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Rolled Chicken Breast

A delicious herb and nut filling compliments the tenderness of the chicken breast to form the base of the meal. Served hot or cold, each rolled chicken breast serves three people if you have a portion as in the pictures below which highlights the importance of balancing the meal out with an abundance of healthy raw and cooked vegetables.

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Serve cold with salad or vegetables.
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Served hot out of the pan with honey and sesame pumpkin, steamed brussel sprouts and baked swede chips.

You can use as many chicken breasts as you like but l buy the free-range breasts in a pack of two. Give them a good wash with filtered water and pat dry.

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Place the chicken breast in between two pieces of cling wrap. Put a tea towel under the chopping board in preparation for the flattening of the chicken as this will make the noise less and stop the board moving on the bench.
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Flatten the chicken so that it is a nice shape by gently pounding it with a wooden rolling pin.

Make the filling by combining all of the ingredients in a food processor, or alternatively cut and chop them by hand and mix in a bowl. Change any of the ingredients if you don’t like the flavour combination or add in some more spices. The ingredients below don’t have to be exact as long as there are a good mix of flavours.

Ingredients for the filling:

4 brussel sprouts

2 spring onion green tops

1/2 cup raw activated walnuts

1/4 cup raw activated pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Pink rock salt and ground black pepper

1 tablespoon organic coconut oil

1/2 cup fresh parsley and mint (or any other herbs you have)

A few leaves of silverbeet (use spinach, kale or bok choy as an alternative)

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A food processor is convenient here but not essential.

Spread the filling on top of the chicken breasts.

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The free range chicken breasts flattened and topped with the filling.
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Roll the breast around the filling

Use kitchen string to gently hold the breast in place. Tie the string at each end and push in any filling that has come out. Gently lift onto a lined baking tray and drizzle with your favourite oil, pink rock salt and black pepper.

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The rolled and tied chicken breast drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, pink rock salt and black pepper.

Cover with foil and place in the oven. Cook until the chicken is golden and then take the foil off and let it brown or place under the grill ensuring it doesn’t dry out.

Another option is to pan fry the rolled chicken which will give a more golden appearance.

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Cook on a very low heat with the lid on.
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Both the oven and fry pan methods work well.

Carefully cut the string along the length of the chicken and remove. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.

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Golden and delicious

There are so many fillings that would be delicious with this recipe. I am going to try a pumpkin or sweet potato filling next, but the combinations are really endless.

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Have one for dinner and the second one cold the next day. A great way to add variety to the same dish and the flavours are quite different between the warm and cold versions.
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If rolling the chicken is a challenge just slice the breast down the middle and stuff with the filling. This filling in this meal was just silverbeet, spring onion green tops, coconut oil, walnuts and seasoning.

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Chicken Stir fry with Choy Sum and Kohlrabi

A stir fry is such an easy meal to make and this one uses ingredients which are quick to cook and full of flavour while being free of unnatural preservatives and additives.

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A lovely combination of ingredients

I used coconut amino sauce for the first time in this dish and it has a lovely flavour. It is a healthy alternative to soy sauce and is made from coconut nectar with only 3.6 grams of carbohydrate per 5ml serve and l probably used half of that in the dish.

A very fragrant sauce. 

I used organic chicken fillets which l sliced into small pieces and set aside while l prepared the vegetables.

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I try to buy organic when l can, but also use free range products.

The main part of the dish is preparing the vegetables and you can just use what you have in the fridge. Stir fries are so flexible. I used the following:

2 organic chicken fillets diced

1/3 kohlrabi peeled and finely sliced

1 carrot finely sliced

3 spring onion green tops finely sliced

3 whole bunches of choy sum finely sliced with the ends removed.

1/2 cup bone broth or stock (I used turkey bone broth)

The Choy Sum is really delicious with celery like crunchy ends and then more bitter tasting leaves.

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Give the Choy Sum a good wash, chop the ends off and discard before slicing.

I also hadn’t used Kohlrabi before but as it is a member of the Brassica family of vegetables l thought it would go nicely in a stir fry.

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I eat a lot of swede and turnip and found this similar to prepare and cook with.
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The remaining kohlrabi can be stored in the fridge to use in another meal.

Method:

Pre-heat your wok on a medium heat. Add a suitable oil such as coconut oil, sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil and brown the chicken. Add the kohlrabi and carrot and stir frequently until they start to soften. Add in the green veggies plus a few splashes of the Coconut Amino sauce and stock. Mix gently and cook until the greens have softened.

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I put the wok on the table and served it from there.

Serve into bowls and add seasoning to suit. I used pink rock salt and black pepper. I also added one tablespoon of cold pressed oil to increase the healthy fats.

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A very lovely dish filled with natural flavours.

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.

The perfect bunless Paleo burger

This burger is extremely simple to make with the hardest part balancing the ingredients on top of each other. I used free range chicken for the burger but the meat can easily be substituted for grass fed beef as one example. 

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A balancing act!

The burger is quickly made in the food processor and everything else that goes on top is up to you. I topped this burger with a poached egg that still had a soft centre which added some moisture to the dish. On top of that were cucumber slices, grated carrot, tomato and spinach leaves. I surrounded the burger with more spinach leaves, raw cashew nuts and sliced avocado.

I used frozen chicken breasts that had thawed slightly which meant the burgers were very cold and they held together well. If you use fresh chicken place the burgers in the fridge for about 30 minutes before cooking.

Burger Ingredients:

2 Free Range or organic chicken breasts

One handful of flat leaf parsley

2 small bunches bok choy (or 1 large bunch)

1/4 of a red capsicum diced roughly

1 spring onion green top sliced roughly

Seasoning: I used 1/4 teaspoon each of cumin and cinnamon plus a pinch of pink rock salt and black pepper

Place all of the burger ingredients in the food processor and blend. 

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An even consistency.

I used an electric frypan to cook the burgers and about 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. You could also cook them in the oven. Form the mix into patties the size you require. I made smaller ones for the children and larger ones for the adults. Place into the heated pan and cook until golden on both sides. Because the burgers were quite thick l used the lid on my pan and that helped them to cook through.

While the burgers are cooking prepare the salad ingredients and poach the eggs just before serving. The whole meal can be quickly assembled and eaten straight away.

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The burgers are ready!
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Leftover burgers for lunch the next day.

These burgers are very moist and tasty, providing a wonderful base for whatever ingredients you choose to add and sweet potato chips would be lovely with this meal.

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Rolled Chicken Breast with a herb, nut and vegetable filling

I feel quite clever making this dish as it is quite fiddly, but well worth the effort. The filling is a selection of lovely flavours and textures but you can easily change the ingredients to suit your own preferences. I used two chicken breasts which meant l had enough for a hot dinner when it is first cooked and then cold with a salad the next night. Each rolled chicken breast serves three people if you have a portion as in the pictures below which highlight how important it is to balance the meal out with healthy vegetables.

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Have it cold with a salad!
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Rolled chicken served with roasted swede chips, steamed brussel sprouts and roasted pumpkin slices topped with raw organic honey and organic sesame seeds.
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Served with steamed pumpkin, brussel sprouts and cauliflower.

You can use as many chicken breast as you like but l buy the free-range breasts in a pack of two. Give them a good wash with filtered water and pat dry.

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Place the chicken breast in between two pieces of cling wrap. Put a tea towel under the chopping board in preparation for the flattening of the chicken as this will make the noise less and stop the board moving on the bench.
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Flatten the chicken so that it is a nice shape by gently pounding it with a wooden rolling pin.

Make the filling by combining all of the ingredients in a food processor, or alternatively cut and chop them by hand and mix in a bowl. Change any of the ingredients if you don’t like the flavour combination or add in some more spices. The ingredients below don’t have to be exact as long as there are a good mix of flavours.

Ingredients for the filling:

4 brussel sprouts

2 spring onion green tops

1/2 cup raw activated walnuts

1/4 cup raw activated pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Pink rock salt and ground black pepper

1 tablespoon organic coconut oil

1/2 cup fresh parsley and mint (or any other herbs you have)

A few leaves of silverbeet(use spinach, kale or bok choy as an alternative)

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A food processor is convenient here but not essential.

Spread the filling on top of the chicken breasts.

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The free range chicken breasts flattened and topped with the filling.
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Roll the breast around the filling

Use kitchen string to gently hold the breast in place. Tie the string at each end and push in any filling that has come out. Gently lift onto a lined baking tray and drizzle with your favourite oil, pink rock salt and black pepper.

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The rolled and tied chicken breast drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, pink rock salt and black pepper.

Cover with foil and place in the oven. Cook until the chicken is golden and then take the foil off and let it brown or place under the grill ensuring it doesn’t dry out.

Another option is to pan fry the rolled chicken which will give a more golden appearance.

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Cook on a very low heat with the lid on.
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Both the oven and fry pan methods work well.

Carefully cut the string along the length of the chicken and remove. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.

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Golden and delicious!

There are so many fillings that would be delicious with this recipe. I am going to try a pumpkin or sweet potato filling next, but the combinations are really endless.

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Have one for dinner and the second one cold the next day. A great way to add variety to the same dish and the flavours are quite different between the warm and cold versions.

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A simple Sweet Potato soup

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A light and sweet soup.

This is a very light and comforting sweet potato soup with a chicken broth base. It was really quick to make as the broth was in the freezer and was ready within a couple of hours. The recipe for making the broth is in another post on the website but home made broth is best and you will be rewarded with a lovely flavour and lots of added nutrients.

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Home made chicken stock

In a medium sized saucepan l placed the stock (about 3 cups), 2 medium to large peeled and chopped sweet potatoes, 1 cup of diced pumpkin, 1 cup of diced cauliflower and 2 diced carrots. I brought this to the boil and then let it simmer for a couple of hours. I blended the hot soup in the pot with my hand blender and served. I like to season my soup at the table and l used ground black pepper and sea salt which really brought out the flavours in the soup.

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Piping hot just out of the pot!

When reheating the soup the next day l use a saucepan which only takes a couple of minutes. As soon as it gets to the boil reduce the heat and let it simmer for about a minute and it will be delicious. I am on a healing and wellness diet and don’t cook or heat any food in the microwave oven as l believe it damages the structure of the food and reduces the vitamin and mineral content.

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Reheat your soup on the stove and dont use the microwave oven.

I wasn’t feeling well from a Winter virus when l made this soup and it is just the right consistency for a delicate stomach to handle. It is both soothing and comforting with a lovely flavour.

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Rolled Chicken Breast with a tasty herb, nut and vegetable filling

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Just out of the oven and smelling amazing!

Rolled Chicken Breast: A lovely centre piece for a main dish. 

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Rolled chicken served with roasted swede chips, steamed brussel sprouts and roasted pumpkin slices topped with raw organic honey and organic sesame seeds.

This was my first attempt at using a chicken breast like this and l was motivated by all the wonderful roulage recipes l have seen on the television show Master Chef recently. While not to the same standard it was delicious and met all my dietary requirements.

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The free range chicken breasts flattened and topped with the filling.

I flattened two free range chicken breasts by placing each one inside cling wrap and pounding with a mallet. To do this l placed cling wrap on the chopping board, placed the washed meat on top and covered it with more cling wrap. I gently pounded the meat with a kitchen mallet and you could also use a rolling pin to gently get it a bit flatter at this point. I did this for each breast separately.

I then made a delicious filling in the food processor which was a handful of raw walnuts, a couple of spring onion tops (the green parts), two large brussel sprouts, 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil, a handful of flat leaf parsley, a small handful of pepitas, ground black salt and Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt. I processed this until it was evenly chopped and then placed half on each chicken breast. I used organic coconut oil in this mix as l do not eat dairy but if you do eat dairy then an organic grass fed butter would be very nice in its place.

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The rolled and tied chicken breast.

I pulled the two sides of the breast together and wrapped some twine (cooking string) around the chicken as in the picture above, Be sure to tie it at each end and push the filling in as you go along. Place the rolled chicken on a baking tray lined with baking paper and drizzle generously with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and place in the oven. Cook until the chicken is cooked and then take the foil off and let it brown or place under the grill ensuring it doesn’t dry out. Carefully cut the string along the length of the chicken and remove. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving. Each rolled chicken piece will serve a few people if you add vegetables or salad and l had a piece cold the next day which was lovely.

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Cold rolled chicken breast. Just as nice as when it was first cooked.

I cooked up some roasted swede chips and they were very delicious. I like their unusual taste and they were nice cold as well. Pumpkin dressed with honey and sesame seeds is really nice, but drizzle the honey on in the last five minutes and only quickly cook the sesame seeds so they don’t lose their nutrients.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Experiment with the filling to suit your tastes and serve it with your favourite vegetables or salad.

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Crispy Baked Cinnamon Chicken

 

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Crispy Cinnamon Chicken served as part of a delicious salad

This chicken is moist on the inside and crispy on the outside with a lovely rich spicy flavour. When l say that, remember that l eat quite plainly so my version of spicy is very mild. I have cooked this chicken several times now and the combination of cumin and cinnamon is delicious. You could add a dressing to your salad which would add another element to it, but l actually think that this salad had everything. There was crunch from the greens, moisture from the avocado and tomato, crunch from the seeds and spice from the chicken. The combination of raw and cooked ingredients really gave this dish a good balance of flavours.

This was enough to serve two adults and three children. You will need two free range chicken breasts. Give them a wash and place them in a glass baking dish. Drizzle the chicken with Olive Oil and sprinkle with ground black pepper, Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt, a good pinch of Cumin and a teaspoon of Cinnamon (I used organic Cinnamon). Turn the Chicken fillets over a few times in the oil and spices so they are nicely coated. Cover with Aluminium Foil and bake in a 200 Degree oven until the chicken is cooked through. Place under a grill and brown both sides of the chicken until golden.

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The Free Range chicken is oiled and spiced. Top with Aluminium Foil and place in the oven.

Place the meat on a chopping board and slice as desired. I had this lovely chicken with a green salad, seeds (sesame & Pumpkin), avocado and roasted beetroot chips.

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The cooked Chicken was looking and smelling so good!

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You can pile the sliced Chicken on top of the salad or spread it out more as in the first picture.

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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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Roast chicken

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A magnificent home cooked chicken

Why buy a pre-cooked chicken from the shop when you can cook a delicious free range one at home, and the smell throughout your home will be enticing! I bought this free range chicken from Aldi and it was very reasonably priced for a whole chicken of this quality.

First of all l unwrap the chicken and rinse the outside and insides with cool clean water. I place the chicken on a rack as shown in the picture and put two cups of water in the glass dish. I coat the chicken in extra virgin olive oil and season with some ground black pepper, sea salt and mixed herbs. I then cover it in foil and place into a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees celsius. I like to cook my chickens for quite a long time so this chicken was in the oven for around 2.5 hours plus another twenty minutes with the foil off to brown. When l remove the chicken from the oven l cover it in foil again and leave it for about 30 minutes to rest. I then place it on a serving dish and cover it with new foil and place it into the fridge if l am not serving it straight away. Every part of the chicken as shown above was so moist and delicious and you know you have done a good job if you try to transfer it from the cooking dish to the serving plate and it falls apart. Remember not to throw away the bones, skin and left over meat as this can be used to make a very healthy stock.

A healthy stir fry with lots of greens

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Chicken and assorted greens stir fry.

A stir fry can be a wonderful tasty, quick and healthy meal. The ingredients are cooked for a short time and therefore will retain their nutrients and flavour. I have used ingredients that are simple and natural as l find this supports healthy digestion and l try to have a light meal at night to encourage a good sleep.

This dish was created for my family in record time as there was  a lot going on. The key to its success was that l had the ingredients on hand and l cut up all of my ingredients before cooking started. I often use a variety of coloured vegetables in my stir fry dishes but decided that using a selection of fresh green vegetables would be a nice change from my usual additions.

Ingredients:

2 free range chicken breasts

2 fresh garlic cloves

A small piece of fresh ginger

Tamari sauce

Fish sauce

Selection of fresh greens ( I used: the green part of two shallots, a bunch of broccolini, snow peas, beans and a variety of different kales and spinach picked fresh from my garden)

Method:

Wash all of the vegetables in filtered water to remove any chemicals or dirt and I also rinse the chicken breasts in filtered water. Chop and dice all of your ingredients and place them on a tray or in bowls next to your stove ready for cooking. This preparation is important as the cooking time for the stir fry is very quick. Place your wok or pan on the stove top and pour a small amount of extra virgin olive oil into the pan. When hot add the diced/sliced chicken breasts along with the crushed garlic and chopped ginger. The smell will be amazing! Keep cooking the chicken until nicely browned as the greens will only require a short time in the pan. Add all of the greens along with a few dashes of Tamari and Fish sauce depending on your personal preferences. Use your wooden spoon to mix the vegetables through the chicken and cook until the vegetables are just beginning to soften. Serve immediately by placing in individual bowls or place in one large bowl so people can serve themselves. This dish makes enough for approximately four adults.

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.