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

Recipe: Coconut Lime Curd Tart by Aussie Paleo Chef

Dan the Aussie Paleo Chef is a magician in the kitchen, that’s no secret, and he puts most of his amazing recipes up on his Facebook for all to see and re-create.

At our Paleo Camping Retreat on the weekend he mentioned one recipe in particular to our campers, and when I went to forward it onto them for him, I just  had to include it in a blog post so even more people can see it and give it a go.

I, for one, am definitely giving this one a go, and very soon!

Thanks Dan for your incredible kitchen creations, you’re my favourite paleo chef 😉

 

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COCONUT & LIME CURD TART

 

Line a spring-form cake tin with non-stick baking paper and refrigerate

 

For the curd:

3 large eggs

180g raw honey or coconut syrup

Zest from 2.5 limes

180ml freshly squeezed lime juice

100g coconut oil

 

1. In a stainless bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, zest and juice

2. Place the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water and cook

3. Continually stir, or whisk, the custard gently to ensure the eggs don’t cook

4. As the custard warms add the coconut oil in 4 or 5 batches, allowing each addition to incorporate before adding another

5. Continue to cook and stir until the curd becomes very thick (if you have a thermometer between 70 and 75 degrees Celsius). Be patient and vigilant with this process (anywhere from 10-30mins) as the curd is the hero of the tart

This recipe is refreshing, sharp and tart and isn’t very sweet so if you prefer more sweetness add another 50g or honey or coconut syrup to the recipe.

 

For the tart base:

100g shredded coconut

60g almond meal

160g dried white mulberries (or another kind of dried fruit)

40g coconut oil

 

1. Place the coconut, almond meal and mulberries in a food processor and blend until ‘crumb’ like.

2. Add the coconut oil and blend to incorporate

3. Press the crumb mixture into the base of the prepared cake tin and refrigerate

 

To assemble:

Spoon the curd over the chilled base and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours

 

Serve and enjoy!

Recipe: Paleo Apricot Bites

Paleo Apricot Bites Recipe – by Aimee

These babies are ALWAYS a hit at my cooking demo’s! Actually more than I ever expected them to be which is nice!

I first created them when I’d been looking for a date stuffing mixture recipe online. I came across one I  liked but I had to tweak it to suit the ingredients I had on hand. Once I’d made it and stuffed a heap of dates for the paleo picnic meetup the next day, I ended up with a lot of mixture remaining, so I decided to press it into silicon molds I had handy, placed ’em in the fridge for half an hour or so, and wah-lah, I had cute little apricot cups!! So I’ve stuck with that and shown people at my paleo cooking workshops, who’ve all absolutely loved them. Now I’m giving you the recipe so you too can make these incredibly easy and healthy little bites of deliciousness at home!

Paleo Apricot Bites

APRICOT BITES

Grab these:

1 cup organic dried apricots (sulphite-free and probably browny-black colour!)

1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 1 hr and strained

3-4 tbsp coconut oil

1 cup organic desiccated coconut (or shredded, or chips, whichever is cheapest, it doesn’t matter because it’s getting blended anyway)

Psst… if you live on the Sunny Coast you can grab most of those from the Primal Pantry!

Do this:

1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until it’s a fine sticky-but-sorta-crumbly mixture

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2. Place spoonfuls into silicon cupcake molds, stuff a bit into dates, roll with your palms into log shapes, make balls, whatever you want to do, it’s totally up to you the shape you make these!

3. Leave in the fridge to firm up, for about 30 mins or so. The coconut oil will solidify making the mixture less oily to handle

Serve and enjoy!

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Variation: make chocolate using cacao or cocoa butter double boiled, with pure organic cocoa powder and honey added. Drizzle on or around the apricot bites once they’ve been in the fridge then leave out for a few hours for the chocolate to set properly. Choc coated apricot bites!! Yes please!

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Apricot bites are great for kids lunchboxes, taking on day trips or picnics (in a cooler bag), to work, as a side to brekkie or lunch.. they’re such handy little morsels. And they’re free from gluten, dairy, grains, additives, preservatives, refined sugars, soy. Yay!

Enjoy! And please let me know if you come up with any variations or ways to make this recipe even better, I’d love to hear 🙂

Aimee x

5 Things I’m Grateful For Today:

1. You guys reading our blogs!

2. Yummy healthy foods that nourish me

3. When the internet is working properly, that’s always nice!

4. Yesterday’s forest play at Buderim!

5. Country music (which I’m singing to right now, lol!)

Wash your mouth out with soap… literally!

Some of you will have heard us talk about how we use soap as toothpaste. For those of you who haven’t heard this before you’ll be saying “Soap, wtf?!” and yes, it’s true!

It sounds really weird, I know. But we absolutely love it!

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We use coconut oil soap to brush our teeth with twice a day. We started about 1.5 years ago when Clint had been to the dentist to check what was going on with his teeth after what he thought was a huge chunk of tooth chipped off one night. Turned out it was actually plaque build-up! Yuck!
Being more into natural health and everything, he wasn’t too keen to follow the dentists suggestions of how to fix it conventionally and remove the remaining plaque. So he did some research on natural alternatives and came across using olive oil or coconut oil soap.

The next day we went to the health food store and grabbed a bar of Banaban pure coconut oil soap and started using it that day. We haven’t looked back since!

The reason for this? Well without going into tonnes of detail (feel free to do your own Google’ing on the subject, there’s plenty of info out there!)… pretty much all toothpastes, even the natural varieties, contain glycerin which coats our teeth. This supposedly stops food from causing decay. But, humans are meant to eat food and if we’re eating GOOD FOOD then we shouldn’t need a barrier up all day. Also food is nourishing for our teeth as it is the rest of our body, it actually helps strengthen them, not harm them. So by placing a glycerin barrier up all day we’re causing more harm than good to our pearly whites.

Because we’re so used to brushing our teeth to remove any bad breath smells, and to remove the furry feeling from food, we wanted to keep brushing but not let anything coat our teeth. And at this stage we were mostly paleo so we knew we were eating good food that humans are meant to be eating, therefore we were not at all worried about switching from a fluoride-free glycerin-filled conventional toothpaste tube over to a bar of soap.

And when you think of coconut oil, what comes to mind? Cleaning! It’s a natural cleaner and healer, so brushing with it has similar effects to oil pulling. Which by the way, neither of us can be bothered doing.

When we started using coconut oil soap we were shocked at how little we needed on our toothbrushes, because it froths up so much. Also, how quick it was to brush before our teeth felt all shiny and smooth. We were noticing these positives within the first few days, so we were sticking to this new thang!

Over the next two weeks Clint noticed plaque was actually coming off his teeth! With no effort at all, nothing unnatural, from just using this soap! He also realised he was no longer getting gingivitis. Which by the way I had no idea he was even getting! He’d thought it was totally normal all those years.

So the soap was removing his plaque build-up, stopping his bleeding gums, and… I myself noticed improvements too. My tooth aches all went away! Over the year and a half we’ve been using this soap, neither of us have had a single tooth ache again, bleeding gums, no new cavities, nothing bad at all! We feel our teeth have actually strengthened and improved!

AND to add to the already long list of amazing benefits of this… our teeth feel cleaner longer throughout the day, AND… it’s insanely cheap!!! Can it get any better!?! The bar we bought was about $5.50 at the time and it lasted us over a YEAR! So instead of paying $9+ on a tube of natural toothpaste every few months, we’re now paying next to nothing for something even better. Yay!

After a few months of our experiment we had mum onto it. She experienced the same results as us and also loves using her coconut soap on her teeth every day.

The only thing is, once you start, you can’t then go and use a glycerin toothpaste because it coats your teeth again for a long time. So we’ve actually not once used toothpaste, we take a little piece of our soap with us when we stay at other people’s houses or go camping. Just in a travel soap container. Easy!

We’re really excited because now we actually stock a pure coconut oil soap in the Primal Pantry! The Nuigini Organics for $3.25 per bar, usually retails for $3.95. Woo!

 

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So if you’ve been wanting to switch from using a nasty chemical-ridden toxic conventional toothpaste over to something natural and also beneficial, then this might be a good option for you! Remember though to check ingredients before using, you’re looking for a pure coconut oil soap, and if you have any kind of adverse reaction when using, stop immediately.

If you have tried this, or you do try this, please let us know how you go!

There are stacks of articles on the net talking about natural dental health for humans, how healthy our ancestors teeth were, what foods can help strengthen teeth, etc etc but if you can’t find anything just ask Clint, he’ll be happy to share the articles and info he’s come across.

 

Happy brushing!

Aimee

 

5 things I’m grateful for today are:

1. Warm days and beach trips

2. Gelatin and all it’s done for my health

3. All our possessions and belongings

4. Being a heck of a lot healthier than I was 2 years ago

5. Offal meat, yum!