Tag Archives: Paleo

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

16 Jul

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I’ve been playing around with ice cream recipes that do not require an ice cream maker (although I now want one!) and a few no churn ice recipes seem to rely on condensed milk which is out for so many reasons!  This was the most simple recipe and the Chief Taster loved it so much I “had” to make it again the following weekend.   It’s also vegan and also great for anyone who is intolerant to dairy.  I made another ice cream with cream and yoghurt, but in all honesty, I preferred this one.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Almond Meal and Zucchini Falafels

9 May

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I like to make my own almond milk as that way I know that there has been nothing unnatural sneaked it but it hurts me to throw away the left over almond meal.   I tried to make a cracker with it which did not work out well.   I would rather lick the conveyor belt at the supermarket then eat those again (not every recipe is a success!).  Finally,  I made a lovely savoury dish from the almond meal so it’s not gone to waste.  I am also missing a decent falafel since moving away from the Middle East, and this was a half decent substitute (you still cannot beat the real thing).  More importantly for me, it is a great low carb version of falafel.  Perfect with a cauliflower wrap and salad.  It works out to be about 3 net carbs per falafel.  Nom nom!

The added zucchini gives the falafel the moistness you normally get from the chickpeas when you are making the traditional version with chickpeas.  As ever, it’s a great way to sneak vegetables into a dish!  More importantly, a tasty way to use up the almond meal from home made almond milk!  I’m still unsure how to categorize these, a vegetarian side dish, main or a snack?   I eat them in all three categories!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Coleslaw with Lime and Coriander (Cilantro)

25 Mar

I love coleslaw and most weeks make a batch of it to go with my lunchtime frittata.   This makes a nice change by spicing it up with lime and coriander (cilantro).  You could also add some hot sauce to this too.   Or perhaps chop up a few mild chilli peppers too.  Coleslaw is a great way to get some raw veggies in you too!As for the mayonnaise, it goes without saying that I use homemade and none of that white rubbish in a jar!  It is very easy to make and far tastier!   A batch of home made mayonnaise lasts about a week in the fridge, in a sealed jar/tupperwear pot.

 

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Pea and Mint Frittata

18 Mar

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When I told the Chief Taster that he was having a pea frittata for lunch he did not display any enthusiasm and went off muttering.  Lunch time came and after the first mouthful he tucked in with relish.   This is now on his list of favourites and pops up when I ask him what he would like to have for lunch.    It’s light  in taste, bright and colourful to look at and easy to make.   I now make sure I have frozen peas in the freezer so this can be whipped up on request. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Coconut Oil Chocolate Bars

14 Feb

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These are a great version of chocolate bars and a healthier option too.   You can play around with the basic recipe and add nuts, coconut and different flavourings.   My next batch will have some chopped pecan nuts in.   Oooh, cherries would be nice too! (Makes note to self).  I made mint only because I had an urge for some After Eights chocolate.  This did the job and kept my urges at bay.  Make sure you store these chocolate bars in the fridge since the coconut oil is a liquid at room temperature and you will soon have a mess on your hands/sofa if not.  It won’t be pretty.  Tasty yes, but not pretty.   It is also my excuse for taking a large portion of them and scoffing the lot with the argument ” but they will melt”… Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cuban Salad

8 Feb
A colourful salad

A colourful salad

A salad that is full of colour and looks good enough to eat!  Part of the fun is the assembling of the salad but you could change how I have it if you are feeling creative enough.    This Cuban salad  recipe is an easy salad to make and very refreshing.     The dressing is fresh and tasty too.   I had difficulty restraining myself from munching the whole plate in one sitting! Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cauliflower Wrap

29 Jan
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Cauliflower goodness!

Eating vegetables can make you creative and this is certainly a creative way to eat cauliflower.   Although these can be used as wraps, they are not really strong enough to be eaten with your hands, so knife and fork people!  We sometimes use them as flat bread and just serve them open, slather the top with veggies or salad (and chicken for the Chief Taster).   Delicious and filling and a great way to eat healthy too!  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cherry Tomato Stuffed Avocado

23 Jan

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I love avocados and this made a wonderful lunch for me, but you could serve this as a starter too.    It looks pretty on a plate and is just so simple to put together.  I love the bright colours and it almost looked too good to eat.    It tastes fresh  and light but will be fairly filling because of the nutrient density of the avocado.   Avocados are one of the best foods you can eat, packed with nutrients, healthy fats  and heart-healthy compounds.   Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Strawberry and Coconut Chia Pudding

18 Jan

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I normally use almond milk in my Chia puddings, but this time tried coconut milk.   It was lovely and creamy.  A great version of strawberries and cream for breakfast!  Or a dessert.  I often have chia puddings for breakfast but this can make a lovely dessert option too.  Chia seeds are gluten and grain free but one tablespoon of the little seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk.  More Omega 3 than salmon and more antioxidants than blueberries!  They give you energy and are also great for weight loss as they absorb about 12  times their size in liquid.  So will expand and keep you full as well as being nutritious.  They also keep your blood sugar levels at a sensible level.   They are one of the most versatile superfoods. Yummy, Tell me more Diva…

Minted Zucchini (Courgette) and Tomato Salad

5 Jan
Light and refreshing

Light and refreshing

This is a very light and refreshing summer salad.  If you like mint, you will like the taste of this. If not, move along, nothing for you to taste here!  I used my spiralizer to make curls of the zucchini, but you could grate this instead.   If you were serving more than one person, serve them in small individual bowls for an added cuteness factor.    My tip is to make sure you salt the zucchini well to get rid of the moisture as you do not want to be left with a bowl of water. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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