Recipes for Colder weather

When the weather starts getting cold I start craving warmer meals, long gone are the days I casually throw together a salad thinking this will satisfy me, instead I long for warmer, heartier meals that will satisfy and keep warm on the coldest of days. Continue reading

Nectarine Green Smoothie

I’ve been loving smoothies lately. ¬†I make a large batch in the morning, and keep them on hand for those times Arren just refuse to be put down, which happen quite often. ¬†Arren just loves his mommy’s bony arms. ¬†During those times its extremely difficult to even try to make something to eat, and I’m still learning how to eat with one hand while holding a growing baby with a floppy head with the other, its not as easy as you would think!

Smoothies have become my go to meal replacement, I keep telling myself that it wont be like this for long and soon he wont need me as much anymore so right now I’m taking the cuddles when I can get them and just really enjoying this time. ¬†These smoothies really give me that extra boost to be the best mother to him I can possibly be.

This is my go to smoothie recipe, the sweetness of the nectarines and the tangy-ness of the lemons make this a sweet and sour treat that I just can’t get enough of. ¬†Filled with all that good for you ingredients that keep me going while breastfeeding, and squat bouncing with a baby. ¬†The best workout I’ve ever had has been having a baby. ¬†I’ve really started getting creative with my bounces, ¬†Arren really enjoys all the strange bounces. ¬†What can I say I apparently make them weird, but I make a damn delicious smoothie too!

NECTARINE GREEN SMOOTHIEserves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 soft nectarines, washed and chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 a small cucumber, washed and chopped
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1-2 lemons, juiced. ¬†Depends how lemony you like it.
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1- 2 cup kale
  • 1 1/2 cups – 2 cups water
  • sweetener to taste
  • ice

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a glass and serve! Easy as that.

He’s HERE!

We’ve been in newborn baby bliss for almost two weeks! Time really is flying…taking care of the cutest little addict around, pooping himself and puking all over us, has just been the best. Sometimes really tiring, but little Arren Yuki knows he owns our hearts and we will just do anything for him. ¬†Like never putting him in the bassinet because he just hates it so much. ¬†I never in my wildest dreams thought a bassinet would bring someone such unhappiness, you would think its made out rusty nails or something? Its not, its all comfy and wonderful, but being held in mommy’s bony arms all day is just way better. ¬†I’m enjoying this time being confined to the bed or couch, being taken hostage by the cutest little heart thief around. ¬†He only needs me for such a short amount of time, so I’m just trying to soak in all this newborn baby goodness, while I can.

During this pregnancy and now postpartum I’ve realised that people just generally suck. ¬†People tend not to listen to how you want to raise your child, and feeling disrespected all the time is apparently just the norm. ¬†Carl and I both feel like no one cares to listen what we’ve ¬†said and have felt a little to a lot disrespected. ¬†I think its mostly just the fact that no one actually listens anymore and people make up versions of reality in their head that suits their tastes (that makes them feel better). ¬†Our little family means everything to us and we just want to give Arren all the opportunities we never received. ¬† I want Arren to live a happy life knowing he can be whoever or whatever he wants to be. ¬†He can love who ever he wants without me judging him, and knowing I will always listen completely to what he has to say, I never want him to feel like he can’t talk to me about his worries. ¬†I will never tell him to do what I say not what I do, I wan’t him to see the good and learn from that. ¬†This little monster has filled my heart with so much joy.

Sometimes you just have to take the reigns of your own life and do what you think is best for your family. ¬†Carl and I both discuss everything in great detail and weigh all our options before we make decisions. ¬†It feels good to be with an intelligent, strong minded man that voices his thoughts and researches everything like crazy. ¬†Hes already such a good father to our son and the fact that hes been such a big part of this pregnancy ;never missing an appointment and being so proud of little Arren already is just a joy to watch. ¬†I can’t wait to see the man our little baby becomes with such a lovely dad showing him the ropes and I can’t wait to see Carl grow more and more in his father role.

Here’s like a million more photos of Arren, if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some of them there.

^^ Hes always just staring at things.

^^ Making cute faces.

^^ Or being utterly serious.

^^ Sometimes he just wonders. what the hell is mommy doing.

^^ Or he thinks hes home alone.

^^ This was when he was 2 – 3 days old, check out my beautiful knotted hair, thanks to sleep deprivation and not being able to take a bath.

^^ Gas never looked so cute.

^^ 1 day old and I was already rocking the hair knot.

 

 

Mung Bean Fritters with a Peach Chutney ( Gluten free, vegan, Sugar free, High Protein)

Mung beans, might sound like something completely new to most people, but they’ve actually been used in Ayurveda diets in India for centuries! Mung beans are considered a cherished food in ancient Indian practices, that’s been used as a medicine since 1 500 B.C. ¬†These little green beans are filled with protein, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients, for such a small bean they sure do pack a nutritional punch! ¬†No wonder they are used as medicine.

When I think about Mung beans I think about the one time Carl and I were shopping in an Asian Supermarket somewhere, and without paying much attention to the floor, because who really looks at the floor in a grocer, I stepped on a ripped open bag of mung beans, I remember just really crushing them with my feet, I continued walking like nothing happen just to see Carl looking just as confused as I was, about what he just stepped on.  After a lot of giggling we continued on with our shopping, only to go back to that same section to see a worker scooping up all the mung beans, sealing it, reweighing it and putting it back on the shelf.  Since that day I only buy things that are really sealed and I really, really wash my rice and legumes!  Let that be a lesson to everyone! Unless you like the taste of shoe with your bean! Wash all your legumes like someone might have stepped on it somewhere!

These fritters don’t taste like dirty shoe, they taste amazing, unless of course you’re into the dirty shoe taste! Is quick to prepare after the soak! and is accompanied with the most amazing peach chutney! ¬†The chutney compliments the spices of the fritters amazingly is sugar free, raw and will just make you want to dip everything you can find. ¬†If you love Indian food you will love this recipe.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF MUNG BEANS

  1. Helps lower high blood pressure.
  2. Contains antioxidants that fight cancer development.
  3. Provides a high amount of Protein
  4. Can help prevent type 2 diabetes
  5. Boost Immunity and protect against viral infections
  6. High source of vitamins and minerals. ¬†Mung beans are loaded with folate, magnesium, b vitamins, manganese, zinc and calcium. ¬†That’s a whole lot of goodness in one small little bean.
  7. Helps with weight loss
  8. Can help decrease PMS symptoms.
  9. Easy to digest.

Why you should soak your legumes? when you soak your beans overnight and rinse them well, it makes them easier to digest and takes away the gassy element that beans sometimes gives you.  It also helps remove phytic acid that can cause tooth decay.

MUNG BEAN FRITTERS – 18 fritters

Mung Bean Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mung beans soaked in enough water to cover it overnight
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 cup chard or kale leaves
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying

Directions

Blend the soaked and rinsed well mung beans with the water, garlic,cumin seed and kale, until it looks like a smooth pancake batter.  Add more water if it needs to be a little less thick.

Stir in the coriander, turmeric, ginger, carrot, zucchini, green onions and cilantro.  Season with salt and pepper.

Heat some coconut oil, in a large skillet over medium high heat and spoon the mixture onto the hot skillet, I try to get them to be all nice and flat by smoothing them out at this stage.  Cook about 3 Р4 at a time.  Cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Continue until the batter is done.

PEACH CHUTNEY

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Ingredients

  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • 1 tsp raisins
  • 1 tsp goji berries – optional, or just add more raisins
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp liquid sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ginger
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • pinch coriander
  • fresh cilantro

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until blended together, but not completely smooth.  Taste and adjust spices.  Serve on top of the fritters.  YUM!

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an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Weekends are made for gluten free, sugar free graham crackers.  These were so yum!

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^^ Our neighbourhood beach was way to bright for Carl.

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^^ The sand was so difficult to walk on, but so worth it.

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^^ Pretty mountains and such a blue ocean.  Wow.

 

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^^ Pretty flowers on our evening walk.

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^^ I love this little neighbourhood, it gives me such an old school European feel. ¬†All the kids playing on the streets, people constantly walking around and just a wonderful sense of community, and the cutest little houses you’ve ever seen.

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^^ A bit of a commotion on the beach thanks to a dog running after this train trying to bite at it. ¬†I’ve never actually seen a train slow down for a dog before. ¬†The dog survived the ordeal.

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^^ Magical.

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^^ Pretty flowers on the beach.

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^^ A pretty sky right in front of our little house.

Hey friends! How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything interesting? We had a completely overwhelming weekend filled with all the house things we are still trying to get done. ¬†I’ve painted baby A’s room, but have been confused about painting the wooden ceiling or not, I really think the roof needs to be painted white to open up and brighten up this space, but at the same time I’m wondering if the wooden ceiling will go more with the woodland theme we’ve got going on in there. ¬† So far I’m 95% in favour of painting it white. ¬†What do you think? Should I paint it?

We’ve had glorious cooler weather here, that we’ve just been loving! ¬†It would have been even better if we had our couch by now. ¬†Ordering stuff online in South Africa is such a pain, in America you’ve got drone deliveries here we have to wait an unnaturally long time for anything to arrive! ¬†We’ve also been trying to get a telephone line installed for internet, but wow its turned into the biggest deal! We apparently have to wait 5 – 21 days. ¬† What kind of timeline is that? It doesn’t even make sense to me! Oh well! Everything is a lesson, and right now I’m learning how to have patience.

Here’s to another week! I hope this one is just as great.