Warm roast vegetable salad

Simple and delicious, this easy salad is endometriosis and SIBO diet friendly.

It’s proven such a winner for me I make it at least once a week. It’s great as a main meal or as a side dish. As always, try and use organic products, especially if you’re using shaved parmesan cheese, you can omit the cheese though and it’s just as delicious.

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You’ll need (serves approximately 2 people):

  • Some shaved quality parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 small eggplant (aubergine)
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 20 green beans
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 small red capsicum
  • 1/4 butternut pumpkin
  • 2 large handfuls of mixed lettuce
  • 1/4 cup of garlic infused olive oil (plus 2 tablespoons extra)
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of organic, pastured butter
  • 1/2 a lemon juiced
  • Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Method:

Cut the eggplant in half then sprinkle sea salt and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees.

Cut the eggplant in half again, wipe off the salt and drizzle with garlic infused olive oil. Place on a baking tray.

Chop the pumpkin, carrot and capsicum into large bite size pieces and drizzle with olive oil and sea salt, toss the vegetables through and place on a baking tray. Place the eggplant, pumpkin and carrot into the oven and roast for about 40 minutes – turn once during cooking and check on the vegetables after about 30 minutes, as depending on your oven they may require less time. Add the capsicum to the oven about 10 minutes before the other vegetables are due to come out as they require less time.

Heat a frypan or griddle with the butter on medium to low heat, then fry the zucchini on each side for a couple of minutes, add the beans and allow them to cook lightly for about 2 minutes.

Allow the cooked vegetables to cool slightly. In a large bowl add the remaining ingredients and toss gently, top with shaved parmesan cheese if using. Enjoy warm.

Yours in health – Meredith x

Green omelette with lemon yoghurt

Fresh and full  of flavour, this omelette is a delicious way to start the day. For the yoghurt I would suggest using organic goats milk yoghurt or coconut yoghurt. This recipe is endo-diet friendly but those of us with SIBO I would give this recipe a miss, as yoghurt is not allowed (unless your practitioner advises otherwise).

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Serves 1

You’ll need:

  • 2 eggs (always choose organic, pastured eggs for the omega 3 benefits)
  • Handful of rocket or argula
  • 1/4 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup of finely shredded spinach leaves
  • 1/4 lime (this can be omitted)
  • 1/2 lemon (juice only)
  • 1/4 cup of goats or coconut yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Method:

Whisk the eggs and mix through the basil, spinach, salt and pepper. Place the coconut oil in a frypan and place on low to medium heat. Pour the mixture into the pan, tilt the pan so the mixture forms a round shape.

While the omelette is cooking place the frozen peas under some warm water and ensure they are defrosted. Place the yoghurt in a bowl and squeeze in the lemon juice and some salt and pepper, stir well to combine.

When the omelette looks firm and cooked around the edges, pour some of the peas on top and with a spatula gently fold one edge over, allow to cook a little longer then place onto a plate. Dress the plate with rocket, remaining peas, the yoghurt mixture and if using a squeeze of lime.

Yours in health,

Meredith x

Endo awareness month

March marks endometriosis awareness month. Endometriosis affects approximately 1 out of every 10 women, it is a chronic illness with no cure, it can cause debilitating pain, chronic fatigue, anaemia, infertility to name a few. It can have serious psychological and social impacts on a woman’s life.

About 1 year ago I had major excision surgery to remove endometriosis, it involved 7 hour surgery which removed 90% of my endo that had stuck all of my lower organs together including my bowel and following surgery was a stint in intensive care.

A year on so much has happened, but my health is still a work in progress. The moment I forget about my health, don’t eat the right food, allow excess stress and anxiety to creep in I feel it; the symptoms flare up which include pain, ‘endo-belly’ which is bloating usually associated with period pain and digestive problems. It just confirms for me the importance of nurturing your body and mind. My surgery was mostly successful, but there is no cure for endo, but by embracing self-care strategies it can make all the difference to your quality of life.

endometriosis aus high tea

This month, March 2016 there are plenty of awareness events happening around the world. I will be attending a high-tea organised by Endometriosis Australia to recognise endometriosis awareness month. By attending these events we can create awareness and end the silence.

Meredith x