One of the things that I have noticed since starting on a gluten and wheat free diet is that people frequently say “What on Earth do you eat?”
Well we eat delicious food, we enjoy it more and we have naturally lost weight and become healthier from doing so.
I admit, it does take more effort than grabbing Take away or packet ready meals but it is so much more satisfying. When I find good recipes or ideas I save them to Pinterest so that they are easy to access when I need them. There are thousand of great resources on-line so inspiration is never far away. We have a Paleo approach to food but we do eat some things that are not Paleo that we have found we tolerate well, like rice and some gluten free flour products. We have cut sugar to a minimum but we do enjoy a glass of red wine a few times a week.
Some of our favourite meals are
- slow cooker casseroles of meat and vegetable;
- grilled fish with new potatoes and vine roasted tomatoes drizzled with olive oil;
- Harissa Chicken with Moroccan vegetable mix (chickpeas, sweet potato, carrot or Butternut squash, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh coriander);
- the burger and chips as pictured. The burger can be good quality beef or Lamb and bacon, the Sweet Potato chips are chunky cut, tossed in a little olive oil and then oven baked or grilled; the avocado is just mashed with lemon juice or crushed garlic and served with fresh salad leaves, cucumber, mushrooms and tomatoes. Occasionally we have steak instead of the burger.
Lamb and bacon burger recipe for 4
500 g lamb mince
2 rashers finely chopped bacon
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 tsp. of Dijon or wholegrain mustard
1 crushed clove garlic
1 egg beaten (can be omitted)
chopped fresh herbs or 1 tsp. dried mixed herbs
sea salt and pepper to taste.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing well. Divide into 4 portions and shape into burgers. Best chilled in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to cooking in a little olive or coconut oil for 5 – 10 mins per side.
CHOCOLATE AND TREATS – not just for Easter!
We buy dairy free chocolate and have ‘Friday night is chocolate night’ as that makes it easier to avoid the rest of the week and we look forward to it rather than mindlessly eating it at all times.
We also love our Chocolate Brownies and after experimenting with lots of recipes I like this one best.
Chocolate Brownie Recipe
1 large or two medium Sweet Potatoes baked in the skins.
2 eggs beaten
2 tsps. real vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup Virgin Coconut oil
1 heaped tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 cup organic Cocoa powder
2 tblsp. of Coconut flour or 3 tblsp. of Gluten free flour
1/2 cup of Pecan, walnut pieces or chocolate drops or nibs.
Put vanilla, honey and coconut into a large bowl over a pan of hot water until melted.
Take off the heat and add the scooped out cooked sweet potato and eggs and mix well.
Add all dry ingredients and combine well.
Bake at 180C for 20 -30 mins until top has a firmness but the rest will be gooey. If you are short of time you can just grate the sweet potato and the texture will be slightly different – but still nice.
So there you have it. None of these things take more than basic cooking skills, they can all be prepared and cooked in about 30 minutes and they contain plenty of healthy ingredients. Any questions? Don’t be shy, ask in comments.