Hello 2015 + easy tomato, basil & mozzarella salad

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Hello 2015 and a big hello to you there! Are you feeling as dazed and confused as I am with the arrival of the big 20-15? Are you in the swing of a new year or still grasping onto long summer days and picking bits of Christmas cake out of your salty hair?

I’m probably half way between. I’ve got one polished foot in planning mode and the other floating in the ocean, nails chipped and Birkenstock tan lines in their full glory.

The first few weeks in January always seem to throw into sharp light what I’ve achieved and learned the year before and the yawing 12 months of possibility laying out before me. It’s an empowering time and sometimes a scary one. It’s a time of change and resolutions and a clear slate. It’s exciting.

I probably could have started the year with a post about detoxing, about how we should be working off the pudding and the champagne and throwing ourselves into full cleanse mode. But truly, my heart wasn’t in it. I wanted to start the year on a shiny positive note, not a guilty one. And there’s plenty of time for us to talk greens right?

So instead I’ll share with you some of my own goals/resolutions for 2015 in the hope they might inspire some of yours. I tried to keep them unrelated to exercising more and eating better, because forgive me if I’m wrong, but if you’re a girl in your 20s, that’s kind of a given every time January rolls around. Am I right?

I really relish writing out resolutions – even if I don’t succeed at keeping all of them. Throughout the year I look back at the little list typed up in the notes sections of my iphone and it helps put a bit of perspective back in the year – especially when I find myself sucked into the busy treadmill of work, money, life.

So without further ado…

Read more.
Get the books, make the time. Currently reading ‘Into the Wild,’ (offline) and the Elephant Journal and Outside magazine (online).

De-clutter & minimise
Towards the end of last year I read an article that I couldn’t stop thinking about. It was about how it’s the small, seemingly unimportant things in life that can cause us stress without us even realising. Things like putting off little jobs (buying shampoo, filling up your car with petrol, paying a bill) and having too much clutter (hello my bedroom for the last 27 years). I posted it to Facebook – but if you missed it have a read here. For me, it was crazily accurate. So with that in mind – 2015 shall be dubbed the year of less crap. 5 bags to St Vinnies later, and I’m on track! (check back with me in June).

Cook more from these two incredible books that were added to our collection over Christmas. Plenty More Yotem Ottolenghi, Community by Arthur St Kitchen. 

Share more simple dinner recipes with y’all. Last year I chatted to a lot of you and asked you what you’d like to see more of on Every Healthy Day. Many of you said – easy, healthy dinner recipes that you could take to work the next day. So your wish is my command (see recipe below!).

Attempt to do everything on this list (well most of them).

Be more like this, and less like this.

Happy New Year friends! Let’s make it the best one yet.
Ebony x

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Easy tomato, basil and mozzarella salad

It’s crystal clear the time I fell in love with the combination of mozzarella, tomato and basil. My sister and I were on holiday in the Greek Islands. Part of our nightly ritual was to wander down to the local restaurant on the water and order a huge Caprese Salad and pitcher of red wine, watching the sun set over the water. Filling yet light and full of rich flavour, there’s nothing quite like this salad to remind me of long, hot summer nights.

This at-home version of the Caprese salad is a favourite of mine, and a go-to when I want a dinner I can take to work for lunch the next day. Sure, the bread goes a little soggy the day after – but I kind of like that it sucks up all the tomato juices along the way. The salad is also a great way to finish off the last bit of slightly stale bread loaf we always seem to have lying around.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 punnets of cherry or heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley
  • Good handful of spinach
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • I tub boccocini mozzarella, torn up into small pieces
  • Chunk of crusty loaf ripped up into small pieces
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt & pepper

How to go about it:

Drizzle the bread slightly in olive oil and some salt, and place under the grill or bake in the oven until golden and crunchy (about 10-15 mins).

Combine the tomatoes (sliced), onion, basil, parsley, spinach and boccocini – toss to combine in a large bowl. Add the bread chunks and drizzle over olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper.

The Author

Aussie food lover, holistic health coach, adventure seeker and marketer. Packing the happy & healthy into every day.

2 Comments

  1. Minty says

    Aw snap also bought Community over Christmas, how good is it! So well thought out and simple, simple deliciousness! Great NYs resolutions! x

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