The Cheapest Stew Ever – $1.70 per serve!

Posted on August 2nd, 2016

A healthy and wholesome meal for $1.70? Yep, I’m serious. This recipe from my latest book I Quit Sugar: Simplicious is literally the cheapest stew ever made. And with a few tweaks in can be turned into a healing autoimmune stew – my go-to fix on days when my Hashimoto’s is playing up.

sarah wilson simplicious autoimmune stew

This is my autoimmune version of the stew

This stew is drastically cheaper than chips. It’s also minimum fuss. Just dump all the ingredients into the slow-cooker and a few hours later you can tuck into a warming meal. To make my autoimmune version, see the ingredients you’ll have to swap below.

The Cheapest Stew Ever

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 3 cm chunks
  • 2 large parsnips, cut into 3 cm chunks
  • 2 swedes or potatoes, cut into 3 cm chunks
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped, leaves reserved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups homemade Beef Stock
  • 1 parmesan rind (if you have one in your freezer)
  • 1.5 kg stewing beef (blade, chuck, brisket – whichever’s cheapest), cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 tablespoon English mustard
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups Par-Cooked ’n’ Frozen silverbeet or kale (page 22)

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Bung thyroid? Here’s what Louise Hay said it’s about…

Posted on February 16th, 2016

Some time back I met with Louise Hay and she shared a whole heap of advice on various life issues. At the end of the interview she noted I had a thyroid issue. I’m not sure if she guessed it or I’d mentioned it. I shared what she had to say about it at the time, but it kind of got buried among the rest of her pearls. So I’ve dragged it out again, to give it a good airing.

Thyroid issues Sarah Wilson

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Here’s what she said:

Thyroid problems are all about creativity being blocked. 

She then explained that many women feel torn by the pressure to be all things. And their creative self gets blocked. They stop expressing themselves.

I’m not wholly sure how I feel about such insta-diagnosing. That said, Louise’s linking of disease to emotional issues spawned the movement and her work is respected around the world, albeit in select communities. But my personal observation of both myself and those I meet with thyroid disease is that we are particularly earnest. I always ask at my public talks, Who has Hashimoto’s, raise your hands? Invariably it’s about one-quarter of the room (I attract Hashi types) and they’re all sitting at the Read more

My elevator guide to the microbiome

Posted on January 19th, 2016

I don’t endeavour here to do a huge in-depth piece on what is a really complex topic that I’ve been studying for three years now (frankly, I don’t have the time). But since gut health is becoming more and more of a “big deal”, I’ve put together an elevator guide to the microbiome, a bunch of facts you need to know, nicely packaged in bite-sized form to tell your mates, Gran, postman or hairdresser.

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1. News just in: The microbiome is responsible for most contemporary illness.

2. The microbiome is the bacteria living inside you and on your skin – bacteria, viruses, archaea, eukaryotes and fungi included.

3. 95 per cent of microbiota sits in your gut – home to approximately 100,000,000,000,000 (100 trillion) micro organisms. That’s 10 times more than the number of cells in the human body.

4. Your gut microbiome comprises 80 per cent of your immune system. 

5. You don’t get your bacteria until after you’re born. We acquire most of our microbiome by the age of three. Read more