Time to grow something, for your body and mind!

Time to grow something, for your body and mind!

Time to grow something, for your body and mind!

Danny + Izelle

Each Tuesday, Izelle Hoffman joins Danny on her show to chat about Mindful Cooking, Mindful Eating, and Mindful Living! This week we are getting into the garden!

Parsley is one of the easiest herbs to grow, it's jam packed with goodness and helps cleanse your blood! Danny's Nan always had at least ten plants growing in her garden and this week, Izelle is talking about the goodness within! 

Heavenly hake fillets
Izelle Hoffman | Mindful Eating

She is also sharing her winning parsley recipe! 

Quick and easy heavenly hake fillets

Prep time: 5 minutes

Baking time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

800g frozen hake fillets 

1 tsp Oryx desert salt

1 tsp paprika

½ tsp harissa powder or pinch of chilli flakes

1 tsp dried parsley

1 red onion, diced

1 Tbsp olive oil

chopped fresh parsley for garnishing

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C and spray a roasting tray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place the frozen hake fillets on the tray and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the fish first with the salt, then with the paprika, harissa or chilli flakes and parsley respectively.
  4. Scatter the onion over the hake fillets and return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven, drizzle with the olive oil and then bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve garnished with freshly parsley. The fish can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Serve with Fresh Lemon Wedges

You may also use fresh hake fillets, if you do just skip step 2.

Why do we make use of these ingredients:

Oryx Salt

What is the purpose of adding salt during cooking? It’s to enhance flavour, right? So why not start by using a good-quality salt to do the job? Sun-dried and unrefined with no additives will bring out the best in your food in the healthiest way possible.

Olive Oil

We all have our reasons why we prefer certain oils, but without a doubt my oil base of choice is olive oil, specifically for its amazing health benefits. Olive oil helps reduce inflammation and prevent osteoporosis, and is essential for bone health because it assists in the absorption of calcium and the mineralisation of bones, all of which are qualities I look for in a product, given my hip dysplasia and related joint pain.


Onions are a natural antibiotic and antiseptic, so are a big YES, especially in winter. They purify the blood, regulate blood sugar levels and improve digestion. They are also anti-inflammatory. In addition to fresh onions, in my pantry you will find dried onion powder and flakes.


Smoked or sweet, paprika is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and high in vitamin C. It helps ease arthritis and joint pain, and aids in iron and antioxidant absorption.


Parsley is so much more than just a garnish; it packs an unsuspecting nutritional punch. High in vitamins A and C and calcium, it is anti-inflammatory, improves bone health, is a blood purifier and boosts the immune system.

Chilli flakes

Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting


Although themselves acidic, citrus fruits such as lemons and limes have an alkalising effect on the body. They are also loaded with vitamin C. Vitamin C content is always highest when the fruit is freshly cut. A squeeze of love in the shape of a lemon or lime, who knew?

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