Add an amazing sweetness to your meals with a roasted vegetable puree. So easy to make and a wonderful natural whole food addition to your real food diet. Gluten, dairy and sugar free with different flavour options including beetroot, sweet potato and pumpkin.
Create this sauce very quickly using a roasted vegetable, a home made stock, seasonings and herbs with the aid of your high speed blender.
Once you have your freshly roasted vegetable just place it in the food processor with enough home made stock to make a smooth sauce. Add in your seasonings such as pink rock salt and black pepper and then some herbs if you like such as flat leaf parsley or spring onion green tops.
Serve on you favourite meal.
This is a very simple recipe but one that will brighten up your whole food meals. The colours are incredible with the natural sweetness of root vegetables.
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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.
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.
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)
Spread the filling on top of the chicken breasts.
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.
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.
Carefully cut the string along the length of the chicken and remove. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.
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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Vegetable spaghetti is a versatile, flavoursome and low carbohydrate food and in this recipe it is used as the main ingredient in the base of this delightful pizza. Gluten and dairy free, Paleo friendly, colourful and tasty. A meal to satisfy those who have been missing this traditional favourite.
If you are avoiding nightshades then leave the tomato paste off and use olive oil as the topping, leave off the capsicum and drizzle an egg over the top.
1 whole baked Vegetable Spaghetti
1 cup of raw activated pumpkin seeds
1/2 red onion
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons coconut flour
Pink rock salt and black pepper
When the pizza is cooked remove from the oven and slice using a pizza slicer. It will smell delicious. Serve on its own or with your favourite meat. You will be able to carefully pick this pizza up with your hand but l would eat it with a knife and fork.
Enjoy this delicious version of a gluten and dairy free pizza made with all natural ingredients.
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There are so many ways to add colour to your meals, but the best way is to include a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables in your daily diet. The health benefits of eating a diet filled with a rainbow of colours is well known, but as l have tried to incorporate more vegetables into every meal, l have discovered the joy of eating food that is a range of bright colours. Not only are the range of flavours so amazing, but eating fresh colourful food is exciting, motivating and makes me feel happy.
A food as Medicine approach underpins my nutritional motivation, and everything l eat has a purpose and a high nutritional value. Eating a rainbow of fresh, healthy food will ensure you are consuming healthy vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fibre that will help you on your wellness journey.
If your daily rainbow consists of peas, carrots and corn then it is time for a change. Our taste buds can get a bit lazy and are a victim of our comfort zone just like the rest of our habits are. Trying new foods can be challenging and it can take a number of goes at eating a food, or preparing it in a variety of ways before we become accustomed to its taste, texture and how it feels in our mouth when eating. There is also the challenge of learning how to prepare new foods, but if you add one in at a time then it can be exciting and an adventure.
The first step after deciding you want more colour in your food is to buy a selection so it is available for you when preparing meals. If you need guidance, use a recipe that appeals to you as a starting point. I have found Instagram to be an amazing source of inspiration as l can visually see what other people are cooking and eating which helps my motivation to try new foods.
Take ownership of your food intake and start experimenting with new ingredients. It can be fun and rewarding to sit down to a meal that you have lovingly prepared for yourself and family, especially if it has an array of lovely stimulating colours that gets the family talking about what you have made.
I try to make my meals interesting, flavoursome, paleo friendly and highly nutritious. It takes planning, thought, time, motivation and a strong commitment to staying on track when life inevitably throws a few challenges into the mix. I live in a busy household with a husband and three children who are mostly non-paleo. This is a major challenge for me and l am educating them, but this nutritional and lifestyle path that l am following is not without its challenges.
Take an interest in what you are eating. Help with the shopping and cooking and plan your meals.
Be prepared. Have a plentiful supply of fresh fruit and vegetables in the house.
Try to incorporate colour into every meal, ideally by using mostly vegetables and some fruit with a focus on raw or lightly cooked where possible.
Have a positive attitude to trying something new and do some research by looking at magazines, online or speak to a friend who inspires you. Better still, study Nutrition as l have done!
Take it slowly. Change is difficult and our old habits are comfortable and easy to fall back into when a challenge comes our way. Slowly form new habits and incorporate them into your daily life.
Have fun with it! Go to local markets and explore. Experiment in the kitchen with the fresh ingredients.
Have a good attitude. See it as a diet of abundance rather than a diet of deprivation.
Think of your short and long term goals and make every bite you take a nutritious one.
Eat because you are hungry! Cut out the emotional, social, bored or habitual eating.
Follow these tips and you will be on the road to a healthier you!
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