Cuckoo for cocoa! Thats the catch phrase for Cocoa Krispies, right? Well, even if it's not, it's fun to say! If you or the family struggle to give up the fun breakfast treats or you are nostalgic for simpler times, this recipe is perfect. It's sugar-free and very low in carbohydrates but packed with natural goodness: protein, fats, nutrients, and antioxidants. It will fill you up without sending you on a sky high sugar rush. The cinnamon helps improve your insulin sensitivity and balance your blood sugar. The cacao confers loads of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Chocolate is back for breakfast, kiddies!
In a bowl, combine 1 medium egg, 100ml almond milk, and 3/4 tsp liquid stevia (optional for sweetness). Mix until well combined. Then add 150g ground almonds, 4 Tbsp ground cinnamon, and 4 Tbsp raw cacao powder. Mix thoroughly, and if it's too dry, add a splash of almond milk. You're aiming for a cookie batter style consistency.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper and drop tablespoon sized dollops of batter evenly spaced, like you're making cookies. Spread each one out until it is fairly thin, about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) height. Bake at 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees F) for 10-15 minutes until firm. Remove from oven and break into small pieces, then spread the pieces evenly across the tray again. Place back into the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes until crispy. Remove the tray from the oven, let the crispies cool, then transfer to an airtight container.
You can also omit the egg and dehydrate these for a raw vegan version.
makes 3 servings (multiply ingredients to serve more)
Finding delicious ways to enjoy oily fish is a wonderful way to support your health. The omega-3 fatty acids lower inflammation and pain, improve brain function, support glowing skin, help ensure your fat cells are able to operate properly, and much more. This fish pie is a twist on the classic recipe, avoiding the starch and dairy and turning the dish into a fresh, delightful dinner. It's wonderful with a green salad on the side dressed with olive oil and lemon.
Chop 120g cauliflower and leave to sit. In a bowl, combine 60g cubes salmon, 60g cubed white fish such as cod, 20g minced leek, 60g minced carrot, 30g minced celery, 1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and a pinch of black pepper. Mix well and press firmly into a baking dish. Place the cauliflower into a saucepan and add a small amount of water. Cover and steam over medium heat until cooked through (tender crisp). Transfer the cauliflower and just enough of the steaming liquid to a blender so that it operates. If more liquid is required, add a small amount of almond milk. Add 1/8 tsp sea salt and blend until creamy. Top the fish mixture with the cauliflower. Place into a 170 C/350 F oven and bake for around 40 minutes. It's important that the vegetables in the fish mix are minced very small or further baking time will be required.
serves 1 (multiply ingredients to serve more)
Avoiding the white rice and grains is a struggle sometimes, but it's worth it! I know that one of the most important skills I developed in the early days was learning swaps for foods that I felt I was denying myself. Turning cauliflower into rice tricks that part of the brain that likes to feel sorry for itself (as if it's such a terrible thing not to have rice, seriously?!). This is a spicy garlic beef with stir-fry vegetables and cauliflower rice. When in dinner doubt, go stir fry! It contains the full rainbow spectrum of antioxidants and is just about as perfectly nutritious a meal as you can get. If you're vegetarian, just swap the beef for 1 cup cooked chickpeas or 100g tempeh and add 3 minutes before the vegetables are done so it can heat up and absorb the spices.
Heat 1.5 teaspoons coconut oil in a sautée pan over medium and add 100g lean ground beef mince once hot. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to turn frequently, chopping it into small-ish pieces as you do so. Once the beef is cooked through, add 50g each of chopped carrots, celery, broccoli florets, yellow peppers, and red (purple) cabbage along with 1/4 tsp garlic granules and 1/4 tsp red minced chili (including seeds if you like it spicy). Continue stirring frequently, letting it cook until tender crisp, about 10 minutes. About halfway through, add 2 tsp liquid aminos (Bragg's or coconut; alternatively, tamari or soy sauce). Taste and add further garlic, chili, and/or aminos as desired. If things are sticking in the pan, you can always add a splash of water to assist. While that's cooking, grate or finely chop 50g-100g cauliflower florets (depending how much "rice" you'd like). I prefer my cauliflower rice raw, but you can also steam it in a splash of water for 5 minutes until it is slightly soft. Once the stir-fry is ready, transfer it to a plate alongside the cauliflower rice. Enjoy!
serves 1 (multiply ingredients to serve more)
This salad dishes up a wonderful blend of flavours with a very Japanese feel. Savoury yet sweet salmon full of omega-3 fish oils, beautiful greens, crunchy fennel, spicy mustard, and tangy soy vinaigrette. It's one of those quick dinners that you can toss together in 10 minutes but is totally impressive to friends and family if they are lucky enough to have you make it for them!
Finely slice 75g fresh fennel bulb into long shaved slices, then cut these into 1-2 inch long strips. Add these to a bowl or plate, then finely slice 1 large stalk celery and add to the fennel along with 25g mixed salad greens (supermarkets sell pre-mixed packs made from things such as baby spinach, rocket, arugula, mustard greens, lamb's lettuce, etc). Toss with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, then set aside.
Place 1 tsp coconut oil into a sautee pan and warm over medium heat. While this is heating, slice one fillet salmon into 1-2 cm sized cubes and chop one green spring onion. Once the oil is hot, add the salmon and onion along with 1/2 tsp whole ground mustard and 1 Tbsp liquid aminos (Bragg's or coconut aminos). Mix the mustard into the liquid in the pan and lightly stir-fry everything until the salmon is just cooked through. Add the mixture and liquid to the salad and mix lightly to incorporate. Enjoy!
serves 1 (multiply ingredients to serve more)
Your breakfast woes are over! This is my super easy cereal swap. Spend 5 minutes once a week making up a batch of this, and you'll have a pre-made breakfast cereal ready to go each morning. Packed with natural protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats with no refined carbohydrates, sugars, or grains. It's totally delicious and will help keep your mornings fuss free and your body full of energy until lunchtime.
In a large bowl, combine 75g each of sesame seeds, whole flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped almonds, chopped walnuts, chopped dried un-sufured mango slices, and dried blueberries. Once the ingredients are well incorporated, transfer to an airtight container for storage. Enjoy with plenty of milk (great with almond milk!) and, if desired, a few drops liquid stevia to add sweetness while your taste buds transition to the sugar-free way of life.
makes six 100g servings (multiply ingredients to serve more)
Delightful! These are quite simply little pots of fluffy chocolate joy. I resisted for years trying out avocado-based desserts, and I now realise what a terrible decision this was! The flavour and texture is literally identical to a classic French mousse recipe using sugar, eggs, and cream, and I challenge anyone to tell the difference in a taste test. It takes only 60 seconds to whip these up on a blender, so it's a perfect solution when you're hit with a chocolate craving. The best part is the true beauty of the ingredients--avocado and raw cacao are two of nature's healthiest jewels. There's no need to feel guilty indulging in this as a snack or following a meal. Just reduce the fat in your meal to make room for the 1/2 avocado in this recipe, and you're all set. (Also adjust the carbohydrates if you are adding dates to the mixture).
In a high-speed blender, combine the flesh of one whole avocado, 4-6 Tbsp raw cacao powder, 125-175ml water, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. This tastes delicious without added sweetness, but if you'd like a little bit, add 1/8-1/4 tsp liquid stevia or 2-4 pitted dried dates. The trick with this recipe is to start with the lower amount of each ingredient, blend, then taste. Exactly how much you need will depend on the exact size of the avocado you are using as well as the minimum liquid your blender requires in order to operate and blend the ingredients. Start with 125ml water (1/2 cup), then add just a bit more until your blender turns the avocado and cacao powder into a very fluffy, light, mousse. If you are using dates, blend the water and dates first, then add the remaining ingredients to ensure the smoothest result. Spoon equally into two dishes. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later.
serves 2 (multiply ingredients to serve more)
My absolute favourite cracker recipe. So crunchy and savoury and satisfying. You honestly won't believe that there are no grains whatsoever in these bad boys. I adapted this recipe from the one by Domini Kemp and Patricia Daly in their book, The Ketogenic Kitchen, which they adapted from Sarah Britton in her book, My New Roots!
In a bowl, mix 75g sunflower seeds, 60g chia seeds, 45g ground psyllium husks (try KIKI Health brand), 45g whole flaxseeds, 30g pumpkin seeds, 20g sesame seeds, 2 tsp fennel seeds, 3/4 tsp sea salt, and 1 tsp dried thyme. Next, add 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil to 200ml boiling water so it melts, then pour into the dry mix and incorporate until thoroughly mixed. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and, using a spatula, spread and press the dough evenly across the tray. Place into a preheated 170 degree C oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes until crispy. If the edges get crispy while the middle is still soft, break off the edges and place the remaining back into the oven to bake until crispy. Let them cool, then store in an air-tight container. You can also dehydrate the dough overnight until firm for a raw food version.
Makes about 12 crackers
This is a gorgeous, uplifting take on traditional coleslaw. Don't get me wrong, I love mayo (paleo whole-food style) as much as the next girl, but sometimes you want to feel light and fresh with your ruby red cabbage goodness. Why? The vitamin C in the dish is off the charts. The detoxification support will keep your hormones balanced and help prevent cancer. This is slaw's much sexier younger sibling come to dinner, so buckle up!
In a bowl, combine 1/2 a head of shredded or grated red cabbage, 1 small red onion cut in half and sliced very thinly, 1 handful chopped flatleaf parsley, 1 minced red chili pepper (seeds removed), juice and zest of 1 lime, and sea salt to taste. Toss to combine and enjoy!
This is a deliciously simple hummus you can make in 3 minutes flat or fancy up with a little more work. First, however, let's unravel the "hummus controversy". Is it a super healthy snack? Or is it bad for us because of all the fat? Or because it contains carbs? Or even worse, because it contains both carbs and fat? No one can seem to agree! So, let's break it down logically. One half of this recipe, which is probably about how much a person ends up eating when they munch on hummus, contains 44g fat, 25g carbs, and 15g. This is just about a perfect. Throw in some non-starchy vegetables (which contain another 5g protein), and you have a really well-balanced meal. But does anyone ever really eat a hummus salad? Umm, no. Hummus is normally eaten with bread or or sweet potatoes or rice or chicken or avocado or dressing or a whole load of many, many other things. And when eaten as a snack, even with just some veggie sticks, this is essentially a full meal. Now we can start to see the danger of hummus. It is a powerful source of fat, carbs, and protein, so use wisely. Other than this, go forth and hummus!
To a food processor or blender with a tamper, add 250g (1 tin) rinsed, drained chickpeas, 4 Tbsp (48g) olive oil, 4 Tbsp (50g) light tahini, juice of 1 lemon (3.5 Tbsp), 2-4 minced cloves garlic (start with 2), and 3/4 tsp sea salt. Pulse or blend until creamy (a few lumps are fine). Taste and add a bit more salt or garlic as needed. If the food processor or blender is struggling, add a tiny bit of water to assist.
To fancy things up, sprinkle with a few chopped pecans, minced jalapeños, chives, and/or caramelised onions.
makes 2 snack servings or 2 meal servings