Slow Cook Seduction

Written by bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes

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This one is LESS recipe, more “guide”

Cause one of my FUNDAMENTAL Food Philosophies is all about Gut-Guided Cooking….!

I LOVE recipes for inspiration, ideas….Learning new skills and combos…

But measuring, weighing, following EXACTLY is just NOT my style…..I value FREEDOM and FUN and following someone else’s instructions AINT EVER my idea of fun or freedom! hehehe

My style of living and cooking is all about Following My Feeling….

I prefer to tune into my body, connect with what it’s wanting or needing, and go from there….

I usually start with the protein (chicken, fish, beef), then the texture (chunky, smooth, chewy, fall-apart succulent), and then I just FOLLOW MY GUT :)

Lately I’ve been having MORE fun than ever with food and creating amazing meals…. Using grass-fed, organic, WHOLE food has rocked my world….

No more avoiding skin, fat, FLAVOUR… It’s now ALL about eating as CLOSE to nature as possible… using ALL of the meat/food….

And I have been LOVING and LUSTING over the genius of SLOW COOK ERRRYTHANG :)

Slow cook roast lamb shoulder…. Slow cook roast chook…… Slow cook beef cheeks……. Slow cook lamb shanks….. etc etc!

All I do is add a few herbs and maybe some Himalayan sea salt and BAM….. TASTEBUD HEAVEN…..!!

LOVING IT :)

So my contribution to the Ravishing Recipe component of the newsletter this week is all about Slow Cook Seduction…

Im TOTALLY in love with, and converted to, this Old School tradition of cooking Sllllooooowwwwww….

Not only is it EPICALLY good for you and incredibly economical……It is also SO FREAKIN easy and UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS….!

In a busy life, where TASTE is king, and fussing about is not your friend, slow cooking is your MIRACLE ANSWER….

With a few simple, CLEAN INGREDIENTS, basic cookware and BASIC culinary skills you can create a GOURMET meal without even having to be present! 

It sounds too good to be true yeah?!!? Like magic??

Well, yeah….it kinda IS :)

So no matter where you’re at with your skills, or your food knowledge or even your DESIRE to be in the kitchen, YOU CAN DO THIS…

You can create a mouth-watering, INCREDIBLY IMPRESSIVE and hella HEALTHY meal for yourself, your family, your partner or the one you’re wanting to woo!

The best part?? You can’t really fail!!

It’s kind of impossible with just a few, simple tips and a Google here and there :)

So…Without further ado, here is what I did to create these EPICALLY AMAZING, melt-in-your-mouth lamb shanks…..

 

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE LAMB SHANKS

Ingredients: 

  • 2-4 good size grass-fed lamb shanks (If you’re local to the Sunshine Coast, I highly recommend seeing Billy from Meat at Sunrise)
  • Splash red wine
  • water/stock/broth to cover contents of pot
  • 2-6 Bay leaves
  • Good sprinkle Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme – fresh or dried is fine
  • Teensy sprinkle cinnamon (optional! I quite like this twist!)
  • Chopped Onion (I use Red onion ’cause I like it)
  • 3-6 Garlic Cloves – bruised, crushed, however you like your garlic
  • 1-2 Tblsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Celery – chopped
  • Carrot -chopped (I never peel my carrots, just wash)
  • Sweet Potato (skin on, just washed!) – optional
  • Himalayan Sea Salt to taste

Method:

  • Literally pop everything in a Slow Cooker set to LOW.
  • Leave for 6-7 hours (you can set timer if you will be out)
  • Love and leave :)
  • When there is 15-20mins until you are wanting to serve, roughly chop your sweet potato, pop into a pot in a combination of water and stock. Steam/sautee/boil the potato until tender then MASH…. If you are using a YUMMY stock it wont need anything else! No butter, no milk….! But of course you can totally use these :) I simply reserve a small amount of the liquid the potato is cooked in and mash in that. Yes I leave the skin in the mash :)
  • Serve your incredible lamb shanks and juices atop your sweet potato mash, or if you prefer, as I do, some GREENS :)
  • If you would like to convert your juices to a gravy/jus, I recommend simply googling a recipe that you like the look of :) Me? I am happy with the juices/stock as it is right from the pot. I do usually add Himalayan Sea Salt.
  • BAM! Drool, love, savour, ENJOY your very clever and delicious meal :)

Be sure to send your feedback or questions to bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au OR come talk to me in FACEBOOK LAND

PS. You can replicate this EXACT RECIPE with – beef cheeks, lamb chops, gravy beef, ANY slow cook style meat!

 

Big Love!

BridgetJane

www.newleafnutrition.com.au

Health and Happiness Coach

Accredited Practicing Dietitian ~ Counsellor ~ Psychology of Eating Coach

Words Of Wisdom

Written by bridget on . Posted in Words of Wisdom

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If you have the opportunity to have health & fitness, TAKE IT!

Many people I know, & people you know too I’m sure, don’t have the privilege of good health….

They suffer with a chronic illness for which there is no quick or easy, or AT ALL, fix….

These people would literally do ANYTHING for good health…..

A healthy appetite….

The chance to enjoy good food & invigorating movement….

If you have the chance to nourish your cells with energy & life giving nutrition, DO IT….

If you are able to get up, get out & get moving, DO IT

You don’t realise how precious the gift of health is till it’s taken away sometimes & you don’t appreciate the ability to move freely & challenge your body until you’ve experienced it-& perhaps lost the privilege….

So today, show your appreciation!!

Get up, move your body!

Nourish your cells!

Feed your mind positivity….

Give thanks for the ready, able body you DO have…

ENJOY the gift & honour it!

Stop wishing, waiting, THINKING….!

Just do it !

If you’re able, that’s all you need to know!

The rest is ACTION!

One step after another!

One healthy choice, followed by another!

Simple! Don’t make it a fuss! Don’t get flustered!

Keep it simple – follow a NO FUSS formula…

Use the feel-good-factor as your compass!

And lastly, LOVE YOUR BODY….

Sometimes REST is the most nourishing, loving and giving thing of all…

We are all at different places and stages of our journey….

Tune in to what your body and health need from you today…

Is it MORE action? LESS action? MORE greens? LESS greens?

You will definitely know the answer inside :)

Listen, trust, honour :)

You’ve go this!

All my love,

BridgetJane

Health and Happiness Coach
Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Counsellor, Psychology of Eating Coach

www.newleafnutrition.com.au

If you’d LOVE to discuss your Health, Happiness and/or Fitness Goals or Aspirations, email me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au to book your FREE 20 minute Appraisal. In these sessions we discuss WHAT it is that you want, WHAT is holding you up and HOW you can break through. I make time for 1-5 of these a week, so don’t hesitate, request yours today :)

I LOVE to inspire you to live your happiest, healthiest life NOW :)

Heavenly Hot Cross Buns

Written by bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes

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If you’re in my neck of the woods, it’s cooling down, it’s EASTER TIME and therefore WARM, YUMMY HOT CROSS BUNS are on the agenda! :)

Many of us Healthy Foodie Bots like to indulge, yes, but WITHOUT feeling BLEH afterwards. So we are always on the hunt for healthier versions of our FAVOURITE things :) And this my friends is something you are going to LOVE :)

HEAVENLY, yes, and also HEALTHY, HOT CROSS BUNS! :) Yum, yum, YUMMY!

The awesome Carly from Holistic Life has created these AMAZING Gluten and Dairy free beauties so we can ALL enjoy Easter without the guilt or the BLEH…. :) Thanks SO much Carly! Be sure to check this chickie out on Facebook, Instagram and also her HOME online

Enjoy and let me know what you think: bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

Over to Carly! :) xo

“As Easter fast approaches there are endless shelves of hot cross buns and Easter eggs in the shopping centre.

I have always been a fan of hot cross buns with a side of butter, but as I’m now Gluten and Dairy free why should I miss out on all the fun!

So I’ve come up with my own Hot Cross Buns that cater to the Gluten and Lactose intolerant.

These are great with a little bit of coconut butter, or can be heating up on their own and enjoyed as a snack, or even for breakfast.”

Base:

1 1/2 cups almond meal

1/2 cup sorghum flour

1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

2 Tablespoons Mesquite powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup rice syrup

3/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup coconut oil

Glaze:

1/2 orange squeezed

1 egg yolk

Crosses:

1/4 cup cacao powder

4 Tablespoons rice syrup

1/4 cup cacao butter

Directions:

1. Add all dry ingredients for a large mixing bowl and mix well.

2. In a separate bowl crack the eggs and whisk for one minute. Then add the eggs to the dry ingredients along with the rice syrup and coconut oil and stir till it thickens and forms a paste.

3. Place the mixture in a small cake tin and place in the oven on 175 degrees for 45 minutes.

4. In a separate bowl mix the egg yolk and orange juice and stir for 30 seconds, then with a basting brush glaze over the top of the base and place back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

5. Take out of the oven and allow to cool while you make the cross mixture. Once cooled cut into small pieces.

6. In a bowl add the rice syrup, melted cacao butter and cacao powder and stir well. With a small spoon spread the mixture to form crosses on the buns.

7. Place the buns in the freezer to allow the crosses to set for 10-15 minutes, then store in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Makes approx 8 slices.

 

Be sure to send feedback to bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

AND if you’d like to make a time to discuss YOUR Health, Happiness and Fitness goals, contact me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au to book your FREE Health and Fitness Appraisal. In this 20 minute session we’ll discuss what you’re looking for, what’s been holding you back so far and HOW you can breakthrough. I usually make space for 1-5 of these sessions a week, so GET ON IT :) I LOVE hearing from you and inspiring you to live a happier, healthier life NOW :)

BIG LOVE,

BridgetJane

Health & Happiness Coach

Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Counsellor, Psychology of Eating Coach

www.newleafnutrition.com.au