4 Tips to Shake Yourself out of a Winter Food-Rut

To my own complete annoyance, I have a tendency of getting into a food-rut from time-to-time. Either I find a few dishes and make them every few days or so for weeks on end, or things just get so busy that it’s easier to just stick to the one dish each lunchtime than spend time being creative to come up with something new. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m eating toast every day, but I’m certainly not getting the wide variety of foods that I know would be of more benefit to me health-wise, as well as keeping life interesting. The reality is, really, I just get into a headspace where everything seems ‘too hard’, or takes ‘too long’ to be worth the effort.

It’s funny, because while all this is going on, I’m annoyed because I actually don’t enjoy eating the same thing day-in, day-out. That’s why the whole ‘Sunday cook-up’ ‘meal-prep’ thing just doesn’t work for me. I know that some of you couldn’t survive without that ritual, but my food habits and tastes are much more spontaneous than that, so having the same meal for every lunch and dinner each week is by far the last thing I could do on purpose.

The wider variety of foods that you eat, the wider array of nutrients you eat. It’s a food mantra that (for the most part) inspires me to try new things, be creative and be mindful of the food I have in my kitchen. So when it hit me that I’ve been having the same gluten-free instant noodles with soup and mackerel for lunch every day at work for the past six weeks, I knew I had to snap out of it, be purposefully aware of my habits and find inspiration to shake things up. Continue reading

Cook Like a Pro! (aka. Flavour Bases That Will Make Anyone Think You’ve Got Your Shit Together)

The thing about being a grown-up, is that, even if you aren’t the sort of person who cooks, you may find yourself in a position where you need to cook for others. It might be for some friends after a sunny Saturday at the markets, some in-laws, or for a sexy date you’ve been seeing lately, but, every now and then, it happens. Now, I’m not saying that you need to “impress” people (it’s just not my bag to think that way), but when it comes to food, I want to enjoy all of my meals and for those I share with to enjoy them too. There’s something uniquely satisfying about sharing love with your food and magically silencing an entire table in a unison of gratification.

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But, sometimes that can seem like a daunting task of endless dirty dishes – and nobody like dishes! While, I am known to use every pot and pan in the kitchen occasionally, in my experience, you can make some incredibly impressive food that does just that with hardly any effort or mess at all. Continue reading

Homeostasis: Finding the Balance

Good evening my total babes!

I know it’s been a while since posts, but I have a special surprise post for you! I am now a health blog contributor to Kaleidoscope Blog, an Australia lifestyle blog that is full of gorgeous inspiration for all facets of life.

I decided to share my philosophy of health and wellness in this particular post, which, of course, is all about finding the balance. It truly encompasses everything I put into all facets of my life – I can’t wait for you to read it!

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Four Minute Salad

Yesterday I had a wonderful afternoon of creation in my kitchen. I didn’t do anything too complicated, and I didn’t have to buy any new ingredients; I just cooked real, delicious food. I created some flavours to cook chicken wings I had in my fridge, and while they were cooking, I realised that I hadn’t even thought to have them with anything (sometimes I get all too focused on the protein component of a dish that I forget about the other things I’m supposed to cook until the last minute and fluster around with them).

I had a quick look in my fridge and grabbed out the vegies I had most of to create this simple and very refreshing salad which I put together in about 3-4 minutes (which stopping to crunch on extra celery because sometimes I forget how delicious that can be)

The thing I like most about this salad is that it’s a little different so can shake up your usual routine when it comes to salads, as we can all get in a habit of making the same salad over and over again. It also has a lot of flavour and the minute pieces make it easy to get a range of flavours in every mouthful.

I promise you will thoroughly enjoy it!

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Choc-Cherry Ripesicles :: Feb Refresh Day 2

Thinking of summer brings about fun vibes for me, and happy, simple childhood memories of sprinklers, pools, reading books, giggling and popsicles. Not only that, but cherries are perfectly ripe and in season in summer, which means not only are they tasty and full of nutrients, but they are good value too. If Cadbury have taught us nothing else, its that cherry goes perfectly with coconut and dark chocolate (oh my GOODNESS yes!).

But hey guys, this is the Feb Refresh! We can’t be gorging ourselves on Cherry Ripes – no no no. We’re clever, and sassy and know that we can one-up Cadbury with our know-how; and with these babies you aren’t missing out. I’ve created sugar-free, dairy-free and guilt-free Choc-Cherry Ripesicles just for you (gosh, aren’t you lucky you have me?). Continue reading