Paleo Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Paleo Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Going paleo doesn’t mean you need to abandon the traditional spaghetti Bolognese! Here’s a quick and easy recipe for using zucchini as a spaghetti replacement.   Ingredients: 4 zucchini, sliced very thin 500g beef mince 1/2 cup black olives 1 red onion, sliced very thin 5 tomatoes, chopped, 6 cloves of garlic, minced 1 can of whole-peeled tomatoes 1 jar of tomato paste dried herbs (I used oregano, basil, thyme & parsley, about 1/2 tsp each) 2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp white pepper 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper fat of choice for cooking (ghee, coconut oil, etc)   Instructions: Start by slicing the zucchini really thin. You can use a mandolin, or a vegetable spiralizer. Personally, I prefer to use a Betty Bossi Vegetable Twister. Once zucchini is sliced, place it in a colander and toss very generously with salt. Leave zucchini sweating excess water in the sink for 20 minutes while you cook the sauce. In a large pan, sauté the onions until they become transparent. Add in garlic and once fragrant, begin adding in the mince. Spice (paprika, black pepper, salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper) mince while cooking. Please note that the spice amounts are an estimate and match my personal taste. Use them as a guideline and spice your sauce little by little until you reach the desired flavour. Go easy on the salt, as the zucchini & olives will add saltiness to the end result.  Once meat is almost cooked, add in tomatoes (in all three formats) and herbs. A few minutes later, add in olives as well. Let the...
Chicken Salad with Bacon & Roast Pumpkin

Chicken Salad with Bacon & Roast Pumpkin

  What could be more soothing than a hearty Chicken and Roast Pumpkin Salad on a cold winter night? Well, one following this paleo recipe with added crispy Bacon, Walnuts and Roast Garlic of course!   Roast your own chicken and treat yourself to a luxurious take on the salad, or grab a ready-roasted chicken on your way home from work if you’re in a hurry – either way you’re in for a treat! This quick and easy paleo recipe also works well as a fridge cleaner: if you happen to have leftover chicken, that works great as well.   Paleo recipe: Ingredients: 1/2 roast chicken – roast your own or buy one already roasted if you’re in a hurry. 2 cups of pumpkin, cubed 6-12 (or more) cloves garlic 2/3 cup walnuts (pecans would work well too!) 4 long rashers of bacon, grilled crispy and cut small 3 tomatoes, seeded and cubed 2 spring onion, sliced thin 2-3 cups salad mix 1 small red onion, sliced thin Olive oil Sweet paprika, black pepper and salt to season   Instructions: Heat oven to 180C. Seed and cube pumpkin. Peel garlic. Season both in a bowl with olive oil, sweet paprika, black pepper and salt. Place evenly on a roasting rack in a roasting dish. Make sure you don’t layer them too thickly and that heat will have equal access to all pieces so you don’t have to keep turning them while roasting (and risk mushing the pieces). Let roast until done and if they’re looking a bit soft in the end, crank up the heat to 220C for 5-10 minutes...
Tomato Sauce and Poached Egg Tapas Style

Tomato Sauce and Poached Egg Tapas Style

  This is one of those things whipped up from an ’empty’ fridge that turned out delicious – loosely inspired by traditional Spanish dish Huevos a la Flamenca.  Not only is this tasty, it’s also a great way to clean the fridge!   Ingredients: Egg 1/2 red onion, sliced thin 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin 1/2 zucchini, julienned 1/2 capsicum, finely diced ~100g of meat (bacon/chorizo/turkey breast/etc) cut long and thin 1/2 can of whole peeled tomatoes 1 tbsp paprika 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp white pepper salt to taste 2 tbsp olive oil (from the antipasto jar if possible!) Instructions: Sauté onions and garlic in a pan. Add meat, zucchini and capsicum. Continue to cook through. Add tomatoes, extra oil, spices, salt to taste. Simmer for 10 or so minutes while poaching an egg. Transfer sauce into a bowl, place egg on top and...
Roast Pumpkin & Chicken Salad Recipe

Roast Pumpkin & Chicken Salad Recipe

Quick and easy meal to prep with plenty left for lunch the next day! Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, sliced thin and cooked (for super quick version, just buy 1/2 a roast chicken) 1/4 pumpkin 1 whole garlic 1 red onion 1 punnet cherry tomatoes 2 whole strips of bacon 1 cucumber rocket olive oil sweet paprika, salt & pepper to season optional: balsamic vinegar Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 200C. Remove seeds and cut pumpkin into cubes. Peel garlic into cloves. Place both in a bowl. Pour in a healthy dose of olive oil (1-2 tbsp), sweet paprika (1-2 tsp), pepper and salt. Toss until evenly coated. Place on a roasting rack and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until done. While pumpkin is roasting peel/slice/prep rocket, cucumber, red onion and cherry tomatoes into a large bowl. Once pumpkin & garlic are done, remove from oven and let cool. Change oven from baking to grill and cook bacon strips under grill until crispy and done. Cut into small crispy pieces and combine with rest of the salad. Gently mix pumpkin & garlic with the rest of the salad and serve. Optional: drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for added taste. Also, you can add some crunch by mixing in pecan nuts or walnuts. Enjoy!...
Recipe for garlic stuffed mushrooms

Recipe for garlic stuffed mushrooms

Need something special to spice up an old dinner table favourite? Look no further! These garlic and capsicum stuffed mushrooms are nothing short of delicious – although be warned: only for the serious garlic-a-holics!!!   Recipe: Ingredients: button mushrooms, peeled and stemmed garlic, peeled and minced capsicum, minced olive oil white & black pepper sea salt   Instructions: Preheat oven to 200C. The mixture is roughly 1 part capsicum, 2 parts olive oil, 4 parts garlic. Mash garlic in the oil to extract maximum flavour. Season with black & white pepper and salt. Peel and stem mushrooms. I used tiny (between 20 cent and 50 cent coins) mushrooms to make the treats bite sized. After pealing, pour a drop of olive oil in a bowl, and season it with a hint of salt and black pepper. Tumble peeled mushrooms in the bowl until throughly oiled. Stuff mushrooms with garlic mix and  cook mushrooms until done (depending on size – I only cooked mine for about 5 minutes). Serve with your favourite dinner and...