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The Paleo Way

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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.

1. Why Paleo?

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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Green Eggs and Ham Frittata

Meal planning for a week away has kept me occupied preparing meals. Pretty sure (as usual) I’ve over catered but I’d rather have more than not enough in unknown territory and spend an hour finding something that’s got no onion, garlic, dairy, grain, fructans, fructose blah blah blah. You get me drift?!

I cleaned out the fridge for the week and created a few staples.

Green Eggs and Ham Frittata

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Green Eggs & Ham Frittata

12 Pasture Raised Organic Eggs (beaten until light and fluff)
6 Whole Rash Bacon
2 Cups fresh Baby Spinach
salt and pepper to season
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
INSTRUCTIONS

1. Beat eggs
2. Place spinach in a lined lasagna dish (Lined with it all covered is the important bit as you want to be able to remove the whole thing to slice and not end up with egg stuck everywhere)
3. season with salt and pepper
4. Lay Whole Bacon Rashes on top (depending on size you may overlap)
5. Pour Eggs over top
6. Give the dish a light shake (the bacon will rise, that’s ok)
7. Pop in Oven for 30 Minutes (or until the eggs bounce back when you press in the centre.
8. Leave to cool completely, take out then slice in portions or keep whole

Feel free to add more vegetables too, this was just me clearing out the end of the weeks supplies. I would serve this with more vegetables on the side or a salad or a meat or fish portion. Also makes a great lunchbox filler for the kids.

Twice Cooked Chook

Cook a Chook, it’s that simple.
Flavour it according to what you like and cook it!

This week as it being all about being organised in a chaotic life Chicken and Lamb have been the savour. The Chicken I did in a smokey paprika seasoning and then shredded the chook, added it to a pan and added cumin, turmeric, tomatoes and broth and made the best Taco Chicken mix so far. A big whole chicken is far more useful and cheaper than buying breasts and thighs and all the other bits. Cook it, carve it, serve it and re-create meal after meal. It’s amazing how far a chook can stretch and the broth….well of course there is always a pot of bone broth in this house cooking.

 

Roast Chicken

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Roast Chook – Twice Cooked

pre-heat oven to 190c, cook chicken 30 mins for every 500g of chicken (internal temp of 75-80)

INGREDIENTS
1-2kg Whole Pastured Raised Chicken
1 tsp salt
1 tsp smokey paprika
1 lemon cut in half
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Prepare Chicken in Roasting Pan
2. Place Lemon in the Chickens cavity along with 1/2 Tbsp of hard coconut oil
3. Rub remaining coconut oil all over the chicken
4. Mix Paprika and salt together and coat over the entire chicken
5. Place in oven on middle rack (according to weight of chicken cook as above)
6. Half way through, baste the chicken with the pan juices that have been created from cooking
7. To check the chicken use a meat thermometer. Also pierce the chicken at the thickest point and note the colour of the juices that comes out. Clear is cooked, pink is not.
8. Take out of oven and wrap in foil and leave for 10 minutes to rest

If you are having traditional roast chicken then carve and serve with vegetables.
Alternatively carve the chicken completely from top to bottom. Pop bones and carcass in the slow cooker, cover with water and cook on low as per bone broth recipe.

With the chicken create meals and flavours to your liking….it’s that simple.

1. Add the chicken back to roasting pan
2. Add 4 chopped tomatoes
3. add 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin and 1 tsp turmeric
4. Pour over 300ml Bone Broth
5. Pop back in oven at 150c and cook for a further 30 minutes until liquid reduces.

Serve with tortilla wraps, tacos or vegetables eggs and salad

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Taco Chicken