Posts Tagged ‘Paleo’

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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Eggs – How Many Should You Eat A Day?

Basket with eggs - are eggs healthy

How many times have you read up on various diets and heard people saying they only eat egg whites and casting dietary shame upon the yolk because of it’s fatty cholesterol content? Myth busting time! The egg yolks are fine! It provides you with essential fats and most people don’t know that egg allergies are usually a reaction to the whites not the yolk! Let’s delve a little deeper into this and I will explain why eggs are not bad for you at all and as with everything else you eat, it’s simply about eating things in moderation.

Cholesterol is a term used as a bad and scary word and people want to avoid it because high cholesterol means heart disease. But did you know that each and every body cell needs cholesterol to help keep your brain working to help formation of nerve cells and also forming important hormones; testosterone, oestrogen and cortisol.

There are two types of cholesterol; blood and dietary. Blood cholesterol is produced mainly by your liver and dietary cholesterol is naturally present in animal food products.

Paleo studies have shown that our bodies are well adapted in consuming dietary cholesterol and eating egg yolks in particular does NOT increase blood cholesterol levels. In fact what affects blood cholesterol is your diet alongside eating those egg yolks. For example frying them in bad fats and oils will have a negative affect on your blood cholesterol not because of the eggs but because of what your are cooking them in. If you’re eating a clean paleo diet the eggs yolks and other dietary consumption will reduce the risk of high blood cholesterol levels which we all know leads to heart disease.

Equally as important as with any diet, keep it in moderation. Try not to eat eggs and only eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner! If you are eating them daily aim to keep it around 2 – 4 eggs a day.

I hope that’s cleared things up a bit!

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

Love Roo xx

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Homemade Nutella

homemade nutellaEaster is just around the corner and the last thing I want to do is be that boring person who says “No chocolate for me thanks, I’m on a diet”! I am not and never will be that person! A lot of people assume that because you’re fit and healthy that it means you are sacrificing the fun things like chocolate, POPPYCOCK! I’ll let you in on a secret; I don’t eat chocolate every day because it is a treat and I always want it to be a treat, secondly I make my chocolate and healthiness aside it’s great fun and seriously makes the chocolate all the more enjoyable! You can add whatever flavours you want 🙂 So firstly try making your own raw chocolate. And secondly if that’s not your thing, try out this amazing nutella recipe instead! Not only is it A-Mazing it’s also dairy free, vegan and paleo friendly. The only tricky part is getting the skins off the hazlenuts, other than that it’s a doddle – enjoy 🙂

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Hello Fresh Food Box – Review

hello freshI recently received my first Hello Fresh food box. Some people like beauty boxes I like food boxes, and I can guarantee I got just as excited opening it up to view my ingredients and to see if I was going to discover anything new and magical! And I was not disappointed. As someone quite new to the food and recipe world I quite frequently see things in the supermarket and wonder what a certain herb or spice can be used for, but am reluctant to buy them because I don’t know if I’ll like it or what meals it is best served with to maximise the flavour and then I make a mental note to go home and google it and then I forget as soon as I’ve got back to my car with my groceries! So that’s what is great about the Hello Fresh box, if you’re adventurous you can receive a treasure trove of delights and you’re being given a recipe to try it out in straight away. This week I have discovered Panang and Shawarma seasoning and they did not disappoint!

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Sweet Potato & Spinach Mash

sweet potato spinach mash

Sometimes you focus on the main meal so much that you forget about adding a bit of variety to your side dishes!

This adds no extra time to our prep or cooking but adds some much needed nutrients to your diet!

Simply boil some sweet potatoes ready to mash, during the last 5 minutes of the potatoes cooking tear and steam a handful of spinach until wilted (steam it over the same pan our cooking the potatoes in). Mash the potatoes as normal then stir in the spinach.

Yum!

Love Roo xx

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Paleo Agave, Mustard & Garlic Chicken

agave mustard garlic chicken and sweet potato spinach mash

This recipe is absolutely scrumptious and tastes awesome with sweet potato and spinach mashed potatoes!

To make this dish all you need is:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/3 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme

Firstly preheat the oven to 180C

Then mix together the mustard, agave nectar, crushed garlic, cider vinegar, rosemary and thyme.

Place some parchment paper in a small roasting tin and place the chicken breasts on top.

Then spoon the agave mustard mixture over the chicken breasts and ensure they are evenly coated.

Cook for around 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

Love Roo xx

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Hearty Chorizo, Kidney Bean & Veggie Soup

I am soooooo in love with a nice warming soup, especially when there’s such a chill in the air, it warms your cockles and muscles alive alive-o! Added bonus it’s a one-pot dish so minimal washing up afterwards – it’s win win!

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Ingredients

  1. 3 garlic cloves
  2. 1 red onion
  3. 2 tbsp coconut oil / ghee
  4. 1 red pepper
  5. 1.5 – 2 tbsp tomato paste
  6. 1.5 pints vegetable stock
  7. 1 medium sized sweet potato
  8. half ring of chorizo
  9. 1 courgette
  10. 1 tin of kidney beans
  11. 1 tin of coconut milk (use cream at top)

Method:

  1. Melt the coconut oil or ghee in a large saucepan
  2. add the chopped garlic cloves and onion and fry for a couple of minutes
  3. Then add the red pepper and fry for a couple more minutes
  4. Add a small amount of the vegetable stock and tomato paste to a measuring jug and mix until thick
  5. add this to the pan and then add the remaining amount of stock and potatoes
  6. bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally
  7. then add the courgette and chorizo and kidney beans (drained) and stir.
  8. cook for 15 minutes
  9. then add the coconut cream and cook for a further 15 minutes

Serve and devour!

Love Roo xx

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Paleo Garlic Butter Chicken

Paleo garlic butter chicken

Okey dokey, so January is the WORST month for me diet wise! I manage to make it through Christmas and then there are a ridiculous amount of birthdays in January that my month seems to be filled with birthday celebrations, a few naughty nibbles and lots of cake! So February is my get back to eating clean and healthy month, here is my first new recipe to kick off my healthy mission, and as always it’s dead simple to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 chicken breasts

Method:

  1. First of all pre-heat your oven to 180 / 375.
  2. Chop your onion and place it in a baking dish
  3. Put the ghee in a saucepan and heat it up slowly
  4. Chop your garlic finely
  5. Once the ghee has melted add the garlic to the mix
  6. Then add the oregano and cumin seeds, and cook for around 5 – 7 minutes
  7. Place your chicken breasts on the bed of onion in the baking dish
  8. Pour the butter garlic and herb mixture over the chicken
  9. Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 25 minutes (remove the foil for the final 5 minutes)
  10. I served mine with some rocket, sweet potato mash, broccoli and carrots. But if you fancy something else you could always try using quinoa or cauliflower rice.

Love Roo xx

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Paleo Sausage Stew

Sausage StewWhen the night’s draw in early and it’s cold outside I am dying to eat hearty warming stews, here’s the latest paleo recipe for you to try; a nice and spicy sausage stew that takes about 40 minutes to cook, or it’s easily cooked in your slow cooker too, all you need to do is step 1 and then add everything to the crock pot in go. If you don’t want the spice then don’t add the chillies!

 

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