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Avocado Tuna with Ginger Lime 'Couscous' Salad

I love a good salad for lunch - mostly because I am lazy and salads are quick to make and require minimal washing up! This one is hugely versatile, super delicious and most importantly, super quick to whip up.

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Matcha Moringa Roll with Carob Coconut Filling

Yes, the title is an alliterative mouthful but that's how I like to roll - ha ha - get it? I made this absolutely aeons ago but didn't get round to writing it up and somehow just forgot about it. 

It is super dense in texture (so don't expect a fluffy swiss roll feeling) and also rather fiddly to make but is really fun and definitely very healthy, being packed with all the green stuff - kale, spinach, matcha, moringa. Mostly I just make and eat the 'cake' bit - real life means patience and time don't often allow for the rolling and faffing!


Matcha Moringa Roll with Carob Coconut Filling
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free, Nut-free
Makes 8 pieces
Ingredients:

Cake:
45g kale leaves, washed and dried
60g spinach, washed and dried
2 medium, ripe spotty bananas (weighing 170g when peeled)
1/2 cup + 1 tsp (75g) coconut flour, sifted
1 tbsp (5g) moringa leaf powder
1 tbsp (5g) matcha green tea powder
4 medium eggs
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla ext…

Broccolini, Squash and Edamame Miso Salad

Broccolini is commonly known as Tenderstem Broccoli; a hybrid between regular broccoli and its more exotic cousin, kai-lan (aka Chinese broccoli). It is milder and sweeter than run-of-the-mill broccoli and is a good source of vitamin C.


As the stalks are so much thinner and the florets smaller and more delicate it is also quicker to cook - a brief steam or even blanch is adequate.

Roasting the squash brings out the natural sweetness of this antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory root vegetable. The roasting oil also aids the absorption of fat-soluble vitamin A.

It is no secret that the consumption of edamame beans and miso is not paleo - the argument against soy and its potentially distruptive effects on hormone balance abound on the internet, so I will spare the repetition. From personal experience I tolerate soy and choose to include it in moderation but understandably this will vary between individuals.

Edamame beans are a good source of plant protein, fibre, antioxidants, vitamins C …

Raw Nut-Free Naked Brownie Bars

These are just simple snack bars that everyone in the family can grab and take to work/ play/ school. They take a few minutes to whizz up in the food processor and contain a LOT less sugar (unrefined of course) than the store-bought equivalent and also work out a lot cheaper. I wrap them individually and store in a sealed container in the fridge



Raw Nut-Free Naked Brownie Bars 
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free, Nut-free

Makes 9

Ingredients:
1 cup (150g) raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1 cup (100g) milled flax/chia seed blend
1 cup (150g) soft,unsweetened pitted dates (pre-soak briefly if hard and drain)
1/4 cup (50g) unsweetened raisins (soaked briefly and drained)
big pinch sea salt
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil
a few tbsp hot water as needed
optional stir-through add-ins: if not nut-intolerant 1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds; cacao nibs; goji berries, chocolate chips

* Alternatives:
- add 1 tsp mint extract instead of vanilla and …

Chicory (aka Endive) Pomegranate Avocado Salad

Chicory is a great salad ingredient full of character - firm in texture, retains its crunch well, slightly bitter. Apparently this common type is specifically 'Witlook' Chicory, or Belgian Endive. I've found it to be a very useful receptacle for dips of all sorts too!



Chicory (aka Endive) Pomegranate Avocado Salad
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free
Serves 2


Ingredients:
1 head of chicory, trimmed and leaves separated
100g baby spinach and rocket
1/2 medium, ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, chopped or sliced
4-5 radishes, trimmed and finely sliced
50g (1/4 cup) unsalted walnuts, toasted or untoasted as preferred
approx 50g (1/4 large pomegranate) pomegranate arils

Dressing:
4 tbsp EVOO
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp pomegranate molasses
1/4 tsp zaatar
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:
1. Add all dressing ingredients to a clean glass jar. Secure with lid and shake to combine. Or whisk in a bowl. Set aside.
2. A…

Raw Apple Pie Energy Bars

Super simple. Universally loved by old and young - these never last long around our house!

Cherry Cucumber and Celery Salad

Cherries are one of my favourite fruit. Ironically and somewhat sadly, the cherry tree in our garden has just been diagnosed terminal by a tree surgeon. But to be honest, despite the prettiness of the pink blossom, in all the years it didn't once bear any fruit. These cherries are clearly not from our tree!


Serve this alongside roast duck, in a big colourful platter for a barbecue accompaniment, or just with a sprinkle of toasted nuts for a simple lunch.


Cherry Cucumber and Celery Salad
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free, Nut-free
Serves 1 as a main, 2 as a side


Ingredients:
1/3 medium (100g) cucumber
1 stick celery, chopped
100g cherries, pitted and halved
small bunch (16g) coriander, roughly chopped
handful of rocket/ watercress leaves
1/2 tbps rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
big pinch sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Instructions:
1. Slice cucumber in half lengthways and scoop out watery seeds, before slicing into half moons.
2. T…

Cashew Chicken Stir-fry 腰果雞

Cashew nuts are contentious in our household - they elicit strong and conflicting feelings. Basically, my daughter is allergic to them and the rest of us LOVE them. Cashew Chicken 腰果雞 was one of my mum's standard dishes when we were children and I love it as much now as I did then. What better time to post this recipe than when I am about to get a taste of the real deal when I see my mum this week!

Like most stir-fries this is a very quick meal to throw together once all the chicken and veg have been prepped. Feel free to use coconut aminos instead of tamari if not soy-tolerant but do adjust for taste as tamari is saltier.

Anyhow, allergies schmallergies - it doesn't pose a problem: I just dole out a portion just prior to adding the nuts at the end. Problem solved.


Cashew Chicken Stir-fry 腰果雞
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free
Serves 3-4


Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil
400g skinless, boneless chicken (breast or thigh) cut into bite-sized pieces
1 small…

Happiness Project Four Tendencies, Bullet Journals and Children

A few posts back I reviewed my experiences with Bullet Journalling and how it has changed my life, organisationally speaking. You can read it here. On embarking on my second journal I approached it with less no-frills function as I had when just starting out, and with a little more flair and personality, now that I know what does and doesn't work for me personally. Check out my lovely Year At a Glance page which includes all the school holidays, birthday and bank holidays neatly colour coded for ease of organisation, ahem, 'at a glance'.



I am without a doubt an 'Upholder' personality, according to The Four Tendencies devised by Gretchen Rubin, in her book The Happiness Project. I can't recommend this highly enough if you haven't read it - in a nutshell all people fall into one of the Four Tendency categories:
 Upholder (adhere rigidly to inner and outer expecations); Obliger (adhere to outer expectation but not inner expectations); Rebel (resists all expecta…

Fennel Strawberry and Mint Summer Salad (with optional Smoked Mackerel)

Strawberry season is well and truly in full flow. Supplies are having their annual uptick, heralding the imminence of Wimbledon amongst other British seasonal landmarks. Prices plummet while the quality rockets - the basic price mechanism from school level Economics kicks in in earnest. Plus, the best thing is strawberries grow within our local area so even carbon footprint guilt is entirely eradicated. What's not to love?

The sweetness pairs naturally with fresh mint, again abundant in the garden at this time of year. And my love for the more complex aniseed flavour and crunch of fennel carries on. I've used red butterhead lettuce mostly because I had it in the fridge but any delicate flavoured lettuce with a soft texture eg lambs lettuce, will also work.

Pair this with flakes of salty smoked mackerel for a rounded lunch in the sun or serve as a side salad for a summer barbecue.




Fennel Strawberry and Mint Summer Salad (with optional Smoked Mackerel)
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Da…