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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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Vegetable Spaghetti lasagna

An incredible combination of flavours work together to create a sumptuous healthy dish that is sure to become a family favourite. Vegetable spaghetti slices are used in this recipe which is free of grains (gluten), dairy and nightshades. The filling combines grass fed beef, vegetables and bone broth and the topping has a gorgeous coconut flavour.

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A touch of rocket adds colour and texture.

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Purchase a vegetable spaghetti. Just one is needed to make a large lasagna.

The vegetable spaghetti is extremely versatile and it is often baked then used as a vegetable noodle but it can also be used in cooking just like a sweet potato or pumpkin which this recipe demonstrates. It slices very easily with a serrated or clean edge knife and provides a great base for flavoursome ingredients as it doesn’t have a strong flavour itself.

Start with fresh ingredients:

One whole vegetable spaghetti (if unavailable substitute with pumpkin or sweet potato)

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

1 large onion (any variety-chopped)

2 cups of beef bone broth (ideally home made)

8 brussel sprouts (chopped)

1 handful of fresh flat leaf parsley (chopped)

Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Extra Virgin Olive oil to fry the beef mince

Pumpkin seeds for the top layer

Topping: (use your judgement here and add more or less depending on how you like it).

1 tablespoon coconut flour

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Method:

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Peel the vegetable spaghetti

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Thinly slice the vegetable and remove the seeds with a spoon.Keep aside while preparing the filling.

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Brown the mince and onion in a large saucepan with the olive oil. When nicely browned using just a medium to low heat add the chopped brussel sprouts, parsley and seasoning. Finally add the stock and let simmer for about 15 minutes.

Using a largish rectangular baking dish start layering the lasagna. The first layer is the meat filling.

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Next add a layer of vegetable spaghetti and repeat this three times.

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The final layer of meat mixture.

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Ensure the top layer looks nice with the vegetable spaghetti rings overlapping. Drizzle some olive oil on top and sprinkle a few pumpkin seeds across the layer.

Bake in a 180 degree celcius oven until you can see the juices bubbling and the top layer is starting to brown. At this point remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle on the flour and shredded coconut. Add small blobs of coconut oil over the top which will melt and create a gorgeous flavour.

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When you have added the extra ingredients to the top layer return the dish to the oven for about ten more minutes.

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Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes before serving.

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This is a very economical dish that will last several nights if you are feeding a few people. It can be frozen into individual serves and can be plated up with a nice salad or colourful vegetables.

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Served here with a colourful salad.

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