aztec super seed salad with avocado & fresh lime (gf, rsf, keto, paleo)

this salad is inspired by one of the best salads i have ever had – at chi wah wah down christchurch’s terrace.  i had to try and remake it!

fresh fresh fresh, with loads of texture…the creaminess of the avocado pairs beautifully with the sour, salty asian style dressing.

high in vitamins, antioxidants and omega 3 to name only a few, this salad is a fully balanced meal in its self!

super easy to make, and it maintains its crunchy texture for a couple days after (if you manage to hold back and save some for day two!)

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pan fried groper, with garlic butter, lime and toasted almond greens, with chilli mayo

this meal has that decadent feeling to it…

the rich buttery sauce that comes from the pan fried fish, is balanced by the citrus from the lime.  texture comes from the green beans, sugar snap peas which are only warmed, rather than cooked through … a toastiness comes from the sliced almonds.

with chilli mayo on the side, its your choice how much spice you want to bring to the plate.

use any kind of fish for this dish… its the flavours that will make you want to cook it again, and again, and again….

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mushroom mole, with guacamole and crispy corn tortillas (vegan, gf)

this dish is inspired by another meal i had at the beautiful aro-ha retreat… the mushroom mole i had one evening meal on the retreat blew my mind, and i had to give it a go!

this is full of flavour, the guacamole balances with the heat of the mole beautifully.  i decided to bake the tortillas in the oven in order to get a nice crispy corn chip… they gave texture to the dish and also added a bit of fun to eating the meal.

the kids will love it.  the whole family will love it. and they will NOT miss the meat.  (just dont tell them)….

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miso black bean spaghetti, with tuna, pickled daikon, bok choy and fresh coriander (gf, df)

so the star in this dish is the spaghetti sauce…. you could actually serve it with anything you fancy… (chicken, steak, white fish) or, even have it all on its own.  its full of flavour and satisfying.

black bean spaghetti is incredible… its texture is firm and chewy… its robust enough to stand strong against the punch of the miso.  the sauce is a little rich, so bok choy is the perfect pair.

give it a go, its easy to make.  and i know you will do it again!

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indian spiced roasted cauliflower served with lamb rump

the lamb is actually just the “side”in this dish… i have made it with pork belly too… this dish is all about the cauliflower.

its a stand out.

something special happens to cauliflower when you roast it beyond soft – browned, crispy in parts, flavours intensify and it becomes something you just cannot get enough of.

give it a go, and i know youll want to make it again within the week.

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cacao & raspberry keto bites

one weld i cannot get rid of is going to a movie, and having a snack.

this means i 100% have to go to watch a movie prepared… if not, i am likely to struggle with the temptation of breaking my keto lifestyle… especially those bloody snickers pods! they are the devil!

so here is a very quick snack… so easy to make, and completely satisfies all those snack longings… super delicious, give them a go and they might just end up being your movie snacks too…

swap out the raspberries with any freeze dried fruit, or just have cacao bites!

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five spice chicken, avocado & macadamia salad with confit garlic mayo (keto)

this salad is inspired by one i tried at vault 21 in dunedin, new zealand.

the flavours were just incredible, its a salad on steroids – so i knew i had to try my hand at replicating it.

and this is perfect – just like the original.   there is no doubt itll make an impact at your table!

its easy to make.  the effort is in the confit garlic mayo, but please.. pretty please, please make it yourself… the flavour cant be replicated by store bought mayo… i promise itll be worth it and the fam will be impressed!

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bad-ass jerk chicken

ah, jerk chicken… the name just doesnt really seem to justify just how awesome this bad boy is….

its not for the faint hearted – its spicy, strong and smacks you across the jawbone with flavour and intensity.

and thats just why i love it.  my husband would self confess that he doesnt often come up with the dinner ideas but when i do leave it up to him, the choice is always……

jerk chicken.

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beef burgers, kumara chips & aioli

so burgers are just favourites the world over, arent they? no exception at my house.  this is my go to recipe and they are so simple, but SO much better than what you will get from any takeaway.

the kumara chips are a healthier version to your regular hot potato chips – not only nutritious they are so delicious with the home made aioli.  give making your own aioli a go – its so much better than the bought stuff which is so full of preservative and other shit.

for an extra special treat, and this is sooooooooooooooooo naughty (i blame my brother for this one), drain the bacon fat from the cooked streaky bacon and add it to some butter.  spread the butter on your burger buns when putting it together ….. told you it was naughty!!!

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indian inspired meatball wraps, with coriander guacamole, and… other stuff

this might seem a wee bit like a cuisine clash (it is!!!) traditionally I am not big on that….however, i reckon it works (maybe it’s the coriander that ties the meatballs & guac together).

this is just a fun dish to eat and gets everyone involved.  its fun making your own wraps, and choosing the ratio of ingredients per wrap. just make sure one person doesnt take all the meatballs…………………….  🙂

these meatballs are so tightly packed with flavour that its hard to stop after you have had number one (…. just ask my fam!)

in addition to the below recipe, you could include a garlic yoghurt (plain yoghurt with crushed garlic & salt)… and experiment with the wrap fillings – whatever takes ya fancy!  yum!

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