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Garam Masala


  • 6 – 8 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 carton of crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garam masala (an Indian spice blend)
  • 1 tbsp turmeric

1. Add the coconut oil to the pan and quickly fry the onion

2. Once the onion has softened add all of the ingredients except the chicken and stir whilst bringing to a simmer.

3. Once simmering add the chicken and reduce the heat, cover and leave to cook for 1 hour stirring occasionally.

4. Serve with either quinoa or cauliflower rice


Love Roo xx

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What a lovely bunch of coconuts!



Coconuts and I definitely have a love / hate relationship! As a child the only purpose for a coconut was for it to be hollowed out and bashed together to make the sound of horses galloping! And that’s where my love started and ended. I was never really keen on the taste and that was mainly because of Bounty chocolate bars, even now I can’t touch them.

The point of me telling you how I felt about the taste of coconut is to illustrate just how much a person can change. This is one of my top wonder products and I couldn’t imagine my diet without them! No, seriously!

I use coconut oil for frying. I get all of the natural goodness of the oil and very little of the flavour gets stuck in the food.

The same goes for coconut milk. I use this when making curry’s in particular and I swear by it. Make sure you check out my Thai Green Curry Recipe and my Garam Masala Recipe for some tips on yummy coconutty food 🙂

So why did I add coconuts to my diet when I apparently despised the taste of them before:

1. Firstly and most honestly I will tell you that I wanted to follow a paleo diet and this was allowed.

2. It boosts metabolism and will increase your energy. This means it will more likely be burned as fuel rather than your body storing it as fat (weight loss from eating bonus!).

3. Coconut water provides a natural source of electrolytes which is what can be found in energy drinks and is great at keeping your body hydrated during low intensity workouts.

4. Coconut oil is a multi purpose product. It stores as a solid at room temperature and melts when heated in the pan. It’s also super useful in the bathroom as a hair mask for those times when you run out of conditioner!!

5. And finally coconut flour lowers the glycemic index so is great for using in your baking. Great for diabetics.

What’s not to love about the coconut?! I heart coconuts! Viva la coconut!


Love Roo xx

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