Singapore noodles *vegetarian

There is nothing more satisfying than tucking into a bowl of noodles… who’s with me?

A really quick + easy weeknight dinner, full of deliciousness! Most of the ingredients in this dish you would typically have on hand – so you can make spare of the moment.

If you don’t have kai lan, you can swap out for snow peas, or any asian green.

serves 4

ingredients

125g rice vermicelli
375ml vegetable stock
300g frozen vegetarian chicken pieces *gluten free
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 brown onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves finely diced
1 tsp grated ginger
2 carrots, cut into thin batons
small yellow pepper, cut into strips
3-4 pieces kai lan, cut into batons (same length as the carrots) + leaves
2 tbsp mild curry powder
2 tbsp organic tamari
4 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup unsalted, roasted cashews

fresh coriander

method

Pour the vegetable stock into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Add the vermicelli, stir through. Cover and leave (stirring occasionally) to soak.

Heat 1 tbsp sesame oil in a frypan, over medium – high heat. Cook the onion until translucent. Add the garlic + ginger. Stir through.

Add the remaining sesame oil to the frypan. Add the vegetarian chicken, carrots, yellow pepper, kai lan stalks + curry powder. Cook until the vegetables are slightly tender (but still firm).

Add tamari, green onions, soaked noodles, kai lan leaves + toss to combine. Cook + stir until noodles are coated. Sprinkle with cashews.

Serve in noodle bowls with chopsticks.

Scatter with fresh coriander.

Mocha pudding (slow cooker)

I bloody love my vintage ’70’s slow cooker (crock cooker). It’s at least 45 years old + never misses a beat. I inherited the orange goddess from my beautiful nan when she passed. I hope that it continues working for another 45 years! They certainly built things to last back in the day.

I must admit, I have used more modern slow cookers, but they tend to cook faster with the different technology. I like to be able to leave mine on all day when cooking a curry or the like. You hearing me?

In this recipe, I cook my pudding for 1.5 hours on a low setting … but, I would check regularly with your pudding if you are using a more modern cooker. You want it slightly firm, yet still gooey. There should be moist crumbs when you insert a toothpick in the centre.

The combination of coffee + chocolate is always a winner in my book. You can really taste the coffee in this dessert. I haven’t been shy with the quantity!

Pop this little number on when you are staring to cook dinner, so it will be ready when you have eaten + are sniffing around for dessert.

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ingredients

serves 4 

1 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1/2 cup raw organic cacao
1 tbsp coffee ground (I used Yahava Espresso)
pinch sea salt
4 large free range eggs
1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
1/2 cup melted organic butter
1 vanilla bean

method

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.

Pour pudding mixture into your slow cooker (low setting). Cover + cook.

Serve immediately with ice-cream (I love almond milk/caramel – it’s dairy free), berries or chopped nuts.

 

Sleep support. Drifting off to dreamland

Sleep plays a crucial role in your physical health and is as equally important as nutrition, exercise + emotional wellbeing. Quality sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells communicate with each other and is involved with healing + repair of the heart and blood vessels.

7-9 hours is the recommended sleep duration for adults

Essential oils may provide the safe, natural support you just need – for getting consistent, quality sleep + in managing stress.

Aroma’s/scents can have a strong influence over how we feel. When we smell something, our olfactory nerve sends signals directory to our limbic system (the part of our brain responsible for memory/mood. That is why certain scents can instantly make us feel uplifted, relaxed, nostalgic, or recall a memory.

Choosing essential oils that promote relaxation can help to prepare your body into a restful state, ready for slumber. Making essential oils part of your night time routine (before bed) can also help to train your mind to associate the specific scent with falling asleep.

Essential oils have adaptogenic properties – which means they can either stimulate or relax your nervous system, depending on what your body needs in the moment. A balancing effect per say.

Daily mindfulness + meditation are also wonderful daily wellness lifestyle habits

There are various ways to use essential oils for sleep support, including:

  • Diffusing in the bedroom in a diffuser
  • Rolling a sleep blend onto the forehead + neck
  • Massage a few drops into the feet + spine
  • Inhaling a few drops from cupped hands
  • Add to epsom salts and soak in the bath before bedtime
  • Creating an essential oil spray to spritz in the bedroom or onto your pillow 

 

oils

Essential oils to use for sleep support, but not limited to;

  • Place 1 -2 drops of lavender oil on your pillow
  • Combine 1 cup epsom salts with 10 drops Balance + 10 drops Lavender Peace *mix + pour into the bath
  • Inhale 1-2 drops of lavender or vetiver from cupped hands
  • Combine 15 drops of Vetiver + Wild orange in a 10ml roller bottle + top with fractionated coconut oil. Keep beside the bed + apply to neck/behind the ears when getting into bed. (this is my personal blend … my body instinctively responds to the scent – helping to switch off my mind + calm my system down.
  • Diffuse 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops cedarwood + 1 drop marjoram or,                                 4 drops lavender, 2 drops cedarwood, 2 drops Wild orange + 1 drop Ylang ylang *there are so many variations to try – go with oils that resonate with you
  • Combine 2 tbsp witch hazel, 10 drops lavender oil, 6 tbsp filtered water in a small spray bottle and spritz in the bedroom (or on the sheets + pillow)

It is all about creating routine… unwinding, and getting yourself in a zen garden before bed. That’s right, no Facey or Insta in bed!

Plant alchemy

Only use the highest quality and purest essential oils, that have been tested to verify purity + composition. Essential oils are extremely potent, so less is more. When applying topically, always dilute with a carrier oil.

You can purchase pure, high quality essential oils/diffusers here by clicking on “SHOP” (which will give you retail prices). Alternatively, you can click “JOIN + SAVE” to benefit from wholesale prices (25% off retail) for a $35 annual membership fee (why wouldn’t you!) If you buy a kit, this fee is waived! A wholesale account includes my on-going support, a personal Wellness Consult, access to umpteen oily resources and to our oily community/private FB group.

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May you rest more easily + snooze more deeply.

Happy New Year!

With love,

Kristy x

 

 

 


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