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My Best Self Podcast Interview + EASY Sauerkraut Recipe

June 2, 2017
Put simply, YOU CAN!
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Earlier today, I had a hearts-wide-open chat with @bestselfmagazine editor and all-round goddess of greatness, @kristennoelwriter 
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We talked all things health n' happiness, and I shared more than I ever have before about my own personal journey to wellness 
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Throughout the chat, Kristen asked me to share my thoughts and advice - words I'd say to my younger self, as well as things I want people to know now...
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On reflection, everything I said stemmed from 'you can' 
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Whether it be healing your body, starting a new relationship with yourself (or others) or learning how to truly love and honour yourself - whatever your own challenges may be...I want you to know YOU CAN 
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More information coming soon about this interview which I'm so very proud of, so stay tuned 
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PS while you wait, be sure to check out the latest edition of @bestselfmagazine - I've shared a super delish, very easy sauerkraut recipe for you to make and enjoy

Earlier today, I had a hearts-wide-open chat with Best Self Magazine editor and all-round goddess of greatness, Kristen Noel. We talked all things health n’ happiness, and I shared more than I ever have before about my own personal journey to wellness. Throughout the chat, Kristen asked me to share my thoughts and advice – words I’d say to my younger self, as well as things I want people to know now…

On reflection, everything I said stemmed from ‘you can’  Whether it be healing your body, starting a new relationship with yourself (or others) or learning how to truly love and honour yourself – whatever your own challenges may be…I want you to know YOU CAN!! More information coming soon about this interview which I’m so very proud of, so stay tuned.

PS while you wait, be sure to check out my sauerkraut recipe in the latest edition of Best Self Magazine – it’s SUPER delish AND great for your gut! 

Recipes

Lean, Green Vegetable Juice

May 27, 2017
It's a HOT one here in Quiberon, France today  So much so I'm indulging in a couple of these refreshing green babies () lovingly created by moi, because you can take the Natural Foods Chef away from the kitchen, but you'll never take away the burning desire to create! ✨‍✨
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This simple mix is THE perfect combo to whip up at home when you feel a little sun-drunk, hot and bothered, or a little angry because it will cool you down in no time 
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To make a big ol' batch (about 1 litre) all you need is:
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✔️A juicer or blender
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✔️1 whole (large) celery, leaves and stems included
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✔️ About 6-8 medium cucumbers, skin on
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✔️ Juice from 1/4 lemon
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✔️2 teaspoons organic matcha (ceremonial grade is optimal but use what you can get your hands on/afford)
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Then you either: .
➕blend veggies and lemon, pouring the finished product through a fine mesh sieve or a nut milk bag to separate the juice from the pulp. Rinse the blender, then combine juice with matcha powder and blitz on high to combine 
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or
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Juice veggies and lemon, whisking the matcha in at the end - easy peasy!
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Aside from the deliciously crisp and refreshing taste, here's some more reasons why you should absolutely make this the next time you want to quench your thirst the natural, health supportive way...
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Celery:
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Houses vitamin A (leaves) and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C (stems)
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Rich in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.
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Cucumber:
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Contains a high % of vitamin A (skin) + alkaline-forming minerals, vitamin C, folate, manganese, potassium, silica, sulfur
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Lemon:
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Helps to reduce your body temperature, perfect for HOT summer days and women experiencing menopause hot flushes!
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Tricks your liver into producing extra bile to keeps your food happily moving along your digestive system
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Matcha:
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Contains high levels of chlorophyll which acts as a natural detoxifier to support removal of heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body

It’s a HOT one here in Quiberon today  So much so I’m indulging in a couple of these refreshing green vegetable juice babies lovingly created by moi, because you can take the Natural Foods Chef away from the kitchen, but you’ll never take away the burning desire to create!

This simple mix is THE perfect combo to whip up at home when you feel a little sun-drunk, hot and bothered, or a little angry because it will cool you down in no time. To make a big ol’ batch (about 1 litre).

You need: Continue Reading…

Recipes

Magical Matcha Chocolate Truffles

May 22, 2017
As promised in Friday's post (& with permission from @amylevin_ ) here is THE recipe of all recipes: Amy's (to-die-for) matcha chocolate truffles 
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Things to note:
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You can replace lemon juice with any citrus, eg: lime or orange.
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Using xylitol or honey will keep the recipe light & bright. If you use maple or coconut sugar, it’ll have a darker flavour to it & may not highlight the delicateness of the matcha as much.
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These don’t need to be enrobed, you can just roll them in matcha, cacao powder or ground pistachios.
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Amy used Matcha Gold from @lalaniandco, but just use the highest quality you can afford.
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You need:
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70g (¼ cup) coconut butter
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200g (1 cup) water, hot/warm
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150g (4 oz) cacao paste, baking chocolate or your favourite chocolate – shaved
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100g (½ cup) xylitol or coconut sugar
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2 tsp lemon juice
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1 tsp matcha powder
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½ tsp vanilla powder
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1 tsp tamari (optional for added depth)
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You do:
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It’s important water is warm/hot & chocolate is shaved before  starting beginning.
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The liquid being hot & the chocolate being shaved will mean the mixture melts very quickly & can properly emulsify in blender.
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Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender & process, starting on low-medium, then increase to full power until all ingredients are smooth & creamy.
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Pour contents into a large bowl so ganache sets quickly. If bowl is tall & narrow, it will take longer for the mix to set. Create as much surface area as possible for faster setting.
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Leave mix uncovered at room temp until completely cooled. Wrap with plastic wrap, or transfer to a container & place in fridge for a few hours to set completely.
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Once set, dust hands with a little cacao powder & roll mix into small balls.
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Don’t use too much cacao powder or chocolate won’t stick to them when you enrobe them. Alternatively, dust them in matcha & call it a day!
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To enrobe, place back in the fridge to set again while you get chocolate ready. Garnish with chopped pistachios nuts or simply roll in matcha powder.
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Amy has a brilliant video on her website demonstrating how to enrobe using cacao paste - The benefit of using paste? It's less expensive than chocolate and is 100% cacao

As promised in Friday’s Instagram post (and with permission from my girl Amy Levin) here is THE recipe of all recipes: Amy’s (to-die-for) matcha chocolate truffles 👌🏻

Things to note:

  • You can replace lemon juice with any citrus, eg: lime or orange.
  • Using xylitol or honey will keep the recipe light & bright. If you use maple or coconut sugar, it’ll have a darker flavour to it & may not highlight the delicateness of the matcha as much.
  • These don’t need to be enrobed, you can just roll them in matcha, cacao powder or ground pistachios.
  • Amy used Matcha Gold from Lalani and Co, but just use the highest quality you can afford.

Continue Reading…

Recipes

Easy Peasy Tomato Crisps

May 19, 2017
Snacking on the go as I flit between multiple appointments before @benjaminshinestudio and I head to France next week 
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Whenever I'm out for a full day, I pack multiple provisions: green juices, seed crackers and real food treats like THIS: my delicious dried tomatoes first soaked in @hilbilbyculturedfood Fire Tonic before being dehydrated to a fine crisp 
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I stored them in a reusable tub used to house dehydrated tomatoes purchased during my visit to Byron Bay last month - they actually inspired me to start making my own again 
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BYW, I'm a HUGE fan of recycling plastics because: necessary evil when you're out and about!
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Whether you have a dehydrator or not, you can totally make these babies yourself - all you need is an oven on its lowest setting, door ajar. Sure, it takes a lot longer, but unless you're a foodie fanatic like me (and creating innovative food is part of your livelihood and passion) dehydrators aren't really classified as a necessary kitchen item.
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However, if you DO have a dehydrator, follow the simple steps below...
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You need:
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Firm tomatoes (I like to use Romas but any tomato will work)
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Dried basil, oregano and garlic
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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
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You do:
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Wash tomatoes & cut off tops. Slice into 1/4″ pieces.
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Place into a shallow bowl filled with Apple cider vinegar and soak for up to 3 hours - or overnight for full flavour.
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Place slices onto dehydrator trays and sprinkle with dried herbs.
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Dehydrate at 58-60C (135-140F) for at least 8-10 hours, or longer if you want them to be super duper crisp!
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Remove from trays and store in an air-tight container. These are great to snack on and/or thrown into salads and stir fries

Snacking on the go as I flit between multiple appointments before my beloved and I head to France next week. Whenever I’m out for a full day, I pack multiple provisions: green juices, seed crackers and real food treats like THIS: my delicious dried tomatoes first soaked in Hilbilby Fire Tonic before being dehydrated to a fine crisp 

I stored them in a reusable tub used to house dehydrated tomatoes purchased during my visit to Byron Bay last month – they actually inspired me to start making my own again. BTW, I’m a HUGE fan of recycling plastics because: necessary evil when you’re out and about!

Whether you have a dehydrator or not, you can Continue Reading…

Recipes

Healthy Fried Rice – Paleo and Vegan

May 13, 2017
Ta daaaaaaaaaa ✨
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I proudly present my yummy cauliflower fried 'rice'  created two ways for a private cooking class I taught today to a health-conscious yummy mummy (who follows a paleo diet) and her beautiful daughter (who follows a vegan diet) 
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Instead of allowing their different food choices to come between them, these two wonderful women decided to enlist the services of a professional chef (moi ) to teach them several different dishes they can create and enjoy together whilst still honouring their individual food choices 
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It always makes me so proud to teach others to make healthier tweaks that are simple and so affordable. It's always so much fun to see my clients have fun with their food 
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The differences in these two dishes is quite minor, so if you're ever faced with a situation where you need to cater to both vegan and non vegan diners, this dish is a definite contender ✔️
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Start by creating cauli rice by pulsing chopped cauliflower in a food processor until it becomes rice-like. Combine with frozen organic peas and small diced carrots (with skin on because: nutrients!).
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Sauté in a little sesame oil (I recommend @absolute_organic cold pressed roasted sesame oil ) and once cooked, divide into two bowls.
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For the vegan version: crumble organic tofu into a bowl and mix with a little turmeric powder, pepper, nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Combine well, then sauté in extra virgin olive oil. Add to one of the bowls of cauli fried rice, toss to combine and and top with sliced shallots 
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For the paleo version: shred and sauté organic chicken tenders and/or scramble a pasture-raised eggs in a little extra virgin olive oil. Add to the other bowl of cauli fried rice and toss to combine. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt and shredded shallots ✔️
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Enjoy! And here's 'cheers' to accepting each other's individual choices!
Ta daaaaaaaaaa! I proudly present my yummy cauliflower fried ‘rice’, created two ways for a private cooking class I taught today to a health-conscious yummy mummy who follows a paleo diet, and her beautiful daughter who follows a vegan diet. Instead of allowing their different food choices to come between them, these two wonderful women decided to enlist the services of a professional chef (moi ) to teach them several different dishes they can create and enjoy together whilst still honouring their individual food choices.
It always makes me so proud to Continue Reading…
Recipes

Spaghetti (tempeh) Bolognese

March 26, 2017
Winner, winner, PLANT-BASED dinner! 
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I spent all day today working on content for my new website that will support my soon-to-be-released @hayhouseinc book, I completely forgot to visit the markets to stock up on food for dinner, whoops ‍♀️
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Luckily, I'm a girl whose eyes are bigger than her stomach! I rarely run out of food and can always pull something delish together with whatever is lying around in my fridge 
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Case and point: the plant-based, pasta-free yummy spaghetti bolognese pictured above  In place of pasta, I spiralized the most wonderfully crisp daikon radish a friend (and local farmer) gifted me during the week.
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To create the bolognese, I combined BPA-free tinned organic tomatoes with a bunch of spices and added diced courgette, carrots and last but not least, the most AMAZING organic tempeh I have ever tasted 
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My love for organic tempeh first started when I began to rebuild my body and re-establish my health. Tempeh was something I was advised by my holistic doctor to factor into my diet because it can:
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✨help increase bone density
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✨promote muscle recovery
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✨be a wonderful source of protein - matching animal protein almost gram for gram
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✨help replenish vitamins and minerals within the body - it contains high levels of vitamins B5, B6, B3 and B2
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✨support your gut garden, as it's essentially fermented soybeans, so it's LOADED with good probiotics
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In terms of best brands to try:
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Primasoy from @letsbenatural_healthyliving
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@barrys_tempeh
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 Impulse Organics from @planetorganic
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I'll be sharing more recipes featuring tempeh soon, so stay tuned - and have a great weekend!✌

Winner, winner, PLANT-BASED dinner! I spent all day today working on content for my new website that will support my soon-to-be-released Hay House book, I completely forgot to visit the markets to stock up on food for dinner, whoops!

Luckily, I’m a girl whose eyes are bigger than her stomach! I rarely run out of food and can always pull something delish together with whatever is lying around in my fridge. Case and point: the plant-based, pasta-free yummy spaghetti bolognese pictured above 👌🏻 In place of pasta, I Continue Reading…

Recipes

Black Rice Milk AKA ‘Mylk’

March 24, 2017
MAGICAL MYLK 
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Every time I create this delicious non-dairy milk, I'm always amazed at the beautiful, completely-natural purple colour that it creates 
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Although this isn't the main reason why I make it, it's certainly a happy bonus that I've found really appeals to both children (and adults!) which is fantastic because: more nutrition for EVERYONE! 
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I created this 'mylk' using BLACK RICE - my favourite rice of all time!
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Why?
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Because it's:
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jam-packed with powerful disease-fighting antioxidants
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a great dose of dietary fiber
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 filled with anti-inflammatory properties that support your body to fight inflammation linked to the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and weight gain
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DELICIOUS (it tastes quite nutty)
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Ok, enough already - want the recipe? It's my absolute pleasure to share it with you... 
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YOU NEED:
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1/2 cup organic black rice, rinsed, boiled and drained
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2-3 cups drinking water (depending upon how thick and creamy you like your milk)
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high speed blender
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nut milk bag
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YOU DO:
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Combine cooked black rice and water in your blender. Blitz on high until rice is completely pulverised
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Pour and strain through a nut milk bag into a sterilised glass jar with an air-tight lid
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Store in your fridge for up to 5 days and shake well before consuming
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Use in your teas, elixirs, smoothies and with breakfast

Every time I create this delicious non-dairy milk, I’m always amazed at the beautiful, completely-natural purple colour that it creates  Although this isn’t the main reason why I make it, it’s certainly a happy bonus that I’ve found really appeals to both children (and adults!) which is fantastic because: more nutrition for EVERYONE! 🙌🏻

I created this ‘mylk’ using Continue Reading…

Recipes

Rockin’ Raw Salad

March 20, 2017
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Leonardo da Vinci once said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” which means I have one VERY sophisticated salad sitting in front of me right now (pictured above)  This beautiful raw rainbow salad (big enough for 4 sizeable servings) cost only $3.50 to make because I shopped locally for the ingredients and added parsley and mint from my garden 🌱

Healthy, delicious and PACKED with all kinds of amazing plant-based goodness to keep your system functioning well, you really can’t go wrong with this one  Great enjoyed as raw side salad topped with a delish dressing drizzled over the top OR sautéed in a little coco oil/ghee + a pinch of mineral-rich sea salt, served in place of starchy carbs like sweet potato, rice, quinoa, pasta, etc
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Super easy to make if you have a food processor or an all-in-one dream machine like my @magimix_australia Cook Expert Follow the fool-proof steps below to make this simple-yet-so-good salad…

ROCKIN’ RAINBOW SALAD

You need:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower (core removed and saved for later – chop and use in a stir fry or add into your morning smoothie 💚)
  • 1/2 purple cabbage
  • 6 medium orange carrots .
  • 2 shallots – green part only
  • Juice of 1 lemon (Meyer lemon is best, but use what you can)
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley (dried is fine also)
  • Mint leaves to top – optional .

You do:

  1. Place cauliflower, cabbage, carrot and parsley – one at a time – in food processor .
  2. Pulse each veggie to create smaller, pebble-like pieces. Don’t blend because you risk turning them to mush
  3. Chop shallots and add with all other ingredients in a bowl. Combine well, then drizzle your favourite dressing ingredients over the top (my current obsession is extra virgin olive oil + dried garlic flakes + dried rosemary + @hilbilbyculturedfood Fire Tonic apple cider vinegar) OR sauté this mix in a little coconut oil or ghee and serve with a protein of your choice
  4. Yum. Fun. And so, so, SO good for your insides raw OR cooked! Enjoy!!
Recipes

Lean, Green Cleansing Juice

March 12, 2017
It's been a while since I blitzed my favourite cleansing veggies to make a delicious, cholorophyll-fiilled green juice... I don't even have a juicer!
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But ever since spending time with @davidavocadowolfe, I've felt super inspired to add in a green juice every now and then to turbo-boost my health and vitality 
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So how did I made this green glass of goodness?  Easy!! I blitzed a small bunch of veggies (full recipe below) then strained it all through a nut milk bag to separate the pulp and juice 
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And because I'm a girl who likes to use the WHOLE vegetable (to ensure there's no waste) I used the leftover pulp to make the super yummy veggie burgers for @benjaminshinestudio and I 
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If you want in on this detoxifying delight, here y'go... Just make sure you choose organic veggies where possible and don't forget to give them a good scrub before you make this amazingness.
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GOING GREEN JUICE
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You need:
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1 large lebanese cucumber
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4 sticks of celery AND its leaves - use the whole stick because the leaves hold the majority of goodness!
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1/4 lemon (skin and pulp included)
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1/2 cup 100% coconut water
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You do:
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Blitz it all up baby! If you have a juicer, fantastic!! If you don't, just blitz on high until all veggies are pulverised, then
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Grab a nut milk bag and pour the juice through to separate
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PULP PATTIES
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Keep the pulp and add a chia egg (or a real one depending your diet/preference)
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Add your fav herbs and spices, then flatten palm-sized amounts into small patties and fry in a little coco oil or ghee 
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Enjoy ✌
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Oh!! And... If you want to super charge this juice, you can always add in a teaspoon of schizandra berry powder - believed to be a complete holistic tonic for the entire body 
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According to the super duper @superfeast team (who sell all kinds of amazing tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms) schizandra has been used for centuries by Daoist herbal masters for its life-enhancing powers that help sharpen the mind, improve memory and cleanse and tone the blood, liver and kidneys

It’s been a while since I blitzed my favourite cleansing veggies to make a delicious, cholorophyll-fiilled green juice… I don’t even have a juicer!

But ever since spending time with David Avocado Wolfe, I’ve felt super inspired to add in a green juice every now and then to turbo-boost my health and vitality

So how did I made this green glass of goodness?  Easy!! Continue Reading…