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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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Beef Stir fry with Asparagus and Chickory

A hearty and nutritious gluten free stir fry dish. Lots of chopping to prepare the ingredients but worth the wait! Filled with greens, lots of flavour and sesame seeds adding a nice touch. 

Ingredients: Beef Preparation

Clean piece of grass fed beef (Chicken would be ideal as well)

Tamari sauce (dash)

Maple syrup (1 tablespoon)

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Tapioca Flour (1 heaped tablespoon)

Method:

Thinly slice the meat and place in a bowl with all ingredients to marinate. Add enough olive oil so it has a wet looking consistency. Mix well and leave in the fridge to marinate. An hour or so would be ideal.

Cooking the stir fry:

Ingredients needed are veggies, tamari sauce, olive oil, salt, pepper, sesame seeds, fresh ginger and garlic.

Use a hot wok to cook the stir fry. The vegetables that you add are infinite in variety but for this stir fry l used fresh chickory, asparagus, green capsicum, spring onion and carrot. I sliced all of the veggies and had them ready to add to the pan.

The starting point is to add the beef mix to a hot wok and gently brown the meat. When browned remove from the pan and place close by as you cook the veggies. Add all the veggies to the wok and continuously stir. When starting to soften add the browned meat, further tamari sauce, sea salt, black pepper, ginger and garlic to taste. I used one clove of garlic and a sliver of fresh ginger and it was perfect. Finish off with a generous addition of sesame seeds. Stir and serve. Delicious!

Fresh chickory. It has a consistency of celery and bok choy. It can be a guessing game for those eating the dish to work out this ingredient.

Tasty meatballs!

A delicious and versatile meatball recipe that can form the basis of many meal options. Have with veggies or salad, mash to top a healthy pizza base or use as a filling for an omelette. #cleaneat #fitfood #glutenfree #homecooking

Ingredients: Meatballs

1kg grass fed beef mince

Tamari sauce (approx one tablespoon)

Tomato paste (one tablespoon)

Flat leaf parsley (Half a cup finely chopped)

Free range or organic eggs (two)

Sea salt and black pepper (to taste)

Ingredients: Sauce

Pasata sauce (one large jar)

Fresh or powdered garlic

Sea salt and black pepper

Oregano or other herbs (fresh or dried)

Method:

Place the meatball ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls. If the mince isn’t really cold then you can place the meatballs back in the fridge for a while to firm up. Gently fry in a fry pan with olive oil. Just lightly brown.

Place the browned meatballs into a baking dish. Add the sauce ingredients and gently toss the meatballs through it.

Bake in a 200 degree oven covered in foil for around 20 minutes. Take the foil off and bake for a further ten minutes until the meatballs are browning, the sauce is sizzling and it is looking delicious.

Serve with your favourite veggies or salad.

 

Green tea with lemon and coconut oil

Start your day with a warming tea that is satisfying, calming, alkalising and filling. An all natural drink that will help support your wellbeing, kick start your metabolism for the day and support the detox systems within your body. Not such an unusual flavour combination once you taste it and the inclusion of the coconut oil helps you to feel energised for hours. A great way to care and nourish your body at the start of a busy day. 

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Simple and quick to make on a busy day.

Ingredients:

A good quality green tea of your choice

Filtered Water

A fresh lemon

One teaspoon Organic Coconut Oil

Your favourite Mug

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Simple and natural ingredients

Fill your mug with freshly boiled filtered water. Place the tea bag in and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and add the juice of a small lemon and the coconut oil.

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Adding the lemon using my favourite kitchen gadget.

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Just a small teaspoon of coconut oil.

Gently stir the coconut oil into the drink.

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The coconut oil will slowly melt.

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Stir the drink gently with a spoon until the oil has melted. Sip slowly and enjoy. Once the drink is 2/3’s gone fill the mug with more hot water and enjoy another cup that will still be fragrant but not quite as strong.

This is a really soothing and lovely drink that will sustain you for many hours so you can enjoy a late breakfast and focus on doing other things when the mornings are so busy. Drink this tea mindfully and think about the goodness that is going into your body and plan the day ahead of you.

Colourful vegetable bake!

A delicious and hearty vegetable bake with layers of colour and flavour. Use your favourite root vegetables to create a meal or side dish that is both gluten and dairy free.

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Ingredients:

A range of root vegetables. I used potato, sweet potato and beetroot but also try parsnip, turnip or carrots as examples.

One large onion

One cup stock

Sea salt and black pepper

Other seasoning to suit your own tastes such as garlic, herbs or spices.

A baking dish. Glass or ceramic is ideal.

Method:

Slice all vegetables into thin slices. You can do this by hand or use a mandolin.

Peel the onion and finely slice.

Place the first layer of vegetables in the baking dish ie potato then sprinkle with some onion and seasoning. Continue with the layering using a different vegetable each time. When the final layer is complete add seasoning and add the stock to the dish.

Place in a 180 degrees celsius oven for 30 minutes with the dish covered with foil. Uncover and continue to bake until the top is a golden and crispy texture.

Use as a side dish or main. Enjoy!

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You can vary the size of this dish depending on the number of vegetables used and the size of the dish.

Nourishing soup

Soup is so warming and most commonly on the Winter menu, but l think it can be included all year round as a lighter meal option. Home made using your lovingly cooked stock or just filtered water as a base, it will provided flavour, nutrition and a calmness to your day as you slowly sip this comforting dish.

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A lovingly made lamb stock based soup. Add some protein with it to boost the caloric and nutritional content. This helps to make it more of a meal.

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I like to make my own stock. I use lamb, chicken or beef bones normally which are good quality. A stock is so easy to make but takes time. I save the bones from the family roast and place them in a pot with filtered water, left over veggies, a dash of apple cider vinegar, peppercorns, onion and bay leaf. I let it cook for a day then strain and it is ready to use.

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The favourite veggies l use to make soup are pumpkin, sweet potato, leek, onion, carrot, fennel and cabbage. It is entirely up to you what combination goes into the pot. A delicious soup can be made without a stock base but it won’t have the same depth of flavour or nutritional content.

I like to keep some soup in the fridge for lunches and then the rest goes into the freezer in small containers. I often take some over to my neighbour as it is lovely to share your cooking. I heat it up in a saucepan as l avoid the microwave oven. I eat it with a soup spoon from a mug or bowl. Often l place some in a thermos and take it on the road when l am out.

Soup is such a versatile option and can be a mini meal, snack or a hearty dish. It is an excellent way to use up leftover veggies and the bones from a roast. It is very economical and good for the budget.

How do you like your soup?

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My favourite soup mug.

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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