Mango and Coconut Chicken Curry paleo dinner recipe lunch-min

Recipe: Mango and Coconut Chicken Curry

A great choice if you’re not the biggest fan of spicy curries, this Asian inspired curry is delightfully creamy and fruity in equal measure. Enjoy the health giving, anti-inflammatory properties of Ginger and Turmeric as an added bonus and the great combination of mango and coconut.

I've made this one with a whole, medium roast chicken, simply because I had one spare in the fridge. I enjoy the contrast between the white and the dark meat in this curry, and they are definitely more cost effective to buy whole. If you’d rather though, feel free to substitute with the same amount of breast / thigh meat.

Mango and Coconut Chicken Curry Ingredients:

  • 1 medium free range chicken, roasted and left to cool
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp nigella seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 and ½ large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Small handful fresh coriander
  • 100g fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 large, ripe mangoes
  • 1 x 400ml can coconut milk
  • 400ml home made chicken stock

Mango and Coconut Chicken Curry How To:

Heat a large, heavy based pan to a low heat. Lightly toast the cumin and nigella seeds for around a minute, until aromatic. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Add the coconut oil to the pan and turn the heat up to medium. Add one of the onions, keeping the other half to one side. Cook for around 5 minutes, until soft.

Meanwhile, add the toasted spices to the food processor along with the remaining onion, olive oil, curry powder, turmeric, garlic, coriander, ginger, and the flesh from one of the mangoes. Whizz together to form a paste.

Add the curry paste to the pan and gently simmer for 3 – 4 minutes to really release the flavours.

Meanwhile, shred the meat from the roast chicken, using as much as you can from all of the bird.

Pour the coconut milk and chicken stock into the pan, and then add the chicken. Stir well, and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.

A couple of minutes before serving, dice the remaining mango and add to the pan. Stir well, and serve garnished with fresh coriander.

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Paleo Lunch Box – Prawn, Mango and Spicy Guacamole Collard Wraps recipe-min

Recipe – Paleo Lunch Box – Prawn, Mango and Spicy Guacamole Collard Wraps

If I’m on a day trip and taking a packed lunch, one of my ‘go to’ foods is a Paleo friendly wrap. These ones are collard wraps – which ideally lend themselves to the purpose. Seriously, who needs bread with options like this? They’re easy to make, super portable, and you just can’t beat the combination of flavours and textures that they bring.

The ‘wrap’ itself is just a vehicle to allow you to get the good stuff into your belly, so it doesn’t need to be a health hazard. If anything, swapping a SAD tortilla wrap for a rolled up lettuce or collard leaf improves the flavour and the texture (not to mention the healthiness) of your meal.

 In this recipe, you have savoury, sweet, creamy and spicy all in one neat little package. Enjoy!

Recipe - Paleo Lunch Box – Prawn, Mango and Spicy Guacamole Collard Wraps
Recipe type: Lunch
Prep time: 
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  • 300g cooked and peeled prawns
  • 1 large, ripe mango, diced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Zest and juice 1 lime
  • 6 spring onions
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 x large collard leaves
  1. In a bowl, toss together the prawns, mango, tomatoes and grated carrot.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash the avocados with the lime, spring onions, chilli and garlic.
  3. Lay the collard leaves out flat on a chopping board. Divide the prawn filling between the four, before slapping on a spoonful of the guacamole on each. Roll the collards up to make wraps, and hold them together by poking in a cocktail stick.

Do you often make paleo friendly wraps for lunch? What is your favourite medium to use for the wraps? Cabbage? Seaweed? Lettuce? Or something else? I'd love to hear!

Paleo Lunch Box – Prawn, Mango and Spicy Guacamole Collard Wraps recipe-min

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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Recipe: Refilled Sweet Potatoes with Turkey, Mango and Lime

A great way to use up leftovers from a roast dinner – substituting the turkey for chicken or any other free range bird will be just as good! This recipe is an easy lunch to do the night before, as you can simply bung the sweet potatoes in the oven to roast whilst you carry on enjoying your evening. When it’s done, whip it out of the oven, and the rest will take minimal effort to finish!

Refilled Sweet Potatoes Ingredients:

  • 1 Sweet Potato (or to small)
  • ½ cup shredded roasted turkey
  • ¼ mango, finely chopped
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • Juice ½ lime
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped (optional)

Refilled Sweet Potatoes How To:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4. Pop the sweet potatoes in the oven, and leave to roast for around 45 minutes, depending on size. Remove, and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

When cooled slightly, but still soft, cut a slit across the sweet potatoes lengthways with a sharp knife, taking care not to break the rest of the skin. Scoop out the insides and transfer to a separate bowl.

Combine the sweet potato with the mango, onion, lime and coriander. Mash together, then add the shredded roast turkey.

Return the filling to the sweet potato skin, and look forward to a healthy lunch the next day where all you need is a spoon!

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Recipe paleo Mango, Passion Fruit and Coconut Smoothie-min

Recipe: Mango, Passion Fruit and Coconut Smoothie

Start the day like you’re on a tropical island! Smoothies are quick and easy to make – perfect for a grab and go breakfast. Make sure your coconut milk is as pure as you can find it – check the ingredients!

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 100ml coconut milk
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Juice of two oranges
  • 2 passion fruit

Smoothie How To:

1)     Split the passion fruit in half and squeeze into a sieve. This way you catch all the delicious juices, but none of the crunchy seeds (which don’t work that well in a smoothie!)

2)     Add all of the ingredients to the blender with a  handful of crushed ice if you have some to hand. Blitz for a good 2 – 3 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

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