Category Archives: Snacks

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

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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.
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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

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

 

Orange and Coconut Cake

Yes we still going nutty over Oranges here. They are going to be thrown out if I don’t squeeze all of them this weekend.
I decided to make a cake to give away (of course) to see whether I could just bulk bake, freeze and then give gifts of orangey goodness. My husband said I should sell them in a cake stall…..

I remember making coconut flour cupcakes about a year ago for my daughter and they tasted pretty darn good so I winged the recipe a bit by adding coconut kefir as a probiotic alternative and made what my ‘taste testers’ have said is a good enough cake. I think with some orange cashew cream or maybe an almond maple glaze with orange segments, this would be a great afternoon tea cake to take anywhere.

Orange and Coconut Cake

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Grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree, nutfree, Lowfodmap
Preheat oven to 180c
PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES                1 HOUR 20 MINUTES

 

INGREDIENTS

5 eggs
1 cup coconut milk kefir (alternatively use a milk of choice)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup  melted coconut oil
2 tbsp 100% maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut flour

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Combine all dry ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times (break up any clumped coconut flour)
2. Add wet ingredients and pulse until a smooth batter forms
3. Pour into lined round or square tin
4. Bake for 50 minutes
5. Leave to rest in tin for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool

**Cut into portions to freeze.

Cheesy Kale

Cheesy Kale

vegan, vegetarian, paleo, dehydrated

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Cheesy Kale ©sarahcravenphotography

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup Cashews, soaked at least 8 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp. Tarragon
  • Pinch Sea Salt

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Soak Cashews for at least 6-8 hours, drain and rinse

2. Add to blender with rest of ingredients

3. Strip Kale from stems

4. In a bowl pour mix over kale and mix in well- I mixed mine, left to marinade for 10 minutes and then came back and massage through once more.
5. Pop on trays in the dehydrator for 4-6 hours* at 50c
*Note- I found that the more the kale had marinade the longer it took to dry so you might find that some pieces will need longer.