Category Archives: Meal Plan

Kangaroo Burgers

Probably not the first mince you would grab from the meat section but Kangaroo meat is great. Great for you, great tasting and can be used as an alternative to almost all beef mince dishes.

We love our burgers, you can add whatever you like to them too and the family can get a veg packed patty of yum.

Super easy to make, can be prepared ahead, taken along for a BBQ lunch, great in school lunches, great for breakfast and even for a cold healthy snack.

Kangaroo Burgers

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INGREDIENTS

500g kangaroo mince
1 zucchini grated (squeeze out the excess water)
1 carrot grated
1 cup of mushrooms diced or grated
1 onion diced (optional for Low FODMAP)
1 egg
1 Tbsp Tomato Paste (low salt)
1/2 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 tsp sumac (sweet and tart)
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp salt
grind of pepper to season
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

NOTE: you can add any herbs or spices you like.
Add some minced liver too – a great way of packing in more that no one can taste.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine everything in a bowl and mix with hands until combined (really massage the mix to maximise flavour)
Form into balls. Vary in size if you have big and little people in the house to feed.
Pop into fridge to set for at least 20 minutes

Season the grill with some coconut oil (or better yet brush each burger with macadamia oil)
Grill on medium for 5 minutes each side
Kangaroo is a game meat so is best to cook just under done

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Serve with grilled veggies, in a burger with tonnes of greens and homemade chilli mayo.

 

 

Ghee

Dairy or Casein sensitive?
On the butter train but it makes you feel a bit yuck?

Why not try Clarifying your butter. Removing the milk solids breaks down the butter and leaves you with a golden jar of goodness that is actually great for digestion.

You'll need; butter, a spoon, a pan. 1. chop butter into cubes
You’ll need; butter, a spoon, a pan.
1. chop butter into cubes
2. Put butter into a stainless steel pan on a medium heat
2. Put butter into a stainless steel pan on a medium heat
3. Stir the butter as it melts. The first stage is 'foam'. The butter will start to boil and foam. This will happen after a couple of minutes.
3. Stir the butter as it melts. The first stage is ‘foam’. The butter will start to boil and foam. This will happen after a couple of minutes.
4. Next the foam will settle. Keep stirring occasionally, the bubbles will get bigger and slower. This is a good sign the fat and solids are separating.  This stage takes about five minutes.
4. Next the foam will settle. Keep stirring occasionally, the bubbles will get bigger and slower. This is a good sign the fat and solids are separating. This stage takes about five minutes.
5. The solids will become more visible in the pan. The pan shows solids on the side. Keep stirring as you go and scraping the sides down and the solids from the bottom so they don't burn.
5. The solids will become more visible in the pan. The pan shows solids on the side. Keep stirring as you go and scraping the sides down and the solids from the bottom so they don’t burn.
6. Final stage is foaming again. It will happen pretty quick after the last stage and will quickly rise to the top of the pan. This is when you know it's done
6. Final stage is foaming again. It will happen pretty quick after the last stage and will quickly rise to the top of the pan. This is when you know it’s done
7. Pour through a sieve covered in cloth so it catches the solids.
7. Pour through a sieve covered in cloth so it catches the solids.
8. Solids settling in the strainer. I strain twice incase I missed some on the first pour.
8. Solids settling in the strainer. I strain twice incase I missed some on the first pour.
8. Leave to cool. It will set and be a golden fabulous ghee. Use in cooking. Roast vegetables will never be the same again I PROMISE Pop in a jar. Refrigerate in warmer weather and leave on bench in cooler months
9. Leave to cool. It will set and be a golden fabulous ghee. Use in cooking. Roast vegetables will never be the same again I PROMISE
Pop in a jar. Refrigerate in warmer weather and leave on bench in cooler months

Smoothie Bowls

Ok I’ll admit it…..I’m addicted to smoothie bowls. I don’t know whether I need therapy or an intervention or whether it’s ok for me to seriously obsess over creating bowls of awesomeness (if I do say so myself) everyday – or there about.

My favourite at the moment would have to be a ginger and cinnamon flavoured one as it is cold here at the moment and to help with my lack of blood flow I’m at least trying to make an effort to reduce inflammation with these inclusions. I have also gone from frozen to room temp bowls. Slowly but surely I will transition from them but this creative obsession is too fun…..at least it’s a healthier obsession!?

Here is my idea of a smoothie bowl and why I include the things I do to keep me healthy, balanced and nourished from the get go (or be it lunch or dinner….sssshhhhh don’t tell the coach)

My Winter Smoothie Bowl

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PREPARATION TIME                   TOTAL TIME
2 MINUTES                          5 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 frozen banana (I peel, cut mine into quarters and pop into freezer so there’s always options for smoothies, nana ice-cream or a quick snack)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries (I buy organic frozen berries or freeze fresh when in season)
    knob of ginger root
  • 1 tsp ground good quality cinnamon (yes the supermarket ones are not that good)
  • 1 tsp maca powder (lady hormone help)
  • 1 tsp slippery elm bark powder (helps digestion and is a great thickener)
  • 1 tsp of fibre/ omega 3 mix (I mix psyllium husks, flax seeds and chia seeds and pop in jar and scoop out to get a rounded selection of boost – this is also a great alternative to making chia pudding if you don’t want to overload on chia every time)
  • 200ml filtered water (you could use homemade almond milk or coconut water or coconut milk but I prefer to help my daily water intake as much as I can)
  • 1/4 avocado (it’s important to include good fats with your smoothie bowl like avocado as it helps to balance the sugars that you are consuming through the fruits)

*optional (I add to mix up the flavours 1 tsp cacao, 1 tsp turmeric, basil leaves, mint leaves, 1 tsp acai powder,  2 strawberries,  1 Tbsp fresh cut pineapple, 1 tsp spirulina/ super greens mix, knob of zucchini/cucumber, sprig of watercress, 1 tsp unhulled toasted tahini. Anything really to change it up and get your taste buds loving yourself.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. add all ingredients to a blender
  2. 2 blend on high for 2 minutes
  3. rest for 1 minute
  4. blend on high again for one minute
  5. Pour into bowl, top with a small selection of nuts and seeds (TIP- chop them they stretch further. I chop a selection and keep to add to meals, then I am not over consuming and regretting it half an hour later)
  6. Pour over a drizzle of coconut kefir or unsweetened coconut yoghurt or make your own with a good starter (avoid using commercial yoghurt to culture)
  7. add a sprinkle of coconut, cacao nibs, goji berries or whatever you have to add a little antioxidant, taste, texture and little surprises
  8. mix it all through the smoothie mix
  9. eat slowly, chew through it even if its liquidy please.

    NOTES- why I choose a smoothie bowl over a smoothie
    *Drinking a smoothie is not as satisfying (to me). It’s rushed, you can over consume and end up hungry an hour later. By adding texture like nuts, seeds, berries etc you are forced to chew and that aids digestion, satisfies your taste buds, your brain and your belly.
    *It forces you to sit down and eat (yes I know we don’t all have time) you will be fuller by eating slower and concentrating.
    *You can take it anywhere in a jar
    *You can prepare it the night before
    *It’s healthy
    *It gives me enough to get through until lunchtime. By including the above it is a rounded balance (for me) of the right things to keep me energised, happy and full until I call for lunch.

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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Green Eggs and Ham Frittata

Meal planning for a week away has kept me occupied preparing meals. Pretty sure (as usual) I’ve over catered but I’d rather have more than not enough in unknown territory and spend an hour finding something that’s got no onion, garlic, dairy, grain, fructans, fructose blah blah blah. You get me drift?!

I cleaned out the fridge for the week and created a few staples.

Green Eggs and Ham Frittata

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Green Eggs & Ham Frittata

12 Pasture Raised Organic Eggs (beaten until light and fluff)
6 Whole Rash Bacon
2 Cups fresh Baby Spinach
salt and pepper to season
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
INSTRUCTIONS

1. Beat eggs
2. Place spinach in a lined lasagna dish (Lined with it all covered is the important bit as you want to be able to remove the whole thing to slice and not end up with egg stuck everywhere)
3. season with salt and pepper
4. Lay Whole Bacon Rashes on top (depending on size you may overlap)
5. Pour Eggs over top
6. Give the dish a light shake (the bacon will rise, that’s ok)
7. Pop in Oven for 30 Minutes (or until the eggs bounce back when you press in the centre.
8. Leave to cool completely, take out then slice in portions or keep whole

Feel free to add more vegetables too, this was just me clearing out the end of the weeks supplies. I would serve this with more vegetables on the side or a salad or a meat or fish portion. Also makes a great lunchbox filler for the kids.

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.