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Posts Tagged ‘supercharged food blog’

Sailors Broccoli and Stilton Soup with Honeyed Carrot Chips

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Gluten Free, Seasonal, Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

If you've been following me on the gram, you'll know that I've just been working back home in the beautiful UK, one of my favourite places in the world. I was doing in-stores over at Planet Organic and sampling the Love Your Gut powder and Golden Gut Blend.

Whilst I was home, I also managed to squeeze in a short sailing trip to The Isle of Wight, which is a quaint island off the coast of England and home to wonderful wildlife, natural beauty, absolutely delicious food (I had one of the best soups of my life- the one I'm sharing today) and little nooks and crannies to explore.

This cute island is situated just off England’s South coast and is only a few hours away from London. Most people travel to it by ferry, or if you're like me and enjoy sailing and get the chance, you can sail over there too.  

The best part is that it's an island that's protected from the busy mainland, offering more of a calm and peaceful environment.  In true English fashion, the Isle of Wight was home to many famous poets and Queen Victoria (who knew?). She built her summer residence and final home there - and we all know I’m a sucker for a good Royals story!

Not only is the Isle of Wight home to the Queen, it's also home to the most
beautiful, fresh and absolutely delicious produce you can find. Many restaurants and pubs offer delicious menus based on locally grown produce.

If you talk to anyone in town and even mention the g-word (garlic), you won’t hear the end of it! Garlic is practically the national treasure of the Isle of Wight. It’s been successfully grown there for many years and is even exported to France – so be sure to send them a 'thank you' postcard next time you go to France and enjoy a croissant with garlic butter…

A Sustainable Christmas + Recipes

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Christmas, Seasonal, Shopping List

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Christmas is a time of joy, the sharing of generous gifts, lavish hospitality and the warmth of celebrations shared between family and friends.

The moment December hits, I feel the anticipation for Christmas rising within me, and a yearning to experience the sensations of the festive season drives me into the mode of planning meals, decking the halls and imagining all the ways that I can express the Christmas spirit through delicious foods, gifts and home adornments.

Have you ever thought, however, about the impact of Christmas on our planet? Christmas is the peak time for consumerism, and sadly many of the gifts that are shared are of the plastic and cheap variety. And purchases that emerge out of our buy-buy-buy culture don’t serve the planet from an environmental point of view.

If you’re buying clothes, some of the outlets have questionable ethical standards, and foods are purchased and consumed in large quantities, out of season, and often wasted.

This is the not so pretty side of Christmas, but how about this year we approach the silly season mindfully, consciously and with sustainability in mind? I believe we can do it!

This year, I don’t have a Christmas present list for myself, but if friends want to bestow presents, I’m letting them know that plants or herbs for my garden are always welcome. I’ve also highlighted a couple of things in the Oxfam catalogue too. By the way, if you’re on the lookout for natural gifts for a healthy lifestyle then you might like to read my Healthy Gift Giving Guide here.

I’d love to share with you a few of my top tips for approaching Christmas sustainably and ethically this year.

Make your own Christmas tree

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You might think that sparing a live tree might be better for the environment, but fakies of the plastic varieties generally only last around six years, and you can guess where they end up….. landfill!  The best option for a sustainable Christmas tree is to put your thinking cap on and create something unique, from materials around you. Why not gather driftwood and arrange it as a tree, adorned with hanging seashells? Or pot a native Australian pine? The sky is the limit, and you can create something completely unique that will be a topic of interest for your guests. I make use of the large banksia tree in my garden and decorate it with fairy lights and second hand finds.

DIY gifts

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Why not steer clear of the consumerist bandwagon and opt for gifts that are upcycled, homemade or DIY. A fun thing to do is to invite some friends around for a ‘crafternoon’, scouring pinterest for creative gift ideas. Think jars of deconstructed dry-mixes for baked goods such as brownies or cakes, with a handwritten recipe attached, or home made wall hangings, knitted or woven goods, or upcycled trash to treasure items made from op-shop finds. Steptoe and Son style :). You can also tap into the experience economy by avoiding a physical gift, rather opting for workshops, bread baking classes or cooking schools in your local area.

Meal plan sustainably

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Avoid the supermarkets as much as possible, rather seeking to support small local businesses. Order organic meats and hams that are grass fed, free range and free of chemical nitrates. Enjoy ocean caught and local sustainable sea foods from your fishmonger. Hit up your farmers markets in the lead up to Christmas and stock up on seasonal fruits and vegetables, or visit co-ops locally to purchase organic nuts, seeds and dried foods in quantities you need. Plan your meals ahead of time. By working off a plan you can avoid food waste, and find ways to re-use the leftovers in the week after Christmas.

My blog and recipe books are full of seasonal delights that will tantalise the tastebuds this Christmas. You can read more about them here.

When it comes to menu planning here are a few ideas to mull around with in the lead up to creating your Christmas lunch or dinner...

To begin, some of my favourite starters include Pistachio Stuffed Mushrooms, Smoked Salmon and Pistachio Terrine or a classic chicken liver pate.  Red Capsicum and Hazelnut and Basil Pesto work well as beautiful dips with Lemony Herb Crackers or Cheesy Star Crackers.

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To balance out the indulgence I love to make sure my table is abundant with fresh salads full of antioxidant rich ingredients. My Kale, Strawberry, and Avocado Salad and Warm Beetroot, Carrot and Pear Salad are always crowd pleasers. 

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For the main course, I can’t go past a classic ham, and this Gluten Free Christmas Ham with Rosemary will drop the jaws of all your guests.

When it comes to dessert, Supercharged Christmas Cake is a after dinner winner, and no Christmas table is really a Christmas table without the presence of mince pies; these Cranberry Mince Pies are to die for. xmas cake LRLast but not least, every Aussie Christmas feast must have a nanna inspired trifle, and my Layered Quinoa Trifle will satisfy your sweet tooth, even after filling yourself to the brim with feasting.

Layered Quinoa Trifle

For my absolute top picks, here are a few of the sustainable and supercharged Christmas courses that will be gracing our family table this year from my eBook The Renewable Table.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy and sustainable holiday season 🙂

And now for the recipes..

Mexican lamb shoulder with cumin, oregano and pomegranate glaze

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Ingredients

  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped 

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 

  • 2 tsp ground cumin 

  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano 

  • 1 lemon halved and pips removed 

  • 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt 

  • 1 tsp black pepper 

  • 2kg bone-in lamb shoulder joint 

  • 2 brown onions, cut into wedges 

  • 1 whole quorn of garlic unpeeled 

  • 1litre pomegranate juice 

  • 1 lemon juiced 

  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 

  • 2 tbsp. rice malt syrup 

  • 250g full fat natural yogurt 

  • Seeds from 1 fresh pomegranate 

  • Small handful mint leaves, chopped 


Method 


To make marinade place garlic, cinnamon, cumin, oregano, lemon and rind, salt and pepper and blend until
smooth.


Place the lamb in a large
baking dish and spoon the
mixture on top and massage
in with hands. Let marinade in
fridge for between 2 and up to
24 hours.


Heat oven to 160°C/140°C
fan/ gas 3. Place lamb into
pan and garlic and onions
surrounding the lamb, then pour
over the pomegranate juice and
lemon and apple cider vinegar.


Cover the lamb with foil
and cook for approx. 4 hrs, checking every hour and re- basting with the juice.


When ready and after four hours, remove
pan from the oven and carefully remove lamb and pour juice into a saucepan on the stove
over a medium heat. Replace lamb into baking tray and place back into the oven whilst you are making the syrup.

Add rice malt syrup and cook until bubbly and a thick syrup is formed adding more rice malt syrup if necessary. This should take about 20 minutes. Once it is ready, remove foil from lamb, pour it over the lamb and return to oven for 20 mins until the lamb becomes crispy on top.

Pistachio minted cranberry quinoa

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Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini (courgette), sliced
  • 1 eggplant (aubergine), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, whole
  • 80 ml (21/2 fl oz/1/3 cup) cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, plus extra, for drizzling
  • Celtic sea salt
  • 270 g (91/2 oz/1 cup) cooked quinoa
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 bunch of mint, leaves only, plus extra, to serve
  • 1 bunch of coriander (cilantro), leaves only, plus extra, to serve
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds only
  • 2 avocados, peeled, stones removed and sliced into wedges
  • 4 small spring onions (scallions), chopped 125 g (41/2 oz/1 cup) slivered almonds

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6).

Place the zucchini, eggplant and garlic on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast for about 35 minutes.

Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, place the quinoa in a bowl with the lemon juice and zest and the olive oil. Combine well.

Place in a salad bowl with all the other ingredients and serve topped with extra mint and coriander leaves.

Festive Almond, cinnamon and rhubarb cake

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Firstly make stewed Rhubarb

Ingredients

  • 750gm rhubarb trimmed and chopped into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 75g coconut sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 small orange, zested and juiced 1 inch knob ginger grated 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 1⁄4 cup water

Method

Place in large saucepan and place remaining ingredients over the top.

Bring to a boil and simmer gently until soft, about 10 minutes until rhubarb is cooked but still holds it shape.

Take two cups of rhubarb for Xmas recipe and set aside and place remaining rhubarb in fridge for use on Boxing Day.

Ingredients

  • 60g butter 

  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind 

  • 1 1⁄2 cups (300g) coconut sugar 

  • 2 eggs 

  • 2 cups almond meal 

  • 1⁄2 tsp baking powder 

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 

  • 1⁄2 tsp grated nutmeg 

  • 1⁄4 tsp sea salt 

  • 1⁄2 cup coconut cream 

  • 2 cups cooked rhubarb 


Method 


Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F Gas Mark 4 and grease an 18cm round cake tin.


In a bowl beat butter, rind, coconut sugar and eggs and stir in almond flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and coconut milk and stir to combine.


Add rhubarb and fold in lightly.


Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the cake springs back when pressed in the centre.

Sprinkle with topping mixture.


Let cool and then turn out onto a wire rack to continue to cool. 


Lee xo

Introducing Our 2-Day Supercharge Your Gut Program

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, gut healing, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Gut Powder, healthy gut. digestive health, micro flora, microbiome, mindfulness

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Lights, camera, action...I'm so happy to announce my brand new 2-Day Supercharge Your Gut Maintenance program is now live.

If you're thinking about joining, I want to give you some information to help you decide whether it's right for you.  I've designed this program specifically for you. I want to make it as uncomplicated and achievable as possible.

You'll enjoy simple yet delicious recipes, get help every step of the way and have access to a team of experts as well as information, videos and daily emails to educate and motivate you. 

If you've been suffering with low energy, fatigue, gut issues, weight issues, auto-immune problems, or any condition aggravated by a poorly functioning digestive system this program will really help you to get back on track.

Or if you've already completed our four-week Heal Your Gut eCourse and want to maintain good gut health long term and looking to continue supercharging your gut two days a week, this is the perfect way to do it.  

Think of it as 5/2 fasting with a gut healing twist!

The great part about joining is that it's affordable and you only need to commit two days a week to create and maintain a healthy gut and still enjoy a balanced lifestyle.

You'll also wave goodbye to any existing tummy troubles, pain and bloating forever and learn ways to never feel weighed down or uncomfortable again!

Read some of our current testimonials from happy LYGr's here.

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN THE 2-DAY SUPERCHARGE YOUR GUT PROGRAM?

  • It’s not time consuming and is easy to implement into your normal daily routine.
  • You only need to do it two days a week to maintain great gut health. It really couldn't be any easier!
  • It’s not difficult to maintain each week and doesn't require major changes to your life.
  • I know that it will inspire you, motivate you and bring about a sense of true vitality and energy to your body and you'll feel like a new person.
  • It will help with weight reduction and balance if that's an issue for you.
  • You’ll be provided with step-by-step guidance on how to heal and maintain a healthy gut with food to achieve optimum and enduring health.
  • You can enjoy gut healing recipes which are nourishing, tasty, simple to make and easily digestible. All recipes are gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar free and include wholefood ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket or healthy grocer.

INDIVIDUALISED CARE

  • The program takes you into account as an individual and we help and guide you every step of the way so that you can achieve your goals.  We also have a team of gut health experts  to call upon with any of your individual concerns. 
  • It's suitable for vegetarians and if you're following a FODMAP diet.
  • You'll learn how to set yourself up for a good gut healing day and how to rectify symptoms quickly if you've eaten something that has troubled you.
  • It's not a strict or restrictive plan and takes into your account your daily nutritional needs.
  • You'll enjoy delicious and nutritious gut healing or gut maintenance recipes tailored to your needs and depending upon the level of improvements you are looking for.

WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE WHEN YOU SIGN UP TO THE PROGRAM

  • Welcome pack
  • Two days of recipes, meal ideas delivered to your inbox
  • Additional gut healing recipes adapted to meet your specific needs
  • Web videos, informative guides and the latest gut health information
  • Unique guided audio meditations to nurture you through the process
  • Daily expert advice and encouragement to keep you on track
  • 24/7 support to answer all of your questions from a team of experts

Make a two day commitment to the health of your gut and you'll be surprised at how good you can feel and the improvements you'll experience in your overall health. 

I hope you'll join me in making your gut healthy and happy today.

Join me in loving your gut and look forward to better health and vitality.

Maca and Tahini Latte

Written by Lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Autumn, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Dairy Free, drinks, Nutrient Rich, Seasonal, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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I was fiddling around in the kitchen the other day and came up with a new drink that I believe should be on everybody's lips. Move over Golden Mylk (as much as I love you)!  And make way for my Maca and Tahini Latte.

This creamy and warm concoction will support your immune system and revitalise your body, both mentally and physically. It’ll get your metabolism revving first thing in the morning, providing you with more get-up-and-go, reducing fatigue and ensuring your body is functioning at it’s best.

Today’s modern, hardworking men and women can often be seen multi-tasking in the centre of busy cities, hands clutching their morning caffeinated beverage, determined looks upon their faces. For decades caffeine has been viewed as a daily necessity to get you moving in the morning and to ‘switch on’ creativity.

But for many people, caffeine may be doing more harm than good. Overdoing caffeine can cause your blood pressure to swell, burdening your already hardworking heart!

Caffeine and other energy-enhancing supplements can also overload the endocrine system in the body. Since the endocrine system and the adrenal glands are responsible for the release of important hormones into the body, too much caffeine can result in an imbalance in hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone. Plus I’m sure I don’t need to remind you about the relationship between hormone levels and mood swings. Eeek.

For someone aiming to maximise their gut health, caffeine can impede progress as it can cause indigestion and incontinence not ideal on a busy working day when you are trying your upmost to be fierce! Diuretics can hinder the absorption of vital nutrients by the gut and can lead to the unnecessary loss of healthy gut microbes.

What is maca powder?

Maca is grown in the Peruvian Andes and is packed with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and phytochemicals. It is the root of the Maca plant that is of the greatest nutritional value and it has been used by the Incas for centuries. Generally used to improve energy levels and revitalise the body it is nutrient dense and has a variety of beneficial uses. It can be ground into flour, added to smoothies and drinks and used in baking too.

What are the benefits of maca powder?

- It’s nutritious and is made up of protein, fibre, essential amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and D, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, potassium and calcium – oh my!
- Helps to increase energy levels, without causing stress to the endocrine system and key organs in the body
- helps to reduce chronic fatigue
- balances hormones in men and women, as it contains amino acids which are the building blocks for hormones.
- Peps you up! Think elevated mood and a reduction in self perceived anxiety, stress and depression.

My Maca and Tahini latte contains no caffeine, no processed sugar and no pharmaceutical energy enhancers. And this frothy brew boosts energy levels in a balanced and sustainable way, with no stress on the body. Yay for that!

Recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk
2 tsp maca powder
1 tsp tahini sesame paste
1 tsp vanilla
To sweeten add 1 tsp rice malt syrup to taste (optional)

Method

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir, whisking until combined and just warm then pour into a heat proof blender and blend for a few seconds until frothy. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and a little cinnamon on top.

Enjoy!

Lee x

Spotlight on Seaweed Plus Seaweed and Sesame Salad Recipe

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter

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It adds a salty kick to any dish and is loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients. Considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet, Seaweed, a fibre rich, sea vegetable is a member of the algae family and comes in a trio of autumnal colours, red, brown and green.

I’m not surprised why Japanese people incorporate it into nearly every dish and this includes breakfast! Seaweed really is a “super- dooper food” in every sense of the word.

This month, I’m shining the spotlight on this slightly exotic and incredibly underrated food. By delving deeply into its history, uses and nutritional benefits and sharing a delicious, healthy and simple Seaweed and Sesame recipe I’m encouraging you to embrace it’s versatility as more than just something you see floating in miso soup, used as a body wrap or applied lavishly as a revitalising face mask.

Hopefully after reading more about this undervalued ingredient, you’ll be inspired to experiment with it in your own kitchen, and reap the multitude of health benefits that come with consuming one of the most mineral-rich foods on the planet.

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Background:

It’s only recently that Western cultures have begun to embrace the unique taste and nutritional value of sea vegetables, although often referred to as seaweed, or sea lettuces, they’ve been a staple of the Japanese diet for centuries.

In fact, archaeological evidence suggests that Japanese cultures have been consuming sea vegetables for more than 10,000 years. In ancient Chinese cultures, sea vegetables were considered a delicacy, primarily reserved for royalty and honoured guests.

This miraculous power food isn’t only enjoyed by Asian cultures, however. Most regions and countries located by waters, such as Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have been consuming sea vegetables since ancient times.

Green Breakfast Bowl

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog Breakfast, Blog Lunch, Blog Snacks, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 9.21.32 amIf you’re feeling creative in the kitchen, I hope you’ll enjoy my hearty breakfast bowl, a breakfast of champions, suitable for anytime of the year.

It’s a recipe from my book Eat Clean Green and Vegetarian and includes a smorgasbord of “so hot right now” nutritious ingredients that go together beautifully, pesto, eggs, kale, quinoa, lemon and avocado.

Did you know that Australians consume over four billion eggs each year? If you add them all up, this comes in at a grand total of approximately 200 eggs per person!

Eggs are an agreeable and good-natured ingredient because they let you decide who’s the master chef in your own kitchen. However you choose to cook your eggs, whether you fry them, boil them, scramble or bake them, you’re sure to be benefitting from their extensive shopping list of advantages.

Previously poached in controversy, eggs really are the perfect ingredient for health and budget conscious foodies. They’re an ideal real food that is delivered in its original packaging.

Not only are they delicious, good for you and versatile, they’re also simple to prepare and can be twisted in any way to add bulk to a meal, bind ingredients together, add flavour or simply be enjoyed self-contained, with a dash of sea salt and a grind of black pepper. 

My secret ingredient for scrambling eggs is to add the zest of half a lemon and a pinch of nutmeg, it really boosts the flavour profile and adds zing. You might like to try my Kale and Lemon Rind Omelette here

Starting your day with an egg or two will provide your body with a good source of protein and the full spectrum of B vitamins, omega 3’s, acetylcholine, zinc, copper, biotin and Vitamins A, D, E and K filling you up with needed nutrients and helping you to sustain your energy levels.

Eggs can be eaten at anytime of the day, and are a convenient snack because they are so speedy and easy to prepare.

Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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Give your mum the day off this Mother’s Day! Why not indulge her in a delicious homemade food all day eating affair?

Here's a sample menu with recipes below to get you started.

Mother's Day Menu

Make ahead breakfast in bed ideas

Strawberry Granita

Wow your mum with a hand made granita. As the granita starts to melt, it becomes slushy and the texture, coupled with the flavour of the berries, is out of this world. She will love it.  Find the recipe here.

Chai Chia Breakfast Pudding

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Put mum in a happy morning mood with a breakfast porridge full of vitamins, essential fatty acids and an exotic blend of chai spices, this pudding will fill her with joy.  Find the recipe here.

Lunch or Dinner Idea

Seven Minute One Pan Salmon with Greens

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A quick lunch preparation means you can get on with spending time together and less time dawdling in the kitchen. This dish will give mum a much needed energy boost and the good fats in the salmon and olive oil will help her body absorb beneficial iron from the spinach.  Find the recipe here.

Make Ahead Dessert Ideas

Cauliflower and Raspberry Cheesecake

Two delicious smoothie recipes

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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Today I'm introducing a couple of my favourite smoothie recipes to brighten up your breakfast.  I created them especially for the Kenwood kCook multi-cooker launch breakfast that I hosted recently. 

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It was a beautiful morning that was held in Balmoral in Sydney at The Public Dining Room.

The sun was shining and the water was sparkling as guests watched swimmers taking their early morning plunge in the autumn sunshine.  Kids were frolicking in the water and building sandcastles. There was a feeling of excitement in the air.

A crowd gathered with lots of my foodie friends and media who came along.

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I got myself included in a super hunk 'manwich'. Not that I am complaining, I can think of worse ways to spend a morning.

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Then next up I did a demonstration on two of the new machines, the X pro blender and the kCook which I demonstrated a breakfast bar recipe in.  It was delicious and I'll share this recipe next week on the blog. I used a gluten free muesli, coconut milk, berries and rice malt syrup to make the bars.

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Love Heart Chocolates

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog Snacks, Christmas, Dairy Free, Dessert, Easter, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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Love is in the air… and so is the aroma of freshly made chocolate.  There's no better time to share a recipe for my delicious Love Heart Chocolates for you to woo your boo or BFF.
When you think of Valentine’s Day clichés do you conjur up little Italian men meandering and weaving their way around restaurant tables selling freshly picked red roses for "all the beuwdiful ladies out there"?
However you celebrate The Feast of St Valentine, make the ones you love feel special and show your adoration with delicious hand-made Love Heart Chocolates made with raw cacao for the ultimate understated romantic gesture.
What makes these indulgent delights so lovingly special is their smooth and velvety texture and chocolaty and buttery taste.  As they melt in your mouth they also fill you up with goodness too.   Why choose to frequent confectionery aisles, when the superiority of homemade chocolate is so simple to achieve at home?
Whether you’re indulging in a little self-love, or wanting to impress that special someone, my Love Heart creations exude adoration and will win over the hearts of even the most discerning chocolate lover.
If you do happen to go overboard this Valentine’s Day, be sure to remind yourself of the following reasons to eat raw cacao, especially when you're nibbling on your second batch of chocs.
  • Raw Cacao is overflowing with one of the world’s most deficient major minerals, magnesium. In fact, there’s no known source on earth that provides more.  Magnesium is essential in developing a strong healthy heart, can help to relax menstrual cramping, strengthen your bones and open up more than three hundred detoxification pathways in the human body.
  • Raw Cacao is super-rich in antioxidants.  Ten percent of raw cacao powder is filled with them. They act as protective factors for the heart and circulatory system by increasing the ability of arteries to dilate, improving the functioning of the cells that line blood vessels and reducing the oxidsation of bad cholesterol (LDL).  Interestingly, dairy appear to counteract these amazing antioxidant effects; just another added reason you should try my DAIRY FREE love hearts.
  • Raw cacao= happier you= lots of loving! Thank Phenylthylamine (PEA), a chemical that’s released into the blood stream when we are sexually aroused, and abundant in the brains of happy people.   PEA is responsible for dopamine (the pleasure hormone), adrenaline and noradrenaline. When you eat cacao, your mental concentration will increase, livening up your attitude and increasing positive emotions such as joy, happiness and perhaps some hanky panky with the apple of your eye. Nudge nudge wink wink!
Bite into my bite sized treats anytime of the year and if you’re having a downer of a day pump yourself up with cacao.  It’s a delicious way to improve cognition and emotional health.
These can be made in different shaped moulds for after dinner treats or fun treats at your next family party. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, add some orange or peppermint extract, crushed raw almonds, walnuts or cashews.
This recipe is from my new recipe book Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian.
Happy Vee Day,
Love Lee xo
Love Heart Chocolates
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Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 40 g (11/2 oz) shaved cacao butter
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut butter
  • 30 g (1 oz/1/4 cup) raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 10–12 drops stevia liquid, or 1 teaspoon powdered, or to taste
  Method
  • To make the dark chocolate, melt the butters in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Add the other ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  • Place in love heart moulds and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer and wait a few minutes before popping the chocolate out from the moulds. If in hard moulds, tap the bottom until the hearts fall out.
  • To make white chocolate, follow the method above but omit the cacao powder.
  • The chocolates will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Supercharged Breakfast Bars

Written by Lee on . Posted in All, Autumn, Blog Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

bbCrumbs, I know you’ll enjoy these make-ahead Supercharged Breakfast Bars if you’re stuck in a breakfast time-warp.   Or if you’re a little bit partial to the not-so-healthy big-brand energy bars with their bold health claims, well maybe then you’ll welcome them with large pincer grips.

It turns out that sadly, commercially produced health bars are home to inflammatory ingredients such as sugar, partially-hydrogenated oils, soy protein isolate and artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. And even ones touted as healthy are cereal offenders.  With that in mind, if you do partake, you may as well be eating a Tim Tam!

You don't need to buy your fuel from a petrol station.  These easy-to-make-at-home wholesome energy bars are one of most popular recipes from my recipe book Eat Yourself Beautiful.  So high in the popularity stakes, it would appear that these little tinkers have also been involved in highly competitive bake offs and come up trumps!

Not to sound too over-confident but I'm quite sure that they would pass bake-off scrutinization well ahead of any crumbling croquembouche or Victoria Sponge oozing with Raspberry Jam.

They glow in the nutrition stakes too, with respectable levels of good fats, zinc, dietary fibre and B vitamins.  Easily transported in your bag for a quick-snatch snack, eaten as a portable breakfast or popped into a lunchbox, there’s no reason to not have them on hand when you need a little somethin’ somethin’.

Nut free? Swap out nuts with seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower and add flaxseed meal in place of almond meal.

If you’re lacking in energy, my healthy breakfast bars will pep you up in no time minus the immune system overload.

Give them a go and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

PS: Have you heard about my new Heal Your Gut eBook yet? Find out more here.

Supercharged Breakfast Bars

Ingredients (makes 8)
  • Unsalted butter, or coconut oil for greasing
  • 125g almond meal
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 60ml coconut oil
  • 60ml rice malt syrup, or sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 40g cashews, crushed
  • 160g combined flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and slivered almonds
  • 40g dried cranberries (optional) no additives
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  • Grease a 20 x 20 x 5 cm square ovenproof tin.
  • Mix the almond meal, salt and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the coconut oil, rice malt syrup and vanilla. Add the almond meal mixture, and mix in the nuts, seeds and cranberries, if using.
  • Wet your hands and then transfer the mixture to the tin, using your hands to press down firmly on the mixture.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool before dividing into eight bars and serving.
Storage Instructions
  • These will keep in an airtight container for seven to 10 days.

Vegetable Thoran

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

10251927_748658795185839_7696725495682177106_nKeep Korma and Curry On.

India is a controlled and chaotically enriching assault on the senses which has altered my perception on reality forever. I would go as far as to say that it quite literally blew my mind. 

There are so many things to love about a place that holds the most wonderfully vibrant and alive cuisine in the world, coupled with an ancient system of healing and what's not to love about the traditional home of downward dog?

So what was my biggest takeaway from India?

I met a myriad of wonderfully genuine and generous people who I felt had a strong sense of kinship and community, perhaps I noticed it more because I could see people’s dependency upon one another.  And not just the kind of dependency which involved getting a step further ahead in business or a personal advancement.  It was more of a matter of sticking together for the sole purposes of survival.  Being immersed in the human element of India and its people gave me an insight and a sense of perspective that can’t be found on a facebook highlight reel.

What did I learn? 

I learnt that it’s not about living your dream.  It’s about living your purpose.  And for me these two things are very different.  For some people living your purpose may be enjoying a simple, happy and uncomplicated life engulfed in personal meaning. For others it may mean the difference between a job and a calling. For me it is both.

The external chaos of India compels you to explore your internal world, let go of the extrinsic and live in the intrinsic to be able to cope with all that is happening externally, the people with leprosy, the snake charmers, a herd of cows on the road, bustling and beeping traffic and a lack of sanitation.  It makes you try to want to understand more than who you are and what your values are, but what your true purpose on this planet is.  For me being in India meant being comfortable with feeling uncomfortable most of the time which helps you to find your purpose sooner.

Speaking of takeaway, the initial reason for my food safari was an urgent craving to delve into the richness and healing properties of Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking and to sink knee-deep in learning about how to eat right for your constitution or dosha.

Cauliflower, Daikon Rice and Quinoa Pilaf

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

white riceIt’s time to get out those oversized salad bowls from the back of your kitchen cupboard. Today I’m going to give you lots of healthy options for replacing white rice in your meals.

You know those times when you’re looking for an alternative to stodgy, insulin spiking white rice and not sure where to turn? Well, why not try one of these more nutritious options for the perfect partnership or base to a meal. They make excellent replacements and you can whip them up just as easily.

When eaten regularly, research has shown that eating white rice can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes.  Aside from its sky high glycemic index, another reason to give white rice the flick is its lack of nutrients after undergoing refinement and processing, stripping the grain of essential B-vitamins, iron, manganese and fibre and leaving you with zilcho nutrition.

Some of the best alternatives for you to try when replacing white rice are opting for wholesome brown rice, it still has the same consistency and texture but you’re ensuring yourself more vitamins, minerals and a serve of fibre.  Try using brown rice in risotto, sushi, stir fries and alongside dishes like this health promoting Eggplant and Green Bean Curry. 

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