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Bacon and Eggs

Keeping daycare lunches interesting with eggs and bacon. My cherub loves these little cups of yum and they are simple enough for kids to make too. Getting kids involved in cooking means that they are learning amazing and fun skills but also they know what is in their food and are more likely to eat them because they made them.

The idea of these is to have the bacon as the ‘crust’ in replacing the traditional pastry you would normally have. They are a great freezer option and great made ahead of time for picnics and parties.

Give them a go this week.

 

 

Bacon & Egg Cups

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PREPARATION TIME        COOKING TIME                         10 minutes              30 minutes

makes 12-16 cups, gluten free, dairy free, low FODMAP, kids lunches

INGREDIENTS

12 rashes of good free range bacon
15 eggs
3 sausages (optional)
Dried Italian herbs (basil, parsley, thyme, oregano)
salt and pepper to season

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Line muffin trays with baking paper squares
  • Add 1/2 -1 rash bacon per muffin mould depending on size you may need to cut to fill the mould.
  • Beat eggs until fluffy, add salt and pepper and herbs
  • Slice sausage into inch pieces (you can pre cook sausage)
  • Alternatively use left over meat from previous meal- roast chicken, lamb, beef, fish, prawns
  • Place sausage in each mould and pour in egg to almost the top
  • Pop into preheated oven at 200 and cook until egg is set (30 mins max)

Add avocado on top and devour!

Leave to cool before refrigerating.

ENJOY!

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1. Why Paleo?

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1. Why Paleo?

I realised how closely linked my lifestyle is to the REAL Paleo when I attended the seminar 'The Paleo Way'. The way most interpret is a lot of meat and a lot of 'Paleo Treats' when really its 60-80 g protein and say no to treats (because to be honest if you are eating the correct way you may not even need to snack at all from hunger)

we're all 99.9% identical, we are the same as our ancestors (being hunter gatherers) and have the same things available-these are the principles we should live by- N.G

We have an abundance of real food available to us but in actual fact we consume so much processed, packaged, sugar and starch laden products that our guts are terribly inflamed. Our primal bodies were not made to consume these foods. 
One thing for sure that I can say is that I have no idea what our ancestors ate, but I know the things they didn't so you can work out from that statement right there what you should nourish your body with. But in saying that it's not that simple (or complicated). What is now happening to our real foods is not what was happening to them 3 million years ago. Our soils are depleted, our fruits are bred for sweetness, our vegetables are grown to gigantic proportions, they are not simple foods anymore (on a commercial front). Go to any supermarket and look at the potatoes, pumpkins, corn, zucchini(HUGE and lacking in nutrients) taste the fruits (once you get through the sprays and wax). Now go to a farm or market or find someone that grows their own and see theirs, taste theirs......DIFFERENCE!!! And you'll hate it because we have been bred to consume starch and sugars when in fact we weren't made to. Extreme? No! Informed? Yes!

Paleo touches on the 'Hunter, Gatherer' expression a lot. Now you don't need a bear skin outfit, a spear and to hunch over like you have the worlds worst scoliosis (thanks the uneducated, 'non-extremists' for painting that picture for the public) it's a simple concept that means to source your foods or grow it. To go that extra step for the health and wellbeing of your family and know where your food comes from and how. You may be thinking that you are doing just fine as you are as you eat pretty ok really and kudos if you do, but how much better will you be if you made small changes to your diet that incorporated more 'hunter, gatherer' 'Paleo' principles?! 

And that's No1 (6 pages of notes condensed)


Food for thought, I know....I'm still chewing down on the Paleo principles as I am still a little apprehensive and defensive when I talk about my family and how we eat as I believe that everyone is the biggest judge on everyone else's eating habits. I'd like to convey myself as not someone who 'judges' (unless you consumes take away and junk daily-then I'll be inclined to disagree sorry), I'd like to be someone who encourages others to THINK about their food choices and sources and to educate people on the benefits of making changes to their eating that can decrease illness, inflammation and improve energy, mental health, and overall wellbeing. 

Let me know if I am crossing the judgemental barrier into extremist as I would hate to be labeled an 'orthorexic'!

Happy Weekend to Everyone

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The Paleo Way

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It seems every blogger and their daughter has posted a review on ‘The Paleo Way’ tour that was held nation wide a couple of weeks ago. I have been reading through all 26 pages of notes that I took wondering how I would summarise what I took in and learnt into a short, interesting blog post?! Let’s just say that there is no short answer to my review on the night. It went for over 5 hours, Nora Gedgoudas was A.MAZING (yes I am exaggerating that word) I have expressed my love for her and her book ‘primal body, primal mind’ before and recommend it to anyone who is looking for education on eating real food.

I think what I took out the night was that ‘Paleo’ is such a label and is interpreted mostly as a huge carnivore diet based on lots of protein and bacon. In fact…..well in primal fact the truth be told is that the presenters expressed that their ‘Paleo’ is a well balanced diet. Yes it is lower in carbohydrates than what most dietitians recommend and yes there is a strong push for fat, but in actual reality the main source of food is vegetables, good, organic vegetables, lots of wild caught fish, nuts, avocados, pasture raised AND FINISHED meats. ‘Know and grow’ was a great statement by Pete Evans. Know where your food comes from or grow it. Eat seasonally, sustainably and in healthy portions. There was no extremities in foods to avoid; if you really listened with an open mind that is, clearly avoid high inflammatory foods (especially if you have gut issues) they cause gut permeability and have little nutrient value in your diet that you can’t get from real food.

There is a new TV series coming to channel 7 (here in Australia) all self funded by Pete and his partner Nic. It will feature interviews of leading scientists, chefs, dietitians etc from all around the world supporting ‘The Paleo Way’ and what the principles of eating a real food diet are.

So in my re-cap I thought- why condense it to one post? Why not share what I learnt in topics from my scribble so that if you missed seeing Nora and are really interested in learning more about Paleo/Primal/Real Food/ Whole Foods then I will share my notes.

1. Why Paleo?

Supporting Local Growers & Farmers

REPOSTING from last year…….

 

This is a huge passion of mine! Whether you are living in a big city, country town or something in between…support the local producers.  A while ago I convinced my husband to come grocery shopping with me in a supermarket. I had him do most of the shopping while I pushed as I wanted him to see what we bought. At the end of the shop we were behind a family with an overflowing trolley filled with foods that I would not want anyone in my family consuming. Hubs watched them go through (most likely thanking god that we only have one child) and their total was $126, then it was our turn. Half a trolley of vegetables and meat later and our total exceeded the family in front; $150. He was blown away and I caught him saying ‘how can a family eat crap for less?’ I told him commercial food from big supermarkets are cheap. A family assorted pack of biscuits for arguments sake is half the price of a tub of strawberries, it’s a shame really.
The following week I took my hubs to the market where I buy all my vegetables and whatever else I can. Once again I gave him the money and free reign to purchase the weeks worth of fruit and veg. Three green bags later and we’d spent $30. A stop at the butcher $30 and an order of organics from health food shop ($100 for the month) and we were in front by $50. He was so happy and relieved the exercise paid off.

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Since then he has told half a dozen mates that exact story in hope that they will stop shopping at the chains and start buying local. It is sad and disgraceful that supermarkets (even the ones that are the cheapest) continue to have people spend too much money on crap let alone fresh produce. But it is uplifting and so so satisfying to find local suppliers that are half the price, great quality and people you can trust.

Think Local before you enter the supermarket next time..

 

FARMERS’ FEED

This month is at Farmers Feed they are setting a challenge to shop and eat from your local farmers market for a whole week. Register to commit and see the savings, education and the overall feeling of eating REAL seasonal foods that are grown/raised by the seller.

Check out where your local market is.

 

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.

Asian Style Pork Belly

Asian Style Pork Belly

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INGREDIENTS

A decent cut of pork belly (mine was about 600g for our little fam)
1 Tbsp Tamari or Coconut Aminos
2 Tbsp Water
1 tsp Chinese five spice
2  crushed cloves of garlic (optional)
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Score skin in a diagonal pattern
2. Marinate meat only part of the belly (keep the skin as dry as you can) in a baking dish of the water, tamari/aminos and spice (garlic if using)for at least 2 hours.
3. Rub Salt and coconut oil into skin

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Pork Belly before crisping the skin

Oven 
1. Line another baking dish with foil. This is going to get sticky and messy in the oven so you’ll be thankful you followed this step.
2. Slowly cook you pork belly in the oven at 120c degrees for 4-6 hours, watching it until it begins to tenderise.
3. Once tender take it out of the oven and spoon some of the mixture onto the skin.

4. Place it back into the oven and crank it full for 5-10 minutes (mine took 15 minutes of close watching but my oven is 100 years old).

WATCH IT CLOSELY PLEASE OR YOU’LL LOSE YOUR CRACKLE

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Pork Belly after crisping

5. Tap the top, it should start to sound ‘hard’.  Take it out at this stage and let rest for 10 minutes.

Slow Cooker (Yep I know, it gets easier)
1. In the bottom of the slow cooker, pour the brine up until the point which you can place the pork belly in without the mixture touching the fat
2. Slow cook for 4-6 hours, or longer if on low. No worries on burning here. In fact it’s only going to get moist as all hell and be amazing.
3. Follow Directions from Oven Method steps 3-6 in a baking dish for the broil/crackling steps.

 

Slice and serve with some **asian greens, kelp noodles, zoodles and tahini ginger dressing

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Greens tossed and dressed

**Steam a mix of broccolini, bok choy, choy sum or any other asian green on a boiling pot for five minutes.
Meanwhile soak kelp noodles in a boil of hot water

Dressing
In a jar mix 1/3 cup of olive oil, 1 tbsp tahini, 1 tsp fresh ginger, 1 chilli diced, squeeze of 1/2 lemon (or tsp Apple Cider Vinegar)
Shake in jar until tahini breaks down
Drain noodles, combine with veggies, pour over dressing

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