Posted in banting, dinner, Gluten-Free, Paleo

Creamy basil chicken on pumpkin taglietelle [paleo, banting, low carb] 

This is a real Winter warmer and is packed with flavor. The pumpkin taglietelle is a great low carb alternative to wheat taglietelle and is naturally gluten free. Swop the dairy cream for coconut cream for a paleo friendly version of this delicious dish. 


Serves 4

2 large chicken breasts (chopped) 

2 tablespoons coconut oil 

1 red onion (finely diced) 

1/4 red bell pepper (diced) 

1/4 yellow pepper (diced) 

2 tablespoons crushed garlic 

1/2 tablespoon ground ginger 

1 teaspoon mild  curry powder 

0.25 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1 tablespoon paprika 

1/2 tablespoon dried origanum 

Fresh coriander

1 handful fresh basil 

1 tablespoon basil pesto 

3 Tablespoons tomato paste 

100ml water 

3 Tablespoons cream cheese or cream of your choice 

500g pumpkin taglietelle or spiralized vegetable of your choice 

50ml water for the taglietelle 

20ml olive oil 

Salt and pepper to taste 


20 minutes preparation time

Heat a pan over medium to high heat and fry the chicken breasts till white. Add the onion and fry while stirring till the onions are translucent. Add the peppers,  curry powder, nutmeg, ginger and garlic. Fry for 5 minutes then lower the heat to medium. Add the  tomato paste, paprika, basil pesto,  cream and 100ml water then cover and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add chopped coriander and some basil and simmer on low heat for another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

 In a separate pan, add the pumpkin and 50ml water. Cover and steam until  the water runs out. Drizzled with olive oil and some salt. 

Garnish with some fresh basil and sliced radish. Serve with some salad and a glass of shiraz. 

Bon apetit! 

Posted in banting, Cakes, desserts, 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


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


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


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.


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


Posted in banting, Budget Recipe, dinner, 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


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


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


Posted in banting, dinner, 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.


(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



2 teaspoons of butter

half a lemon (to serve)


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, dinner, 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.


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


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


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, Breakfast, Gluten-Free, 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.


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)


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, Breakfast, Budget Recipe, dinner, Gluten-Free, light meals, 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.


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


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 banting, Breakfast, Budget Recipe, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Spring Edition

Breakfast Egg Muffins [Paleo, Banting, Gluten-free, Budget-Friendly]

These take less than 30 minutes to whip up and make a convenient, tasty and healthy breakfast. Really great for lunchboxes too.

Ingredients: Makes 12 small muffins

6 extra large eggs

1/4 onion (finely chopped)

100g mushrooms (chopped)

1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 large tomatoes (chopped)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

0.5 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon origanum

1 teaspoon thyme


5 Minutes to Mix

20 Minutes to Bake

Total: 25 Minutes 

Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees celcius.

Fry the onion and mushrooms in some coconut oil and then add the spices and herbs. Break the eggs into a bowl then add the mushroom mix and the tomatoes. Whisk until mixed well. Pour into greased muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes at 150 degrees celcius.

Ps: Feel free to add fried bacon, cooked chopped sausage and any other veggies of your choice.

Enjoy with a salad or some avocado.


Posted in banting, dinner, Gluten-Free, light meals, 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 🙂


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



1 tablespoon chilli flakes

0.5 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon thyme


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, Budget Recipe, dinner, 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.


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


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)