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Market fresh baked tuna

Fresh tuna gently pan fried and baked in the oven. A light meat that can be teamed with a salad or vegetables with the key to the flavour and texture being in the cooking. It is  different to the canned tuna and has a flavour quite similar to chicken. Most of my family don’t normally eat fish but they do love this home cooked tuna that is bought fresh from the local wholesale markets. 

Ensure you purchase a lovely fresh piece of tuna. This piece will serve 3 or 4 people depending on serving size. I like to serving size small and fill the rest of the plate with baked vegetables and fresh salad.

Place your washed tuna into a hot pan that has a drizzle of olive oil in it. Sprinkle the top of the tuna with sea salt and black pepper. Let the tuna sizzle for just a couple of minutes and then turn over and cook the second side for the same amount of time.

Now place the tuna into an oven dish and cook uncovered in a 180 degree celsius oven for 10 to 15 minutes. It will depend on the oven you have and once you have cooked the tuna for the first time you will know how long to cook it for. Remove the tuna from the oven and place on a lovely serving plate or board. Slice the tuna gently as in the picture above and let it sit for 5 minutes as it just finishes cooking. It should be quite pink in the middle when it is removed from the oven and then when it is rested and ready to be served it will just have a small amount of pink in the centre.

I hope you enjoy this lovely dish. We have it only about once a month and it is a real treat for everyone.

This is a lovely fresh coleslaw that you could serve with the tuna.

These are examples of delicious vegetable dishes that would go nicely with the freshly cooked tuna.

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.

Silverbeet, daikon and sweet potato bake

A flavoursome and nutritious dish that can be a meal on its own or a side dish. A gluten and dairy free vegetarian option using seasonal vegetables to support your wellbeing. This recipe uses healthy silverbeet, daikon which is a member of the radish family and the very delicious sweet potato. The dish is baked in the oven where the sweet potato becomes crunchy and sweet with the softness of the other ingredients underneath and everything held together by the egg and stock mixture.

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Served here with schnitzel and salad.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of fresh silverbeet sliced

1 large daikon grated

2 medium sweet potato diced

1 onion diced

6 eggs beaten

1 cup of home made stock

Pink Rock Salt and Black Pepper

Olive oil

Method:

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Place the sliced silverbeet and onion into a greased baking dish

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Grate the daikon and pile on top of the greens

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Add the diced sweet potato on top of the other ingredients. I left the skin on the sweet potato for extra texture.

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Mix together the eggs, stock and seasoning. Pour over the vegetables.

Drizzle some olive oil over the top of the sweet potato and bake in a 180 degree celcius oven until cooked through and the sweet potato is golden and crunchy. Eat while hot and store the left overs in the fridge for several days and heat in the oven as required.

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Served here with salad and spicy lamb back strap

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It is really delicious and versatile. Have you had a listen to my Wellness Podcast? Tune in at http://www.thewellnessbuzzpodcast.com

A melody of vegetables

A colourful array of delicious organic vegetables combined to create a wonderful side dish for you to enjoy. Use your imagination when cooking up a baked vegetable dish and be rewarded with flavour, texture and whole food goodness.

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Look at the colour in this dish!

Buying organic veggies is taking my creativity in the kitchen to a whole new level. I am loving eating the seasonal organic veggies l am buying and admit that some of them l wouldn’t normally have bought but now am loving the variety it is bringing to my diet. The cost of the veggies places a new importance on using all of them and being thrifty is inspiring me to try new combinations with the reward being an ever expanding menu.

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So much variety and colour.

The ingredients in this dish are carrot, broccoli, leek, beetroot, daikon, asparagus and beet greens seasoned with olive oil, pink rock salt and black pepper. I baked the dish uncovered in a 180 degree celcius oven and turned them a few times.

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Steaming hot and just out of the oven

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Served here with a lovely salad, baked sweet potato and a caramelized beef and veggie mince. There are so many veggies in this meal.

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Just reheat the veggies in a saucepan. An enormous piece of steamed cauliflower went well with the meal.

Use your imagination and use up the veggies you have. Roasting the veggies brings out a sweetness in them that l love.

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Orange and Poppy Seed Cake

A lovely moist cake which uses whole oranges to give a beautiful flavour and texture. Low in added sugar with the use of Stevia and a small amount of Rice Malt Syrup and the natural sweetness of fresh oranges. A gorgeous cake for a celebration and very easy to make.

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A moist and lovely cake-gluten free/dairy free

This recipe can be used to make cupcakes or one whole cake. To make this cake all of the wet ingredients plus a few extras are mixed together and the dry ones in a separate bowl.

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The wet ingredients plus the poppy seeds

Ingredients:

Place these ingredients into one bowl and mix together.

2 whole Navel oranges chopped and blended-skin left on (Navel oranges are so sweet. Just chop them into smallish pieces and place into the blender until a smooth consistency).

3/4 cup filtered water

4 free range eggs

1/2 cup Stevia granules or the equivalent (There are lots on the market. If you use a very concentrated one then add less water to compensate as this recipe is based on adding half a cup of dry ingredient to the mix)

1/2 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

1/3 cup poppy seeds (more or less depending on your preference)

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence

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Alternatively place all of the above ingredients in the blender and process. Quick and simple.

In another bowl mix:

2 cups almond meal

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda (Bob’s Red Mill)

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix gently. If making a cake pour the mixture into a greased and lined cake tin. Bake in a 180 degree celsius oven until firm to touch. If making cupcakes place spoonfuls into patty pans as below and keep an eye on them in the oven as the cake will take quite a lot longer to cook than the cup cakes.

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Ready for the oven!

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I added flaked almonds onto the top of this cake for a nice texture.

Let the cake cool in the tin for a few minutes and then place on a cake cooling rack.

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Look at those golden flaked almonds.

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A cute cupcake display. Add some orange pieces to compliment the cupcakes.

 

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Drizzle the cake with fresh orange juice and freshly sliced Navel orange.

This is a delightful cake with a lovely flavour. Stevia can have a bitter after taste and can take some getting used to. The deal breaker is a lower sugar content for the unusual after taste and this is something that you either like or you don’t. As a now and again treat l don’t mind the Stevia and in this cake the orange flavour dominates and it is a wonderful treat for those of us living on restricted diets.

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Sweet Potato Rosti

A Sweet and delicious meal option that can be served hot or cold. Make them the feature of the meal, a side dish or a snack. Easy to make and a meat free, tasty and versatile Rosti that is gluten, dairy and sugar free.

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Served here with a pan fried egg and a colourful salad.

Ingredients:

Two medium sized orange sweet potato coursely grated

6 free range or organic eggs (700g)

Pink rock salt/Celtic Sea sat and Ground Black pepper to taste

One small onion (any variety or spring onions)-diced

A handful of fresh flat leaf parsley (add other herbs if you have them)-chopped

1 generous tablespoon Coconut Flour

Method:

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Mix all ingredients in a bowl

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Place spoonfuls into a medium heated pan using a healthy oil (olive oil or coconut oil) and gently fry.

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Gently turn over and fry the second side.

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The Rosti hold together well and can be picked up without falling apart.

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Chunky Beetroot and Kale puree

Roasted beetroot and kale are combined to create a magnificent dish which will add colour and flavour to your meals. There is a delicious sweetness provided by the beetroot and a powerful selection of ingredients to add nutrition to your meals.

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What a stunning colour! Pick a beetroot that is hard and firm. This is a sign of freshness.

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This is curly kale but you can use Tuscan kale as well.

The most important aspect of any dish is fresh ingredients. This dish requires fresh kale (any variety), a large whole beetroot, 1/4 cup home made stock, 1/2 a red onion, pink rock salt and black pepper (to taste).

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A really good looking beetroot.

Chop the ends off the beetroot and peel or wash well. Chop into smallish pieces and roast with some olive oil until soft.

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Kale needs to be organic if possible and washed very well as it is mentioned on the Environmental Working group’s 2015 list of vegetables high in pesticide contamination. I can understand why it is sprayed as the cabbage moths are very damaging to the crops, but it is better to have kale with a few holes in it than to be looking perfect.

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Soaking in filtered water and vinegar. Rinse well.

Place the roasted beetroot in the food processor when just out of the oven and then the rest of the ingredients as the heat will steam them. Process until not quite a puree. Chunky is good. Serve asap with your meal.

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With lettuce wraps and spicy beef strips.

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An alternative version of the lettuce wraps meal but this time with added pan fried brussel sprouts.

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So simple but a side dish that can be used over several days. It re-heats well in a saucepan and is a colour sensation which will excite your taste buds.

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