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 Tabbouleh

Who needs Bulgur Wheat when you have the oh so versatile cauliflower? The magic in Tabbouleh lies in the fresh herbs and seasoning, not the grains, so it isn’t something you should go without enjoying. Works great with Moroccan style chicken or lamb.

Paleo Tabbouleh Ingredients:

  • 1 cauliflower, leaves removed
  • 2 large handfuls fresh parsley
  • 1 large handful fresh mint
  • 1 red onion
  • 15 – 20 ripe cherry tomatoes
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil and red wine vinegar, to taste

Paleo Tabbouleh How To:

1) Add the cauliflower florets to the food processor, just as if you were making cauliflower rice. Lightly process until it forms light and fluffy ‘grains.’

2) Finely chop the herbs, red onion and cherry tomatoes, and add to a large bowl. Pour in the cauliflower and mix really well. Season generously with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar to serve. Easy as that!

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Recipe: Teriyaki Beef Salad

Does a big bowl of beef strips, cauliflower rice and colourful vegetables smothered in copious amounts of paleo approved teriyaki sauce count as a salad? Of course it does! Dig in and enjoy the sweet, sticky asian flavours that marry together so well in this lunchtime favourite.

Teriyaki Beef Salad Ingredients:

  • 400g grass fed beef strips
  • 1 cauliflower, leaves removed
  • 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), deseeded and chopped into wedges
  • 1 yellow capsicum (bell pepper), deseeded and chopped into wedges
  • 2/3 carrots, grated
  • 2/3 spring onions, finely chopped

For the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp date paste, or ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • Pinch of black pepper

Teriyaki Beef Salad How To:

1) Combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat. Allow to simmer gently for around 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the mixture thickens slightly and bubbles. Taste and add more date paste / coconut aminos depending on your preference. Set aside.

2) Blitz the cauliflower florets in a food processor to make cauliflower rice. Transfer to a large salad bowl, along with the rest of the vegetables. Stir well to combine.

3) Heat a little olive oil in a large frying pan to a high heat. Flash fry the beef strips for a minute each side (for medium). You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your pan.

4) Add the beef to the salad bowl, then drizzle over the teriyaki sauce. Serve immediately.

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Recipe: Curried Tilapia in Coconut Sauce

I love Tilapia, but this recipe also works great with halibut, monkfish, mullet, or any other sustainably caught, meaty white fish. Serve with a heap of cauliflower rice and fresh veggies.

Curried Tilapia Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 2 x 400ml cans coconut milk (or 1 can coconut milk and 400ml water)
  • 4 large tilapia fillets, each cut into 2 / 3 palm sized pieces

Curried Tilapia How To:

1) Heat the coconut oil in a large, heavy based pan. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until golden. Add the garlic and fry for a further 2 – 3 minutes. Turn the heat down low.

2) Add the cumin, coriander, turmeric and cinnamon and fry for a couple of minutes until fragrant. Add the cardamom pods and lightly toast for 30 seconds, before pouring in the coconut milk. Add the curry leaves, and simmer for 15 minutes.

3) Add the tilapia to the pan and stir well. Turn the heat up to medium, and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the fish is completely cooked through. Serve with a heap of cauliflower rice.

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Recipe: Slow Cooked Chicken Livers with Cayenne and Paprika

After finally acting on my resolution to use more offal in my cooking, I went to the butchers and purchased some chicken livers (along with some other interesting looking cuts, which I’m sure you’ll read about soon!). My first attempt was pretty unsuccessful; the meat was tough, and although the flavour was good, it felt like it hadn't quite reached its potential.

Next time around, I told myself, I would cook them much more slowly, so that they are ultra tender and full of rich flavour. I paired them with the smoky and pungent flavours of paprika and cayenne, which turned out to be a match made in heaven.

Slow Cooked Chicken Livers Ingredients:

  • 750g organic, free range chicken livers
  • 2 large onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped into slices
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 200ml tomato passata
  • Olive oil
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Slow Cooked Chicken Livers  How To:

Cut any stringy bits away from the livers, then cut into strips. Heat a little olive oil in a heavy based frying pan to a high heat, then brown off the offal by cooking for 2 minutes each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Lower the heat to medium, add a little more olive oil, then add the onions. Fry until softened, for about 5 minutes, then add the paprika and cayenne. Fry gently for another couple of minutes, before adding the passata and about 200ml water.

Return the offal to the pan along with the peppers. Lower the heat to its lowest setting, stir well, and leave to simmer very gently for around 2 hours. Check occasionally, adding more water if needs be. Season to taste with a little salt and pepper.

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Recipe: Slow Roast Leg of Lamb

Nothing beats tucking into a joint of lamb, full of flavour that just falls straight off the bone. Be sure to buy top quality, well hung meat from your local butchers for optimum flavour and texture. The beauty of slow roasting any joint of meat is that you can just pop it in the oven, get on with your day, and let it fill your home with wonderful aromas. This one’s no exception.

Slow Roast Leg of Lamb Ingredients:

  • 1 leg of lamb, 1.25 – 1.5kg in weight
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • Small bunch of fresh rosemary
  • Zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 anchovies
  • 500ml tomato passata
  • Black pepper

Slow Roast Leg of Lamb How To:

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas mark 6. Strip the leaves off the rosemary and set aside. Scatter the twigs and the chopped onions in a roasting tray.

In a food processor, blitz the rosemary leaves, anchovies, garlic and lemon to a paste.

Slash the skin of the lamb with a sharp knife, making small incisions as you go. Rub the paste all over the meat, ensuring a complete and even coating. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes to colour the meat.

Lower the heat of the oven to 150C / 300F / Gas mark 2. Remove the lamb, and add the tomato passata, stirring the residual juices in well. Slow roast for 3 – 3/12 hours, basting whenever you get the chance.

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Recipe: Monkfish and Sweet Potato Skewers

If you’re primal and allow yourself dairy, one of the best choices you can make is full fat, probiotic Greek yoghurt. It works perfectly as part of a marinade for these Monkfish skewers – however if you don’t do dairy, I’d be interested to know if you can think of any alternatives to use in place of it here – let me know what you think in the comments, below.

Monkfish Ingredients:

  • 500g sustainably caught Monkfish tail, diced into 2 – 3cm pieces
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 2 – 3cm wedges
  • 2 large onions, cut into wedges
  • 5cm fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Juice 1 lime
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Good handful fresh coriander
  • 3 tbsp full fat Greek yoghurt / equivalent alternative (i.e goats milk)
  • 6 – 8 bamboo skewers

Monkfish How To:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4. Arrange the sweet potato wedges in a roasting dish, drizzle with a little olive oil and season. Place in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until cooked. Leave to cool.

In a food processor, combine the ginger, garlic, lime, turmeric, coriander and yoghurt to make a marinade.

Place the Monkfish and onion wedges into the roasting dish with the sweet potatoes. Pour over the marinade and coat well.

Arrange the skewers by alternating between the fish, sweet potatoes and onions. Aim to fit around 2 / 3 of each item on to each skewer.

When ready to cook, either place on the bbq and keep turning until cooked through, or grill for 2 – 3 minutes either side.

Do you cook with Monkfish? I'd love to hear your favourite fish recipes – and where you source your fish from. Leave me a comment, below!

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Recipe: Sicilian Style Grilled Vegetables

Seasonal, saucy and oh so summery, enjoy these Sicilian inspired grilled vegetables at the height of summer when they are at the peak of their powers. Excellent with some roast pork loin or grilled chicken.

Sicilian Vegetables Ingredients:

  • 1 green capsicum (bell pepper), cut into chunks
  • 1 yellow capsicum (bell pepper), cut into chunks
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 1 large zucchini (courgette), sliced thickly
  • 1 aubergine, cut into chunks
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red chilli pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 3 dried figs, diced
  • Small handful fresh basil leaves

Sicilian Vegetables How To:

Heat the grill to a medium – high heat. In a heat proof roasting dish, drizzle the capsicum (peppers), aubergine and courgette with 3 tbsp of the olive oil and season well with some salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables out as well as possible, then place under the grill for 20 minutes, turning every now and then.

In a large, heavy based pan, fry the onion, garlic, chilli and oregano in the remaining olive oil for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, stir and simmer for 3 – 4 minutes until they begin to reduce down.

Add the grilled veg to the pan, and toss well in the sauce. Add 200ml freshly boiled water along with the capers and figs. Cover and simmer for around 15 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with the torn fresh basil leaves.

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Recipe: Griddled Tuna Steaks with Coriander and Capers

When cooking tuna steaks, only the best will do. Buy ‘Sushi Grade’ tuna, which you can effectively eat raw, and cook it to medium. This way, the fish will do the talking, and you won’t need overpowering sauces or marinades to make it palatable.

Griddled Tuna Steaks Ingredients:

  • 2 sushi grade tuna steaks
  • 1 small handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers, rinsed and dried
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Griddled Tuna Steaks How To:

Heat a griddle to a very high heat, and brush with a little olive oil.

Whizz together all the ingredients, bar the tuna, to form a light dressing. Set aside.

When the griddle is really, really hot and the oil is smoking, throw on the tuna steaks. Sear for 1 and a half minutes each side, so still pink in the middle. Remove from the heat, and drizzle with the dressing.

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Paleo Lunch Box Recipe: Five DIY Salad Dressings

If you’re leaving home with a pre-prepared salad for lunch, there’s nothing like having a small pot of on-the-go dressing to take with you. We all have our favourite salad dressings, but here are five delicious ideas for you to try so that you’re never caught with a boring salad again!

All of the following make enough for between 4 – 6 salads, and keep in the fridge for a week. I’ve made a note on each recipe saying ‘blender’ or ‘jam jar.’ In short, if it says blender, blitz your ingredients in a blender. If it says jam jar, just combine all contents in any kind of jar and shake to combine. Not rocket science, I know!

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Oil Free Raspberry Dressing (blender)

  • 125 grams fresh raspberries
  • ¼ of an onion, chopped
  • 100ml apple juice
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Lime and Coriander Dressing (blender)

  • 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice 1 1/2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 large handful fresh coriander

Balsamic Vinaigrette (jam jar)

  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 100ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper

Tomato and Basil Vinaigrette (jam jar)

  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 50ml cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Lemon and Dill Dressing (jam jar)

  • 100ml olive oil
  • Juice and zest 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • Pinch of salt and pepper