Monthly Archives: May 2015

Paleo Lasagne Stack

You know what I love about lasagne? It’s deliciousness. You know what I hate about it? The time. Seriously. Like a bazillion hours. Not. Even. Exaggerating. Ain’t nobody got time for that, certainly not me and I dare say not you either. So, here’s a solution for you because I’m bloody helpful like that and it’ll only take you a skerrick of the time. On a side note, I have never written skerrick down before, the spelling doesn’t look right, the word actually looks super weird in print, I had to google it to make sure it was right. Apparently it is. So there you go. Use ‘skerrick’ in a sentence today. See how helpful I am, saved you time on your lasagne & turned this recipe into an English lesson. Just off to rescue some kittens from trees & my job as a superhero will be done for the day. Thank me later. 

1 pack of Young Farmers Steakettes (you could use other beef patties but these ones are just perfect because they are super thin & delicious. These are a pack of 8)

Roasted sliced veggies- I used capsicum, zucchini & pumpkin. Use whatever floats your boat. 

1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped 

2 tbs butter/ghee/ coconut oil

Good pinch of salt & pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder 

1 cup coconut cream 

2 eggs

Optional- 2 tbs nutritional yeast (it gives it that ‘cheesy’ flavour). You could also add a bit of grated parmesan if that’s your thing too. 

Bechemal Sauce 

Ok, so add the cauliflower, salt, pepper, coconut cream, butter, onion & garlic powder to a saucepan & bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is soft then remove from heat. Transfer this to a food processor or blender (or use a stick blender if you like). Start to blend, once smooth add the eggs, one at a time while the processor is still going (about med speed), then add the nutritional yeast and process until smooth. Set aside. 

Preheat your over to 200C. Cook the Steakettes in a hot frypan just to seal each side. On a baking tray layer the Steakettes with the roasted veggies with bechemal sauce between the layers. Once you have stacked it as high as you’re game, pop them in the oven for about 10-15mins. Now eat. 

Winter Warmers Recipe Round-Up

So, Queensland Autumn finally got the memo & it’s starting to feel like Winter might be on its way soon too. Though, it is Brisbane and there is every chance that it might be back to 30 degrees C tomorrow and we’ll be whipping the bikini back out…. Well others may, I certainly won’t. Grace & I are in a ‘bulking’ phase…. Interesting that autocorrect tried to change ‘bulking’ to ‘bulging’, it’s like it can see me! How rude. On another note, or possibly related to the ‘bulging’, does anyone else crave ice cream in the cool weather? I am just obsessed with making my Hardcore Choc Ice Cream at the moment! 

Anyhow, as the weather cools and the time for salads & BBQ’s passes, I felt the need to word you up on some of my fav Winter Warmer recipes because I’m nice like that, aaaaannnddd I haven’t cooked anything worth sharing so I thought I’d best give you something. Here’s a friggen massive hit list for you, should keep you warmer well through Winter and give me time to get cooking in my new kitchen in a months time! Can. Not. Wait. New house, great kitchen, windows that close & cupboards….. It’s the small luxuries that really spin my tyres. These recipes should spin your tyres. 

Lazy Stuffed Cabbage Rolls by The Domestic Man

Paleo Shepherds Pie by The Paleo Newbie

Italian Sausage Ragu by Colorful Eats Nutrition

Pork Shoulder Ramen by Plaid And Paleo

One Pot Turmeric Chicken by Everyday Maven

Slow Cooker African Cashew Stew by Grok Grub

Paleo Pulled Pork by Hollywood Homestead

Creamy Chicken Soup by How We Flourish

5 Meat Paleo Beanless Chilli by The Paleo Fix

Red Pepper & Squash Soup by Pure & Simple Nourishment

Wintery Oxtail Glazed with Red Wine, Orange & Rosemary by And Here We Are

Paleo Zuppa Toscana Soup by Paleo Schmaleo

Paleo Chicken Pot Pie by Merit & Fork

Zucchini & Pulled Pork Pho by Real Food With Dana

Healthy Homemade Hot Chocolate by Living Healthy With Chocolate

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Chilli by Real Food RN

Roasted Cauliflower & Bacon Soup by Cavegirl Cuisine

Slow Cooker Beef Shanks by Delicious Obsessions

Orange & Lime Balls & The Real Food Revolution

So I’ve got more balls for you because who doesn’t love a ball or two. BUT FIRST, there is something else we need to talk about! The Real Food Revolution! Not only is it a ‘thing’ but it’s an actual ‘THING’. An event, a 3 day, chocca-block thing that you can come along to & fill your brain & your body with real food goodness & education! 

There is so much misinformation out there, processed foods line the shelves and we just seem to be getting sicker. The question is, what can I do about it? It’s time to start with REAL FOOD.
 
The Real Food Revolution is exactly what it sounds like. A Real, Food, Revolution! It is an Australian wide event designed to create a shift in the way we look at food. Over 3 days you will learn how to transform your body, your kitchen and your mindset around healthier eating.
 
The workshops will cover everything from Raw Food, to Juicing, to Paleo, to Intuitive Eating, Blending, Processed Foods, Food as Medicine and Holistic Health.

Do you love REAL Food, Juicing, Blending and Soaking Up New Health Information like a Sponge?  It’s time to Join Us at The Real Food Revolution! Grab $50 off with 3 day tickets to the revolution with the code therealfoodrevolution. 
 
I am a partner for The Real Food Revolution events this year and can’t wait to get along to the Gold Coast event! 
 
Perth: 12-14 June – Perth Town Hall
 
Gold Coast: 26-28 June – Crowne Plaza, Surfers Paradise
 
Sydney: 10-12 July – Kirribilli Club
 
Canberra: 31 July – 2 August – Rydges Capital Hill
 
Melbourne: 14-16 August – Ibis Melbourne
 
Adelaide: 11-13 September – The Payneham Library
 
Hobart: 28-30 August – Wrest Point
 
Cairns: 02-04 October – The Pullman Hotel
 
For more information about the event, speakers, venues, dates and to book your tickets please visit The Real Food Revolution.

Now, onto the balls! This is an awesome lunchbox snack for big kids or little kids as it can be made nut-free. If you don’t want to use rolled oats you can use quinoa flakes or almond meal. You can experiment with different oil combos too. I think lemon & ginger oil would be a cracker too. When using essential oils make sure they are food grade & 100% pure. I use and recommend the DoTerra brand. You don’t want to be ingesting crappy oils laced with other crappy additives because that would just be crap. Got it. 

250g gluten free rolled oats

3 tbs coconut oil

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

1 cup nut butter (or sunflower seed/coconut butter for a nut-free version) 

1 tsp cinnamon

5 drops orange oil

3-4 drops lime oil

1-2 tbs honey (depending on your sweet preference or maple syrup for vegan option)

2 tbs chia seeds

Blend everything together and then pop it in the fridge (I left mine in the food processor) for 20-30 mins to allow the chia seeds to absorb some moisture & let the coconut oil start to solidify.  Once you take it out of the fridge, if the mix still looks a bit wet, add an extra tbs of chia seeds. Reblend again to combine, roll into balls & store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for a few months.  If you are too lazy to roll balls you can just press it into a tray & make it as a slice or bars. Now go book your Real Food Revolution tickets before it’s too late!!

Oil Me Up

If you hadn’t yet realised, I am a little bit CRUNCHY, not in the ‘live in a commune & wear hemp pants’ kinda way….. Though we have been spending our Sunday’s hanging at the Northey St Organic Market and the shoeless, hemp-pant-wearers do look mighty comfortable. I’m kinda more crunchy hippy in the ‘make my own non-toxic cleaning products’ & ‘look for natural alternatives’ kinda way. Never fear, I still shave my armpits & wear deodorant, albeit the natural kind, and absolutely believe in the amazing assistance modern medicine has to offer in combination with natural solutions. Each has their place in my life.

I was recently introduced to the awesome powers of doTerra ESSENTIAL OILS and have been going mad with them.

* In my cooking (um peppermint or orange oil in anything CHOCOLATE!)

* Using them to flavour my Kombucha (ginger & lime is ah-mazing)

* Making my own cleaning products

* Skincare

* Sleep aid & calming

*Diffusing them for their therapeutic benifits.

I have been using things like Easy Air for congestion, hayfever & snotty noses (think Vicks but super concentrated and without the petrochemical byproducts), OnGuard for immune support if anyone is feeling under the weather, DigestZen for crook guts (this was my indigestion savior in my last trimester of pregnancy!), Deep Blue for muscle aches & pains, & Lavender Peace for diffusing in our room & Grace’s to assist in sleep & calming.

There is also a friggen awesome website you can go to & plug in your ailment & it gives you ‘oily’ suggested protocols! I found it a great option to try & naturally relieve things like your headache or period pain before reaching for the drugs. You can check it out HERE. Obviously it’s not meant for medical diagnosis or treatment blahdy blah blah. Don’t be a fool.

Anyway, here’s my video on how to make your own baby wipes but these can be used as make-up remover wipes, bench wipes or hand wipes. MUCH cheaper than anything I could find in the health food shop & nothing but natural ingredients.

I’ll be doing more videos soon on homemade cleaning products to help you detox your home & save on all those chemical laden cleaning products. This is my video on how I make my own bench spray & bathroom cleaner because bleach…. Awful $hit.

If you want to get your mits on the doTERRA oils I use & recommend you can pop over HERE and find out how to get started detoxing your life & home and find out all the amazing ways that essential oils might be able to make a difference in your life too.