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).
Happy Monday, everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t posted a recipe in weeks, but my website actually underwent some serious issues and I wasn’t even able to log in. However, everything should be back to normal and I’m happy to share some recipes and travel tips with you again, starting with one of my current favourites – Laksa (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb).
I would like to say that I’m posting a soup recipe because it’s winter and it’s cold and soup is a perfect dish for this weather. That’s the right introduction, isn’t it? But well, that would be a lie. It is indeed winter in Australia right now. But it’s definitely not cold. I actually can’t believe how lucky we are here in Queensland with the weather. It is mostly sunny (Sunshine state?) and the temperature hardly goes bellow 18 °C. Crazy, right? So this is me, posting a recipe for Laksa (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb) simply because I like soups. Because I think that any weather is soup weather. Continue reading
Ok, this is definitely not a low carb recipe. But no one is perfect, right? And I still believe in the fact that fruit is better for us than some (artificial) sweeteners. In healthy amounts of course. I know that especially banana is super full of natural carbohydrates, so it’s not in my diet very often. But it also contains so many vitamins and minerals. And it’s nice to treat myself every now and then.
And that’s exactly what this Banana Bread (Paleo, Sugar-Free, Vegan) represents for me. Balance. Balance in my lifestyle when I’m not obsessed with every gram of sugar I eat and I enjoy some healthy treat when I feel like it. It’s my version of intuitive eating and food freedom. Because when I don’t forbid myself from eating anything, my choices are actually much better than if I have a feeling that something is not allowed (and therefore super tempting).
I just made the best salad ever. I honestly can’t stop drooling over it. It’s THAT good. So if you are looking for a side dish which would complement your weekend grilled specials, look nowhere else. I’ve got you covered with the Broccoli And Pumpkin Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Low Crab, Vegan). Also, there is actually no raw vegetable in this salad. So it doesn’t have that over healthy (and super boring) feel. But it’s crispy, fun and savoury. And it’s so much easier to digest. Honestly, you just have to try it. And don’t tell me if you don’t like it. Because it’s good. I know it 🙂
Pesto is one of these culinary creations which can be made out of pretty much anything. I know, the basil pesto is the classic and still probably the best. However, basil can be pretty pricey and therefore the whole pesto situation gets a bit noble. And yes, you can get a jar of pesto for a little money in the supermarket nowadays, but have you ever read the ingredient list? It’s usually never ending. With stuff you simply don’t need in your daily diet. So what to do to enjoy a bit of this delicacy without breaking your bank account? Try something new and swap the basil for a different cheaper herb and play with the taste. Like in this Coriander Pesto (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegan).
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.
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).
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
So, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. And I thought that as a good food blogger I should post a recipe for this special day. And that’s exactly when I get a bit stuck. I don’t like to do things just because they are expected. Or because others do it. I don’t even really celebrate Valentine’s. But. It’s a good excuse to enjoy some good food and drinks with my husband. I’m always in when it’s about food. But honestly I just don’t feel like coming up with another chocolate recipe because it’s expected for this day. So here is something different we would enjoy – Beetroot Hummus (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb). I think it’s actually perfect for Valentine’s, at least because of the colour 🙂