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Paleo Cottage pie

A comforting, tasty and highly nutritious Paleo dinner. Use the best quality ingredients to cook up a family favourite and add lots of colour by serving it with delicious baked vegetables and salad.

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Served here with roasted brussel sprouts and a gorgeous salad.

Step 1 is to make up a batch of caramelized beef and vegetable mince.You will have plenty left over to use with other meals, so it is very economical. This is a basic recipe and you can use different vegetables and whatever you have on hand. The cabbage is very important as it gives the dish a lovely flavour.

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The mince is cooked and this is the leftover that will go into the freezer for other meals.

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Place a generous layer of mince in a baking dish. I like a ceramic dish and there is no need to oil it or line with baking paper.

Topping:

Ingredients and method:

2 medium sized red skinned sweet potato (washed and peeled)

1 medium sized beetroot (washed and peeled)

1 generous handful of chives gently sliced.

Pink rock salt and black pepper to season.

Dice the veggies and gently steam until soft. Place in a bowl and add a sprinkle of pink rock salt and black pepper. Add the chives and stir through.

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You can use red or orange sweet potato for the topping. You can trick the family into thinking this is regular potato.

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Place the mash on top of the dish and spread out evenly. It is ready to serve.

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A big salad and roasted brussel sprouts go brilliantly with this dish. Enough for a large family or a few nights. Leftovers for lunch or freeze it in batches.

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Orange and Poppy Seed Cake

A lovely moist cake which uses whole oranges to give a beautiful flavour and texture. Low in added sugar with the use of Stevia and a small amount of Rice Malt Syrup and the natural sweetness of fresh oranges. A gorgeous cake for a celebration and very easy to make.

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A moist and lovely cake-gluten free/dairy free

This recipe can be used to make cupcakes or one whole cake. To make this cake all of the wet ingredients plus a few extras are mixed together and the dry ones in a separate bowl.

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The wet ingredients plus the poppy seeds

Ingredients:

Place these ingredients into one bowl and mix together.

2 whole Navel oranges chopped and blended-skin left on (Navel oranges are so sweet. Just chop them into smallish pieces and place into the blender until a smooth consistency).

3/4 cup filtered water

4 free range eggs

1/2 cup Stevia granules or the equivalent (There are lots on the market. If you use a very concentrated one then add less water to compensate as this recipe is based on adding half a cup of dry ingredient to the mix)

1/2 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

1/3 cup poppy seeds (more or less depending on your preference)

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence

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Alternatively place all of the above ingredients in the blender and process. Quick and simple.

In another bowl mix:

2 cups almond meal

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda (Bob’s Red Mill)

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix gently. If making a cake pour the mixture into a greased and lined cake tin. Bake in a 180 degree celsius oven until firm to touch. If making cupcakes place spoonfuls into patty pans as below and keep an eye on them in the oven as the cake will take quite a lot longer to cook than the cup cakes.

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Ready for the oven!

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I added flaked almonds onto the top of this cake for a nice texture.

Let the cake cool in the tin for a few minutes and then place on a cake cooling rack.

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Look at those golden flaked almonds.

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A cute cupcake display. Add some orange pieces to compliment the cupcakes.

 

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Drizzle the cake with fresh orange juice and freshly sliced Navel orange.

This is a delightful cake with a lovely flavour. Stevia can have a bitter after taste and can take some getting used to. The deal breaker is a lower sugar content for the unusual after taste and this is something that you either like or you don’t. As a now and again treat l don’t mind the Stevia and in this cake the orange flavour dominates and it is a wonderful treat for those of us living on restricted diets.

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Rustic seed bread

A crunchy and crumbly gluten and dairy free bread for those times when nothing else will do. Eat it straight out of the oven or keep it in the freezer and lightly grill for a quick meal.

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A great dipping bread.

This recipes uses whole sunflower and pumpkin seeds which gives a rustic appearance and texture but if you want a more refined loaf you could process these slightly before mixing. The pepitas are extra crunchy and the small pile left on the chopping board after cutting could be saved to pour on top of a salad for some extra crunch.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Coconut flour

3/4 cup Buckwheat flour

1 cup Almond meal

1/2 cup LSA

1  generous cup of seeds – a mix of whatever you like but l recommend organic sesame seeds, poppy seeds, activated sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

1/4 cup black chia seeds

3 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

4 free range eggs

A generous 1/4 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

Filtered water-approximately 1 cup (you could use almond or oat milk if you can have those)

Method:

Find a suitable baking dish. I have tried this with a small square cake tin or a rectangular loaf tin. Either one is fine. Grease and line the base. Mix all of the dry ingredients together except the chia seeds. Mix together in a separate bowl the eggs, warm coconut oil, 1 cup of water and chia seeds. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix and add extra water as required. The mix should look moist but not wet.

Put the dough into the baking dish and push down so that the top looks nice and even. Place in a pre-heated 180 degree oven for about one hour or until nice and golden.

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Let it cool for a few minutes in the baking dish

Turn out onto a cooling rack and when cool cut into slices with a serrated knife.

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When you cut the loaf collect the crumbs that fall through the board.

It will hold together better if the slices are thicker (approximately 1.5cm). The crunchy end bits are the best.

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Really crunchy and delicious

The middle bits can be grilled when required to give them some extra crunchiness. You can do this straight from the freezer and then top the bread with your favourite toppings such as avocado and tomato.

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Served here with avocado, tomato, spinach and a veggie burger.

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Rustic Sunflower Seed Pizza

Sunflower seeds make a tasty, firm and filling base for this gluten and dairy free pizza. Enjoy a classic favourite with a twist which is a nice sometimes choice to brighten up your meal options when you are eating a restricted diet. 

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A hearty meal.

Ingredients:

2 cups of raw activated sunflower seeds

2 free range eggs

1/2 cup of coconut flour

1/4 teaspoon sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

Herbs (add your favourite herbs for an extra tasty base).

Method:

Place all ingredients in the food processor (chopping blade) and process until the sunflower seeds are broken down to resemble an almond meal type consistency (rustic look).

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The processed mixture

This mix will make three pizzas. The base is very filling and quite dry so it needs a generous layer of moist toppings. Divide the mix into three and roll each pile into a ball.

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Use a rolling pin and your hands to gently roll the mix out. Make the edges neat with the back of a spoon. Ensure the base is well compressed.

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Pre-bake the base in a 180 degree celsius oven until the edges are turning golden. Let cool.

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Place your toppings on the base. I used a lovely spicy mince that was cooked, a large beaten egg and fresh rosemary. You can add more toppings than this as the base can hold them well.

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The cooked pizza.

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Top with rocket and enjoy.

This pizza was very nice cold the next day. It is extremely filling so you don’t need a huge serve. I would add a moist salad to it as well that has a dressing plus avocado as an example.

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Beetroot, Cauliflower and Fennel soup

This soup is a delightful combination of colour and flavours with each of the main ingredients influencing the dish. The beetroot provides the most magnificent colour, the fennel a strong flavour and the cauliflower an interesting texture. 

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So lovely with fresh parsley.  This is the colour of the soup on the second day. A bit more pink than red.

Ingredients:

2 large beetroots peeled and diced

1/2 fennel washed and sliced

1 whole cauliflower washed and diced

2 sticks celery washed and sliced

1 brown onion diced

2 tablespoons Macadamia oil

3 cups home made chicken stock (see soup section for recipe)

Add all ingredients excluding the chicken stock into a saucepan and cook on a low heat until they soften. You should stir the mixture every now and again during this stage.

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All the vegetables are prepared. Drizzle with oil and cook on a low heat until they start to soften.

Once the vegetables are soft add the chicken stock and let simmer for at least an hour with the lid on.

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Ready to be pureed

Puree the mixture using a hand mixer and when it has a smooth consistency, place back on the stove and let cook for at least 30 more minutes on a gentle heat. Taste now to see if the soup needs more seasoning.

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Use the hand blender to create a smooth consistency

When the soup is cooked serve it on its own or with your favourite herbs or meat.You can freeze the left over soup or have it the next day for lunch or dinner.

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Served with baked salmon. Just after cooking the soup was very reddish but went a bit pinker on the second day.

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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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Orange and poppy seed cake with whole oranges (gluten and dairyfree)

I am reposting the recipe for this delightful cake as l have had so much wonderful feedback. This is a lovely moist cake which uses whole oranges to give it a beautiful flavour and texture. I don’t normally cook with stevia but l had some in the cupboard and thought it would add a nice sweetness to the cake and used it in conjunction with Rice Malt Syrup which worked well.

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A moist and lovely cake-gluten free/dairy free

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes and 1 whole cake so it could be halved if desired. To make this cake all of the wet ingredients plus a few extras are placed in one bowl and the dry ones in another.

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The wet ingredients plus the poppy seeds

Ingredients:

Place these ingredients into one bowl and mix together.

2 whole Navel oranges chopped and blended-skin left on (Navel oranges are so sweet. Just chop them into smallish pieces and place into the blender until a smooth consistency).

3/4 cup filtered water

4 free range eggs

1/2 cup stevia granules

1/2 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

1/3 cup poppy seeds (more or less depending on your preference)

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence

In another bowl mix:

2 cups almond meal

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda (Bob’s Red Mill)

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently. If making cupcakes place spoonfuls into patty pans as below.

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Ready for the oven!

If making a cake pour half the mix into a greased and lined cake tin. Bake both in a 180 degree celsius oven until firm to touch. The cake will take quite a lot longer than the cup cakes.

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A cute cupcake display. Add some orange pieces to compliment the cupcakes.

Let the cake cool in the tin for a few minutes and then place on a cake cooling rack. I drizzled the cake with some fresh orange juice and topped with sliced orange. I admit to having a cupcake and a piece of cake and my preference is for the cake as the extra juice and orange slice really added to the flavour.

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Drizzle the cake with fresh orange juice and freshly sliced Navel orange.

This is a delightful cake and the flavour turned out really delicious and it is a wonderful treat for those of us living on restricted diets.

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