Do you like colourful food? I love it. Not talking about the artificial colours which make children hyperactive. But the beautiful colours real food has. The calming green of spinach, sun bright yellow of capsicums, loving red of beets… Because food is not just tasty, but beautiful as well, isn’t it? And I truly believe that food which is colourful (again, talking about whole foods) is good for us. I can imagine all the amazing nutrients entering my body when eating colourful meals. So I try to play with my meals a bit. Put colours on my plate. And if you know me, you would know I try to sneak veggies wherever possible. For example in my smoothies or porridge (like in my last posted recipe for Indian Spiced Porridge) or in this case to the colourful Savoury Beetroot Crepes (Paleo, Low Carb).
It’s been almost one year since I posted a recipe for the Carrot Cake Porridge. Talking about chilly mornings and comfort foods. Well, here we are again. Slowly, but surely the winter is coming to the Gold Coast. And even though the weather is still absolutely stunning during the day, the mornings are getting a bit colder. And that means my body is craving all the comfort food. All the time… But that’s a different story. Anyway, I also have to wake up pretty early for my work and can’t really skip breakfast, so it needs to be something easy to digest. And I think porridge just ticks all the boxes. And this Indian Spiced Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan) is the bomb at the moment. No sugar, no gluten, just good things like seeds and coconut cream, beautiful warming spices and of course some veggies too. Because that wouldn’t be me if I didn’t try to sneak some veg into everything.
Cauliflower is in the limelight for quite a while now. Because you can make nearly anything from it. Pizza, rice, mac and cheese or even ice cream. I know, right? But it has a perfect neutral flavour and smooth texture, making it easy to hide it in variety of dishes while increasing your veggie intake. And since cauliflower is finally back to being affordable, I am happy to include it more into our daily diet again. So I made a Cauliflower rice from half I bought on the market, because that and zucchini noodles are probably the best and easiest side dishes ever. But as much as I love my veggies, I also felt like something a bit fancier to accommodate my meals. So from the other half of the cauliflower I whipped up these Cauliflower Gnocchi (Paleo, Low Carb).
Pretty much every country which celebrates Easter has special Easter meals. In Czech there are several dishes and treats which are very typical for Easter. And every family would probably pick different one as their favourite. Meanwhile in Australia you can’t possibly not notice what everybody’s most favourite Easter treat is. Unless you don’t go shopping. Ever. Or you don’t have a TV. Or a radio. Honestly. Because hot cross buns are just about everywhere from early January. Oh, I know that Easter is usually in spring (autumn in Australia). But Australians love their hot cross buns so much that they simply replace the Christmas goodies with them in the shops at the beginning of the year.
However, I have to admit, they are really good. Especially toasted and smudged with butter. That’s one yummy treat. But you might be quite surprised if you read the ingredient list on a packet of classic supermarket hot cross buns. It has about one hundred items. Not many good ones. And that’s why I decided to make my own recipe for Hot Cross Buns (Paleo, Low Carb). Because I know that they contain only a few clean ingredients which are good for me, while still being super tasty.
After a couple of weeks I’m back with another Asian classic, this time visiting the kitchens of Thailand (at least in my mind).
Today I’ve decided to share my version of Pad Thai, because it’s one of the most popular Thai dishes, yet not many people make it at home. But it’s much easier than you think. And of course I tuned the recipe up a bit, so it’s as nutritious as possible. That’s why I’m using spaghetti squash instead of noodles. Because it’s delicious, healthy and super easy to cook with. If you can get your mitts on this special variety of squash, you should definitely give my Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb) a try. It’s packed with fresh amazing flavours and nutrients.
I just love Asian cuisine. But. It’s a known fact that most of the restaurants are using lots of sugar and sauces with crazy amounts of ingredients to add more flavour to the dishes. That’s why I often try to recreate a healthier option at home, using whole foods and ingredients that I can actually pronounciate. Of course some dishes are never going to taste the same when made at home (yes, I’m talking about you Ramen), but I think I came pretty close with this Beef San Choy Bow (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb).
Ok, this is probably one of the most convenient and easy family meals you can whip up any week night. Of course only if you don’t count in frozen dinners. But we are talking healthy here.
This Sausage Goulash (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb) is super simple to make even if you are not a cooking wizard and uses very affordable ingredients. Comfort in a bowl served in no time. Who wouldn’t like that, right?
This might not be the most classic Christmas recipe you can whip up this year, but that’s the thing. Why not? Why not to make something different? Everyone is making rum balls. Don’t get me wrong, I will still make my version of Rum Balls too. But at a same time I felt like making something new. Something more suitable for the hot Australian weather. Something with refreshing tropical flavour, yet still in small bite sizes perfect for the Christmas nibbling. And with citrus fruits in season I simply couldn’t resist. So here are the Lime Bites (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan), perfect little treat after your Christmas lunch or just during the day to hush the hanger (because no one wants to be hungry and cranky during Christmas).
With Halloween around the corner it’s all about pumpkin lately. And even though I’m not always following the mainstream, this time I don’t want to miss the wagon, because pumpkin is actually my favourite vegetable. It’s so versatile. You can have it just roasted as a perfect side to your meats, pureed for extra fanciness or use it in desserts for a perfect texture and natural sweetness. So here is my recipe for super easy Pumpkin Cocoa Pudding (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan).
I always thought that making a homemade coconut yoghurt is a little bit of alchemy. All the recipes sounded pretty complicated, included too many ingredients and a lot of work and I just couldn’t be bothered. But store-bought yoghurts usually contain so many unnecessary ingredients like starches and added sugars and also don’t seem to have many of the salutary probiotics which you expect from a yoghurt. And plainly they usually don’t taste very good. Well, unless you spend half of your salary on one tub. There are some very tasty coconut yoghurts out there, but their price can be too much for some of us. So I decided it’s time to give the home fermenting process a proper go.