The Game Changing Casserole

I don't want to overstate this, but this could be the greatest dish I've ever made. Rich, hearty and a little bit spicy... This casserole has it all. 

Not much planning went into this one - and I certainly didn't measure out any ingredients - I pretty much just threw everything I had into a pot and hoped for the best. After coming through it unscathed, I highly recommend living life on the edge and giving this one a shot. 

Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 4 hours | Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS (all ingredients are organic / free range):
Chicken mince;
1 x small onion;
3 x carrots;
2 x zucchinis;
1 x sweet potato;
3 x tomatoes;
4 x cloves of garlic;
1L of homemade chicken stock;
Tomato paste;
Herbs and spices (to your liking).

Finely chop the onion and fry up in a pan;
Add chorizo (sliced) and chicken mince and lightly brown;
Chop up the carrots, zucchinis, sweet potatoes and tomato and add to large pot (I used a Dutch oven);
Add meat and onion;
Pour enough homemade stock in the pot to cover all ingredients;
Add tomato paste, crushed garlic gloves and herbs and thoroughly stir to combine all ingredients;
Bring to boil then leave to simmer for as long as you want (I left it on for about four hours but you can cut this time down significantly).

Playlist: swing from the chandelier


To motivate myself to keep on top of updating playlists, I'm going to post one every Sunday night. It'll house the ideal set of tunes (in my world) to keep you working out for the week.

Usually I'll update this playlist, but sometimes I'll wheel out something a little more themed...

Pick of this week's playlist is Sia's 'Chandelier' which provides double the motivation. Not only will 'Chandelier' keep you moving, but remembering that Adelaide-born Sia was able to take on the world (and win) should be enough to convince you you really can go another 10 minutes...

Keeping up accountability


It's no secret that I have a lot of trouble keeping on track day in, day out. Getting to bed on time, 5am alarms and getting my nutrition just right... All it takes is one rogue Oreo (or 10) to get in the way and throw everything off kilter.

So I'm making a pact with myself: be accountable. All the time.

Starting today (day one off to a great start considering I need to wake in just under six hours) I'm going to track the three most important aspects of my journey: sleep, nutrition and training. 

We're not getting too hectic though... This stunning Beyoncé calendar doesn't just provide excellent motivation to keep going but also allows me a simple way to track my progress. If I hit all three targets (sleep, nutrition, training) I colour a square in pink. If I hit two out of three, I get a yellow square. If I notch up one - or worse, none - I get a blue square.

It's easy to think you're hitting your targets, but until you see it laid out in front of you your success (or failure) won't really hit home. 

I'll post an update of my progress on the 15th, and again on the 30th. Here's hoping Beyoncé will trump the Oreos this time.

Playlist: nothin' but Gaga



It's no secret that I Google "Lady Gaga bum" at least once each day (and it's also no secret that "Lady Gaga bum" is the #1 thing I'm working towards when I hit the gym)... So it makes sense to have a Gaga-heavy work out playlist ready to roll out for those days I need a little extra push.

And if that's not enough, just feast your eyes on the video for G.U.Y. - it'll get you moving for at least seven minutes (and hopefully beyond).