A picture of health

Ramblings from my Crohns Disease related blog.

Crohnie Croney - Crohns and Me

You know THAT one photo where everyone comments how amazing you look? Yes you know the one, we all have ‘the one’.

But what if that one photo captures a moment in time where you’re anything but amazing, in fact internally you feel at your lowest and not the picture of health and happiness your misleading photos portrays?

I was talking to a friend recently and both of us have had similar experiences, a photo or series of photos which capture a moment or time in your life when you’ve hit close to rock bottom and the physical results effect your body. So if that’s the case what does the viewer see and deem to be fabulous?

2012 at my sickest Christmas 2012, me at my sickest

This is my photo. Looks like I’m having a fun time, however, I was 17 days post my diagnosis with Crohn’s disease and was on a high…

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Turkey mince chilli with cauliflower rice

This is one of my favourite meals which I always look forward to tucking into. It’s hearty and filling, full of flavour, super healthy, quick to prepare and an extra bonus is it uses really cheap, easily available ingredients. 

I make my own chilli paste from fresh ingredients which beats any shop-bought products by a mile!

I hope you enjoy it too 😊



turkey chilli
Turkey chilli with cauliflower rice


Ingredients (serves 4)

2 tbsps of coconut oil

500g organic turkey mince

1 large cauliflower 

1 small carton/jar of passata 

Chilli paste:

2 tsps of ground cumin

2 tsps of coriander

2 tsps of paprika

2 tsps of garlic salt

2 garlic cloves

2 Scotch bonnet chillies

1 tbsp of tomato purée

Salt to season. 



chilli sauce
Homemade chilli sauce


Cooking method

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a pan and brown the mince off, then set aside.
  2. In a blender add the cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic salt, fresh garlic, chillies and tomato purée and blend until you have a fine paste. 
  3. Add the chilli paste to the pan and heat for a minute, stir constantly. 
  4. Add the turkey and passata, bring to the boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes. 
  5. While the chilli is simmering chop up the cauliflower, discarding the stem and blitz to snow-like consistency. 
  6. Microwave the blitzed cauliflower for 5 minutes then add salt and pepper to season. 
  7. Serve immediately. 

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes.