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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.

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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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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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