Lasagne Dairy and Grain Free

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PALEO LASAGNE

This dairy, sugar and grain free lasagne is delicious and a brilliant way to get loads of veggies into yourself and your family.

Why go dairy, sugar and grain free?  Well these three food groups are the most inflammatory foods commonly consumed, that cause significant damage to our bodies.  Eliminating them reduces inflammation which is at the root of all illness.  You’ll feel the benefits of this way of eating after only a few days.

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  1. The meat layer is mince with 2 grated carrots (any way to up those veggies!).  Fry up mince till brown in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and add carrots to mixture.  Use this as your base, pressing into a lined baking dish.
  2. Slice Zucchini thinly and place over base. Zucchini is a wonderful pasta replacement.
  3. Cook  500 grams tomatoes with 3-5 cloves crushed garlic, 2 grated carrots and two chopped onions.  Simmer until garlic and onion is translucent. Pour over zucchini base.
  4. The green layer is silver beet (or spinach also works well), lay these leaves thickly over the tomato layer.
  5. The ‘cheese’  sauce | 1cup soaked cashews blended with handful of silver beet or half a cup of cooked pumpkin (depending on the colour you prefer)
  6. Cook in the cover at 150 degrees Celsius for 20-30 mins or until top is golden
  7. Allow to cook.  Best eaten the next day after a night in the fridge, however is still delicious on the day.

Enjoy

Linda

HEALTH COACH | BSc (PSYCH) | NUTRITIONIST

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Nourish Health and Nutrition

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Sweet Slaw

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This delicious slaw is super filling, delicious, great on the budget and easy to make in bulk so it lasts for several meals.

Cooking once eating twice is a life saver when it comes to feeding a big family and avoiding constantly being in the kitchen!!!!

Making a big batch of this slaw means you have veggies for breakfast, snacks, lunches and dinners sorted for at least a couple of days.

I usually do a few bulk salads a week,  so there are always healthy options on offer with minimal work/mess!

It makes an excellent base that is easy to dress up with different dressings or garnishes such as nuts and seeds, raisins, oranges or grated apple

INDREDIENTS | METHOD

  • 1 medium red cabbage cut into 8th’s and fed through the food processor or sliced thinly with knife
  • 4 large carrots fed through grating blade in food processor or grated
  • 1 bunch of coriander chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped
  • Mix all indigents together in large bowel
  • Store in air tight container in the fridge

GARNISHES | DRESSINGS

  • Activated and roasted almonds/walnuts (fry activated nuts in coconut oil)
  • Activated sprouted sunflower seeds
  • Raisins
  • Grated apple (only add this to the dish your eating as it goes brown when stored in the fridge)
  • Chopped orange pieces
  • Chopped watermelon pieces
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lemon juice/olive oil/salt and pepper
  • Lemon juice from 1 lemon/1 teaspoon mustard/quarter a cup of olive oil/1 teapoon salt and pepper to taste

This slaw keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days and is delicious served on its own or with meats/eggs/nuts/seeds.

My 9, 7 and 5 year olds love helping make this slaw and are more than happy to help themselves to a bowl full from the fridge whenever they’re hungry.

Enjoy

from

Abby

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Abby Soares
Registered Nurse | Nutritionist | Health Coach
Nourish Holistic Health & Nutrition Ltd

Sunflower, Rosemary and Sesame Crackers

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I love these gorgeous crunchy crackers, they’re easy to make and taste amazing.  I first found this recipe from http://www.mypetitekitchen.com.  My Petite Kitchen is a great whole food blog that has loads of deliciousness!
INDREDIENTS
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (soaked and dried in oven below 50 degrees or in dehydrator)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds (soaked and dried in oven below 50 degrees Celsius in oven or dehydrator)
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp rosemary (thyme also works well)
  • 3-5 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
METHOD
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking paper.
Place the sunflower seeds , salt and garlic granules in to a food processor.  Process on high for 2-3 minutes or until the seeds become a dense flour like consistency.
Add the sesame seeds, dried herbs and olive oil, pulse to combine. With the food processor running on low, slowly start to add the water one tablespoon at a time. The mixture will start to come together in a dough like consistency. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking tray and knead slightly (it will be a little crumbly don’t worry). Place a piece of baking paper on top of the dough and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to around half a cm thick. Remove the top piece of baking paper then using a knife, score criss cross lines in to the dough.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely, then using your hands, break along scored lines and serve.
Makes around 20 crackers. Will keep in an airtight container for 1 week.
Enjoy
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Abby
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Chocolate Mud Cake

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Finding a healthy birthday cake that tastes good is not the easiest thing in the world, but this one is an absolute hit with my three boys so it passes the ‘yummy’ test!

It is dairy, grain and sugar free and tastes amazing!

CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • 1 cup of coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • 5 organic eggs
  • 1/2 cup of cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of aluminium free baking soda

Preheat the oven to 150 degree’s Celsius (300 degree’s F)

Grease a 20 cm cake tin  or line with unbleached baking paper

Melt the coconut oil and honey together in a small saucepan over a low heat.  Set aside to cool.

Put the berries in food processor and blend until smooth.   Add the remaining ingredients including the cooled coconut oil mixture. Blend until smooth, then pour the batter into the cake tin.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Leave in tin to cool completely before turning out onto a plate ready for icing.

CHOCOLATE ICING

  • 100g cacao butter melted (on low heat)
  • 1 cup of soaked raw cashews (soak in water for at least 2 hours and drain)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons of honey or 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

Gently melt the cacao butter in a small saucepan then allow to cool.  Combine the cashews, cacao powder, maple syrup and lemon juice into the Vitamix blender and process until the nuts are well ground.

With the motor running pour in the melted cacao butter and blend until mixture is smooth.

Spoon icing over the cake and refrigerate until the icing is set.

This cake will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days

This recipe can also be made into cupcakes.

Enjoy

from

Abby

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Paleo Pancakes

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These gorgeous crepes are sweet, delicious and perfect for Sunday brunch.

INDREDIENTS

  • 1/4 Cup of organic coconut flour
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 160ml of nut milk (2 cups cashews or almonds, 1 litre of water, 6 dates and blend till creamy.   Keeps well in fridge, I also use this for making chia puddings anytime I make pancakes)
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil/butter or ghee plus extra for greasing frying pan

METHOD

Put all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

Grease a lare grying pan with extra coconut oil and place over low heat. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into pan and cook until golden on each side.

Repeat with remaining batter.

Garnish pancakes with grilled bacon, banana, berries, honey and coconut

Feeds family of 4-5

Paleo Granola

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Granola is a lovely treat breakfast in our house.

I make a batch once a week and the kids love it.  Its also a great snack for after school activities or long car trips!

Nourish Paleo Granola

  • 1 cup of cashews
  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of almond
  • 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  1. Soak all nuts and seeds (except chia, do this separately) in a bowl of water overnight with 1 teaspoon of salt to neutralise the phytic acid and activate.
  2.  Drain and pat dry (Chia drain as best you can and add wet to other nuts and seeds)
  3. Place on sheets in dehydrator at 40 degrees for 12 hours or place in roasting pan with  2 table spoons of coconut oil and bake at 40 degrees for approx 2 hours or until nuts and seeds are crunchy (every oven is different!)
  4. Once nuts and seeds are dry you can serve them as is or mix in 1 tablespoon of honey and serve.

Serve with any of these options

  • almond milk
  • blended berries
  • raw organic yogurt
  • coconut yogurt
  • banana and berry blend (1/2 a banana and 1 handful of berries blended)
  • dried fruit

The great thing about this dish is that it can easily be nut free or add or exclude any nut/seed that suits your tastes.   I usually double the recipe!

If your little one finds the nuts and seeds too bulky give them a quick pulse in the blender to break them down to a more agreeable size!

This sounds recipes sounds labour intensive but its not once you have done it a few times and the taste is certainly worth it!!!

from

Abby

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Coconut Bread

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This lovely recipe is both gluten and grain free, making it a fantastic substitute for standard processed bread. Our bodies treat processed grains in same way as they do sugar.  Processed grains elevate blood sugar levels,  causing our biggest fat storing hormone insulin,  to be released.   So if your trying to loose weight, improve your digestion and get clear youthful skin,  then this is a wonderful bread alternative for you.
The coconut contains good fats to nourish the immune system, gut, hair and skin.   The eggs are an excellent source of iron and b vitamins and  the sea salt provides essential minerals so our cells can communicate optimally.
Ingredients
– 300 g jar of coconut butter (I recommend the ceres organics brand available from health food stores)
– 5 organic eggs
– 1/4 of a cup of coconut oil
– 1/2 a teaspoon of sea salt
– 1 teaspoon of aluminium free baking soda
Method
– Empty entire jar of coconut butter into a mixing bowl
– Add eggs, melted coconut oil, baking soda and sea salt
– Beat all ingredients together till no lumps remain and mixture is smooth
– Pour mixture into a lined cake tin
– Cook at 180 degrees celsius for 20-30mins or until knife comes out clean
– Allow to cool and slice as desired
– Keeps well in fridge
Add one tablespoon of honey and  1 teaspoon of cinnamon to make a sweet coconut bread option.
This recipe is adapted from “Heal Your Gut” recipe book by Hilary Boynton http://shop.gapsaustralia.com.au/the-heal-your-gut-cookbook-nutrient-dense-recipes-for-intestinal-health-using-the-gaps-diet/