Friday, September 30, 2011

Caveman Cookie Balls

We found this recipe a few weeks ago on Caveman creations and they have quickly become a staple at our house, with young children (and Cave Daddy's) you need to have quick snack food on hands, but muesli bars and cookies aren't paleo. So heres the answer, Caveman cookie Balls, I think this has a better ring than the original name ;)
Heres what you are going to need

1 Cup coconut Flour
1/2 Cup Coconut oil
1/2 Cup Raw honey or Maple Syrup
4 Large Free range eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
Pinch of Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Desiccated Coconut
3/4 Cup Dark choc Chips
Optional Add
1/2 Cup macadamia Nuts (I omitted as I give them to the baby)

Pre Heat Oven to 190C
combine the Honey and Coconut Oil in a small bowl, stick in the microwave long enough to combine, (but not too hot or you will scramble the eggs when you add to them!)
In a large bowl combine the honey, Oil, Eggs, vanilla and Salt
Add in the Coconut Flour
Add the Choc Chips and Desiccated Coconut
Shape into cookie balls and place on a Lined Baking Tray
Make them to the size you want as they will not grow in the oven like traditional cookies, but this means you can cram more on to one tray, less dishes, excellent
Bake in the Oven for 14 mins or until browned
Transfer to a wire rack to cool then serve

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Salad of Loooooooove

Its funny how sometimes meals just happen, you open the fridge take a bit of this a bit of that add it all together and the result looks like a dogs dinner....I mean looks like a work of art  (both of these situations tend to happen to me, lucky they all taste pretty good, well mostly)
Thankfully this meal is one of the latter, with all the pretty reds I joked with my other half that I must be missing him by naming this the salad of Love ;)

Heres what you are going to need;

Lettuce of your choice (mines was stolen from my parents garden)
1/2 Red Capsicum
4-5 Strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 Spring Onion Chopped
2-3 Pitted olives quartered
1 tin Savcol Salmon

Place the Salad down as a bed on the plate and Layer up the rest of the ingredients
Voila you are done and possibly in Love with your lunch, you have been warned

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Raspberry & White Choc Muffins

OK, OK White Chocolate is not Paleo or Primal, but I had some in the cupboard and thought Id use it up and popped them in as an after thought, really the muffins didn't need them as they were lovely and moist and sweet from the raspberries, so feel free to omit or even add Dark chocolate or Carob chips instead? I never could get the taste for carob.....
Here is what you are going to need

Preheat Oven 150C
2.5 Cups Almond Meal
3 Eggs lightly whisked
1/4 Cup 100% REAL Maple Syrup (no sugar filled substitutes please!)
1/2 Tsp baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp REAL Vanilla Essence
1 Cup Raspberries

In a bowl Add Almond Meal, eggs, Maple Syrup, Salt, Vanilla and Baking Powder
Stir until well combined
Keep the raspberries in the freezer until this point, measure them out and pop them back in the freezer until you are ready for them if need be
gently fold them thru the mixture and measure into muffin cups (3/4 fill each)
Bake for 30-40 mins or until they spring back when tested

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lemon Sesame Chicken Drumsticks with Baked Thyme & Balsamic Mushrooms

This is a quick and easy meal that you can bundle into the oven and go on about your evening, the Drum sticks are sticky and sweet and will probably end up all over your face, my daughter enjoyed herself so much she went straight from the table into the bath :)

here's what you are going to need;

3-4 Chicken Drumsticks
1 Tsp Coconut Oil warmed so it is liquid
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika

3-4 Mushroom cups
approx. 3 Tsp Balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme

Preheat Oven 220C
Mix the Oil, Lemon Juice, sesame seeds and paprika in a bowl Toss the chicken thru coating completely
The longer you leave this to marinade the better over night is perfect, but as little as 15 Min's will be nice also
pop the chicken on a lined pan and into the oven for about 30-4- Min's or until the shin is nice and crispy and the chicken is cooked thru
Meanwhile place the mushroom cups face up and drizzle a little Balsamic over each and top with some thyme pop them in the oven when the chicken is in about 20 Min's
Serve up together with a side of steamed vegetables
Some Feta or Baked Ricotta would be beautiful crumbled on top of the mushrooms if you were that way inclined also

Prawn and PawPaw Salad

This is my version of a recipe I found on Fast Paleo They are a great resource if you are new to Paleo (like me!) but take this eating lark seriously, I want amazing tasting food and I don't want to be in the kitchen all day so here goes
this is what you are going to need

Did you ever think you were taking a picture and actually make a movie? hmmm

500g Cooked prawns (I just used frozen from the Spud shed)
1/2 Paw paw skinned, seeds removed and diced (Mango would be nice also)
1 Tbsp Chives chopped
1 Tsp Lime juice
Optional chili (I didn't add as the baby was eating this, but it would be beautiful)
1 Head of Coz lettuce (or Similar) ripped into bite sized pieces
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar


Add the Paw Paw to a bowl with the lime Juice, Chives and Chili if you are using it, stir to combine and set aside
Add the Balsamic to a Small pan and reduce to about half, it will look like it is think and coating the pan
Add the Prawns to a fry pan with some coconut oil cooking on both sides

Cover a large plate with the bed of lettuce layer with Paw Paw mixture and top off with lots of prawns,
drizzle over the balsamic reduction or have on the side for dipping

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sweet Potato & Chorizo Soup

I think soup is up there with the greats of winter, UGG Boots, fleecy PJ's and cuddly movie nights, OK none of those things will get the heart racing but the will give it a warm satisfied glow MM MM
This soup won't take long to whip up and the Chorizo will leave a nice mild after burn (feel free to substitute the Chorizo for another sausage you might have in the fridge, pepperoni works really well too)
Here's what you are going to need

1 Tsp Coconut Oil
1 red Onion Diced
1 Chorizo Sausage chopped
1 Medium Sweet potato
3-4 Carrots Peeled and chopped
1 Tsp Minced Garlic
1 Tsp Mild Curry Powder
6 Cups Chicken Stock

In a heavy based pot heat the oil and fry up the onion and sausage
Add the Sweet potato, Carrots, Garlic and curry to the pot and cook for 5 min or until the curry is fragrant stirring continuously
Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for about 15 min or until the veggies are tender
Allow to cool a little and Liquidize with a blender or stick mixer
Serve up in hot steaming bowls of winter comfort :)

Week in Links 2/9

Great article about how to progress to Pistol Squats, a very hard exercise for most to master, but if like most things you break it down into smaller pieces first, Voila! you are smashing it woo!

I think everyone remembers the article posted not long ago about the 1 year old Macca's Happy Meal that was still intact, can you imagine what 15 year old frosted cupcakes look like? lucky for you you don't have to check these out!

Also this video is a a really good explanation of Paleo, how easy can it get? you don't even have to read just press play ;)
And if you have a few more minutes
Paleo in a Nutshell Part 2 Exercise

Could you eat meat grown in a test tube? It might not be that far away

If you needed another reason to pump some Iron, check out this mother and daughter, Mum is in her 70's, she is in better shape than most 20 somethings and can prove it too, check out the video