lentil lasagne

 

just like children, my dad requires some innovation when it comes to meat-free recipes. classic country man, that he is. luckily, this recipe hits all the right spots; heaps of vegetables make it nutrient rich but it still tastes just as naughty as nonna’s.

without further ado…

ingredients

2x grated zucchini

2x grated carrot

1x tinned tomatoes (or if you have cherry tomatoes coming out of your ears… two birds, one stone)

3x garlic cloves

1x tub of ricotta

1x tin organic lentils

1x leek or onion

splash of balsamic vinegar

splash of red wine

sprinkling of cheese

cracked pepper (to taste)

lasagne sheets (fresh is best)

method

preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

cook off leek/onion in olive oil. add tomatoes, balsamic and red wine and allow to cook down.

grate all your vegies and rinse lentils. squeeze excess moisture from the zucchini. add to the tomato mixture and cook for about 10 minutes or until nice and saucy.

chuck in the pepper as well.

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layer the sauce, pasta sheets, ricotta until the casserole dish is pretty much full then sprinkle with cheese and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

ta da. so easy. so delicious. serve with pear and walnut salad and a glass (bottle?) of red, if you wanna be fancy.

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cheers,

cara x

truth bomb

the hard truth about recovering from anorexia.

 “I no longer wear exhaustion as a badge of honor.”

                                                                  – Brene Brown

i place so much of my self-worth on my appearance, achievements, academic excellence, prestigious degrees – as if these are the only markings of success. as if a thin body and a certificate make me worthy of love.

but does anything really matter, if i’m making myself sick in doing it?

i’m not happy. in fact, i’m fucking depressed and often have thoughts that I will be stuck in this cycle of addiction and restriction and complete loneliness for the rest of my life. that I’m a failure for not finding a career path that fits or being able to feed myself 3 meals a day.

but then there is a little part of me that wonders if there isn’t more to life than what we’re told. are we born to pay bills and die?

i am constantly trying to do more, be more, achieve more in the vague hope that i’ll suddenly be happy one day. but so much of this is tied up in what i think other people expect of me.

and so, i have made the decision to step back. i’ve deferred my studies and i’m going back to live with my parents and master the art of doing absolutely nothing.

i am slowly trying to remove the guilt and shame attached to not being in melbourne, working 9-5, earning heaps of money and the praise of my peers. trying to let go of the fear that i will be judged for having a mental illness.

i want to start making time to be present.  prioritising things like reading, meditating, resting, doing yoga, taking a bubble bath, lighting candles, playing with my pets and spending time with friends.

practicing the art of just ‘being’.

my body, my mind and my spirit need time to slow down.

and there’s nothing shameful in that.

cara x

*if you or anyone you knows needs help with an eating disorder, don’t hesitate to get in contact with me or give Eating Disorders Victoria a call on 1300 550 236.

box of bliss

it’s thursday. oh, happy days. one day until the weekend and all that.

but what makes THIS thursday extra special?

a very unexpected care package from carman’s muesli… for reference, nothing gets me going like a box of bliss balls.

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jam-packed with all the good stuff, these superfood bites are gluten-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened with fruit.

they’re a natural pick-me-up to combat the dreaded 330itis. and with three different flavours, everyone should be able to find a healthy alternative to those left over easter eggs.

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so do yourself a favour and grab some next time you’re at the supermarket. this nutritionist (in training) approves 😉

cara x

 

 

apple 3.14

apple pie. how clever am i? that, or i’m just really running out of cool titles…

anyway, here’s my recipe for a super tasty treat that is gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free but definitely not taste free!

base

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

2 cups of dates

(measurements are not accurate, just use a food processor until you can mold it into a cup-like form using a muffin tray. also, make sure you use baking paper otherwise they’ll get stuck).

filling

4-5 organic apples

chai masala spice mix

dash of water

(stew the apples with lid on until soft, then take the lid off towards the end to allow the apples to caramelise in the sauce).

that’s it. stick your base in the fridge and after 2-3 hours, pop some apples on top.

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delish and nutrish. eat up!

cara x