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Brocolli Leaf Wraps with Spicy Lamb, Yoghurt and Cauliflower [Gluten-free, Banting, LCHF, Low Carb]

What do you do when you need a delicious yet light meal on a hot Summer’s day/evening? Brocolli leaf wraps of course. I discovered these leaves by chance actually while doing my shopping at the local Checkers store. They come in a bag with some kale leaves. I took the plunge and decided to try them with some scrambled eggs one day and I was sold. THEN, the genius idea hit me and I thought let me try the brocolli leaves as wraps. Why not? They are ‘almost’ big enough so I guess you could also call them brocolli tacos lol. I used left over lamb that I made using my Spicy Lamb Marinade .

Brocolli Leaf and Lamb wraps with yoghurt
Brocolli Leaf and Lamb wraps with yoghurt

Ingredients:

Makes 4 wraps

4 Brocolli Leaves

3 lamb ribs, deboned and chopped

0.5 onion finely chopped

4 Tablespoons of plain yoghurt or greek yoghurt

4 Tablespoons of fried cauli rice (herbed and spiced as you please or lightly salted with some himalayan salt and pepper)

1 Avocado (skinned, pip scooped out and thinly sliced)

Method:

15 Minutes Preparation

Place the brocolli leaves in some hot water for 3 minutes in order to soften them or leave them as is if you prefer them crunchy. Take one leave and place a tablespoon of rice, a little bit of avocado, a little bit of lamb ribs, onion and a tablespoon of yoghurt. Secure with toothpicks. Do the same with the rest of the brocolli leaves. You could also do this with blanched cabbage leaves, swiss chard, lettuce or whatever leaf you fancy the most. But let me just say, that the brocolli leaves are by far the most filling ;-).

lamb and brocolli leaf wraps
lamb and brocolli leaf wraps

 

Get creative and enjoy!

Posted in banting, banting friendly, Cakes, Desserts and Cakes, gluten-free, paleo

Super Moist Banting Chocolate Cake [Vegan, Paleo. Banting Cake, Heba Pap, Chocolate Cake, Cacao Recipes, Egg-less/No-Egg]

So I adopted this recipe from a previous creation which was my egg-less chocolate cup cakes. The beauty of this cake is that it is naturally free from eggs, dairy and sugar. Check out the original recipe here: No-EggChoc Nut Cupcakes

super moist bantng/gluten-free chocolate cake
super moist bantng/gluten-free chocolate cake

Ingredients:

Makes one standard 20 cm cake

For the sponge:

1/2 Cup Almond Flour

1 Cup Macadamia Flour

1/2 Cup Heba Pap (OR Subsitute the heba pap with half almond flour and half coconut flour + 1 teaspoon flax)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

250ml Cream (coconut cream or fresh cream)

125ml of hot water

2 Tablespoons Gelatine (our egg substitute)*

1/4 Cup Erythitol

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Powder

1/4 Cup Raw Cacao

*Vegans can substitute the gelatin with Agar agar. Check this link for other substitutes: Vegan Substitutes for Gelatine

Cream/Icing:

1 Tin of coconut cream (refrigerated then cream scooped out) OR 250ml of double thick cream

4 Tablespoons of Raw Cacao

6 Blocks of sugar-free dark chocolate

2 Tablespoons of Honey/Date paste OR  sweetener of your choice

0.5 cup of crushed pecan nuts

Method:

Preparation: 15 Minutes

Baking: 25 Minutes

Total: 40 Minutes 

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl then add then add the cream and hot water. Mix well till properly incorporated. Spoon into cup cake paper cups placed in a muffin tin. Place 1 teaspoon of nut butter in the center of each cup cake. Place in a pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes at 180 degrees celcius. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Cream/Icing:

Whip the cream until stiff then add the honey or sweetener of your choice. Melt the chocolate in a pot then add it to the cream and mix well. Using a spatula, cover the cake then sprinkle the nuts on top.

super moist banting/gluten-free chocolate cake
super moist banting/gluten-free chocolate cake

Voila!

Posted in banting, banting friendly, Budget friendly, light meals and salads

Chicken Liver Pate [Banting Friendly, Paleo, Gluten-free, Budget Friendly]

Perfect for snacking on some seed crackers and packed with nutrients. Simply cook your chicken livers as normal then blend!

Chicken Liver Pate
Chicken Liver Pate

Ingredients:

500g of fresh free range chicken livers (chopped)

2 Tablespoons of coconut oil or butter or ghee

0.5 teaspoon of turmeric

0.5 onion grated or finely chopped

2 small grated tomatoes

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 Teaspoon of ground garlic or garlic flakes

0.5 Teaspoon of ground ginger or ginger powder

0.5 teaspoon paprika

0.5 teaspoon salt

0.5 teaspoon pepper

2 Tablespoons of tomato paste

1 teaspoon of ground parsley

2 Tablespoons of butter for topping

2 sprigs of thyme

Method:

10 Minutes 

Heat a pan over high heat and add the onions. Fry till the onions are translucent. Add the chicken livers and fry till there is no blood or till they are lightly brown. Add the garlic, ginger, paprika and masala and mix well. Lower the heat then add the tomato paste, grated tomato, parsley, turmeric, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 Minutes. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool. Add to a blender and blend till soft and smooth – you may add a little cream or coconut oil if it is too thick. Place in a container and top up with some thyme and butter to preserve.

Pack it for your next picnic or snack 😉

Enjoy

Posted in banting, banting friendly, Budget friendly, Dinner Time, gluten-free, paleo, Spring Edition

10 Minute Healthy Budget Meal: Braised Cabbage and Canned Fish [Paleo, Banting, Gluten-free, R15 Meal]

This meal is super easy. I literally whipped it up after gym which made for a quick and tasty healthy meal that is packed with nutrients. If you are not a fan of canned fish then you can use fresh cooked fish or even cooked prawns. The possibilities are endless 🙂

Braised Cabbage and Tinned Fish
Braised Cabbage and Tinned Fish

Ingredients:

Makes 2 Servings

1 Can of fish (Pilchards or Middle Cut)

0.5 Red onion: Sliced

1 green baby cabbage: Sliced

2 teaspoons of crushed garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder

0.5 teaspoon ground ginger or 0.25 teaspoon ginger powder

0.5 teaspoon himalayan pink salt

0.25 teaspoon crushed black pepper

0.25 teaspoon paprika

0.5 teaspoon garam masala or curry powder of your choice

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

0.25 teaspoon dried sweet basil

0.25 teaspoon dried thyme

0.25 dried chilli flakes

0.5 cup of crushed tomatoes

Method:

Do you have 10 Minutes?

Heat a pan over high heat and then add the coconut oil. Once melted add the onion and cabbage and fry till the onion is translucent. Add the garam masala, paprika, garlic, ginger and mix well while frying. Add the fish and stir well. Add the crushed tomatoes and mix for about 2 minutes then add the salt, pepper, sweet basil, thyme and chilli flakes.

Braised Cabbage and Tinned Fish
Braised Cabbage and Tinned Fish

Voila!

Posted in banting, banting friendly, Dinner Time, gluten-free, paleo, Spring Edition

10 Minute Prawn and Chicken Stir Fry [Low Carb, LCHF, Paleo, Banting, Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Quick Meal]

I used leftover chicken breasts and frozen cooked prawns for this meal so it is really quick and easy, not to mention very tasty.

Ingredients:

(Makes 4 Servings)

4 Cooked chicken breasts (sliced)

150g cooked prawns (About 2.5 cups)

0.5 red onion finely chopped

2 teaspoons of garlic powder

2 teaspoons of ginger powder

1 teaspoon garam masala

2 teaspoons sweet basil

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 cups chopped spinach/kale/swiss chard

1 cup chopped green beans

1 cup sliced baby marrows/zuchinni/courgettes

Salt

Pepper

2 teaspoons of butter

half a lemon (to serve)

Method:

10 Minutes (I kid you not)

Heat a pan over high heat and add the coconut butter. Add the sliced baby marrow and onion and fry for 2 minutes on high heat. Add the green beans and fry for a further 2 minutes. Add the spinach, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon garam masala and mix well then cover for 1 minute. Add the prawns, chicken breast, sweet basil,butter, salt to taste and pepper, and the rest of the garlic and ginger. Keep stirring while frying for a further 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and serve with some fresh lemon.

prawn and chicken stir fry
prawn and chicken stir fry
Posted in banting, banting friendly, Dinner Time, gluten-free

Slow Cooked Lamb [Sunday Lunch Ideas, Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Banting, Healthy Sunday Lunch]

Nothing beats a slow cooked lamb that simply falls off the bone. This dish is perfect for a dinner or a Sunday lunch where you want to fill up your guests with a delicious yet effort-less meal.

Ingredients:

Serves 6

1.5 kg Stewing Lamb

1 Large onion (roughly chopped)

4 sprigs of fresh origanum OR 2 teaspoons of dried origanum

3 sprigs of fresh  Thyme OR 2 Teaspoons dried thyme

Paprika

Himalayan Salt

Black Pepper

2 teaspoons dried Chillie flakes

2 Cups of crushed tomatoes (you can blend them or buy them already crushed)

6 Tablespoons of thick cream

1 Cup water

2 sprigs of rosemary OR 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary

3 sprigs of fresh parlsey OR 1 tablespoon of dried parsley

100g Chopped Spinach

100g Sliced cabbage

3 Tablespoons tomato paste

Method:

4 Hours

Pre-heat the oven to 180 Degrees Celcius. Arrange the lamb on a baking tray and sprinkle with some salt, pepper, dried chillies and some fresh origanum and thyme. Place in the oven and roast for 45 Minutes.

Remove from the oven and place in a slow cooker or large pot. Add the cream, crushed tomatoes, parsley, rosemary, water, salt and pepper. Cook for 3 hours on high in a slow cooker OR in a normal pot over low heat. After 2 hours: Add the spinach, tomato paste and cabbage and continue cooking till the three hours is up.

Serve with some crusty bread or roast vegetables.

Enjoy 🙂

Slow Cooked Lamb
Slow Cooked Lamb
Posted in banting, banting friendly, Cakes, Desserts and Cakes, health and gut health, paleo, vegan

30-Minute No-Egg ChocNut CupCakes [Paleo, Banting, Gluten-Free, Vegan Friendly]

These cupcakes are literally melt-in-your-mouth and they are 100% egg free. Subsitute the heba pap with half almond flour and half coconut flour + 1 teaspoon flax. The results will be slightly different but just as yummy.

Ingredients: Makes 12 cup cakes

1/2 Cup Almond Flour

1 Cup Macadamia Flour

1/2 Cup Heba Pap (OR Subsitute the heba pap with half almond flour and half coconut flour + 1 teaspoon flax)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Gelatine (our egg substitute)*

1/4 Cup Erythitol

250ml Cream (coconut cream or fresh cream)

125ml of hot water

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Powder

1/4 Cup Raw Cacao

1 Cup of Hot Water

1/2 Cup of Fresh Cream or Coconut Cream

Nut Butter of your choice

*Vegans can substitute the gelatin with Agar agar. Check this link for other substitutes: http://www.thekitchn.com/vegetarian-and-vegan-substitutes-for-gelatin-tips-from-the-kitchn-189478

Method:

5 Minutes to mix

25 Minutes to Bake

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl then add then add the cream and hot water. Mix well till properly incorporated. Spoon into cup cake paper cups placed in a muffin tin. Place 1 teaspoon of nut butter in the center of each cup cake. Place in a pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes at 180 degrees celcius. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

For the Cream: 

Mix half a cup of cream, 1/4 cup of erythritol icing and 4 tablespoons of raw cacao. Place a dollop of each on top of the cup cake.

Paleo Choc Nut Cup Cakes
Paleo Choc Nut Cup Cakes

Bon apetit!

Posted in banting, banting friendly, Budget friendly, Dinner Time, paleo

Cauli Rice and Chicken Wings – Low Carb Style [lchf, banting, paleo]

This is just one of those easy soul-full meals packed with flavour. Please be generous when spicing the chicken – you want your wings delectable. The wings are roasted instead of being fried so they are allowed to cook until tender.

Ingredients: Serves 2

The Chicken Wings:

500-600g chicken wings

Black Pepper

Salt

Paprika

Garlic Powder

Coriander Powder

Chilli flakes

Olive Oil

Lemon

Savoury Cauli Rice:

1 head of cauliflower

0.5 chopped onion

0.5 chopped green pepper

0.5 chopped red pepper

1 Tablespoon Paprika

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 Teaspoon garam masala

0.5 teaspoon Garlic

0.5 teaspoon ginger

Black Pepper

Salt

2 Tablespoons coriander

50ml fresh cream or thick coconut cream

Chopped Green beans (50g)

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Method:

50 Minutes for the Chicken Wings

15 Minutes for the Cauli Rice

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Place the chicken wings on a baking tray and dust allover with the spices. After that, drizzle with some olive oil and roast for 45 minutes turning half way through. Then allow to grill for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and squeeze some lemon juice over the wings.

For the cauli rice: Grate the cauli rice then fry over high heat. No oil is required at this stage, just dry fry it till the water evaporates. Once the water evaporates, add the coconut oil, onion, peppers and green beans. Fry for about 3 minutes then add your spices and mix well. Add the fresh cream or coconut cream and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.

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Bon apetit!

 

 

Posted in banting, banting friendly, Breakfast, gluten-free, health and gut health, Snacks and Sandwiches, Spring Edition

Heba Pap ‘Pizza’ Breakfast Muffins [banting, lchf, low carb, gluten-free]

I have made egg muffins before and they were good. But this time I decided to add some heba pap just to fortify them a bit. These smell and taste like pizza, I kid you not! Feel free to add bacon, chopped chicken and other veggies of your choice.

Ingredients:

Makes 12 small muffins

6 Medium/Large Eggs

0.5 teaspoon garlic powder

0.5 teaspoon ginger powder

0.5 teaspoon oregano

0.25 teaspoon pink salt

0.25 teaspoon ground black pepper

0.5 teaspoon ground coriander

0.5 teaspoon paprika

0.25 teaspoon baking powder

8 Tablespoons of heba pap

1 cup of crushed tomatoes (either canned, boxed or blended tomatoes)

1 Cup of grated mature cheddar (this cheese has the best flavour but you are free to use an alternative)

Method:

5 Minutes Preparation

20 Minutes Baking

Total: 25 Minutes 

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Sift the herbs, heba and baking powder in a bowl. Add the eggs, tomatoes and cheese and mix well. At this point you can add your crispy bacon, chopped sausage and any additional vegetables. Spoon into greased muffin tin and then bake for 20 Minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the pan. Enjoy with some fresh avo, slice open and smear some butter or whatever else you fancy with your pizza breakfast muffins.

Pizza Breakfast Muffins
Pizza Breakfast Muffins

 

Posted in banting, banting friendly, Cakes, Snacks and Sandwiches

Heba Pap Vanilla Cup Cakes [ paleo, Gluten-free, banting friendly, Low carb]

I had to make these cupcakes in the microwave as my oven was broken. They can also be made in the oven and should be baked for 20-35 minutes.

heba pap cup cakes
heba pap cup cakes

Ingredients:

0.5 cup heba pap

0.5 cup macadamia flour

0.5 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons raw honey or 1/4 cup of xylitol

5 eggs

50ml almond milk

3 Tablespoons coconut oil

0.5 teaspoon vanilla powder

For the Icing:

150g Ghee or butter

1/2 cup of erythritol icing

1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

Method:

5 Minutes to Mix

2 Minutes to Cook

2 minutes to ice

Total: 9 Minutes (If baked, total would be 27-30 minutes)

Melt the coconut oil then add the eggs – beat till frothy. Add the apple cider, almond milk and sweetener/honey and mix well. Sift in the heba pap, vanilla powder, baking powder and the macadamia flour. Mix well. Spoon into cup cake holders and microwave on high for 2 minutes OR place in a pre-heated oven and bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees celcius. Remove and allow to cool.

Mix the icing ingredients till smooth and then use a butter nice to cover the cup cakes. Enjoy 🙂