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

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

Two Simple Breakfast Bowls


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Nourishing Bowls

Hello autumn! In an effort to coax me and my cozy high socks out of bed on cooler April mornings I’ve been filling my mind and appetite with warming breakfast bowls and spicy chai.

Never one to argue with a craving, for the past few weeks, I’ve been on a bleary-eyed breakfast bowl bender and today I’m sharing two of my favourites. You may have already seen them on insta because we are on very good terms at the moment.

Two extra special kind of delicious bowls, one savoury and one sweet. Double yum!

As the colder weather rolls around it makes sense to eat with the seasons. We change our clothing to move with the seasons so it makes sense to change our diets too.  In my undying hearty appreciation of food I think that seasonal food tastes much better because it’s had the chance to ripen and develop naturally, brimming with more nutrients and minerals and it’s easier on the hip pocket too.

To break out of your breakfast rut, swap out your current dubious gluten free mystery packaged cereal and try these healthy nourishing bowls. Really, all you need is an investment of fifteen minutes at the stove and before you know it you’ll be fully awake and enjoying a comforting bowl of nourishment. Gulp!

Used by the Aztecs quinoa, a hard core super grain is gluten free, high in essential amino acids, and a great source of protein. Feel free to tinker with the recipes and top as you desire depending upon the season.

Supercharged Tip: Make extra quinoa to squirrel away in the freezer or for a quick lunch or dinner.  Try fried rice or veggie stir fry. Your future self will thank you.  More

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