Clean Green Avocado Chicken

 

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Ingredients: Chicken breast or thighs. Warm Salad = cauliflower, broccoli, spring onion, salt, sprouted legumes (optional – I used green lentils). Avocado Dressing = 1 avocado, 1 or 2 dollops of greek yoghurt, a few fresh basil leaves, a dollop of hummus, a drizzle of tahini, salt, a hint of cumin, a hint of cinnamon, a squeeze of fresh lemon, pepper.

Steps: Fry the chicken pieces in butter and salt until crispy around the edges. For the Warm Salad: Pop all ingredients in your food processor and blitz into little but chunky bits. Lightly fry, stirring, in your choice of FAT – coconut oil, butter or ghee will all be fabulous. For the Avocado Dressing: Blitz all ingredients in your food processor until well combined and smooth.

Serve the chicken on top of the warm salad and douse with a generous amount of avocado dressing. Enjoy!

Creator’s note: Feel free to add any greens that you love!

 

Raw Chocolate Cinnamon Slice  

Raw Chocolate Cinnamon SliceIngredients 

Base layer: 1 cup of nuts and/or seeds of choice, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a quarter cup of melted coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of cacao powder (best) or cocoa, a pinch of salt. Your choice to sweeten: half a banana or two or three soaked medjool dates (or if you have another preference, use that instead).

Top Chocolaty Layer: Half a cup of raw cacao powder (best) or cocoa powder, 1 half of a cup of cream or coconut cream, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of gelatine. Your choice to sweeten: half a banana or two or three soaked medjool dates (or if you have another preference, use that instead).

Steps

Blitz all of the base ingredients together in a food processor until oils release and it holds when pressed together (rather than crumbles). If your mixture is too crumbly, add a little more coconut oil. Press into a baking paper lined loaf tin and pop into the fridge or freezer to set while making the top.

Now blitz all of the topping ingredients together in a food processor. Pour/spoon on top of the base layer, smoothing it out with the back of a spoon if needed. Pop it back in the fridge to set for a couple of hours, then cut into squares with a sharp knife and eat!

Any questions or ideas, comment below!

By Franklee Healthy

Pimp Your Veggies – 10 ways to improve vegetable deliciousness

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Vegetables are the essence of life! Without those little beauties, we wouldn’t last very long on this Earth. But, some people really struggle to gobble them up at every meal. So here are five ways to pimp your veggies!

  1. Fry them in butter or olive oil and salt – I do this with broccoli, cabbage and zucchini.
  2. Make a mash or puree – boil a mixture of veggies, drain, add butter, cream and salt, and puree or mash until smooth. Combos that I use include kumara and parsnip (sometimes with leftover broccoli and cauliflower stems), cauliflower and kumara, parsnip and carrot, pumpkin and peas.
  3. Re-purpose leftovers into a new meal – for example, use them in a frittata or pie the next day.
  4. Add dried fruit – I got the idea of mixing a few dried cranberries to cabbage from Irena Macri http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/about/ from Eat Drink Paleo http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/ (hyperlink these!). Just be careful of the sugar content; keep the dried fruit portion small and use this trick infrequently.
  5. Add chopped bacon! We all know bacon makes everything better (but unfortunately it is tricky to find nasty-free and free-range bacon at the moment!! Sometimes farmers markets provide a win here). For example, fry some chopped up bacon until crispy, then add finely chopped veggies (cabbage is good) and cook together with the bacon and its fat.
  6. Make them into chippies! Slice as thin as possible (use a mandolin or slice setting on your food processor), coat in olive oil or butter, sprinkle on some salt a bake on a high heat for half an hour.
  7. Add seeds or crushed nuts – Broccoli is easily lifted when fried with pumpkin seeds (in butter or olive oil), for example.
  8. Disguise them within your dish – for example, grated carrots and zucchini are barely noticeable in a well-cooked cottage pie.
  9. Mix with bits of crispy fried haloumi – pretty self-explanatory I think.
  10. Spiralise them! Ok, so this doesn’t actually change the flavour but it is so much fun! Think zucchini noodles for your spag bowl, or curly kumara fries as a side.

Veggies are awesome, and I hope this helps a few people up their intake so they can live healthier, happier lives! Yay!

By Franklee Healthy

A little message at the end: These blog posts are simply to help me process my own learning. I have no medical, health-science-y background… although I am studying towards a diploma of nutritional science, and I do my best to consult reliable research. If you see any info that doesn’t quite look right, then great! Comment away with your thoughts, because I would love to know more.

 

Too Easy Zucchini Fritters

 


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Serves:
 One    Time: 10 minutes if that

Ingredients: Half a zucchini – grated, 1 free range egg, salt and pepper to taste. Butter or coconut oil for cooking.

Steps: While heating some butter or coconut oil in a pan, mix all ingredients together with a fork. Pour into the pan and cook on one side for a few minutes. Flip and cook the other side for a few minutes. Eat!

I served mine with bacon for brekkie, and I suggest you do too. Mmmm.

 

Your Busy Life – It’s YOUR Choice

 

Red Skirt on Rocks copyHow are you? This is a common kiwi question when bumping into someone familiar. The answer is often ‘Busy but good, thanks’. Have you noticed this too?

Despite the word ‘good’ being in the reply, quite often the busy-ness has a negative undertone. It is like the person has been forced into it and left with no spare time to relax. A modern slave, you could say. Sometimes it becomes a competition between people. Warning signs include comparing personal to-do lists.

The thing is, we all have choice! Every action that you take in this life is totally up to you. I personally do not see being busy as a bad thing. I often measure the success of my day based on how many awesome things I got to do. But I do not force myself into doing things that I don’t want to do. You are only busy if you choose to be busy! I know it is my choice, and I like to do lots of things, so I choose to fill my schedule with activities that make me feel good. Here are some tips from my own life that might help you to enjoy yours.

  1. I do not rush in the morning. I feel that the pace of my morning routine sets the mood for the day. I get up an hour before I need to leave for work and really enjoy the start of my day. I take my time to make a yummy, healthy breakfast, and often eat it while browsing a book. I methodically prepare all of the things I need for the day and make sure I am organised, so that there is (usually) no rushing around like a mad chook to get things done.
  2. I go to a job that I enjoy. I chose to train in areas that I loved rather than areas that would make me money. And I am so glad that I did. I look forward to going to work each day and often take time to reflect on the reasons that I love my job. If you are in a job that you do not love, then it is never to late to change that! Tae a step towards a job you have a passion for.
  3. I am passionate about my evening activities. My after-work activities are ones that I love. These include exercising in ways I enjoy (usually yoga, weights sessions, dancing or a running adventure with friends), cooking a real food dinner, reading (novels and nutrition books), blogging, recipe experimenting, and catching up with friends. Sometime, I just don’t feel like doing anything. So I don’t. Because it is my choice!
  4. I have goals that I am working towards. I feel like goals add a sense of purpose and fulfilment to life. I work on them foe at least a few minutes each day.
  5. I reflect. I consciously acknowledge what I have achieved over the day and consider how my daily activities have enriched my life. And if they haven’t, I make a little mental note of how I can change that. Often you can change a task that you don’t enjoy into one that you do, just by tweaking a little something… often this little something is attitude.

So start to notice how you live your own life, and make those changes so you can enjoy every minute of it. If you are sick of being so busy, then just don’t be. Make some changes. Think about your priorities. If you don’t like it, then don’t do it. Find a new approach. Make the most of every minute. Live your best possible life!

A little message at the end: These blog posts are simply to help me process my own learning. I have no medical, health-science-y background… although I am studying towards a diploma of nutritional science, and I do my best to consult reliable research. If you see any info that doesn’t quite look right, then great! Comment away with your thoughts, because I would love to know more.