Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

Lately I have been craving anything warm and full of vegies – in particular curries and stirfries! I stumbled across this recipe from Pinch Of Yum and knew I had to try it out!

I made this for Sam & I when he had a full-blown flu and I had the warning signs of one, for an extra nourishing nutrient boost. We also have been enjoying my warming Ginger Elixir every night. Sam usually has a slice of lemon instead of adding maple syrup, the sweet tooth is not as strong in that one 😉

To make this recipe low FODMAP friendly I did have to make a few subs, including having to make my own red curry paste.

I adapted the curry paste recipe from Cook Like A Cave Woman, and this made enough curry paste to make the Curry recipe twice over (which I did this week – I’m obsessed).

Low FODMAP, DF + DF Red Curry Paste adapted from here 

  • 1/4 cup shallots (green part only)
  • 1 thumb size piece of ginger, sliced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp organic ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp organic raw sugar
  • 4 tbsp coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

I added all ingredients to my NutriBullet and blended well until combined! It made about 4 1/2 tablespoons of paste.

I then moved on to make my Coconut Curry! Here’s what you’ll need:

For the curry:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 shallots (green part only), sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp homemade curry paste (as above)
  • 1 x 400ml can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 Sue Shepherd Vegetable Stock
  • 3 tsp organic raw sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce OR coconut aminos

To complete the curry:

  • 1 x 400g packet Pandaroo Brown Rice Noodles (you can find these at Woolworths in the Asian food section, and they are delish!)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil OR garlic infused olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup chopped purple cabbage
  • sesame seeds for topping
  • a few handfuls of fresh basil to stir through at the end – this is optional.
  1. To prep your noodles, boil some salted water. When it reaches the boil, add the noodles and slightly reduce the heat. Make sure you stir them as they cook!
  2. For your sauce, heat the coconut oil in a large pan or wok. Add the shallots & ginger, stir fry for 3-5 minutes. Add the curry paste and stir fry for 1 minute. Then add the coconut milk, sugar, soy sauce, and vegetable stock. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring often. This should thicken slightly. Whilst you’re simmering – get chopping!
    -Because I’m a slow chopper, and I used this time for cleaning up time too, my sauce is usually done simmering by the time I’m ready to cook my vegies. I transferred the sauce to a bowl to save using another pan to stirfry the vegies, plus it’s extra tasty to cook your vegies in a nice saucy wok!-
  3. Heat the oil over medium high heat and add the chopped vegies. Stir fry for about 5 minutes until the broccoli goes bright green. Add the noodles and toss around in the pan with the vegies. Add the sauce and toss together until just combined. If you cook it too long at this point, the noodles might get too sticky.

Serve topped with sesame seeds, a squeeze of lime and some basil leaves.

 

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Notes; I have also tried this recipe with GF pad thai rice noodles, so if you can’t find brown rice noodles they will do the trick! I used garlic infused olive oil on the vegies for a bit of extra flavour. Coconut oil works just as well 🙂 I am obsessed with fresh basil, and as I had a whole bag of it, I mixed the whole lot through! The original recipe called for fish sauce and chilli sauce, which I chose not to use as I didn’t have a low FODMAP alternative in my pantry.

I bought my produce from the Jan Powers Farmers Market last Saturday morning. The vegies were bright and beautiful! I’ll definitely be making it my regular produce run 🙂

Let me know if you tried this recipe & what you thought of it!

 

 

Lexie x

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March on

Mid way through the month of March I was complaining that I “never had time to read” now that I was an adult.

As a child and through my teenage years I was constantly devouring book after book at every waking moment. I remember Mum would often lament her own lack of reading time.

I thought the notion of “not having time to read” was unimaginable. And then… I grew up. Full time work, part time study, exercise, housework and more now fill my days, and like nearly every other privileged person on the planet I have a hideous Facebook addiction that consumes my spare moments.

I decided to commit myself to slowly replace my online time with quality reading time, and to conquer at least one book per month.

I have begun my challenge with The Queen’s Necklace by Alexandre Dumas, and although I didn’t complete it within the month as planned, the simple pleasure of once again making reading a regular habit is enough of a win for one day 🙂

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, or have some reading recommendations for me, please leave a comment below!

 

Happy reading,

Lexie x

 

Body Appreciation Post Pt I

Everyone has their insecurities… I know I certainly have a few up my sleeve. But intermittently, I am able to rein these in and remember to be grateful to have a healthy, active, and functional body – when it chooses to behave itself, that is!

One body part I have always been okay with, are my hands.

 

 

I’ve often struggled with feeling too tall, or having bigger feet than all my high school girlfriends, or feeling a bit too clumsy with my big hips. But I never minded having long, lanky hands!

These hands have held my friends and family close, have stroked my dog Lacey when we said our final goodbye, they’ve reached the piano and flute keys (yet never mastered the guitar) and they have guided my horse Sarah safely when I would ride in the afternoon sunshine. Nowadays these hands of mine have become essential to my everyday adult life in the workplace and in my home, they support me in my yoga practice, and they carry my groceries so I can cook and nourish my body.

Essentially my hands facilitate the nourishment of my body, my heart, and my mind.

Many of us don’t realise how lucky we are to have our health, it is so important and one day, it could be all that you have.

Day by day I learn to appreciate a little bit more about myself, it’s a hard task to unlearn all that we have been bombarded with by advertisements and television programmes that suggest that there shall forever be room for improvement.

But we must start somewhere!

Please share your body appreciation in the comments below… and don’t forget to love yourself ❤

 

Lexie x

Matcha Green Tea Power Smoothie

…taking a tentative sip, I discovered that this drink had a delightful light flavour and was very refreshing!

I’ve recently moved into the city and closer to my work, which leaves me with much more free time in the mornings. To be honest, I usually use this time really productively by laying in the one spot on the couch for an hour slowly sipping my coffee and scrolling through Facebook and Instagram… 😉

Today I decided to make myself a healthy little green smoothie for breakfast and actually do something with my spare time. I’ve been getting back into the habit of making myself a Matcha tea in the mornings sometimes instead of a coffee for a bit of an antioxidant boost. But this morning I decided to incorporate my Matcha hit into my smoothie instead!

  • three large handfuls baby spinach & rocket mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 maple water or 1 cup purified water (this is Low FODMAP friendly – if you’re not following FODMAPs you could use coconut water)
  •  1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/4 tsp matcha tea (I recommend Panatea or Kenkotea ceremonial grade)
  • 1 inch frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 small sprig fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 small sprigs of fresh mint, chopped

I gave this a good blitz in the Nutribullet until it looked green and creamy.

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Ta-da!

Then, taking a tentative sip, I discovered that this drink had a delightful light flavour and was very refreshing!

Give it a try and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your variations on this recipe 🙂

Lexie x

Keep your skin Divine!

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Real Food Revolution event, held at the Crowne Plaza in Surfers Paradise.

This was an amazing opportunity to open my mind up to some new health and wellness information; and gosh, there is SO much to learn!

One presentation that really struck a cord with me was Therese Kerr‘s speech on organic beauty products.

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It is hard to imagine that beauty or self-care products could be poisonous, particularly when the label refers to “organic”, “pure” or “safe”. The reality is that unless you read the ingredient label, understand organic certification and consider the packaging you really don’t know what you are putting on your skin and in your body by way of absorption through the skin.

You can absorb MORE toxins from personal, skin and hair care products than you can absorb from your food!

Our skin is said to absorb chemicals up to 10 times faster than by way of ingestion and that is because our skin simply doesn’t have the digestive enzymes to break down the chemicals that our digestive system has available to it. The average woman puts over 200+ chemicals a day on her skin, of which 65-70% is being absorbed by the body… yuckie! The Divine by Therese Kerr range of natural products are certified by Australia’s most stringent certification body, The ACO, and are also Australian made.

Therese recommended using an app called “The Chemical Maze”, so that you can look into what precisely is within your products. Nowadays before I purchase any products I am sure to check the ingredient list and look each chemical up to see if it is naturally derived, and safe to use.

I sampled almost the entire range of Divine products at the Real Food Revolution and loved them! I kept going back for more of the Aloe Vera, Chamomile & Lavender Baby Moisturiser – it was so luxurious and the smell was amazing. Who’s to say I can’t have baby soft skin! 😛

Until Sunday 26th July you can claim a $25 gift voucher with the code “BLESSING”. What a great opportunity to treat yourself to a product that will love you back. I had to share this awesome shopping opportunity with you!

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Click HERE to shop 🙂

I really, truly love these products – and I promise to you that I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t!!

Let me know what organic skincare and beauty products you are loving in the comments below – I’d love to find some more beautiful and safe products to try.

Lexie x

Lazy morning lovin’

Most of the Valentine’s Days that have passed in my twenty-four years have been spent as a single lady.

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Cue ‘yonce. Damn that girl is fierce.

This is one Hallmark holiday that has never really ruffled my feathers, even though I did often daydream of finding my Mr Darcy and riding off into the sunset… I decided to see it as a way to do something special with my closest circle of friends.

I can remember writing ‘warm fuzzies’ for my high school girlfriends and taking small bears as gifts for those I held close to my heart.

So many people have so much hate for this holiday, but why go to the effort of creating unhappiness? Of course not every holiday can be enjoyed equally by all, but this is a perfect excuse to do something sweet for anyone special in your life!

Make a family member or a work colleague your valentine, and you have not only brightened their day, but you have lightened your heart by bringing more positivity into your life and theirs.

My secondary recommendation is to treat yo’self! Take yourself on a date! Do something you’ve been holding back from. Even if it’s just taking a Saturday morning off to lay in bed with a cup of tea and your favourite magazine, you don’t have to break the bank to show yourself a little love.

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Lazy mornings are the best.

Happy Saturday, lovers 🙂

Lexie x

Summer holidays are best spent by the seaside

As a child growing up in the Sunshine State, we spent all of our school holidays by the seaside.

Our home away from home at the Gold Coast brings back memories of evening beach walks, trips to the corner store to spend our pocket money on lollies, and the morning routine of beach -> pool -> lunch. A tried and true recipe for holiday happiness.

I was excited to spend some quality family time on the coast again during my Christmas holidays and relive my youth. The lolly store is now a surfboard shop, and our quiet Currumbin estuary is now a hub of family activity with the development of a play park and a beachside cafe. But some of these new changes have brought with them new family traditions, one example of this is espresso at Barefoot Barista with my brothers.

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The traditions may have slightly changed, but the sentiment remains the same 🙂

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Photography by Heather Louise

Dress: Witchery

Flower crown: made by me

Custom hair colour: Scissors Paper Rock Salon

Happy New Year!

Lexie x