Vietnamese veg curry

Vietnamese veg curryVietnamese vegetarian curry (adapted from the Happy Pear’s first cookbook)

A couple of days a week I opt for a meat free dinner and curries are my favourite go to option. I love the flavours from the spices along with the rainbow of colours from all the veg.  Having a variety of colours ensures that you are getting plenty of antioxidants and phytonutrients important for good health.


Don’t be scared off by the long list of ingredients. Most are store cupboard essentials so have these stocked up, then you only need to buy the fresh veg.   I made this with cauliflower rice as you’ll see in the pan to your left in the photo.

Ingredients (serves 6)

1 medium butternut squash
2 red peppers
1 fresh chilli
1 aubergine
1 leek
3 cloves garlic
1 cm cube of fresh ginger
4 tbps olive oil
6 tbsp tamari
1 x 400ml tin full fat coconut milk
Juice of 2 limes
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
A few pinches of salt (my fav is himalayan)
Ground black pepper
1 x 400g tin black beans
6 scallions
2 x bok choy

  1. Peel and deseed the butternut squash and cut it into bite-size pieces. Deseed the red peppers and the chilli, then cut the pepper into strips and finely slice the chilli. Cut the aubergine into bite-size pieces and slice the leek. Peel and finely chop the garlic and ginger.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200c/400f/gas mark 6. Put the squash, aubergine and peppers into a mixing bowl. Add 2 tbsp of the oil together with 2 tbsp of tamari and mix well. Transfer the mixed vegetables on to a baking tray and spread out evenly. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes.
  3. Put the remaining oil into a large pan over a low to medium heat and let it heat up for 2 minutes. Add the leek, garlic, chilli, ginger and cook gently over a low heat with the lid on, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add to a pan the coconut milk, lime juice, honey, turmeric, paprika, coriander, cumin, salt, black pepper and the remaining tamari and mix well. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, drain and rinse the black beans, slice the scallions into small rounds. Add the black beans to the pan along with the roasted squash, peppers and aubergine and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  6. Finally add the scallions just before serving.

Serve with cauliflower rice for a low carb dinner.  Cauliflower rice is so easy to make. For 2 people use ½ cauliflower, grate and then stir fry in 1 dessertspoon of olive oil with 1 crushed garlic clove and 1 tsp of cumin powder.

Time, are you spending it wisely?

It’s the start of another year, 2019, and with that comes reflection on the year gone by and setting intentions for the New Year.

Does anyone have “Time” top of mind?

When it comes to “Time” we are all on the same page with 24 hours in the day.   Hopefully you are sleeping well for at least 8 hours of the day which leaves 16 hours to fill your day wisely.   What are you doing with those 16 hours?  8 working,  8 spare?  Or maybe 12 working and 6 spare. What are you doing with your spare time.  Are you spending it wisely? What are your priorities and are you focusing on them efficiently in those few hours.

I don’t know if it’s just myself but as the years go by each one seems to fly by even faster.   Before I started to write this blog I noticed that the last one I wrote was over 20 months ago. Where did that time go!  Why did I not write more, obviously my time was focused elsewhere.

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What I come across regularly and it seems to be a challenge for everyone is lack of time.  This has an impact on all areas of our lives.  When it comes to nutrition, we are eating our food faster which means we’re not digesting it well and getting the maximum nutrients from our foods. With less time to prepare foods we are opting for convenience foods, readymade, which are often higher in added sugar, salt and artificial ingredients which increase weight, weaken immunity, imbalance hormones and increase digestive problems.  Lack of time equals more stress.  Stress as I’ve written about previously plays havoc with our health and we all could benefit from slowing down more. However instead of talking about stress and nutrition lets take a step back and think about “time”.

Prioritise your time well

We all have different goals and priorities which change depending on the stage we’re at in life. That’s why it is important to review them regularly.  Maybe you’ve debt to clear and finance is top of mind, or you have ill health and recovery is priority, or you lack social connection and want to spend more time with friends and family or make new connnections. Maybe you say “Yes” to too many requests and need to learn to say “No” more so that you can focus on your own priorities. Do you have time for what matters in your life?  Whatever your priority is you need to look at where you spend your time so that you can fit in your goals and achieve them.

When you’ve worked this out and set aside the time to focus on your goal, the next step is motivation. What will keep you motivated to action your intention in your spare time? If you’re struggling with motivation then click here to read a blog that I wrote on setting goals with tips to help motivate you to achieve then.

Managing distractions

We are living in an information society which brings many distractions.  Constant emails, texts, social media, bleeps and beebs from our mobiles, our mobiles that we cannot live without.  So when it comes to managing your time, review this area and identify your time wasters.

I’ve kept this blog short in the hope that you’ll have the time to read it and then take a few minutes to re-evaluate where you spend it.  After all time well spent adds to life well lived!

“When you understand the value of time, the resource and the wealth of time, you will be running away from the crowd, you will be running away from distractions.” Sunday Adelaja

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The run that changed my life


It all started back in April 2006 when I turned the last corner, on the last stage of a 10km charity race around the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Determined to cross the finish line in just under 60 minutes, I pushed my body to its then limits, and ignored the signs that my 33 year old body was saying, “Caroline don’t do it, you’re just about to push your body one step too far”. Little did I know as I approached that final hurdle that my life would totally change and take a different road into the future.

Didn’t realise the impact stress has on the body!
In the months leading up to this tipping point, my body was showing signs of fatigue as a result of a number of personal stresses that unfortunately all landed together in the space of one year. Little did I know during this time the impact that mental stresses like worry, anxiety, and fear can have on the body. They were causing physical fatigue where my energy levels and stamina were not the same as the year before and also my immune system had weakened. During the few weeks before the run I had developed a chest cold, taken antibiotics, and was just recovering from the infection when I ran that 10km race. I pushed my immune system to its limits by placing more physical stress on it with a long run.

After that race, I woke up the next day a different person. I suffered from constant chronic muscle pain that started in my legs and then followed into most of the muscles in my body. The fatigue I now had was chronic, it was not relieved after periods of rest and I had a long list of symptoms (digestive issues, poor stamina, brain fog, poor memory, sensitivity to light and sound, muscle pain, intolerance to alcohol, nausea) that resulted in my GP eventually diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as M.E. That race you could say was the final straw that broke the camel’s back!

Facing a future of uncertainty
I will always remember the first time I googled the term “chronic fatigue syndrome”, it was at my parent’s computer in their upstairs landing as I looked out their window at the beautiful landscape. Little did I realise how that landscape would change in the space of a few minutes as I opened the first webpage with a sad story of how a person described their life with this invisible illness. Tears strolled down my face; I wept alone, suddenly realising that there was no quick fix cure. All I could feel was a sense of hopelessness and despair as I was unsure how I was going to manage life into the future.

Taking lessons from life challenges
Looking back I believe that everything happens for a reason and the key is to take lessons from life challenges, grow from them and form a vision of how you wish to face the future. Some say you create your own luck, and looking back I firmly agree with this. Having said that I’m so grateful to the forces that be, that gave me hope and belief that I would one day recover my full health.

Health fully recovered
It took 7 years of research to learn what I needed to do to fully recover. My vision when I left my marketing career in banking in 2012 to set up a nutrition & health practice was to bring health, happiness and inspiration to as many people as possible, and it continues to be my vision to this day. Living with ill health for 7 years brought so many learnings both mentally, physically and spiritually.

Helping you to reach optimal health
I now work with people with all sorts of health problems – digestive, hormonal, weight issues and fatigue. My aim is to provide support to help get to the root cause of the health issue. The basis of my work is nutrition focused but I’m also a reiki master and energy healing is a therapy that I bring to my practice for those who are open to receiving it. Over the next year I plan to share with you what I have learned so far. So if you are interested in following then check out my blog posts here, for posts that I hope will help to fast track your health journey, and inspire you to follow the path to fully recover from whatever health challenge you are facing. I also send out a monthly newsletter, if you would like to subscribe to this just sign up under free updates here.

“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom”. George S Patton







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