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Recipe of the Day

Roast Pumpkin and Vegetable Soup

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Sarah Craven Photography

 

I love Pumpkin Soup, but I can’t tolerate a lot of pumpkin at once so I decided to adjust my traditional recipe and it’s safe to say that I got a big TICK of approval from the family.

1 butternut pumpkin or pumpkin of preferred choice (I had no issue with butternut this time round)

1 large sweet potato

1 large zucchini

1 large carrot

12 okra

½  Daikon

1-2 Tbsp Cumin

1 Tbsp Turmeric

750ml bone broth

salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 180c
Pop Pumpkin and sweet potato in whole

Leave to roast for 40 mins.
When sweet potato’s skin is oozing take out. When the pumpkin starts to split, turn and roast a little while longer. (alternatively you can peel and chop and roast)

 

Once roasted, cool, peel and chop.

On the stove top; pop in a cast iron pot with zucchini and carrot and daikon.

Heat through and add spices.
Add broth and bring to boil.
Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add okra and simmer for a further 10 minutes or until okra change colour and start to fall apart. Let cool slightly.
Either use hand mixer or pour into blender and blend until smooth.

I served mine with some oven baked free-range bacon bits and coconut cream kefir.

 

Enjoy your day

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Autumn and Winter Eating

You’ve got to be a warm-blooded human if you like to eat just salad’s during winter. Let’s admit it….we’d all love a big bowl of spaghetti or a stew or casserole or a warming soup, and why not; it’s getting colder outside and you need to nourish your body, feed your cravings and build some good blood warming immunity for the next few months.

My Pack-A-Punch Chicken Meatballs fulfils all the above and more. The kids will love it, the family will and it is great for breakfast, lunches the next day and you can jazz it up any which way.

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Sarah Craven Photography 2014

Meatballs
500g Chicken Mince (i do stress for it to be free range/pasture raised, chemical free as the effects of eating other chicken is not worth it especially if you are a woman)
200g Chicken Livers
50g Sun-dried tomatoes (we buy non-marinated freshly dried from our local deli or make our own)
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup activated walnuts
1 Tbsp chia seeds
big bunch of basil leaves
2 Tbsp coconut oil

Sauce
1 cup bone broth
1 Tbsp ACV
6 medium tomatoes roughly chopped (we love roma to make sauces here)
2 Tbsp Tomato paste
1 cup Brussel sprouts
1 doz okra’s
salt and pepper to season

*Depending on what you are serving this on we add 1 sweet potato cubed, 1 carrot cubed and 1 zucchini cubed.

Add all the meatball ingredients apart from mince into the food processor.
Pulse until it forms a pesto like paste
Add to mince and combine
Roll into small balls and place in freezer (the freezer will activate the chia and set the meatballs so they won’t fall apart when cooked)

Bring broth to a simmer
Add tomato paste and stir
Add chopped tomatoes and whole Brussel sprouts
*add other vegetables from above
Simmer for 20 minutes
Add meatballs straight from freezer and cook for further 15 mins on low
Add Okra and turn off heat, place a lid on pot and leave until ready to eat.

Serve on zoodles, sweet potato spirals, carrot spirals, cauliflower rice or gluten-free pasta.

Steam some iron rich silver beat that is amazing in season at the moment and top with some fermented chillies, homemade pesto and meatballs.
Add to a pan a few ladles of meatballs 1/2 doz eggs and bake at 180c until set.

This is such a versatile meal that you double quantities and eat all week.

Where I want to be in 12 months

Wow, isn’t it a great statement? Have you asked yourself where you want to be? Usually for me it’s every New Years Eve or EOFY where I pledge my hopes and dreams and aspirations.

But why now?! Why not?! So often we leave all our goals to one time of the year, but this time I am making sure that I look back review and re-establish where I am and where I am heading.

July I set myself a target business wise. I wanted to ram my photography business up a notch and get into weddings. I set myself goals-branding, marketing, research, experience. Well in one months time I will be shooting my first wedding. And I have two more booked after that. I would ultimately love to be inundated with work but small baby steps.
In the meantime I am thinking more business ventures. I want to do more with my passion of photography and really hone in my other loves and passions-health, wellbeing, life and food. I’m thinking food photography. Not just any food photography. I want to aim high!! Lets look at getting published, working for a magazine. I want to incorporate my love of healthy, real foods, yoga, exercise and all that’s in between and be able to advocate and express my passion through images.

What are your goals for the next 12 months? Where do you want to be and why?

 

Let’s work together and help each other achieve greatness in all aspects of life. Networking can lead to amazing achievements and really help you reach your goals and dreams

Recipe of the day

Quinoa Pizza Base

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Makes one 8 inch pizza:

– 3/4 of a cup of quinoa (soaked for about eight hours)

– 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

– 2 teaspoons of mixed herbs, I used herbs de provence and oregano

– a sprinkling of chilli flakes

– salt

For toppings I used:

– 2 tablespoons of organic tomato puree

– a dozen cherry tomatoes

– a handful of artichokes

– a handful of pitted black olives

– a handful of rocket (arugula)

I get so many of my recipes from Deliciously Ella http://deliciouslyella.com Check out her site and facebook

Inspiration and Goals

Inspiration and Goals

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Today is about inspiration. I draw inspiration from Photographers, Chefs, Nutritionalists, Yoginis, Natural Healers and everyday people. I want to create inspiration for similar people on the same path or who are thinking of getting themselves better, healthier and fitter.

So 2013 is about goals….

This year I WILL (not want)

To lose 5kg

To run 10km

Start my photography business

Practise Yoga daily

Start to Meditate

Do MAN pushups

Be happy

Go clean and RAW

Eat Real FOOD

Stop shopping at a supermarket

Visit the beach as often as I can

Photograph some amazing people and places

Make a success of something

Support and Nurture my husband and his business

Be the best Mummy and friend for my daughter.

Upcycle

Renovate something

Goals, dreams and aspirations are important. It’s important for me. I need to be reading something new, striving for something new so I have something to keep me going and pick me up when I am down.

What are your goals and aspirations? What are you going to do to make a better version of you?