Have a healthy Merry Christmas

cucumber finger foods

Well this time tomorrow evening it will be `the night before Christmas’. Most of  the food preparation will have been done, gifts all wrapped, and the kitchen floor mopped. Time to relax with a drink in front of the TV and  watch Carols by Candlelight from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. A long […]

Drinks for special occasions – with no added sugar

drinks for special occasions

It’s only 3 days till Christmas. Today started with a trip to the local farmer’s market to stock up on the fresh produce. Then it was a full afternoon of making lots of healthy, paleo goodies ready for Christmas. Even had time to try some new recipes and put a whole lot of mangoes into […]

Delicious jalepanos and bacon

jalapeños and bacon

We all know bacon is delicious and it makes other things delicious. That’s just a fact of the paleo lifestyle right??!! This is another one of those fantastic, bacon wrapped, delicious foods. Last year we planted a couple of jalapeno chilli plants, not really expecting, or getting, a big harvest. But this year they have […]

Caprese Salad looks festive for Christmas

tomato and bocconcini

A caprese salad is a very traditional Italian style that is very versatile, simple, and quick to prepare. It’s perfectly primal (paleo + some dairy) and doesn’t need any modification in order to look `normal’.  We love that at this time of year this salad has a festive look with the bright red, white and […]

Basil pesto and tiny tomatoes

basil pesto recipe

Basil pesto has always been one of those things that I have thought of as a `special occasion’ item; a bit of a treat; and definitely not cheap to buy. Then of course there is the ingredients list in some of the store bought ones. They’re not all `clean’. With the fact that we’re fortunate […]

Nutrient rich icy treats – ginger, mint, pomegranate

healthy icy poles

It’s summer here in Australia so one of the staples in my kitchen at this time of year is Icy Poles (or an `ice block’). The kids love these nutrient rich icy treats, thus there have been lots of experiments happening in my kitchen recently. Of course Icy Poles tend not to be a really […]

Apricot balls – a healthy treat

Apricot balls recipe

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post in our Preparing for a healthy, paleo Christmas series, our son Paul’s favourite treat is apricot balls. My Mum used to have a bowl of these on the table every Christmas, just for him. Sometimes they were the bought variety. Other times they were a home-made recipe with sweetened […]

Christmas cake – without grains!!!

Christmas cake recipe

We’re down to just fifteen days till Christmas, and as promised in yesterday’s post, (number three in our series of preparing for Christmas) it’s time to do a Christmas cake recipe. Australia is a very multi-cultural nation, and as such I think it is sometimes difficult for us to describe a national Christmas tradition. The […]

Zucchini Flats – a convenient snack

zucchini and almond flats

Do you sometimes feel like you just want to snack on something crunchy and savoury? Here it is then! Zucchini and almond Flats. Like the label says, they’re `real veg squished into snacks’. Nice tasting, great texture, and conveniently in a package ready to go. There is a whole range of flavours in the product […]

Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is a very popular cafe meal at the moment. If you leave off the croutons and check the ingredients of the dressing, it can be a `safe’ primal or paleo meal for those lunches out with friends. I love that it’s a quick and easy meal to make at home. Its nice to […]