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!
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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 😀 

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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 🙂 

 

Peachy Tarts (Paleo + Vegan)

I bought some Juicy Medjool Dates this weekend so I just had to make my favourite bite size tarts, I’m also starting Whole30 tomorrow (http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30/)  I really want to come off sugar for a few weeks and just return back to Paleo basics. Please feel free to join me and stay posted for some savoury recipes soon to come 🙂

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Peachy Tarts

Makes 6 depending on size

Prep Time: 10 mins

Freezing Time: 20 mins

Ingredients: 

For Base:

  • 1/2 Cup Pecans (or walnuts if you like.. )
  • 3 Big Medjool Dates
  • 1 Teaspoon Of Coconut Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Of Organic Cocoa Powder

The filling:

  • 1 Small Banana
  • 1 Peach
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk/ Cream.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Honey

Instructions:

  • Place all the base ingredients into a food processor and pulse until well blended.
  • Grease a small tartlet tray with some coconut oil.
  • Press a little mixture into the tartlet tray.
  • Now rinse the food processor out.
  • Add all the filling ingredients into the food processor and blend.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared tartlets.
  • Place in freezer for around 20 mins.
  • They will slightly firm, scoop them out carefully with a spoon.
  • Garnish with strawberry slices or some raspberries.
  • Enjoy!

Pistachio Marshmallows (Paleo)

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ITS SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE!!!!!!

Gosh!! I got the recipe for these lovely Paleo Marshmallows from the wonderful Urban Poser (http://urbanposer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/rustic-homemade-marshmallows-whoney.html

I used roughly ground almonds, pistachios and desiccated coconut to roll my fluffy squares in.  I hope you Enjoy! Image

 

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Basbousa (Traditional Coconut “Semolina” Cake)

Basboosa is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made of semolina, yoghurt, coconut and rose water syrup. Of course we are going to make it just as delicious but also as healthy as possible.

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Prep Time: 10 mins

Baking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

1 Cup Almond Meal

1.5 Cup Powdered Coconut (blitz desiccated coconut in the grinder till its a rough powder)

3/4 Cup Coconut Milk (full fat from a Can)

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

Handful of Pistachios

For Syrup:

1/4 Cup Honey

1/2 Teaspoon to 1 Teaspoon of Rose Water

Instructions: 

*Pre heat oven to 350F or Mark Gas 4

  1. Combine all ingredients except for pistachios in a large bowl.
  2. Grease a baking try with a little coconut oil and sprinkle with pistachos.
  3. Pour Basboosa mix into baking tray.
  4. Bake for 30 mins or until golden brown.
  5. Mix honey and rose water together.
  6. Slice Basboosa and drizzle with the honey and rose water mixture.

 

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