Supercharged Breakfast Bars


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’. More

Healing Chicken Broth


http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-home-made-chicken-soup-image25485700My grandma who is just about to turn 103 is as sharp as a tack and can still sniff out a stock cube at 100 paces.  Her cooking is very traditional and one of her mainstays in the kitchen is home-made broth.

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Many supermarket brands nowadays just don’t cut it when it comes to healthy ingredients and have limited healing prowess.  You’ll find that even though they claim to be natural on the front of the box, in reality they are watered down versions of the real thing and often produced at high temperatures which eliminates much of the goodness.  On top of that artificial colours, preservatives and MSG can be added along with sugar and high doses of salt.

There’s no need to feel intimidated by making your own broth, although there are hundreds of variations of stock recipes, you can do it very simply and once the preparation is done and you’ve left it bubbling on a low heat until ready for use you can go about enjoying your day.  I have a lovely healing chicken broth recipe I’m going to share with you from my brand new Heal Your Gut e Book.

Soothing and immune boosting broth supports digestion by healing and sealing the digestive tract. You can consume it as a soup or soothing drink or use it in any recipe that calls for stock.

The gelatin found in bone broth in particular is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, to fully support digestion. It’s anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense and contains a rich amount of minerals in an easily absorbable format. It not only contains calcium and magnesium, but also phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It even contains broken down material from cartilage and tendons such as chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine which are beneficial for arthritis and joint pain. That’s why it is so supportive for people who are suffering with auto-immune or gut issues. More

Heal Your Gut


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So excited to be launching my new eBook Heal Your Gut!

I hope that you’ll enjoy the book, it’s a culmination of my personal quest for healing and everything I have learnt along the way to bring my health back into balance.

It’s an informative, uncomplicated and achievable gut healing protocol which will inspire, motivate and bring about true healing to your body minus the expensive supplements and faddish diet trends.

The natural four week protocol is not scary and honors the body as a whole.  The healing program is divided into four phases for you to follow one step at a time, and in your own time.  What I think you’ll embrace about this book is that it’s not dictatorial and takes you into account as an individual on your own healing pathway.

Heal Your Gut encourages you to work with your natural gut flora in a positive and supportive way, and not fight against it as an unwelcome and unruly opponent.  It provides step by step guidance on how to bring your gut flora into balance with food to achieve optimum and enduring health.

Heal Your Gut features over fifty sweet and savoury recipe inspirations, drawing on whole foods and a kaleidoscopic rainbow of healing ingredients.  There are simple solutions for blood sugar, energy maintenance and gut healing and it covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  There are also delicious snacks and beverages to indulge in. More

Lemon and Cinnamon Lamb Shanks with a Lemony Gremolata


IQS lamb shanksI shank it up fairly regularly, especially in winter and my slow cooker is my haven for making comfort food.   There really is no need to slave over a hot hot-pot when you can bung a bunch of ingredients and seasonal vegetables into your slow cooker in the morning and come home to a deliciously intense flavoursome and fulfilling meal which has been left to bubble pleasantly throughout the day. All ready to love you tender.

There’s a growing need for meals that alleviate any languid moods which often accompany winter’s chilly weather. Dishes that really sympathize with your hard day’s work and give you a big cuddle to make you feel nourished and pepped up again are a pre-requisite.

Slow cooked meals gladly fulfill a multitude of duties for you including lessening piles of washing up. All you need to do is invest a measly five minutes of hasty ingredient preparation in the morning, to reap an evening of hearty deliciousness.  I’m a big fan of this slow cooked hot pot recipe and chicken saag and think you will embrace them too, try them out and let me know what you think?

Speaking of slow cooker recipes this week I came across a brilliant new Lemon and Cinnamon Lamb Shank recipe to test out in my kitchen.  Hearty lamb shanks respond well to slow cooking and become even more succulent with time.  This delicious creation is from my friend and fellow blogger Sarah Wilson who blogs over here.

It’s a delicious nutrient dense pot of yumminess and flavour and comes from Sarah’s brand new book The I Quit Sugar Slow Cooker CookbookMore

Vegetable Thoran


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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?  More

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Stir-Fried Ginger Beef


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Sometimes quick and easy is all that is required to satisfy a grumbling tummy. Behold the idiot-proof dinner from my recipe book Eat Yourself Beautiful.

You’ll be heaping this tasty dish onto your spoon or chopstick and cramming it into your mouth in just a very short space of time.

The sauce is thick and glossy with an authentic blend of flavours, the fresh, ginger, tahini and tamari give it a wonderfully nutty yet Asian inspired taste and the lemon and apple cider vinegar kick it up a notch with a gentle buzz on the taste buds.

I have included my favourite wonder spice turmeric to not only provide anti-inflammatory healing potency but also to delight your visual senses with a richly deep autumnal colour palate.

Use your intuition when creating this dish and add any leftover veg you may have in the fridge.

I hope you like it! Share your creations with me on instagram here.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 brown onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/2 red capsicum (pepper), seeds and membrane removed, sliced
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) beef, cut into very thin strips
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons wheat-free tamari
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
120 g (41/4 oz/2 cups) broccoli, cut into florets
125 g (41/2 oz/1 cup) green beans, roughly chopped
100 g (31/2 oz/1 cup) snow peas (mangetout), sliced on the diagonal
Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
brown rice, to serve

Method

  • Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic and capsicum and saute for 5–7 minutes.
  • Add the beef and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
  • Add the turmeric, lemon juice, ginger, tamari, tahini and apple cider vinegar.
  • Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the broccoli, beans and snow peas to the pan.
  • Cook over medium heat for 12–15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Season to taste and serve with brown rice.

Happy cooking :)

Lee xo

Jolly Good Butter Chicken


Jolly good butter chickenBy the time you read this I will be gone.

No forwarding address and no fixed abode for three whole weeks!

I’m heading to India to embark on an adventure which I’m sure will have a profound and transformative effect on my life and to further my knowledge and continual enrichment in ancient self-healing practices and modalities.

My most recent quest is to understand the art of Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition and to practice yoga, whilst researching for my next book.  It’s overwhelming and exciting to have the opportunity to immerse myself in different and distinctive styles of cooking and regional cuisines; many of which have been shaped by Dharmic beliefs.  When it comes to national dishes, the delights of Indian food binds together not only geographical differences but also absorbs culture, religion and history.

India’s cuisine is ever evolving as is ours which is primarily a result of interactions with other cultures.  I’m extremely keen to develop new skills in the kitchen, a place where I feel most at home and discover more about ingredients and their healing properties.     More

Mother’s Day Recipes


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Pamper your mum by making her a healthy and delicious homemade breakfast this Mother’s Day!

Mums are truly special, they want you to do your best, forgive you for your mistakes, support your dreams and even tell you to remember to pack clean underwear. There’s no limit to their care and no matter how old you are it’s always comforting  when they give you a special hug, place a peck on your forehead or sprinkle fairy dust on your ouchies.

It’s time to start planning the perfect breakfast in bed to show mum some love.

If you need a hand with preparations, here’s a sample menu to get you off to a flying start.

Mother’s Day Menu

Mixed Berries in Apple Cider Vinegar with Cashew Nut Cream

This breakfast bowl is perfection. Simple and understated, the addition of apple cider vinegar will ensure the perfect start to a homemade breakfast in bed.  You will both delight and impress her.  Find the recipe here.

Kale and Lemon Rind Omelette

This will wake mum up with a zing! The biotin found in eggs is fantastic for promoting luscious shiny hair, while the coconut oil and lemon will help her body absorb beneficial iron from the kale. Kale is also a fantastic anti-inflammatory food and just one cup is filled with 10% of the recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Get flipping here.

Fragrant Lavender Tea

There’s nothing more delectable than a lavender tea. With its delicate floral scent, this tea creates the perfect moment to unwind and enjoy its fragrant, flowery goodness.  Find the recipe here.

Supercharged Breakfast in Bed Planning Tips

  • Chop ingredients the night before and have them at the ready to prepare for the big reveal. Make sure you have a pretty tray to carry it out on.
  • Nothing says I love you like a homemade touch. Decorate the tray with a small bunch of hand-picked flowers in a pretty glass jar. Add a home-made card.
  • Don’t make it too early in the morning to ensure that she has a much deserved sleep in on her special day.

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Happy mothers day to all the mums out there!

For more delicious anti-inflammatory recipes check out my new book Eat Yourself Beautiful

Easter Treats for Hunter Gatherers


eggsEaster weekend is a couple of days away so it’s time to channel your inner hunter gatherer and marshal the troops for the inevitable living room Easter egg hunt.

You’ll want to explore high and low when you discover how good these solid eggs taste.  And just like traditional eggs, these orbs of deliciousness can be encased in pretty foil and hidden deep under the couch or buried in your favorite pot plant.

Just because it’s Easter, there’s no need to get embroiled in the supermarket price wars, just battle it out in your own home with healthy homemade creations.

Note these will melt on a hot day so if you want to avoid finding melted chocolate under the couch cushions in a few months then perhaps it’s better to move the hunt to the backyard.

kids_spring06_egg_chickens_vertGather your ingredients, make these ahead of time and store in the freezer

Solid Chocolate Eggs

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 TBS rice malt syrup or sweetener of choice
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 2 TBS shaved cacao butter or coconut cream

(You can find ingredients here)

Method

  • Melt coconut oil and butter in a small saucepan over a low heat
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until combined
  • Using an Easter Egg mold, or if you don’t have one you can substitute by using a mini muffin pan, (I used one for this photograph), egg cups, or rounded ice cube trays, grease the inside of your tray with coconut oil so the eggs don’t stick to the sides when you are removing them.
  • Pour mixture in and place in the freezer to set.  Minimum chill time is just 15 minutes in the freezer.
  • Once set, remove them from the freezer and detach eggs from the mold or muffin pan by gently tapping on the base.  Once removed, run your index finger the warm tap, being careful not to burn your fingers and with your index finger swipe over the egg to slightly melt chocolate at each base then sandwich both halves together. Return eggs to the freezer for five minutes to set.

For more Easter recipes why not try out these spegg-tacular creations and let me know what you’ll be making for Easter this year and don’t forget to share them on Instagram.

Sugar Free Chocolates

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Roughs

I Quit Sugar Bounty Bars

Chocolate and Berry Pudding

Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

Hoppy Easter!

Lee xo

Ps Find out more about my recipe books here.

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