Cleansing Pumpkin, Carrot & Ginger Soup

Cleansing Pumpkin, Carrot & Ginger Soup (gf/vg/df)

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.

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Garlic, Dill and Rock Salt Hassleback roast potato

Garlic & Dill Hassleback Roast Potatoes

Is there anything better than a side dish of delicious oven-roasted potatoes?! No matter whether you prefer sweet potatoes, white potatoes 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 of potatoes, glycemic index, AND one of my favourite potato recipes!

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Healthy Nasi Goreng with Brown Rice GF

Healthy Nasi Goreng with Brown Rice (V/GF)

A healthy, vegetable packed version of a delicious favourite Asian stir-fry style rice dish! Nasi Goreng is a flavour packed dish with flavours of fresh chilli, coriander and sweet soy.

The issue I have with commercially made ones is they are usually made with refined oils, have added sugars in the sauce and generally don’t contain many good nutrients. Also be aware if you are gluten intolerant like me, as artificial soy sauces can contain gluten (alternatives are naturally brewed & fermented soy which causes breakdown of gluten or gluten free Tamari).

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Spiced Tomato Chickpea Stew GF VG

Spiced Chickpea & Tomato Stew (vg/gf)

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.

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