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    Leek Mushroom & Pumpkin Risotto – Recipes to Help The Earth & Boost Calm Parenting

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    Leek Mushroom & Pumpkin Risotto – Recipes to Help The Earth & Boost Calm Parenting

    This delicious Leek Mushroom & Pumpkin Risotto is so quick and easy to make and all the family will love it. You can replace the mushroom with chicken or just leave it out all together if like. The pumpkin and leek are flavorsome enough too. This is one of many Recipes from Help For Mums designed to Help The Earth & Boost Calm Parenting

    Leek Mushroom & Pumpkin Risotto – Ingredients

    Leek, Mushroom & Pumpkin Risotto - Recipes to Help The Earth & Boost Calm Parenting
    • 300g of pumpkin – diced
    • 2 cups of sliced mushrooms
    • 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary
    • ½ tablespoon of sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 whole leek – sliced
    • 1 large garlic clove – crushed
    • 2 bunches of bok choi – steamed
    • 1 cup of spinach leaves
    • ½ cup of fresh parsley
    • Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
    • 1½ cup of Arborio rice
    • 750ml (3 cups) of hot chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese (optional)


    Preheat oven to 200°C

    • Place the pumpkin and mushrooms in a baking tray lined with baking paper and season with rosemary and sesame oil
    • Bake for 30 minutes, or until pumpkin is soft and tender, but not overcooked
    • Remove, dice the pumpkin – stand aside (you can cook this while you are preparing the rice)
    • Heat the olive oil in a rice cooker or a large pot
    • Fry the leek and garlic in the oil until tender
    • Add the bok choi and spinach and stir until tender and soft
    • Add the rice and stir
    • Add the fresh parsley, salt and pepper and stir
    • Once all combined add 1 cup of chicken stock and stir until absorbed, then add the second cup and wait until absorbed and then the third cup – stir continuously
    • Finally add the pumpkin and mushroom and stir
    • Combine with the Parmesan cheese (optional) to create a beautiful creamy consistency and serve.
    • Note: Depending on the strength of your rice cooker, you may need to add more water as you’re cooking.

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    Leek Mushroom & Pumpkin Risotto

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    The Pursuit of Health and Happiness

    The pursuit of happiness

    In the pursuit of happiness it’s very easy to neglect your physical body and to ignore the impact that your health is having on your ability to achieve and maintain a happiness and a successful life.

    Lizzie o'halloranAs adults, we spend a lot of time trialling various behaviours that may lead to short term feelings of euphoria (such as excess drinking, watching TV, smoking, and eating junk food). However, whilst you may experience an immediate positive feeling from these behaviours – long term these behaviours tend to lead to negative emotions. Therefore, short term gain can lead to long term pain.

    What is even more interesting, is that short term gains in mood are also likely to lead to short term pain. For instance, eating junk or drinking excess coffee can lead to feeling bloated, tired, agitated, stressed and anxious. These negative moods can leave you feeling unmotivated, unsociable and cloudy headed. Yet, in the moment, junk food and coffee can satisfy an immediate need for an energy boost. So, we can easily fall victim to pleasing immediate needs without thinking about how they will make us feel later and in particular how they will affect our goals.

    Ignoring the steps for a healthy life

    So why do we ignore the nourishing mental and physical needs of our bodies – only paying attention when something really breaks down?
    I believe we often ignore our body because we justify that other activities in life are more important, however if your body is not working efficiently, you will find yourself losing motivation, feeling too tired to achieve your goals and losing confidence in yourself if your physical body is not operating as well as it should/could be.

    In addition, the message we have been receiving from the media for many years now is that the purpose of our external bodies is to portray a (pre-defined and culturally defined) beauty. As a result, MANY men, women and kids find themselves comparing their bodies to those they see in the media. Unfortunately these images tend to be well prepared and photographed (or air brushed), giving most people the belief that they could never measure up to these images. Thus, it’s easier to give up trying to reach such an unrealistic goal and enjoy the here and now instead.

    The problem with this defeatist attitude is that internally these media images “stick”” and as a result people often feel guilty for not engaging in healthy behaviors in order to try to emulate the beauty stereotype. This guilt leads to feeling down and so the search for an instant ‘pick me up’ strikes again.

    So what can you do to stop this behavior?

    In order to fight against this way of thinking you need to start viewing your physical body as your tool to achieving success and happiness in life. This means looking after it and treating it well, so that it will in turn assist you when you need it most (eg, when you want to play sport with the kids/friends, brainstorm great ideas for a new project, perform well at work, present your best ‘self’ in an interview or on a date, or stay up late to complete an important project).

    Living a healthy lifestyle is much more about giving you the best chance to achieve success, than it is about you looking good.
    Let your body be your best tool to drive you to achieve your goals and desires in life.

    Lizzie O’Halloran, BBSc, MASR, NLP Prac

    Founder of Help For Mums