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Cajun Chicken and Avocado Salad paleo diet lunch-min

Recipe: Cajun Chicken and Avocado Salad

Cajun seasoning is one of my personal favourites, but sadly the shop bought combinations are usually laden with salt and other horrible additives. Nonetheless, it’s super easy to make it yourself, and tastes way better too! It works great with Chicken and Pork, so I like to make sure I’ve always got some in the cupboard made up. The combination of the punchy Cajun flavours with the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and the creamy avocado in this salad is utterly divine.

Ingredients:

  • 4 free range chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 2 ripe, medium sized avocados, peeled and chopped
  • Salad leaves of your choice: a mix of rocket; spinach and watercress works a treat!
  • 200g Cherry Tomatoes, halved.
  • Juice of 1 lemon

For the Cajun Seasoning:

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • A little unrefined sea salt, to taste

How To:

1)     Dice the chicken breasts. In a bowl, drizzle half the lemon juice, making sure to watch out for any seeds, over the meat. Evenly coat it in the spice mixture, and set aside.

2)     In a large salad bowl, combine your mix of salad leaves with the chopped avocado and the cherry tomatoes. Toss in the remaining lemon juice – this will stop the avocado from turning brown.

3)     Heat a little oil in a pan to a high heat. Add the chicken, and fry until cooked through and golden brown on both sides. Add to the salad, and enjoy!

I’d love to hear how this Cajun seasoning worked for you, and what else you tried it with! Please share in the comments below.

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Recipe: Guacamole Dip

Guacamole is another one of those things that is definitely worth making instead of buying. That way, you can be sure what’s in it – and know that it won’t contain any nasties!

This is how I make mine.

Guacamole Ingredients:

  • 4 chillies, finely sliced
  • Small bunch coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, finely diced
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 4 ripe avocados

Guacamole How To:

Use a pestle and mortar to grind together the chillies, coriander (cilantro), tomatoes, sea salt and onion, until you reach a paste consistency.

Add the lime juice, and a dash of water if required, to make the mixture more fluid. Finally, mash in the avocados, just before you’re ready to serve!

Guacamole is great with almost any Paleo meal, and a great dip for raw vegetables – particularly alongside some homemade Pâté!

Guacamole is one of those foods best made fresh. It will store in the fridge for a short time, but won’t look as appealing! If you need to make it up in advance, using more lime will help it to keep that bit longer.

Do you make your own dips? I’d love to hear what your favourites are, in the comments below!

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The avocado economy economy global prices Paleo Network 2-min

The avocado economy

It’s no secret that avocados are one of the best paleo foods you can get. Full of fat, the foundation of an amazing dessert recipe and with loads of alternative uses, you just can’t beat an avocado.

The frustrating thing is how expensive they are. They literally grown on trees, after all.
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Exactly how expensive?

Given that we’ve just come out of summer here in Australia, we grow them here, surely they should be cheap about now? In the Northern Hemisphere, they’ve presumably been imported, so you’d expect them to be at their most expensive about now?

So I compared prices of avocados available today, in Australia, the US, the UK, Canada and South Africa. Obviously prices will vary wildly in each country, but this should give an indication. You can save buying in bulk, but for the purposes of comparison, I took the single price. I converted currencies into Australian dollars at today’s exchange rate, which could wildly fluctuate by the time you read this.

What did I find?

South Africa was by far the cheapest, working out at under $1 (Australian dollar) – hardly surprising given that they grow their own and have just come out of summer too.

Moving over to the Northern Hemisphere, Canada and the US are similarly priced, at $2.36 and $2.22 each. Surprisingly the UK is even cheaper at under $2 each. Though disclaimer – I’ve yet to have a good avocado there.

So where does that put Australia? Yes, you maybe guessed it – the most expensive avocado I found at almost $3 each. Three times the cost in South Africa.

I would love to understand why they are so expensive here, I fear the answer is as simple as “because they’re prepared to pay it”. When I can buy a 1 kilo bag of carrots for $1, I can’t see why avocados are so much more expensive. If you’ve got any thoughts or insight, I’d love to hear it in the comments.

Well, until prices come down, or I manage to grow an avocado tree in my garden, it’s going to be carrots for dinner.

Chocolate Orange and Fig Pudding paleo recipe dessets sweet treat-min

Recipe: Chocolate Orange and Fig Pudding

Caught somewhere in the dreamy middle ground of a chocolate mousse and a chocolate pudding, this recipe is about as indulgent as it gets on a Paleo diet – but you can sleep soundly knowing that it’s full of healthy fats and nutrients, and low on the sugar. The secret ingredient in this recipe is the Avocado, which provides a delectably smooth texture and creamy flavour.

Serves 2

Chocolate Orange and Fig Pudding Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe, large avocado, stone removed, peeled
  • ½ an orange, juice and zest
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 medium sized fig, diced

 Chocolate Orange and Fig Pudding How To:

1)    In a food processor or high powered blender, blitz your avocado to a pulp. Squeeze in the orange juice before blending again to combine.

2)    Add the raw honey and cocoa powder and blitz once more. Spoon out of the food processor and into two small desert bowls. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

3)    When ready to serve, stir in the diced figs and sprinkle the orange zest over the top. Garnish with a mint leaf it you have one.

It’s brilliant for making healthy desserts, but there are so many other ways to enjoy avocado. What’s your favourite?

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Paleo Diet Recipe Primal Raw Chocolate Caramel Torte dessert sweet treat pudding cake 680 min

Recipe: Raw Chocolate Caramel Torte

Delightfully decadent chocolate cream, layered on top of rich caramel and a crisp, buttery biscuit base in a beautiful torte. Sound like the kind of thing you can only eat in your wildest, non-paleo dreams? Think again! The power of almonds, avocado, cacao and coconut make this treat as good for your body as it is for your soul.

I used maple syrup as my sweetener in this recipe, but I’m sure raw honey will work just as well!

Raw Chocolate Caramel Torte Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened, finely shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp raw honey / maple syrup

For the caramel:

  • 50g almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp raw honey / maple syrup
  • A dash of almond milk
  • A little vanilla extract and sea salt (optional)

For the chocolate:

  • 1 avocado, skinned and pitted
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup raw honey / maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 handful cacao nibs (optional)

Raw Chocolate Caramel Torte How To:

Line a 6 inch round cake tin with some baking parchment.

To make the base, combine the ground almonds with the coconut in the food processor. Add the coconut oil, dates and maple syrup, and whizz together until combined. Press the mixture into the cake tin, and put straight into the freezer for 10 minutes to set.

Meanwhile, make the caramel by combining almond butter, coconut oil, dates, honey, vanilla and sea salt. Whizz together in the food processor until a smooth, thick paste is formed. Gradually add a little dash of almond milk to thin down to your desired caramel consistency (I used about 2tbsp). Spread evenly over the biscuit base, then return to the freezer for another 10 minutes.

Make the chocolate topping by combining all ingredients in the food processor. Smooth evenly over the caramel, top with cacao nibs if using, then leave to set in the fridge for an hour (if you can wait that long!)

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The Top Ten Paleo Diet Foods

What do you think are the top ten Paleo foods, and why? Here is my list…

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1. Grass fed beef

Good quality grass-fed beef is a great source of protein, omega 3 and many other nutrients. It’s also extremely versatile; grill it, barbeque it, make it into jerky or grind it into mince beef to use in lots of different meals –using the leftover bones to make a nourishing bone broth.

2. Pastured Chicken

Pastured chicken is delicious as the centre of a roast dinner – and the leftovers make beautiful chicken stock. A great protein source, left over chicken is great to snack on, or turn into curries and soup.

3. Bacon

What list of Paleo foods is complete without bacon? You can even use the remaining fat to cook with.

4. Coconut Oil

As well as being a great oil to cook pretty much anything in, this saturated fat is great on it’s own by the spoonful! Coconut oil is also believed to be a great help with dementia and can even be used on your skin.

5. Avocado

Avocado is a perfect fat source and goes with almost anything. You can even cook it, or use it to make a dessert!

6. Eggs

Not only are eggs a great protein source, they are great for making paleo egg fried rice, filling for breakfast – and easy to hardboil in advance to keep peeled in the fridge as a ready snack.

7. Berries

Berries are relatively low in fructose and a great source of antioxidants.

8. Kale

Kale is a true superfood, as it is packed with magnesium, calcium, vitamins A, C and K, lutein, iron and antioxidants. You can even turn it into kale chips!

9. Onions

Onions are a sulphur rich vegetable (which Dr. Terry Walhs considers important enough to eat three cupful’s worth a day) – and just so incredibly versatile. Whether you’re making a stew – or even an omelette, onions will be a great addition.

10. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a great base for lots of meals – such as beanless chilli – as they lend themselves so readily to sauce.

Do you agree with my list? What would be on your top ten list of Paleo foods?

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20 Unusual Things To Do With Avocado

Avocado is one of the ultimate Paleo super-foods. A great fat source and very versatile, avocado is great in salads and as a breakfast side. But there’s more to the fruit than that! Here is a list of 20 things you didn’t know you could do with an avocado.

1. Freeze to use later

Peel and remove the pit and add a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to a bowl, per avocado. Mash well together and freeze in an airtight bag (making sure you squeeze all the air out before sealing) for up to a year. A great way to preserve an overflow of avocados.

2. Remove the pit with no mess

Cut the fruit in half and hit a knife into the stone. Simply twist the knife to remove the pit.

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3. Ripen fast

Put the unripe fruit in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana. After two or three days the avocado will be ripe.

4. Can’t wait?

If there’s not time to wait for it to fully ripen, cut from the fat end, as this is always the first part to ripen.

5. Drink it

Blend together an avocado, handful of spinach, a pear and some almond milk for a smoothie packed with good fats

6. Treat your hair

Nourish your hair by mixing an avocado, egg yolk and dash of olive oil. Leave this on your dry hair for 30 minutes before rinsing off and shampooing as usual. Your hair will be silky and soft.

7. Spice up your guacamole

Have you tried adding cumin and orange to your favourite guacamole recipe yet?

8. Pickle it

For a different take on avocado, try jarring it. Heat 250ml (1 cup) white vinegar, 250ml (1 cup) water and a tablespoon of salt in a pan until it boils. Cut three firm but ripe avocado into pieces and put in a jar. Pour the boiling liquid in the jar, and once cooled, put the lid on and allow to marinate in the fridge for a couple for days before using (should keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge)

9. Avocado ice cream

Blend an avocado, frozen banana, a few drops of vanilla extract and small tin of coconut milk. Freeze and once frozen, allow to thaw for a few minutes before serving.

10. Roast chicken

Try stuffing a chicken with a peeled avocado before roasting it

11. Make a chocolate pudding with it

Seriously – you have to try chocolate avocado mousse!

12. Save the pit and grow your very own avocado tree

Suspend the pit in a jar of water using tooth picks in the side of the stone, to submerge all but the top of the seed in water. Eventually the stone will break open revealing a root – and then finally a stalk! Then, quite a long time later you’ll have your own avocado tree and all the fruit you could possibly want.

13. Avocado curry?

Have you ever made a chicken curry with avocado as a base?

14. Roast it

Try roasting avocado, by peeling, removing the pit and slicing. Drizzle with oil and season, then bake at 200C (400F) for about 15 minutes. Roast avocado is great with a salad.

15. Eat the pit

Let the pit dry, grate it and add a small amount to a home-made enchilada sauce.

16. Avocado mayonnaise

Instead of adding mayonnaise to your meal, add pureed avocado instead.

17. Skin therapy

Make a face-mask with avocado, an egg white and a squeeze of lemon juice and wear it for 5 to 10 minutes to get the Vitamin A and E benefits directly on your skin.

18. Summertime treat

Make avocado iced lollies (popsicles) by blending avocado, coconut milk and lemon juice and freezing in popsicle moulds.

19. Make your own Avocado oil

If you’ve got time, patience – and lots of fruit – you can even make your own avocado oil

20. Avocado soup

Make an unusual – but delightful chilled avocado, cucumber and coconut soup. Blend an avocado, pinch of coriander, squeeze of line and small cucumber, then add a small can of coconut milk to the mix. Blend, then serve with some coconut flakes to garnish.

If I’ve missed of any unusual uses, I’d love you to share them in the comments below! What is your favourite use for an avocado?

Avocado Chocolate Mousse paleo recipe dessert sweet treat-min

Recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Whilst I generally try to avoid desserts and puddings, sometimes it is nice to have a sweet treat. And when I do have a sweet treat – it needs to still be Paleo. It’s easy to veer of Paleo towards SAD treats if you don’t have a back-up plan, so far better to make sure if you are going to have something sweet or containing chocolate, that it’s made with better ingredients.

I don’t think it can get much better than a dessert made with avocado, do you?

Recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse
 
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This delicious creamy chocolate mousse has a hidden ingredient - avocado!
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocado (straight from the fridge)
  • 1 frozen banana (peeled and cut into chunks before freezing!)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons of raw local honey (optional)
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Water as required
  • Pinch of sea salt (I used Celtic sea salt)
Instructions
  1. In a blender, add the cacao powder, then the remaining ingredients on top.
  2. Blend until it reaches a “moussey” texture. Make sure you scrape the sides of the blender and mix in, to ensure it is all blended well.
  3. Fill small cups or shot glasses with the mixture and serve straight away!

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Do you have “Paleo treats”, or are sweet things strictly off the menu for you?

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Avocado Fresh-min

Avocado

I just saw this packaged Avocado in the supermarket, with added Thickner (401) and Vegetable Gum (415)

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I must be missing something, is it really that hard to peel and slice an avocado yourself?

Avocado, Chicken & Cashew Curry Recipe paleo diet dinner lunch-min

Recipe: Avocado, Chicken & Cashew Curry

My housemate bought me the best birthday present – an enameled cast iron casserole dish, which I’ve been itching to try!  I had the idea last night to make a curry with one of my favourite ingredients – avocado.  I hoped the avocado would work as a creamy base for the chicken curry, which seemed to work well.  I love cashew nuts too, so added in a few, which was a good contrast to the texture of the avocados.  I think next time I’ll add some more curry powder – I’m always wary of adding in too much!

Avocado, Chicken & Cashew Curry Recipe
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Oh yes - you CAN cook with avocado...
Ingredients
  • 2 Organic Chicken Breasts, diced
  • 2 Ripe Avocados, mashed
  • 1 Zucchini, diced
  • 2 Mushrooms, diced
  • 1.5 tins of Coconut Milk (I use Ayam)
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil (I'm using Melrose at the moment)
  • 1 pot Tomato Paste
  • 2 Onions (I used one white, one brown), diced
  • 1 Handful of raw Cashew Nuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 1.5 Teaspoons Grated Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
  • Salt (I’m using Pink Himalayan Sea Salt)
  • Half Teaspoon of each Cumin, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika
Instructions
  1. I browned the chicken in the coconut oil in the casserole dish; then put it to one side.
  2. I sautéed the onions until soft on a medium heat, and then added in the garlic, zucchini, mushrooms, coconut milk and tomato paste.
  3. I mashed up the avocados and stirred them in. I then added the chicken, spices, seasoning and cashew nuts and left it to simmer on a medium heat for 20 minutes.

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I though it turned out really well, but could have been a bit spicier.  I don’t think dinners like this need anything to go with them, but I’m sure it would go well with some cauliflower rice.

This should serve at least four, which means lots of leftovers!

Avocado, Chicken & Cashew Curry Recipe paleo diet dinner lunch-min