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Flavoursome roasted veggies

Roasting vegetables helps to caramelise them and bring out the flavour. Adding herbs, spices, garlic and healthy oils supports the development of colour and texture.

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Use a variety of in season vegetables. I have used sweet potato, pumpkin, kohl rabi, beetroot and cauliflower. Cut all of the veggies into chunks and place in a baking dish with chopped onion, fresh garlic, olive oil, black pepper, sea salt and mixed herbs (dried or fresh). Another option instead of mixed herbs is to use dried herbs such as paprika, cumin and turmeric.

Give the veggies a good mix with a large spoon or spatula so that all the veggies are coated with oil, herbs and spices. I purposefully haven’t put measures for the spices and herbs as everyone has different tastes and experimentation is required to obtain the flavour combination that is perfect for you. Garlic and onion are also optional as some people cannot eat these. A general guide is a couple of cloves of garlic, one onion and a 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper to suit and a good handful of mixed herbs (parsley and chives would be ideal).

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Bake in a 200 degree celsius oven until golden and delicious. Give the veggies a turn over half way through cooking when they are starting to crisp.

Serve on a platter and enjoy!

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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.

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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Avocado and Chia seed slice.

How about this for a wild flavour combination! The creaminess and goodness of natural avocado with the highly nutritious and texture laden chia seeds. A raw and frozen, high healthy fat snack with a natural sugar kick of raw honey. So simple to make in the food processor and completely made of Whole Foods and completely gluten & dairy free. 

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A creamy and delicious snack

Ingredients:

2 cups nuts (activated almonds or similar)

1 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup coconut flakes or shredded coconut

1 large or 2 small avocados

3 tablespoons raw honey

1 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup chia seeds.

Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth and creamy.

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I processed a few of the ingredients and then added some more. This will depend on the power of your food processor.

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The coconut oil can be added as a liquid which will help it blend quicker.

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Place into a baking dish lined with paper and smooth out evenly with a spatula. Place in the freezer until firm.

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Remove from the baking dish by lifting the edges of the paper.

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Slice into pieces using a sharp knife.

Return the slice to the freezer and have as desired. The whole process is quick and having these snacks in the freezer is so handy.

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A food processor is a wonderful resource to have in a Paleo kitchen.

I hope you enjoy this raw treat. Eat it mindfully and share the recipe with a friend so that we can spread the wellness message.

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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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All healthy chocolate mousse.

Oh, what a decadent Paleo treat this is! Except it is made from all healthy ingredients and is gluten, dairy and processed sugar free. 

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Chocolate and cherries. A wonderful combination.

The mousse can also be used as part of a fancy dessert such as below where it is on top of a chocolate tart (see recipe in dessert section) and topped with a chocolate ball (see recipe section). The strawberries add so much colour to the dish and l topped it all with some finely sliced Loving Earth Organic Raw Chocolate.

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Strawberries and chocolate. What a combination!

In this picture l added the mousse to a berry pancake which was made using Buckwheat & Coconut flours, eggs, water, chia seeds and berries.

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Chocolate and berry pancake.

This mouse will last a few days and is better after it has set in the fridge and even better the next day, although a taste as soon as it is made is definitely advised as it is so delicious! 

The ingredients for the mousse are:

2 ripe avocados, peeled and stone removed

40g raw organic cacao powder (approximately 1 generous tablespoon)

2 tablespoons raw organic honey

85g medjool dates, pitted & soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, then drained (I usually can’t wait the 20 minutes and just give them a quick soak).

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 vanilla pod, split lengthways & seeds scraped (I often use organic vanilla essence-1/2 a teaspoon)

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. That’s it. Now taste test!

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Pure chocolate mousse!

I have called this chocolate mousse extreme because for me this is an extreme taste sensation and indulgence. Living with food intolerances, sensitivities and a limited diet is a daily challenge and a dish like this can brighten up my whole world.

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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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