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A few dishes that call for spiralized vegetables

 

 

 

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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.

Fried Rice (not rice)

The other night we made Grain free Prawn Bibimbap (want the recipe? Let me know) for dinner and I’ll tell you it was awesome. Check the Instagram pics of the asian fusion we had.
Anyway I had leftovers (YES I KNOW) so I combined the cauliflower rice with some other vegetables I had in the fridge added a few prawns and bacon and ended up with a great veggie packed fried rice alternative to have with a protein for lunch and dinner.

My recipe calls for spiralized vegetables, I cannot recommend the ‘Spirooli’ enough as it makes meal prep, grainfree living and the kids excited about vegetables. If you’re after one thing in your kitchen you need to seriously consider one of these

 

Fried Rice

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Fried Rice ‘no rice’

 

Cauliflower Rice

INGREDIENTS

Head of cauliflower
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut Cauliflower up and place in food processor and pulse until it resembles a fine crumb (like rice)
2. Heat Coconut Oil in Pan and pour in cauliflower
3. add salt and fry for 5 minutes.

Use this as an alternative to rice in any dish

Fried Rice

Knob of fresh ginger
Knob of fresh Turmeric
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Ghee
salt and pepper to season
2 Tbsp water or miso liquid or bone broth

1 Zucchini Spirialized
1 Daikon Spiralized
1 Broccoli (florets cut and the stalk Spiralized)
1 Bok Choy Shredded
Bunch of Silverbeet shredded
1 cup Baby Spinach Leaves
1 Carrot Spiralized
3 Rash of Bacon diced
1 Cup of chopped Prawns (cooked)
1 Cup Bean Shoots (blanched)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Spiralize all vegetables as noted above (alternatively you can cut into julienne slices)
2. Add Spiralized vegetables to food processor and pulse in short bursts until they break up into ‘rice’
3. Heat Oil or Ghee in pan and fry off ginger and turmeric
4. Add bacon and fry for a few minutes
5. Add Broccoli Florets and fry
6. Add Spiralized vegetable mix and fry tossing all veggies around
7. Add the leafy vegetables last followed by the cooked prawns
8. Add Cauliflower rice and bean shoots and toss to combine and mix.
9. Turn off heat and pop lid on the leave for 5-10 minutes.
10. Season with salt and pepper

We made Fried Rice Omlettes for dinner as something different by adding a few spoonfuls to some beaten eggs and cooking.

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Fried Rice Omeltte

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

Kids and Adults do love MILO

Who doesn’t love a good milo? Who has read the ingredients???

A hot chocolate on a cold winters day or night? We often have carob or raw cacao, cinnamon and maca with a dash of vanilla with some almond milk (we use the automatic milk frother machine….perfect) But when I can remember or more so when I’m willing to give up some of my nuts and seeds I make this drink mix.

My tip- grab a little bit of boiling water and make a nice paste then mix with milk or ‘nicecream’ or sprinkle on pancakes, on cappuccino’s on your dinner if you love and miss the malt and chocolate taste.

Superfood Choco Powder

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INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons linseeds (meal is fine and this is the one that is the hardest to grind)

2 tablespoons organic activated sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons organic activated sesame seeds

2 tablespoons organic activated pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/3 cup organic activated almonds

1/4 cup organic activated brazil nuts

1/4 cup organic activated cashews

1/4 cup organic activated pecan nuts

1 cup raw organic cacao powder (or carob to avoid caffeine will taste a little different)
2 Tbsp Maca or Mesquite Powder
1 tsp Liquorice Powder (optional for sweetness)

1 cup organic rapadura sugar (alternatively you can omit sugar completely and add a dash of maple syrup and a ¼ tsp vanilla extract if needed to the drink once mixed)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Grind nuts and seeds in food processor or even better a Thermomix (i wish) or a coffee grinder to a fine powder (think Milo)

2. Add Cacao/ Carob, Maca/Mesquite, Liquorice Powder and Rapadura Sugar to mix in a jar and shake shake shake!

3. Test with Milk of choice for taste.

*When serving use 4 teaspoons to a glass of milk

* Store in the fridge or freezer.

*If you don’t activate that’s fine, use raw nuts and seeds or grind and then roast for an even more amazing flavour.

 

Kids in the Kitchen 2

‘Barbarian Night’ for Taco Tuesday. No cutlery, hands on, make your own, eat like a barbarian! Kids love using their hands.
Check out Masa Harina Flour and the benefits here 

Masa Harina Flour Tortilla’s

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2 Cups Masa Harina
1 – 1-1/2 Cups Warm Water
Tsp salt

Mix all together adding water slowly. Not too wet not too dry.
Cover bowl with wet cloth, leave to sit for an hour
Roll into balls. roll out into tortilla’s between two baking sheets
In a hot dry pan, fry for 30sec-1 min, flip and fry for 30 sec.
Place on plate in under damp cloth to keep warm and soft

*Taco’s*
Heat oven to 200c

Drape Tortilla’s over a oven rack bar each
Bake for 10 mins (watch)

Fill with an array of raw and cooked vegetables, meat of choice.

*Tortilla Chips*
(for pre cooked tortillas)
Heat Coconut Oil in Pan
Fry Tortillas individually in pan until crispy
Place on paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt
Break into pieces

(for non-cooked)
Use a cookie cutter and cut rounds or any shape of rolled tortillas
Fry in Pan as above.

Make Nacho’s, Eggs and Avo toppings, let the kids run wild in the kitchen creating

** tortillas are great for lunches too.

 

Snacks

The Controversial Snack Debate

 

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When you live a healthy lifestyle you get asked all the time ‘how do you do it?’ or ‘are you ever naughty with food?’ The answer to the first one for me is ‘it was hard at first then it just got easier and more beneficial’. The second for me ‘well life would be pretty boring if we weren’t naughty, I just make good decisions for myself and my family’. It’s about balance and living….gosh is it about living. My life has pretty much been about food and the porcelain chamber so when I started to work out what was good for me I started living. And now, well it’s my way of life, it’s not hard, it’s easier, it does have it’s bad days and moments where I ask why don’t I just DO IT and eat the stuff that inflames my insides and causes a multitude of problems because it’s convenient. Same with my daughter. It’s easy to judge when looking in but as much as the arguments are out there against kids living a healthy lifestyle the benefits far outweigh the ramifications of ‘sugar highs’ ‘inflammation’ ‘behavioural  and mood problems’ and internal and topical sensitivities’

So what’s balance?
Balance for me is eating proteins, carbs and good fats. We don’t skimp on food, I need a lot of it to keep up with energy demands. I do choose good foods. My daughters lunchbox looks different to other kids, sure she’ll have problems with judgement and being ‘different’ but she’s educated and loves her food.

So what’s balance?
Balance of the naughty kind is raw choc bites, banana nicecream blends, cacavo mousse, nuts, seeds, goji berries, coconut meat. It’s a treat for us and we have it daily I won’t deny that.

Today is movie day, we usually have Kale, Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Zucchini Chips; today we’re having Cheesy Popcorn. Move over Cinema Popcorn…..that’s all I can say.

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Cheesy Popcorn

Cheesy Popcorn

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup Popcorn kernels popped in an air popper or on the stove with a heated Tbsp. Coconut Oil (lid on)

1 Tbsp. Ghee
1 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder

INSTRUCTIONS
1.Heat ghee and mix through yeast, salt and turmeric.
2.Leave to cool slightly (or else your popcorn will shrivel)
3.Drizzle over popcorn and enjoy.

You can also do this with cauliflower to avoid the ‘corn’ aspect but that’s not as naughty I guess.

 

Caramel Popcorn

INGREDIENTS
Cooked Popcorn Kernels (as above)
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
INSTRUCTIONS
1.Heat Coconut Oil and Maple Syrup
2.Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
3.Pour into a jar and shake for a few minutes until opaque
4.Drizzle over popcorn
5.Pop into freezer for 5 minutes