Snack

Almond & Maple Ice Cream (paleo. vegan. raw)

This day reminded me of Christmas Day, you know those days you feel like all you do is eat. Today I spent the day down the coast eating. I went out for breakfast, had coco whip in between & then an amazing seafood feast for lunch. I came home feeling full, sleepy & pretty sure that I was just going to by-pass dinner…. Thennnn I felt the urge to make ice cream, because there is always a separate stomach compartment for ice cream right? Well my stomach has that compartment, and one for sweet potato chips, I can put away A LOT of those things. So damn delicious. Anyone who tells you you can’t over-eat healthy food is a goddamn liar.

You can choose your own adventure with this ice cream a bit and swap the almond butter for a different type of nut butter. Cashew butter will give it a much more neutral flavour and something like peanut butter is going to give you a stronger flavour. Do what you want. Add in some of the optional extras, or don’t.

400ml coconut cream (full fat)
100ml water
3/4 cup almond butter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1/3- 1/2 cup maple syrup/ rice malt syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Plus a few extra tbs maple syrup to drizzle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 vanilla pod, scraped (or 1 tsp extract)

Optional-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cacao nibs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Shredded coconut                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Goji berries                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dark chocolate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Few shots of espresso

 

This can be done without an ice cream maker, it will just require a bit more patience and you’ll need to let it thaw a little before you try & scoop it out. I used an ice cream maker because it’s there so I might as well. So, grab all the ingredients (not the optional extras) and blend them together in your food processor or blender until smooth. Pour into your ice cream maker and let it do it’s thing. You can either eat it as soft serve straight from the ice cream maker or pop it in the freezer to set a little harder. If you are not using an ice cream maker, pour it into a container with a lid and freeze for 4-6 hours until scoopable. Top with any optional toppings. Enjoy.

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Monkey Chicken (paleo. clean eating)

I’m calling this monkey chicken because it is actually that basic a monkey could do it. It’s fast, easy, delicious and can’t even really be called a ‘recipe’ so I am VERY loosely using that term to describe what I am about to tell you.

This was one of the food prep ideas I demonstrated to the crew down at CROSSFIT BABES & CHASE CONDITIONING a few weeks ago to kick off their 8 week challenge. It’s a great base to batch cook a heap of chicken with a fairly neutral favour that you can then freeze in portions if you want to. When you reheat it you can jazz it up by adding different spices, herbs, curry paste, flavours etc so that you don’t feel like you are eating the same ting over and over. Alternatively, you can just leave it as it is and have it with different sides like in lettuce boats, rice paper wraps, sushi, with roast veggies, tossed through a salad etc. If you want to add some extra flavour to the base recipe, some chilli, lemongrass & kaffir lime is always a winning combo and it looks pretty too.

You can pretty much do the same thing with a boneless leg of pork or lamb shoulder too. When I am batch cooking like this I always try and go with the concept of economy of effort, if you are going to do 1kg of chicken thighs, might as well do 2kg so you can freeze some or have leftovers. Learn to batch cook like a bad-arse and your life just got a whole lot easier. You’re welcome.

2kg chicken thighs

400ml coconut cream (full fat & look for one that just has coconut and water as the ingredients)

Good pinch of salt & pepper

So that’s it. Seriously. You whack all that in the slow cooker. Turn it on low. Walk away for 6-8hrs. Come back, shred it all up with a couple of forks and Bob’s your uncle… Or perhaps he’s not. He’s not mine.

 

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.

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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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Zucchini Fries

Who doesn’t love some good fries? Don’t lie to me, I know you do! I think sweet potato fries might be my all-time fave….. well until now. These zucchini fries are the goods. Before you ask, I don’t know if you can bake them. Maybe. Probably. Maybe not. I don’t know, but what I do know is that if you do, they won’t be “fries” anymore, they’ll be “bakes”. Do what you want, I’m not here to boss you around, choose your own adventure and let me know how it pans out, but don’t cry to me if you balls up this delicious food situation by not following the directions. Just fry them, get that delicious biz in your mouth and thank me later….. Turns out maybe I am here to boss you around.

1 egg
salt & pepper
2 zucchini, cut into ‘chips’
2 heaped tbs coconut flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
Oil for cooking- duck fat, coconut oil, ghee

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In one bowl, lightly whisk the egg. In another bowl add the tapioca, coconut flour, salt & pepper and mix well. Take the zucchini chips, dunk them in the egg, roll them in the flour mix then set aside on a board. In a large frying pan heat enough oil to ensure it is about 1cm deep. Once the oil is really hot add the zucchini chips, being careful not to over-crowd the pan. Cook on each side until golden then remove. Continue with this process until all the chips are cooked. Serve with homemade mayo or just as they are!

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Caramel Protein Bars (paleo, vegan)

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient in these bars….. Seriously, it’s weird, even for me. It’s a sneaky veggie. Cauliflower. Yep, I’m serious. Told you it was weird. Weird, but strangely delicious and quite frankly I am LOVING the fact that this has veggies in it so hard right now. I mean it’s basically a salad now. Right? Pass me that tray of salad.

300g steamed & cooled cauliflower

200g raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hrs then drained

200g medjool datess

Dark chocolate (for dipping)- I used Lindt 90% but you can use this recipe to make your own if you prefer

2 tbs mesquite powder (optional but delicious)

2 tbs tahini

2 tbs rice malt syrup/maple syrup/honey/coconut nectar

1/2 cup Only Nutrition Vanilla Protein (or protein of your choice)

Add the dates, cashews & cauliflower to a food processor or high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients except the dark chocolate and process again until it forms a dough. If it’s still a bit wet, add an extra 1/4 cup protein at a time until you get to a ‘bliss ball’ type consistency. Press into a baking paper lined tray and pop in the freezer to set for 1-2 hrs. Once the slice has set you can melt your chocolate and pop it in a bowl for dipping. Cut the slice into bars, dip in the chocolate and place back into the freezer to reset. If you have leftover chocolate, you can do a second dip because let’s face it, one layer of chocolate is never sufficient. If you can’t be bothered with the dipping bizzo you can just pour the melted chocolate on top before you slice it into bars. I store these in the freezer to maintain a good consistency….. and to hide them from myself.

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Mango Coconut Protein Ice Creams (paleo, primal, gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

Um it’s been eleventy-ten million degrees in Brisbane this week. 4000% humidity, 0% oxygen. Not. Even. Kidding.  Ice creams is pretty much all I have wanted to eat and luckily these bad boys are super easy & very versatile and will cool you down asap. The biggest problem is thinking ahead to make them but if you just go ahead and make them now you’ll be good to go. 

Feel free to go rogue and choose your own adventure with flavours here. I’m think banana & almond butter would be MIND BLOWING but you can substitute in any fruits and veggies you like. 

Layer 1

2 cups coconut cream
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
1 tsp honey/rice malt/maple syrup (optional)

Layer 2

350g mango
3/4 cup coconut cream
1 scoop ONLY NUTRITION VANILLA PROTEIN (optional)
1/2 cup shredded coconut

You will need some ice block moulds or some sort of vessel you can whack a paddle pop stick in to make it an ice block. Use your creative genius and let me know what you come up with.

Mix the ingredients for layer one together well & half fill your ice block moulds then pop this straight in the freezer to start to set while you make the next layer.

For Layer 2, add all the ingredients to your food processor or high speed blender and blitz until smooth. Pour on top of layer 1, whack the Popsicle stick in and let the freezer work its magic. That’s it. 

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Choc Cranberry Protein Bombs (vegan, primal, clean eating, gluten free, dairy free)

There’s balls all over place. Where ever you look. Balls & more balls. All shapes, all flavours, some with nuts, some nut-free, some are loaded with protein. Everyone is on the ball-train and why the hell not? They are fast, delicious and a cracking snack on the go. So. Many. Balls. And ball jokes. Obviously I am talking about BLISS BALLS so let’s clean up this ball chat and go and make some shall we. Seriously, you lot need to get your minds out of the gutter.

1 cup cranberries (or dried berries of your choice)
1/2 cup nut butter (I used ABC, you can use tahini or coconut butter for a nut-free version)
1/2 cup ONLY NUTRITION raw choc protein (or protein of your choice. You could also use nut flour instead)
1/2-1 tsp fresh finely grated ginger
3 tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup hemp seeds/coconut/chia seeds

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until they all come together and your dough is ‘rollable’. Is that a word?

 

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Roll into any size ball that takes your fancy then pop them in the fridge to set for a couple of hours before demolishing. These store well in the fridge or freezer.

 

Super-Simple Paleo Choc Chip Cookies 

Choc chip cookies with 4 ingredients! Say whaaaaatt?!? I know. How is that even possible? Well it’s not only possible, I’d go as far as to say these are the best choc chip cookies ever….. And I’ve eaten a few (hundred) cookies in my time. They are crispy on the edges and chewy in the centre and they make a totally kick-ar$e ice cream sandwich. What more could you want from a cookie? Just a community service announcement, you are going to want to hide these from yourself once they are done or feed them to others because otherwise you will consume approximately 14 cookies. This recipes makes approximately 14 cookies depending on how much dough you eat. Would it be wrong to eat them all at once? Asking for a friend. Obviously. 

2 cups almond meal/hazelnut meal 

4 tbs honey/rice malt syrup/maple syrup/ coconut nectar

3 tbs ghee/butter/coconut oil

1/2 cup dark choc chips (or whatever kind of choc chips floats your boat)

Preheat oven to 170C. Add the almond meal & choc chips to a bowl. Add the ghee & honey to a mug and stir well to combine. Once that deliciousness is mixed pour it over the dry ingredients and mix them all together well until you have a dough that somewhat resembles the below image. If you use blanched almond flour you will have a lighter colored dough but don’t be racist, just use whatever you have. 

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Now, before you eat all the raw cookie dough, roll it into balls then flatten them into cookie shapes on your baking tray like so. Come to think of it, you could totally leave these as balls and eat them raw or have them as a raw cookie, or in ice cream as cookie dough…. The possibilities are endless.

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Now pop them into your preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until just starting to brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15-20mins. That part is essential for 2 reasons…. The cookies need time to set as they cool &, perhaps more importantly, that business will burn the cr@p out of your tongue straight from the oven. These will keep really well in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer. They would also make a brilliant ice-cream sandwich. Just saying.

Apricot Coconut Balls (paleo. primal. vegan)

So here’s the thing. This recipe was a throw together for funsies that ended up taking a pretty good pic and tasting really freaking good….. Except I didn’t write anything down. To be honest, by the time I found the photo on my camera I had completely forgotten what I had used apart from apricots & coconut. My recipe at that point read something along the lines of this…..

Apricots- some, coconut- no clue: choose your own adventure, cacao butter?- did I or didn’t I? Surely there was other ingredients? What the hell were they? Anyway, I made them again because I am nice like that. You’re welcome. 

200g dried apricots

100g coconut

70g Cacao butter (you could try substituting for coconut oil or ghee) 

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

1/4 cup coconut flour/almond meal/protein powder

Dark chocolate for drizzling- optional (let’s be honest, when is chocolate ever optional?) 

Ok so the method. Melt the cacao butter. Grab your food processor. Whack the apricots, cacao butter & coconut in and blend until it starts to come together like a dough but still a bit chunky. Add the cinnamon & coconut flour & pulse a few times to combine. If it’s still a bit wet to roll into balls yet just whack it in the freezer for about 10minutes then roll into balls. Melt the chocolate, drizzle it over the top then pop those bad boys in the fridge to set. These can be stored in the fridge or freezer depending on your level of willpower. 

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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.