw all ingredients into a food processor & whiz up till smooth & creamy. Season with salt & pepper.

Easy recipe adapted from Woolworths “Fresh” magazine issue 136.

 

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Lunch….its a Wrap!!

These days there are all types of ‘wraps’ which are tasty & boosted with proteins such as chia seeds, quinoa….& also give tasty gluten free options too.

Here’s some tasty options you might want to try out!

  • tuna, mashed boiled eggs, baby spinach & grated carrot
  • mashed avocado with lemon juice, grated carrot, leg ham & rocket
  • hommus, julienne cucumber, grated carrot, alfalfa sprouts
  • cottage cheese, lettuce, julienne cucumber  & capsicum
  • edamame green dip, sliced olives, diced tomato, rocket & feta
  • pesto, chicken, grated carrot, avocado & lettuce
  • mashed avocado & boiled egg, diced tomato & rocket
  • pumpkin dip, leg ham/chicken, baby spinach
  • beetroot hommus, roast sweet potato/pumpkin, feta & baby spincah

You can roll them up & cut into hand sized (3-4cm) pieces for kids divided lunchboxes, or just roll & wrap!

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One of My Favourite Christmas Treats….

Shortbread has been part of my Christmas tradition since I was a child. My sister & I used to make it with my mum for Christmas & give to family as gifts. As an adult I continued the tradition & enjoy making it listening to Christmas Carols….my husband is sad he only gets to enjoy it once a year – unfortunate for him?!!

I normally do the traditional version…only real butter, sugar, rice & plain flour. This year I’m going to do a mix to include gluten-free for a friend….here’s the recipe for everyone to enjoy!!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4C Cornflour (check the ingredients – should be just corn, cheaper versions may not be)
  • 1C Rice flour
  • 1/2C Castor sugar
  • 175g butter, softened (extra for greasing tray)

Methods:

  1. Preheat oven to 150ºC
  2. Sift cornmeal & rice flour & sugar together into medium bowl.
  3. Add the butter & work into the dry ingredients till it forms a soft dough. Refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Cover baking tray with greased baking paper.
  5. Roll out & shape dough into 3cm cookies on greased paper, with 4cm gap between each. Flatten with a fork. Makes about 20 cookies.
  6. Bake for 20-25mins, or until edges are lightly golden.
  7. Let them cool, then you can wrap in paper for Christmas gifts or enjoy fresh out of the oven.  🙂

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A Delish Smoothie to Enjoy!!

Here’s a yummy smoothie packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, good fats & protein that I’m sure you & the kids will love.

Enjoy after work, school or even for breakfast!

 

Ingredients:

  • 400ml coconut/almond milk (or milk of choice or coconut water)
  • banana
  • 1/4C chia seeds
  • 2Tbs Greek natural yoghurt
  • 1Tbs LSA (linseed/sunflower/almond meal)
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon powder (extra for serving)
  • 1/2tsp turmeric powder (extra for serving)
  • dash of honey (optional)

Method:

  1. Into blender add milk of choice, along with all other ingredients. Add honey to taste if you wish & blend away.
  2. Pour into chilled glasses & sprinkle with extra cinnamon & turmeric powders. Makes enough for two to enjoy!

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Have you heard of Golden Paste????

I LOVE turmeric!!!

I have been using Golden Paste on my fur babies for about the last 3 years…..& they just enjoy it in their dinner each night. My Rotti “Jax”, had occasionally walked like she’s in a bit of pain in her back legs & I really wanted to nip it in the bud before she had real problems. So I started her on the Golden Paste daily…..along with fish oils to ease the inflammation & reduce any pain.

And I truly believe it works. Not only does it help with pain & inflammation….but turmeric also helps the immune system & supports the liver – plus is a fantastic antioxidant. Both of my pups coats are amazing….& they just keep going from strength to strength.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2C organic turmeric powder
  • 1C water (extra if needed)
  • 1/3C oil (try coconut, extra virgin olive, or flax/linseed oil)
  • 2-3tsp black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 10-20g organic Ceylon Cinnamon (optional to help reduce dogs urine smelling like “cat pee”)

Method:

  1. Bring the turmeric & water to a boil, then lower the heat & simmer until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7-10 minutes & you may need to add additional water along the way.
  2. Add the freshly ground pepper & oil at the end of cooking, when the turmeric & water mixture has cooled down to just warm. Add in the cinnamon if desired. Stir well to incorporate the oil & allow to cool.

    The Golden Paste will keep for 2 weeks, refrigerated.

    Freeze a portion if you think you have too much to use within two weeks. You can find small 1/4-1/2tsp molds to use for this if you prefer.

     Add it to your pet’s dinner plate or your horse feed … run wild! You can even use for Golden Milk, Smoothies, stir into Yogurt, add to your dinner plate as a condiment… it’s just as good for you too!

Recipe from Doug English (Australian holistic vet & world leader in treating animals with turmeric powder) http://turmericlife.com.au/turmeric-recipes-golden-paste/

 

 

 

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Edamame Hummus Dip

 

I see lots of menopausal women in my clinic….& they often ask…is soy ok for me??? This is a simple answer of YES – as a ‘real’ FOOD, not generally a supplement. It’s all about….BALANCE (my favourite word!!)

Edamame (soybeans) are a phyto-oestrogenic food rich in isoflavones. These are compounds that have a weak oestrogenic effect & bind to oestrogen receptors in the body. Including these as part of a balanced diet may help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes & vaginal dryness, & may even protect you from breast & ovarian cancers.

Soy beans are full of B-vitamins & are particularly rich in choline – needed for brain function & also maintains the myelin sheath which protects our nerve cells. They are jam packed with amino acids….(the building blocks for protein), iron, calcium & Omega 3 EFA’s making them perfect for vegetarians. Your best choice is to buy organic soybeans when you can so you know they’re not genetically modified….& enjoying in moderation.

Ingredients:

  • x1 tin organic chick peas
  • 1/2C shelled organic edamame beans
  • 1C baby spinach
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 2Tbsp olive oil
  • x1 clove garlic
  • 2 heaped Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2tsp cumin
  • handful of parsley…& any other herbs you like!
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4C water
  • top with sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients except sesame seeds into food processor & blend till smooth.
  2. Add a little more water if necessary.
  3. Top with sesame seeds & enjoy with veggie sticks.

Recipe by Lisa Guy, naturopath.

 

 

 

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Need a New Smoothie Combo??

Berry & Beet Smoothie

Our lifestyle today has seen an increase in heart disease & heart attacks in women – yes…we need to take care of ourselves. Try this combo to boost your antioxidant & vitamin C intake, plus support your cardiovascular & nervous systems.

  • 1C frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2C orange juice/coconut water
  • 1/3C diced cooked beetroot
  • 1/4C Greek yoghurt
  • 2Tbs oats
  • 1tsp honey
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Throw all the ingredients into a blender/food processor, & blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass & serve immediately. For an NT tropical twist…..use frozen mango or pineapple!

 

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Tamari-Lime Tofu with Noodles

Looking for a tasty midweek meal this week???

This vegetarian meal can be switched to replace the tofu with chicken/turkey/prawns if you prefer….& even the noodles can be of your choice…or even brown rice or quinoa if you’d prefer. Add any veggies in the fridge to pack them in there.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4C tamari
  • 2-3 red chilies, finely chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2cm ginger, finely grated
  • 1Tbs honey
  • 3Tbs lime juice
  • finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 300g medium tofu
  • 1/3C coconut oil
  • 150g snowpeas, diagonally sliced
  • 1 bunch broccolini, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, diagonally sliced
  • 1/2 red capsicum, sliced
  • pkt rice noodles

Method:

  1. Combine tamari, honey, lime juice, chili, garlic, ginger & ring into jug & whisk together. Drain tofu, halve & cut into into 1.5cm thick slices.
  2. Heat 2Tbs oil in frypan over medium heat. Cook tofu for 2-3mins on each side or until golden. Pour half of the sauce mixture over tofu &simmer for 1-2mins, till sauce thickens.
  3. Prepare noodles as per packet. Heat remaining oil in wok. Add snowpeas, broccolini, capsicum & spring onions & stirfry for 1min. Add remaining sauce & cook for further 2mins.
  4. Stir through drained noodles with veggies until heated.
  5. Divide noodles & veggies into serving bowls. Top with tofu, coriander & sauce.

ENJOY!!

 

 

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Creamy Thai Soup

This time of year is great to enjoy soup….no matter where you are!!

It’s a great lunch to take to work or school in a thermos….or to enjoy for a nutritious, easy dinner. I’ve made mine in the slow cooker – but you can easily whip it up after work on the stove.

Jam packed with calcium, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, phosphorous, vitamin C & beta-carotene – it’s easy on digestion, detoxifying & great for circulation!!

Ingredients:

  • 2tsp oil (I like coconut)
  • 1 small brown onion, chopped
  • 3tsp red curry paste (modify for kids)
  • 500g gold sweet potato, peeled & coarsely chopped
  • 250g pumpkin, skin off & chopped
  • 2tsp lemongrass paste (or fresh lemongrass to taste)
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2C coconut/almond milk (‘So Good’ one….or Soy milk if prefer)
  • 1/2C coconut milk
  • 1.5C water
  • Coriander, chopped to serve

Method:

  1. Heat oil in slow-cooker set on ‘high’ (or large saucepan). Add in onion & cook until softens.
  2. Add in curry paste & cook for 1-2mins till aromatic.
  3. Add in sweet potato, pumpkin & lemongrass. Pour in 1.5C water & leave in slow-cooker till vegetables are tender (or bring to boil in saucepan, then reduce to simmer for 15-20mins).
  4. Add in salt, sugar & ‘milks’. Set aside to cool slightly. Blend or process soup in batches, until smooth.
  5. Return to pan & stir over low heat until heated through. Ladle into bowls & sprinkle the coriander on top. Enjoy!!
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