We are slowly getting into the winter season here in Queensland and the mornings are starting to be a bit chilly. I know I know, don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing in compare with winter in Europe. But it’s enough to put some warm socks on and definitely crave different foods in the morning. Something warming and comforting. Something easy to digest. And I think that porridge definitely advocate these foods. Unfortunately the classic porridge made of oats is not the best choice for some of us. But don’t worry, this Carrot Cake Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan) actually doesn’t contain any gluten, dairy or sugar and you can also skip the nuts, so it’s suitable for people with lots of different dietary needs.
Lately I’ve been craving “sweet” breakfasts quite a bit. And if you have been following me for a while, especially on Instagram where I post my very realistic meals, you would know that it’s not something very usual for me. Normally I would have a plate with veggies and protein for brekky and be very happy with that. However I’ve decided to listen to my body and the cravings and give it something different every now and then. But no, I still wouldn’t have doughnuts for breakfast. That’s definitely not worth it. If I crave a “sweet” brekky I would make a nice gluten-free porridge instead (for example the Chocolate Porridge) or as lately my favourite Homemade Chocolate Granola (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan) with coconut yoghurt. So if you are looking for some healthy breakfast inspiration you are at the right spot.
Ghee has undergone a huge comeback in the last few years. I think it’s because we are finally getting over the idea that fats are bad for us and can happily enjoy the real flavours again. And ghee definitely belongs to the healthy fats that we should incorporate into our daily diets. It’s known as a great cooking and baking fat because of it’s high smoke point (higher than most vegetable oils actually). It has a smooth nutty flavour which supports both, savoury and sweet dishes. And even though Paleo and Whole30 don’t support eating dairy, ghee has an exception. Why? Because when boiling and straining butter you’ll actually get rid of the milk proteins and solids which cause inflammation. And on the contrary you’ll be left with a golden goodness rich in flavour and nutrients which is suitable even for those of us who are dairy intolerant.
Today Australia celebrates Anzac Day and honours all the men and women that served in all wars.
Originally ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during in World War I.
But today it’s a National remembrance of all the men and women in wars and conflicts and commemorative services are held across the whole country. First services are at dawn, which is the time of the ANZAC army (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) first landing in Gallipoli in 1915. Then later in the day former soldiers take marches in many places.
Fennel can be quite strong in flavour when by itself and that sets a lot of people off. But combine it with the sweetness of butternut squash and creaminess of ghee and you’ll find a smooth yet decadent side dish. It’s perfect with grilled and roasted meats where it almost plays the main role. However it also perfectly supports full flavours of more exotic dishes like curries and aromatic stews.
I’ve decided to give up eggs for a little while again. Thankfully I am not allergic anymore, but lately I have some serious skin breakouts and my eczema is worsening every day. So I’m gonna try to cut the egg use to a minimum, together with most nightshades and few other things, and see if that will help. But before I start posting recipes without eggs and maybe a bit about the progress, here is one traditional eggy one for you. Homemade Tartare Sauce (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb). Because I can’t just keep it for myself when it’s already been made, can I? 🙂 And trust me, it’s not worth buying tartare sauce in the shop which is full of unnecessary stuff (thickeners, gums, sugar…?), when you can make it easily at home. See the recipe below and found out how.
Easter is around the corner (even though some shops here in Australia started selling hot cross buns and carrot cakes already at the end of January!) and I’m starting to think what food to make this year. Because same as other holidays, Easter usually comes hand in hand with lots of food in our household. I love meeting with my family and friends over good food. But I also like to stay healthy and away from foods that are simply not worth it. And with the Easter goodies most of the times the store bought cakes and pastries are really really far from healthy and good for us. Which means they are not worth it for me.
What was your favourite side dish when you were a kid? Can you think of any? For me it was definitely dumplings (so typical for Czech Republic) and potato puree (so typical as well). Homemade meatloaf with potato puree is actually one of my favourite dishes of all the time. So simple, yet so comforting.
However as I stepped in adult life I also started to be more stressed, put a lot of pressure on my body and immune system and also ate more processed foods and snacks to cope with the stress. Which in reality meant just more stress for the body. Unfortunately at that time I was not so aware of the impact of these bad habits. So over the time (apart from another) I developed few allergies and food intolerances. Including a potato intolerance. And dairy intolerance too. So a classic potato puree was out of the game for quite some time. But that was just before I started the Paleo journey and looked for different options and healthier food choices in general. And realised that there is a simple solution – Cauliflower Puree (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb).
I know, I said that I don’t like sweet breakfasts much. And it’s true. Most of the mornings you could spot me stuffing my face with eggs and vegetables (or simply just some leftovers). But sometimes I need a little taste switch. And a little break from the proteins. And that’s when a nice bowl of warm porridge comes in handy (it’s also great to make ahead and have on busy mornings). But as you’re probably guessing now, it’s a bit different than the porridge as we know it. There are no oats or any other grains. No sugar. No dairy either. There even might be one very unexpected ingredient. Yet it still has the same effect. So if you are looking for a breakfast inspiration which won’t mess with your eating style, you are in the right place. Read about the Chocolate Cashew Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb) bellow.
If you are following the food scene a little, you probably just couldn’t not notice that food in a bowl is a thing lately. It’s everywhere. All over the social media. Buddha bowls, breakfast bowls, vegan bowls… You can put pretty much anything in a bowl and give it a fancy name as long as it looks pretty. And that’s what kinda sets me off. It started as beautiful and inspiring nourishing meals. What’s left now in most of the cases is the beautiful. Good looking – for the picture. Nourishing? Not so much.
Anyway, I didn’t want to turn this post into a negative thought on this trend (even though I have my doubts). Because there are still typical bowl meals I enjoy very much. And this is also a post about a bowl, right? But the thing is those all have something in common, no matter the style or cuisine. They are healthy, combining ALL the important macronutrients in one meal – good source of protein and fat and reasonable portion of carbohydrates (from vegetables or fruits). Like this Beef Burrito Bowl (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb) I’m sharing today. Continue reading