DIY Mackerel Ceviche with Rocket paleo recipe-min

Recipe: DIY Mackerel Ceviche with Rocket

If you’ve never tried ceviche before, then what better way to start by doing it yourself! Contrary to popular belief, it's easy to do. The fish cooks in the chemicals from the acid, so is not ‘raw’ like sushi. Even still, grab yourself super fresh mackerel for this one, it will make all the difference.

DIY Mackerel Ceviche Ingredients:

  • 2 large mackerel fillets
  • Juice of 1 large lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • A handful fresh rocket

DIY Mackerel Ceviche How To:

Slice the mackerel into thin strips. Place in a resealable plastic bag

Toss in the lime juice, chilli, spring onion and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and shake well. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.

Remove from the bag and serve with plenty of fresh rocket.

How was your experience of ceviche? Would you do it again?

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Recipe Lemony Broccoli paleo network-min

Recipe: Lemony Broccoli

If you're trying to get more greens into your diet (and you should be!) you might as well make sure they taste amazing. I have a lot of broccoli and find it can get a bit samey, so I came up with this recipe to give it a bit of a kick. You can give it an even bigger kick by increasing the amount of chilli you add!

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Recipe: Lemony Broccoli
Recipe type: Sides
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This is a great side dish to make an ingredient that's often not popular, the star of the show!
  • A clove of garlic
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoons freshly diced chilli (increase for more of a kick!)
  • 1 lemon, juice & zest
  • 150ml (5 floz) hot water
  • 1 handful fresh broccoli
  • Pinch flaked almonds
  1. Peel & grind up the garlic and salt using a food processor (or pestle & mortar). Add in a dash of the olive oil and stir the mixture.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a pan and add in the rest of the olive oil and the chilli. Heat over a medium heat and stir until it starts to simmer. Add in the lemon juice and water as necessary to stop it sticking to the pan. Keep the mixture warm over a medium heat.
  3. Steam the broccoli for three minutes until tender.
  4. Dry fry the almonds in a pan until they turn golden.
  5. Combine the broccoli, sauce & lemon zest and top with the almonds.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Recipe: coconut seafood soup

This delicious Thai inspired seafood soup is best made right before you serve it. If you want it a little hotter, increase the amount of chilli you add (or if you're extra daring, don't remove the seeds!)

Recipe: coconut seafood soup
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  • 250g Halibut (or other white fish fillets), de-boned and roughly shopped
  • 750ml water
  • 1 can coconut milk (see my guide to selecting a good one here)
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon grass, chopped
  • 1 fresh chilli, deseeded and chopped finely
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Half a small Chinese cabbage, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
  1. Throw all the ingredients in a pan over a medium heat
  2. Bring to the boil, the reduce to a simmer
  3. Stir occasionally and continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes
  4. Depending on your preferred texture, remove from the heat and blitz in a blender until smooth
  5. Serve and enjoy!


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Any leftovers can be frozen in small batches immediately, ready to reheat for a quick and easy lunch another time.

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Recipe: chilli, tomato & bacon soup

This is one of my go-to batch cooking recipes as it provides lots of portions of soup, perfect for taking to work. And who could resist a tomato and bacon soup? It has bacon in it, after all. Depending on what I have at home, I often use tinned tomatoes, instead of fresh. I tend to have chicken stock in the freezer, but otherwise, try it with bone broth – or even water if you have neither.

Recipe: chilli, tomato & bacon soup
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  • Dash of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large brown onions, finely diced
  • 8 bacon slices, chopped
  • 15 - 20 tomatoes, chopped (depending on your preference you may choose to peel and de-seed)
  • 1½ litres of chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 5 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • sea salt and black pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat and gently fry the onions and bacon.
  2. When the onions become soft, add in the tomatoes, stock, paste, chili and seasoning
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, stiring occasionally
  4. After about 20 minutes, remove from the heat
  5. Blitz in a blender until your desired consistency has been reached
  6. Serve and enjoy!


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Tomato & Chilli Relish Paleo diet recipe sauce dip

Recipe: Tomato & Chilli Relish

What better way to finish off a paleo burger, than with a generous serving of home-made relish? This relish is tomato and chilli – but unlike most relish recipes, I've used medjool dates instead of sugar to add some sweetness.

If you like your relish hot, add some more chillies to your mixture.

Recipe: Tomato & Chilli Relish
Recipe type: Sauces & Condiments
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  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • ½ eggplant (aubergine)
  • 3 medjool dates, diced
  • 80ml red wine vinegar
  • 4 chillies, chopped (try a mixture of red and green)
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • celtic sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over a low heat
  2. Add the onion and garlic, and fry until they start to turn soft & translucent
  3. Add in the eggplant and dates, and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often
  4. Pour in the red wine vinegar and reduce the temperature to a simmer. Simmer until the liquid has reduced to approximately half its original volume
  5. Add in the chillies, fennel, coriander and tomatoes, the reduce the heat to a low setting and stir regularly
  6. After about half an hour, season, then remove from the heat. Allow to cool before serving.


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Chilli and Cumin meatballs with a mango and pomegranate salsa paleo dinner recipe-min

Recipe: Chilli and Cumin meatballs with a mango and pomegranate salsa

This meatball recipe took a little while to perfect, but when I finally got there, the results were outstanding. The heat of the meatballs is balanced perfectly with the natural sweetness of the mango salsa (with an added ginger kick!). They can be pan fried or oven baked, and freeze really well too. Go on, whip up a big batch!

Meatballs Ingredients:

For the meatballs:

  • 600g lamb mince
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp coriander

For the salsa:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 large mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • Juice and zest 1 lime
  • Large chunk fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Meatballs How To:

1)    To make the meatballs, mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl with your hands until thoroughly combined. Roll into golf ball sized meatballs – this recipe makes about 12.

2)    To bake, line them on a baking tray topped with parchment paper and place on the top shelf of the oven at 180C/350F. To fry, heat a good chunk of coconut oil in a large, heavy based pan, and sizzle for around 12 minutes until thoroughly cooked through.

3)    Whilst your meatballs are cooking using your chosen method, begin making the salsa by gently heating the coconut oil in a saucepan. Add the diced mango and cook for around 5 minutes until lightly caramelised. Add the pomegranate molasses and a splash of water and stir, before mixing in the remaining ingredients. Remove from the heat, and serve alongside the meatballs and veggies of your choice.

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Paleo Diet Recipe Primal Panang Beef Curry grass fed-min

Recipe: Panang Beef Curry

Traditionally made with beef, the flavours in Panang Curry draw comparisons with Thai Red curry. The secret to the perfect Panang is frying the meat in the thick paste, as opposed to boiling it. This creates delightfully vibrant flavours and tender meat, without having excess sauce to deal with.

A word of warning, this curry is hot! If you prefer less hear, lower the amount of chilli and increase the amount of tomato puree. Why would you want to do that though!?

Panang Beef Curry Ingredients:

For the paste:

  • 5 red birds eye chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 shallots
  • 3cm fresh galangal, chopped
  • 2 tsp shrimp paste
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Juice ½ lime
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric

For the curry:

  • 400g beef fillet, sliced
  • 1 x 400ml can coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • Juice ½ lime
  • Large handful fresh coriander, to serve.

Panang Beef Curry How To:

Make the paste by combining all ingredients in a food processor, and blitzing to a puree.

Heat a large pan to a high heat with a little olive oil. Sear the beef strips for 1 minute each side, so they are just browned but still pink in the middle. Set aside.

Lower the heat in the pan to medium. Open the coconut milk, and take 1 tbsp of the thickest ‘cream’ part from the top. Add to the pan – it should begin to sizzle right away.

Stir in the curry paste to the coconut cream. Simmer for 4 – 5 minutes to release the flavours, stirring well to ensure it doesn’t burn. Keep adding a little extra coconut milk at a time if it looks to dry.

Return the beef to the pan, tossing it well to coat in the thick sauce. Add a little more coconut milk so there is a little excess liquid in the pan. Add the fish sauce, then simmer for another 2 – 3 minutes. Serve over rice with a squeeze of lime and plenty of fresh coriander.

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Recipe: Smoky Chilli Squid

Seafood is a great source of omega 3 and other nutrients. Fresh Squid can be great, and I particularly like this recipe. The longer you leave this one to marinate, the better.

Smoky Chilli Squid Ingredients:

  • 2 whole squid, skinned and cleaned
  • 1 fresh red chilli, chopped and deseeded
  • 1 red pepper, chopped and deseeded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves smoked garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Small handful fresh coriander

Smoky Chilli Squid How To:

1)     In a food processor, blitz together all the ingredients except the squid.

2)     Place the squid in a resealable plastic bag. Pour over the marinade, then leave in the refrigerator for as long as you want, preferable overnight.

3)     When you’re ready to cook, heat a griddle to a high heat. BBQ the squid for 3 – 4 minutes each side, brushing every now and then with the leftover marinade.

Do you often have seafood? What is your favourite?

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Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Soup with Chilli and Lime

Not only is this soup wonderfully creamy and comforting, it comes with an added zing courtesy of the lime and chilli. Perfect for a cold day!

I always multiply up the ingredients to the size of my largest pan. Any soup that I won’t use, I then freeze into individual portion sizes, making lots of ready prepared meals I can just heat up – or take into work.

Soup Ingredients:

  • 1 small pumpkin, deseeded and cut into wedges
  • ½ butternut squash, as above
  • 4 – 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 700ml water
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • Salt and black pepper

 Soup How To:

1)     Heat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4. Place the wedges of pumpkin and squash into a roasting dish, coat with the olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Roast for around 45 minutes until really soft and tender (this may take a little longer depending on the size of your veggies) then remove from the oven and leave to cool.

2)     Scrape the flesh away from the wedges into a large pan. Add the water and the spices, and blend well with an immersion blender.

3)     Heat through, then stir in the lime juice. Season to taste and enjoy.

What is your favourite soup?

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Paleo Network Recipe Indian Scrambled Eggs Breakfast-min

Recipe: Indian Scrambled Eggs

A little bit more of a challenge to rustle up in the morning, so try these scrambled eggs on a day where you’re not in a rush to be anywhere or see anyone. The rewards will be more than worth it.

Indian Scrambled Eggs Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp tumeric
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, finely chopped
  • A handful of spinach leaves, finely chopped
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander
  • Olive oil
  • Sea Salt

Indian Scrambled Eggs How To:

Heat a frying pan with a little olive oil to a medium heat. Saute the onion with a little sea salt until golden brown

Add the garlic, chilli and spices and fry for another couple of minutes.

Add the tomatoes and spinach, then pour in the eggs, turning down the heat slightly. Stir well, and continue to cook until the eggs are done to your liking. Garnish with a little fresh coriander, serve and enjoy.

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