Twice Cooked Chook

Cook a Chook, it’s that simple.
Flavour it according to what you like and cook it!

This week as it being all about being organised in a chaotic life Chicken and Lamb have been the savour. The Chicken I did in a smokey paprika seasoning and then shredded the chook, added it to a pan and added cumin, turmeric, tomatoes and broth and made the best Taco Chicken mix so far. A big whole chicken is far more useful and cheaper than buying breasts and thighs and all the other bits. Cook it, carve it, serve it and re-create meal after meal. It’s amazing how far a chook can stretch and the broth….well of course there is always a pot of bone broth in this house cooking.

 

Roast Chicken

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Roast Chook – Twice Cooked

pre-heat oven to 190c, cook chicken 30 mins for every 500g of chicken (internal temp of 75-80)

INGREDIENTS
1-2kg Whole Pastured Raised Chicken
1 tsp salt
1 tsp smokey paprika
1 lemon cut in half
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Prepare Chicken in Roasting Pan
2. Place Lemon in the Chickens cavity along with 1/2 Tbsp of hard coconut oil
3. Rub remaining coconut oil all over the chicken
4. Mix Paprika and salt together and coat over the entire chicken
5. Place in oven on middle rack (according to weight of chicken cook as above)
6. Half way through, baste the chicken with the pan juices that have been created from cooking
7. To check the chicken use a meat thermometer. Also pierce the chicken at the thickest point and note the colour of the juices that comes out. Clear is cooked, pink is not.
8. Take out of oven and wrap in foil and leave for 10 minutes to rest

If you are having traditional roast chicken then carve and serve with vegetables.
Alternatively carve the chicken completely from top to bottom. Pop bones and carcass in the slow cooker, cover with water and cook on low as per bone broth recipe.

With the chicken create meals and flavours to your liking….it’s that simple.

1. Add the chicken back to roasting pan
2. Add 4 chopped tomatoes
3. add 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin and 1 tsp turmeric
4. Pour over 300ml Bone Broth
5. Pop back in oven at 150c and cook for a further 30 minutes until liquid reduces.

Serve with tortilla wraps, tacos or vegetables eggs and salad

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Taco Chicken

Lunchbox Ideas

When it comes to lunches and filling lunchboxes for kids I often hear the saddened sigh or a cringe on faces. I love filling my girl’s planet box every evening for the next day whether it be for home, care or travel. But what do I put in there you say? How does it keep her interested when you simply can’t be bothered?! Well, firstly I can’t promote Bento Style lunches enough. Think picking platters, a bit of this a bit of that, deconstructed sandwiches because let’s be honest most kids pull their lunch apart anyway so why not make it easy for them. They are easy, yes different, and lots of people will find them odd at first, but seriously I have adults drooling over M’s lunches. So with school going back I thought it be fitting that I share my favourite recipes and recipes of blogs, chefs and friends that are sure to keep your kids lunchboxes (and your own) full of nutritious wholefood’s that are a mix of grain free, sugar free and dairy free items*.

a few websites and blogs (off the top of my head) I recommend for recipes:
www.facebook.com/realfoodmumau (of course)
www.mummymade.it
www.wholefoodsimply.com
www.againstallgrain.com
www.superchargedfood.com
www.ahealthymum.com
www.thenaturalnutritionist.com.au
www.iquitsugar.com
www.nomnompaleo.com
www.nourishedkitchen.com
www.deliciouslyella.com
www.the-fit-foodie.com/blog/
www.wellnessmama.com/
http://www.thepaleomom.com/

Snacks

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RealFood Mum Blog
Wholefood Simply
http://www.wholefoodsimply.com/
Mummy Made It
http://www.mummymade.it

Lunch

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RealFood Mum Blog
Pink Farm
https://www.facebook.com/ourpinkfarm
The Natural Nutritionist -contains some dairy and grain

http://thenaturalnutritionist.com.au/

Danielle Walker aka Against All Grain

http://againstallgrain.com/

Supercharged Food

http://www.superchargedfood.com

Nom Nom Paleo

There are so many other resources out there too. Check into my Pinterest for more websites to visit. I am sure these will keep you busy for the next term.

 

*note that some recipes do contain dairy, grain, sugar and FODMAPs. Please adjust recipes accordingly or contact me for recipe help.

Fried Rice (not rice)

The other night we made Grain free Prawn Bibimbap (want the recipe? Let me know) for dinner and I’ll tell you it was awesome. Check the Instagram pics of the asian fusion we had.
Anyway I had leftovers (YES I KNOW) so I combined the cauliflower rice with some other vegetables I had in the fridge added a few prawns and bacon and ended up with a great veggie packed fried rice alternative to have with a protein for lunch and dinner.

My recipe calls for spiralized vegetables, I cannot recommend the ‘Spirooli’ enough as it makes meal prep, grainfree living and the kids excited about vegetables. If you’re after one thing in your kitchen you need to seriously consider one of these

 

Fried Rice

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Fried Rice ‘no rice’

 

Cauliflower Rice

INGREDIENTS

Head of cauliflower
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut Cauliflower up and place in food processor and pulse until it resembles a fine crumb (like rice)
2. Heat Coconut Oil in Pan and pour in cauliflower
3. add salt and fry for 5 minutes.

Use this as an alternative to rice in any dish

Fried Rice

Knob of fresh ginger
Knob of fresh Turmeric
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Ghee
salt and pepper to season
2 Tbsp water or miso liquid or bone broth

1 Zucchini Spirialized
1 Daikon Spiralized
1 Broccoli (florets cut and the stalk Spiralized)
1 Bok Choy Shredded
Bunch of Silverbeet shredded
1 cup Baby Spinach Leaves
1 Carrot Spiralized
3 Rash of Bacon diced
1 Cup of chopped Prawns (cooked)
1 Cup Bean Shoots (blanched)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Spiralize all vegetables as noted above (alternatively you can cut into julienne slices)
2. Add Spiralized vegetables to food processor and pulse in short bursts until they break up into ‘rice’
3. Heat Oil or Ghee in pan and fry off ginger and turmeric
4. Add bacon and fry for a few minutes
5. Add Broccoli Florets and fry
6. Add Spiralized vegetable mix and fry tossing all veggies around
7. Add the leafy vegetables last followed by the cooked prawns
8. Add Cauliflower rice and bean shoots and toss to combine and mix.
9. Turn off heat and pop lid on the leave for 5-10 minutes.
10. Season with salt and pepper

We made Fried Rice Omlettes for dinner as something different by adding a few spoonfuls to some beaten eggs and cooking.

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Fried Rice Omeltte

Vegetable Soup in 5 minutes (no $$$ whizz bang appliances needed)

Stuck for Lunch or dinner ideas? The kids are saying they’re hungry and you’re out of ideas? Schools back, works back….argh!!!! Got some left over roast veggies from a dinner (you know the ones that linger past a day and no one wants really?!) Got some bone broth or just plain water (duh)? Let’s soup it up.

Vegetable Soup

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Vegetable Soup

Leftover vegetables (steamed, roasted, baked, anything)- if you’ve been following my weekly meal plans you will have some. What I had left; INGREDIENTS About 1/2 cup sweet potato fries (from Sunday) 1/2 steamed carrot (from Monday) 1/4 Pumpkin (from Sunday) 1 silverbeet stalk (from Monday) 3 Brussel Sprouts (from Sunday) handful of steamed beans and broccoli stalks (from Monday) 1/2 cup Cauliflower Mash (from Sunday) 1Tbsp Ground Cumin or Basil or Oregano or Miso (choose your flavour) 600ml bone broth hidden in the freezer INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat a pan on medium to high on the stove with a little coconut oil or ghee 2. Add vegetables and toss for a few minutes 3. Add Water or Bone Broth 4. Bring to boil quickly. 5. Turn off, add all contents to food processor (mine cost $40 so it’s not whizz bang trust me) 6. Blended on high until smooth (add water or broth if too thick for your liking) 7. Done!!!! **Alternatively (yes there’s always another way) pop all ingredients in the slow cooker before work or school set on low for 8 hours, blend when you get home.  Serve with some protein (I love chicken or fish in mine) and a dollop of coconut cream or coconut kefir and the grainfree flatbread Take to work, school or daycare in one of these awesome food jars that we just love and that keeps your food warm until you’re ready to eat.

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Don’t compost the leftovers, soup them

 

Orange and Chia Cakes/Muffins

School is just around the corner so why not spend the weekend in the kitchen baking. I am very big on nutrition and teaching kids the importance of real food vs CRAP so get the kids in their with you and teach them about what you are making, why and how it will help them. This will build a great foundation for them and also puts the demand for sugary processed foods from the school canteen on hold for a while.
These beauties are packed with Chia Seeds that are rich in Omega 3’s, fibre and protein. Chia seeds are great for filling little (and big) tummies and giving great energy to get them through a full day and keep their brains focussed in class too. Of course we’ve included Oranges as we are still eating through our tree here. You all know they are high in Vitamin C but incorporating the peel adds fibre to the recipes as well. We’ve gone nut free too as more and schools are on this initiative so it makes your job easier. WE opted for coconut flour as it compliments oranges well in this recipe. Coconut Flour is a great substitute for gluten and nut flours (even buckwheat dare I say considering my current affair) as it is lower in carbohydrates and full of beneficial fibre, vitamin C and B12; all important for our growing offspring. Eggs are fabulous and although you could go completely egg free but you might as well just give the kids chia puddings instead of a baked treat here.

Feel free to add flavours (spices, essence, superfood powders etc) anything sugar free and part of the real food pantry.

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Orange and Chia Seed Cakes

Orange and Chia Seed Cakes

nutfree, grainfree, low FODMAP
PREPARATION TIME       TOTAL TIME
15 MINUTES             45 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

3 Tbsp Chia Seeds, soaked in hot water (ratio 3:1)
1 whole Orange (the whole thing chopped) plus, the juice of a second navel orange
½ cup of Virgin Coconut Oil (softened but not liquid)
¼ Cup Maple Syrup
3 x good sized Eggs
1.5 tsp  Baking Powder
1/2 cup of Coconut Flour

INSTRUCTIONS

Pop Chia seeds in water and set aside
Preheat oven to 170c
Prepare Muffin Tray with cups or baking paper

1. Pop the chopped orange in the food processor and whizz until it purees. Juice the other one and pop to the side.

2. Add softened coconut oil and maple syrup in a bowl and beat until combined and creamy.
3. Add eggs one at a time beating thoroughly after each one

4. Combine Orange and Chia mix (as well as second juice) then add to the bowl

5. Combine flour and baking powder in sieve and gradually folding in to mixture
6. Leave to sit for 10 minutes to let the chia and coconut flour activate
7. Pour into prepared tray

8. Bake at 170c for about 30 Minutes testing with skewer.
9. Leave to cool completely if you can resist, the cooked chia needs some time to cool down

 

Top with maple glaze or whipped coconut cream

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YUM

Slow cooker- Roast Lamb 3 ways

To be honest I never believed in just putting a piece of meat in the slow cooker and leaving it for 8 hours and trusting that it would be cooked and delicious come dinner time. Well after hearing a lot of people doing it I thought, what the hell lets give it a go with a Lamb.

Slow Cooker Roast Lamb

INGREDIENTS
1.5kg of Lamb Shoulder or Leg
3 sprigs of rosemary
2 cloves of garlic smashed (optional)
bunch of oregano
1 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Set slow cooker up
2. Add herbs (and garlic) to bottom
3. Place lamb on top, season with salt
4. Turn on slow cooker and leave (literally)

At the end of time (sounds so dramatic) the slow cooking will create pan juices and your meat will be cooked. WOW WOW WOW!

Take out, rest for 10 minutes and slice and eat or CREATE a meal……..

Greek Lamb Gyro’s/ Souvlaki/ Kebab

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Lamb Gyro

1. Take Lamb and shred thinly as possible
2. Mix batches with Olive Oil and Mint (or a mint pesto of 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, bunch mint, 2 Tbsp Olive Oil.
3. Add to grainfree flatbread with grainfree tabbouleh and coconut kefir or yoghurt tzatziki

Left overs???

Twice Cooked Lamb Ragu

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Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu

 

1. Add left over lamb back to slowcooker (with the pan juices so keep these in a bowl)
2. Add;

1 Carrot sliced
1 Zucchini sliced
1/2 Eggplant
1/2 Cup chopped mushrooms
300ml bone broth or water
1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
A few sprigs of oregano and parsley

3. Set to cook at desired level
Serve with mash sweet potato or steamed vegetables.

 

It is really possible to be organised in an unorganised week. Two things to always remember when eating a real wholefoods nutritious diet:

1. Always cook enough for leftovers (vegetables, meats, fats)
2. Think about three ways you can use one meat or vegetable (if it fits into three, it’s a fridge staple)

 

 

 

Grainfree Flatbread (failsafe)

Why is it that you try to make a recipe over and over and either don’t like the taste or fail at it being anywhere near the picture you see?! Well it happens to me a lot! I’ve committed to now just creating my own versions on gut instinct and they work (always after the meal I needed them for ha).

Every week I search ‘grainfee wraps’, I look up alternatives to coconut and nut flours, tapioca, masa harina in hope to find something that works for me and that is easy to make and quick.

Following on from our obsession with buckwheat (which I’m waiting to bite me in the bum….literally TMI I know) I thought let’s wing it and try this little fella out. So I ground my sprouted buckwheat, kind of measured ingredients and ended up with flat bread in less than 10 minutes. My daughter said that they tasted like ‘real bread’ and ‘pancakes’- bless a three year old’s mind hey. They were perfect with our slow cooked lamb shoulder I had cooking away and raw grainfree Tabbouleh, coconut kefir tzatziki and fresh salad.

These are a great wrap for kids lunches too considering we are all heading back to school, kinder and care next week.

Grainfree Flat Bread

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PREPARATION TIME              TOTAL TIME
20 MINUTES                    25-30 MINUTES
makes 6 dinner plate sized wraps

INGREDIENTS

500g buckwheat flour plus extra for rolling and dusting (we soak and activate our buckwheat kernels and then grind to a flour but store bought buckwheat flour is fine)
370ml warm water
3 Tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Combine flour and salt in a bowl
2. Mix water and oil together
3. Make a well in centre and add water and oil gradually while mixing
4. The mixture will slowly come together to form a dough
5. Leave sit for 5-10
6. Divide the dough into six pieces. Take one piece, shape into a flat disc and place between two sheets of flour dusted baking paper. Carefully roll out the dough into a round pita shape until it’s about 1/4 inch thick.
7. Stab the dough with a fork a few times and dust lightly with extra flour
8. Heat up your cast iron pan and brush with coconut oil (not a lot of oil just a light brushing to season). Cook the pita for a few mins on one side until puffy and repeat on the other side. A good sign is the signature brown spots forming.
9. Fill them up with your desired meat and vegetables and serve immediately.
10. Pop them in fridge wrapped in foil and use for other inventions can be reheated the next day in the oven. They keep for up to 5 days, you just need to re-heat in pan or oven for a few minutes to get flexibility back.

Alternate uses……

Pancakes
Brush both sides of cold wraps with ghee or butter and pop in a warm pan to re-heat.
Chop up a selection of fruits (banana, blueberries, strawberries) to pop on to wraps.
Re-heat wraps in pan and top with fruits, maple syrup and coconut cream

Pita Chips
Cut cold wraps into wedges
Heat Coconut oil in pan and fry on medium heat for 3 minutes each side.
Sprinkle salt on finished chips
Serve with dips

Tacos
Reheat in foil in the oven for 5 minutes at 180
fill with meat, salad and salsa

Other variations: Soup dippers, croutons, sandwich wraps, toast, soldiers for eggs, french toast, tortilla’s.

Flavouring variations (add these to the dough before rolling):
Indian – 1/4 tsp cardamom pods and 1/4 tsp ground cumin
Asian – 1/4 cup chopped coriander
Mexican – 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
Sweet – 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (opt)
Italian – 1/4 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/4 thyme
Greek – 1 tsp za’atar or some fresh mint
Fish – 1/4 tsp dried dill or 1/4 cup fresh dill
Cheesey – 1 Tbsp of Nutritional Yeast Flakes

Let me know your creations, I would love to add to my list.

 

*side not on buckwheat- it does have a higher carbohydrate count than almond and coconut. It is filling and is great in moderation as is all real food. Please eat for your body and listen to the signs of your gut and digestive system