FAST Slow-cooked zucchini with basil and lemon

FAST Slow-cooked zucchini with basil and lemon

Yahoooo!! Slow cooked veg that’s quick to make. You’d expect the opposite, no?

I have stacks of zucchinis (my FAVOURITE  veg!) and bunches of overgrown basil just waiting to be torn and thrown in something quick.

Luckily I found a recipe, the perfect side dish to a little bit of protein or some quinoa, that will deal with both these dilemmas in one swift ( or slow!) cook.

I made mine into a ripper fridge surprise abundance bowl – coupled with sauerkraut, olives, feta, silverbeet and zucchini with white cashew sauce and a bit of left over quinoa.

This recipe is from The Petite Kitchen via IQS


6 Zucchinis sliced into rounds

Olive oil covering the base of you slow cooker or large frying pan.

Juice of 1 lemon

3 handfuls of basil leaves

Throw the zucchinis in warmed oil to coat and cook for  1 minute. Close the slow cooker lid and set the timer for 25 minutes or over a low heat for the same amount of time. If it’s in a pan, don’t forget to stir!

Remove from the heat.

Add lemon juice, basil, a pinch of sea salt.



Erin xx


Wild Orange and Clove Bliss balls!

Wild Orange and Clove Bliss balls!


You’ll need…

  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 Tbs almond meal
  • 1 Tbs cacao
  • 1/4C almonds (macadamias, cashews, any nuts!)
  • 1/4C Sunflower seeds (or pepitas!)
  • 3 drops of doTERRA On guard blend.
  • 1 Tbs rice malt syrup
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil melted

Optional extras…

  • 1 slice ground, dehydrated orange
  • 1-2 dates or dried figs

Soak dates to soften in a small amount of boiling water.

Pop all dry ingredients in a food processor.

Blitz until you get the desired consistency.

Add the rice malt syrup, essential oil, fruit (optional!) and coconut oil.

Blend until well combined.

Use your hands to roll the mixture into balls.

Makes approx. 12

So many exchanges can be made for all the ingredients in this recipe. Just make sure it’s the right consistency when you blend and VOILA!

If you have questions about essential oils, comment below or email me at I have a limited number of samples of On Guard so if you’d like some immune support for the coming cold months, just sing out!

Here’s a little info about the On Guard blend…


A sustainable garden

A sustainable garden

Have you regrown produce in your garden before?

Hands up if you throw away sad, wasted spring onions when they don’t get used? No longer!

Poke them into the soil when you purchase and chop off at ground level when you need them. They last ages.

Potatoes are another easily regrowable vegetable. Wait until they shoot, chop so that each piece has a shoot and plant. Keep topping up the soil so that they have space to grow.

Lucky last…celery!


Here’s mine, currently residing comfortably on my windowsill…

Very simply, cut the bottom off a bunch of celery and pop into a small bowl of water. When it’s established you can plant it and use stalks as needed.

Have you regrown anything before? Comment below and give me more ideas if you like!

Erin xx


A smoothie post – by request

A smoothie post – by request

Yes, you heard right.

I’m like a DJ spinning the tracks that you want played for your night out (Ok, cut me a break, self confessed nerd here!).

A whole lot less DJ, more like huge food and recipe sharing groupie!

The lovely Hanifa sent me a snapchat last night asking what I put in my green smoothies. So I did what any great friend would do. I replied with a serious of ridiculous, long winded explanations of all the different types of smoothies that I make.
I also gave her a tour of my freezer. On video. Yes, isn’t she lucky?

Because remember? I fell in love with it a little while back, you can check that post out here.

Here goes. This is the smoothie explanation.

  1. Freeze EVERYTHING

I do this a lot. Your freezer works more efficiently when it is full. So fill ‘er up!

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At the moment I have…

  • Spinach leaves
  • Chopped celery tops
  • Chopped zucchini
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Kale leaves – you’d think these would go yucky but they don’t.
  • Activated cashews (Soaked for a few hours so as they are easier to digest)
  • Activated almonds (left overs from a similar nut milk recipe you’ll find here)
  • Cubes of juiced lemon (leftovers!)
  • Cubes of coconut milk or cream (the can dregs that I didn’t get to using)
  • Peeled and halved or chopped bananas – If I feel like I need the sweet
  • Chopped apples and pears that were on their way out.
  • Berries
  • Pumpkin puree

2. Crowd out the refined sweet stuff with this little gem below.

Here’s a base recipe that’s easily modifiable to suit a creation of your own!

  • 1 Cup liquid (water, coconut water, almond or rice milk)
  • 1/2 zucchini or other frozen green veg
  • 1/4 almonds (or other activated nuts)
  • Handful spinach (or other green)
  • A little fruit if you like 1/4 berries or 1/4-1/2 banana.

Blitz and enjoy with adjustments from below if you so desire.

3. Be creative!

Here’s a few suggestions that might float your boat…

For creaminess – add avocado or a little coconut cream. Zucchini also makes things a bit creamy!

Up the greens – spinach, kale, silver beet, beetroot leaves, cucumber, zucchini, celery, spiralling or chlorella powder, basil, mint, other herbs, ANYTHING green. Even leftovers! Yes Hanifa, I’ve even used beans!

Increase protein – chia, frozen nuts eg almonds or cashews, 2 tsp nut butter, flax seeds.

Add sweetness – 1/2 tsp maca, splash of vanilla, a medjool date (softened or chopped), sprinkle of bee pollen.

Add extra flavour – vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut oil, ginger, handful of mint

I’m also going to be experimenting with essential oils in the coming weeks. Some of the doTERRA oils can be used internally so I’ll be having a go at adding these too shortly. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted! These uses are on my list:

Add a drop of peppermint – for alertness, to invigorate and help with focus

Add a drop of wild orange – to aid digestion, to allay nerves

Add a drop of lemon – invigorate, warm the body, alkalising

If you want to read more about oils or purchase click here

Share your favourite smoothie recipe below!

Erin xx

What’s that smell?

What’s that smell?

You may have read my post introducing Nat Kringoudis recently.

Since completing her ecourses and learning more about women’s health via her website, I have kept my ears (and nose!) to the ground, attune to ways of reducing stress, improving my sleep and reducing the toxic load that good old life throws at us on a day to day basis. I’m doing the gradual shift from chemically laden health, beauty and cleaning products to more natural options.

Enter essential oils.

Nat mentions their use as cold remedies here.

The Sleep Foundation also shares that “certain smells may have an effect on your sleep” adding that there are benefits in supporting sufferers of insomnia and indications that may show improved sleep for babies and children.

Here are just some of the topical uses…

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I’ve dabbled in essential oil use over the years but haven’t really engaged properly until the last few weeks. I was introduced to doTERRA essential oils by Elise from The Thrive Hive. We met at Barry in Northcote and chatted about the benefits and practical uses of different essential oils – they are definitely for more than just pretty scents!

Contact me on or visit my doTERRA page to learn more and see the multitude of oils available and their associated uses.

Have you used essential oils? Do you have a concern that could be addressed by them? Comment below to share!

To read my post about Nat Kringoudis, head here.

To visit her website and learn about her ecourses click here.

Visit Elise at The Thrive Hive.

Erin xx

A must read.

A must read.

This book is a cracker. If you have any interest at all in your gut, the human microbiome and its associated immunity…read on!

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I mentioned it in a previous post when I shared my adventures with fermented veg here.

Giulia pares back the usual scientific guff to focus her energies towards explaining the inner workings of our gastrointestinal system and all manner of visitors…or residents, that inhibit it. Her no holds barred approach provides an intriguing insight into the life that teems inside and outside of our bodies.

Intolerances to gluten and lactose, weight, stress and all sorts of other manifestations of the human condition are coupled with her passion and enthusiasm for everything gut related, making this book an absolute must read for the gut-enthusiast!

Have you read it?
Let me know your thoughts!

Erin xx



A garden of gifts

A garden of gifts


fullsizerenderAren’t they as pretty as a picture?
I LOVE giving away the fruits of my gardening labour in the form of herbs and produce that I’ve grown at home.

If you’re lacking inspiration for how you can use herbs at home…here you go!

Mint – for indigestion and bloating.

Spinach or Silverbeet – in a breakfast bowl with a poachie. I shared the how to here.

Lavender – A simple tea using the flower buds, dried or fresh

Sage – Sage butter served on bread. Or use it to make a gargle for sore throats.

Lemon and mint – to add a little flavour and entice you to drink more water. Hydrate!

Lemon Verbena – fresh or dried leaves added to a cup of hot water make the perfect cup of tea to relax with, especially in this wintery weather we’ve been having in Melbourne over the last few days.

Put your herb requests in now friends. I’m happy to share :o)

Erin xx