Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s the season of endless feasts, dinners, and parties meaning – food everywhere! How can you not be tempted to dig in to that mouth-watering turkey? Or that delicious apple pie?

I’m all about a balanced diet and meal after meal of heavy foods isn’t very balanced at all so I’ve collected these recipes to help you prepare a healthy (and delicious) Thanksgiving dinner and not feel so guilty while celebrating with family and friends.

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Maple Gravy

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Maple Gravy

It’s not Thanksgiving without a savory-smelling Turkey as your centerpiece. This fall-inspired recipe from Lee Hefter adds an interesting twist on your gravy to make it go better with your side dishes.

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Brown Rice Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Mint, and Feta

Brown Rice Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Mint, and Feta This a flavourful brown rice recipe takes this healthy food item to a whole new level, I love fruits and spices mixed into my healthy rice dishes!

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

I don’t know anyone who would say no to these!!! They’re a fantastic alternative to chips or potato mash but still just as delicious, if not more.

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Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs

Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs This aromatic potato gratin recipe does not only make for a tasty and healthy side dish. It’s also a beautifully-styled addition to your dining setup!

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Wild Mushroom Gravy

Wild Mushroom Gravy

Ever thought you could make gravy from something healthy instead of fats and meat juices? Here’s a recipe for gravy made of mushroom!

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Braised Kale

Braised Kale Simple and easy to prepare, this kale recipe can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated and reheated.

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Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash

Another Thanksgiving staple aside from turkey, sweet potatoes have just the right amount of sweetness that makes it perfect for any menu.

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DESSERTS

Mini Baked Apple Pies

Mini Baked Apple Pies We can’t end our Thanksgiving meal without a mouthful of apple pies. This sweet but healthy apple pie recipe lets you prepare it in a size that is “just right” for every one… unless you get seconds!

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Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Mousse

Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Mousse This sweet and creamy dessert is just so yummy, it’s hard to believe it’s actually healthy! Get ready to spoon in to a surprisingly delightful but easy-to-prepare dessert to top off your dinner.

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Stewed Apples with Chai-Spiced Cashew Cream

Stewed Apples with Chai-Spiced Cashew Cream Here’s another quick and easy recipe for stewed apples that is not only a healthy dessert, but could also be great for breakfast!

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So there you have the complete list of my recommended healthy Thanksgiving meal. Have fun preparing and stay healthy!

Jessie x

Do you ever feel alone even in a crowded room?

In a recent interview Elon Musk revealed that he was lonely. Granted, it was after his break up with his girlfriend, but nonetheless, even self-made billionaires get lonely even at the top. But Elon isn’t alone, in fact entrepreneurs report being “lonely” more than twice the average. But why is that? It’s because we’re different, and we know it. It’s what drives us to create, explore, and travel. It’s what gives us that drive because we try to fill the void of our pain.

We try to connect to our audience with success and achievements.

As much as we hark on about being secure, we’re all a little bit insecure. And that makes entrepreneurs (even Elon Musk) feel lonely. And it’s not just Elon, I feel alone too.

I always feel alone. I can be at parties every night of the week, meet new people every day, be with my boyfriend night after night, but still feel very alone.

But I’m not alone. I think entrepreneurs feel alone at every level of their career, start up or in a big global team, and we all feel alone together. We all try to cover up our loneliness with more work, and then become workaholics, addicted to the ‘need’ to be needed, even if it’s work we have created for ourselves.

It’s not about being socially inept, or unable to carry a conversation, or the inability to have friends, or not having people who relate to you, but the fact that we crave the “hit” of the success because we don’t know how to get our emotional needs met any other way. But at the same time, the hurt drives us to be productive and proactive.

Because of this we create, we produce, and we serve our audience.

So if you feel alone, it’s okay. I do, too. And so does Elon and he’s changed the course of the future and so can you.

And thank God for my loneliness, it has driven me to build an amazing audience of over 100k people who I can inspire and grow with.

Be grateful for your pain and your loneliness. It will force to you be a smarter worker, be more productive, take initiative, and be a voice for people who don’t have one.

Jessie x

Up your jean game

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I love jeans and I need every type of jeans, especially mum jeans. Right now what I love is this extra saucy style from Missy Empire. I love the cut out detail on the pocket, it just gives it that added va va voom. The fit is quite slouchy which I love because it gives you a very ‘cool girl’ vibe.

I’ve put it together with these awesome Superga slides because slides are the most convenient and comfy pair of shoes/ sandals in my closet right now… just slide in and go!

Are you into mum jeans or are you staying true to skinny jeans?

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

The Dress Kendall Jenner Sold Me

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It’s not often I get sold on clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE clothes and they all make me happy… but I don’t actually get sold on clothes the way I was with this photo here. There’s something so simple yet so sexy about this mini polka dot dress! What I like most is that it’s not ‘black and white’ it’s natural with black dots, a little bit of a more elevated colour way than black and white which can sometimes come across as quite young.

Now… if only I had the legs and body of Victoria’s Secret model, Kendall Jenner!! hahaha

Jessie x

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Recycling Week

coffee-recycling-week I wanted to talk about something I’m really passionate about, and that’s recycling. As I grow older I’ve become more conscientious about the environment and my own carbon footprint through unnecessary waste. I feel guilty contributing to so much of it, such as that extra napkin that just goes into the rubbish when it didn’t need to, the take away green juice I get down at Bondi in it’s plastic cup and plastic straw, forgetting to bring a green bag with me to the grocery store, all the take away containers of food I have, and worst of all the take away coffee cups which are not reusable or recyclable. That’s right. Did you know take away coffee cups are not recyclable?? There’s a thin plastic inside the paper to make it waterproof, so you need to chuck your cup into the rubbish or putting it into the recycling bin will contaminate the entire batch and all of it has to go into the bin!

Since working from home and only having to leave my office for events, meetings, and shoots, I’ve changed my habits and I always have a Nespresso coffee at home in the morning instead of going to a cafe for a take away one. Not only does it save me about $120 each month and is soo delicious, but best of all I’m not contributing to any waste because all of the capsules I use are recyclable. The almond milk cartons I use are also recyclable… Oh, and my Nespresso cups are all washable. Zero waste! I’m sooo proud of this shift and it really makes me more conscientious when I go out to cafes now.

coffee-recycling-week There are two ways I recycle my Nespresso Coffee Capsules:

1. I collect the used capsules in a little bin and pop them in a Nespresso prepaid return bag, then drop it into my closest red post box which is only 50 metres down the road from me.

2. I return them to my closest Nespresso store. I’m in between Bondi Junction and City store and I’m always walking past one every couple weeks at least.

If recycling or reducing waste is something you want to start thinking about in your daily life and you’re guilty of getting one or more take away coffee cups a day, I recommend you get a Nespresso machine for your home or work. I have an Essenza Mini and it’s sooo easy to use.

If you’re also guilty with take away foods, try eating at the cafe instead. If you have to get it take away, bring your own cutlery and don’t take their plastic forks and knives. If you order a cup of coffee or tea, sit down and enjoy it there instead of getting it to go; otherwise have a travel mug with you if you know you’re getting coffee or tea in a rush.

If you’re not sure what’s recyclable, please check here and don’t throw your capsules into the recycling bin at home because they’re too small for the industrial machines.

I hope we can all make a small conscientious effort today to minimise waste and recycle.

Jessie x
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Introducing Colette Hayman Leather

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Lately I’ve been adding real quality brands and styles to my collection of handbags. One of the best things is that Colette by Colette Hayman are now doing leather bags!!! Right now they’re all gorgeous staple styles which will last you a lifetime and at really affordable prices. So you can still buy your fashion favourite. For me it’s this pink leather leather cross body, because you feel like you have a $1800 bag but it’s only $90!

Which bag would you get, or which designer bag are you eyeing off??

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

Mink Pink Co-ordination

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Channel your inner Cher with this clueless inspired outfit I’ve put together minus the sweater vest and high socks, but I think this is a nice little homage without going full 90s! I love this statement corduroy set. Wear the jacket or skirt separately or together – either way you’re going to turn heads in this shocking pink ensemble.

One of the best things about spring is the transition from jeans to skirt and coats to jackets. Being able to have your legs out without a 24/7 sweat moustache is my favourite time of the year! Haha so take advantage, Sydney-siders!

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

Holiday Mode

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I can’t believe we stumbled upon this gorgeous little cafe in Manly, it literally made me feel like I was on a vacation from the eastern suburbs of Sydney! With my stripey dress, weekender and backpack next to the grass bar I felt like I was on a tropical getaway. Funny how a little outfit change, an ice latte, driving half and hour up the coast and a fresh set of earrings can perk your mood.

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

What does it really mean to Be Brave and Free?

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Be brave and free: easier said than done. When was the last time you did something brave? In June 2016 I quit my job and started working for myself, no experience running a business, no idea if I’ll actually make a steady income, no real reason to leave an amazing job designing apart from the fact that I needed to be free. Not everyone is wired to work for themselves. It takes a lot of self-motivation every. single. damn. day. doing something that’s not assigned to you, no deadline, no assistant, nothing but hustle.

I was scared but mostly excited at the thought of not answering to anybody but myself, waking up when I want to, pacing my life how I want to, travelling the world whenever I want to, and now that I do I wouldn’t know how to live life any other way. I attribute this to being brave, not just jumping out of the plane and hoping for the best but by planning, budgeting, working smart, being a good person, and being organised and meticulous.

I’m not telling you to quit your job, but I am telling you you need to be brave and free. Maybe it’s leaving a toxic relationship, moving out of your parent’s house, traveling solo to a new country, asking out that guy or girl, jumping off a cliff into open water while screaming all the way down, committing yourself to a marathon for charity – whatever it is, I promise you if it’s scares you, and it won’t kill you, it will make you a stronger, free-er person.

Jessie x

Photography by Helen Driscoll

Absolut Botanik Upcycle

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So when Alsolut Vodka came out with this new pre-mix flavour by one of my favourite drinks Absolut Botanik, I had to try it: Berry and Lemon… and now I’m hooked! Literally two of my favourite flavours, lemonade and berries! A match made in heaven.

In this post I’ve showcased the lifespan with this new bottle. I’ve taken out to a day in the park, enjoying it as I’m heading to a party with my friends and at the party, and then upclying it (one of my favourite things to do as I try to minimise waste). Then I kept the bottle and used it as a vase for some greenery around the house!

What do you think?! And what will you try out that’s new this week?

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan and Jessie Khoo