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Super Grains


Ceres Organics Super Grain Mix: White, red, black quinoa, & amaranth

Gluten-free, nutritional powerhouse full of endless health benefits…

Mixed with pumpkin, kumara, cauliflower, red & green capsicum, carrots, onion, cashews, & pine nuts. Asparagus is in season now!

Leftover pumpkin pureed to make vegan pumpkin cookies. Yum!

There are many ways to eat quinoa. We ate it with vegetables as we needed to make a pumpkin puree for our cookies. You can eat it in place of rice as a variety of side dishes, make vegan quinoa sushi, mix with kale or other greens, use in baking, or mixed with avocado. Quinoa can easily be added to almost any meal. We made some up and had leftovers in the fridge to add to all of our meals for protein and nutrition.

You can buy quinoa as a grain or mixed grain, quinoa cereal, and even quinoa puffs.

How do you eat quinoa?

Roasted Vegetable Salad & Pumpkin Cookies


fresh rosemary

Rosemary for coughing? I recently read somewhere that rosemary is a good herb to eat if you have a cough and had just been talking with a good friend about her beautifully fast growing rosemary plant. Zaedyn started coughing a bit yesterday. I was hoping it would not come to anything, but I thought I would get some rosemary to give him just in case.

Zaedyn tasted a fresh rosemary leaf, but ended up falling asleep before dinner was ready as he was too tired from a busy day. At least I ended up with this yummy roast vegetable salad with fresh rosemary for dinner. Lucky enough, there was heaps leftover which we were able to enjoy for lunch today. Zaedyn doesn’t seem to be coughing today, but I don’t think that I can put it down to the rosemary. At least I know what to use next time any of us have a cough. Has anyone else ever eaten rosemary as a natural remedy for coughing or tried rosemary oil?

I prefer to eat most vegetables raw and know that they are better for us that way, but there were a couple reasons that I decided to make this salad. When we were in Rarotonga in January, one of the restaurants made me a special meal one night which was a variety of roasted vegetables and hummus. It was so yummy, and I would have gone back again if we weren’t at the end of our trip. A few months ago, I decided to make my own creation with courgettes, pumpkin, onion, capsicum, kumara, and cashews over mixed greens with capsicum hummus. It was delicious! Zaedyn was pretty excited as well, however, he was only eating the hummus by the spoonful which he often likes to do. Also, I did not give him any cashews.

When thinking of how to use rosemary last night, I thought that this salad would be perfect. This time I made kumara with fresh rosemary, pumpkin, capsicum, and onion on top of spinach leaves. I could not decide which nuts to use so I ended up with a combination of cashews, walnuts, and pine nuts. Again, this was absolutely delicious.


About a week ago, I saw a photo of some pumpkin cookies from the Lunchbox Bunch. I really wanted to try them and actually ended up making my own version which is super yummy. Zaedyn and I made them today for David’s birthday with the extra pumpkin we cooked alongside our veggies last night. Our own pumpkin puree with yummy and healthy ingredients. I would definitely make these again.

chia seeds

Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

Dry Ingredients:
~1 1/4 cups organic rolled oats
~3/4 cup rice flour
~1/2 cup LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond)
~1/2 cup raw sugar *optional
~1 tsp cinnamon
~1 TBSP baking powder

Wet Ingredients:
~1/3 c water + 2 tsp chia seeds
~1/2 tsp vanilla extract
~1 cup homemade pumpkin puree
~1 tsp raw organic apple cider vinegar
~2 TBSP melted coconut oil

Mix wet into dry ingredients and add in:
~3/4 cup chopped walnuts
~1 cup chocolate

Dough can be chilled or cooked straight away for 12 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius.

*Thank you to Healthy Happy Life for the idea to make pumpkin cookies and the basic recipe which I adjusted. Check out their site for some yummy looking recipes.

Rā whānau ki a koe, rā whānau ki a koe, rā whānau ki a David, rā whānau ki a koe!

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear David, happy birthday to you!

Happy Birthday, David! Lots of love xxx

Avocado Corn Salsa


Chopped Avocado, Onion, Coriander (Cilantro), & Tomato

Mix coriander, onion, tomato, & organic corn

Add Avocado

     As a salad, wrap filling, infused with quinoa (keen-wa), salsa, as a base to add beans and other ingredients. There are endless possibilities of how to eat this fresh avocado corn salsa. At a work team building get together, I tried some sort of corn tomato salsa. I cannot exactly remember what was in it, but it tasted very fresh and yummy scooped onto rice crackers. Not too sure if I even needed the crackers as there was far more salsa piled on top. Since then, I have been thinking about making it, and somehow ended up with this mix that came together nicely. Chopped avocado, coriander (cilantro), onion, tomato, and organic corn. You can make it as simple or complicated as you like. I chose to add avocado as it is a very healthy fat full of goodness. Feel free to be creative and use ingredients from your kitchen or garden, and even keep it healthy and raw as is or wrapped inside some greens.

     Growing up in California, I grew to love salsa. Especially spicy salsa. Yes, I will admit that when I was little I was known for only taking the chips and dipping it into the salsa juice. I did get a few laughs from my family. Over time, I grew to love the veggies, too :). This salsa is a little bit sweeter with the corn, but it is a good variation nonetheless. In my wandering journey throughout the health food section at the supermarket, I found a few new products that I would not normally buy, but I was more curious than anything. Gluten-free, no preservatives, no artificial colours or flavours, and something called Crostini that resembles bruschetta. What is the difference? From what I can quickly gather, crostini is a smaller thinner version of bruschetta. Anyways, my curiosity of crostini and recreating a corn salsa led me to this…

Salsa Crostini

     Meanwhile, cheeky Zaedyn was hungry. I looked down to find him helping himself to my Nashi pear which was just about as big as him. There were a few moments of funny faces with uncertainty about the pear skin, but that did not stop him. He continued to sit there and munch away.