Baked Balsamic Chicken

This is one of my easy weeknight dinner go-to's. I am a big believer of oven baked dishes for easy weeknight meals - once it's in the oven I have my hands free again for toddler wrangling- or whatever else is required ;-) Healthy, tasty food doesn't need to be hard or stressful (or have a million and one crazy ingredients) :-) On a side note - I am a plant based eater but my family is not. I do make them non plant based meals *BUT* I don't cook two completely different meals each night. I will make sure that whatever side dishes are being served cater for me ...

DIY Face Moisturiser

One of the compliments I receive most often is about my complexion - I am 35 this year, so yeah ok I am not old, but I am no spring chicken either so I'll totally take that compliment (and love it lol). Most of it comes down to the food that I eat - yes eating for beauty is totally a thing (I feel another blog post coming on about that)... But I think it is also a lot to do with my natural beauty regime. I am all about nourishing the skin with simple and natural ingredients...

Stuffed Avocados

Pineapple Stuffed Avocados - Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low GI and Vegan Option Available It’s still summer here and whilst we are having the odd cooler day we are still experiencing some stinking hot ones! On these days in particular the last thing I feel like doing is cooking in a hot kitchen or even sitting down to a heavy meal. Also one of the annoying things about eating a plant based diet when my family don’t is having to cook multiple ...

What's your gut got to do with your mood?

What does the gut have to do with your mood? Have you heard people saying that your mood and emotions are linked to your gut and now you’re wondering WTF? I get it! When I first decided that I was going to stop relying on medication alone to help me manage my anxious feelings, I started to explore natural and holistic ways to keep me on an even keel. I really was clueless back then about gut health and scoffed at the idea that your “gut” could have any impact on how you felt mentally or emotionally. I am an information junkie though and so down the rabbit hole I went seeking more info (just in case). Now, I can safely say (having tried it out f...

Getting healthy... What's stopping you?

Getting healthy… What’s stopping you? Can I tell you something? I’ve learned (mostly the hard way) that there is something that most people have in common when they are sick of feeling like crap and want to improve their health and wellness and start feeling awesome, energetic and alive again… Here it is: Most of us already know what we need to be doing to improve our health! There is a lot of information (and mis-information) when it comes to the foods we eat. Just look at the variety of book...

Food & Your Mood

How does food affect your mood? Well I definitely know that my mood affects my food (emotional eating 101) but I have also learned that it goes both ways and my food affects my mood. Having suffered with an anxiety disorder for pretty much my whole life and an autoimmune disease since my mid-twenties, I am all about managing how I “feel” in as natural a way as possible. One of the things that has the biggest and most profound impact on whether or not I feel good (as ...

The Lazy Cook’s One Pan Baked Risotto

The Lazy Cook’s One Pan Baked Risotto It was another one of those evenings - you know the ones where dinner time creeps up behind you and takes you by surprise? I know, I know - it happens at the same time every day and I should expect it. Sometimes I even plan for it but today the day just got away from me and bam! There it was! Taunting me. I hadn’t pla...

Dairy Free Cheese (Yep & it's YUM!)

So, the other day I was invited for "wine and cheese" with some mums from school. As I don't eat dairy I thought the cheese part might pose a problem (lol). I love cheese, it was one of the hardest things to give up when I transitioned to a plant-based diet. So, my plan was to head off to the vegan supermarket and pick up some cashew cheese as I knew there would be an array of amazing flavours to choose from and they would all be fantastic! Of course I ran out of time and was only able to make it to the regular supermarket. I wasn't giving up that easily - I mean it's cheese! I decided to have a go at my own - I have made cashew cheese before but not the kind that you can slice, but ...

Broccoli Dippers - Toddler Approved!

So it's happened - Chloe has learned how to say "Chicken nuggets" and it seems that it is ALL she is willing to say when she's hungry! She says it in such a super cute way but boy do I wish that she hadn't learned it.... These little broccoli dippers were invented on the...

What the **** are Superfoods?

What the **** are Super Foods? Superfoods are super special (I promise I will try to limit my use of the word ‘super’ but it’s a super word and it’s hard to do 😉). They are their own special category of foods found in nature. What makes them so… special (see what I did there? Will power!) is that they are usually naturally low in calories BUT high in nutrient density, meaning you get more bang for your calorie buck so to speak. They are superior sources of antioxidants and essential nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves (and hence must come from our diet). This gives us more ...

How to Transform Your Energy Levels for the Whole Day!

Banana and Walnut Muffins (Vegan & Gluten Free)

It's school holidays here and you know what that means - endless whining of the "I'm hungry" variety! Arrghhh! Time to get my bake on! I want my kids to eat delicious food - but I also want it to have some nutritional value. So I whipped up some Banana and Walnut muffins (recipe adapted from The Minimalist Baker to suit current pantry stock of course). I have to say they were a hit! Here it is - give it a try, it's a good one! Ingredients: 3 Ripe Bananas 1 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour 1 1/4 almond and flax baking meal 1 cup gluten free rolled oats 1 cup almond milk 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup coconut sugar 2 tbsp coconut syrup 1/3 cup nuttlex 1 chia ...

Sweet and Spicy Lentils and Rice

What's for dinner? I get plagued by this question from pretty much breakfast time! School holidays seem to amplify this somewhat - or is that just me? Today I was in no mood for grocery shopping and yet didn't want to resort to convenience food full of preservatives and other crap so it was a case of magicking (pretty sure that's not a word but spell check hasn't flagged it so I'm running with it) up something from my current pantry and fridge ingredients. Necessity is the mother of invention, yes? Anyway, I looked in the cupboard and I could totes relate to mother hubbard - things were a bit grim. Luckily it worked out pretty well and everyone was delighted with my newest creation - Sweet ...

When you can't afford organic...

Fresh fruit and veggies are so important to our diets and these days with so many chemicals and pesticides being used organic is always best. Unfortunately not everyone's budget can stretch that far. However that doesn't mean we have to give in and consume our fruit and veg with a dose of extra nasties! Here is a quick and inexpensive w...

Breakfast Smoothie - The Breakfast of Champions!

Breakfast on the go can be a challenge - well at least it used to be! I used to be the queen of coffee in a travel mug and out the door! Not surprisingly I then would find myself starving at 10am and reaching for a muffin or banana bread or something laden with fat and sugar to keep me going. NOT ANYMORE! These days smoothies are my go-to...

Top 10 Things my Life has Taught Me...

Recently I had a birthday. When asked how old I was I said 30- ish. I should probably just own it lol. I have been thinking about life (as you do when it's your birthday) and I realised that 34 isn't so bad. I've learned a lot. With that in mind here are my top 10 things my 34 years have taught me: 1. Life will always surprise you. It can swing both w...

What are You Waiting For?

It can be so easy to get caught up in the 'busy-ness' of life. Work, kids, housework (yuk!) it all eats into the day and before you know it, you are waking up to do it all again! It can be easy to "wish" for balance - or me time, or date night. I get it I have been there! I am busier now than I have been in forever - I am feeling happier though than I have...

(Surprisingly) Instant Chia Pudding

It happened - my first real struggle with my new choice to be vegan. Of course it was my sweet tooth causing the problem - I wanted chocolate and I wanted it bad! I was a bit grumpy over not really having anything in the house to deal with the chocolate craving so I got ready to make some chocolate chia puddings for the next day (can't say I don't learn from my mistakes!). Well the last lot of Chia puddings I had made didn't blend as well as I had hoped (after the overnight soaking in the fridge) so...

Butternut Pumpkin (Squash) and Cauliflower Empanadas

So last week (I know it's been like 5 days and I am only just getting to this now!) I had the day off work. This is awesome, I was thinking. I will have loads of time to think about and prepare dinner. You see, I have embarked on a new food journey - taken the leap from vegetarian to vegan. I know some of you maybe thinking "what's the big deal? Isn't it pretty much the same?". Well actually the truth is - nope. Totes not the same - I had no idea how many recipes I used (and loved) that had some form of animal product in them. So anyway- now dinner takes thought, planning and preparation and as a working mother of two kids sometimes it's enough to make you want to open a bottle of P...

Shining a Light on the Shadows - Episode 2

Episode 2 - Have you ever had a dream or a goal that just seemed so big and scary you couldn’t tackle it by yourself? Well we are in that boat right now. We are two best friends with the same journey- the journey to dōTERRA Diamond rank. We are best friends… soul sisters even but we live on the opposite sides of the country to one another. We have committed to a regular accountability call with one another to inspire and support each other along the way and realised we have an opportunity to inspire and support so many people by op...