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    Experimenting in the Kitchen

    I’ve been trying a few recipes in the kitchen adding a new favourite and discovering a few ‘don’t repeats.’ Seed & Nut Balls – A huge favourite that we are making just about daily are these Jewel Bliss Balls, full of goodness with almonds, chia seeds, pepitas and sunflower seeds as well as yummies of dates and dried apricots. I suspect the ultimate yummy is the choc chips we have substituted for cocoa nibs, perhaps not so healthy. Totally happy to know we are eating all the goodness of seeds and nuts. Thanks to Marijke for the pin. Seed & Nut Bars – Thinking more seeds I trialed a different…

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    Kitchen Creativity: Wins & Losses

    I’ve been enjoying a creative time in the kitchen recently, claiming quite a few wins along with a spectacular loss. Wins Kale Juice  I was rather dubious about the look of kale juice, it was so green! A friend reassured me it didn’t taste green and it didn’t. I love kale juice, it’s so refreshing. My usual ‘go to’ choice for breakfast and it always leaves me energised. My recipe: Squeeze 3 oranges, 2 kale leafs (strip off stalks) and a pear (optional) Blend and drink, that simple. Spinach Quiche Spinach quiche has long been a favourite here, PC in particular loves it, which I know makes me very fortunate…

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    Grain Free Raspberry Muffins

    Elana’s Blueberry Muffins*, were simply scrumptious,  alas however we ran out of blueberries, thus we tweaked a little and made Raspberry Muffins.  They were voted a close second to the blueberry. Ingredients:  1 cup coconut flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 6 eggs 1/2 cup honey 1 cup extra light olive oil or coconut oil 2 tbsp vanilla extract 2 cups frozen raspberries. Method: 1. Combine flour and baking soda 2. Add eggs, honey, oil and vanilla 3. Gently fold in raspberries 4. Add to muffin papers 5. Bake at 160 (C) for 20 min Makes about 20 muffins *We tweaked the blueberry muffins as usual and substituted honey for agave nectar, and olive/coconut oil for grapeseed.

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    Grain Free Spring Menu

    With Spring around the corner we’ve re-written our menu.  When planning I had to take into account a new factor, Carpenter and Einstein are now training at athlete levels; swim squad, weight fitness and karate all contribute to high amounts of fuel being expended which means higher intakes of protein is needed.  The boys were obsessing thinking about food constantly, the new menu has made them happy athletes. Breakfasts: First Breakfast – The boys fry up potato or bacon and eggs prior to swim squad or weight lifting. (all at 5am!) Second Breakfast (first and only for the rest of us) Yoghurt and Fruit Almond & Walnut Crumble/or Porridge x 2 (we’re mostly…

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    Pinning it Down – Grain Free Baking

    Joining in with Sarah and Pam as they encourage me to turn my pins into an actual project. To my readers it must appear that all my energy at present is directed towards the gastronomical, whilst that is not entirely so, pinning projects did once again focus on my Grain Free board. Our grain free breakfast menu this week included Grain Free Blueberry Banana Muffins from Real Food Whole Health.   As our little ones are not yet keen on berries, so I made half with and half without.  The only complaint was I didn’t make enough. We also thoroughly enjoyed Double Down Chocolate Muffins from Healthful Pursuits but alas I didn’t manage a photo before they were all gobbled.  Truly though the most…

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    Whole 30, Week 3 – Menu

    Sharing our menu from the past week once again, in a desire to demonstrate how a large family or those on a tight budget can eat predominately Primal/Paleo.  Once again a slightly incomplete list, relying on our pre-planned menu for records.  Be sure to read Angela’s Week 4 for another large family menu. * Items on the menu which are not Whole 30 are in italic.  Mostly they have been eaten by the non-whole 30ers, not me. Potatoes remain on our menu as we find them difficult for a large family budget to eliminate. Breakfasts Yoghurt and Fruit  Weetbix (children) & Walnut Granola Bacon and Eggs X 2 (PC loves fried tomato and leftover potato with his)…

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    Whole 30, Week 2 – Menu

    Sharing our menu from the past week and a bit, in a desire to show how large families or those on a tight budget can eat predominately Primal/Paleo.  Once again an incomplete list as, although I began a food diary I didn’t maintain it.  Be sure to read Angela’s Week 3 for more large family ideas too. * Items on the menu which are not Whole 30 are in italic.  Mostly they have been eaten by the non-whole 30ers, not me. Potatoes in particular are still on our menu as we find them difficult for a large family budget to eliminate. Breakfasts Yoghurt and Fruit  Orange Juice and handful of almonds…

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    Pinning it Down – Grain Free Breakfast

    Joining in once again with Sarah and Pam as they encourage me to turn my pins into an actual project.   In our endeavour to follow the Whole 30 I have seriously tackled the question of ‘what to eat for breakfast?’ with a daily menu. As I knew this morning was grain free muffins, it was simply a matter of  popping over to my pinterest grain free board last night and making a selection. At six o’clock this morning I whipped up a couple of dozen muffins and a couple of loaves; Grain Free blueberry and zucchini spice muffins from Organic & Thrifty and Grain Free, Sugar Free Banana Bread from Spoonful of Sugar.  So easy. So…

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    Whole 30, Week 1 – Menu

    One of the most difficult challenges in changing a diet/lifestyle is the organisation and for a large family it may indeed seem overwhelming.  Reading blogs/websites is a wonderful help but many of the recipes/menus are for a family of four, and some food choices would make the costs for a family of eleven or a family on a tight budget incredible. My hope is by sharing the reality it may aid families transitioning or those wanting more ideas. Whilst I am striving to be Whole 30 (and not always succeeding) my family is not yet totally Paleo/Primal. Angela also has a large family and her menus for  Week 1 and Week 2 on Whole 30 are interesting…

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    Yoghurt in the Slow Cooker

    We purchased yoghurt for a Christmas treat and then craved more.  At $5 a litre the cost was astronomical, so I began investigating how to make our own.  Using these recipes and tips we made a batch up, cost only $3 for 2 litres!  Using a slow cooker is so simple, just three basic steps. Pour 2 litres(.52gal) of milk into slow cooker. Cook on high until temperature reaches 180F.  Takes about 2.5 hrs. (You will need a milk thermometer.) Take off lid and cool until temperature drops to 115F. Add one cup of yoghurt (containing live cultures) and half a cup of powdered milk. (Too runny otherwise).  Place lid back on and towel over…

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    Grain Free for Over a Year

    It has been over a year since we began on our Primal/Paleo journey, going grain free, sugar and dairy free etc.  Our teen the most affected by acne has not eaten grain bread in all that time! You may remember after reading Loren Cordain’s Dietary Cure for Acne we embarked on this journey to help rid our teens of acne. In the beginning we began most enthusiastically, the whole family, all at once.  Well some were more enthusiastic than others;)  We were eating no processed foods, we were eating real food; plenty of meat, seafood, eggs, lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and omega 3 fats.  We weren’t eating; white potatoes, grains, sugar, dairy, legumes and omega 6…