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’
PREPARATION TIME COOKING TIME
10 MINUTES 20 MINUTES
Coconut Oil for cooking
600 grams Grass Fed Steak (I used Rump)
2 Tomatoes (diced)
2 Red Chillies (diced with seeds)
1 Zucchini (diced)
Season meat both sides and heat grill with a little coconut oil
Cook meat 3 minutes each side and take off to rest
In a pan add a little coconut oil taco seasoning and vegetables, cook to soften
Add broth and simmer for a few minutes
Slice steak into thin strips and add to sauce
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
Serve with Tacos, Salad, Vegetables or any side dish you love.
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.
Yes I’ve posted another Broth post. I had a request for a step by step broth recipe.
I used to use a recycled carcass from our roasts however I found that the broth not enough for me. It lacked something and I didn’t feel the same and it made a small amount. So I sourced pasture raised carcass’ and feet, necks and off cuts to try. I then discovered that this broth really was BONE BROTH and the nutrient properties far outweighed my previous broth attempts. The same with Beef. I was roasting bones not knowing what it was all about. I then looked into marrow bones, and knuckles and found the fat that came from the bones and the slow cooking process made the Beef so much more.
I still add my cooked bones to the pot but I make sure that I have some thick beef knuckles, marrow bones, large carcass’ and lots of bits and pieces to go in.
It’s a simple process, I put on my slow cooker and just leave it and come back in 48 hours. The bones are so brittle by then it’s amazing. I leave it to cool on the bench, pop it in the fridge and then portion or concentrate if it is hasn’t already gelatinized.
Chicken Bone Broth (in the slow cooker)
2 Chicken Carcass’
Chicken feet, necks, wings (all the bits with joints)
2 Carrots chopped
1 Onion chopped (opt out if avoiding FODMAPS)
Any other Vegetables like Kale, Beans, Cabbage etc (the left overs that haven’t gone to compost or whats left in the fridge)
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (this helps bring all the goodness out of the bones and into the broth)
2 tsp Himalayan Salt
Herbs of choice (bay leaf, oregano, thyme, basil)
Water to cover- 4-6 cups usually fits my cooker (filtered preferably)
1. Put everything in the slow cooker, set to low and leave for 24-48 hours (yes that long)
2. Strain the Broth and leave to cool. Scoop off fat and use to cook with (mmmmm roast veggies)
3. Depending on the collagen from the bones your broth can turn to jelly (this is good, very good)
4. Add Gelatine to make thick (beef gelatine is the best)
Portion into a range of jars, ice cube trays and freeze
*Alternatively you can concentrate the broth into a small more rich portion and add to filtered water. This will save on space in the freezer.
For this simply;
1. Place Broth in a pot on stove and bring to a simmer.
2. Reduce the broth by two thirds and leave to cool
3. This broth will be darker, richer and stronger in flavour
4. Refrigerate and the broth SHOULD gelatinise
5. Portion into ice cube trays and freeze or measure portions and freeze in freezer suitable pouches.
Beef Bone Broth (two steps)
1kg of Beef Bones (a selection of marrow, knuckles, feet, ribs)
1 Onion (opt out if avoiding FODMAPS)
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Salt
Herbs (parsley, oregano, thyme)
Any other vegetables needing to be used (kale, beans, cabbage, zucchini etc)
1. Roast the bones for 3 hours at 180c
2. Transfer to slow cooker
3. Add a little water to the roasting pan and mix in with fat that has come from roasting bones then pour into pot to slow cook with bones
4. Just as above add desired vegetables, herbs, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Water
5. Cook on Low for 24-48 hours and strain, cool and jar up!
*Concentrate as above method suggests.
Fun information on broth that will hopefully encourage you to cook some and consume this week.
We freeze ours in recycled jars of different sizes. We have a cup with our meals as a drink, we make soups, gravies, stews, casseroles; anything we can.
I add it to stir-frys, vegetables, steak, mushrooms, dressings, anything that calls for water ADD IT.
My daughter loves a cup of broth with her lunch and before bed at night.
When we feel a little under the weather we up our intake. It’s fabulous for the immune system.
The collagen has anti-aging properties which is great for skin, you will feel amazing and nourished and younger. Ha
It’s heart warming so if you suffer from poor circulation it will boost your blood flow.
It’s especially important for women as the nutrients support hormone structure and keep us balanced.
It’s helped my digestive system so much
If I eat out and am not 100% confident on ingredients I have broth as soon as I’m home
I up my broth intake when injured to help inflammation
It is a great hangover cure (really I recommend it)
It is natural, full of real foods, made by you for you
Over all it’s an important daily liquid for life, it has replaced medication in our house.
How many times do you leave the house in someone else’s hands and just ‘assume’ it’ll all be handled and those few hours your out won’t matter??? THEN you get home and the roast is still on the bench and there is a hungry little human greeting you ‘mummy I’m hungry’
GAH…..panic stations!!! I had meat thawing everywhere today, fillet on the bench, chuck mince in the sink, and lamb just hanging out for the day near the stove. Come 4.30pm there was only one thing I could do, grab the mince that was the closest to thawed and try to work something out. Filled the sink with cold water, immersed the meat and quickened the process while I gawked at the fridge and then at my daughter who looked like she was going to die of hunger, or hanger and that’s not cool in my house.
I had greens coming out my behind so asian inspired it was. I grabbed whatever fresh, dried and ground herbs and spices and set out to create something out of nothing…….
Panic no more, a chilli chow mein (the totally healthy non nasty packet salt version) is here to save the day.
Chilli Beef Chow Mein
grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree, lowfodmap
PREPARATION TIME TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES 20 - 40 MINUTES
500g pasture raised chuck beef steak minced or good quality minced beef
1tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Cumin
1 Carrot grated
1/4 Cauliflower riced
1/2 Chinese cabbage
1 Bok Choy
4 whole Silverbeet stalks
1 Zucchini Spiralized
1 big hot Red chilli (leave out or reduce amount for kids)
1 tbsp Fish sauce
1 tbsp Coconut aminos/ tamari
1 and a bit heaped tbsp Tahini
400ml broth (homemade preferably)
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
Brown meat ginger turmeric cumin
Whilst that’s going whip out food processor, grate carrot, empty, pulse cauliflower to ‘rice’
Add carrot and cauliflower, leave for a few minutes while you shred cabbage and silverbeet
Add cabbage and Silverbeet.
Mix sauce and add with cold broth
Pour over pan
Simmer for 5-10 and slice Bok Choy
Add Bok Choy
Turn off, cover and leave until needed. The long the better
Just before serving add zoodles and heat through.
Top with extra chilli, some tangy kraut and watercress.
Not in to Beef? Swap beef for chicken, pork, prawns, fish, tempeh or go vegetarian and serve with a fried egg
In preparation for the Facebook page I have been delving into my recipe archives so there are some resources on hand first up.
Over the years I have created hundreds of recipes that have been adapted from gluten, dairy and sugar containing recipes. A lot of the same recipes circulate from chef to chef and blog to blog with people adding their own twist. Having to watch garlic and onion has been the biggest test as is adapting smoothie and juice recipes that are friendly and tasty.
Over the next week I will be adding some recipes to the blog that will feature in the upcoming e-book release.
First up and a Family Favourite in our house is my take on the classic lasagne.
The Family Favourite Lasagne
500 g Grass Fed Beef Mince or Turkey Mince or Chicken Mince
7 Tomatoes chopped or we used our homegrown cherry tomatoes (pictured)
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste, no salt added
1 cup onion, chopped (opt out if you are watching FODMAPS)
1 Tbsp fresh basil
1 Tbsp fresh parsley
1 Tbsp oregano fresh or dried
1 zucchini, sliced thinly
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 Eggplant, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced (opt out if avoiding FODMAPS)
1 tsp Salt and Pepper, to taste
Brown mince of choice.
Add in garlic, onion and continue to sauté for 5 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste and chopped tomatoes
Add in parsley, basil, oregano, salt and pepper, continue to stir.
Bring sauce to a light boil, remove from heat.
Grease a large baking dish with coconut oil.
Place a thin layer (1/2 inch) of the sauce in the baking dish.
Layer zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms over sauce, and repeat, alternating layering of sauce, then zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms.
Bake lasagne at 180°C for 15 minutes, covered with foil.
After 15 minutes, remove foil, increase temperature to 350°F, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Cut cauliflower florets and blitz in food processor.
Add to pan with 1 cup of Chicken bone broth and simmer until a thick soup forms. puree
Use this as a ‘cheese’ layer
Recipes and resources for Grain Free, Dairy Free and Low FODAMP, Lacto-Fermentation and more-Eating REAL natural, organic foods-Health and fitness as a busy mum & wife. A journey through healing.