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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, 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, 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, Budget friendly, Dinner Time, gluten-free, light meals and salads, paleo, Spring Edition

Heba Pap Fish Cakes [Gluten-Free, Paleo, Banting, Low Carb, LCHF]

Fish cakes make for a very quick and easy dinner that is budget friendly. I used Heba Pap to Bind these, if you can’t get hold of the product then add two eggs and 30ml of coconut flour.

Ingredients:

Makes 8 fish Cakes

1 tin of middle cut OR 1 tin pilchards in tomato sauce

3 Tablespoons tomato paste (use tomato paste if using fish in water – if the fish is in tomato sauce already skip the tomato paste)

Half onion, chopped finely and fried in coconut oil till translucent

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

0.5 teaspoon ginger

0.5 teaspoon paprika

0.5 teaspoon thyme

0.5 teaspoon oregano

0.25 teaspoon salt

0.5 teaspoon crushed black pepper

4 Table Spoons Heba Pap

2 Tablespoons coconut oil or ghee

Method

15 Minutes

In a bowl mix the following: fish along with the tomato sauce or tomato paste, onion, garlic, ginger,paprika, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and heba pap. Mix well using a spoon then spoon into your hand and shape into small cakes. Fry in some coconut oil over medium heat until nicely browned. Enjoy with vegetables or salad of your choice.

paleo fish cake recipe
paleo fish cakes

 

Posted in Dinner Time, light meals and salads, Salads, Spring Edition

Low Carb “Potato Salad” with Creamy Yoghurt and Fennel Dressing [Gluten-free, banting-friendly, low carb, lchf]

A really great addition to a braai/bbq, this is a twist on the traditional potato salad but using cleaner ingredients and carries less carbs.

Ingredients:

4 Small sweet potatoes or 2 large sweet potatoes

0.5 cup water

Dressing:

2 Tablespoons thick cream

3 Tablespoons double cream thick yoghurt

2 Tablespoons finely chopped fennel

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Juice of half a medium lemon

1 tablespoon grated onion

1 teaspoon ginger powder or ground ginger

Method:

15 Minutes to steam

5 Minutes to mix

Total: 20 Minutes

Place the sweet potato into a pot with the water then steam until tender but firm. Remove from the stove then mix in a bowl with the cream.

In a separate bowl: Mix the yoghurt with the rest of the ingredients. Then pour over the sweet potato and mix well.

Bon apetit!

sweet potato salad with creamy yoghurt and fennel dressing
sweet potato salad with creamy yoghurt and fennel dressing

 

Posted in banting, banting friendly, Dinner Time, gluten-free, light meals and salads, paleo, Spring Edition

15 Minute Prawn and Zucchini Stir Fry [Paleo, Gluten-Free, Banting, Low Carb]

So it’s Spring here in South Africa and I have been working on my Spring Edition meals. This is one of them 🙂

Ingredients:

350g prawns (defrosted or fresh – de-veined)

350g zucchini spirals

2 tablespoons ghee

1 tablespoon crushed garlic

Half red pepper (sliced)

Half red onion (chopped)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

30ml coconut milk or water

Salt

Pepper

1 tablespoon chilli flakes

0.5 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon thyme

Method:

15 Minutes (I kid you not)

Heat a pan over high heat and add ghee. Then add the onion and fry till translucent. Add the garlic, red pepper and ginger – fry for 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and the prawns and fry for a further 3 minutes. Add the chilli flakes, thyme, water/coconut milk and tomato paste. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 4 minutes. Serve with some sliced lemons.

prawn and zucchini stir fry
prawn and zucchini stir fry

Enjoy 🙂

 

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

Paleo Creamed Spinach [banting friendly, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, made with Heba Pap)

So I have been going dairy-free lately. I am a  rebellious lactose-intolerant lover of food so from time to time I will dabble in the milky stuff. However lately, I have been good. Which resulted in me creating this delicious dairy-free creamed spinach.

Ingredients:

1 Large bunch of spinach

0.5 red pepper (finely chopped)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

0.5 red onion (grated)

0.5 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

0.5 teaspoon crushed ginger

0.5 cup of coconut cream

*Place the coconut cream in the freezer for an hour or the fridge for a few hours. Then scoop out the cream and use the excess water for a smoothie*

(Optional) – 2 tablespoons of heba pap

Method:

15 Minutes

Heat a pan and add the coconut oil and onion. Once translucent add the chopped spinach, ginger, nutmeg and ginger. Mix well and allow to fry till the spinach is wilted. Add the coconut cream and lower the heat. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes then add 3 tablespoons of heba pap.

paleo creamed spinach
paleo creamed spinach with sausage and salad (serving suggestion)

 

Posted in banting friendly, Dinner Time, light meals and salads, paleo, Snacks and Sandwiches, Spring Edition

Banting/Paleo Wraps with Sweet Chilli Chicken [low carb, lchf, gluten-free]

In the mood for a wrap? Try this quick recipe and use as a base for a pizza, use them as flat bread or as a quick wrap.

Ingredients: Makes 4-5 thin wraps or 3 thicker ones

2 Tablespoons Ghee (melted)

2 Tablespoons flax powder

3 Tablespoons heba pap (you can substitute heba with 50/50 coconut flour and sunflower seed flower but the taste and consistence won’t be exactly the same)

2 Tablespoons almond flour

2 Tablespoons chia goo (chia seeds soaked in water till they become jelly-like)

120ml hot water

2 Large eggs

2 Teaspoons erythritol

0.5 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

Coconut oil (for frying)

Method:

Mixing: 5 Minutes

Frying: 15 Minutes

Total Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Form a well in the middle then add all the wet ingredients – consistency should be wet but thick (like a slightly thick pancake mix. Add a little bit more water if it is too thick). Mix thoroughly then heat up some coconut oil in a pan. Use a spoon or pour the mixture into the pan – heat must be medium to hot but not very hot. Fry both sides for about 4 minutes each or until done. Remove from the pan using a flat spoon and allow to cool.

Sweet Chilli Chicken:

Fry two cubed chicken breasts and 0.5 teaspoon crushed garlic in 2 tablespoons of ghee. Add 2 teaspoons each of turmeric and cayenne pepper. Add salt to taste. Add half a sliced sweet red pepper (parlemo, pimento or normal red pepper). Add half a teaspoon grated nutmeg and 3 tablespoons of erythritol. Lower the heat and sprinkle with some rosemary. Spoon onto your wrap over a bed of wild rocket. Drizzle with some carb smart sweet chilli sauce and enjoy 🙂

Banting wrap with sweet chilli chicken
Banting wrap with sweet chilli chicken