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Fermented Mustard

Taken from Pete Evans and adapted to our requirements.
We put this on everything from salads, eggs, meats, vegetables

Fermented Mustard

MUSTARD

INGREDIENTS

  • 185ml of strained sauerkraut brine (at least 3 into fermentation- oh and don’t worry too much if a few bits of cabbage end up in the brine)
  • 80 grams of mustard seeds (brown are hotter than yellow so keep that in mind)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. of Maple Syrup
  • And if you can tolerate them;
  • 1 French shallot finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely diced

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pop the seeds, brine, salt and if using shallot and garlic in a bowl.
  2. Cover the top with a plate and leave at room temperature over night
  3. Add Maple Syrup and Turmeric to mix and whizz in a food processor until it is the right consistency for you- the more you pulse the less whole seeds you will have.
  4. Taste and add salt if needed to season
  5. Pour into at least a 250ml jar and secure lid
  6. Refrigerate for up to 3 months

Dressings- try these on your meals. In a small jar mix

  • mustard with some olive or macadamia oil, shake and pour over salad, vegetables, meat or even on some sourdough.
  • Use above and add ¼ mashed avocado, shake and pour
  • Add an extra ‘zing’ by adding 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar or balsamic to the mix, shake and pour.

Serve a dollop on a steak, with some prawns.

 

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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.

 

 

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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Smoothie Bowls

Ok I’ll admit it…..I’m addicted to smoothie bowls. I don’t know whether I need therapy or an intervention or whether it’s ok for me to seriously obsess over creating bowls of awesomeness (if I do say so myself) everyday – or there about.

My favourite at the moment would have to be a ginger and cinnamon flavoured one as it is cold here at the moment and to help with my lack of blood flow I’m at least trying to make an effort to reduce inflammation with these inclusions. I have also gone from frozen to room temp bowls. Slowly but surely I will transition from them but this creative obsession is too fun…..at least it’s a healthier obsession!?

Here is my idea of a smoothie bowl and why I include the things I do to keep me healthy, balanced and nourished from the get go (or be it lunch or dinner….sssshhhhh don’t tell the coach)

My Winter Smoothie Bowl

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PREPARATION TIME                   TOTAL TIME
2 MINUTES                          5 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 frozen banana (I peel, cut mine into quarters and pop into freezer so there’s always options for smoothies, nana ice-cream or a quick snack)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries (I buy organic frozen berries or freeze fresh when in season)
    knob of ginger root
  • 1 tsp ground good quality cinnamon (yes the supermarket ones are not that good)
  • 1 tsp maca powder (lady hormone help)
  • 1 tsp slippery elm bark powder (helps digestion and is a great thickener)
  • 1 tsp of fibre/ omega 3 mix (I mix psyllium husks, flax seeds and chia seeds and pop in jar and scoop out to get a rounded selection of boost – this is also a great alternative to making chia pudding if you don’t want to overload on chia every time)
  • 200ml filtered water (you could use homemade almond milk or coconut water or coconut milk but I prefer to help my daily water intake as much as I can)
  • 1/4 avocado (it’s important to include good fats with your smoothie bowl like avocado as it helps to balance the sugars that you are consuming through the fruits)

*optional (I add to mix up the flavours 1 tsp cacao, 1 tsp turmeric, basil leaves, mint leaves, 1 tsp acai powder,  2 strawberries,  1 Tbsp fresh cut pineapple, 1 tsp spirulina/ super greens mix, knob of zucchini/cucumber, sprig of watercress, 1 tsp unhulled toasted tahini. Anything really to change it up and get your taste buds loving yourself.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. add all ingredients to a blender
  2. 2 blend on high for 2 minutes
  3. rest for 1 minute
  4. blend on high again for one minute
  5. Pour into bowl, top with a small selection of nuts and seeds (TIP- chop them they stretch further. I chop a selection and keep to add to meals, then I am not over consuming and regretting it half an hour later)
  6. Pour over a drizzle of coconut kefir or unsweetened coconut yoghurt or make your own with a good starter (avoid using commercial yoghurt to culture)
  7. add a sprinkle of coconut, cacao nibs, goji berries or whatever you have to add a little antioxidant, taste, texture and little surprises
  8. mix it all through the smoothie mix
  9. eat slowly, chew through it even if its liquidy please.

    NOTES- why I choose a smoothie bowl over a smoothie
    *Drinking a smoothie is not as satisfying (to me). It’s rushed, you can over consume and end up hungry an hour later. By adding texture like nuts, seeds, berries etc you are forced to chew and that aids digestion, satisfies your taste buds, your brain and your belly.
    *It forces you to sit down and eat (yes I know we don’t all have time) you will be fuller by eating slower and concentrating.
    *You can take it anywhere in a jar
    *You can prepare it the night before
    *It’s healthy
    *It gives me enough to get through until lunchtime. By including the above it is a rounded balance (for me) of the right things to keep me energised, happy and full until I call for lunch.

Grainfree & Nutfree Banana Bread

Bananas seem to be everywhere in my house. My organic supplier has a new variety and I swear by day two they are twice the size. We love them though, especially when they go brown as they are better for our sensitive digestive system.

I had some ‘damaged goods’ so to speak (I dropped a large squash on a few ha) so it was to the mood board for some banana inspired recipes. Every recipe called for dates, sweetener, almond flour, tapioca, walnuts etc; we wanted a clean version as really come on a banana is sweet enough!

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A little flatter than normal and a little dense as I did forget to put the baking powder in until it was in the loaf tin so I mixed it around in tin…whoops. It also was hard to know when it was cooked (as with all coconut recipes I find). Let me know how yours turns out.

 

 

Banana Bread

grain free ,nut free, sugar free, dairy free, low FODMAP
preheat oven to 200c, line a loaf tin with baking paper
PREPARATION TIME       TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES             1 HOUR

INGREDIENTS

3 Large Extra Ripe Bananas
5 Eggs
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Tahini
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Add bananas to food process and whizz on high until a smooth paste.
2. Add Cinnamon and Tahini and whizz again until combined (the mix will turn brown)
3. Add Eggs and Oil while the food processor is going along with vanilla
4. Add Flour and Baking Powder last of all
5. Pour into a lined loaf tin
6. Bake at 200c for 50mins or until an inserted skewer comes out clean in the centre.

Cool slightly before slicing.
Slather with Butter and Enjoy.
Portion and freeze if it doesn’t get eaten in the first hour.

 

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Watch for those little hands

 

Chilli Beef Chow Mein

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
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PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES                20 - 40 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

Sauce

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Brown meat ginger turmeric cumin
  2. Whilst that’s going whip out food processor, grate carrot, empty, pulse cauliflower to ‘rice’
  3. Add carrot and cauliflower, leave for a few minutes while you shred cabbage and silverbeet
  4. Add cabbage and Silverbeet.
  5. Mix sauce and add with cold broth
  6. Pour over pan
  7. Simmer for 5-10 and slice Bok Choy
  8. Add Bok Choy
  9. Turn off, cover and leave until needed. The long the better
  10. Just before serving add zoodles and heat through.

Top with extra chilli, some tangy kraut and watercress.

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Not in to Beef? Swap beef for chicken, pork, prawns, fish, tempeh or go vegetarian and serve with a fried egg

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