Friday, 16 May 2014

Roasted Chilli and Turmeric Brussel Sprouts

I have been trying to add more turmeric to our dishes (due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties amongst so many other benefits) and thought I would try to spice up some brussel sprouts and boy this combination tasted so good! Roasted in the oven with some ghee, it makes the perfect side veggie dish.

Chilli and Turmeric Brussel Sprouts
Chilli and Turmeric Brussel Sprouts

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Salad for One with Pear

I love adding a little fruit to salad sometimes for some added sweetness and tang. Pears are in season in Australia at the moment so it's a great time to start add them to a few dishes. This salad is simple and really can be thrown together with what ever greens and nuts you have on hand. 

Salad for One with Pear
Salad for One with Pear

Saturday, 10 May 2014

I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook Review and a Simple Caramel Recipe

I got a copy of the I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook in the hope of getting some new ideas to feed my 3 boys and although it's not all grain free cooking, it's mostly gluten free, processed sugar free and junk free. My middle boy (now 6) is probably the fussiest of the three, and I don't blame him with all the nut allergies and tummy problems he has had. I am always on the lookout for new inspiring recipes and got some new dishes to include in our meal plans now thanks to the IQS kids cookbook.  I tried out a few recipes and also have a few more on the list to to try.

These are the pumpkin pikelets I made with grated apple, crushed almonds and a simple caramel sauce.


Pumpkin pikelets with a simple caramel sauce IQS Kids
IQS Kids Pumpkin pikelets with a simple caramel sauce 

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Cinnamon Baked Sweet Potato Fries

On most weekends, soon after getting up, I usually bake a big batch Sweet Potato fries which I leave out all day for us to graze on. Some days I like to vary it up with different spices, the simple addition of Cinnamon goes so well with the Sweet Potato. I preheat the oven while I chop and prepare the sweet potato, then pop it in, set the timer and go about the morning.

Paleo Cinnamon Sweet Potato Baked Fries
Cinnamon Baked Sweet Potato Fries in Coconut Oil

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Vietnamese Lemongrass, Ginger and Turmeric Chicken (Paleo)

This dish was one of our staples growing up. Mum would serve it with steaming hot jasmine rice and it was always so delicious. I have adapted my mum's recipe (which included sugar) to make it Paleo friendly using fresh lemongrass, ginger and turmeric, if you can't find any fresh turmeric, you can use powdered turmeric (but fresh is so much better tasting so try and find it at your local asian store) but don't substitute the ginger for powdered ginger. It will be worth it!

Vietnamese Lemongrass, Ginger and Turmeric Chicken Paleo

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Banana & Cinnamon Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream Cups

This is a very simple and fun treat to make with the kids. You can also make it nut free by leaving out the nut topping and top with shredded coconut instead. This combination idea comes from a Vietnamese dessert my mum makes called Kem Chuoi (Banana ice cream) which is simply a sugar banana (flattened slightly) covered in sweetened coconut cream, sprinkled with toasted peanuts and frozen. Making them in a mini patty means you can just have a small bite sized treat at a time rather than the whole banana and it just looks way better!


Banana & Cinnamon Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream Cups
Banana & Cinnamon Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream Cups 

Using very ripe bananas is best (they need to have black spots on them to create the ice cream texture and sweetness) and you can get the kids to help slice the bananas (with a butter knife) and assemble them in the cupcake patties.