Recipe: Chicken, Pineapple & Coconut Soup

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(8 to 10 serves, stores in the fridge for up to 6 days or in the freezer for 3 months)

1 whole Chicken (size 12-14)
2 ½ Ltrs water
4 Bay leaves
6 Peppercorns
4 Cardamon pods
2 Star Anise
1 Onion (peeled and chopped roughly)
1 Lge Carrot (chopped roughly)
1 Stk Celery
1 Stk Lemongrass
50 gm Ginger
4 cloves Garlic
1 Onion (finely chopped)
1 Tbl Coconut oil
500ml Coconut cream or milk
1 bunch of Asian Vegetable like Pak choy (washed and chopped)
400 gm fresh pineapple pieces (or 50 gm per person)
Salt and pepper to taste
Spring onion or fresh coriander (for garnish)

  1. In a large pot, place chicken, water, bay leaves, peppercorns, cardamom pods, Star Anise, roughly chopped onion, carrot, celery and top half of lemon grass stalk (reserve white part for later). Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 ½ hours.
  2. Remove chicken and set aside to cool. Strain the rest of the stock through a sieve and set aside.
  3. When chicken has cooled, pull apart and pick meat off the bones in shreds.
  4. Grate ginger, garlic and lemon grass, preferably with a micro-plane and saute with additional finely chopped onion in the coconut oil.
  5. Add chicken stock and coconut milk and heat slowly. Do not bring to the boil as coconut milk may split or curdle. Adjust seasoning as necessary.
  6. In serving bowls, place chicken shreds, pineapple and pak choy and ladle hot broth over ingredients.
  7. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve immediately.

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Recipe: Thai Green Chicken Curry

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Serves 4-6

1 kg Chicken thigh (Diced into bite size pieces)
1 Tbl ground coriander
1 Tbl ground cumin
1 Tbl Tumeric
1 Stalk lemon grass
1 small red onion
½ tsp ground white pepper
1 clove garlic
1 red chilli( more if you like it hot)
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tbl fish sauce
2 kaffir lime leaves
½ tsp shrimp paste
a few sprigs of basil
1 cup coconut milk
¾ cup water

Toast ground cumin and coriander in a small dry frying pan until fragrant over a low heat.

Roughly chop onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, basil and lemongrass (white part only) Add to the bowl of a food processor along with the ground cumin and coriander, white pepper, shrimp paste and fish sauce and blend for several minutes until the mixture forms a thick, smooth paste.

In a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the coconut oil and brown the chicken thigh, add the curry paste and continue cooking over a moderate heat, stirring frequently until fragrant. Add the coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and water. Simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened slightly and chicken is cooked through. Season to taste and serve with cauliflower rice, Paleo flatbread or seasonal green vegetables.

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Recipe: Creamy Coconut & Lemongrass Poached Chicken with Cauliflower Rice & Pak Choy

Creamy Coconut & Lemongrass Poached Chicken

4 x 200-250gm Chicken breast|
1 x 400ml Coconut milk or cream
4 cloves garlic (peeled & crushed)
1 Tbl fresh ginger (roughly chopped)
1-2 fresh Chillies (optional)
3-4 Kaffir lime leaves
1 Tbl Coconut Amino
1 Tbl Sea Salt flakes
1 Stalk Lemongrass
2 Coriander roots (thoroughly washed)

400gm Cauliflower
1 small Onion
1 Tbl Olive oil

2  bunches Pak choy (or Asian Veg)
1 Spring onion (sliced for garnish)

Method

  1. In a pot, place chicken breast, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, chillies, Kaffir lime leaves, salt and Amino. With a meat tenderizer or heavy pan, bash the coriander roots and lemongrass to release the flavours, but leave whole. Add to pot and add enough water to cover the chicken breasts (about a cup).
  2. Place on a moderate heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, blitz onion & cauliflower until cauliflower becomes about the size of rice. Saute cauliflower and onion in olive oil for 2-3 minutes, so that cauliflower is heated through but still a bit crunchy. Set aside and keep warm.
  4. Cut pak choy length-ways and wash well.
  5. After chicken has cooked for 15 minutes, add the pak choy and cook for further 2-3 minutes.
  6. To serve, slice chicken in half to make sure chicken has cooked through. If the chicken is still opaque, remove the pak choy and placed the sliced chicken back into poaching liquid for 2-3 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Place on warm cauliflower rice with the pak choy. Remove lemongrass and coriander roots from liquid and ladle sauce over chicken and pak choy.
  7. Garnish with sliced spring onion and serve immediately.

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Recipe: San Choy Bow

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serves 6

1kg pork mince
1/4 cup water chestnuts, sliced
1/4 packet sweet potato noodles
1 tbl ghee
2 tbl coconut amino
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 spring onion, sliced
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp chinese five spice
1/2 bunch coriander chopped
salt and pepper
iceberg lettuce, cut into cups

In a large saucepan bring some water to the boil. Cook the sweet potato noodles in boiling water for 6 minutes or until tender, drain and set aside.

In a large frying pan, heat ghee over medium heat. Fry the pork mince, chestnuts, garlic, ginger and spring onions for 5 minutes or so or until the pork mince is browned. Add the spices, and coconut amino, cook for a further 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the coriander and the sweet potato noodles and stir well. Serve in lettuce cups.

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Recipe: Tacos in Lettuce Cups

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Taco Spice Mix

2tsp paprika
1tsp ground cumin
1tsp ground coriander seeds
1tsp dried basil leaves
1tsp onion powder
1tsp garlic powder
1tsp chilli flakes
¼ tsp cayenne

To make the taco spice mix, mix all ingredients well and set aside while you prepare the beef.

Taco Beef Mix

500g of lean beef mince
1 onion finely sliced
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 tsp of tomato paste
taco spice mix
¼ cup water
salt and pepper

Brown off beef with onions and garlic. Add tomato paste cook for 2 mins. Add spice mix and water and let simmer until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.

Wrap the hot beef mixture in baby cos lettuce leaves and top with your favourite taco garnishes. We suggest diced tomato, red onion, capsicum and jalapenos with a dollop of coyo yoghurt and guacamole.

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Recipe: Roasted Beet Soup with Apple & Fennel by Paleo Cafe

Recipe: Roasted Beet Soup with Fennel and Apple

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Serves 4 as a main

3             Beetroot
1bsp   Olive Oil
1              Leek
½            Fennel
1             Granny Smith Apple
1tbsp     Balsamic Vinegar
½ tsp      Honey
1.25l       Vegetable Stock
Salt & Pepper to season

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Peel beets and place in a tray. Cover in foil and roast for 45mins or until they are tender.

Sauté chopped leek, fennel and apples in olive oil in a saucepan on the stovetop for 6mins. Add stock, beets, balsamic vinegar and honey and bring to the boil before simmering for 20mins.

Blitz with a stick blender until a smooth consistency. Season with salt & pepper.

Serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt and a sprinkle of fresh chives.

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Recipe: Beef Rendang Curry by Paleo Cafe

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Recipe: Beef Rendang Curry by Paleo Cafe

80ml      olive oil
30g         shredded coconut
140ml    coconut Amino
1 x          cinnamon stick
2 x          kaffir lime leaves
1 stick    lemon grass
50g         shrimp paste
400g       tin of chopped tomato
60g         tomato paste
30g         coconut sugar
80g         mild curry powder
30g         minced garlic
30g         minced ginger
1  x         sliced onion
1kg         diced beef

Fry off sliced onions, minced garlic, minced ginger, shrimp paste, shredded coconut, sticks of lemon grass and curry powder in the oil until the onions are cooked down. Add beef and brown on all sides.

Add remaining ingredients and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer until the meat is tender (40-60 minutes). Serve with cauliflower rice.

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