Here it is…a super doper quick and easy Paleo Pie Crust
Yours in Health and Happiness
It’s our eldest son’s 17th birthday today so I had to bake a few treats for him. He has asked for pork belly for dinner (like mother like son) and brownies. There are many great paleo brownie recipes floating around but they are all high in carbs, and we are a low carb family (not for weight loss but for gut health and healing) so I had to come up with my own. A friend had posted photos of her Incaberry Chocolate and I love Incaberries (sweet and sour all in one…more sweet then sour but kind of like the lollies) so I added some into the brownies, just enough to give it some flavour but not enough to blow out the carbs (30g total for the whole brownie batch). Don’t have incaberries, then use goji
I took a break from blogging and creating new recipes, it was needed. Life was getting very busy with studying and running the four boys around, not to mention the Primal Life Marketplace stall…I was flat out brushing my hair let alone cooking presentable food
But I’m back! Everything has been sorted and I have found some cooking balance again.
Everything in this custard was chosen for its nutrition value and health boosting properties. Enjoy!
Yours in health and happiness
I just love market morning. I love the fellow stall holders, they are such lovely people who are so passionate about whatever it is they are selling, and we look after each other. I love my weekly customers…see them every week is such a joy for me!
When I got home and unpacked I whipped up this Thai inspired banana blossom salad, I was starving (hence the not so flash photo today). This recipe serves one person.
Thai Banana Blossom Chicken Salad
The Mackay Marina Run is on tomorrow, I’m almost sad that I’m not doing the half marathon this year. I’ve been so busy with getting my ‘secret’ plans happening and studying that I just haven’t had the time to fit the training in. Plenty more half marathons left in me yet so I’m not too disappointed, I’m doing the 5k corporate run with my CrossFit Mackay family instead
Yours in Health and Happiness
Let’s talk about meal prepping…it’s vital in our household…and I’m sure you can benefit from doing it too (if you don’t already). We’re all busy right? Big family or small family, single person or partnered people, we are busy. I don’t know about your family needs or commitments, let me share a week in our household with you.
We get super busy, and most afternoons I need to be in two places at the same time. Our family are gluten-free, dairy-free, preservative and additive-free, legume-free and in my case, grain-free. To make it easy, we are a paleo family and this comes with some big challenges. We are not this way purely by choice, we have food allergies and sensitivities (and an autoimmune disease). I don’t rely on take-out or convenience food! This means I must set aside at least one day a week (usually a Saturday or Sunday) to prep up our meals/lunches. Now that I am in the swing of it, it’s really not that hard. So let me take you through what I do.
I start off by planning out our week in meals. This doesn’t have to be hard, just use an A4 piece of paper and divide it into seven columns. Then decided what you’d like for dinner each night of the week. I plan our dinners around the kids’ work/school/sport commitments (eg. Football training on Tuesday and Thursday means slower cooker dinners).
Then I clear the kitchen benches of any clutter (when hubs is home I have a collection of newspapers on the bench) and I take out my trays and food processor. I also get all of the food items I need out and open up the pantry (this helps keep flours, spices off the bench and saves cleaning up time).
I wash the dishes as I go, it saves time!
I make and cook the proteins first. While they are cooking I mix and cut (cookies and crackers) the muffins etc. I cut and juice the vegetables last. I find that this works well, it usually takes me three hours from start to finish…remember I am prepping for a family of six (with three teenage boys).
Prepped this week:
Do you prep or plan out your family meals?
Yours in health and happiness
Tuna and Broccoli Fritters
You could add any vegetable into these versatile little fritters, I made them with zucchini and carrot yesterday…yummmm…and yes, the kids had these too
So a quick update: life in the Rath household is starting to finally settle down, it’s amazing what cleaning up diets can do for a family. Don’t get me wrong, we’re still incredibly busy, but now we are far more organised and all on the same page.
I set Sunday and Thursday afternoons as my cook up days, on these days I make lunchbox treats, meatballs, cook chicken thighs (because my 13 year-old doesn’t like chicken breast), dice carrots, prep veggies and package everything up for the week.
Bible College started this week!! Our first study group is tonight, I am beyond excited!!
Yours in health and happiness
Quick history of the ANZAC biscuit: During the first world war, mothers/wives/daughters of Australian soldiers wanted to send food from home in care packages to their men, but they faced the problem of transporting over the ocean on ships (so many many weeks of travel without refrigeration). Some of these very clever women came up with a solution, instead of making the biscuits with egg they would use other ingredients as binding agents and, therefore, make the journey across the ocean to their brave sons/husbands/fathers.
ANZAC Day is tomorrow and I had to whip up a batch of Paleo ANZAC biscuits…because these are my favourite biscuits in the whole wide world, and my Nana makes the best ones! Except they’re not ones that we can eat anymore, so I came up with these ones…not crunchy like hers but just as tasty.
Paleo ANZAC Biscuits
Note: I used mesquite powder and maca powder to just pack a bit more nutrition into the biscuit for my kids, feel free to leave it out and replace with extra nut/seed meal, the mesquite powder has a nice soft caramel flavour and works so perfectly with the caramel fudginess of the dates.
Yours in Health
Oh. My. Goodness! I am on a roll You know how I love Great Lakes Gelatin right?! How I have it every single day in my smoothie or mixed straight up in water? Well I’ve been making jellies for the kids so they get the awesomeness of gelatin too, they need it as much as I do. I make my GL jellies with a tried and true:
Well today I made…..chocolate mousse jelly! Ooooooohhhhhhhhhh yes!
This will be our Easter Egg substitute this year…I have some great Easter moulds and I can’t wait to get them setting the night before Easter. Yours in Health Jess xx
Our household has been so busy! The kids all at school, W not in day care anymore, me not ‘working’ but studying, D back at football and me running him to training and games, Husband doing a 7 on 7 off roster….and me starting Primal Life Marketplace….phew!!
So with all of the stress/busyness of our household came some convenience foods….now our type of convenience foods are totally different to other people’s convenience foods. We had packets of gluten free popcorn, organic plain rice cakes, gluten free muesli bars, pre-flavoured and roasted nuts…all the things that I could quickly give the kids without me having to make them on Sundays.
I’m happy to report that they have now left the Rath house and will not return, why? Because there is a very big need to focus on our health/nutrition/wellness/healing. We have children who need us to pay special attention to this, for their sake I had to pull up my Mummy Socks (whatever they are…and what the?) and get back into the kitchen, get my head space right again and focus more on them.
Anywho…so today I got back into the kitchen, got my nut milking/flour making game on…cranked up some tunes and cooked up a storm. I even created a new recipe for you all :-) I have trouble getting my kids to eat vegetables (2 of them I don’t have any trouble with, but the eldest and the youngest are so hard to get veggies into). I wanted to make a ‘bread’ that I could spread things on and send to school, or make up as snacks at home….helllllooooo Zucchini Broccoli Bread! And it worked first time!! And second time! Double bonus :-) You are going to love it! As always you can substitute some of the items (I’ll tell you which ones) and make it to suit the needs of your family.
Paleo Zucchini Broccoli Bread
Yours in Health and Wellness
The weather at the moment is so unpredictable. One minute it’s pouring down with rain and the next minute it’s sunny, then you blink and its overcast again. Aaahhh summer in North Queensland.
I love summer! For so many reasons. I love the sun, the beach, the beautiful summer fruits and air conditioning (sometimes the humidity is just way too much). This brings me to…bananas.
We have so many bananas! They are so cheap at the moment and the kids aren’t eating them as quick as they usually do so I’ve been freezing some and baking with some. Remember the banana bread? Well yesterday I wanted to cook something for the kids after school but I didn’t have an hour to spare….hmmmm the dilemma. Ah-huh I know, banana bread cookies! Genius, I know
I made them again today, just to road test the recipe to make sure it wasn’t just a fluke the first time…nope it wasn’t…they are GOOD! I made them 3 different ways…ready?? Ginger Banana Bread Cookies…Chocolate Banana Bread Cookies….and Banana Bread Cookies. Go try them…you’ll love them. The recipe makes 35 cookies.
Paleo Banana Bread Cookies
Paleo Ginger Banana Bread Cookies
Paleo Chocolate Banana Bread Cookies
You can eat them as they are, or sandwich them together with some nut butter.
Yours in health