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Rustic seed bread

A crunchy and crumbly gluten and dairy free bread for those times when nothing else will do. Eat it straight out of the oven or keep it in the freezer and lightly grill for a quick meal.

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A great dipping bread.

This recipes uses whole sunflower and pumpkin seeds which gives a rustic appearance and texture but if you want a more refined loaf you could process these slightly before mixing. The pepitas are extra crunchy and the small pile left on the chopping board after cutting could be saved to pour on top of a salad for some extra crunch.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Coconut flour

3/4 cup Buckwheat flour

1 cup Almond meal

1/2 cup LSA

1  generous cup of seeds – a mix of whatever you like but l recommend organic sesame seeds, poppy seeds, activated sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

1/4 cup black chia seeds

3 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

4 free range eggs

A generous 1/4 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

Filtered water-approximately 1 cup (you could use almond or oat milk if you can have those)

Method:

Find a suitable baking dish. I have tried this with a small square cake tin or a rectangular loaf tin. Either one is fine. Grease and line the base. Mix all of the dry ingredients together except the chia seeds. Mix together in a separate bowl the eggs, warm coconut oil, 1 cup of water and chia seeds. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix and add extra water as required. The mix should look moist but not wet.

Put the dough into the baking dish and push down so that the top looks nice and even. Place in a pre-heated 180 degree oven for about one hour or until nice and golden.

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Let it cool for a few minutes in the baking dish

Turn out onto a cooling rack and when cool cut into slices with a serrated knife.

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When you cut the loaf collect the crumbs that fall through the board.

It will hold together better if the slices are thicker (approximately 1.5cm). The crunchy end bits are the best.

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Really crunchy and delicious

The middle bits can be grilled when required to give them some extra crunchiness. You can do this straight from the freezer and then top the bread with your favourite toppings such as avocado and tomato.

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Served here with avocado, tomato, spinach and a veggie burger.

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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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Lunch box bars

These are delicious lunch box bars that are raw, frozen and highly nutritious. With the help of a food processor these are so quick to make with just a few simple and natural ingredients. This recipe can also be made without a food processor but the mix may not hold together as well and be more like a trail mix. 2015-07-02 12.08.18

 Into the food processor (chopping blade) place: 

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup coconut flakes

1 cup chia seeds

1/4 teaspoon sea salt.

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Nicely broken down

Other ingredients:

1 cup organic coconut oil

1/2 cup raw organic honey

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Place your coconut oil in the saucepan. If it is hot weather the oil will already be either soft or a liquid so you won’t need to do this step.
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Gently melt the coconut oil
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Add the oil to the dry ingredients and then add the honey. Mix well. You may need to gently warm the honey but don’t melt on a high heat as this will damage the nutrients. I often just place the jar under warm running water.
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This pan is a good shape and size.

Place the mix into a rectangular baking tray and even out with the back of a spoon. You can line it with baking paper or if you are using a metal tray like this one can just tap the bottom to remove it when frozen. Ensure it is pressed very firmly. I like to cut the mix into bars at this point but you can also do it later when the slab comes out of the freezer. If you do it now then when frozen the pieces just snap apart, whereas later you will slice the slab with a knife.

Place into the freezer for about an hour and then either snap the pieces apart of slice. Return to the freezer and eat as desired. So delicious.

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I cut this batch after they were frozen. Slightly messy but you get to eat the crumbs.
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Nicely cut into bars

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Raw organic blueberry and coconut tart

This is the most delightful raw tart with an extraordinary colour from the organic blueberries. Completely gluten, dairy and processed sugar free and so simple to make with the aid of your trusty food processor. Keep it in the freezer for those unexpected guests or just to have a slice as the need arises. 

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You need a baking tin with a base that is separate to the edging for this tart so that you can take off the edges, cut the tart and leave it on the base to store. Grease well with coconut oil. I use one with a decorative edge so it gives the tart a nice look.

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Organic blueberries are a must and worth the extra expense. This is one product where buying organic makes sense due to possible contamination.

Base:

In the food processor (chopping blade) place 1 cut of raw activated almonds (or similar), 1 cup of shredded coconut and 8 medjool dates (seeds removed). Process well then place into the greased dish and press down firmly with the back of a spoon.

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A firm base is required.

Filling:

Into the food processor (chopping blade) place:

1 ripe avocado (large)

1 cup of organic blueberries (organic is a must due to possible contamination)

1 cup of raw activated cashews

2 teaspoons of raw honey (More nutrients than regular honey and a lower GI)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 medjool dates (seeds removed)

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Ready to be mixed.
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Process well and watch the colour develop. Mix until smooth.
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Pile it on top of the base and smooth out evenly with a spatula. Place in the freezer to set for a few hours.
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Slice it into pieces and keep in a container so you can quickly grab a piece or keep the whole tart in the freezer for those emergency situations. Decorate with your favourite berries and coconut flakes.

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Rustic Sunflower Seed Pizza

Sunflower seeds make a tasty, firm and filling base for this gluten and dairy free pizza. Enjoy a classic favourite with a twist which is a nice sometimes choice to brighten up your meal options when you are eating a restricted diet. 

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A hearty meal.

Ingredients:

2 cups of raw activated sunflower seeds

2 free range eggs

1/2 cup of coconut flour

1/4 teaspoon sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

Herbs (add your favourite herbs for an extra tasty base).

Method:

Place all ingredients in the food processor (chopping blade) and process until the sunflower seeds are broken down to resemble an almond meal type consistency (rustic look).

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The processed mixture

This mix will make three pizzas. The base is very filling and quite dry so it needs a generous layer of moist toppings. Divide the mix into three and roll each pile into a ball.

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Use a rolling pin and your hands to gently roll the mix out. Make the edges neat with the back of a spoon. Ensure the base is well compressed.
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Pre-bake the base in a 180 degree celsius oven until the edges are turning golden. Let cool.
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Place your toppings on the base. I used a lovely spicy mince that was cooked, a large beaten egg and fresh rosemary. You can add more toppings than this as the base can hold them well.
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The cooked pizza.
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Top with rocket and enjoy.

This pizza was very nice cold the next day. It is extremely filling so you don’t need a huge serve. I would add a moist salad to it as well that has a dressing plus avocado as an example.

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Paleo Burger

Forget the bun and dive into a delicious whole food Burger lovingly prepared and served up by you! Embrace eating real food and let your creativity flow as you assemble one of these healthy delights. Your family and friends will be amazed when they are served a tasty, colourful and completely satisfying meal that is so easy to prepare and can be adjusted to suit your own individual tastes and preferences.

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The burger forms the centre piece of the meal and is accompanied by a selection of raw ingredients.

Choosing your meat is the key decision and l advise to buy the best quality that you can. I like to use organic, grass fed or free-range options with beef, lamb and chicken my favourite. I usually use mince and add herbs from the garden, egg, coconut flour, onion, stock, grated vegetables, seasoning etc. Alternatively you can use a whole piece of meat such as a breast fillet that is spiced with seasoning such as cinnamon and cumin. If l make up the mince burgers l form the patties and refrigerate for an hour as this helps them to hold together. You can bake the burgers in the oven covered with foil or cook in your fry pan. I generally cover them either way as their is quite a lot of fat splattering about and it can get messy to clean up.

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Fried red onion with a double beef burger and a runny egg to add a sauce.
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A single beef burger on a bed of roasted beetroot and brussel sprout chips and some nicely fried red onion on the top.

I think a burger is a year round dish as the accompanying vegetables can be altered to include more raw or cooked ones depending on what is in season.

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This burger sits on a bed of colourful salad.
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Red capsicum, yellow mini tomatoes and avocado provide a colourful surround for this burger.
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Sitting on a bed of colourful coleslaw, salad and avocado.

This is an economical, quick and delicious family meal. Eat a rainbow today and enjoy the health benefits of having a whole foods based diet.

Raw Peppermint and Chia Seed Slice.

This is the most amazing raw Paleo treat and my first adventure into the world of peppermint. Imagine the combination of a chunky base, a smooth creamy peppermint flavoured middle and a rich layer of chocolate on top. The combination is decadent yet completely gluten and dairy free. 

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Completely delicious and made from all natural ingredients

A food processor is required for this recipe and if you are super organised you will have soaked you cashews for a few hours in cool water. If not, don’t worry as it just makes the middle section creamier. There are three layers so start at the bottom and just work your way up.

First of all find a suitable pan or baking dish. It can’t be too large or the bottom layer will be very thin. Be guided by how much of the bottom mix you had. I used a smallish square tin and it was perfect. The middle layer is quite high so if you want a smaller middle layer just halve the recipe. Line the tin with baking paper so there is a generous amount above the tin and this is important as when you pour the chocolate layer on top it is very liquid and needs to be held in place.

Bottom Layer

Place into the food processor:

1 cup of raw activated almonds (or similar)

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 tablespoons coconut oil (l didn’t melt mine but you could gently do this).

8 medjool dates deseeded.

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Ready to be processed
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Pulse until an even texture is achieved

Place this mix into your pan and press down firmly with the back of a spoon. Make sure the layer is even.

Middle Layer

Into the food processor add:

1 tablespoon black chia seeds

250g raw cashews (soaked or not. It will still work out either way)

1 good sized avocado (skin and seed removed)

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup rice malt syrup

1 1/2 ml peppermint oil for a medium flavour or 2 ml for a strong flavour.

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Just real ingredients. I didn’t melt my coconut oil but you could.
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Use peppermint oil made for cooking and not essential oil. This is very important. 
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Mix well until creamy!

Place on top of the bottom layer and spread out evenly.

Top Layer

Into the food processor place:

2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup

2 tablespoons of raw cacao

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

Pinch of sea salt

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Give it a quick mix. Its a bit messy.
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Pour onto the top of the other layers. This is where having enough baking paper is important.

Place into the freezer for several hours. Overnight is best as it is quite thick.

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Getting it out of the tin was a challenge so using a tin with a bit of give worked well as l could move the edges a bit to loosen. I think a ceramic dish would work better though.
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Slice into small pieces and serve some and freeze the rest. It makes an enormous number of portions and great to keep in the freezer as a go to snack. 
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Imagine serving this to your friends or family. They will think you are so clever.

The three layers work together so well and eating a treat that is made of all natural and whole foods is such a joy.

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Crispy Rosemary and Poppy Seed Crackers

A versatile cracker that is deliciously crispy with a wonderful after taste. Top them with your favourite ingredients such as avocado or tomato. They are gluten, dairy and sugar free with so many uses from a snack to a whole meal depending on the topping. Try having them as a side to your main meal to add some crunch or with a hot bowl of soup. They are easy to make and can be kept for a few days in a container or frozen.

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Crunchy, tasty and soon to be your favourite cracker.

Ingredients:

1 cup of blanched almond meal (try to use blanched only as it is softer).

1 dessert spoon of extra virgin olive oil

4 dessert spoons of cool filtered water

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (pink rock salt or celtic sea salt are good)

3 teaspoons of activated sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary pieces.

2 teaspoons of poppy seeds

Method: 

Place all ingredients in the food processor using the chopping blade. Process until mixed well but not super smooth.

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The mixture should be moist and able to be formed into a ball.
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Place the mixture on a piece of baking paper and gently flatten.
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Place another piece of baking paper on the top and gently flatten with a rolling pin.
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Roll out until thin enough that the mix can still be picked up and not fall apart. About 3 mm but use your judgement.
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Cut off the rough edges using a pizza cutter and then slice into rectangles.
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Gently pick each piece up and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Roll the scraps up and repeat the process until all have been used. The final piece is hard to get perfect so l used this as my taste test when it was cooked.

Bake in a pre-heated oven. I cooked my crackers at 170 degrees in a fan forced oven but as each oven varies you will need to experiment. Lower is better than a higher temperature as you don’t want them to burn or dry out too much. Bake until just golden, remove from the oven and let cool on the tray.

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A really tasty and versatile cracker. After you have made one batch and tested your oven etc l would double the recipe next time as they will be eaten very quickly.
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Served here with a night shade free guacamole and some twists from the same recipe.

 

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Raw seed and nut bars!

A delicious raw and frozen snack bar that will add some sweetness to your day! This is a raw version of one of my most popular recipes ‘Sensational Seed and nut bars’ which are baked in the oven and have a crispier texture. This raw version is equally delicious but has the added benefit of not being baked which preserves the nutrients in ingredients such as raw honey. 

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So simple to make and delicious.

Having healthy snacks on hand is vital if you are going to avoid making poor food choices. Being on a restricted diet is hard enough without feeling hungry or as though you are missing out. These bars are healthy, sweet, paleo, gluten, dairy and processed sugar free. They are filled with natural goodness and can be kept in an air tight container in the freezer. All of the ingredients l use are organic and the nuts and larger seeds are activated which means l have soaked them in filtered water and sea salt for a day, rinsed them well and then dehydrated. This process helps to remove the anti-nutrients and support good digestion.

Ingredients:

1 cup activated organic sunflower seeds

1 cup activated organic pumpkin seeds

1 cup organic sesame seeds

1 cup black chia seeds

1 cup activated mixed nuts (e.g almond, walnut, and brazil)

A generous 1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

8 Medjool Dates seeded and chopped (roughly chop just to make it easier for the food processor)

A good 1/2 cup raw organic honey (use organic or regular honey if that is what you have)

1 cup of organic coconut oil

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These ingredients add a delicious flavour to the bars.

Place all ingredients into the food processor and mix until well combined. If your food processor isn’t very strong pulse the nuts and dates first to break them up a bit before adding the other ingredients.

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Place all ingredients into the food processor and pulse.
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All ingredients are broken down and well mixed.

Line a glass baking dish with baking paper and pour the mix in. Now is a good time to have a taste test. The mix should be sweet and delicious. Use a spatula to flatten the mix and make sure it is quite even across the whole dish.

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Place the slice in the freezer for several hours to set.
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Remove the slice carefully from the dish by holding the edges of the baking paper.
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Carefully slice the bars length ways with a sharp knife.
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Cut the bars into the size that you would like them and place in a tub in the freezer.
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A delicious and nutritious snack.

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Vegetable Spaghetti Pizza!

Vegetable spaghetti is a versatile, flavoursome and low carbohydrate food and in this recipe it is used as the main ingredient in the base of this delightful pizza. Gluten and dairy free, Paleo friendly, colourful and tasty. A meal to satisfy those who have been missing this traditional favourite.

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Paleo friendly and delicious.

If you are avoiding nightshades then leave the tomato paste off and use olive oil as the topping, leave off the capsicum and drizzle an egg over the top.

Ingredients: Base

1 whole baked Vegetable Spaghetti

1 cup of raw activated pumpkin seeds

1/2 red onion

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons coconut flour

Pink rock salt and black pepper

Method: Base

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Cut the vegetable spaghetti lengthways in half using a serrated knife.
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Clean out the seeds and pulp with a spoon.
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Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pink rock salt and black pepper.
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Bake in a 180 Degree Celsius oven until golden and soft.
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Scrape out the vegetable spaghetti with a fork.
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Place in a sieve and squeeze the excess moisture out.
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Place all of the base ingredients in the food processor with the vegetable spaghetti.
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The mixture now looks like a dough.
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Place a generous piece of baking paper over the pizza tray and carefully and evenly flatten out the mixture.
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Bake the base in a 180 Degree Celsius oven for 10 minutes.
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Cover the base with your favourite ingredients. Keep it simple so the weight of the ingredients doesn’t overwhelm the base.
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Colourful and delicious. A family favourite and no-one will guess what the base is made from.

When the pizza is cooked remove from the oven and slice using a pizza slicer. It will smell delicious. Serve on its own or with your favourite meat. You will be able to carefully pick this pizza up with your hand but l would eat it with a knife and fork.

Enjoy this delicious version of a gluten and dairy free pizza made with all natural ingredients.

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Beef bone broth

Famous for its nutritional qualities, especially for enhancing gut health, this broth is thick and murky which is just how you want it to be.

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The hard part is over once you are at this stage. Now what to do with it!

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Nourishing Traditions with grass fed beef bones.

There are lots of ways to make bone broth but this is how l made it.The first thing you need to do is to buy some grass fed beef bones and the ones l purchased were very white and clean with the brightest flesh l have seen. Finding a butcher who stocks these is a challenge and it requires visiting the shop or local supplier and questioning them as to the source of the meat. I found a local butcher and a certain amount of trust is required as he assured me all of his meat was from grass fed animals.

Ingredients:

  • 2 kilograms of grass fed soup bones
  • Cold filtered water. Just enough to cover the bones in the pot.
  • ¼ cup of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 onions chopped in half
  • 3 carrots coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks coarsely chopped
  • Black peppercorns
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The best apple cider vinegar. Avoid the ones in the local supermarket.

Method:

Place all of the bones with meaty bits in a roasting pan and brown in the oven at 180 degrees until well browned for 60 minutes.

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Ready to be roasted
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Roasted and ready to go into the pot.

Meanwhile if you have any non-meaty bones place them into a large stockpot and add the cold water, vinegar, vegetables and peppercorns. Let that sit while the other bones are browning. My bones were all meaty so l didn’t need to do this step. Add your browned bones to the pot and deglaze the roasting pan with hot water. Pour this greasy mix and any leftover meat or bones into the pot. Add more water if you need to so that the bones are covered.

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A murky looking liquid.

Bring the pot to boil and remove the foam from the top of the pot. Reduce the heat, cover and let the pot simmer for a good 24 to 48 hours. The longer it cooks, the richer the flavour. A warning here that the smell through the house was so incredible in the night that l had trouble sleeping.

Once the cooking time is up let the stock cool in the pot. When cool pour the broth into a large bowl through a strainer so the liquid is separated from the bones and vegetables. Don’t taste it at this point as it doesn’t taste good. Place the broth in the fridge and let it cool completely until you can see a white layer of fat on top. Use an egg flipper or large spoon to lift this off and then strain again into a clean bowl.

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Looking quite awful. Remove the top layer of fat and strain.

A sign of a good broth is that it will be quite thick and jelly like.

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Ready to be used or frozen.

The broth is now ready to be used on its own or in your favourite dishes. Transfer the broth to mason jars or any sealed container. The broth can keep in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for 6 months.

The original bones can be re-used and this will produce a clearer broth. To do this follow the recipe again except for the roasting part.

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The original bones can be re-used.

Reflection: I went into making this broth with the best of intentions. Not having a gallbladder l have struggled to incorporate red meat into my diet. I can see that this broth is remarkable, and l will use it in the dishes l make for the rest of my family. There is something about the beef fat that just doesn’t agree with me at this point and l will stick to chicken broth for the time being.

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Beetroot, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup.

This soup has a wonderful balance of flavours with the most important element  being a beautiful home-made chicken stock. It is such a delightful colour and looks so much like tomato soup but has a very distinctive flavour of beetroot with a lovely sweetness. 

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A thick and delicious soup with a surprising flavour.

Ingredients:

Check the recipe-soup section of the website for the chicken stock recipe.

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1 litre of home-made chicken stock, 2 small beetroot or 1 1/2 large, 1 medium sweet potato, 1 large brown onion, 1/2 teaspoon pink rock salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
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Just a small amount of pumpkin to thicken up the soup.

Method:

Prepare the vegetables by washing, peeling and chopping.

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Add all ingredients except the stock, into a medium-sized saucepan with some olive oil.
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Cook until the vegetables are starting to soften and stir the ingredients every few minutes.

Add the stock and put the lid on and let simmer for about 60 minutes.

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When the vegetables are soft take off the stove and blend with a hand blender.
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Blend well so that there are no lumps. Place back on the stove on a gentle simmer for approximately another 30 minutes. Check the seasoning and adjust as required.

This is a very thick and filling soup. It has the most delicious sweet flavour and the colour is enticing. The main tips for this soup are to brown the vegetables before you put the stock in, use a very good quality home-made stock and use fresh vegetables.

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