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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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Lettuce wraps with savoury mince.

An easy and quick meal option that is sure to become a family favourite. Free of gluten, preservatives, colours and flavours, this Paleo high healthy fat meal will definately satisfy.

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A colourful and healthy meal.

This mince can accommodate a range of vegetables so it can easily be a way to use up left overs that you have in the fridge. I used capsicum as it adds a nice colour to the mince, plus sweet potato and celeriac for their lovely flavours. The lettuce used is Cos Lettuce as it has a nice flavour and shape which is easy to wrap around the food. I added cold pressed oil, avocado and grated carrot when plating up and this could vary depending on your tastes. I like to add lots of healthy fats to my meals and this is best done after the meal is cooked so the fats are in their healthiest state.

Ingredients: Mince

1 kg grass fed beef mince

1 brown onion-diced

1/4 celeriac-diced

1 small sweet potato-diced

1/2 small green capsicum-diced

1/2 small red capsicum-diced

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 1/2 cups home made stock (I used chicken stock as that is what l had just made but beef would be good)

1 tablespoon organic tomato paste

A few splashes of Coconut Amino Sauce

Seasoning: Pink rock salt, black pepper, dried cumin and dried cinnamon to suit your tastes. You could also add some chilli (fresh or dried) if you like it spicy.

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I used a pan that has a lid and l find this helps the mince and veggies to cook through. It also helps to keep it moist. 

Method:

Place the coconut oil into a medium heated pan and brown the mince. Add the chopped onion, celeriac and sweet potato. Place the lid on and let it all cook through. Add the stock in small portions while the mince is cooking. It will be absorbed and this is when to add more. Add the spices, tomato paste, coconut aminos and capsicum and let the whole mixture cook on a low heat. The whole cooking process takes about 30 minutes and a small taste test at this point will ensure that it is cooked and that you have the flavours right.

Serve the mince on lettuce leaves and top with any accompaniments that you like such as cold pressed oils and raw vegetables. This mince is very nice eaten cold the next day as the flavours develop.

The mince you use is very important and if you can purchase grass fed beef this will be the healthiest option for you. I have found a local wholesale butcher and this is the meat that l purchased today, most of which will go into the freezer.

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Beef ribs, Black Angus sausages, Beef roast, Eye fillet, Porterhouse steaks and mince (All grass fed). 

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Chicken Stir fry with Choy Sum and Kohlrabi

A stir fry is such an easy meal to make and this one uses ingredients which are quick to cook and full of flavour while being free of unnatural preservatives and additives.

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A lovely combination of ingredients

I used coconut amino sauce for the first time in this dish and it has a lovely flavour. It is a healthy alternative to soy sauce and is made from coconut nectar with only 3.6 grams of carbohydrate per 5ml serve and l probably used half of that in the dish.

A very fragrant sauce. 

I used organic chicken fillets which l sliced into small pieces and set aside while l prepared the vegetables.

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I try to buy organic when l can, but also use free range products.

The main part of the dish is preparing the vegetables and you can just use what you have in the fridge. Stir fries are so flexible. I used the following:

2 organic chicken fillets diced

1/3 kohlrabi peeled and finely sliced

1 carrot finely sliced

3 spring onion green tops finely sliced

3 whole bunches of choy sum finely sliced with the ends removed.

1/2 cup bone broth or stock (I used turkey bone broth)

The Choy Sum is really delicious with celery like crunchy ends and then more bitter tasting leaves.

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Give the Choy Sum a good wash, chop the ends off and discard before slicing.

I also hadn’t used Kohlrabi before but as it is a member of the Brassica family of vegetables l thought it would go nicely in a stir fry.

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I eat a lot of swede and turnip and found this similar to prepare and cook with.
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The remaining kohlrabi can be stored in the fridge to use in another meal.

Method:

Pre-heat your wok on a medium heat. Add a suitable oil such as coconut oil, sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil and brown the chicken. Add the kohlrabi and carrot and stir frequently until they start to soften. Add in the green veggies plus a few splashes of the Coconut Amino sauce and stock. Mix gently and cook until the greens have softened.

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I put the wok on the table and served it from there.

Serve into bowls and add seasoning to suit. I used pink rock salt and black pepper. I also added one tablespoon of cold pressed oil to increase the healthy fats.

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A very lovely dish filled with natural flavours.

Beetroot noodles (Boodles)

Add colour and flavour to your meal with raw or cooked beetroot noodles. They are so easy to make and lots of fun, adding a crunch if raw and a delicious sweetness when cooked.

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Raw rosemary and beetroot noodles ready for the oven. They are coated in extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with pink rock salt and black pepper.

The noodle maker l have is a non-expensive plastic one l bought online but it is doing a fabulous job and l find beetroot works very well and l can make a pile of noodles very quickly. Firstly l peel the beetroot and then wash it, and I like to use large beetroots. I would normally use one whole beetroot if l am having them raw or two if cooking them as they soften and shrink during the cooking process. Eating them raw means you need less as they are quite crunchy and require extra chewing than the softened cooked ones.

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The noodle maker is very easy to use and is easy to put together and wash. This one cost me around $35 online and does the job well.

Using the raw noodles in a dish can provide a lovely centre piece to the dish as they are stiff and can be manipulated to provide shape and height. The other ingredients can be placed around the noodles or you could chop them into smaller pieces so they mix more uniformly into the salad.

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A colourful raw beetroot noodle salad where the noodles are the central focus of the dish.

When cooking the noodles l like to bake them in the oven until soft and then place under the griller.  Alternatively they can be lightly pan fried in a healthy oil such as coconut oil and spices which will give them a delicious flavour.

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A generous pile of baked rosemary and beetroot noodles with grass fed beef eye fillet, carrot ribbons and cold pressed oil.

The addition of rosemary to the noodles was divine and other herbs and spices could also be added to this versatile and delicious vegetable.

A noodle maker is a fun addition to your kitchen appliances and can be used to enhance the presentation of numerous vegetables such as swede, carrot and sweet potato. 

 

Chicken and vegetable cauliflower rice

A budget friendly, nutritious and easy to prepare meal. I used a whole cauliflower for this recipe and was amazed at the plentiful quantity it made. Cauliflower rice is a great alternative to real rice, and you will be amazed at how similar it looks and tastes. 

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Enough to feed the whole family.

Ensure that you use fresh ingredients. You can use your favourite vegetables but l used mostly greens in this one such as bok choy, celery, broccoli, spring onion tops and snow peas, plus some carrot and bean sprouts.

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A beautiful fresh cauliflower.

This is a dish that can be pre-prepared early in the day so that at dinner time it will take a very short time to cook. It is a matter of processing the cauliflower, washing and chopping all of the vegetables and dicing the chicken. This can all then be kept in separate bowls or containers in the fridge until required.

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Preparation is the key! One whole cauliflower, 2 free range chicken breasts and your favourite vegetables.

My favourite way to make cauliflower rice is to cut the fresh cauliflower into smallish pieces and then blend it in the food processor. This takes about 10 seconds to turn into cauliflower rice. You don’t want it in the food processor too long or it will be a pulp and wont cook nicely.

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Wash the raw cauliflower and cut it into pieces that will fit into the food processor.
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Process the cauliflower until it resembles rice and is an even consistency.

Steps:

I used a largish fry pan which l pre-heated on a low temperature and added some olive oil. You know the pan is too hot if the oil is smoking. High heats will damage the oil so go gently with the heat.

Add the diced chicken to the pan and lightly brown. Next add the cauliflower rice and let it cook for a few minutes, followed by the vegetables and any spices you are using. I just used pink rock salt and ground black pepper, but l have in the past added fresh garlic, ginger and lots of spices such as tumeric, cumin, paprika and cinnamon. You can also add some sauces such as a fish sauce or Tamari, but l have been having food intolerance reactions to a lot of spices at present so kept this dish plain. The cauliflower rice often changes colour depending on the spices or vegetables you use and can look so stunning.  Don’t over cook the vegetables or rice to retain the nutrients. I put mine on a nice large platter to serve and it looked wonderful.

You can take this to work the next day for lunch to have cold and use different meats, or just have it as a side dish. A very fresh and clean cauliflower is essential to the success of this dish and it is so light and healthy that it is a great meal to have at night when you don’t want to overload your digestive system.

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Coconut and cinnamon balls with Rainbow Superfood Blend

These tasty raw snacks have the most delicious sweet flavour and are packed with goodness. They are Paleo, gluten, dairy and processed sugar free and filled with nutritious ingredients. 

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Power packed snack.

These are the simplest balls to make and taste testing the mixture is part of the fun. You need a food processor to make these as there is quite a lot of blending required. The method is so simple with all ingredients placed into the food processor and blended until an even consistency.

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Just minutes to make with a food processor.

Ingredients:(everything organic if possible). This recipe makes approximately 12 balls. 

1 cup of raw activated nuts (l used almonds and brazil nuts)

3 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons coconut flakes

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 large medjool dates (seeds removed)

3 generous tablespoons coconut oil

1 level tablespoon of a superfood powder (I used Loving Earth Rainbow SuperFood blend)

Use a spoon to scoop a small amount of mixture out of the food processor and using your hands shape into a small ball. Cover in extra sesame seeds.

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Ready to be covered in sesame seeds.
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Looking good at this stage. A taste test here is highly appropriate.

Place the finished balls on a plate and place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.

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A delightful Paleo snack.

As this mix makes a small quantity of balls you could keep them in the fridge for a few days and eat as desired. Alternatively you can freeze them especially if you are doubling the recipe. You can experiment with different types of superfood powders such as spirulina or acai berry or add some raw cacao for a chocolate flavour.

The Loving Earth Rainbow SuperFood Blend is in a 150g jar and cost me $45 from the health food shop. The ingredients are raw organic macqui, raw organic acai, wildcrafted gubinge, raw organic camu camu, organic spirulina and organic wheatgrass. I like adding it to raw recipes as heating it too much can impact the nutrient content.

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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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All natural chilli dipping sauce

A tangy and sweet sauce that is versatile and can be used as a dipping sauce or as part of a main meal. The natural ingredients give it a lovely flavour and the sauce is quick to make and will last a few days in the fridge. 

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Not too spicy, refreshing, tangy and best of all made with nourishing ingredients.

This sauce is a breath of fresh air for people like myself living gluten free and who are sensitive to most things in a bottle or package. It is a recipe taken from the Gawler Foundation Cook Book ‘eat well: be well’ which is a book l have reviewed and can highly recommend, especially if you require a healing diet.

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Amazing ingredients!

Gather together the ingredients shown above:

3/4 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar which l keep in the fridge.

1/2 cup Raw organic Honey (any honey is fine but l like this one)

1/8 teaspoon dried chilli flakes or 1/ fresh chilli finely diced (I used the dried chilli and used the smallest amount which l cut finely with a knife. The amount added will vary for each person).

5cm piece fresh ginger (grated)

1 small red capsicum or 1/2 a largish one (Finely diced. I did this in the food processor)

1 spring onion finely chopped (I only use the green tops due to a food sensitivity)

Method:

In a small saucepan bring the honey and vinegar to the boil, then add the chilli and let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes.

Place the red capsicum in a bowl and squeeze the grated ginger so the juice falls on top of the capsicum. Give it a gentle mix.

The original recipe now says to pour the honey mixture over the capsicum mix and let it cool and then add the spring onion, but l did something different here. I let the honey mix cool first and then poured it over the capsicum as l wanted the capsicum to remain raw and then added the spring onion, so up to you as to which method you choose.

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Lunchtime healthy salad. I drizzled the chilli sauce over the salad. It was a taste sensation!

This is a very versatile sauce and really easy to make as long as you have the ingredients on hand. Adding flavour to a meal can be a challenge when you have food intolerances or sensitivities and this sauce definately adds some brightness and flavour to those of us living on a restricted diet.

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A lovely colour.

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Fritatta with chicken and greens

Eggs are a great way to start the day, and this fritatta adds green vegetables with chicken breast to create a wonderful, filling and nutritious breakfast. 

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A wonderful breakfast

If you are rushed for time in the morning you could prepare this dish the night before and cook it in the morning as a way to save time. This will serve up to 4 people or you can have it several days in a row.

Ingredients:

6 free range eggs

1/2 cup home made chicken stock

Pink rock salt and black pepper (season to taste)

1 large leaf of silverbeet and spinach (or whatever you have)

A handful of fresh flat leaf parsley

1/2 a cooked chicken breast

1 piece of spring onion green tops chopped finely

1 handful of activated pumpkin seeds

Coconut oil to grease the dish

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Grease your dish well with coconut oil, then add the eggs, chicken stock and seasoning.

Whisk together the egg and stock mix and then add the rest of the ingredients, with the pumpkin seeds going on the top of the whole dish.

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Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds over the top.

Bake in a 200 degree oven until golden. Remove from the oven and cut around the edges with a knife. Cut a piece and lift it out with an egg lifter. Serve with your favourite salad or just have it plain.

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I served the egg bake with avocado and tomato.

You can vary the dish by adding different vegetables and meats. The options are endless.

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This is another fritatta l made which is meat free but has the addition of tomatoes both for colour and flavour.

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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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Coconut and lime tart with a rustic base

This is a raw and frozen tart that is delicious and flavoursome. The smooth top layer blends well with the rustic coconutty base.

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Coconut and lime are a lovely combination

There are 2 stages to this tart which are making the base and the top layer. The process is very quick and it sets in the freezer in a couple of hours.

Ingredients and method:

Base:

1 cup of nuts (I used raw activated almonds-your choice). If you want a smoother less rustic base you could use blanched almond meal. I like the base crumbly.

1 cup organic shredded coconut

8 large organic medjool dates (seeds removed)

Place all of the base ingredients in the food processor and whiz until well combined and broken down.

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The base ingredients ready to be processed.

Have a pan greased and ready. I used one where the edge is serrated and the base comes out. Grease this well with coconut oil. Place the processed mixture into the pan and push down well with a spatula and then your fingers. It should be even and well compressed.

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Pouring the base mix into the greased pan.
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The base is nice and flat and will make a good base for the tart.

Carefully place the tart in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up. If you use the pan l did hold the base with your hand while you do this.

Top layer:

2 large avocados (skin and seed removed)

2 generous tablespoons of raw organic honey (gently melted)

Juice and zest of one lime

1/2 cup organic coconut oil (gently melted)

1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts

1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

Place all of the ingredients in the food processor and whiz until smooth.

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Taste test to check the flavour. It should have a nice zesty lime flavour.

Pour the lime mixture onto the frozen base and spread out evenly using a spatula.

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Spread the mixture right to the edges.

When it is even place the tart gently in the freezer for a couple of hours.

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Lift gently onto a flat surface in the freezer.

Use a clean sharp knife to carefully cut the tart. Lift it onto the plate using a cake server. Serve by itself, with some fresh fruit or a topping of raw organic dark chocolate finely sliced.

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A frozen treat that you can keep in the freezer to use as needed.

This is a really lovely recipe and could be kept well covered in the freezer to use as required.

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Creamy broccoli soup

A hearty soup with loads of personality!

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A delightfully flavoursome and creamy soup.

When l told my family we were having broccoli soup for dinner they did not look happy. There fears melted away when they took their first sip of this lovely filling soup. Healthy vegetables are combined with a nutritious stock to create a comforting and mild flavoured soup.

Ingredients:

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The vegetables are washed and chopped and are in the saucepan with macadamia oil, pink rock salt and black pepper.

2 long sticks of celery

1 head of broccoli

1 good sized brown onion

1 medium sized red sweet potato (white flesh)

pink rock salt and black pepper (season to taste)

2 generous cups of home made chicken stock (recipe on website)

Wash and chop all of the vegetables and place in a saucepan. Coat the vegetables with a small amount of your favourite oil (I used macadamia oil), and a small amount of seasoning depending on your tastes. Brown the veggies on low heat until just soft. At this stage add the chicken stock and let simmer for at least an hour.

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All the vegetables are breaking down

When the vegetables have softened and are breaking apart, take the pot off the stove and blend the mix with a hand mixer until smooth. Place back on the stove and let cook for another good 30 minutes then serve. If you don’t have a hand mixer you could let it cool and then place in a blender before placing back on the stove.

I roasted a chicken while the soup was cooking and served this with the soup. This added protein to the dish and made it a hearty meal. The addition of the snow pea sprouts was a lovely garnish, both for its refreshing flavour and bright green colour.

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A very creamy soup with a subtle flavour combination

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