Recipe: Easy Chicken Coconut Curry (Paleo + dairy-free)

A great way to enjoy warming, comforting, hearty and healthy meals in the cooler months is to take advantage of energy-efficient and easy-to-use kitchen appliances like slow cookers!

 

One of my favourite dishes to make in my slow cooker is my Chicken Coconut Curry. It’s so easy to make, it’s really versatile, and it’s a great dish for those who don’t enjoy rich and spicy curries. I’ve actually given taste testers of my recipe to people who don’t normally eat curry and they’ve loved it!

 

It’s Autumn here in South East QLD right now so it’s cooling down and feeling like the right time to start making hearty soups, stews and curries. So here’s my Chicken Coconut Curry recipe for you to use and enjoy…

 

CHICKEN COCONUT CURRY

 

You’ll need:

4 organic chicken thighs or 2 breasts, chopped
1 tin Ayam coconut milk
1 large brown onion, chopped
2 carrots, cubed
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp ginger (or more if you like), minced
2 fresh organic tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp organic curry powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
Himalayan salt, pepper to taste
Good cooking fat (ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, animal fat etc.)
Piece of fresh lemongrass
Up to 1 cup bone broth and/or water
Optional: Chili if you like heat, paprika, coriander leaves for flavour and garnish, other herbs and spices of choice, spinach leaves, celery

To do:

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan on low, add onions and allow to cook gently
  2. Add garlic and chicken and slowly increase the temp but watching onion and garlic don’t burn
  3. Add carrot to the saucepan along with the spices, lemongrass, any other herbs, salt, pepper, tomato, broth/water and coconut milk to the saucepan and reduce heat to a gentle simmer
  4. Once all ingredients are cooked through, the carrot is soft and the liquid has reduced slightly, remove the piece of lemongrass
  5. Serve by spooning the curry mixture over a flattened heap of cauliflower or white rice on a plate. Garnish with coriander leaves

Easy!

 

Enjoy 🙂

Aimee

Food + Cooking Coach – Primal Influence

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Recipe: Paleo Meatballs & Veggies with Noodles 2-Ways

I don’t always consume nightshades because I have a bit of sensitivity to them, so I often enjoy creating variety with meals totally leaving out tomato, chilli, garlic, paprika.. basically all the good stuff lol and finding flavour without those common flavour options.

As most of you know, I also like to create meals that are quick, easy and super healthy. Sometimes my creative moments actually work out well and the other night was one of those occasions when I created a new meat and veg dish that got double thumbs up from Clint, woo! AND it made 4 meals worth in one go, bonus!

I decided to make meatballs, a non-tomato sauce and have some noodles… and I created Meatballs and Veggies with Noodles 2-Ways – delicious, super healthy, really easy to make, a total win!

Here’s the basic recipe I created but feel free to play around with it and make it work best for you and your family 🙂

Pumpkin Sauce Meatballs meal

MEATBALLS & VEGGIES WITH NOODLES 2-WAYS

Makes 4 serves

You’ll need:

500g mince (I used turkey, you could use chicken, lamb, beef etc)

1 cup pumpkin, peeled and diced

1/2 cup bone broth (grab our free e-book here if you don’t already know about bone broth)

1 large brown onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 large carrots (peel if not organic), finely chopped

Fat/oil for cooking in (I use rendered grass-fed animal fat, ghee or coconut oil)

2-4 tsp each of cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder

Himalayan salt, pepper to taste

1 large zucchini, ‘zoodled’ using a noodle machine of some kind, or just peeled into long narrow strips

Optional: 1 packet konjac ‘Spaghetti’ noodles (available from supermarkets and health food stores) (I used these because Clint’s not a fan of a lot of zoodles, and these have great texture, more like ‘real’ noodles)

 

Do this:

  1. Make small balls with the mince, by rolling around even amounts into balls in your hands
  2. Heat a large fry pan to medium temp and add the fat/oil, carrot and onion. Place the meatballs in then put the lid on and allow to cook through
  3. In a medium saucepan of boiling water add the pumpkin and allow to book completely through so when you pierce a piece with a knife it easily cuts through. Strain the water and place pumpkin in a food processor or blender
  4. Add the spices, salt, pepper and bone broth to the pumpkin mix and blitz until totally combined and there are no more chunks. It won’t take long to become a sauce
  5. Pour the sauce into the frypan with the veggies and meatballs, carefully stir, place the lid back on and allow to cook for a couple of minutes
  6. Place noodles on plate or in a bowl ready then when the frypan mixture is ready (the sauce should be a little thicker, the meatballs are cooked through, the carrot and onion are soft) spoon it on top of the noodles
  7. Done! Easy!

This made 4 serves so Clint had lunch ready for work the next day, it’s fine to have cold, and I had my dinner sorted for the next night. Yay!

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Kids will love this  because pumpkin gives sweetness, noodles and meatballs are fun and it’s a bright coloured dish!

It’s so healthy because it’s jam-packed full of nourishing veggies, a little bit of meat, the bone broth contains gelatin and essential minerals, the turmeric is anti-inflammatory and the fat in there balances it all out nicely.

You could add some coconut amino (with or without chilli and garlic in it) to the sauce to give it a flavour boost. You could use different noodles. You can add different herbs and spices. This recipe is so versatile!

Enjoy! Please let me know how you go and how this idea helps you in the kitchen!

Aimee x

 

5 Things I’m Grateful For Today:

  1. a fun day cooking with a friend
  2. a really fun Primal Fitness Class yesterday
  3. the Daniel Vitalis sleep podcast I listened to while writing this
  4. going for nice walks at sunrise
  5. walking barefoot everywhere and how good it feels

 

Real food + real people

We’re big fans of really nice local people making really great products, and the family behind the At One biz certainly are that!

Husband and wife team Andrew and Tara are the creators of Noosa-based company At One, making nutritious and tasty raw food bars that are actually unique and unlike any other health bars on the market.

Cos let’s face it, there’s an abundance of ‘healthy’ food bars on the market now right? Supermarkets and health food stores – even some service stations – are stacking their shelves with these, trying to appeal to the health and allergy-conscious consumers.

So what sets these products apart from the others?

We chat to Andrew and Tara to find out!

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The lovely Andrew & Tara. Image sourced from My Entrapreneaur Magazine

US: Andrew and Tara, you create a variety of raw, vegan, paleo-friendly bars, what was the inspiration behind this kind of product line in particular?

A&T: Our range of At One bars were born while Andrew was running a 250km ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert. It was then that Andrew discovered the shocking reality of the ingredients and additives used in regular nutrition bars.

Image sourced from ClaireKCreations

Andrew’s dessert adventure! Image sourced from ClaireKCreations

We envision a world where people are empowered to be their best through healthy lifestyle choices. We felt that the range of snack products available to the general public at that point was certainly not working towards our vision, so we committed to creating something better. We’re both fanatical about food and Tara’s love playing around with raw food and Paleo recipes. So we set about developing our completely natural range of snack bars with simple, clean and good for you ingredients. We’re proud of the fact that our bars are incredibly good for you, but just as important to us, is that they taste amazing!

So now you can have that decadent treat, without the added guilt!

Beautiful bars of goodness

Beautiful bars of goodness! Image sourced from Pozible

US: The bars we’ve tried are all jam-packed full of flavour, you must use awesome ingredients, where abouts do you source them from and is quality super important to you guys?
A&T: Flavour is number 1! We’re very particular about nutrition, and all our bars are paleo, vegan and gluten-free, but at the end of the day, if it doesn’t taste good, people won’t eat it. And we want everybody to understand that good food can taste great, it doesn’t have to be packed with sugar and added flavours!

 
As all our ingredients are raw and free from preservatives and because we don’t use any additives, the quality of our ingredients is paramount. We source them from Australia where we can, but many of our ingredients are best grown overseas, such as our raw cacao from Peru. This can cause supply issues at times, for example we’ve had to delay production in the past due to a global shortage of sulphur-free organic apricots.

 

Cacao Incaberry & Banana Pecan

Cacao Incaberry & Banana Pecan – YUM!

 

US: You’re in the process of making 2 new bars, can you tell us a bit about them and when they’ll be ready?
A&T: Yes we’ve been testing new flavours and we’re working towards a launch in November of our new cacao mint bar and coconut goji bar. We love our two existing flavours (cacao incaberry and banana pecan), and we think the two new ones will make for a great range. We’ve already had loads of incredible feedback from the public about the new flavours, its blown us away!

 
We’ve tweaked the recipes a little for the new flavours by decreasing the fruit content and increasing the nut content. This has resulted in a slight decrease in carbs and an increase in fats in the two new flavours, which we know is something that more and more people are looking for. Don’t get us wrong, our bars are not zero carb bars, its virtually impossible to achieve that in a bar without using highly refined and artificial ingredients. But we can guarantee that everything in our bars is minimally processed and completely natural.

 

US: You make such healthy snack bars for people to enjoy and benefit from, what ways do you both like to stay healthy in your own lives?
A&T: We love food and are always trying new things, but the key is always about good, quality, fresh ingredients. We grow a lot of them ourselves in our own veggie patch! Andrew is a keen ultra-marathon runner and loves nothing more than to go running around the national park trails near home. He’s also just getting into mountain biking.

 

Tara is into more gentle pursuits, walking the dog, riding with the kids. We’re both learning more about meditation at the moment and are giving pilates a go as well!

 

We’re continuing to develop our understanding of what overall health and well-being means. Life is a constant journey of learning!

Tara enjoys yoga at the beach

Tara enjoys yoga at the beach

US: At One seems to be going gangbusters, what are your goals for the biz moving forward and what advice would you have to others wanting to start a health food business themselves?
A&T: We’re working very hard on growing our business, we want to touch as many people as we can with our healthy snack products. Our vision is to empower people to be their best through healthy lifestyle choices, so we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us 🙂 We’re encouraged by the growing awareness of healthy food in society, but we’re only just scratching the surface.

Brainstorming on the balcony

Brainstorming on the balcony

For others wanting to start a health food business, or any business at all for that matter, question yourself as to how passionate you are about what you’re doing. When the going gets tough, which it will, a passion for what you do is what will keep you pushing.

In terms of food, farmers markets have given artisans a market for their products, which is fantastic and is part of the reason why we’re seeing lots of innovation at the moment. If you’re starting out in this situation, you just need to be realistic about what you want to achieve. We started this way, but we did it with a plan to use this as a way to launch our brand and to test the market for the types of products that people are seeking. Its now been almost a year since our last market, a lot of water has passed under the bridge, but it was a great way to start.

Andrew & Clint at the Real Food Festival

Andrew & Clint at the Real Food Festival

 

US: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us guys! Your story is so interesting and your passion for providing healthy, easy and affordable food for people is wonderful. We’re so excited to see what you do in the future!

 


 

 

If you’d like to get your hands on some of these scrumptious bars, or you want to find out more about the makers and their products, visit their website here.

We’re thrilled to announce we’ll have some of their bars in the Paleo Food Prize Pack at Aimee’s next cooking demo event ‘Paleo for Busy People on Saturday 7 November – so one lucky guest will be taking all these goodies home with them that day! Yay!

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Eat well + play well!

Clint & Aimee

 

5 Things We’re Grateful For:

  1. Wonderful new friends like Andrew and Tara
  2. Sunny days and getting lots of Vitamin D
  3. Spending time in nature often
  4. Wrestling and play
  5. Kids classes and the fun had by all

Recipe: Easy Paleo Honey No-Soy Chicken

At our last meetup on the weekend Clint and I took along a few paleo goodies for t he picnic, and the honey soy chicken I made was a huge success.

 

Especially with my little friend Lachy who has a lot of food allergies and often can’t eat much at meetup picnics. I always try to include something he can have and this time he scoffed down the chicken, with a big smile on his cute little face. So I thought I’d better get this super easy, tasty recipe up on the blog for more people to enjoy!

 

Remember… my recipes are pretty much always really simple and easy, I’m not into overly fancy meals because often a lot of ingredients with a lot of processes involved in putting them together can  be confusing on the gut. So if you like my kinda view of cooking then you’ll like my recipes.. I hope 😉

 

HONEY NO-SOY CHICKEN

Pollo a la soja, miel y limn

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius

You’ll need:

2 x free-range chicken breasts

3 tbsp coconut amino (for nightshade-free I use Matakana range available here, but otherwise use Niulife or a similar brand)

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2 tbsp local raw honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: crushed garlic, ginger

 
Do this:

For the time-poor folk…

1. Cut chicken into strips or cubes and place in a deep oven dish

2. Add the coconut amino, honey and salt/pepper

3. Get your hands in there and mix thoroughly so the sauce is coated evenly over the chicken

4. Place in the oven, uncovered, and set the timer for 20 minutes. Then at 20 minutes get the tongs or a large spoon and mix the chicken around so the inside raw pieces move to the outside and all chicken cooks properly

5. Place back in the oven for another 20 or so minutes or until all chicken is cooked through

6. There’ll be a lot of liquid at the end but I like using this as sauce for pouring over veggies as it can be placed in a container in the fridge and used later, or it can be simmered down on the stove right away to thicken up. Add some arrowroot to create a honey soy gravy

7. Store chicken in an airtight glass container in the fridge. It’s great served cold! If you include the liquid, you’ll find it’ll become jelly once refrigerated, yay!

Now for those with more time up their sleeves…

1. Follow steps 1-3 as above but then place in a container in the fridge for a few hours to marinate. This will infuse the flavours into the chicken more

2. Then cook and store as mentioned above

How easy is that!?!

It will go great sided with cauli rice, veggie mash or mixed into a salad
Enjoy 🙂

Aimee

 

5 Things I’n Grateful For Today:

1. A fun meetup at the Glasshouse Mountains and people enjoying my food

2. The 30 mins of magical #NakedSunTime I just got on the balcony

3. Wrestling Clint yesterday and finally getting him to the ground, woo!

4. My ‘Cowgirl’ mug cos it’s cool!

5. Country music

Recipe: Paleo Pecan Biscuits

I attempted my own version of a paleo-friendly pecan biscuit recipe not long after we got home from our trip to Moree, because Tony at Three Apples Organics gave me 2 bags of organic pecans!

I’m not a huge fan of eating a lot of paleo baked sweets, especially when full of nuts and seeds (due to the unhealthy changes that happen when nuts and seeds are heated, and the typical nutrient overwhelm that occurs in these kinds foods, making it tough on the gut to digest) but because I very rarely get to use or eat pecans, and I had so many of them I thought… why not get experimenting in the kitchen to see what I could come up with?!

And of course, I wouldn’t recommend eating these every day, but as a treat now and then, why not?!

S0… at this time I was still pretty new to using banana flour, and I wanted to play around with it a bit more and decided to include it in this recipe because I’d read it’s great for creating a nice biscuity texture.

One day I had a go at making a batch of biccies using the banana flour, pecans and other basic paleo ingredients. But Clint and I both agreed that while the biscuity texture was in fact great, the flavour was lacking a little. Basically… they were too boring. I couldn’t have that now could I!

 

So this week I finally gave it another crack and I think I’ve nailed it! And I’d love to share my new recipe with you all!

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PALEO PECAN BISCUITS

Makes 8 large biscuits

You’ll Need:

1 tbsp arrowroot flour

1/2 tbsp Great Lakes beef gelatin powder (grab some here!)

1 tbsp coconut flour

3 tbsp Natural Evolution Foods banana flour

1 tsp each of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla powder

1/2 tsp each of aluminium-free bicarb soda, rice/gluten-free baking powder, Himalayan salt

1/2 cup crushed pecans, lightly toasted (organic if possible)

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

4 tbsp ghee (or coconut oil)

2 tbsp pure Grade B maple syrup

2 pastured organic eggs

 

Do This:

1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius

2. Add all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well

3. In a tall, narrow jug add the wet ingredients and use a stick blender to mix well (or use a whisk or food processor but stick blenders are so quick and emulsify so well)

4. Next combine the wet and dry ingredients together and mix really well. It should be quite a thick batter, not runny at all

5. Place a sheet of baking paper on an oven tray and spoon dollops of batter onto the paper, spread out. I used about a tablespoon of mixture each biscuit which ended up in large biscuits because of how much the mixture rises and spreads while baking, so you can be quite minimal with how much you use so you have more biscuits to go around

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6. Bake in the oven for around 20 mins, depending on your oven keep an eye on them (mine is not the best to go off unfortunately!), you’re wanting the biscuits to be dark brown on the bottom and edges but not as dark on top or they may be burnt underneath.

7. Once cooked through, remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then dish them out… but they won’t last long!

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The texture should be slightly soft and moist inside while still crunchy and biscuity on the outside. Compared to the first attempt I did at making these, when the texture all the way through was dry, this recipe is much nicer and got the thumbs up from Clint when he tried them!

 

You don’t have to stick to this flavour combination. Especially if you can’t get a hold of quality raw pecans. How about swapping for macadamias and honey? Or walnuts and maple? If you stick to the base recipe and swap the nuts and sweetener around you can come up with some pretty unique biccies that the whole family can enjoy! 🙂

 

I appreciate the input of Dan the Aussie Paleo Chef, with the suggestion of toasting the pecans beforehand, and adding in the extra egg, as I’d used raw nuts and only 1 egg the first time. I’m happy to say though, the inclusion of arrowroot and gelatin was my idea and I’m so happy with the outcome!

I hope you enjoy making and devouring these biscuits!

Happy paleo baking 🙂

Aimee

 

5 Things I’m Grateful For:

1. Using quality ingredients to make healthy foods

2. My paleo journey which is leading me to better health

3. Sunny days

4. Going camping in the bush

5. Fluffy winter socks!

Welcome to our new blog!

Well, it’s essentially the same blog, just a different platform. We were using Google blogger but due to it’s PMS-like behaviour we decided recently to make the switch to the ever popular WordPress. Let’s hope it’s nicer to us than Google!

As our first post we’ve decided to use one of our very first blog posts: ‘So what’s this ‘primal’ caper all about?!’

It really explains what ‘primal living’ means to us and why it’s our lifestyle. Here it is! Enjoy!

Hunter

pri·mal
Adjective
Essential; fundamental.
Relating to an early stage in evolutionary development; primeval.

‘Primal’ to us might be totally different to what ‘primal’ means to you, so let’s explain what living a primal lifestyle means to us…

When we think of primal we think ‘living naturally’. In the early stages of evolutionary development the world was a cleaner and less-toxic place and people lived cleaner and less-toxic lives.

The food they ate and the water they drank wasn’t ridden with man-made chemicals, the exercise they did wasn’t performed in a gym, they weren’t exposed to radiation from electronic devices, they weren’t cooped up indoors or sitting at desks for long periods of time, the air they breathed wasn’t polluted, and they had a lot less emotional stresses to deal with.

These days it’s a little different. We eat food that’s often grown using chemicals, our water supply comes from water treatment plants that add fluoride and other poisons, many of us exercise in gyms on machines and with made-man equipment, we are constantly surrounded by electronic devices and radiation, we spend much of our time sitting down and being indoors, the air we breathe is polluted and we have a heck of a lot of emotional stress in our lives.

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What does all that lead to? Sickness. So many of us are riddled with sickness and illness. Viruses are reinventing themselves so they can resist the medicines we make. That’s kinda scary! How many people do you know are sick with something? Whether it be regular headaches or migraines, colds and flus, injuries, gut problems, cancer; most of the population is sick!

 

Today we aren’t thriving, we are just barely surviving. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

We’d like to get back to living how nature intended and giving our bodies the best chance at being healthy! And it’s possible to do! Okay, so we can’t completely avoid all the chemicals, toxins, EMF’s etc but we can certainly minimise our exposure to them and try to lead as natural an existence as possible.

So what do we do to live a more primal lifestyle? Here are just some of the ways we actively live more primal…

 

Eat mostly grass-fed chemical-free meat

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Eat mostly organic or spray-free fruit and vegetables

 

Minimise consumption of foods we haven’t yet evolved to eat safely and that cause health problems such as grains, legumes, sugar etc

 

Photo from theglutenfreeprofessor.com

 

Exercising safely and functionally for the body to minimise injury and inflammation by performing natural, primal movements

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Spending a lot of time outdoors and going barefoot on the earth to get the health benefits from being among nature

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Using mindfulness techniques and natural therapies to help us tap into our inner wisdom, to quiet our minds, to rejuvenate, relax and stress less

 

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Using chemical-free and environmentally-friendly products around the home and on our bodies

 

Incorporating sustainable practices such as growing our own food, recycling, buying recycled products, composting, picking up rubbish in public, buying locally and buying less plastic

 

You might be thinking.. “So, you’re Paleo then?” well yes and no. We do use some Paleo principles but we don’t label ourselves as ‘Paleo’ or any other definition because we don’t follow any one particular set of guidelines.

We’re very proud of the positive steps we’ve made to live a more primal lifestyle, for our own personal benefit but also for the benefit of the environment and other people. We want to become healthier, happier people but we also want others to become healthier and happier. We feel it’s everyone’s right to have the best chance possible at achieving good health and wellness.

 

We want us and everyone out there to THRIVE, not just survive!

But, we’re far from perfect. We sometimes eat things that aren’t the healthiest for us, we sometimes drink tap water, we sometimes don’t do a few of those things listed above. But for the most part we do live by them and that’s another aspect we believe is part of primal living… balance. We aren’t caveman and we have temptations and other obstacles all around us, so the key is to find a balance that makes us happy. We believe we live a 90% primal lifestyle and that’s pretty good as far as we’re concerned!

We haven’t yet reached a point where we feel we lead a ‘perfect’ lifestyle; we aren’t as healthy and happy as we’d like to be. But we’re striving for it and we’ll continue to learn and grow every day and make the most of our lives.

If you like the idea of living a more primal lifestyle.. you can totally do it! Start small, use baby steps, make little changes every day and you’ll start to notice positive changes in your health and your happiness.

Our website and this blog are aimed at providing information and inspiration for you to add more primal aspects into your life, so please feel free to use any of the information at any time. And go ahead and share it around to benefit others!

Do you live a primal lifestyle? Feel free to tell us about it in a comment below!

Or shoot us any questions you might have!

Thanks
Clint & Aimee

 

We’ve decided it’d be a cool thing to do to end each blog post with 5 things we’re grateful for, so here are today’s 5…

1. Having this blog so we can express ourselves and help inspire others
2. All the sunny days we’ve had lately
3. Having a nice home and nice belongings
4. Camping trips
5. Knowledge about health and wellness that we’re constantly gaining
http://www.primalinfluence.com

Do you have any questions or suggestions? Drop us a line!