Category Archives: Recipes

Bone Broth

We’ve been dealing with some sickness in our camp. I’ve had to turn to antibiotics, which I detest. However, when dealing with a chest and sinus infection I don’t want to mess with it.

What I can do is look after myself, along with my husband who is the recipient and now carrier of my germs. Let’s just say I’m not so popular with my husband at the moment. My current nickname: “the infector”. Nice.

In addition to eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, I decided to make bone broth last night. Bone broth is a source of goodness and a well known gut healer.

The method?

First up I roasted a chicken and vegetables for dinner and we had a good old fashioned roast dinner. Very good! Homemade gravy and all. My grandmother would make Sunday roasts and I would watch her as a child. I just did what I remembered and it worked! So easy I don’t know why I haven’t done this before!

Secondly I simmered the chicken carcass in 5.5 litres of water in my dutch oven, along with celery, onion, garlic and carrots. I added 2x TBS of apple cider vinegar to draw out the nutrients from the carcass. Towards the end I added fresh rosemary and thyme. I didn’t salt the stock, this can be done when I use it for cooking.

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4 hours later and I had a great stock. Ideally I would cook this for 8 hours, or up to 24 hours in my slow cooker. Alas, I did it on the stovetop and had to go to bed!

The chicken was $10. Including another couple of chicken breasts, organic vegetables and herbs, for $25 I got 5 liters of bone broth, a batch of soup (6-8 servings) and three nights worth of roast dinner for two people. Not bad at all!

Verdict: I would do this again, although it was a lot of work. I did enjoy it and found the process to be quite therapeutic. Plus now I have homemade bone broth on hand!

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Bone broth ready to go!

 

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Paleo Morning Glory Muffins

Lets have a moment for my favourite muffins. Paleo Morning Glory Muffins care of The Roasted Root.

I make these muffins every few weeks and always have a stash in the freezer! I make these muffins using rice malt syrup instead of maple syrup (not as sweet!).

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I find that between the raisins, sweet potato, carrot and apple these muffins are sweet enough. I  also use one apple instead of half.

These paleo muffins always turn out well and are perfect to have on hand for a morning snack!

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Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

When baking cookies with almond meal, coconut flour or buckwheat flour, my husband often says that while he loves healthy cookies, they always come out a little dry. I’m inclined to agree, despite using ample coconut oil in lieu of butter.

I have found a fix though. I freeze my cookies. This may sound like a strange concept. Freezing freshly made cookies? Who does that? Alas it works. Out of the freezer comes a nice crunchy cookie!

Last night I made these Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies and they came out tasting good, but again a little dry. Froze them and they are fantastic! Sometimes I go into the freezer a week later looking for a cookie and they have mysteriously disappeared!

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These cookies look a little different to the original recipe. This is because I used a cacao almond butter I bought from About Life a couple of months back, but didn’t love. I didn’t want it to go to waste, so am using it for baking. The bitterness in the cacao is perfect in a sweet chocolate chip cookie. I used 1/2 cup coconut sugar instead of 3/4 of a cup. Personally I found 1/2 cup sugar to be ample. I only used 100g of 85% dark lindt chocolate. These cookies are paleo, grain and dairy free. This recipe made 27 smaller cookies for me.

One thing I have learnt from cooking with coconut sugar is that it burns easily. Coconut sugar has a caramel’y’ taste which is different, but I quite like it. This was my first attempt at cooking with coconut sugar. Next time I’ll take the cookies out of the oven before they look “done”.

Finally, at the end of the day isn’t coconut sugar just… sugar? It is. I have read that it has a lower glycemic index  and doesn’t spike one’s blood sugar as quickly as regular white sugar. It is also meant to be higher in minerals. However the studies do not seem to be well referenced, so I’m not sure how I feel about coconut sugar, other than…

everyone likes a treat now and & then!

I would recommend this recipe and will be using it again.

 

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Cooking!

Yesterday I made a batch of IQS’s coco-nutty “granola” minus the oats. This was delicious for breakfast with strawberries and Greek yogurt!

   

The other day I made a batch of morning glory muffins, also grain free. These turned out well and I will definitely be making again!

 

Today’s lunch was very good! Last night I marinated salmon for 2 hours in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano and salt/pepper. Next I bbq’d it. Had it in a salad of lettuce, carrot, capsicum and goats cheese with balsamic dressing. Winner!  

Plus I had to share my About Life haul, how good is it?!

 

Beets and lentils

A simple but wholesome lunch! Spinach, boiled egg, beets, lentils and olive oil/balsamic. I’ll keep this on the roster!