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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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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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Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

This traditional family favourite has been given a colour overhaul and is packed with nutrition and flavour. It is a very easy dish to make and there will be plenty left for the next day.

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A family favourite given a colourful transformation!

Ingredients and Method: Mince 

Begin with 1kg of the best grass fed beef mince available.

Place this in a pot with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and start to brown on a low heat. Add one diced brown onion, 2 tablespoons of organic tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of coconut flour and your spices. You can make this dish as spicy or mild as you like depending on who is eating it. I added in pink rock salt, black pepper, ground ginger, turmeric, lots of cumin, cinnamon and a pinch of paprika. Give it a good mix and when nicely blended and browned add in 2 cups of home-made bone broth or stock plus a few dashes of coconut amino sauce. Place the lid on and let this simmer for several hours. When it is done place the meat sauce in to a large baking dish and even out with a spatula.

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The meat sauce could be eaten on its own.

If you are prepping this for later on in the day leave the mix to cool a bit while you prepare the topping. Otherwise you can cook the vegetables while the meat sauce is cooking and eat it as soon as the vegetables are cooked.

Ingredients and Method: Topping

The traditional white potato topping makes way for a colourful sweet potato mix. You could use just orange sweet potato but l chose the orange and white varieties. The number of sweet potato required will depend upon the size of your dish but l used three medium ones. Peel and wash the sweet potato, then chop into large pieces and place in a steamer. The white sweet potato are so surprising in that they turn a lovely purple shade when cooked with both varieties having a similar flavour but the orange one containing more beta-carotene than the white.

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Soft all the way through

Carefully place each piece of sweet potato onto the pie using tongues and lightly crush by gently squeezing the tongues. Ensure an even coverage over the pie. Sprinkle raw activated pumpkin seeds generously over the top and place the whole dish in the oven for a few minutes to crisp them up. Serve and enjoy.

If you are preparing this meal to eat later in the day then store it covered in the fridge until just before meal time. Cover it with foil and heat in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees) until warm all the way through and the gorgeous aroma is moving through your home.

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A hearty meal made from real food.

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All natural beef curry

A delicious and healthy grass fed beef casserole with a spicy sweetness using all natural ingredients. Gluten & dairy free, Paleo friendly and a family favourite. Serve it along side your favourite vegetables or on a bed of cauliflower rice or baked sweet potato noodles.

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Served with coconut vegetable spaghetti and red cabbage cauliflower.

Ingredients:

1kg or approximately 6 pieces of gravy beef/oyster blade steak diced

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The centrepiece of this dish is quality grass fed beef.

2 small onions or 1 large diced

1 tablespoon organic tomato paste

2 tablespoons coconut flour

1 generous tablespoon coconut oil

Spices: You can use a curry powder if you can tolerate the ingredients but l used ½ a teaspoon each of dried ginger, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and a pinch of paprika.

Pink sea salt and black pepper

½ cup shredded coconut

2 cups stock (homemade if possible)

Squeeze of lemon or lime juice. (A whole small one if possible).

1 medium sized ripe banana diced

1 granny smith apple with the skin removed-diced.

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This is the natural sweetness in the dish.

Method:

Place all ingredients into the pot except the stock, fruit and citrus juice. Cook on a medium heat and stir frequently for several minutes to let the meat brown and the flavours develop.

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Let this cook on a low heat for several minutes to let the flavours develop.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir.

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Now let this simmer for at least six hours, longer if possible and enjoy the aroma.

Simmer for at least six hours or even all day on a low heat or use the slow cooker by browning the ingredients first and then placing them into the slow cooker with the stock, fruit and citrus juice.

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A rich and beautiful colour. 

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Served here with baked sweet potato noodles, red cabbage coleslaw and steamed cauliflower.

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Making your own mince meat

Making your own mince meat takes just a short time and with the aid of a good food processor is a simple process, plus you will know that it is fresh and preservative free. I have demonstrated how to make beef mince here but you could follow the procedure with any kind of boneless meat.

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It is easy, healthy, economical and a good decision for you and your family.

Firstly, purchase a good quality piece of grass fed beef which you will need to buy from a local butcher or Farmer’s Market as examples.

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This piece was quite large so l decided to roast half and mince the other half.

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Dice the beef so it can be minced in the food processor.

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Place the diced beef into the food processor using the chopping blade. If you have a large amount, mince it in small batches.

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Process until the beef looks like mince. It is now ready to use in your favourite dish.

If you have too much mince you can easily freeze this to use at a later date.

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Paleo grass fed beef ribs

Falling off the bone with a delectable stickiness and sweet flavour. These ribs are all natural, healthy and a family favourite.

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Sticky, tasty and nutritious!

The main ingredient is the grass fed beef ribs. It is important to use the best meat possible and this will involve searching your area for a butcher who sells locally grown grass fed meat.

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Wash your ribs in filtered water in preparation for cooking.

Make a marinade using a tablespoon each of coconut oil, coconut sugar and honey. Place in a saucepan and heat gently on the stove.

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Melt the marinade ingredients gently on the stove.

Place the ribs in a bowl and mix the marinade through so they are all coated.

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Coated and ready for baking

Place the ribs into a baking tray. Season with pink rock salt and black pepper.

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I used a metal tray and didn’t use baking paper.

Cover with aluminium foil and bake in a pre-heated 180 degree celsius oven for approximately 2 hours.

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There will be a lovely aroma in your home as these ribs cook.

Serve the ribs with your favourite vegetables or salad.

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Ribs with roasted swede, sweet potato, carrot and beetroot.

The longer you cook these ribs the more tender and tasty they become. The marinade is a feature and the cooking time allows for a wonderful stickiness to develop using all natural ingredients.

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Sweet beef curry: Paleo, gluten and dairy free

Grass fed beef, bone broth and natural ingredients contribute to a wonderfully nutritious meal.

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All natural and amazingly sweet.

Unable to eat red meat at present due to my digestive issues, l still cook it for my children and they ate this with the biggest smiles on their faces.

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Grass fed gravy beef. It can be hard to find grass fed beef but it is worth shopping around, questioning the butcher and paying a bit extra.

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Home made grass fed beef bone broth. Rich in nutrition and supporting digestive health.

Ingredients:

1 kg grass fed gravy beef or similar

800 ml beef bone broth (recipe in soup section)

1 tablespoon organic tomato paste

1 tablespoon coconut flour (or another non gluten flour)

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

1 onion diced

pink rock salt and ground black pepper (approximately 1/2 teaspoon each)

1 fresh banana diced

1 green apple peeled and diced

Curry Powder to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Method:

Gently melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add the diced beef and lightly brown. Add the flour, curry powder, onion and tomato paste and cook for one minute. Add the stock, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil then let simmer for several hours with the lid on.

This beef curry is naturally sweet and has a delicious coconut flavour. Serve it with steamed or roasted vegetables for a delicious and healthy meal.

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