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Healthy Falafel Recipe

Healthy falafel recipeI always admit that I’m not completely paleo, I think there are so many shades of paleo and it’s a combination of eating raw and healthy and sometimes that means not cutting out certain ingredients, so check out this yummy healthy falafel recipe using chickpeas and red rice!

Falafel is a Middle Eastern food and is made of chickpeas. The brilliance is that you can add whatever spices and herbs you like to your chickpeas to make your falafel taste divine!

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How To Make A Smoothie

I had a wee think before posting this one because smoothies are definitely not as healthy as people think they are! They are healthy if made properly and it’s really important to think of a smoothie as a meal because it will contain as many calories (if not more) than your average snack or lunch. When smoothies are unhealthy it’s because people see it as a beverage rather than a meal replacement. So if you are going to use this “Build A Smoothie Guide” that is my disclaimer! You’ve been warned; now enjoy!

How To Build The Perfect Smoothie

Love Roo xx

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

When I started to eat healthy I became just a teensy bit obsessed with sweet potato, to the point where I think I have actually given Roo Boy an aversion to it! So now I feel like I have a child where I have to disguise the sweet potato as something else just to sneak it in to a meal and I am proud to say that if I hadn’t told him (afterwards!) that there was sweet potato in this gnocchi he would have been none the wiser! Mwah ha ha ha haaaaaa!!!

I’ve called this recipe paleo-ish because of the gluten free flour, if you want to make it totally paleo swap out the gluten free flour for almond flour or coconut flour.

Ingredients:

• 100g gluten free flour
• 450g sweet potato, peeled & boiled
• 60ml almond milk
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1/2 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp agave nectar
• Carton of pasata
• 2 tsp paprika
• 2 chicken breasts
• 1/4 chorizo ring

Method:

  1. Put boiled sweet potatoes in a boil and mash.
  2. Pour in the olive oil and milk and mix together.
  3. Gradually add the garlic powder, flour and agave nectar to the mix and knead.
  4. Take out sections of the dough and roll in to thumb sized balls.
  5. Fry the chicken in a pan until cooked through. Add the pasata & stir in the paprika.
  6. Bring a pan of water to the boil, then add the gnocchi to the water and cook until it rises to the top of the water.
  7. Whilst the gnocchi is rising. Add the chorizo to the chicken & sauce mixture.

Love Roo xx

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Sweet Potato & Courgette Bake

Paleo Sweet Potato courgette bake

This dish is really great as a veggie main dish or a nice side dish to accompany your main! Sweet potatoes and courgettes are so versatile and go with some many different things. They are packed with micronutrients and will leave you feeling full and healthy from the inside out!

Ingredients:

  1. 2 garlic cloves
  2. 1 sweet potato
  3. 1 courgette
  4. Parmesan cheese

method:

  • All you need is to preheat your oven to 180C
  • Dice your garlic and lay it in the base of a dish
  • Then thinly slice your sweet potato and courgettes
  • Layer the potato and courgette in the dish
  • Cook for 20 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and scatter grated parmesan cheese on top. Cook for a further 20 minutes

Love Roo xx

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Halloumi & Lentils

halloumi & lentils

Halloumi is A-MAZING! My only regret is that for some unknown reason I hadn’t discovered halloumi until I was into my twenties!! What the heck?! How crazy is that?! So here is one of my newly favourite recipes:

Ingredients:

• 1 Block Halloumi
• 1 Tin Of Lentils
• 1 Tbsp Capers
• ¼ Cup Of Pearl Barley
• 1 Lemon
• Handful Of Rocket Leaves
• ½ Pot Of Sour Cream
• 1 Courgette cubed
• 3 Tsps Dill

Method:

  1. Boil a pan of water, rinse pearl barley under the tap and then add to the water and simmer for 25 mins
  2. Rinse and drain the lentils and set aside to dry
  3. Mix the sour cream with the lemon zest and juice
  4. Add the lentils to cooked barley, and mix in the sour cream, dill and capers
  5. Heat a frying pan and cook the courgette for 5 minutes, add to the lentil & barley mixture.
  6. Slice and cook the halloumi until golden.
  7. Serve on top of the lentil & barley mixture.

Love Roo xx

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Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma

I LOVE curry! But I hate things that are so spicy hot that you can’t taste the flavours, so this recipe is a perfect combination of creamy, spicy and will have you craving more! It’s great for a night with your friends and having a few drinks but is also mild enough that it’s kid friendly.

Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp greek yoghurt
• 1 red onion
• 4 cloves garlic
• Thumb sized piece of ginger, diced
• 3 tbsp korma curry paste
• 2 tsp coconut sugar
• 400 ml cold water

Method:

  1. Cook the onions, garlic and ginger in a pan.
  2. Stir in the curry paste and sugar and cook for 1 minute stirring continuously.
  3. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, then allow to simmer.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the chicken and yoghurt, then add that to the pan.
  5. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through.

Love Roo xx

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Sausage Casserole

Sausage Casserole

We’re still in a weird time of year where the sun is coming out but sometimes it is still quite chilly out and you need a nice warming casserole to warm you up from the inside out. This yummy sausage casserole does just that!

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 400g chopped tomato
  • 400g black beans
  • 400g kidney beans
  • 8 sausages
  • Fresh chopped coriander

Method:

  1. In a pan cook the sausages over a medium heat until browned all over. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the onions to the pan and sautee, add the paprika, cumin and coriander and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  3. Add the tomatoes, half fill the tin with water and add that to the pan. Add the black and kidney beans and bring to a simmer.
  4. Return the sausages to the pan and cook for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened and reduced.
  5. Serve on mashed sweet potato with fresh coriander to garnish.

Love Roo xx

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Chicken Pasta

Chicken penne pasta

Pasta is always my guilty pleasure and it is definitely a treat meal for me mainly because pasta does make me feel bloated afterwards and it’s the one thing where I really struggle with portion control! So as a special treat I made myself some chicken penne pasta 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 4 x chicken breasts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • handful of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup greek yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 cups wholegrain pasta

Method:

  1. Chop and fry the garlic, then add the chicken and fry until it is cooked through.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and chilli to the pan
  3. In the meantime cook 2 cups of pasta
  4. As the pasta is cooking, add the greek yoghurt to the chicken mixture.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the pasta and then stir in the spinach and the cheese
  6. Finally add the chicken mixture to the pasta and stir in.
  7. Serve whilst piping hot.

Love Roo xx

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Sausage Crust Sweet Potato & Spinach Quiche

paleo sausage crust quiche

I am a HUGE meat eater! I genuinely couldn’t live without it! To curb my meaty cravings I love making this sweet potato quiche with a sausage crust instead of a pastry one

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 500g Sausage meat
  • Medium sweet potato cubed
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • handful of spinach
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1/4 tsp oregano

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Get a pie dish and press the sausage meat into the base and up the sides to form your crust, really squish it into place. I used the back of a spoon to really get it against the sides
  3. Cook the sausage meat for 20 minutes
  4. Then in a pan, cook your onions and sweet potato
  5. Once the potatoes start to become tender should be about 5 – 7 minutes add our spinach and cover the pan to let the steam wilt the spinach
  6. After a couple of minutes remove from the heat and add in the herbs.
  7. Once the mixture has cooled a bit then add the eggs and stir.
  8. Once your sausage meat has reached the 20 minute mark, remove from the oven and add in the sweet potato eggy mixture and cook for a further 30 minutes.

I love my quiche hot so I ate it straight from the oven 🙂

Love Roo xx

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Paleo Minced Beef & Bacon Meatloaf

Paleo MeatloafOne of my favourite meals is meatloaf, it really feels like a warm hearty meal and fills you up nicely! It tastes delicious with mashed potato and some onion gravy! mmmmmmm……

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 650 grams of Minced Beef
  • 8 rashers of bacon diced
  • 1/4 cup of ground almonds
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup of peppers diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients until everything is bound together.
  3. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin
  4. Cook for 1 hour until cooked through

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