Oxtail in Red Wine Sauce

This is a decadent dish to be had as a spoil, only on occasion.

Here’s the recipe for this Oxtail in Red Wine Sauce.

You’ll need:

500g of oxtail (preferably from organic, grass fed beef)
1 large onion
2 large tomatoes (pureed)
3 cloves of crushed garlic
1 teaspoon of Italian herbs
1/4 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of mixed masala curry (or another curry blend of your choice)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
Olive oil

How you’ll make it:

Season oxtail with salt
Lightly brown in olive oil on low heat
Add onions and cook until onions are golden
Add the pureed tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients.
Lower heat and slowly cook for 3 hours
When stew is ready, add the cooked pureed sweet potato to thicken the sauce and for another gorgeous layer of natural sweetness

My fabulous Chickpea Hummus Recipe

It’s so quick and easy you won’t ever have to buy hummus again.

What you’ll need:
1 can of chickpeas (rinsed and strained)
1 large handful of fresh chopped coriander (cilantro)
2 cloves of garlic (cut into small pieces before blending)
Juice from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of water (this makes blending the mixture easier. Add more water as needed)
Optional: a pinky size piece of onion
Season with salt and freshly ground pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz.
When smooth, add in glass Jars and use generously as a pasta sauce, dip, salad dressing or spread.

Here are just a few benefits of this deliciously healthy condiment:

Garlic is anti bacterial, the chickpeas are a great source of protein, folate (brilliant for hormones), good source of iron and magnesium which is essential for bone health. Magnesium also aids in calming stress so having something like this is good especially in the evenings for folks who battle with sleep.
Lemon juice is superb for digestion. The fresh coriander (cilantro) is brilliant for Detoxifying the body.
Olive oil is fabulous for inflammation, especially eaten raw.
Olive oil is also good for heart health.

Delish Coriander and Garlic Meatballs

The trick with this recipe is to make the sauce and then cook the Meatballs from raw in the sauce.

That way the meatballs soak in all those Yum flavours from the sauce.

One of the great things about this recipe is I can remove the meatballs and just use the delicious sauce for my youngest child who’s not a fan of meat.

To make this dish You’ll need:

500g of Ground Beef (preferably made from organic, grass fed beef)

2 onions (1 medium, 1 large)

1 tomato (grated)

1 can of whole peeled tomatoes (puree in a blender)

1 large handful of fresh coriander (cilantro)

7 cloves of  crushed garlic

Sprinkle of dry oregano

Olive oil to saute onions in (you can also make this oil free)

Make the meatball mixture first:

Grate the medium onion and add to it the grated tomato, a sprinkle of dried oregano, finely Chopped coriander, 3 cloves of crushed garlic and salt. Mix well.

Add the ground beef and mix well with a fork. (Do not use hands to mix as this ruins the texture of the meatballs)

– Cover the meatball mixture and make the sauce

To make the sauce:

Saute the large onion (finely Chopped)

Add the rest of the garlic (4 crushed cloves) saute briefly then add the pureed whole peeled tomatoes and salt to taste

Add a touch of dry oregano

Turn the heat down on low and simmer for 5 minutes

Once the sauce has cooked for 5 minutes, roll your ground beef into balls and place in the sauce.

Keep the heat on low.

After 3 minutes, gently turn the meatballs or scoop sauce onto the meatballs to ensure the meatballs are flavoured evenly.

Cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.

When ready, serve with a big green salad along with organic spaghetti, wheat free pasta or rice. 

Get over writer’s/shipping block

Seth Godin calls it shipping. 

The thing (getting our work out) that we must (absolutely) do no matter what.

So what about the stuff we don’t want to do but need to do?

It sucks sometimes right?

But I’m remembering something, that had helped me succeed greatly in the pursuit of things, but had somehow forgotten:

Push through the hard, not so great stuff, to get what you want.

Last year I started writing my book on Body Detoxing and Natural Health. The quest to finish it dragged on way past a year-

To every person wanting to write a book, a book should not take that long to write.

Unless it’s based on loads and loads of research, a book based on your expertise or personal journey should not take more than 12 months to write.

When a friend, who’s a published author, told me to stop messing around and FINISH MY BOOK! I did it in a week.

In another week I was done editing and sent it off for proof reading.

In two weeks total my book was ready for publication. Two weeks.

So far, folks I’ve given to read my book “Detoxxed” say it’s smashing.

Soon, it’ll be on sale right here on my website hannahviviers.com

Moral of the story: Buckle down- Get it done.

Another thing my friend said that kicked my booty into gear was: Someone’s DESTINY is tied to your work- You don’t get to procrastinate for as long as you want. The stakes are too high. GET GOING!!!!!

 

 

Why the Natural Health Urgency?

I could cite you the various stats on chronic illness, but I don’t have to.

Just think about how many people you know battling a chronic illness.

Recently, one of my Body Detox clients was telling me how autoimmune conditions have become so prevalent in her family, it’s fast becoming their main topic for conversation.

Not only did that shock me, but that we’ve become accustomed to chronic illness as “normal” is also bizarre.

I’ve never been a pill for every sniffle kind of person.

Mostly because chronic illness wasn’t as common when I was growing up.

I grew up in Zambia, in the 80’s (yep that old), and I knew two people with a chronic illness. My mom’s friend who had diabetes and eventually lost her life to it; And my Uncle who also had diabetes and later passed away from a heart attack.

Forgive me, actually three people, because we also had a neighbour who had High Blood Pressure.

And that was it. Three people I knew who had a chronic illness.

Before we moved to South Africa, I had never, not once, heard of cancer.

I know it’s hard to imagine- but by aged ten I hadn’t even heard there was such a disease.

It’s very different now.

Now, 10% of the people in my birth country, Zambia, have cancer.

Those numbers surprised me.

10% might not seem like much for most populations, but for Zambia- a country where cancer was almost unheard of- it was heartbreaking.

Today, in my own close circles, and by close I mean starting with my immediate family, every other person has a chronic illness- Including High Blood pressure, which by the way remains the number one killer among women in South Africa.

A friend in Nigeria told me, High Blood Pressure is the top killer in that country in both the male and female population.

When I spoke to him about some of the work I’d been doing in Natural Health, he said: “Hannah we need your message here. People are dying.”

He’d lost his own mom to cancer.

He went on to tell me that prostate cancer had become one of the top causes for death among men in Nigeria.

Such stats sadden me deeply because I believe they are so unnecessary and far easier to prevent than we think.

The lifestyle/disease connection

Around the world, more and more people are realising that there is a definite link between chronic illness and lifestyle.

I saw it in my own body after being terribly sick for five years.

I’d tried many different treatments and was eventually told I’d need chronic medication to have a somewhat “normal life.”

I was 27 at the time.

I thought it ridiculous that at such a young age this was to be my “normal.”

It didn’t feel right.

The sad part is that chronic medication is becoming the “norm” for younger and younger people.

At 27, I knew that constantly ill was not the life I wanted to live.

I believed there had to be a solution to get me healthy again.

I was determined to find it. And I did.

After two years of solid searching, I came across natural healing methods that I used to not only treat the chronic illness but beat the infertility I’d battled with too.

Now, I see it over and over- how people I work with are either significantly improving in a short amount of time or healing completely.

One of my clients, after more than 6 years of constant pain, (caused by an autoimmune condition), on day two of her Body Detoxing with me, sent me a message saying: “It feels so strange being in a body that doesn’t hurt.”

She’d been in pain so long she couldn’t remember what pain-free felt like.

Now, she’s experiencing firsthand how much what she eats impacts how her body feels.

So much so that she now tells me that what drives her food choices is: “Do I want to feel amazing or do I want to go back to terrible pain?”

I don’t treat illnesses, I never have.

But what I do know is that when we look after the body and feed it what it was designed to consume, it has the incredible ability to fix itself.

All over the world, including countries like Zambia, and even here in South Africa, there are voices in the natural health space who point to our fast foodcan’t do without junk lifestyle as the main cause for the massive rise in chronic illness.

Alas few are heeding this voice.

I hope this changes because we can’t afford for it not to.

Being chronically ill is not normal.

It is so sad that it’s being made to be.

Please note: The recommendations here are never to replace medical advice. Recommendations and all accompanying material are intended only as information and education and should not be taken as medical advice.

Delish Vegan Avo Mayo

Every now and then I love a good sandwich.

I don’t eat bread much so when I do, boy do I make it count!

For this (super simple) Vegan version of a yummy mayo-like filling, you’ll need

1 Ripe Avo (de-seeded)

1/4 Cucumber (chopped)

A small piece of Red Onion (chopped)

Juice of half a lemon

1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

1tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Fresh coriander (chopped) (for garnish)

Freshly ground black pepper

Optional: Salt to taste

How you’ll make it

Add all all your ingredients together and mix with a fork.

And… voila! Your avo mayo is ready.

I love it with some sourdough bread topped with freshly chopped coriander

Happy munching!

 

 

This 1 Simple Thing can turn everything Around

Looking back over my life there’s one thing I’ve done when faced with difficult  challenges.

It’s one of the things I encourage each one of my detox clients to do.

This one thing was what led me to curing my chronic illness and beating infertility.

This year I used this one thing to turn my business around-

Yes, it’s that powerful. 

Want to find out what that one thing is? Watch the video below.

 

 

 

Switching to healthy eating should not be stressful

If it is you’re probably trying to do too much too fast.

When it comes to making the transition, slow and steady is often more sustainable than fast and furious.

While I’m all for super healthy eating I can tell you I’m still cleaning out my kitchen.

It’s a journey

There are still items in our cupboards and fridge I want gone- I’m pretty drastic about getting rid of everything I think is unhealthy, but it’s a process with my family. And that’s OK because the transition is happening at a pace that allows us to all be on the same page about what we’re consuming. That buy-in from everyone in the household, especially among the grown-ups, matters a lot. I explain to my children why it’s best we don’t eat this or that. And if they do have a sweet here and potato chip there with friends I don’t get all twisted about it- We’re all on a journey.

What about going organic?

Organic food is, hands down, far better- but even if you’re not able to do the whole organic thing at the moment just eating more fresh fruit and veg, bought from a regular store, is FAR better than eating processed stuff that comes out of boxes and packets.

There was a time my husband and I did a coffee enema/juicing detox week where most of the food we used was not organic. At the time we just did with what we had and we still saw amazing results.

The power of starting

Folks sometimes put off healthy eating because they want to do it perfectly in one go. They feel they need to do a drastic sweep of their kitchen and get on the “health” wagon full on. Truth is, if you wait for that to happen you might never do it. Starting small is at least a start. Don’t underestimate the power of just starting.

Small steps matter

It’s taken us a long time to get our kitchen to being about 80-85% cleaned out. Even for us it’s still a process. But just the small changes we’ve made along the way- one change every now and then, has culminated in much healthier living overall for us.

Slow and steady. As long as you’re making those changes- good on You. You and the ones You love will enjoy the benefits of even the slightest changes.

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Delish Curry Lentil Soup

With the days chillying up it’s good to have a few quick and tasty soup recipes up our sleeves.

Here’s my Delish Curry Lentil Soup (feeds 4):

You’ll need:

2/3 Cup of *soaked Lentils (I use orange lentils, You’re welcome to use whichever lentils you prefer)

*1/4 pre-cooked butternut puree

1/2 an onion (grated or chopped)

1 clove fresh garlic (chopped or grated)

Tip of a pinky finger size fresh ginger (grated)

1 tsp Masala spice mix (or according to your taste)

1 tsp Curry Powder (or according to your taste)

1 tsp ground turmeric

Salt to season

*Soak your lentils overnight. To soak, place lentils in a glass bowl and cover completely with water. Cover with a dish cloth and leave overnight. When ready to use rinse the lentils thoroughly.

*Pureed Butternut is one of the ways I thicken sauces for my stews so I usually have some stored in my freezer.  If you’re making your butternut from scratch cook it until soft and then puree a quarter of it for this recipe.

When ready to prepare the lentil soup:

Mix the washed lentils with all the spices, garlic and fresh ginger

Saute the onion

Add the spiced lentil mix to the onion and saute until the bottom of your pot is dry and needs water.

Add 2 cups of water and turn down heat to a low simmer.

When soup is ready add the pureed butternut.

Do you want your soup textured or smooth?

If you’d like your lentil soup textured simmer for 10-15 minutes (or until you feel the lentils are to your liking)

If you’d like a smooth soup cook the lentils for 20 minutes or until very soft and fluffy. If using a stick blender you can blend as soon as the soup is ready. If using a glass blender let the soup cool and then blend.

Enjoy!

A healthy heartburn buster

Ever struggle with heartburn?

Guess what helps reduce heartburn, is super delicious and uber healthy- Yep! Mangoes.

Mangoes are among the most alkaline of foods. Eating them helps neutralise the body’s PH- something you really want happening if you battle with heartburn. Happy munching 🙂