Get well soon marinade

I am poorly at the moment with the worst cold I have had in a long time. Tired, achy, stuffy head, aching sinuses, congested and developing a cough. After a bit of Googling to find out foods good for the immune system I came up with this marinade.

I put this on tuna steaks but it would work well on any meat or fish that you can grill. This will make enough marinade for 4 servings of fish or meat (depending on size!)

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Ingredients

  1. 1 red onion, diced
  2. 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  3. 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  4. 1 chunk of ginger, finely chopped
  5. 4 tbsp Olive oil
  6. 6 tbsp honey
  7. 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  8. Bunch of Coriander

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients together and blend in to a paste.
  2. Place your meat or fish in a dish and cover with the marinade (Make sure both sides of the meat/fish are well coated
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, turning the meat or fish twice
  4. Grill your meat or fish as you normally would.

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Paleo Coffee Cake

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When I picked this recipe I thought it was actual coffee & walnut cake, I love coffee cake. I ordered all the ingredients (yes I even went for the coconut yoghurt!) but didn’t notice at no point does it say coffee! I think when it says coffee cake it means a cake you would eat in the morning with a cup of coffee. I don’t really drink coffee but I do love a bit of cinnamon so thought I’d give it a go.

For the topping I used almonds and chopped hazelnuts (hazelnuts are my all time fave nuts!)

The smell of this cooking is delicious.

I had to cover with paper as although I followed all the instructions to the letter after 15 mins it was starting to burn on top so I recommend you keep an eye on it. Honey will always catch!

I have just got it out the oven and let it cool and I have to say it is delicious!!! If you have never made a paleo cake before the texture is quite wet (I think due to the number of eggs/lack of normal flour) so it almost has a stodgy consistency but I really like it.

My 4 year old daughter has just said, and I quote: “Mummy, that cake was yum!” So it must be good ūüôā

http://deliciouslyorganic.net/coffee-cake-coconut-flour-recipe-gluten-free/
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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve be struggling for snacks at the moment that aren’t fruit based, during pregnancy fruit gives me massive amounts of heartburn and indigestions. I then end up reaching for sugary sweet snacks, which is not great.

So I thought I’d have a go at a bit of paleo/clean baking. These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are delicious! When I looked at the ingredients I was very skeptical that the results would taste nice, but they really do taste yummy. They are maybe a little bit more cakey than biscuity but they taste so good it doesn’t really matter.

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The recipe is an absolute doddle. I wouldn’t bother getting your food mixer out as the batter mixes very easily by hand. Also try and use really top quality dark chocolate chips so that you get the full benefit! I found that there was possibly too many chocolate chips for the amount of batter, I reckon you could halve the amount of chocolate chips, but that might be a personal preference.

Oh and if you have a fan oven I’d maybe reduce the temperature slightly as¬†mine were slightly overdone (I find this a lot with paleo/clean baking!)

My only other tip is when you put them on the baking tray, press them down with a spatula just so you get a flatter biscuit.

http://detoxinista.com/2012/02/flourless-peanut-butter-chip-cookies/

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Basil and pine nut dressing

I made this dressing to go over a steak, but I think you could put it inside a chicken breast or maybe even through rice  with some crispy smoked bacon to make a sort of pesto rice.

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Ingredients

  • A massive handful of basil
  • 4 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil (best quality you can get)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan
  2. Get a jug and add the basil, toasted pine nuts and oil
  3. Use a stick blender and blender to a paste
  4. Add some freshly ground pepper
  5. Add water and continue to blend until the dressing is the desired consistency

 

 

Quinoa side dish with pine nuts and spring onions

The first time I tried cooking quinoa it was an unmitigated disaster. It was like frog spawn. Slimy and not very nice to eat at all.

But then I stumbled across this recipe. This recipe is absolutely delicious. ¬†It works well as a side dish with poultry, fish and even steak.In the past I have also added chopped boiled egg and bacon to it and had it for breakfast. You can eat it hot or cold, it freezes and reheats well. I cook it with olive oil (mainly because I have no idea what canola oil is!) also I don’t put salt in it. I have made this with chicken stock but it does work with water if you don’t have chicken stock available.

Quinoa isn’t as heavy as rice.¬†There is some debate about whether quinoa is paleo or not. It seems to come down to what your beliefs are about whether it is a legume/grain etc or not and whether you think they are allowed, it definitely seems to be open to interpretation. But it is perfectly ok if you are eating clean.

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http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Quinoa-side-dish-with-pine-nuts_-green-onions_-and-cilantro-309381?columns=5&position=7%2F10

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Chilled Double Chocolate Torte

This is a delicious treat and a great way to sneak avocados in if you aren’t keen on them. Rich, creamy and chocolatey!

The best bit is you can slice it and leave it in the freezer and just pull out a slice when it is needed.

This is one of those rare recipes that sounds disgusting but is a real surprise. Even non paleo/eat clean guests will love it. Just keep in mind that is does contain a bit of actual chocolate so it is a treat and not designed to be eat every day!

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http://ohsheglows.com/2011/06/03/chilled-double-chocolate-torte-the-no-bake-version/