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Chicken and vegetable casserole

A heart warming dish to help the chills on those wintery days. Chicken thighs have a lovely density to them that works so well in a casserole. Apricot nectar provides a natural sweetness and imagine the joy to all in your home when presented with a home cooked meal at the end of a long day.

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Served here with a gorgeous vegetable stir fry.

Ingredients:

6 free range or organic chicken thighs

1 large onion diced

1/4 cup organic tomato paste

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 can apricot nectar

1 litre of stock or filtered water.

One handful of flat leaf parsley finely chopped

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Juice of one lime or lemon.

Veggies to suit your own tastes. I used two celery stalks finely chopped, 2 large carrots diced and 2 cups of chopped green beans.

Method:

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Let this cook for several hours.

Dice the chicken and fry off in a pan with oil (olive oil or coconut oil). When golden add the flour, coconut and tomato paste. Cook for a couple of minutes then add the rest of the ingredients. You can transfer this to a crock pot and place in the oven, use a slow cooker, a pot on the stove, or a fry pan with a lid as l did. Let this simmer for several hours and then serve with your favourite salad or vegetables. It will freeze well and can be eaten for several days if kept in a sealed container in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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Apricot Chicken

An old classic which has been updated to suit those eating a gluten free diet. This is a great recipe to make in a slow cooker or in a big pot on the stove top and has the most delicious and sweet flavour.

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So delicious!
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Use a slow cooker, hot pot or large saucepan on the stove top.

Ingredients:

6 free range/organic chicken thighs diced.

Coconut flour (to coat thighs)

1 generous tablespoon Coconut Oil

1.5 litres chicken broth/stock

4 Apricots finely diced

2 spring onions sliced (green sections)

¼ of a small pumpkin diced

½ cup organic shredded coconut

Ground black pepper and pink rock salt or celtic sea salt to taste

A small handful of fresh herbs diced such as parsley and mint

One cup of veggies diced such as capsicum, radish or carrot.

¼ cup black chia seeds

½ cup white quinoa (well rinsed)

1 cup diced beans (green or yellow).

Method:

Coat the chicken thighs in a generous amount of coconut flour. Brown in a pan with the coconut oil and then place in the hot pot and add the stock, apricots, spring onions, pumpkin, shredded coconut, ground black pepper, sea salt, herbs and vegetables. Let this cook for about 4 to 5 hours depending on whether you are using a hot pot or saucepan (which is hotter) and then add the chia seeds, quinoa and beans. Another thirty minutes to one hour of cooking and it will be ready to serve. If there is still a lot of liquid in it cook for a bit longer as this will also help the sweet flavour to develop from the apricots, pumpkin and coconut.

I hope you enjoy this casserole and can share the recipe with your family and friends.

 

 

All natural beef curry

A delicious and healthy grass fed beef casserole with a spicy sweetness using all natural ingredients. Gluten & dairy free, Paleo friendly and a family favourite. Serve it along side your favourite vegetables or on a bed of cauliflower rice or baked sweet potato noodles.

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Served with coconut vegetable spaghetti and red cabbage cauliflower.

Ingredients:

1kg or approximately 6 pieces of gravy beef/oyster blade steak diced

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The centrepiece of this dish is quality grass fed beef.

2 small onions or 1 large diced

1 tablespoon organic tomato paste

2 tablespoons coconut flour

1 generous tablespoon coconut oil

Spices: You can use a curry powder if you can tolerate the ingredients but l used ½ a teaspoon each of dried ginger, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and a pinch of paprika.

Pink sea salt and black pepper

½ cup shredded coconut

2 cups stock (homemade if possible)

Squeeze of lemon or lime juice. (A whole small one if possible).

1 medium sized ripe banana diced

1 granny smith apple with the skin removed-diced.

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This is the natural sweetness in the dish.

Method:

Place all ingredients into the pot except the stock, fruit and citrus juice. Cook on a medium heat and stir frequently for several minutes to let the meat brown and the flavours develop.

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Let this cook on a low heat for several minutes to let the flavours develop.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir.

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Now let this simmer for at least six hours, longer if possible and enjoy the aroma.

Simmer for at least six hours or even all day on a low heat or use the slow cooker by browning the ingredients first and then placing them into the slow cooker with the stock, fruit and citrus juice.

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A rich and beautiful colour. 
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Served here with baked sweet potato noodles, red cabbage coleslaw and steamed cauliflower.

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Apricot Chicken

An old classic revamped to be Paleo friendly and delicously sweet.

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The sweetest and most delicious dish.T

Apricots are a seasonal fruit so l would use the fresh fruit where possible as when ripe they have the loveliest flavour and aroma. Apricots are also available preserved so just look for a good quality product i.e local and organic.

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This can be cooked in a pot on the stove or a casserole dish.

 

Ingredients:

6 free range chicken thighs diced and coated in coconut flour

1.5 litres of home made chicken stock

4 apricots (seeds removed) and finely chopped.

The green tops of two spring onions (sliced)

1/4 of a small pumpkin diced

1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

ground black pepper and pink rock salt to season

Fresh herbs such as parsley and mint

1/2 a red capsicum diced

4 small radishes sliced.

1/4 cup black chia seeds added near the end of cooking

Optional: 1/2 cup quinoa which has been pre-soaked and rinsed, plus a handful of sliced green beans.

Method:

Brown the flour coated chicken thighs in a pan with some coconut oil and then placed them in the hot pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and let cook throughout the day on a low heat. Add the chia seeds about thirty minutes before serving along with the optional quinoa and green beans. These are optional as some Paleo followers don’t consume them, but l think they are o.k once in a while and will go well with this dish. Another thirty minutes or so and your casserole will be ready to serve. The chia seeds and quinoa will help it to thicken so you can add some more if it is too runny or extra vegetables.

There was a delicious sweetness to this dish from the apricots, pumpkin and coconut which is from all natural ingredients. I hope you enjoy this casserole and share the recipe with your family and friends.

Sweet beef curry: Paleo, gluten and dairy free

Grass fed beef, bone broth and natural ingredients contribute to a wonderfully nutritious meal.

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All natural and amazingly sweet.

Unable to eat red meat at present due to my digestive issues, l still cook it for my children and they ate this with the biggest smiles on their faces.

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Grass fed gravy beef. It can be hard to find grass fed beef but it is worth shopping around, questioning the butcher and paying a bit extra.
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Home made grass fed beef bone broth. Rich in nutrition and supporting digestive health.

Ingredients:

1 kg grass fed gravy beef or similar

800 ml beef bone broth (recipe in soup section)

1 tablespoon organic tomato paste

1 tablespoon coconut flour (or another non gluten flour)

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

1 onion diced

pink rock salt and ground black pepper (approximately 1/2 teaspoon each)

1 fresh banana diced

1 green apple peeled and diced

Curry Powder to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Method:

Gently melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add the diced beef and lightly brown. Add the flour, curry powder, onion and tomato paste and cook for one minute. Add the stock, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil then let simmer for several hours with the lid on.

This beef curry is naturally sweet and has a delicious coconut flavour. Serve it with steamed or roasted vegetables for a delicious and healthy meal.

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The versatility of sweet potato!

Sweet potatoes are versatile, sweet, nutritious and affordable!

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A simple dinner with sweet potato as the centre piece.

Oh, how l love the sweet potato which is also known as kumara or yam. Not much to look at in the shops, but once cooked the flavour is enticing.

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The orange sweet potato is always in my fridge.

Sweet Potato is a good source of complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre and beta carotene, and this root vegetable also has modest amounts of Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium.

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A sweet potato mash with silverbeet, parsley and spring onion adds some colour to this meal.

Since l stopped eating processed sugar l like to include foods which are naturally sweet as part of my everyday diet. The sweet potato is a lovely addition to a meal because of its beautiful sweet taste, soft texture and bright colour. It is extremely easy to cook with and difficult to ruin. I am amazed at the lovely flavour it adds to baked goods such as cakes and pancakes and although l prefer it cooked it can be a good addition raw to a smoothie.

sweet potato noodles with soup
Sweet Potato noodles with soup
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Sweet Potato and Walnut cake.
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A Paleo, gluten, dairy sugar free pancake with grated sweet potato mixed through the batter.
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Raw sweet potato in a juice tastes a lot like carrot and makes it creamy.

I can’t remember when l first ate a sweet potato but it certainly wasn’t until l was an adult. It has some similarities in flavour and colour to the pumpkin but holds together better when cooked and is especially delicious cut into chips. Sweet Potatoes can be bought quite small or enormously large, and the surprising thing is that in my experience the flavour is the same whatever size you buy. They are also available with a red skin and a white flesh and this is one of those times when your taste buds can get very confused as the taste is the same as the orange version. I have to admit here that l have on occasion tricked my children into thinking they were eating normal potato when in fact it was the red sweet potato just to get them to try a new vegetable.

How many ways can one vegetable be used in recipes? 

Here are a few more pictures of how l have used the sweet potato in my cooking:

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Sweet Potato Chips as a snack. Coat them in olive or coconut oil and season before cooking.
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Sweet Potato and vegetable soup. See the main meals section for a soup recipe.
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Sweet potato chips are my favourite.
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Sweet Potato casserole. This has chicken, vegetables, coconut and spices. It cooks in the slow cooker all day and is lovely. The recipe is in the main meals section.
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A gluten free pizza with sweet potato.

I hope you can enjoy the sweet potato as much as l do and make it a regular part of your meals.

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Roasted sweet potato with salmon is delicious here. I roasted it with the skin on and then sliced it before serving.
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Vegetarian lasagna with sweet potato layers.

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Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole

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A very warming and tasty casserole which will stimulate your taste buds.

I surprised myself by making such a spicy dish. I was originally going to make apricot chicken but the apricots have vanished from the shops so l had to make some adjustments to my thinking. I also didn’t have time to use the hot pot so just used a saucepan on the stove top. The result was really warm with the mix of spices just right. Of course, spiciness is very personal so feel free to add more or less of the spices depending on your tastes. I served this casserole with some lovely brown rice that l put in a ramekin to get the nice shape. The kids think it is funny when l serve the rice this way rather than just spooning it on to the plate.

Ingredients:

A pack of free range or organic chicken thighs (approximately 6) chopped into small pieces

1 medium sweet potato peeled and diced

1 tablespoon of Millet flour (or any other flour you like)

1 tablespoon organic tomato paste

Herbs- I used chives, parsley and mint because that is what l had in the garden. Just a small amount of each.

Spices- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, a generous 1/4 teaspoon each of ginger, cumin, turmeric and a pinch of paprika

Juice of half a lemon

1 tablespoon black chia seeds

Sea salt and ground black pepper to season

1.5 cups approximately of stock or filtered water. Use your judgement here. Add a cup and see if you think it needs more. The chia seeds will soak up some of the water but you don’t want it to be too runny.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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In to a saucepan place some Olive Oil, the diced chicken, sweet potato and flour. Place on the heat and lightly brown. Give it a good mix as it is cooking so the flour coats all of the surfaces. Now add the tomato paste and let it cook for a minute. Add all of the spices, lemon juice and smell the aroma. Mix well. Add the stock, herbs, chia seeds, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then let simmer for several hours. Mine simmered for around 6 hours and this was a good amount of time for the flavours to really develop. Serve with steamed vegetables or rice. You can freeze the left overs or take it to work for lunch the next day.

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Apricot Chicken

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Apricot chicken-An old classic that l was missing eating. It was a cold day and l walked past some apricots in the fruit section of the shop and the smell was enticing. They were so juicy, ripe and delicious that l bought some with the idea of eating them but then decided to experiment with the hot pot and see what happened. The result was a most sweet and delicious apricot chicken dish that l enjoyed over the next few days.

Firstly, l chopped up about 6 free range chicken thighs and coated them in a generous amount of coconut flour.  I browned them in a pan with some coconut oil and then placed them in the hot pot. To the hot pot l added just over 1.5 litres of chicken broth that l had in the freezer, four apricots finely sliced, the green tops of a couple of spring onions, about 1/4 of a small pumpkin chopped up, 1/2 a cup of organic shredded coconut, ground black pepper, sea salt, some herbs from the garden such as mint and parsley, half a red capsicum chopped up and a few small radishes sliced finely. I let the hot pot work its magic for quite a few hours and then added 1/4 cup black chia seeds, 1/2 cup white quinoa and some green beans. Another thirty minutes or so and it was ready to serve. My casserole had quite a lot of liquid in it so l served it in a bowl but if l had cooked it longer it would have thickened a bit. I started cooking it around lunchtime so ideally you will start a bit earlier in the day, but over the next few days it thickened a bit and was so delicious as the flavours developed. There was a real sweetness to this dish from the apricots, pumpkin and coconut.

I hope you enjoy this casserole as l did.