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Market fresh baked tuna

Fresh tuna gently pan fried and baked in the oven. A light meat that can be teamed with a salad or vegetables with the key to the flavour and texture being in the cooking. It is  different to the canned tuna and has a flavour quite similar to chicken. Most of my family don’t normally eat fish but they do love this home cooked tuna that is bought fresh from the local wholesale markets. 

Ensure you purchase a lovely fresh piece of tuna. This piece will serve 3 or 4 people depending on serving size. I like to serving size small and fill the rest of the plate with baked vegetables and fresh salad.

Place your washed tuna into a hot pan that has a drizzle of olive oil in it. Sprinkle the top of the tuna with sea salt and black pepper. Let the tuna sizzle for just a couple of minutes and then turn over and cook the second side for the same amount of time.

Now place the tuna into an oven dish and cook uncovered in a 180 degree celsius oven for 10 to 15 minutes. It will depend on the oven you have and once you have cooked the tuna for the first time you will know how long to cook it for. Remove the tuna from the oven and place on a lovely serving plate or board. Slice the tuna gently as in the picture above and let it sit for 5 minutes as it just finishes cooking. It should be quite pink in the middle when it is removed from the oven and then when it is rested and ready to be served it will just have a small amount of pink in the centre.

I hope you enjoy this lovely dish. We have it only about once a month and it is a real treat for everyone.

This is a lovely fresh coleslaw that you could serve with the tuna.

These are examples of delicious vegetable dishes that would go nicely with the freshly cooked tuna.

Summertime Juice

A refreshing and cooling juice to support your wellbeing.

Ingredients:

Carrots

Celery

Whole lemon or lime

Fresh ginger

Fresh mint

I like to have quite a few carrots in the drink as a base. I use about 5 large ones and several stalks of celery. One whole piece of citrus such as a lemon, a small sliver of ginger to taste and a generous handful of mint. Each person will like these flavours differently so it may take some adjusting to suit you.

Wash all ingredients well. I do not peel the carrots of lemon. Place in the juicer and then mix slightly when juiced. It can be cooled and then enjoyed. Often l will also add bok choy for a variety in the flavour but of course you can add any other vegetable that you enjoy.

Beef Stir fry with Asparagus and Chickory

A hearty and nutritious gluten free stir fry dish. Lots of chopping to prepare the ingredients but worth the wait! Filled with greens, lots of flavour and sesame seeds adding a nice touch. 

Ingredients: Beef Preparation

Clean piece of grass fed beef (Chicken would be ideal as well)

Tamari sauce (dash)

Maple syrup (1 tablespoon)

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Tapioca Flour (1 heaped tablespoon)

Method:

Thinly slice the meat and place in a bowl with all ingredients to marinate. Add enough olive oil so it has a wet looking consistency. Mix well and leave in the fridge to marinate. An hour or so would be ideal.

Cooking the stir fry:

Ingredients needed are veggies, tamari sauce, olive oil, salt, pepper, sesame seeds, fresh ginger and garlic.

Use a hot wok to cook the stir fry. The vegetables that you add are infinite in variety but for this stir fry l used fresh chickory, asparagus, green capsicum, spring onion and carrot. I sliced all of the veggies and had them ready to add to the pan.

The starting point is to add the beef mix to a hot wok and gently brown the meat. When browned remove from the pan and place close by as you cook the veggies. Add all the veggies to the wok and continuously stir. When starting to soften add the browned meat, further tamari sauce, sea salt, black pepper, ginger and garlic to taste. I used one clove of garlic and a sliver of fresh ginger and it was perfect. Finish off with a generous addition of sesame seeds. Stir and serve. Delicious!

Fresh chickory. It has a consistency of celery and bok choy. It can be a guessing game for those eating the dish to work out this ingredient.

Roasted pumpkin and greens puree

Are you living the gluten free life and looking for a healthy way to add flavour to your home cooked meals? This sauce is so delicious and easy to make. Consisting of natural and clean ingredients it will enhance your whole food ingredients and nourish you with a food as medicine approach.

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Ingredients:

Fresh pumpkin (I use 1/4 of a softer pumpkin in season so it was really sweet).

Bone broth (Home made is best from grass fed bones. I used a beef one but a chicken base would be ideal as well) (1 cup)

Spring onion green tops (1/4 cup)

1 cup of fresh rocket. This will add a peppery flavour.

1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley.

Sea salt and black pepper to taste.

Method:

Take the skin off the pumpkin and roast. When it is nice and soft remove from the oven and place into a high speed blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend well & serve.

That is it! The sauce will still be warm from the heat in the pumpkin.

If you have it a second night then gently warm in a saucepan. Please do not microwave any of your food.

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As you can see from the picture above l have lathered this sauce over steamed brussel sprouts. It was magic!

Red Sweet Potato Chips

Crunchy, salty and sweet! Absolutely delicious baked red sweet potato chips. A gorgeous gluten free snack or side dish.

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Red sweet potatoes have a lovely flavour and when the skin is left on there is a lovely crunch and chewiness that adds to the texture.

They can be a bit more expensive than the orange sweet potatoes but if l buy the really large funny shaped ones they are often quite cheap.

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Wash the outside of the potato really well and then slice into chips with a sharp knife. I like to slice them length ways so the chips are really long. Place on a tray line with baking paper and drizzle with olive oil. Top with a generous sprinkle of sea salt. Place in a hot oven (200 degrees celcius) and bake until golden. You can turn them once while cooking if desired. Serve straight away and top with extra salt if desired.

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Enjoy your golden and delicious chips.

Colourful vegetable bake!

A delicious and hearty vegetable bake with layers of colour and flavour. Use your favourite root vegetables to create a meal or side dish that is both gluten and dairy free.

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Ingredients:

A range of root vegetables. I used potato, sweet potato and beetroot but also try parsnip, turnip or carrots as examples.

One large onion

One cup stock

Sea salt and black pepper

Other seasoning to suit your own tastes such as garlic, herbs or spices.

A baking dish. Glass or ceramic is ideal.

Method:

Slice all vegetables into thin slices. You can do this by hand or use a mandolin.

Peel the onion and finely slice.

Place the first layer of vegetables in the baking dish ie potato then sprinkle with some onion and seasoning. Continue with the layering using a different vegetable each time. When the final layer is complete add seasoning and add the stock to the dish.

Place in a 180 degrees celsius oven for 30 minutes with the dish covered with foil. Uncover and continue to bake until the top is a golden and crispy texture.

Use as a side dish or main. Enjoy!

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You can vary the size of this dish depending on the number of vegetables used and the size of the dish.

The BIG salad!

What is a big salad? Why does it have to be big? How do l make a big salad? Do l need a big bowl? What would l put in a big salad? Will l be able to eat it all?

So many questions to address before we even start. 

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Fresh and colourful

Eating a wholefoods based diet is supported by food planning. For me this requires the preparation of a BIG salad usually twice a week. This enables me to have a fresh salad on hand at all times. Eating raw foods is wonderful for your overall health, supports satiety and digestion.

I usually base my salads on a green such as spinach or cabbage (either red or green). From there l just add my favourite ingredients. Some times it is more green than others, and then when l use beetroot as one example there is a colour explosion.

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Red cabbage and beetroot add to the colour in this salad.

Fresh herbs from the garden can add a lovely element to the salad. I like to use flat leaf parsley and sometimes mint. Some of my favourite vegetables are daikon, celery, carrot, fennel and capsicum. Try to use seasonal vegetables and the freshest ones possible so the salad keeps well.

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Almost a coleslaw

I have a really big bowl that l use to mix my salads. As the volume goes down after a day or so l transfer it to a smaller bowl or container. Sometimes l drain off the extra liquid at this step. The salad can be served at any meal and is so handy to have in the fridge.

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These colourful salads are enticing to the taste buds.

I often add nuts and seeds to the salads. Usually l choose walnuts, flaked almonds, pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds. I dress the salad with a mix of cold pressed olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon/lime juice, sea salt and black pepper. I mix it in a small glass and blend it with a hand mixer before adding it to the salad.

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The chewing required to eat these salads starts the digestive process.

Mostly the salads keep really well. After a few days if l have some leftover and l want a new salad l use the remainder in an omelette. It is a very economical way to meal prep. I also mostly use my food processor to make the salads but if it is greens based l will sometimes cut and grate the vegetables the old fashioned way. I find the cabbage is sliced beautifully in the food processor and it is so quick.

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Enjoy your salad as part of a balanced meal.

Experiment with your salads. How big the salad is will depend on the size of your family. I encourage you to eat as much salad as you can as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Buy seasonal and organic vegetables where possible and spend some time thinking about the ingredients that will work well together. It can take time to get used to eating salads. Chewing is important and the dressing can really make a difference to the flavour.

Eat well, Live well and Be well. 

Potato salad

Cold potatoes are all the rage in Paleo land. A source of resistant starch and tasty! Indulge with this delightful salad creation. Enjoy as a side dish or meal on its own.

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Cold potato salad

Ingredients:

A generous 1kg of medium to small potatoes (I like the red skinned ones).

2 stalks of celery (washed and finely sliced)

2 stalks of spring onion green tops finely sliced

A handful of mint (washed and diced)

1 cup of raw walnuts roughly chopped

Pink rock salt (Celtic sea salt or similar) and black pepper

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Some nice fresh potatoes

Wash your potatoes and steam until just soft. Let cool and then place in the fridge for 24 hours. This is an important step as this is how the resistant starch is formed.

You need a big bowl at this point to place the ingredients in. I like to use a large stainless steel one and then place the salad in a nice bowl when it is made.

Dice you potatoes into small cubes. The size is up to you. Place in the bowl with the celery, spring onion, mint and nuts. Add in a generous sprinkle of salt/pepper then mix. Have a taste to see if there is enough seasoning. I like to leave this salad as is, but you could add your favourite dressing at this point.

Serve as a side dish or eat as a main on its own. Enjoy!

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Raw Cashew and Chocolate Slice

A raw chocolate, coconut and seed slice that is quick to make and free of gluten and dairy. Using the natural sweetness of organic maple syrup and filled with lots of wholefoods goodness with the main ingredient being raw cashews.

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Ingredients: (all organic where possible)

250g raw cashews

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup coconut flakes or shredded coconut

1/3 cup sesame seeds

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup raw cacao

Extra sesame seeds for the top and bottom of the slice

Method:

Place all ingredients in the food processor with the chopping blade. Pulse until well combined.

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Looking delicious.

Use a small rectangular baking tray and generously line with baking paper so it hangs over the edges. Sprinkle the paper with sesame seeds.

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Carefully place the mix on top of the seeds and smooth using your hands as it is quite sticky.
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Sprinkle more sesame seeds over the top and gently push into the mixture.

Place the tray into the freezer for an hour then lift the whole slab out of the tray by holding the edges of the baking paper.

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Ready to slice and eat.

This is a very sweet and satisfying slice. Keep in the freezer to have when something chocolate is required. It is high in healthy fats and a treat to eat mindfully or on special occasions. You can use a different sugar such as honey or rice malt syrup and could also substitute the nuts if you don’t like cashews. If it is a harder nut then pulse it first to break down as cashews are very soft.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Start your day with the warmth of pumpkin and cinnamon with these delicious and easy to make pancakes. Just a few ingredients mixed together to create a comforting, filling and nutritious breakfast.

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Served here with added cinnamon, fresh banana, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. A drizzle of honey or maple syrup would be nice on top of you have a sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

1 generous cup of roasted organic pumpkin mashed

1 cup of organic blanched almond meal

2 eggs

Pinch of sea salt

1 generous teaspoon of organic cinnamon

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Mash the pumpkin first
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All ready to be mixed.
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I added the cinnamon last in this batch. Mix well until all combined.
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Cook in small batches on a low heat. Add a small amount of oil to the pan such as olive or coconut oil and place spoonfuls of mix into the pan. Cooking the pancakes slowly is important as the mix is very soft. Turn carefully with an egg flipper and let the other side brown.

Serve: Decorate the pancake with a sweet fruit, nuts and seeds. You can drizzle some raw organic honey or maple syrup over the top for extra sweetness but l found the pancakes were sweet enough.

The pancakes are amazingly delicious warm but also nice the next day cold as a snack. The combination of pumpkin and cinnamon is lovely but you could try changing the spice with a herb such as rosemary for a lovely flavour.

I hope you enjoy this pancake as l did and they become one of your favourites.

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Caramalized vegetables and beef mince.

A really delicious combination of tasty vegetables with grass fed beef mince cooked over several hours to produce a lovely caramalized appearance and flavour. The combination of spices, red cabbage, sweet potato and brussel sprouts with beef mince produces a hearty and nutritious dish.

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The most beautiful mince dish!

Ingredients:

1kg grass fed beef mince

2 small onions diced

Spices: I used dried ginger, cumin, cinnamon and turmeric

Seasoning: Pink rock salt and black pepper

Coconut amino sauce (1 tablespoon)

1/4 red cabbage sliced

1 largish orange sweet potato grated

6 brussel sprouts sliced

2 tablespoons coconut oil (add just before cooking in the oven).

1 cup of home made bone broth

Method:

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Brown the beef mince in a pan. I didn’t add any fat as there was plenty in the meat.
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Add the diced onion, spices, seasoning & coconut amino sauce.

Add the spices  and seasoning to suit your own personal taste. I used a generous pinch of cinnamon, ginger & turmeric plus 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 a teaspoon of pink rock salt & a pinch of black pepper.

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While the meat is browning grate the vegetables. I used a food processor which was super quick.
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Add the grated vegetables and mix well.
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Mix through the bone broth and top with the coconut oil, extra pink rock salt and black pepper.

Bake uncovered in a 180 degree celsius oven for several hours. Turn with tongs every 30 minutes. The vegetables will slowly break down and caramalize while the amazing flavours develop. I served this on its own and it was a complete meal as it was.

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Beetroot and walnut cake!

A lovely cake which is Paleo friendly, gluten, dairy and processed sugar-free. Before this cake is cooked it is the loveliest pink colour which unfortunately disappears after it has been baked in the oven. 

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The end piece is always so crunchy and delicious!

Ingredients:

2 cups almond meal

1/4 cup organic coconut flour (no need to sift, just squash the lumps))

6 free range eggs (700g)

A generous 1/4 cup organic coconut oil (gently melted)

A generous 1/4 cup raw organic honey (gently melted)

1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (Bob’s Red Mill Aluminium free ).

One small fresh beetroot peeled and grated

1/2 cup raw activated walnuts chopped roughly (or just raw walnuts)

Extra whole walnuts for the top of the cake.

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Ready to be mixed

Place all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and gently combine with a spatula.

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The colour is lovely

Place the mixture in a greased and lined baking tin. Smooth the top with a spatula and then place the extra whole walnuts on top of the cake

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I greased my tin with coconut oil.

Bake in a 180 degree celsius oven until golden and quite firm.

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The cake will be golden and smell delicious

Remove the cake from the oven and run a knife around the edge of the cake to separate it from the tin. Turn the cake gently onto the cooling rack, remove the baking paper from the bottom and turn over.

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Let the cake cool and then sample a piece! I use a serrated knife to gently cut a piece.
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The cake is lovely eaten warm!

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