Bitter Greens for Health & Beauty

Something I love almost as much as my chocolate ~ is BITTER GREENS.

Why you ask!?

These powerful healing leaves actually become quite delicious the more you eat them, PLUS they are amazing for promoting beautiful skin, detoxifying the liver, & encouraging sluggish digestion.  Pictured is a fresh crop of dandelion leaves from my small herb garden... also marinated BITTER GREENS.

Bitter Greens

Bitter Greens for Health & Beauty
A nice healthy recipe by Abigal O'Neill

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Cuisine: healthy kitchin
Recipe type: side dish/topping
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch dandelion leaves
  • 1 small bunch radicchio (very bitter!)
  • 4 tablespoons cold pressed organic olive oil
  • ½ teas celtic salt
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • half a lemon - squeezed.
  • I sprinkled over a few marigolds to serve.

Instructions
  1. Cut out stems as far up as you can using a sharp knife to cut leafy bits off or remove manually
  2. Chop finely
  3. add oil, lemon, salt & agave.

YUMMM! Honestly so good. Enjoy a small spoonful with your next tasty vegetarian dish (such as the stuffed mushrooms & rice in Issue # 7)  for all the blessings they bestow!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

First published by Abigail O'Neill on Organiceyourlife.com on February 2nd 2012, updated in 2020


100% Free Body Exfoliant

Something I love to do weekly is exfoliate my entire body. Usually, I use a spicy salt scrub which I make myself, using ginger powder, high quality epsom salts, sea salt, essential oils & more secret spices! ;)

Body exfoliant for free

Nothing is better than something for nothing though! SO I thought I'd let you in on a crazy little secret. My 100% free, no-mix - no-fuss exfoliant which leaves the skin feeling soft & supple, & is available to anyone!

Beach body scrub

Only be prepared to get a few looks! Haha... I strip off (to bikini's) usually use some coconut oil to nourish & protect while in the sun, & THEN OHHH YESS... SCRUB my skin all over with gorgeous white Aussie sand before plunging into the sea.  If the sand is hot feels soo nice to roll around on it coating the entire body for a while then plunge again. If there is seaweed I use it aswell, to massage the skin, plunge AGAIN lol, then towel dry & moisturize. MMMM. SOO GOOD.

If you don't live close to the beach

PS. If you don't live near a beach, maybe when it rains you can do something else super-crazy... I also like to slide in the mud... LOL I know! But it's AMAZING for your skin! Once it was pouring rain & my friend & I (with our delighted children) went sliding down the lawn in our knickers (it was actually all muddy - I have red soil where I live, soo nice). After showering in my outdoor shower, I was astonished at how gorgeous & soft it made my skin look.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE XXX ABIGAIL

READ MORE: Model Skincare

READ MORE: Skin Detox with a clay mask

First published by Abigail O'Neill on organiceyourlife.com on January 12th 2012, updated in 2020


Raw Chocolate Brownies

RAW CHOCOLATE BROWNIES LOVE!!!... ♥♥♥

When you want to show someone some love, what better way to revolutionise yourself & the world you live in with these supereasy, superYUM organic brownies! RAW & so highly satisfying & nutritious you can even have them for breaky :D

About these raw chocolate brownies

These delish raw brownies have the texture of a rich buttery brownie you'd expect to be highly unhealthful only... IT's SUPERFOOD! Love to hear how you go making this. Take I-phone pics & feel welcome to share them to my Chocolate Book Page :) This recipe is just for you OYL readers, so you won't find it in the book. Just an extra one I had laying around!

Raw Chocolate Brownies
A delicious brownie with raw ingredients.

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Cuisine: rawfood
Recipe type: sweets & snacks
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups organic raw walnuts
  • 1.5 cups organic fresh medjool dates, pitted
  • ¾ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla
  • Pinch himalayan pink salt or 3 squirts 'Cea' spray (as I did!)...
  • Pure raw cacao nibs for sprinkling!

Instructions
  1. Simply WHIZ your walnuts in a food-processor until fine (about 1 minute)
  2. Add pitted dates, salt & vanilla, whizzz again until quite fine & starting to bind.
  3. Add cacao powder, one more whiz & you're done!
  4. You want it the mixture to be slightly dough-like but still crumbly.
  5. Press into a glass storage dish & refrigerate! That's it.

Notes
If you'd like a chewier texture you can pop them into the freezer for a while before serving. Another nice touch would be to melt a little 'creamed coconut' & make white crosses on them especially for Easter, or even some desiccated coconut would do it.

 

LOVE & CHOCOLATE X♥X ABIGAIL

First published by Abigail O'Neill on Organice Your Life on April 3rd 2012, updated in 2020


Easy Clean with soap nuts

Did you know you can wash your laundry with soap nuts?

My introduction to soap nuts

WOW. Now I really know nature has it all. I'd never heard of these clean as a whistle little munchkins until I attended a soapmaking class. The information shared was AMAZING. Afterwards, people lined up for ages to purchase soap setting boxes, natural ingredients to make soap with...AND the best thing ever! SOAPNUTS. They look delicious don't they, & yet they are, SOAP?? Yes. Soap, in a nutshell! I'm still wowed out that these grow on trees (actually they are soap berries or Sapindus mukorossi) Anyway... All you do is boil 6 of them up in half a liter of water for 20 minutes & you have your very own, liquid soap. Strain before filling a pump 'foaming' bottle & keep near the kitchen sink, bathroom vanity or laundry to wash your hands without chemicals!


Isn't that simply 100% genius from mother earth? I think I'll add a little essential oil to mine...& apparently, you need to use it up within two weeks. That's because there's no nasties!!!! No evil preservatives. MMMM I like this soap.

Here is a little video for you to get an idea what you can do with soap nuts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q315kdYxr9M

More information on Soap Nuts you can read HERE

Or buy soap nuts HERE

Xoxo

Abigail O'Neill


Tasty Hempy Homemade Dressing

It's so tasty!... I've been eating some of my tasty hempy homemade dressing for lunch so feeling extra good as I type this post.

Tasty Hempy Homemade Dressing
Tasty Hempy DRESSING Recipe Type : dressing Cuisine: vegan Author: Lonneke Engel Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins Serves: 4 A delicious dressing for your salad, veggies or anything else!

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Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup hempy goodness (cold pressed hemp oil)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic red wine vinegar
  • 1 dessertspoon organic yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celtic salt
  • 1 tablespoon agave or raw honey
  • 1 clove organic garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 shakes cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Instructions
  1. Simply shake ingredients all up together in a large dressing bottle.

 

YUM!

Vegan and Raw recipes

Check out more of my delicious recipes:

Savoury Sprinkles seasoning

Coriander Chelation Pesto

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

Published by Abigail O'Neill on Organiceyourlife.com on December 17th 2011 , updated in 2020


CACAO VANILLA HALVA

Here's a little idea for you to get more cacao into your day as well as more calcium: Cacao Vanilla Halva!

About sesame

Sesame halva has long been hailed a beauty food in many European wellness clinics & for good reason! Lots of good fats, vitamins & minerals & so delicious & easy to make.

In my book I like to make it a little less traditional by topping it all up with the extra antioxidants & chocolatey goodness of raw cacao.

READ MORE: Model Chocolate book by Abigail

How to make a halva

To make halva, simply whiz raw sesame seeds in a coffee grinder or blender, placing into a bowl, add a little pure vanilla & raw honey to bind it into a sticky mass, not too much or it will be too sweet. Then simply halve the mixture & add raw cacao powder & a little maple syrup to one part. Layer the vanilla into a sealable glass dish & top it with the raw chocolate halva. DONE! An easy snack you can share with a friend & a pot of tea, or a satisfying raw dessert after a yummy green salad. I love it & it works wonders on my skin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CACAO VANILLA HALVA
An easy snack you can share with a friend & a pot of tea, or a satisfying raw dessert after a yummy green salad. I love it & it works wonders on my skin!

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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • sesame seeds
  • a little pure vanilla
  • raw honey (not too much)
  • raw cacao powder
  • a little maple syrup

Instructions
  1. To make halva, simply whiz raw sesame seeds in a coffee grinder or blender.
  2. placing mixture into a bowl.
  3. add a little pure vanilla & raw honey to bind it into a sticky mass, not too much or it will be too sweet. Then simply halve the mixture & add raw cacao powder & a little maple syrup to one part.
  4. Layer the vanilla part into a sealable glass dish & top it with the raw chocolate halva.
  5. DONE!

LOVE 7 CHOCOLATE XX ABIGAIL

First published by Abigail O'Neill on organiceyourlife.com on June 24th 2012, updated in 2020


Savory Seasoning

These delicious cheesy savory seasoning mix sprinkles are great on just about anything. From soups to tomato on toasted wholegrain bread to salads! SOO YUM. I've just made a delicious organic spinach/goats cheese/potato/portabello mushroom bake for the family which I'm topping with my Savoury Sprinkles for extra delish & nutrients too!! :)

 

Savory Seasoning Sprinkles
Savory Seasoning Sprinkles Recipe Type : seasoning mix Cuisine: vegan Author: Lonneke Engel A cheesy savory seasoning mix to add to many recipes

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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: seasoning mix
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon chives, dried
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, dried (optional may use oregano)
  • 1 tablespoon savoury yeast flakes
  • ½ teaspoon tumeric, ground (optional)

Instructions
  1. TOAST sesame seeds lightly in a frypan without oil, stirring constantly until a subtle golden brown. Cool. Place seeds & all other ingredients into a blender (or coffee grinder)
  2. Dry blend on high until fine.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge until needed.
  4. Keeps for ages!

How to serve

Serve as mentioned or try over steamed or stir-fried vegetables or sprinkled over whole baked sweet potatoes, slit open,  & stuffed with greens such as rocket & finely chopped parsley & lashings of my  Tasty Hempy Dressing! YUMMMM!

LOVE & chocolate xxx Abigail

PS. To make these sprinkles 100% RAW simply soak sesame seeds to activate 4hrs & drain. Dehydrate them until completely dry & continue with recipe! My fave.

First published on organiceyourlife.com by Abigail O'Neill on April 13th 2012, updated in 2020.


Coriander Chelation Pesto

I've just finished making the most easy cilantro, or 'coriander' as we call it, PESTO! Best thing about this coriander chelation recipe is that it is not only simple to make but really YUMMY.

Nourishing yourself with pesto

It's also a 'natural medicine' concoction which helps to remove heavy metals from the body I was told :) BRILLIANT for anyone with high mercury levels in the blood, hormonal imbalances, cancer, thyroid problems, neurological disturbances, learning problems, depression, food allergies, parasites, etc etc. this could help the process. I obtained the recipe from my sister-in-law years ago, who runs a renowned Health Retreat in Australia. Apparently one lady had such high blood pressure due to severe mercury poisoning, had her blood pressure return to normal after eating 2 teaspoons of this pesto daily for only a week. So whether you need to detox your body from heavy metals or just wish to use it as a preventative measure, 2 teaspoons a day is all you need to feel the benefits.

Coriander Chelation Pesto
A healing pesto made with coriander.

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Cuisine: vegan kitchen
Recipe type: healing
Serves: 10

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Ingredients
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • ⅓ cup brazil nuts (selenium)
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)
  • 2-3 cups packed fresh coriander (Vitamin A)
  • ⅔ cup flaxseed oil (omega rich fats) (I used hemp oil today)
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C) (I replaced 1 Tbsp with apple cider)
  • 1 teaspoon celtic or himalayan salt (pink salt) (may use Japanese Miso)

Instructions
  1. Pile everything into a blender & BLEND until fairly smooth.
  2. Add more salt if you want to & blend again.
  3. Otherwise simply store your delicious pesto in glass jars (dark glass is best), in the fridge.
  4. It freezes well, so you can buy plenty of coriander in season & freeze it for up to six months.

 

You could eat it this pesto three times a year, for a week at a time, to cleanse your body of heavy metals. Tastes soo good on toast, with baked potatoes or pasta, with poached eggs, I even love it as a serving addition to bowls of soup!

 

 

 

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

p.s. check out my many recipes and stories on this organiceyourlife.com!

This recipe was first published by Abigail O'Neill on Organiceyourlife.com on February 21st 2012, and was updated in 2020.


Balsamic Goji Beets

DELICIOUS beetroot recipe with a subtle spice & vibrant colour for winter or summer :-) You have to try out this Balsamic Goji beets recipe!

 

Balsamic Goji Beets
A delicious side dish for any meal!

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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: BALSAMIC GOJI BEETS
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 4 medium organic beets, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • ½ cup rapadura sugar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon organic goji berries
  • Pinch crushed chilli flakes

Instructions
  1. Bring to the boil & cook rapidly for 5 minutes before lowering heat.
  2. Simmer until tender.
  3. Keep in a glass container/jar in the fridge.
  4. Use on cold on sandwiches, or tasty with almost any meal (we even had it as a side dish with vege curry last night)...
  5. REALLY good served warm with organic goats cheese, rocket leaves & walnuts.

 

MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES BY Abigail O'Neill:

Vanilla Mylkshake by Abigail O'Neill

Frosty Fruity by Abigail O'Neill

Pumpkin Pie by Abigail O'Neill

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail O'Neill

First published on December 17th 2011, updated in 2019


BREAKING FREE

There's plenty of inspirational reading to be found online, in magazines & self help books to do with becoming the 'best you' you can be. Don't you love that?! Great concept.

Be your best you

Imagine it just for a moment. Close your eyes & visualize yourself living your best life! Your best healthy, gorgeous self!

READ MORE: Beautify with essential oils

I was out enjoying lunch the other day with my family & a simply dressed, radiant woman sat down close by us & we shared a word or two.

What impresses me in another person

What always impresses me most about a person is their smile. Their radiance. Their GLOW. This lovely lady wasn't wearing much make-up - if any, but she was amazing! Healthy, happy & at peace with herself & us as well. She was no supermodel, but bound to brighten up the day of anyone she may have bumped in to! For sure!!... It was raining too... & she had the cutest little puppy. :)

Breaking free

Love people. Be kind. Put on something nice in the morning & GLOW all day long. The coolest thing is that being your best you isn't only about you...! Let's break free of our own limitations & be beautiful. Touching the lives of others & inspiring them too. ;))

Love Abigail

Published on April 27th 2012, updated in 2019


Abi's Pumpkin Pie

Hi again! How's everyone?

Most people who know me know I prefer raw desserts (especially RAW CHOCOLATE!) but every now & then I'll cook an old fashioned favourite with local organic ingredients. Tonight I'm treating the family to pumpkin pie for dessert & I quickly jotted down the recipe as I went so I could share it with you. :) I haven't made it for years! Pumpkins are so fresh and lovely at the markets just now. I use fresh organic eggs in this recipe, because I have well loved hens of my own, but you could replace these with chia seeds.

BEGIN WITH:

2 cups pumpkin (I used the 'jap' variety, butternut is also lovely)

2 cups dates

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 cup water

COOK TOGETHER until most of the water is absorbed and the dates & pumpkin soft. Place into blender, then ADD:

1 270ml can coconut cream

3-4 organic eggs (OR two tablespoons chia seeds + 3/4 cup water)

1 scraped vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon natural vanilla

2 tablespoons organic maple syrup, coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Extra cinnamon for sprinkling on top

BLEND until smooth. Pour into prepared crust (below), sprinkle with cinnamon & BAKE 45 minutes in a fan forced over at 175'C or until the pie is nicely set through & slightly browned.

SPELT CRUST:

So simple!

2 cups wholemeal spelt flour

1/2 cup oat bran

1/4 cup rice bran oil OR use a little organic butter in place of part of the oil

1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Water. Just enough to bind.

MIX. Press into a lined pie dish & bake until semi cooked at 180'C.

I served the pie at room temperature with pure coconut yogurt & extra maple syrup

 

Actually quite nutritious & high in protein, good fats & fibre this pie would be perfect served after nice salad with lots of dark leafy greens or as it is with a pot of tea!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

First published by Abigail O'Neill on March 19th 2012, updated in 2019

This recipe is great for Thanksgiving too!


Forever Young

I LOVE NATURE. I like to immerse myself in it entirely so that the refreshing benefits endure as long as possible.

Go on an adventure

SO....we went on a this super-refreshing adrenaline-rush adventure with some friends (& their one year old baby boy). A rock-hopping, cliff-leaping adventure! We saw the most exquisite blue dragonflies!! I wish I'd got a clearer picture of them, they were amazing. There were two waterfalls. One tiny one - which was like a frothing spa which you could sit in for ages melting away tension AND one VERY LARGE ONE - to test the courage! My girlfriend & I didn't bring swimmers so I don't have any pictures of me leaping in (very feminist we were & did so in our NUDE BRAS LOL) but it felt so very exhilarating that we had to climb back around through all the spiders, rocks, bush & jolly well whatever else to do it again!

Point of Abi's stay young crazy story: Jump off cliffs if you dare, climb trees, run in the rain, swim in COLD WATER with your kids or friends or family. Keep a little spirit of adventure within. Try to resist the urge to be a 'sit & watch' parent, brother, sister, aunt or uncle :) Go on, you know you want to, just do it... You'll stay forever young & feel like a superhero, but better still, the people around you will totally LOVE you for it!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

 

First published by Abigail O'Neill on OrganiceYourLife.com on January 22nd 2012