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Colourful vegetable bake!

A delicious and hearty vegetable bake with layers of colour and flavour. Use your favourite root vegetables to create a meal or side dish that is both gluten and dairy free.

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Ingredients:

A range of root vegetables. I used potato, sweet potato and beetroot but also try parsnip, turnip or carrots as examples.

One large onion

One cup stock

Sea salt and black pepper

Other seasoning to suit your own tastes such as garlic, herbs or spices.

A baking dish. Glass or ceramic is ideal.

Method:

Slice all vegetables into thin slices. You can do this by hand or use a mandolin.

Peel the onion and finely slice.

Place the first layer of vegetables in the baking dish ie potato then sprinkle with some onion and seasoning. Continue with the layering using a different vegetable each time. When the final layer is complete add seasoning and add the stock to the dish.

Place in a 180 degrees celsius oven for 30 minutes with the dish covered with foil. Uncover and continue to bake until the top is a golden and crispy texture.

Use as a side dish or main. Enjoy!

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You can vary the size of this dish depending on the number of vegetables used and the size of the dish.

Roast Turkey with gluten free herb stuffing

The Christmas basics! A gorgeous turkey to share with the family. 

Once a year l go all out and make the most delicious turkey meal for the family. A special part of this celebration is a most gorgeous gluten free stuffing which everyone looks forward to. The leftovers are one of the highlights and an array of vegetable and salad dishes completes a most magnificent meal.

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The seasoning is bursting out of the turkey.

Buy the best quality turkey you can. I like to buy a free range or organic turkey and if frozen will need to defrost in the fridge for about four days. Wash it well before cooking including the cavity.

Seasoning:

One loaf of good quality gluten free bread.

A handful each of spring onion greens sliced, chopped walnuts, coconut flakes, herbs (parsley and mint).

The juice and zest of one lemon.

Pink rock salt and black pepper.

One generous tablespoon of coconut oil.

Filtered water (approximately 1/4 of a cup but use your judgement)

A handful of finely chopped nuts such as walnuts

One piece of celery finely chopped

Anything else you have which you think might add to the flavour.

Directions: Break up the bread into pieces and place into the food processor (chopping blade). Add all ingredients and process until looking well combined.

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Ready to go into the turkey

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You can also just break the bread up and mix it in a bowl if you don’t have a food processor.

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The turkey has been coated in olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and black pepper. I sit it on a rack with water underneath.

Spoon into the turkey cavity and pull the top of the turkey up to fit it all in.

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I use a baking dish with about 1 cm of water in the bottom. I then place the turkey on a wire rack and cover generously with foil. Place in a 180 degree celcius oven and it will cook the most evenly in a fan forced oven. Cook until golden and delicious which for me was about 5 hours for a 4.5 kg turkey. I like to remove the turkey once during cooking to baste and then remove when cooked and let sit fully covered for at least 30 minutes.

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Sensational

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I like to cook up lots of baked veggie dishes and salads and the best part is eating the leftovers the next day.

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Cold leftovers.

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This recipe uses a loaf of gluten free bread as the base for the stuffing. I rarely eat processed gluten free foods but this recipe benefits from having the bread as the base. You could make a Paleo bread but l am o.k having this as a once a year treat and the decision is entirely a personal one.

I hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas and New Year with those closest to you.

The BIG salad!

What is a big salad? Why does it have to be big? How do l make a big salad? Do l need a big bowl? What would l put in a big salad? Will l be able to eat it all?

So many questions to address before we even start. 

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Fresh and colourful

Eating a wholefoods based diet is supported by food planning. For me this requires the preparation of a BIG salad usually twice a week. This enables me to have a fresh salad on hand at all times. Eating raw foods is wonderful for your overall health, supports satiety and digestion.

I usually base my salads on a green such as spinach or cabbage (either red or green). From there l just add my favourite ingredients. Some times it is more green than others, and then when l use beetroot as one example there is a colour explosion.

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Red cabbage and beetroot add to the colour in this salad.

Fresh herbs from the garden can add a lovely element to the salad. I like to use flat leaf parsley and sometimes mint. Some of my favourite vegetables are daikon, celery, carrot, fennel and capsicum. Try to use seasonal vegetables and the freshest ones possible so the salad keeps well.

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Almost a coleslaw

I have a really big bowl that l use to mix my salads. As the volume goes down after a day or so l transfer it to a smaller bowl or container. Sometimes l drain off the extra liquid at this step. The salad can be served at any meal and is so handy to have in the fridge.

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These colourful salads are enticing to the taste buds.

I often add nuts and seeds to the salads. Usually l choose walnuts, flaked almonds, pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds. I dress the salad with a mix of cold pressed olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon/lime juice, sea salt and black pepper. I mix it in a small glass and blend it with a hand mixer before adding it to the salad.

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The chewing required to eat these salads starts the digestive process.

Mostly the salads keep really well. After a few days if l have some leftover and l want a new salad l use the remainder in an omelette. It is a very economical way to meal prep. I also mostly use my food processor to make the salads but if it is greens based l will sometimes cut and grate the vegetables the old fashioned way. I find the cabbage is sliced beautifully in the food processor and it is so quick.

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Enjoy your salad as part of a balanced meal.

Experiment with your salads. How big the salad is will depend on the size of your family. I encourage you to eat as much salad as you can as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Buy seasonal and organic vegetables where possible and spend some time thinking about the ingredients that will work well together. It can take time to get used to eating salads. Chewing is important and the dressing can really make a difference to the flavour.

Eat well, Live well and Be well. 

Chocolate Souffle

A soft rich chocolate delight! Dig your spoon into this gluten and dairy free treat and enjoy every mouthful. Quick and easy to make using all natural ingredients and a beautiful recipe for chocolate lovers.

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Soft and delicious!

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The flaked almonds are a nice touch

This recipe makes four individual serves in largish ramekins (greased with coconut oil).

Ingredients: 

4 free range eggs

1 tablespoon raw organic cacao

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup organic maple syrup (use rice malt syrup for less sweetness and fructose)

1/2 cup organic coconut oil (soft)

1 cup blanched almond meal

1/3 cup organic coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence

1/2 cup filtered water

Method:

Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix. If the coconut oil isn’t quite a liquid then gently melt on the stove in a saucepan. For an extra dose of chocolate you could add some chopped raw organic dark chocolate pieces at this step.

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The ramekins are greased with coconut oil. These are quite large and you could use ones that are half the size.

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Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the ramekins and sit them on a baking tray.

Place into the oven and bake at 180 degrees celcius until they have risen and are firmish to touch. If you want a souffle which is moist in the middle then remove from the oven when the middle is still moist.

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Straight out of the oven and ready to eat.

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Enjoy every mouthful!

Sometimes a dish like this can really brighten up your day. Straight out of the oven with its incredible aroma and things are already looking better. Let cool and wrap each one in foil. Place into the freezer. When you require one you can let it defrost or just place it straight into the oven. I like to eat it fresh out of the oven and still in the foil. Decadent!

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Nourishing soup

Soup is so warming and most commonly on the Winter menu, but l think it can be included all year round as a lighter meal option. Home made using your lovingly cooked stock or just filtered water as a base, it will provided flavour, nutrition and a calmness to your day as you slowly sip this comforting dish.

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A lovingly made lamb stock based soup. Add some protein with it to boost the caloric and nutritional content. This helps to make it more of a meal.

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I like to make my own stock. I use lamb, chicken or beef bones normally which are good quality. A stock is so easy to make but takes time. I save the bones from the family roast and place them in a pot with filtered water, left over veggies, a dash of apple cider vinegar, peppercorns, onion and bay leaf. I let it cook for a day then strain and it is ready to use.

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The favourite veggies l use to make soup are pumpkin, sweet potato, leek, onion, carrot, fennel and cabbage. It is entirely up to you what combination goes into the pot. A delicious soup can be made without a stock base but it won’t have the same depth of flavour or nutritional content.

I like to keep some soup in the fridge for lunches and then the rest goes into the freezer in small containers. I often take some over to my neighbour as it is lovely to share your cooking. I heat it up in a saucepan as l avoid the microwave oven. I eat it with a soup spoon from a mug or bowl. Often l place some in a thermos and take it on the road when l am out.

Soup is such a versatile option and can be a mini meal, snack or a hearty dish. It is an excellent way to use up leftover veggies and the bones from a roast. It is very economical and good for the budget.

How do you like your soup?

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My favourite soup mug.

My green smoothie creation!

My smoothie recipe! I have this green smoothie most days of the week. The ingredients are quite constant with a few variations now and then. It is really delicious, highly nutritious and very filling. Detox, up the greens in your diet and be kind to your digestive system.

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So green!

I have a basic list of ingredients which suits me. You will want to tweek the recipe to suits your tastes and likes. I make a whole blender full of smoothie which sometimes lasts just one day but mostly now l drink it over two days. Sometimes l drink the smoothie in the morning, especially in the warmer weather but often it replaces lunch. I keep it in great containers that are so convenient to take with me when l am out and about. I use a high speed blender which l love. It breaks up the ingredients and is large enough to make a big batch. I fill the blender so it is over flowing as the greens really break down.

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The Recipe:

1 tablespoon black chia seeds

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 teaspoon greens powder

1 cup coconut water

1/2 to 1 cup filtered water (depending on how thick you want the smoothie)

1/4 to 1/2 of a lemon or lime

1/2 cup frozen pineapple (strawberries, berries, banana etc)

2 large stalks of fresh celery

Lots of greens. Examples are half a small cos lettuce  and 2 cups of fresh spinach (try not to overload on the spinach or kale as examples due to oxalate content)

A small handful of fresh mint

Place all of the ingredients in the blender and mix well. I usually need to stop and use the pusher to fit it all in the blender.

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The blender is full and often over flowing.

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Buy a good quality greens powder

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Invest in some good containers.

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A smoothie on the go. Break down those barriers to eating well.

Adjust the recipe to suit your own needs. It may take time to drink a smoothie that is this green. You can add a bit more fruit when starting out. There is so much fibre and goodness in this drink. Over time you will grow to love this liquid gold and will adapt the recipe to suit your own needs and lifestyle.

I take liquid fish oil each day and add it to my smoothie. It can be a great place to add those supplements that may be otherwise difficult to take. Use the drink to your advantage and to make a meal out of it add some nuts to snack on, beef jerkey or piece of whole fruit such as an orange. Keep your diet natural and see the benefits.

Have you listened to the Wellness Buzz Podcast? 

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Chocolate Souffle

A soft rich chocolate delight! Dig your spoon into this gluten and dairy free treat and enjoy every mouthful. Quick and easy to make using all natural ingredients and a wonderful recipe for chocolate lovers.

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The flaked almonds are a nice touch

This recipe makes four individual serves in largish ramekins (greased with coconut oil) and more in smaller ones.

Ingredients: 

4 free range eggs

1 tablespoon raw organic cacao

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup organic maple syrup

1/2 cup organic coconut oil (soft)

1 cup blanched almond meal

1/3 cup organic coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence

1/2 cup filtered water

Flaked almonds for the top of the souffle

Method:

Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix. If the coconut oil isn’t quite a liquid use a beater to blend. For an extra dose of chocolate you could add some chopped raw organic dark chocolate pieces at this step.

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The ramekins are greased with coconut oil. These are quite large and you could use ones that are half the size.

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Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the ramekins and sit them on a baking tray.

Place into a pre-heated 180 degrees celsius oven and bake until they have risen and are firmish to touch. If you want a souffle which is moist in the middle then remove from the oven when the middle is still moist.

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Straight out of the oven and ready to eat.

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Every mouthful was delicious and the crunch of the almonds was extra special.

Sometimes a dish like this can really brighten up your day. Eat straight out of the oven and enjoy the incredible aroma. This recipe freezes very well and the souffles can be stored in the freezer in the ramekins wrapped in cling wrap or foil, or they can be removed from the ramekin and wrapped in foil.

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Stored in the freezer. Wrapped in foil and easy to reheat in the oven for a quick and delicious snack.

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