Breakfast

Corned Beef Fritters (paleo. gf. df)

I used to HATE corned beef as a kid. Detest it. I don’t even know why. I don’t think I have actually ever eaten it in my adult life until a few weeks ago when I tried it at a cafe as a brekkie wrap and it was awesome! So obviously now I’m obsessed and I went straight to the butcher and bought one. I’ve got be honest, I didn’t love how it initially turned out as the way they had brined it was WAAAAAYYYY too salty for my liking (and I love salt) so I’m going to get my mits on some silverside from Young Farmers and brine my own and just see how that pans out for me. Anyway, the point is, I wasn’t digging it but I HATE wasting food and I remember my mum used to make corned beef fritters so, that’s what happened. Fritters. The small human loved them. Smashed them both hot and cold. They make a cracking snack, brekkie or dinner option and they freeze like absolute champions. Obviously you can sub in other veggies if you want. This is what I had in the fridge.

1/2 red onion, diced
2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup grated zucchini
1 cup grated sweet potato
2 cups diced corned beef
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups almond meal
Salt & pepper
Optional- 1/2-1 tsp turmeric
Coconut oil/ghee/ butter for cooking

Makes 12-15 fritters

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl. Heat a large frying pan over low-med heat, add about 1/2 tbs of cooking fat. Form the batter into fritters, don’t worry if they don’t look like they are going to hold together, they will as they cook. Pop the fritters in the pan, cook on one side then flip, after flipping use the back of your spatula to press them down a little flatter. Cook on other side until browned.

 

The Truth About Acai Bowls

Acai bowls are the latest health food fad doing the rounds. They are popping up in every cafe & health food shop and you can even make them yourself at home (which I absolutely recommend so you can jam some extra nutrition in).  Touted by many as the perfect healthy meal they come in a massive variety of flavours and colours but let me let you in on a secret….. That ain’t no perfect brekkie.

OK, before a war breaks out let me firstly say, I like acai bowls. They are delicious. It’s like having ice cream for breakfast and who wouldn’t love to do that…. It’s got about the same amount of sugar as having ice cream for breakfast too. Yep, on average an acai bowl will have about 40g of sugar and up to about 75g depending on your toppings.  The same size bowl of full fat vanilla ice cream has about 39g of sugar. At least the ice cream has a good dose of fat in there too to at least help slow that insulin spike a little. Yes, the acai is natural sugar from fruit but as far as your body and your insulin response are concerned, it’s still sugar and if your body doesn’t need it, it’s likely going straight to your ar$e, or thighs, or stomach or wherever else your body thinks it would like to store it for the next famine you encounter. That’s basically an entire days recommended sugar intake in one bowl.

So what’s my point? My point is, don’t get caught up in the hype and the very clever marketing. If you give zero flying ducks (*side note; why does auto-correct think I want to write ‘ducks’? Seriously, how often do I refer to ducks to make it think that is a legitimate swap?) about your sugar intake, you are not trying to minimise your body fat, you don’t mind feeling hungry again an hour later, and you have $16 to drop on a bowl of sugar every morning, go your hardest, I’m not talking to you. If you do care about the above points I’d suggest that acai bowls are a sometimes food, a treat for your weekend brekkie out or a refuel after you have smashed out a gruelling workout, enjoy it for sure but don’t kid yourself into thinking it’s health food.

A few things I want to point out, not all acai is made equal. Homemade is absolutely the best because you can whack in a heap of great things to add way more nutrition. My tips would be cinnamon to help curb the insulin spike, collagen powder or protein powder to add some protein and help with skin, hair, joints etc, frozen zucchini or spinach to add some greens, use some coconut cream instead of coconut water to get some healthy fats in there- this will help keep you fuller for longer and assist with blood sugar regulation.

Different brands of acai also contain different things, it’s a good idea to ask. My pick is the Amazonia Pure . Some contain soy lethicin, some contain added sugar or syrups to make it more ‘scoopable’, some contain colours and additives to mask the fact that is has oxidised and gone brown instead of being the deep purple of a non-oxidised acai. So that’s it from me, eat your acai, or don’t, I have zero ducks to give, it’s your body to nourish how you see fit.

 

 

A Day On Our Plate (paleo. primal. clean eating)

Righto team, you asked for it and you asked nicely so here it is. It’s likely as boring and lack-lustre as you imagined but just in case you were not 100% convinced, I present to you a day on our plate. This is the rundown on what Baby G & I ate one day. It’s a pretty standard day, sometimes we eat a little more, sometimes she throws everything at me/on the floor (she’s fickle like that) and so it happens that we eat a little less.

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Baby G is now 20months. She’s like any kid, some days she loves something, the next she looks at you like you are actually trying to kill her by feeding her EXACTLY THE SAME THING. In case you hadn’t realized, kids can be total jerks. It’s not your fault, it’s not the food, it’s their lot in life. I used to panic if she didn’t want to eat and would cook 1/2 dozen different things to see if she wanted them instead, I now believe that kids are pretty intuitive eaters, if they are hungry, they’ll eat and they tend not to starve themselves….. The thighs on this kid could sustain her for quite a period anyway 🙂 My fall back position is coconut oil. Always coconut oil. She will eat that biz off a spoon any time she doesn’t want actual food so she gets a couple of teaspoons of it if she’s on hunger strike and we call it done.

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I have taken all these photos with my phone so they do not look as pretty as if I had used my DSLR. I have tried to make the food look semi-presentable but let’s be honest, it’s generally slapped on a plate with very little care taken so don’t let that fool you.

BREAKFAST

It’s pretty much the same most days. Some days we make the SNEAKY VEGGIE CHIA PUDDINGS from my eBook just to mix things up. I have a cup of coconut milk coffee with GREAT LAKES COLLAGEN from iHerb in it to support my gut, joints and skin health, plus it’s cheaper than Botox. Baby G has some broth or some really weak green tea.

This mash-up scramble was leftover roasted veggies (zucchini, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms) with 4 eggs cracked on top and scrambled together. G and I shared it and 1/2 an avocado on the side. We probably eat about half of that each. Sometimes she eats more, other days less.

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LUNCH

It’s pretty much leftovers 90% of the time. Leftover slow-cooked meat, leftover steamed or roasted veggies or salad. Paleo sausages from Northey St markets or the Cleavers ones from Woolies are always a hit too. This plate of dog-food looking stuff was some cauliflower, spinach & cabbage (all pre-chopped in the fridge ready to go) cooked in broth. I dumped that in a bowl then reheated some slow cooked lamb from the night before in the same pan. Whole situation probably took 15mins max which was the perfect amount of time to have a Wiggles dance-off with Baby G while that was cooking. The kid slays me. The enthusiasm that she throws into The Propeller song is second to none.

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DINNER

Mostly dinner is anything I have made for the blog….. Well maybe not cake….. Ok well I might eat cake, G has real food. I often cook huge trays of roast veggies to last a few days. We eat them as they are, in salads, or as snacks. They are a super easy go-to. This plate was just some mixed greens, cucumber & capsicum because it was the end of the week and there wasn’t much else left. 1/4 avo, some carrot kraut, grilled salmon drizzled ok slathered in some fermented cashew cheese.  Grace had the same, minus the leaves (not into them right now) & cashew cheese and with some steamed broccoli drizzled in ghee.

dinner-salmon

SNACKS

I tend not to really snack as I find I don’t get hungry between meals very often. I do find myself eating G’s half-eaten apples etc if they get abandoned in favour of her eating some dirt or rocks. Because food critic. If I am hungry or feel like I just need some extra fuel I generally make a smoothie. There are loads of my recipes on the blog and on my Instagram.

G snacks on fruit, chia puddings, sweet potato chips & smoothies. Some days she’s into snacks other days she’s not. She loves kraut, olives and kombucha. She’d live on strawberries if that was a thing. She’s pretty into soup at the moment too which is kinda weird but an easy way to jam 17 different veggies into one dish.

So there you go. Riveting I’m sure. It’s not fancy, leftovers get rehashed into multiple meals and I use my slow cooker to batch cook like a bad-ar$e and freeze stuff for later.

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CBF Paleo for Kids- For people who really want to feed their kids well but Can’t Be Fu*ked

I did it. I wrote another eBook. Well I use the word “wrote” quite loosely, it’s hardly a novel. We can all agree I’m no wordsmith. I put roughly formed sentences and a whole lot of my mindless dribble into another eBook for you. It’s just like my 1st eBook CBF PALEO but with a focus on the small humans in our life. It’s NOT just for little kids though, the recipes are perfect for all the humans in your life, it’s all 5 ingredients or less, nutritional bang for your buck with minimal effort because, let’s be honest, some days you just CBF.

The best part is, it’s less than $9, it’s full of tasty stuff that, if your tiny terrorists throw it on the floor, you’ll enjoy eating it anyway. There are loads of veggies snuck in too of course and it still looks pretty. You can grab your copy here and here’s a sneak peak of some of the pretty things inside.

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Strawberry Chia Pots- (Paleo, Vegan, Sugarfree)

I don’t know about you guys but I have had some pretty hit & miss experiences with the ol’ chia. I have added it to muffins & they sucked up that much moisture that they ended up tasting like shoeboxes. That’s a fail. I have made chia puddings that have had the consistency of eyeballs & the texture of snot. Obviously this was also a sub-optimal outcome.  You will be pleased to know that these pots of deliciousness are not snotty, eyeball-esque or as dry as cardboard, so go me. Feel free to leave me a virtual high 5 below.

Did you know ‘chia’ is the ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? True story. These little powerhouses are a great source of antioxidants, fiber and a decent source of protein. There’s your fun fact for the day, make sure you share it with someone.

This serves 2….or 1. I’m not here to judge.

500ml coconut milk (or milk of your choice)

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 tsp vanilla extract or powder

1 tbs honey/rice malt syrup or maple syrup (optional)

1 punnet of strawberries, hulled

1/2 cup toasted coconut (optional)

In a bowl mix the chia, milk, vanilla & honey well & set aside to stand for at least 15mins to allow the chia to soak up the liquid. Pop the strawberries in a food processor & blend until they are puréed. Now stir the coconut through the chia mix, spoon into a serving bowl, top with the strawberry purée & dig in.

CBF Paleo is here

Guess what? You can’t? Oh, you already did? Right, well that wasn’t the surprise I was envisioning then. So my ebook is DONE!! Yep I actually completed it. I am a master of procrastination so there was every chance it was going to end as another half-ar$ed, discarded project of mine but I actually finished it and you can now get your mits on it!! It’s called CBF Paleo- For people who really want to eat well but…. Can’t Be F*cked.

In case you missed the memo, it’s available as an EBOOK RIGHT NOW.

Recipes with 5 ingredients or less, super fast, super easy but jammed full of nutrition & taste. Boom. You are freaking welcome.

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Olive & Rosemary Loaf

Sometimes you just need bread. Especially if you are making bone marrow, you need something to smear that gear on. Your finger just won’t cut it in that instance. I tried. Fail. Just burnt my finger. Don’t be a fool, make the bread. Save a finger.

This recipe is an adaptation of the amazing Brittany Angel. You can make a nut free version by swapping out the nut butter for something like sunflower seed butter or you could even use a couple of jars of Buttered Up and make a Gingerbread Bread or Chocolate Bread…. Obviously you would leave out the Rosemary & Olives because that would be WAAAYYYYYYY too much of a weird flavor combo but whatever floats your boat. Be a weirdo if you want.

5 eggs
1 3/4 cup nut butter (I used a mix of almond & sunflower seed)
2 tbs lemon juice
3/4 tsp bicarb soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup chopped & pitted olives

Instructions

Preheat oven to 170C and line a loaf pan with baking paper. Beat your eggs for 2-3 mins until they are light & fluffy. Add the nut butter, lemon juice, bicarb soda, salt & Rosemary. Mix for another 2-3 minutes on medium speed then stir through the olives. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. After 25mins of baking cover the loaf loosely with foil to stop the top from burning. Allow to cool on a wire rank, slice & smear with whatever delicious condiment you can find.

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Not Your Typical Smoothie-Day 2

Yesterday saw a new twist on the GOOD OLD GREEN SMOOTHIE. Today I have a red smoothie for you. $hit’s about to get real. Now this baby is going to freak you out but stay with me. I PROMISE you can’t taste the weird ingredient but you will have energy to BURN after downing this baby and its powerhouse of nutrients….Ok, so it’s got liver in it. Yeah I know. Liver’s gross. I thought so too until I started sneaking it into our food. I started with adding really small amounts grated into mince, then adding it to meat patties like Lamb & Quinoa Burgers. My behavior has escalated, I’m like a serial killer, only with liver. I have graduated to smoothies. It’s pretty hard core but let me sell it to you….

So you know Superfoods right? Goji berries, chia seeds, unicorn dust, whatever it will be next week? Well the REAL Superfoods are organ meats from healthy animals. They are packed with readily absorbable vitamins & minerals and could sucker punch acai berries into next week with their nutritional offering. Been giving your own liver a flogging during this silly season? Guess what the best thing to support your liver is? Liver!! Liver has almost 3 times the iron of red meat. Forget the Berocca, liver will give you back your B-B Bounce much more effectively due to the fact that it is LOADED with B-Vitamins. Not sold? Read more HERE.

So, how? Well I buy a grass fed beef or lamb liver from my butcher and chop it into palm-sized blocks and freeze separately it in ziplock bags. When I need it I pull out a block and grate it into whatever I need to. By grating it you don’t get any big chunks of liver in your food (or drink) and you don’t need to worry about that big hunk of liver going off in your fridge. Frozen liver is also much easier & more pleasant to handle than the fresh version. Try it. I dare you.

The Real Superfood Smoothie-serves 2

1 tbs grated liver
1 cup frozen berries
1 tbs honey/maple syrup/rice malt syrup (OPTIONAL)
1 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1 cup coconut water (I use RawC)
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pop it all in the blender & whizz until nice & smooth. Pretend you don’t know about the liver in it & drink that bad boy down.

Not Your Typical Smoothie

So it’s about eleventy-ten-million degrees in Brisbane right now (Yep that’s an actual temperature, a freaking hot one) and the perfect time to get the smoothies going. Smoothies can be a great way to jam in a load of nutrition quickly & easily & in this weather, a perfect way to cool down.

This week I am all about sneaking some weird & wonderful ingredients into my smoothies to get the most bang for my buck out of these refreshing drinks. If you have a cool concoction to contribute to the Smoothie Week concept by Williams-Sonoma tag me on Facebook or Instagram and #smoothieweek & #myfoodreligion so I can share it on!

I use a thermomix for my smoothies because it’s the only blender I have but I would definitely recommend using a high power blender for both of these babies, it’s not a ‘smooth-ie’ if it’s chunky is it? You can find some other good blenders HERE, I haven’t tried them though. I also like to freeze all my smoothie ingredients so that it’s nice & cold like a slushie but I also find that freezing things that are a bit fibrous like celery & leafy greens can help break down the fibers and makes for a nice smooth drink. I always add some sort of fat to my smoothies to make sure that I am absorbing all the goodness from the fat-soluble vitamins in the veggies. I use either avocado, coconut milk, coconut oil, macadamia oil or nut butter. I also love to add some Gelatin to my smoothies. Gelatin is essentially for building healthy skin, hair, nails and adds some protein to the drink. Forget Botox and wrinkle creams, get good quality gelatin in your life!

My first recipe for you is a green smoothie with a random zucchini thrown in. That’s right zucchini. You can sneak zucchini into any smoothie you like really & if you want to be super stealth (for peeps that don’t like the ‘green stuff’) you can peel it first & they’ll never know. You can sub in or out any of these ingredients you don’t like. Not big on mango? Add banana or pear instead. Hate ginger? Leave it out or add mint instead. It’s totally a ‘choose your own adventure’ kinda deal. I’ll have another weird concoction for you tomorrow.

Not Your Average Green Smoothie- serves 3-4

1 zucchini, chopped roughly
Handful of spinach/kale/chard
1/2 cucumber, chopped roughly
1/2 tbs grated fresh ginger
1 mango, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
500ml coconut water (I use RawC) or water
1/2 avocado

Pop everything into your blender with 1/2 the coconut water & blend for 1 minute. Add the remaining coconut water and blend until smooth. Drink up.