Recipe: Cajun Spice Marinade

Recipe: Cajun Spice Marinade

There’s nothing like a simple marinade to spice up an otherwise simple steak or fish dinner.

This is a really easy marinade to put together; make it up in advance and store in in a jar in the fridge so it’s ready to use.

Paleo diet recipe cajun spice dry marinade rub

Cajun Spice Marinade Ingredients:
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 3 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • Sea salt(I…

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Recipe: Cajun Spice Marinade

There’s nothing like a simple marinade to spice up an otherwise simple steak or fish dinner.

This is a really easy marinade to put together; make it up in advance and store in in a jar in the fridge so it’s ready to use.

Paleo diet recipe cajun spice dry marinade rub

Cajun Spice Marinade Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 3 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • Sea salt (I use pink Himalayan)

Cajun Spice Marinade How To:

It couldn’t get simpler than this! pound the ingredients with a pestle and mortar until it becomes powdery and evenly distributed.

Rub the mixture over the meat or fish and allow it to marinate for 2 – 3 hours if you can (but if you’re in a hurry, 30 minutes will just about do it!)

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More weird Google searches

More weird Google searches

I shared with you a few months ago some of the strange Google search terms, which have landed people on this blog. Well this month there are more and I thought I’d share some of the funny ones with you. People do some really weird Google searches, don’t they?!

Weird paleo diet google searches funny strange

fish sweet plantains and baked dolphin recipe

Hmmm… dolphin recipes? I didn’t think you’re allowed to eat dolphin this side of Japan?…

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More weird Google searches

I shared with you a few months ago some of the strange Google search terms, which have landed people on this blog. Well this month there are more and I thought I’d share some of the funny ones with you. People do some really weird Google searches, don’t they?!

Weird paleo diet google searches funny strange

fish sweet plantains and baked dolphin recipe

Hmmm… dolphin recipes? I didn’t think you’re allowed to eat dolphin this side of Japan? Either way, nope – not here! How about a nice bit of salmon instead?

how to inspect the liver. lungs, heart spleen and skirt(diaphragm)

Not sure if a veterinarian, butcher or medical site would have been more helpful?

do they sell coconut oil in sydney, australia

Now this I can help with. Yes. Yes they do. Australia is quite progressive these days – you can even buy take away coffee!

breakfast recipe no egg for 80 kids

80 kids? Well unfortunately I don’t have any recipes for that many people. But maybe you could use a normal sized recipe and multiply the quantities out several times?

stoned and want a quick snack to make

I have literally no idea why this lead you to my blog? But you should probably make some avocado chocolate mousse.

dangers of almonds and red wine

Running out, probably?

will it still make a difference if i eat paleo during the week and then weekends off?

Do you really need an answer to this?

what bit is mince off a cow?

Definitely all the bad bits. Make your own.

can i go straight to stage 3 on paleo diet

There’s a stage three? Mind = blown. No one has ever mention stage 3 to me before. Is it some kind of insider secret?

what is so special about grass

Hmm… I have no idea where to start with this one.

does anybody stay with the paleo diet for more than 3 months

Definitely not. Just for the two weeks it takes to drop 6 dress sizes. Then they all go straight back to junk food. And on a similar theme…

will paleo not work if i drink diet coke

how many coconuts will get me 10 litres of oil

If you’re about to start making your own coconut oil for the first time, this probably shouldn’t be the first question you Google?

can you eat the avocado seed

Not sure why you’d want to?

paleo before and after losing thigh fat

So specific…

paleo emergency travel vegetables

You know when you’re travelling, and you’ve forgotten to bring some veggies with you, then it’s an EMERGENCY?

cheap paleo pills

Is this those awesome paleo pills that you can take before and after eating junk food, to mitigate the effect?

low fat pailo lunches

Low fat? Low fat paleo? Is that a thing?

paleo sucks

This may or may not have been written by the people who Google searched for:

are soft drinks paleo?

and

is bread paleo

and possibly

can you have margarine on a paleo diet

We need to talk.

Any tips for our Google searchers? Help them out in the comments below!

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12 reasons you should eat more kale

12 reasons you should eat more kale

I’m trying to get a lot more vegetables in my diet– particularly those of the green variety. Kale is my current favourite, it tastes a lot better than it looks and is densely packed with nutrition! Kale is a cruciferous vegetable – and in the Brassica family, but it packs far more of a nutritional punch than its other family members; cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. Here are 12 reasons you…

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12 reasons you should eat more kale

I’m trying to get a lot more vegetables in my diet – particularly those of the green variety. Kale is my current favourite, it tastes a lot better than it looks and is densely packed with nutrition! Kale is a cruciferous vegetable – and in the Brassica family, but it packs far more of a nutritional punch than its other family members; cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. Here are 12 reasons you should get more in your diet!

Reasons to eat more kale paleo diet

1. It’s full of flavonoids (45 different types) which have many antioxidant & anti-inflammatory benefits.

2. It’s loaded with vitamin K which is crucial for proper blood clotting

3. It also gives a good dose of vitamins A and C – in fact far more vitamin C than an orange.

4. Lots of minerals are also found, such as copper, potassium, phosphorus and manganese

5. Calcium is also more abundant in kale than it is in milk (so those myths that paleo will leave you deficient in calcium are completely unfounded)

6. Kale is a great source of sulphur – and we all know we should be eating more sulphurous veggies….

7. It’s  high in iron, essential for a good immune system.

8. Generally kale is a fairly cheap veg, so it’s great to pack out meals on a budget

9. Green fingers? Kale is a relatively easy veg to grow – and the best thing is it’s always fresh!

10. With curly kale, red kale, baby kale  and even a purple kale – you can’t get bored of it!

11. Not that we care about calories, but kale is very low in calories

12. It’s also very low fat – but don’t worry, you can rectify this by cooking it in a generous amount of coconut oil!

How to eat it?

I often just stir fry some kale in coconut oil, but kale is also great in green smoothies – and if you haven’t tried kale chips yet, you’re missing out! If you’d usually eat spinach, try swapping it out for some kale in recipes. And if your family aren’t keen on it, try steaming it, pureeing it and mixing it into dishes like stews and casseroles. They’ll never know!

Kale is also great raw in salads – and it goes really well mixed in with some scrambled eggs for a nutritious start to the day.

Are you a kale fan? How do you like yours – tell me you kale tips in the comments below!

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Coconut Veggie Stew

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Coconut Veggie Stew

Despite having bought a far too small slow cooker (seriously, why make enough for one meal, when for the same effort you could have enough for several freezer meals?), I’ve recently been using my slow cooker a lot more. I love being able to put in a bit of effort in the morning, then coming home to smell a delicious dinner ready and waiting. I’ve found with this one it’s best to wait until right…

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Coconut Veggie Stew

Despite having bought a far too small slow cooker (seriously, why make enough for one meal, when for the same effort you could have enough for several freezer meals?), I’ve recently been using my slow cooker a lot more. I love being able to put in a bit of effort in the morning, then coming home to smell a delicious dinner ready and waiting. I’ve found with this one it’s best to wait until right at the end of cooking to add in the coconut cream, but even so, it’s still next to no effort to have a nutritious dinner cook itself for you!

Paleo Diet Free Recipe Slow Cooker Chicken Coconut Veggie Stew

Serves 4 (but if your slow cooker is big enough make as much as you can and save the extras for later!)

Slow Cooker Chicken Coconut Veggie Stew Ingredients:

  • 3 organic free range chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 2 parsnips, diced
  • 500g (1 lb) celeriac, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) minced fresh ginger
  • 15ml (1 tablespoon) curry paste*
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) ground turmeric
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) ground chilli
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 300ml (1/2 pint) chicken stock
  • 200ml (7 floz) coconut cream
  • Chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

Slow Cooker Chicken Coconut Veggie Stew How To:

1)      Heat the oil in a pan and cook the chicken until brown and cooked through.

2) Put the parsnips, celeriac and carrots in the slow cooker

3) Meanwhile, add the onion, garlic and ginger to the pan, and cook for a further five minutes, stirring until they soften.

4) Into the pan, stir in the paste, turmeric, chilli and seasoning.

5) Add the stock to the pan, and bring it to the boil, stiring occasionally.

6) Transfer the contents of the pan into the slow cooker, and with the lid on, cook on a low heatfor 6-8 hours.

7) In the last hour add in the coconut cream to add the creaminess to the dish

8) Just before serving, add the coriander garnish.

*This is so easy to make instead of buying – I’ll type up my recipe and link to it – watch this space!

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Salt isn’t supposed to be white…

Salt isn’t supposed to be white…

What type of salt do you use in your cooking?

paleo diet sea salt pink Himalayan CelticDespite all the warnings about how we should limit our sodium intake, if you eat a healthy unprocessed, natural diet, you may actually need more salt in your diet.

Salt shouldn’t be the sodium chloride – a highly refined, processed white substance devoid of nutrients – which so many people consume. The common processed table salt that most people use…

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Salt isn’t supposed to be white…

What type of salt do you use in your cooking?

paleo diet sea salt pink Himalayan CelticDespite all the warnings about how we should limit our sodium intake, if you eat a healthy unprocessed, natural diet, you may actually need more salt in your diet.

Salt shouldn’t be the sodium chloride – a highly refined, processed white substance devoid of nutrients – which so many people consume. The common processed table salt that most people use in their cooking and to season their meals with, is missing over 80 minerals. Yet they only put ONE mineral back into processed table salts, and that’s iodine. So the only real benefit of table salt could be argued to be the iodine content (read what can happen if you get an iodine deficiency – and what to do to avoid it).

Natural Mineral Salt

Natural mineral salts can have as many as 84 minerals and trace minerals. That’s 84 minerals you might not get elsewhere.

There are so many different natural salts available, how do you decide which one to use? I like to try different types. I’m currently using Celtic Sea Salt in my cooking, and I have a Pink Himalayan Sea Salt grinder that I use to season my food.

I usually buy salt from iHerb as I find them so much cheaper and they have a much bigger range than my local health food store. IHerb currently have a Pink Himalayan Sea Salt grinder on sale for $3.24 – on which you can get a $5 discount* (or $10 if your order is over $40) using the promo code duv741.  So if you’ve not tried mineral salts, why not give them a go and let me know what you think.

Which salt are you using at the moment? I’d love to hear about your favourites in the comments below.

*Don’t blame me if the price goes back up!
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