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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!

Chocolate Granola

Just made the best tasting ‘nola’ (aka granola, cereal, muesli….whatever you call it) so I have to share my triumphs.

It tastes just like coco pops but it’s good for you!!! My cherub is impressed with her chocolate for breakfast.

Coco-Nola

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 Cup Almonds
1/4 Cup Cashews
1/4 Cup Walnuts
1/4 Cup Macadamia Nuts
1/4 Cup Sunflower seeds
1/4 Cup Pepitas
1/4 Cup Goji Berries
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder
1 Tbsp Mesquite Powder
2 Tbsp Cacao Powder
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (optional)

Step two Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes
1 Cup Sprouted Buckwheat (Buckinis)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. On an oven tray combine all the nuts and seeds
2. Add powders, oil and maple
3. Toss
4. Pop in an oven at 200c
5. After 5 minutes mix on the tray(you don’t want to burn the powders and get it stuck)
6. Add Buckwheat and coconut. Leave oven door open (this is to make sure the coconut doesn’t burn)
7. You will smell an aroma of chocolate and coconut, this is when it’s done (about another 5 minutes)
8. Open oven door fully, pull tray out of doorway, leave tray on rack and leave to cool.
9. Once cool, grab a pestle or a measuring cup and squash all the nuts until crushed to your liking.
10. Put in jar
Serve with Coconut milk or nut milk, berries and banana.
Enjoy in moderation. For us a small portion is substantial as it’s packed with fats, protein and carbs.

Over indulgence may lead to belly ache ha ha

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.

 

 

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

Breakfast

Some people can’t eat eggs, some don’t like them, we all have our reasons. We eat eggs like they are another limb but sometimes it’s time consuming with my poppet who wakes up needing food immediately!
Oats used to be  our staple until we worked out that it was the cause of our 10am slum. I like to keep things in their natural state as much as possible so that I know I what I am eating and where it comes from (obviously keeping it real); so we try to avoid overusing things like coconut flour; which is great for you but a small amount is a shiiiiz load of coconut really?!

Buckwheat is not wheat, nor is it gluten, nor is it a grain. It’s a seed related to rhubarb just with a confusing name. It’s chia’s cousin in the ‘superfood’ family if you think about it. It has a yummy nutty flavour and is packed with soluble fibre, high amino acids (the feel good about life serotonin producing tryptophan), manganese, magnesium, zinc and copper (fabulous for us women). Buckwheat is also full of these wonderful anti-inflammatory polyphenols so has amazing antioxidants that help with a multitude of things.  And let’s add the cost. It is pretty much the most cost-effective superfood on the market (that’s before people realise how good it is and the price rises). So go get some and use it.

Uses for Buckwheat;
Activated (aka-buckinis) (soaked for minimum 6 hours and then ‘dried’ at low temperature for a period of time in oven or dehydrator)
Roasted (optional soaking for 6 hours and roasting at 120 until crunchy)
Flour (ground to a fine flour and used in baking)

hit me with your buckwheat uses!

Buckwheat Porridge

grainfree, dairyfree, lowfodmap, vegan
serves 2
PREPARATION TIME             TOTAL TIME
3 MINUTES                    8 MINUTES
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Cinnamon Buckwheat Porridge

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup activated or roasted buckwheat kernels
1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds (activated)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp flax seeds
1 tsp slippery elm
1 cup water or milk (we used homemade almond)

*optional: chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla
*extra water or milk (we added extra as it thickened)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place seeds in the food processor and pulses until a fine powder (you can have some larger bits if you like)
2. add powders
3. heat pan of water or milk on stove and add buckwheat mix
4. stir until a porridge consistency
5. add extra water

Serve with extra milk and fruit of choice.

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Buckwheat Porridge with added chia

 

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.

Traditional meals are good

It seems gone are the 90’s and all the info on low-fat and zero fat. 2013/2014 is the year of the traditional’s. I will admit that I jumped on the low-fat diet (sugar hike, artificial, preservative laden foods…yum) Thanks to those days I was at my worst!
But we never said goodbye to meats and traditional recipes. Allergies, healthy eating, calorie counting, fat analysing has seen so may great meals put on the back-burner. My grandmother lived a well-rounded diet, was a fit young lass and died from old age. Her recipes stick with me and I know that she’d be high-fiving me on my traditional methods of cooking.
As part of our weekly menu planning, the family chooses what meats are going to take us through lunches, left over creation Thursday night and a breakfast option.

It’s been a few weeks since this sweet pink meat has graced us, and boy was it delicious. Cooked traditionally (with low fodmap adaptions) served with some seasonal vegetables and devoured in record time. The leftovers are sliced, diced and shaved for lunches, another meal, breakfast and to use for ‘frittata-pizzas’ tonight.

Corned Beef is a salt-cured beef product. The term comes from the treatment of the meat with large-grained rock salt, also called “corns” of salt. Speak to your butcher about getting a cut of Beef cured, know your curing process (salt brine)  and where your meat comes from (grass-fed). If you’re stuck for time,  a low and slow cooked corned beef is perfect. Enjoy…..

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Corned Beef Silverside

INGREDIENTS

1-2kg of cured beef (speak to your butcher about getting a corned beef silverside)

4 Cups of Filtered Water

1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbsp Black Peppercorns

3 Dried Bay Leaves

4 whole cloves

*optional 1 onion quartered of not avoiding FODMAP’s

INSTRUCTIONS

Slow cooker (all are different but in general High=4 hours, Medium/Auto=6 hours, Low=8 hours)

Work out your time frame (I had 6 hours yesterday so I set mine to Auto)

1. Rinse meat in cold water and place in slow cooker
2. Pour water over top (you may need a little more if the water does not cover the meat)
3. add other ingredients
4. Leave it to do its thing
5. If you are home, turn half way through (don’t know why but I always have)
6. When there is half an hour to go test the meat by pushing against outside, you want to feel a medium pressure (to know this put your middle finger and thumb together and feel the base muscle where your thumb connects to your wrist- the chunky part- call it an old hospitality university tool) I do this because you need to rest the meat before you carve and it still cooks when you remove it from the pot.
7. Wrap in aluminium foil and rest for 20 minutes before slicing against the grain.

On the Stove (aka no slow cooker, running out of time)

If you’ve got two hours then we can do this
Follow everything from above apart from time.

1.Place meat in cold filtered water (no need to boil)
2. Set element to low and add all ingredients
3. Check as above
4. Rest before carving

Serve with steamed seasonal vegetables and cauliflower bone broth mash sauce and some fermented vegetables and fermented mustard.

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There’s still time today to pop this one one…..

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