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Herb coated chicken schnitzel

The family will love these delicious schnitzels which can be used in so many dishes and eaten hot or cold. Vary the meat, serve with a range of vegetables and prepare a batch that will last several meals. Use the best quality meat you can buy and enjoy this tasty gluten free version with the use of herbs adding a lovely flavour.

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Ingredients:

Organic or free range chicken breasts (alternatively beef or lamb as examples)

For the crumbs:

On a plate: Buckwheat flour and Coconut Flour mix

In a bowl: Free range or organic eggs whisked with sea salt and black pepper

On a Plate: Blanched almond meal and shredded coconut mix plus herbs (My favourites are rosemary and parsley but experiment and use what you have. Fresh is best).

Oil to fry: Olive oil or coconut oil

Method:

Wash your chicken breasts in filtered water. Pat dry with paper towel then slice thinly so you can get a number of schnitzels from each breast. Pound the meat gently with a mallet to flatten. You can put cling wrap over each piece of meat while pounding to avoid splatter.

Dip each piece in the flour mix, egg mix and then almond meal/coconut/herb mix. Place on a plate and when finished cool in the fridge for about thirty minutes.

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A nice pile of schnitzels

Cook each schnitzel on a low heat in a pan with oil. You can place on paper towel when cooked to absorb excess oil. I like to get two meals out of a batch and just cook as many as l need and save the rest for a second night. If l serve them all up they will get eaten so l add lots of salad and veggies to even out the meal and balance the budget. They are delicious hot or cold and are a family favourite. One tip is to grind your fresh herbs until they are small and broken down which helps them blend into the outer layer.

Schnitzels are so delicious and easy to make. Going gluten free can leave one wondering how to incorporate favourites into the diet but this recipe is so simple and delicious that you won’t notice the change.

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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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Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

This traditional family favourite has been given a colour overhaul and is packed with nutrition and flavour. It is a very easy dish to make and there will be plenty left for the next day.

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A family favourite given a colourful transformation!

Ingredients and Method: Mince 

Begin with 1kg of the best grass fed beef mince available.

Place this in a pot with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and start to brown on a low heat. Add one diced brown onion, 2 tablespoons of organic tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of coconut flour and your spices. You can make this dish as spicy or mild as you like depending on who is eating it. I added in pink rock salt, black pepper, ground ginger, turmeric, lots of cumin, cinnamon and a pinch of paprika. Give it a good mix and when nicely blended and browned add in 2 cups of home-made bone broth or stock plus a few dashes of coconut amino sauce. Place the lid on and let this simmer for several hours. When it is done place the meat sauce in to a large baking dish and even out with a spatula.

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The meat sauce could be eaten on its own.

If you are prepping this for later on in the day leave the mix to cool a bit while you prepare the topping. Otherwise you can cook the vegetables while the meat sauce is cooking and eat it as soon as the vegetables are cooked.

Ingredients and Method: Topping

The traditional white potato topping makes way for a colourful sweet potato mix. You could use just orange sweet potato but l chose the orange and white varieties. The number of sweet potato required will depend upon the size of your dish but l used three medium ones. Peel and wash the sweet potato, then chop into large pieces and place in a steamer. The white sweet potato are so surprising in that they turn a lovely purple shade when cooked with both varieties having a similar flavour but the orange one containing more beta-carotene than the white.

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Soft all the way through

Carefully place each piece of sweet potato onto the pie using tongues and lightly crush by gently squeezing the tongues. Ensure an even coverage over the pie. Sprinkle raw activated pumpkin seeds generously over the top and place the whole dish in the oven for a few minutes to crisp them up. Serve and enjoy.

If you are preparing this meal to eat later in the day then store it covered in the fridge until just before meal time. Cover it with foil and heat in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees) until warm all the way through and the gorgeous aroma is moving through your home.

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A hearty meal made from real food.

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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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Lettuce wraps with savoury mince.

An easy and quick meal option that is sure to become a family favourite. Free of gluten, preservatives, colours and flavours, this Paleo high healthy fat meal will definately satisfy.

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A colourful and healthy meal.

This mince can accommodate a range of vegetables so it can easily be a way to use up left overs that you have in the fridge. I used capsicum as it adds a nice colour to the mince, plus sweet potato and celeriac for their lovely flavours. The lettuce used is Cos Lettuce as it has a nice flavour and shape which is easy to wrap around the food. I added cold pressed oil, avocado and grated carrot when plating up and this could vary depending on your tastes. I like to add lots of healthy fats to my meals and this is best done after the meal is cooked so the fats are in their healthiest state.

Ingredients: Mince

1 kg grass fed beef mince

1 brown onion-diced

1/4 celeriac-diced

1 small sweet potato-diced

1/2 small green capsicum-diced

1/2 small red capsicum-diced

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 1/2 cups home made stock (I used chicken stock as that is what l had just made but beef would be good)

1 tablespoon organic tomato paste

A few splashes of Coconut Amino Sauce

Seasoning: Pink rock salt, black pepper, dried cumin and dried cinnamon to suit your tastes. You could also add some chilli (fresh or dried) if you like it spicy.

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I used a pan that has a lid and l find this helps the mince and veggies to cook through. It also helps to keep it moist. 

Method:

Place the coconut oil into a medium heated pan and brown the mince. Add the chopped onion, celeriac and sweet potato. Place the lid on and let it all cook through. Add the stock in small portions while the mince is cooking. It will be absorbed and this is when to add more. Add the spices, tomato paste, coconut aminos and capsicum and let the whole mixture cook on a low heat. The whole cooking process takes about 30 minutes and a small taste test at this point will ensure that it is cooked and that you have the flavours right.

Serve the mince on lettuce leaves and top with any accompaniments that you like such as cold pressed oils and raw vegetables. This mince is very nice eaten cold the next day as the flavours develop.

The mince you use is very important and if you can purchase grass fed beef this will be the healthiest option for you. I have found a local wholesale butcher and this is the meat that l purchased today, most of which will go into the freezer.

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Beef ribs, Black Angus sausages, Beef roast, Eye fillet, Porterhouse steaks and mince (All grass fed). 

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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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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.

Paleo grass fed beef ribs

Falling off the bone with a delectable stickiness and sweet flavour. These ribs are all natural, healthy and a family favourite.

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Sticky, tasty and nutritious!

The main ingredient is the grass fed beef ribs. It is important to use the best meat possible and this will involve searching your area for a butcher who sells locally grown grass fed meat.

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Wash your ribs in filtered water in preparation for cooking.

Make a marinade using a tablespoon each of coconut oil, coconut sugar and honey. Place in a saucepan and heat gently on the stove.

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Melt the marinade ingredients gently on the stove.

Place the ribs in a bowl and mix the marinade through so they are all coated.

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Coated and ready for baking

Place the ribs into a baking tray. Season with pink rock salt and black pepper.

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I used a metal tray and didn’t use baking paper.

Cover with aluminium foil and bake in a pre-heated 180 degree celsius oven for approximately 2 hours.

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There will be a lovely aroma in your home as these ribs cook.

Serve the ribs with your favourite vegetables or salad.

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Ribs with roasted swede, sweet potato, carrot and beetroot.

The longer you cook these ribs the more tender and tasty they become. The marinade is a feature and the cooking time allows for a wonderful stickiness to develop using all natural ingredients.

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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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Fritatta with chicken and greens

Eggs are a great way to start the day, and this fritatta adds green vegetables with chicken breast to create a wonderful, filling and nutritious breakfast. 

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A wonderful breakfast

If you are rushed for time in the morning you could prepare this dish the night before and cook it in the morning as a way to save time. This will serve up to 4 people or you can have it several days in a row.

Ingredients:

6 free range eggs

1/2 cup home made chicken stock

Pink rock salt and black pepper (season to taste)

1 large leaf of silverbeet and spinach (or whatever you have)

A handful of fresh flat leaf parsley

1/2 a cooked chicken breast

1 piece of spring onion green tops chopped finely

1 handful of activated pumpkin seeds

Coconut oil to grease the dish

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Grease your dish well with coconut oil, then add the eggs, chicken stock and seasoning.

Whisk together the egg and stock mix and then add the rest of the ingredients, with the pumpkin seeds going on the top of the whole dish.

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Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds over the top.

Bake in a 200 degree oven until golden. Remove from the oven and cut around the edges with a knife. Cut a piece and lift it out with an egg lifter. Serve with your favourite salad or just have it plain.

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I served the egg bake with avocado and tomato.

You can vary the dish by adding different vegetables and meats. The options are endless.

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This is another fritatta l made which is meat free but has the addition of tomatoes both for colour and flavour.

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Creamy broccoli soup

A hearty soup with loads of personality!

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A delightfully flavoursome and creamy soup.

When l told my family we were having broccoli soup for dinner they did not look happy. There fears melted away when they took their first sip of this lovely filling soup. Healthy vegetables are combined with a nutritious stock to create a comforting and mild flavoured soup.

Ingredients:

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The vegetables are washed and chopped and are in the saucepan with macadamia oil, pink rock salt and black pepper.

2 long sticks of celery

1 head of broccoli

1 good sized brown onion

1 medium sized red sweet potato (white flesh)

pink rock salt and black pepper (season to taste)

2 generous cups of home made chicken stock (recipe on website)

Wash and chop all of the vegetables and place in a saucepan. Coat the vegetables with a small amount of your favourite oil (I used macadamia oil), and a small amount of seasoning depending on your tastes. Brown the veggies on low heat until just soft. At this stage add the chicken stock and let simmer for at least an hour.

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All the vegetables are breaking down

When the vegetables have softened and are breaking apart, take the pot off the stove and blend the mix with a hand mixer until smooth. Place back on the stove and let cook for another good 30 minutes then serve. If you don’t have a hand mixer you could let it cool and then place in a blender before placing back on the stove.

I roasted a chicken while the soup was cooking and served this with the soup. This added protein to the dish and made it a hearty meal. The addition of the snow pea sprouts was a lovely garnish, both for its refreshing flavour and bright green colour.

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A very creamy soup with a subtle flavour combination

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Mini quiche: A meal or a snack!

Bake a batch of mini quiche and discover how delicious they are! Fantastic for the whole family.

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A small quiche can be part of a meal or a great snack.

The basic ingredient of the mini quiche is eggs (preferably free range or organic). What you add to the mix is entirely up to your preferences. This could include seeds, nuts, vegetables, cheese and seasonings as examples.

Broccoli quiche:

Mix in a bowl eggs, grated carrot, spring onion green tops, parsley, a meat such as tuna (optional), pink rock salt and black pepper. Grease the pan very well or use patty pans. Pour the mixture into each hole in the pan and place a piece of raw broccoli in the centre of each. Cook in a 200 degree celsius oven until firm and golden.

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These muffins are poured directly into the pan. Ensure you grease it well.
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Nice and golden,. Use a knife to cut around the edges and gently pull out.

Egg and bacon quiche are delicious straight out of the oven.

Place a strip of bacon into the greased tray and crack an egg into each hole. Season with pink rock salt and black pepper.

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These simple egg and bacon snacks are so easy to make and the bacon makes them easy to lift out of the pan.
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Cook until the eggs are just cooked
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Fantastic served with vegetables

Mini quiche are also a great snack and lunch box filler. Have the leftovers the next day with a salad for lunch or grab one for morning tea. Alternatively enjoy the quiche the next night by gently reheating in the oven and serving with a delicious salad or roast vegetables.

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Small broccoli quiche with a beetroot spiral salad, sweet potato chips and bacon. Quite a combination.

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Beetroot, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup.

This soup has a wonderful balance of flavours with the most important element  being a beautiful home-made chicken stock. It is such a delightful colour and looks so much like tomato soup but has a very distinctive flavour of beetroot with a lovely sweetness. 

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A thick and delicious soup with a surprising flavour.

Ingredients:

Check the recipe-soup section of the website for the chicken stock recipe.

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1 litre of home-made chicken stock, 2 small beetroot or 1 1/2 large, 1 medium sweet potato, 1 large brown onion, 1/2 teaspoon pink rock salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
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Just a small amount of pumpkin to thicken up the soup.

Method:

Prepare the vegetables by washing, peeling and chopping.

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Add all ingredients except the stock, into a medium-sized saucepan with some olive oil.
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Cook until the vegetables are starting to soften and stir the ingredients every few minutes.

Add the stock and put the lid on and let simmer for about 60 minutes.

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When the vegetables are soft take off the stove and blend with a hand blender.
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Blend well so that there are no lumps. Place back on the stove on a gentle simmer for approximately another 30 minutes. Check the seasoning and adjust as required.

This is a very thick and filling soup. It has the most delicious sweet flavour and the colour is enticing. The main tips for this soup are to brown the vegetables before you put the stock in, use a very good quality home-made stock and use fresh vegetables.

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