Paleo Beef Burgers and merrymaker mum talks stress.


Time for another instalment of merrymaker mum! Yay! 

This week mum shares her delicious paleo beef burger recipe + top tips for dealing with stress + anxiety. Take it away mum!

When the girls asked me to write my first blog post, 6 months ago it would have been about wrinkles, menopause, forgetting where I put my glasses or how being ‘nearly’ paleo has changed my life… but no, it’s not to be. After some recent negative life changes I’ve been dealing with stress… + a lot of it. So instead, here’s my tips to deal with (+ hopefully get rid of) the stress in our lives.

  • Number one is to identify the stress or anxiety. For me, when I chose to miss out on my favourite gym class + opt for a night in on the couch was when I knew something was not quite right.
  • Get moving. Exercise releases endorphins + makes you happy (I’ve never been to a gym class + said ‘I really regret going to that’). It also takes your mind off the stressful situation.
  • Schedule downtime, yes, exercise is great but so is relaxation + when it’s in your diary you’re more likely to do it. 20 minutes of meditation isn’t time wasted, it’s time well spent on clearing your mind.
  • Socialise (with the right people!). Surround yourself with positive friends + family who make you feel good.
  • Start a project. I was lucky to have a whole new (merrymaker) household to paint + this project gave me something to focus on other than the stress + anxiety. I find painting therapeutic but you might like to bake, cook (perhaps my paleo beef burgers?!), bike ride, build… anything goes!
  • Laugh! And laugh loud! Again this releases endorphins + if you weren’t happy before a big belly laugh, you will be afterwards.
  • Ask for help + accept help when offered. Don’t be afraid to reach out. I visited my doctor + took e with me for support. My doctor was very understanding + provided me with time off + organisations/resources to help me deal with stress.
  • Spend time with the one’s closest to you (I’m lucky I have an amazing family… they always make me feel better).
  • Look at the positives (even the little things). The girls always ask me what I’m grateful for + I usually answer with: coffee dates with my husband (merrymaker dad) + parents (who are in their 80s) + generally taking time to smell the roses.

I’m glad to hear you enjoyed my paleo baked salmon (quick, simple + delish as the girls would say) + today I share my paleo beef burgers (definitely stress-free!).

Embrace the current season of your life, 

merrymaker mum.


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paleo beef burgers.
Serves 6
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
stuff you need
  1. 800g beef mince
  2. 1 onion finely chopped
  3. 2 tbs. tomato paste (check for nasties, should be 100% tomatoes)
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 cloves garlic crushed
  6. 1 bunch fresh basil chopped
  7. 1 tsp. dried thyme
  8. salt + pepper
now what
  1. In a large bowl, mix the mince, onion, tomato paste, eggs, garlic, basil, thyme, salt + pepper.
Now for a merrymaker mum tip, to get your rissoles even, this is what you do
  1. Using a 1/3 measuring cup, scoop out mince mixture + press into the measuring cup.
  2. Turn out the burger pattie (you might need to pat the cup a little) + continue with the remaining mince mix. Wa-lah! Even burger patties!
  3. Place the patties on a high heat BBQ grill (or fry pan).
  4. Cook for 8-9 minutes, flip + continue to cook for a further 7-8 minutes, or until cooked through.
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Serve with the merrymaker sisters’ crunchy paleo rolls (trust me, these are good!) + a big summer salad!

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