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...

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 and essential oils play a BIG role in that! This is my favourite DIY fac...

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 meals. Sure, they eat what I cook 90% of the time without complaint but they still love it when I switch it up and offer them so...

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 ...

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 n...

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 ...

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 planned, I hadn’t shopped and I was at the mercy of dragging my kids through Coles (during witching hour no less) or whatever was in my pantry. Naturally I chose the pantry challenge (because -...

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 p...

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 fly when I was desperate to get her to eat something (and all she wanted was chicken nuggets). She was pretty happy with the result and so was Max (my eight year old). Max is pretty discerning and is not easily fooled by smuggled veggies but he wolfed these down no worries. I had a sneaky taste too and I have to say - not bad! Ingredients: 2 potatoes peeled and grated 1/2 head of broccoli finely chopped 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (glute...

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...

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...

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 a...

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 way to wash your supermarket fruit and veg, getting rid of those nasties and as an added bonus will prevent pre-mature ripening meaning they last longer and you have less wastage! Winning :-) Ingredients: 10 drops doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil 1 cup raw apple cider vinegar Method: Fill your sink with cool water and add your essential oil and vinegar. Pop your fruit and veg in th...

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 on busy days when I need to be up and at em but still want my day to start off right - and who doesn't want that? Protein, healthy fats and antioxidants! Everything I need to hit the day with sustained energy, decreased brain fog and feeling amazing! Seriously all you need is a blender, some fresh ingredients and 2-5 mins... The Green Smoothie Recipe: Serves 2 1...

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 ways- bad surprises that test you, good s...

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 in a long time.. That is because I have been forced to learn a valuable lesson. I can let being busy get in my way, make me shitty and resentful and drudge along helpl essly - OR I can choose to be happy! I had to check myself (before I wrecked myself - lol yep really just said that). I was waiting to be happy. I was waiting until I achieved certain mil...

(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 I thought - maybe I should pre-blend (before the fridge) and then blend again after... Woo hoo instant pudding discovery! It was like win...

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 ha...

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 opening up this call as a video series or podcast. Maybe you are also building a dōTERRA business? Maybe you are...