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Cauliflower Rice – Paleo, G.F, Low Carb

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Ingredients;

1 x head of cauliflower, trimmed of outer leaves and cut into florets

Either blend in a food processor for 30 seconds or until it resembles rice, or grate with a hand-held grater (avoid grating your knuckles though!!)

Cook;

Either;

Roasted;

Toss the “rice”, with a drizzle of olive or coconut oil and spread it out to a thin, even layer onto a baking tray.

Roast the ‘rice’ at 200C for 12 minutes, stirring it in the tray halfway through cooking. This dries the rice out, giving it a light, fluffy texture and intensifies the flavour.

Microwaved;

The easiest cooking method is in a microwave, but as I’m not  afan of microwaves, I wouldn’t be recommending this unless you’re really pushed for time.

Place the cauliflower “rice” in a heatproof bowl, covered with an inverted plate to cover (please don’t use cling film in the microwave…ever!), for three minutes on High. Give the “rice” a stir half way through cooking.

Stir-Fried;

Stir-fry the cauliflower “rice” in a drizzle of olive oil or some coconut oil, for about 5 minutes. This method can cause the “rice” to be a bit soggy and clump together a bit, but it gives it a nice flavour.

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Rice and Cottage Cheese Pie; Low Allergy, Low Histamine and Low Salicylate

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Prep time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Serves: 6

Ingredients;

  • Ricebran oil, for greasing
  • 100 g (½ cup) brown or Basmati long-grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 30 g (1 oz) butter, melted
  • 90 g (⅓ cup) cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Filling;

  • 60 g (2¼ oz) butter
  • 5 spring onions (scallions) chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 g (1 cup) cottage cheese
  • 1 x cup of spinach (omit for salicylate sensitivity)
  • Ground sea salt

Directions;

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C
  2. Lightly grease a 23 cm (9 in) flan tin or pie plate with ricebran oil.
  3. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil.
  4. Add the rice and cook for 12 minutes, or until very tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Drain and cool. You will need 1½ cups of cold cooked rice for this recipe.
  6. Combine the cooled rice with the chives, butter, cottage cheese and eggs and press into the base and sides of prepared pan.
  7. Chill for 30 minutes.

For the filling;

  1.  Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add the spring onions and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until soft, but not brown.
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Cool.
  5. Combine the eggs, cottage cheese and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  6. Add the spring onion mixture and mix well.
  7. Pour the filling into the prepared crust.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until firm and golden brown.
  9. Serve the pie hot or cold.

HINT: The rice should be very well cooked and slightly mushy. This can be achieved by stirring it once or twice during cooking.

Chicken Broth Low Allergy, Low Salicylate and Low Amines

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Ingredients;

  • 6 litres of cold, filtered water or enough to cover the chicken (I recommend using a very large pot so you get lots of broth).
  • 2- 3 FRESH organic chicken carcasses and skin-less chicken meat (1kg of chicken in total). (skinless chicken is necessary to reduce histamines)
  • 2 onions, quartered (if salicylate intolerant, use leeks and spring onions)
  • 1-2 carrot, quartered (if salicylate intolerant, use swede)
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • Several sprigs of fresh thyme (omit if salicylate intolerant)
  • A bunch of parsley
  • A generous pinch of celtic, rock, Himalayan or sea salt
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (omit if salicylate intolerant)

Directions;

  • Place the meat, water and vinegar in a large saucepan, cover with a lid and let stand for 30 minutes. This will give time to the vinegar to start drawing minerals from the bones into the water.
  • Bring to the boil.
  • Over the next half hour, a foam-like scum will rise to the surface. Skim it several times.
  • When no more foam is surfacing, add the vegetables, thyme and and salt and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook for 2-4 hours.
  • Ten minutes before the end add the parsley. This will increase the mineral content of the broth.
  • After cooking, remove carcasses and veggies with slotted spoon and strain into a container.
  • The broth can then be stored in pint-sized glass containers in the fridge. Chill well before freezing.

Pear or Banana and Oatmeal Muffins Low Allergy, Low Salicylate and Low Histamines

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Ingredients;

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 & 1/2 cups plain yoghurt
  • 6 tbsp ricebran oil
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (if tolerated)
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 ripe pears, peeled and chopped or 1-2 bananas (depending on size)
  • oil spray

Directions;

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced.
  2. Combine egg, yoghurt and oil.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, bicarb and mixed spice into a large bowl.
  4. Stir in oats, sugar and pear.
  5. Gently stir yoghurt mixture into flour, until just combined.
  6. Spoon into 12 lightly greased muffin tins and bake, 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  7. Turn onto cake rack to cool.
  8. Serve muffins with more yoghurt, if you like.

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Oat and Chia seed Pancakes

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Makes: 6 pancakes
Ingredients;
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 small-medium (120g each) over-ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons whole rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil, butter or ghee
  • To serve – berries with a drizzle of maple syrup, raspberry chia jam, berry compote or chopped Medjool dates, walnuts and maple syrup
Directions;
  1. Whisk the eggs in a medium sized bowl
  2. Add bananas and mash into the eggs
  3. Add cinnamon, vanilla, chia seeds and oats and stir to combine well
  4. Set aside for 5 minutes while you prepare the toppings etc
  5. Heat a medium frypan over medium heat
  6. Add the oil, butter or ghee and melt
  7. Cover the bottom of the pan with melted oil/butter
  8. Using a ¼ cup measure, scoop mix into the pan, allowing a little space between pancakes so you can turn them easily (I only cooked 3 at a time)
  9. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip over and cook a further 2 minutes on the other side or until cooked through
  10. Transfer to a tray lined with kitchen towel and repeat with remaining mix
  11. To serve, top with yoghurt and jam, berry compote or chopped dates, walnuts and maple syrup

 

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Home-Made Dill Mayonnaise, Low Allergy, Paleo Friendly and Low Histamine

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Ingredients;

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from 1/2 a lemon) or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • Fresh dill (omit for regular mayo)
  • 1 cup olive oil or for those with sensitivities use rice-bran oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions;

  1. Place egg yolk, lemon juice, and mustard in the bottom of container or jar that just fits the head of your stick blender. It is important that the egg/lemon juice mixture reaches the blades for this to work. If the mixture does not reach the blades, double the recipe before attempting.
  2. Add garlic and dill if using. Pour oil on top and allow to settle for 15 seconds. Place head of stick blender at the bottom of the container or jar and turn it on high speed. Do not pulse or move the head. As mayonnaise forms, slowly lift the head of the stick blender until all the oil has emulsified. Season mayonnaise to taste with salt. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

 

 

 

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Banana Beetroot Brownies

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Beetroot, Banana Brownie
Ingredients:

  • 3 large or 4 small beetroots, peeled and boiled until tender
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao or carob powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao nibs or 75% dark chocolate, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey (optional)

Icing:

  • 60ml melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp beetroot juice (made from cooked beetroot)
  • A handful of fresh rose petals (pesticide free) to garnish
Directions:
  1. Blend the beetroot in a food processor into a paste.
  2. Squeeze the paste through a sieve and collect 2 tbsp of your beetroot juice to set aside for the icing (you may have to add 1 tbsp water to this). Keep the paste in a bowl.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until smooth.
  4. Stir in the cacao nibs, dark chocolate bits, or nuts if desired
  5. Pour into a well-greased pan about 20cm x 20cm
  6. Bake at 180C for about 40 minutes.

To make the icing:

  1. Mix the melted coconut oil and beetroot juice together.
  2. Roughly drizzle half of it onto the brownies.
  3. Sprinkle with rose petals.
  4. Drizzle over the rest of the icing.