Tag Archives: superfoods

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.

 

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

coc_nola_1

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

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

buckini_slice_M

RealFood Mum Blog
Wholefood Simply
http://www.wholefoodsimply.com/
Mummy Made It
http://www.mummymade.it

Lunch

_MG_2431

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.

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.

chia_orange_stack
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

orange_chia
YUM

Kids in the kitchen- RAW cake

It’s amazing how much kids really do take in what ‘mum does’ in the kitchen. For my birthday my daughter wanted to make me a cake. We set out searching the cupboards and fridge for her ingredients and then she put me to work. Check out instagram for the finished cake before we demolished it with folks.

This is what we created. We still don’t have a name for it, any thoughts throw them my way!

_MG_3650
All dairy, grain, sugar (you can add) free.
The coconut was a lot for me to tolerate but as that occasional indulgence I survived, after all it was my birthday.

Raw Cake

PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
20 MINUTES                2.5-4 HOURS (overnight)

Step by step per layer Ingredients and Instructions

1. Bottom Layer (nuts about seeds and coconut)

½ cup activated mixed nuts and seeds
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 Tbsp Tahini
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

Pulse in blender to combine
*optional- you can add a sweetener of choice to sweeten it up is necessary. Taste test it and add 1-2 tsp of maple syrup

Press through to edges into tin until evenly spread

 

2. Second Layer (berrielicious)

½ cup frozen raspberries and blueberries
Top of a coconut cream can (probably 100ml)

Pulse in food processor
Pour onto bottom layer and freeze

 

3. Third Layer (my favourite- avo-lotta mousse)

1 and a half avocados

3 Tbsp Raw cacao
*again add some maple if you like or half a banana

Pulse until combined

Pour onto berry layer
Check the second layer has set before pouring this one (we were a little adventurous and it sort of merged)

 

4. Forth Layer (cocobana cream frosting)

Meat of 1 young coconut
2 tbsp of coconut water
1 tbsp coconut cream
1 brown banana or frozen banana

Process on high for a few minutes to break down coconut (especially if your coconut meat is a little tough)

Pour on top of mousse layer

 

_MG_3689

My poppet added surprises along the way too. There was coconut flakes scattered between layer two and three, goji berries between three and four and topped with fresh strawberries on serving.
It was a lengthy process, but on a rainy day it was fun and we had all our layers ready to go. Freezing time will depend on how thick your layers are but generally half an hour for each was good.

Take out of freezer before serving and leave to thaw for 10-20 minutes. Yes it wasn’t perfect, it crumbles, there was mess but it was delicious and so not that unhealthy really!!??
Portion into perfect sizes and freeze up to 3 months.

 

 

To Cacao or not to Cacao

This article has bugged me for sometime and I would love people’s feedback/opinion on it from a personal experience.

I find it really interesting to read and the comments also. I can relate to it (I think) but I also have a lot of other food related autoimmune things going on that effect my mind and body so I’m a little bit undecided. I know that there is always a negative to every positive, but does it now make you question EVERY SUPERFOOD?!

 

Have a read. Would love your feedback.

 

http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/is-raw-cacao-really-healthy/

Image

 

 

 

Recipe of the Day

Roast Pumpkin and Vegetable Soup

_MG_2677
Sarah Craven Photography

 

I love Pumpkin Soup, but I can’t tolerate a lot of pumpkin at once so I decided to adjust my traditional recipe and it’s safe to say that I got a big TICK of approval from the family.

1 butternut pumpkin or pumpkin of preferred choice (I had no issue with butternut this time round)

1 large sweet potato

1 large zucchini

1 large carrot

12 okra

½  Daikon

1-2 Tbsp Cumin

1 Tbsp Turmeric

750ml bone broth

salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 180c
Pop Pumpkin and sweet potato in whole

Leave to roast for 40 mins.
When sweet potato’s skin is oozing take out. When the pumpkin starts to split, turn and roast a little while longer. (alternatively you can peel and chop and roast)

 

Once roasted, cool, peel and chop.

On the stove top; pop in a cast iron pot with zucchini and carrot and daikon.

Heat through and add spices.
Add broth and bring to boil.
Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add okra and simmer for a further 10 minutes or until okra change colour and start to fall apart. Let cool slightly.
Either use hand mixer or pour into blender and blend until smooth.

I served mine with some oven baked free-range bacon bits and coconut cream kefir.

 

Enjoy your day

sig