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Chilli Beef Chow Mein

How many times do you leave the house in someone else’s hands and just ‘assume’ it’ll all be handled and those few hours your out won’t matter??? THEN you get home and the roast is still on the bench and there is a hungry little human greeting you ‘mummy I’m hungry’
GAH…..panic stations!!! I had meat thawing everywhere today, fillet on the bench, chuck mince in the sink, and lamb just hanging out for the day near the stove. Come 4.30pm there was only one thing I could do, grab the mince that was the closest to thawed and try to work something out. Filled the sink with cold water, immersed the meat and quickened the process while I gawked at the fridge and then at my daughter who looked like she was going to die of hunger, or hanger and that’s not cool in my house.
I had greens coming out my behind so asian inspired it was. I grabbed whatever fresh, dried and ground herbs and spices and set out to create something out of nothing…….

Panic no more,  a chilli chow mein (the totally healthy non nasty packet salt version) is here to save the day.

Chilli Beef Chow Mein

grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree, lowfodmap
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PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES                20 - 40 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g pasture raised chuck beef steak minced or good quality minced beef
  • 1tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Carrot grated
  • 1/4 Cauliflower riced
  • 1/2 Chinese cabbage
  • 1 Bok Choy
  • 4 whole Silverbeet stalks
  • 1 Zucchini Spiralized

Sauce

  • 1 big hot Red chilli (leave out or reduce amount for kids)
  • 1 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp Coconut aminos/ tamari
  • 1 and a bit heaped tbsp Tahini
  • 400ml broth (homemade preferably)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Brown meat ginger turmeric cumin
  2. Whilst that’s going whip out food processor, grate carrot, empty, pulse cauliflower to ‘rice’
  3. Add carrot and cauliflower, leave for a few minutes while you shred cabbage and silverbeet
  4. Add cabbage and Silverbeet.
  5. Mix sauce and add with cold broth
  6. Pour over pan
  7. Simmer for 5-10 and slice Bok Choy
  8. Add Bok Choy
  9. Turn off, cover and leave until needed. The long the better
  10. Just before serving add zoodles and heat through.

Top with extra chilli, some tangy kraut and watercress.

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Not in to Beef? Swap beef for chicken, pork, prawns, fish, tempeh or go vegetarian and serve with a fried egg

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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

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

 

Veggie Burgers

You can jazz these anyway you like. Italian, Thai, Falafel anything really. The base is the following;

Veggie Burgers

served here with zucchini fritters

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INGREDIENTS

1 zucchini
1 carrot
2 large mushrooms
1/4 cup walnuts or (seeds of pepita’s and sunflower)
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp coconut oil

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mix in food processor
2. Add flavourings, pulse
3. Leave to rest for 10 minutes
4. Form into balls
5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
6. dust with coconut oil
7. Heat coconut oil in pan
8. Fry until set, flip and do the same on other side

Serve with complimenting veggies or salad or pop in a burger with zucchini fritters!

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Soups

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Sarah Craven Photography

I have been looking forward to the cold weather. I’m a winter baby, I love a heart meal but this year in particular I’m excited because I’m a new me. A fitter, healthier version of what I was last year. I’ve learnt from previous winter mistakes of overindulging, excusing one meal, punishing myself through a workout, detoxing after a week of fructose hell to now not having one fall back nor craving of need to ‘carb up’ smash a desert or finish that bottle of red.

A great way to stay nourished and build your immune system is to make sure you are ritually drinking good quality bone broth, eating wholesome fermented foods and downing a daily probiotic.

Let’s start the cold snap with soup. A warming Indian spiced (inspired by Pete Evans Paleo Chef) Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Soup.

Take 1 Whole Cauliflower and cut florets
Peel and chop 1 Large or two medium Sweet Potatoes

Pop in a roasting tray with a couple of Tbsp of coconut oil.

Pop in 180c (350f) oven

In a food processor, grinder or mortar and pestle add lightly toasted a Pete a Evans Garam Masala Spice Mix;

Take 1/3 of it and add to cauliflower and sweet potato in oven. Continue to roast until veggies are tender or can be stabbed and not cling to the knife.

Heat 750 ml broth in pot and add veggies and another 1/3 of spice mix, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp black pepper.

Simmer on low until veggies break apart.

Blitz with hand beater

Serve with Krispy Turmeric Kale chips and extra roasted cauliflower and a sprinkle of fresh coriander.

Autumn and Winter Eating

You’ve got to be a warm-blooded human if you like to eat just salad’s during winter. Let’s admit it….we’d all love a big bowl of spaghetti or a stew or casserole or a warming soup, and why not; it’s getting colder outside and you need to nourish your body, feed your cravings and build some good blood warming immunity for the next few months.

My Pack-A-Punch Chicken Meatballs fulfils all the above and more. The kids will love it, the family will and it is great for breakfast, lunches the next day and you can jazz it up any which way.

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Sarah Craven Photography 2014

Meatballs
500g Chicken Mince (i do stress for it to be free range/pasture raised, chemical free as the effects of eating other chicken is not worth it especially if you are a woman)
200g Chicken Livers
50g Sun-dried tomatoes (we buy non-marinated freshly dried from our local deli or make our own)
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup activated walnuts
1 Tbsp chia seeds
big bunch of basil leaves
2 Tbsp coconut oil

Sauce
1 cup bone broth
1 Tbsp ACV
6 medium tomatoes roughly chopped (we love roma to make sauces here)
2 Tbsp Tomato paste
1 cup Brussel sprouts
1 doz okra’s
salt and pepper to season

*Depending on what you are serving this on we add 1 sweet potato cubed, 1 carrot cubed and 1 zucchini cubed.

Add all the meatball ingredients apart from mince into the food processor.
Pulse until it forms a pesto like paste
Add to mince and combine
Roll into small balls and place in freezer (the freezer will activate the chia and set the meatballs so they won’t fall apart when cooked)

Bring broth to a simmer
Add tomato paste and stir
Add chopped tomatoes and whole Brussel sprouts
*add other vegetables from above
Simmer for 20 minutes
Add meatballs straight from freezer and cook for further 15 mins on low
Add Okra and turn off heat, place a lid on pot and leave until ready to eat.

Serve on zoodles, sweet potato spirals, carrot spirals, cauliflower rice or gluten-free pasta.

Steam some iron rich silver beat that is amazing in season at the moment and top with some fermented chillies, homemade pesto and meatballs.
Add to a pan a few ladles of meatballs 1/2 doz eggs and bake at 180c until set.

This is such a versatile meal that you double quantities and eat all week.