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.
Who said you have to give up ketchup once you go Paleo? Yes, you should definitely give up the crap that you find on the shelves in stores. There is nothing good in that stuff for anyone. But that doesn’t mean that you have to say your goodbyes forever. Because making homemade ketchup is much easier than it seems. Hello burgers and fries, welcome your best friend back. Here is my version of Homemade Ketchup (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegan), I hope you’ll like it.
Winner winner, chicken dinner. Ok, I just couldn’t help myself. But I think that this Sage And Lemon Roast Chicken (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb) honestly is the winner here. Because if you are looking for an easy but scrumptious meal which would feed a few people and not break your bank account this is it. Roast chicken can be quite boring, I know. But it can be also the highlight of the night. You just need the good spices and technique. Then add some fancy (ish) side like the Fennel And Butternut Squash Puree and you have a winning dinner.
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.
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.
Have you tried Chicken Larb, the traditional Thai chicken salad yet? If not, you definitely should. Because it’s an embodiment of freshness in a dish. It will awaken your senses with it’s tangy, yet savoury taste, leaving your lips pleasantly tingly from the chilli and your belly nicely full. Close your eyes and transfer yourself to the busy street stalls of Thailand.
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).