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Tangy lime and walnut dressing

A zesty dressing to add to your fresh and colourful salads. Quick to make using healthy ingredients. 

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Ingredients:

One small fresh lime (peeled)

A small handful of activated walnuts

Cold pressed olive oil

Organic apple cider vinegar (a dash)

Sea salt and black pepper (a pinch of each)

Method:

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Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and puree. Add enough olive oil so the dressing has quite a liquid consistency. Taste and add more salt and pepper as required. If you would like the dressing thinner just add more olive oil. Pour over your salad before serving and mix through.

 

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Add to your salad and mix through.

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Enjoy your lovely fresh salad.

Caramelized Beef Mince and Vegetables

A really delicious combination of tasty vegetables with grass fed beef mince cooked over several hours to produce a lovely caramelized 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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Lettuce wraps
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The most beautiful mince dish!

You can vary the vegetables such as using celery instead of brussel sprouts or celeriac, pumpkin or beetroot instead of sweet potato. The coconut amino sauce is also optional but does add a nice flavour. I don’t eat nightshades so leave it out of mine (white potoatoes, tomato, capsicum, paprika, chili as examples). If you do eat nightshades you could add in some tomato paste but l don’t think it needs it. The main thing is to experiment and adapt the recipe to suit your own needs.

Ingredients:

1kg grass fed beef mince (buy the best quality meat you can).

2 small onions diced

Spices: I used dried ginger, cumin, cinnamon and turmeric (mix these up to suit your tastes).

Seasoning: Pink rock salt and black pepper

Coconut amino sauce (1 tablespoon)

1/4 red cabbage sliced (not green cabbage).

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 (you can add more as the meat is cooking especially if you are using a pan with a lid).

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. Add more stock as you turn it if you think it is a bit dry.

Alternate Prep: This dish was prepared in a pan then the oven but if you have a large pan with a lid that will work just as well and you will get a good result.

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Cooking it in a pan can be a bit easier as it needs to be turned quite often, but you need a large fry pan with a lid to do this.

I really love this mince and it is so economical and a great family favourite. It is delicious eaten cold the next day and if you don’t have a large family it will last a few days.

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Boodles, Spoodles, Zoodles, Swoodles…………

Have you ventured into the world of vegetable noodles yet? If not then you are missing out on this raw and cooked delight. Add texture, flavour and fun to your meals with this Paleo friendly noodle option.

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Raw beetroot noodles help give this salad height, colour and texture.

The first item you require is a spiralizer which is just a handy kitchen gadget that will turn your vegetables into noodles. They are so much fun to use and can be purchased quite cheaply online or from a Health Food Store.

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Sweet Potato noodles are my favourite. Lightly pan fry them and add to a stir fry or soup, or bake in the oven and have them super crispy.
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Apple noodles are a favourite of my children’s. Core the apple and put through the spiralizer. Eat straight away as they are delicious.
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Beetroot noodles which can be baked or eaten raw.
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Swede noodles in the making.

Some noodles can be eaten raw such as apple, beetroot and zucchini while others are better cooked such as sweet potato. Beetroot and sweet potato both baked beautifully and you can also try swede and the other varieties of sweet potato.

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Beetroot noodles ready to be baked with coconut oil and fresh rosemary.
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Baked beetroot noodles are so delicious. Bake in a 180 Degree Celsius oven and turn every so often until they are all nicely cooked and a few are crispy.
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This is a variety of sweet potato and the bits left in the spiralizer get baked as well so there isn’t any wastage.
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Swede noodles.

Magnificent meals: Vegetable noodles add such fun to your meals.

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Add them to your favourite soup.
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A pile of multi coloured sweet potato noodles. Really sweet from being baked in the oven.
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A delicious grass-fed beef steak with swede noodles.
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Steak and baked beetroot noodles.
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Scrambled eggs with sweet potato noodles.

Now you need to get the hang of the fun names the noodles are given. Here are a few:

Boodles: Beetroot noodles

Zoodles: Zucchini noodles

Spoodles: Sweet Potato noodles

Swoodles: Swede noodles

Foodles: Fruit noodles.

Make it up as you go along. It adds to the fun.

You can also make vegetable strips using a vegetable peeler and these can add a fun and decorative element to a meal as well.

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Here l used carrot ribbons to add a pretty element to this meal. Just slide the peeler down the carrot and you are done. I often do this with beetroot and add the strips to a salad.

Have some fun with this. It adds a different texture to your meals and can really add some variety to the Paleo diet.

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Chocolate, Coconut and Beetroot Brownie

A brownie is like a cake but cut into squares and is often used as a dessert or snack. Usually chocolate and delicious this version adds the flavours of coconut and fresh beetroot with the raw cacao to produce an interesting and quirky flavour. Out of the oven they are extremely moreish and you can adjust the level of beetroot in the brownie to suit your particular tastes. 

Ingredients:

1 cup of blanched almond meal (you will need more liquid if you use the regular almond meal as the skin is very drying).

1 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon baking soda (Bobs Red Mill)

4 free-range or organic eggs (700g)

1 cup shredded coconut (flakes or dessicated is o.k as well)

1/2 cup coconut oil

Generous 1/4 cup rice malt syrup

12 small spoonfuls of Pure Stevia (the equivalent of 1/4 cup sugar)

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Alter the amount depending on the product you use.

1/2 cup filtered water

2 level tablespoons raw cacao

1 small raw beetroot grated (use more or less depending on your tastes).

Method: 

Place all ingredients in the food processor and give a light mix until all combined. 

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An intense colour
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Place into a baking dish greased with coconut oil.
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Cook in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees celsius until cooked but not overly done. Let it cool in the baking dish and then transfer to the cooling rack.
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Eat while warm when it is at its best.

Have a try swapping the beetroot with other vegetables such as sweet potato.

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Raw chocolate and coconut slice

Unbelievably good! 

A delicious chocolate slice free from gluten, dairy and processed sugar, while also being incredibly nutritious.

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This will be gone in a flash!

This is a simple raw slice that l made using the food processor in just minutes. A taste test of the processed ingredients was delicious.

Ingredients:

1 cup of organic almond meal (blanched)

1/4 cup rice malt syrup

1 cup organic shredded coconut

1/2 cup organic raw coconut oil

2 generous tablespoons of organic raw cacao

6 organic medjool dates (seeds removed)

1/2 cup flaked almonds

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

Place all of the ingredients in the food processor. (The nuts could be substituted for any other kind of nut you like)

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Give all the ingredients a quick whiz in the food processor.

Place the mixture into a baking dish lined with baking paper. Push it down with a spatula so there is a nice even layer of approximately 1 cm thick. Smooth the surface with the spatula.

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The mixture is sitting on baking paper and has been smoothed out with a spatula.

Place in the freezer and when frozen cut into individual pieces. The slice freezers in about an hour and can be stored in an appropriate container in the freezer where you can just take a piece or two out as required.

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Cut the slice into individual pieces.

Note: You can buy blanched and natural almond meal. I have been using natural almond meal in most of my recipes which is almond meal with the skin on. I have now switched to blanched almond meal as it is so much softer in my baking. 

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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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