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Zucchini Pesto Pasta

I love to cook, and if I can cook something healthy and good for me that’s quick and easy after a full day at work – I’m winning.

I’ve made this pesto mix and kept it in the fridge in jars for easy to grab meals in the past, I’ve chopped and changed it until i got it right. Make sure its under oil if you make in advance.

I get asked a lot for this particular recipe and I thought I would share it to anyone that wants to give it a go. I have added chicken in the past, but it needs a few alterations to the recipe that I have posted below. I’ve also added Kale, use this as a base recipe and chop and change it as you like.

My 8 year old is a fussy eater and he doesn’t know about the anchovies. The first time I made this – I called it HULK PASTA. Kids love meals named after their favorite characters.  We now refer to it as Pesto Pasta.

I hope you enjoy it and share it with others that are looking for a quick and healthy meal.

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Zucchini Pesto Pasta

Cooking Time: 20 mins

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients

1 packet of Pasta of your choice

1 bunch of parsley (so stem)

1 bunch of basil (no stems)

10 anchovies (I use the ones in oil)

3 cloves of garlic (peeled)

¼ cup of pine nuts

3 handfuls of parmesan cheese (I use Pecorino)

½ cup Olive Oil

3 Black/Green Zucchini (medium size)

1 onion diced (optional)

(Don’t salt – the anchovies and cheese are already salty)

Method:

  1. In a food processor – mix the parsley, basil, anchovies, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil and 2 handfuls of cheese. Blitz it into a loose mixture. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more olive oil.
  2. With the zucchini – you can grate them, slice them, or use a spiraliser that makes zucchini noodles. (I use the spiraliser for the best results)
  3. Boil water for pasta and lightly salt the water. Cook pasta. When the pasta is cooked – drain (save ½ cup of the water) Leave the pasta in the strainer for a few minutes while you do step 4.
  4. In the pasta pot – add 2 tablespoons of oil, stir fry the zucchini for a minute (you can add diced onion if you like), add the pesto mix with the zucchini and then stir through the pasta. Coat the pasta with the pesto mixture and then Finish off with the last handful of parmesan cheese.
  5. Serve 😊

 

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Mind Full, or Mindful?

Happy Monday. 

Since my last post- I have made a conscious effort to stay present. 

With the social media apps missing from my phone, I’ve barley touched it. I’m not constantly checking my phone. Amazing how quickly we get hooked to the world inside the phone. I feel lighter without it. 

Yesterday I used some of my Sunday to catch up on clearing areas in the home that have bought me some stress lately. My office being one of those rooms. Clutter can appear so quickly if you let it. 

I realised AGAIN that I have a stationery addiction. I have enough note books for this life time and enough pens to start my own store. It’s safe to say, I need to stay clear of office works for a long, long…. very long time. 

I came across old photos of school and family events, my honeymoon and my sons first years. It was nice to relive some of those memories and I found some photos of an old friend- I messaged them to her. Man, we were so damn cute!

 I even found the photos that I disliked so much from my year 12 formal- the ones that had me with the dress that I didn’t know was “see through” with a flash until everyone deleloped their photos and told me/ showed me. That was a rough week.

 I threw them out. My husband thought I was being crazy- but I think it was a wonderful idea. It’s an event I don’t care to remember. 

Why was I hanging onto an album with photos that don’t bring happy memories? 

Question- What do you have laying around that doesn’t bring you happiness every time you see it? If you can’t throw it out, put it somewhere out of sight. 


Ok….Put your phone down, step away from the computer or tv for 20 mins and be present. 

Seriously. It’s a fantastic feeling. 

What can you hear? What can you taste? What can you smell? What can you feel? 

Nothing matter but what is happening this very minute. 

We often run on auto pilot and forget to stop and just be. 

Until next time, make it a great day x


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Reset- Happy New Year

I’ve let anger brew in myself lately. Frustration and anger, hurt and sadness. 

Someone pass me a tissue.

 I’ve been totally negative. I admit it. I’ve been able to see the bad in almost everything. 

Exhausted! Cold from the winter and so damn tired. 

And sooooo hungry! It’s as though I’m eating for 3!

Then I saw this quote. 


Made me stop and think. 

I wasn’t liking my message these days. My message lately has been full of complaining.

What the hell is wrong with me? What was making me so worked up that I couldn’t get into a happier state? Knowing everything I know- why am I stuck? 

Answer. There is too much noise. Too many decisions. Too much to do. Too many decisions and too many deadlines. 

Too much social media, too many things to read and know, too much information and conversations, too much of everything. Too much noise.

Then- there is fear. The fear of the unknown paralysing me into believing I’m stuck, I cant fix the situations in my life that are causing pain. The fear that the future brings. I was so busy worrying about things that haven’t even happened and probably never will. 

Then there is hurt- past friendships. I was hanging onto memories. People with “no time” are posting constantly on social media and we have all forgotten what a phone call is. They are desperate for likes and forget who the real friends were and who the real people are. 

What’s happening? Are we all loosing it trying to be famous on Facebook and instagram? 

I realised I wasn’t forced to log into social media. I could end seeing this bullshit. I couldn’t control the wrongness of it, but I could refuse to be a part of it.


Then there is frustration that my to do list from 2015 looks identical to the one from 2012 and 2017. Years gone and still not ticking things off. 

“I don’t have time” is a common line- but we have the exact amount of hours each day to people that are doing so much more. We have the same hours as Beyoncé! So let’s not blame time. 

I release the guilt and the disappointment in myself for not staying on track. I forgive myself. Today is a new day.

Instead of being able to identify this sooner- I wasn’t “present” enough to see the emotional downward spiral coming- and man did it come. I hit empty. I hit flat. 

Everything got too heavy. 


I know what works when I’m overwhelmed. Journaling helps because it’s a big dump of thoughts and emotions without judgement. 

I know that reducing social media and limit speaking to a mixture of people is another great strategy to assist with minimising the amount of information coming it. Avoid negative people and other people’s dramas.

I also know that sitting with a cup of herbal tea, alone, completely alone with reflective music playing in my headphones is another winning strategy to give myself the time I need to reconnect with myself. 

A bath is another great exercise to make you sit alone with your thoughts.  

A comedy! Laughing hard makes the world a better place. 

Did I do what worked? ….Not at all. 

I kept moving and rushing against the clock on empty and before I knew it, I couldn’t even stand the sound of my own voice. Everything was too HARD! 

I was DONE. 

I began imagining picking up my purse and driving to a place where’s there’s the sound of the ocean in the background, an occasional bird passing, nothing but silence. 

Aloneness. 

I daydreamed- I could wear the same clothes each day so I wouldn’t have any clutter or clothing decisions to make – I’ll wash the clothes before I go to sleep I thought and put them back on in th morning. I would own nothing- just the clothes I wore. 

I could help a local farmer in exchange for some food and life would be amazing. 

I would read and rest and lay under the stars and enjoy nature. (This place has no spiders or insects) 

Ok- so back to reality. I can’t run from my life. I mean I could, but I don’t want to. 

I just need it to be simpler. I need it to slow down so I can cope with one thing at a time. 


I realised I was asking for life to be easier instead of asking for the strength to be stronger to get through it. I was looking for the easy road.


I need to let go of the hurt and the sadness and forgive. I need to smile at the memories and accept that things change.


There are plenty of selfish people in our world- but they are mostly likely doing their best. 

When someone tries to dump a job on me to ease their load- 

I need to say NO. 

If saying yes meant saying no to myself- then the answer is NO. 

I need to love me first. 

Nothing more on my plate. The focus is getting stuff off. I’m aiming for a slower pace.

First step. Delete social media for a while.

Done- tick off the list.

Step two- sit my ass down, alone, and make a plan. Ask myself some questions. 

“What do I want?” “How do I want my life to look?” “Am I really stuck? Or have I become a prisoner in my own story?” 

Done. Tick. (I honestly recommend this to everyone)

Step three- get paper and a pen. Write a list. A plan. A goal. Things that I want. Then start thinking about how i can make the huge goal into smaller bite size pieces that I can chip away at each day. 

Schedule the bite size pieces into my daily schedule. 

Half Done. (Still working on this) 


Step 4- stop looking at the clutter in the corner and feeling gross. Make a start on clearing the areas in the house that are causing me grief.  

Minimise the things I own. Donate what I don’t need.

Done. I’ve started this and have more to go. Starting have me motivation to keep going.

This quote helped heaps- 
” it’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future…. all there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we cant relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one” George Harrison. 

Slow it down.

Simplify. 

Detach from things or people that aren’t bringing out the best version of yourself. 

Forgive yourself. 

Every day is a new beginning. Every day is a clean slate. 

Until next time- go and make it a great day!

I’m going to add this post to #forgivingfriday 

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You can do it

On the weekend I watched a Reese Witherspoon movie on Netflix.

I really love her movies and have watched almost every one of them.

My hubby and son went to see the Vivid show in the City and I decided to stay home on the oxygen and rest with some Thai and lots of Netflix.

The movie was called “How do you know”

It was a great movie, in the movie she plays a character called Lisa Jorgenson. She was a softball player for Team USA.

Her life changes. Team USA doesn’t renew her contract and she doesnt get rostered.

She needs to find herself. Being on the team was all she knew.

What I loved about this movie was her fighter attitude and how she was determined to hold onto old beliefs and resist opening up and letting herself feel things – until letting go was her only option.

The universe had a plan for her and she was trying to hold onto the wrong one.

Her life changes as soon as she gives herself permission.

Have you ever resisted and then realised that letting go and going with the flow was the best way?

Have you ever thought holding onto a feeling was healthier than opening up and being vulnerable and raw?

Below is a pic of the scene when she is in her bathroom with all her quotes on the mirror and she is feeling overwhelmed by not being rostered. (I love this pic)

Which quotes do you refer to when you’re feeling down?

Which quote or manta do you say when you want to give up and need to stay strong?

 

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I would love to hear some of them. I LOVE a good quote that can help you on a hard day.

Until next time, Make it a great day x

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A wonderful stroke of luck

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama

 

Have you ever wanted something so badly to be a certain way or a situation to work out a certain way and it doesn’t?

Have you ever wished that you could have someone in your life but it doesn’t work out?

It sucks. At the time. You feel like you’re unlucky and the universe is against you.

Until…..

You realise that you were so very lucky that you didn’t get what you wanted. 

If something in your life right now isn’t going the way you want, there could be a reason.

Stay strong and be patient.

Sending love.

Until next time, make it a great day x

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I found it

My whole life I’ve looked for what I wanted to be when I grow up. A lot of my friends knew what they wanted to do. I never did. 

I graduated highschool and worked as a cashier, then a deli assistant, then accounts and bookkeeping, then management, then sales. 

I had a mix of jobs and went with the flow. I earnt money and didn’t see any roles as a career. 

I didn’t enjoy any of it. 

There’s a saying- “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”

I’d think if that quote and reflect- what would I do for free? 

Sometimes I thought that quote was a bunch of bullshit. 

It always drew a blank. What would I do for free? Lay in the beach and sip iced tea. I’d do that for free.

I would end up frustrated trying to think of what my thing was.

Until recently. 

I found it! 

It’s Helping people. 

Helping people make peace with situations that hurt like hell and we can’t do a damn thing about it. 

Helping people live their best life and be the best version of themselves. 

Helping someone make a plan and brainstorm solutions that can move them forward in a positive way. 

That’s  my thing. I found it. 

The past few days I’ve had a Prac for my counselling course. I got to sit down with people in the class and we were able to counsel each other. 

I felt alive. I felt like this is me. I could seriously do this for free! That’s how much I love it. Doing this wouldn’t feel like work- it’s something I enjoy.

I was able to assist someone with closure on some unfinished business with a family member. I was able to help her potentially change her life on that topic from this point on. 

I found what I want to be when I grow up. 

I’m home. It feels so right. It feels so good.

If you can’t think of what your passion is- think of what you hate. What are topics that piss you off and you wish you could fix. What’s something that your drawn to but haven’t explored more. Start with that. 

Mine didn’t come all at once. It was like pieces of a puzzle that slowly came together. 

My decision to do my course came with a price- it wasn’t all rosy. It was a decision I made and hoped for the best. 

I’m so glad I did. I’m over half way through the course now and there is still a lot to learn, but I’m ready. 

May you find the thing that you would do for free if you could so you never have to work another day in your life. 

Until next time- make it a great day x

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