Stuffed Cabbage (Malfoof)

Malfoof basically means rolled. Stuffed (and rolled) cabbage is a staple dish in the Middle East but always made with a rice and meat stuffing. Today I attempted to make it my way and with no rice of course. I did not replace my rice with riced cauliflower though I’m sure you could do so if you wanted.

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Ingredients 

  • 1 cabbage
  • 2 cups of lean mince beef
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes.
  • 1 chopped green apple.
  • Paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.

Instructions 

  • Peal off the cabbage leaves gently and immerse into boiling water for about 3 mins (until soft-ish)
  • Fry onion and garlic until golden brown, set half aside on a plate. Add the tin tomatoes and spices to the frying pan.
  • Place spices, mince meat, half the cooked onions and chopped apple into food processor. Pulse 4 or 5 times.
  • Place half the tomato sauce in the bottom of the crock pot (slow cooker).
  • Cut the bottom part of the stem from the cabbage leaves (A small triangle out of the bottom. See pic)
  • Spoon a tablespoon of the meat mixture into the bottom of the leaf and roll.
  • Layer tightly in the slow cooker. Top with remaining tomato sauce.
  • Cook on high for about 4 or 5 hours.
  • Enjoy!

Date And Apricot Paleo Granola

Paleo granola is the best! I love this stuff a bit too much, its good sprinkled on a Paleo pancake (A mashed banana and 2 eggs fried) its also great with some almond or coconut milk, you could also just shovel handfuls of it into your mouth ;)

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup sultanas or raisins
  • 1 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbs melted coconut oil.
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey  (leave this out if you are on whole30 or avoiding sugars)
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to gas mark 5.
  • In a food processor pulse the dates, sultanas and apricots until very well chopped.
  • Add the remaining nuts and chop until well combined.
  • Add oil and honey (if using).
  • Mix well then line a baking sheet with baking paper and spread the granola evenly over the paper.
  • Bake for a total of 30 mins till its golden making sure you toss the mixture every 10.
  • Leave out till cool and crispy. Store in tupperware or a jar.

Paleo Frittata with Zaatar

I love Frittata. Its fail proof, protein packed and great to make in advance and heat up when you are in a rush. Its also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner :D 

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Ingredients: 

2 Tbs of Coconut oil or Olive oil

1/2 cup of lean mince meat (Optional)

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 onion or 3 shallots. 

1 sweet potato pealed, chopped and boiled.

2 cups of spinach

8 or 10 cherry tomatos halved.

6 Eggs

2 Tbs of almond milk

Salt, pepper, cumin, 1 TBS Zaatar spices. 

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350, Gas Mark 5.
  • Heat Oil of choice in frying pan, fry together onions, mine if using, peppers, cherry tomatoes, spinach and potatoes and seasoning until soft and well cooked.
  • Beat eggs and almond milk in a bowl. Pour into pan with veg. 
  • Grease a baking loaf pan with olive oil and spoon in the mixture. 
  • Bake for 30 to 35 mins. 

 Enjoy!!

Whole30 Final Update

With less than a week left till the end of my Whole30 Challenge I just wanted to update you all. I’m sorry I only posted 14 days of Whole30 but I felt like half was enough to give you all a good idea (I also got really bored of photographing my food!) and to help me stay on track. 

Eating healthy can sometimes be a struggle, and its so easy to just give up or convince our selves that we can’t do it so whats the point right?! But I want to say that healthy eating isn’t about a month of being good or even 3, or starting next Monday or at the beginning of the month, its about making every single meal and snack count. If you mess up at breakfast then start at lunch if you mess up and eat cake don’t think “I’ve failed, I can’t do this” and have another slice.

Focus on the future, focus on the next step and don’t think that you can achieve what you want, KNOW it. 

And of course make sure you treat your self to something from time to time. 

Wish you all the best & stay tuned for some more recipes :) 

 

Day 14 of Whole30

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Breakfast: Egg+banana Pancake topped with berries and toasted nutts.  

Lunch: Paleo Stuffed Peppers and Salad 

Dinner: Big bowl of fruit salad. 

Snack: One too many dates. 

Work out: 45 mins NTC. 

Day 13 of Whole30

Breakfast: Sweet potato pancakes. 

Lunch: Stir fry with chicken. 

Dinner: Beef Patty with salad, guacamole and Salsa. 

Snack: Strawberry’s and (coconut) cream topped with homemade unsweetened granola. 

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Day 12 of Whole30

Today was rather hectic so my food choices weren’t as great as they could have been. However I did fit in a wonderful Nike Training club (NTC app)  workout at home which was really good. (600 cals burnt in 45 mins woop!) 

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Breakfast: DELICIOUS Paleo pancakes :D 

Lunch: I ordered a chicken salad at a restaurant and it was very bad so I didn’t eat much. By the time I got home I was starving. I had an apple while I cooked some food. 

Dinner: Baked Chicken breast, a baked sweet potato and a tomato.

Snack: Fruit salad and coconut milk 

 

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