Oats are such a nutritional powerhouse and certainly one of my favourite breakfast meals! They make the perfect warming nourishing breakfast porridge in the colder months. And are fresh and delicious eaten cold as overnight oats paired with summer fruits in the warmer weather. What’s even better is you can make a large batch prepped for the next few days ahead. Now there’s no excuses for breakfast in a hurry!
I’ve seen Buddha bowls pop up everywhere recently. And whilst I’m not usually into “trend” food for the sake of keeping up with the Jones’s, I can’t go past a Buddha bowl because I love giant bowls of food! Buddha bowl is even in the urbandictionary.com which states “a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha.” So there you have it.
It’s no secret that I love bone broth. Hence, you can catch me regularly sipping on a warm cup of broth, or using it as a base for soups, stews, curries, risotto, sautéing greens, as a stock to cook my grains, and just about everything to add flavour and incredible nourishment to dishes. I also use powered versions as a seasoning for chicken, meatballs or roasted veg for meal preps. It does take time to make a highly nourishing bone broth (as in 12-48 hours to extract the most nutrients), so I like to make a huge pot of it each time and freeze portions. However, the health and healing benefits of bone broth are more than worth your time!
I’ve found bone broth has been a key link in healing my gut and improving my skin, hair and nail health and overall health. Furthermore, the link between gut health, the brain and immune system has been recently researched. As a result, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome uses bone broth as part of the GAPS diet (a nutritional protocol) to improve gut health, leading to improvements in autoimmune, digestive, neurological and psychological conditions.
Meatless Monday made easy with this nourishing and warming slow cooked plant-based chilli dish. Slow cooked meals on cold winters days always hits the spot!! By incorporating a few plant-based / vegan meatless dishes (or days) each week, you will significantly improve your health, lower your grocery bills and contribute to environmental sustainability. Take the challenge by simply swapping your Monday night dinner for a meatless / plant-based meal.
If you haven’t tried tofu or aren’t exactly a fan, then you simply MUST try this tofu dish! It’s perfect as a side to a plant-based main meal, or even a healthy high protein vegan snack.
Pumpkin soup is such an Autumn (or any time of year!) favourite. It’s quick, easy and nourishing and provides powerful antioxidants. The added carrot, ginger and Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil not only give it a refreshing taste, but add some great health benefits and aid liver cleansing and detox. Pumpkin soup is perfect for a light meal or entrée. If I’m having this as a main meal, I sometimes fill it out with a serve of shredded chicken and top with pumpkin seeds for a protein hit and a well balanced meal.
How beautiful is Autumn?! I love watching the leaves change colour and feeling the mornings and evenings start to become cool and crisp. When the seasons change, different foods become available, and it also alters the food we feel like eating. Autumn is the perfect time to start incorporating nourishing and grounding foods in our diet, tantalising our tastebuds with sweet, sour and salty flavours and warming spices and herbs. And Thai cuisine would have to be one of my favourites for this season.
This Thai Coconut Pumpkin Chicken Bowl using Hart & Soul’s pouch soup is perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner, or be the envy of the office when you use it for your meal preps. Its infused with fragrant Thai flavours in a coconut pumpkin base, so all you have to do is add chicken and veggies, sauté, dish up and you’re done! Meal prep made easy. Read More
Is there anything better than a side dish of delicious oven-roasted potatoes?! No matter whether you prefer sweet, white or any other variety. Roasted as chips, fries, whole baked, hassleback or chopped in chunks. Seasoned with herbs, spices, garlic, olive oil or simply salt & pepper. There is no denying the humble potato is versatile, incredibly delicious and so simple to cook! Here’s the low down the health benefits, glycemic index, AND one of my favourite family friendly and oh so simple potato recipes!
A plant-based meal perfect for lunch or dinner, entertaining guests or meal-prep. These protein and fibre rich vegan ‘meatballs’ made with black beans and mushrooms will make you forget you’ve even skipped the meat. You’ll be a Meatless Monday pro in no time!
I love incorporating cooked tomato into my diet regularly. Tomato, along with olive oil is a big staple in the Mediterranean diet. And perhaps a big part in why its found to be one of the healthiest diets around the world!
Consuming tomatoes has been long linked to reducing the risk of some cancers and heart health due to it’s high antioxidant levels. It is found to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. Cooking tomato in olive oil was found to increase lycopene absorption by 55%. Lycopene is a carotenoid (one of many antioxidants) in tomatoes that was found to have a number of important health benefits. Lycopene was found to improve bone health by reducing oxidative stress on bones.