#Banting Coconut Chicken Bites

You know, the thing I enjoy about Banting, is that it really let’s you be creative. You can use all the delicious things you want: bacon, butter, cream, etc. and nothing needs to be steamed or tasteless – bleh. {Just make sure you use the right fats!}

Anyways, so these chicken bites are my adaptation from The Real Meal Revolution’s coconut fish bites.

They’re just the thing for a light lunch or a snack, or as an appetizer.
Also a goodie for lunch boxes!

You will need:

Boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
Desiccated coconut
2 eggs, beaten
Coconut oil for frying
Curried mayo
Freshly ground Himalayan pink salt

You will need to use about 2 tbs coconut oil to shallow fry the chicken.
Season the chicken strips with salt and let it sit for a few minutes while you prep the mayo.
Heat the oil, then dip the chicken strips in the egg and then the coconut. Fry over medium heat until both sides are a nice golden brown.

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Serve with the curried mayo and a small herb salad. You could also make a fab fresh salsa:
Diced papaya
Diced green pepper
Diced tomato
Diced red onion
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Salt
Small diced red chili {optional}

Enjoy! X

Shepard’s Pie – Banting-style

I suddenly have ‘Gangnam Style’ in my head..! {Hehe}

Is it just me, or does anyone else like to make casseroles, one-dish-oven-dishes or similar things on a Monday night?!
It just seems like the logical thing to do to ease into the week and get your bearings straight. It also feels very comforting to start the week with some comfort food {all Paleo / Banting of course!}.

Ok, so my Monday night comfort dinner is from the Real Meal Revolution and substitutes mashed potatoes for cauli-mash and it is rather delicious.

I adapted the recipe slightly – here it is:

You will need:
500g venison mince
250g bacon, diced
Butter
1 onion, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
1 carrot, finely grated
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Tomato paste
5 baby Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup beef stock
Salt & pepper to taste
Peppadew spice
2 sprigs of thyme

Start by frying the bacon and mince in the butter and let it brown {you will need a large pot, or do it in batches}, season with salt and peppadew spice.
Once the meat has browned, remove it from the pan, add another dollop of butter and sauté the onions, celery, garlic and carrot. Add the meat, tomato paste, thyme, stock and tomatoes and let it simmer for an hour.
Season to taste.

For the mash topping:
1 large head of cauliflower
2 egg yolks
100g of butter
Nutmeg
Salt
Cheese, grated

Steam the cauliflower florets until tender, then purée with a food processor or stick blender.
Add the egg yolks while blending and then the butter. Make sure the butter melts into the mash.
Season with a pinch of nutmeg and salt.
Layer the mince mixture in a large oven dish and top with cauli-mash and grated cheese.
Place it under a hot grill for 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and has turned a golden, bubbly brown.

Enjoy with a herb salad. X

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{The kids’ verdict: Francois (the baby) absolutely loved it and gobbled an entire bowl, while Seb didn’t want to eat it…
My other boy (hubster!) also loved it – but then again, he will eat just about anything and even better if it’s made of mince! Anyways, it was good and a definite do-again!}

New year, new resolutions, new challenges, new opportunities… Hello 2014!

Ok, so we’re already a week into the new year, but I’ve been using this time to ponder a few things…

Firstly, what will my resolutions be for the new year? Ugh, I actually don’t like to make any new year’s resolutions, because they always end up forgotten by the end of January… So, I’ve decided that I won’t make any specific resolutions, apart from a few broader ones:
1) Work actively on growing Pink Poppadom
2) Continue with a healthier lifestyle, focusing even more on eliminating all bad things from our diets {grains, carbs, sugars}
3) Being more active, and
4) Cultivating a more positive mindset
{and obviously being a terrific mom, wife and ‘home exec’ – but that goes without saying… Oh yes, and being more organised!}

Secondly, what will this new year have in store? Last year was an exciting, yet hard year in a lot of respects – but most of all I feel blessed with my new son, born last year. I’m hoping there’s some great traveling on the cards for this year and big things for Pink Poppadom..!

I’ve been reading the most fabulous book – it is a lifestyle / cookbook called The Real Meal Revolution by Prof Tim Noakes. It is all about cutting carbs and all those other bad stuff from your diet, that the body does not need while still eating yummy scrummy food. We all know that I live for eating yummy scrummy food and I really believe that you can still do so without compromising your health, or flavour!
Anyways, so this book is all about ‘Banting’, which seems similar to Paleo… Oh, who can keep track of all the different terms?! Anyways, basically you stick to eating your meats, veggies and fruits, as well as certain dairy products, with the main difference that you’re encouraged to eat fat – yes, fat! Well, fatty meats and good oils, butter and cream. Nothing low-fat, no sugar, no grains or carbs or any form of processed food.
Sounds good to me! This eating style will help your body to perform better, burn off fat and just help you be the best you, you can be! {Sounds like a Dr Seuss rhyme 😉 }

There are some really fab recipes in this book to inspire you on your Banting journey – which of course, I will be cooking and sharing with y’all!

Now I just need to get myself nice and organised, get my shopping done for my weekly meals and ease into the rest of the week…

Happy Monday and happy 2014! X

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{Footnote: I will always have room in my life and diet for cupcakes! That will be my teeny tiny guilty pleasure… Perhaps I will start baking gluten-free ones…}