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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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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.

 

 

Pizza

How hard is it to find a pizza base that works for grain free? I’m still testing this one but I will share so please give me your thoughts.
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I am forever Googling and Pinterest searching for ‘Paleo’ pizza dough but I haven’t found one that works for me and the family that’s easy, quick and not packed with high starch foods. A while a go I made a base that was my cracker recipe and it was great, it’s my personal favourite but in volume it’s a lot of seed and flax for pizza really. Today was one of those days where I was determined to find a happy medium for pizza especially when I promised my princess it was pizza night.

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raw dough

This base is grain free, nut free, dairy free and was actually really light in texture (the key to coconut flour, use little and don’t over work it and fluff the eggs- how is that easy……eggs and blenders are a match made in heaven that is all).
Pumpkin seeds/pepitas are a great little green seed. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and also a source of calcium, iron and some B-complex vitamins and protein. Great for all the family. Soaking and dehydrating also removes the phytic acid which the digestive system cannot break down. But like all nuts and seeds all in moderation and too much of good thing can do more harm than good.

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Pizza Base

serves 2 (multiply as required)
preheat oven to 190c

PREPARATION TIME           COOKING TIME
5 MINUTES                  15 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

2 small handfuls of pumpkin seeds (or use a mix of pumpkin, sunflower and flax)
1/2 zucchini
1 egg
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
1 tsp za’tar (or dry herb of choice)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a blender, pulse egg until fluffy (remove)
  2. add chopped zucchini and pumpkin seeds and pulse until ground
  3. add egg, coconut oil herbs and salt
  4. add coconut flour one tbsp at time and pulse lightly then leave for a few minutes to absorb.
  5. Pour onto baking sheet and spread to desired thickness
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown
  7. Flip and bake for a further 5-10 minutes
  8. Take out, top favourite toppings and bake until heated through
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lovely green slices of yum

Chilli Steak

My favourite day…….TACO TUESDAY

Here’s a quick and easy meat for tacos well anything really, but was amazing in some grain free tortilla’s with avocado, cucumber, coriander and kraut!! Pleases the family and especially the ‘cave man’

 

Chilli Steak

 

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Chilli Steak for Taco Tuesday
PREPARATION TIME             COOKING TIME
10 MINUTES                   20 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

Coconut Oil for cooking
600 grams Grass Fed Steak (I used Rump)
2 Tomatoes (diced)
2 Red Chillies (diced with seeds)
1 Zucchini (diced)

Taco Seasoning
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Turmeric
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chilli powder
(onion and garlic powder optional)

400ml bone broth

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Season meat both sides and heat grill with a little coconut oil
  2. Cook meat 3 minutes each side and take off to rest
  3. In a pan add a little coconut oil taco seasoning and vegetables, cook to soften
  4. Add broth and simmer for a few minutes
  5. Slice steak into thin strips and add to sauce
  6. Simmer for another few minutes depending on how you like your steak. We split three ways- my daughter and I like rare so we took a portion out and let the rest simmer and absorb the sauce and cook a little longer
  7. Serve with Tacos, Salad, Vegetables or any side dish you love.

 

Cinnamon Scrolls

mmmmmm cinnamon cooking is amazing. I think I consume it more than I consume coconut oil- actually I consume it with coconut oil every time ha!

It’s a fabulous spice and has amazing powers that fight inflammation, digestion and bad moods. We add it to smoothies, milks, chocolate, cakes, savoury meals, kombucha, tea, everything we can.
I wanted to make a not so sweet treat for my possum this week that I knew would be an ok, sometimes thing. She loves biscotti’s so I decided to create a biscotti/scroll type thing whilst trialling dates back in the diet. I haven’t been brave enough to try any yet but I hear that they taste pretty ok- accompanied with dairy free caramel glaze…..I was told I love you a lot.

We spent most of the day in the kitchen as there hasn’t been much new  baking action worth writing home about to my amazement my three-year old did most of the work.

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kids love creating

Cinnamon Scrolls

grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree

PREPARATION TIME              TOTAL TIME
20 MINUTES                    1 HOUR

pre heat oven to 190c

INGREDIENTS

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1 ½ Cup Blanched Almond Meal
1/3 Cup Coconut Flour
½ Cup Coconut Oil
½ Cup Water
1 egg

Filling

½ Cup Medjool Dates chopped (3 in total)
1/3 Cup chopped pecans
2 Tbsp cinnamon powder
2 Tbsp coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Ghee (opt out and increase coconut oil to 3 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp seed butter (I make sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seed)

Glaze/ AKA Dairy free condensed milk

400ml coconut cream
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Add Flours, egg and water to bowl and combine

2. Melt oil and add.

3. Dust baking paper with coconut flour and knead dough until well combined

4. Roll between two sheets of baking paper until 1 cm thick.

5. Pop in the freezer for 10 minutes+ to set

6. Make filing by blending everything in food processor

7. Take dough out of freezer and spread filling all over
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8. Roll into log very carefully (I had to press bits of mine together again- I think it wasn’t set)

9. Cut into segments

10. Bake for 30 minutes

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Glaze

1. heat coconut cream on stove until all liquid

2. add maple syrup and whisk

3. simmer for 20 minutes, leave to cool

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Drizzle glaze over scrolls or brush over, set in fridge or devour then and there

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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