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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Meet the Team: Meghann and Andrew from Paleo Cafe Mornington Penisula

The Paleo Cafe Franchise Family is continuing to expand and we love that our team is made up of people equally as passionate about Paleo and healthy living as we are. This week, meet Meghann and Andrew who are launching the first Victorian Paleo Cafe in Mornington Peninsula later this year.

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When and why did you start living a Paleo lifestyle?
We started living a paleo lifestyle in January of 2011.  Andrew has been gluten free for nearly 20 years and our first son had just been diagnosed with sensitivities to gluten, dairy, soy, legumes and eggs.  With so many things off the list, I had no idea what to cook! At the time, I was playing roller derby and read a book by Melissa Joulwan (author of Well Fed). I checked out her blog, heard about dino-chow, heavy lifting and the Whole30 and thought “Why not?”  We started out first Whole30 on January 17 and never looked back! It has seriously changed our lives in so many ways.

What made you want to own a Paleo Café?
Andrew has over 20 years experience as a chef and we are both passionate about Paleo and good food. It just made sense to take the leap and start doing something that we believe in as a career.  The Mornington Peninsula has an incredibly vibrant health and fitness community and we can’t wait to be a part of that on a daily basis.  It also gives us a chance to create  a lifestyle we love and lets us spend time with our two boys, Elliot (age 4) and Louie (14 months).

What is your favourite quick & easy Paleo meal to cook at home?
My Stupid Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with sweet potato fries and guacamole.  It’s good every, single time and nearly impossible to mess up!

How do you like to keep fit?
Playing with our kids, climbing trees, running, surfing, stand up paddle boarding and yoga.  A little bit of everything so we can squeeze it in whenever we can and don’t get bored!

What do you like to do in your down time?
We love spending time together as a family, playing in the kitchen and creating new meals and heading to the beach.  I (Meghann) also love geeking out on the latest nutritional studies and then wowing all my family and friends with my newfound knowledge. Unfortunately, they’re not always as enthusiastic as me (though some are- Hi Andrew, Ivy and Crystal!)

We know our Victorian fans can’t wait for Meghann and Andrew to open on Mornington Peninsula – you can stay up to date with their local news and updates on their Facebook Page in the meantime.

Recipe: Coconut & Pistachio Crusted King Salmon

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served w/celeriac remoulade, sweet potato chips & steamed greens  

Ingredients

4 x 200gm King Salmon fillets
50gm pistachios (roasted and crushed)
80gm coconut crunch
1Tablespoon lemon pepper

1 bunch Bok choy
200gm green beans
200gm broccoli
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
Salt & pepper

1 Kg Sweet potato (peeled and cut into chips, 1cm thick)
Salt & pepper

 

Remoulade:
200gm celeriac (cut into julienne or grated)
150gm apple (cut into julienne or grated)
½ Cup mayonnaise
1 Clove garlic (finely chopped)
1 Tablespoon parsley (finely chopped)
4 Lemon wedges for garnish

Method

  1. Mix coconut crunch, crushed nuts and lemon pepper and place over fish to form a nice even layer (about 4mm thick)
  2. Bake in pre-heated oven at 180 deg C for 15-20 mins on the bottom shelf. If the crust starts to colour, place foil over fish and continue baking.
  3. Place Chips on tray and season well with salt and pepper and bake in oven at the same time as the fish on the top shelf
  4. Clean and prepare green vegetables for stir frying
  5. Combine all Remoulade ingredients and season if necessary
  6. When a skewer goes through the fish with no resistance, it is ready. Turn oven down to low, 100 deg C and heat oil in a pan. Stir fry all the green vegetables together, adding a little bit of water and cover with a lid to steam the vegetables through.
  7. Serve all green vegetables, chips then fish on top
  8. Garnish with Remoulade and lemon wedge

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Recipe: Spicy Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

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Serves 6

1 large brown onion, roughly chopped
6 garlic cloves, whole
500g fresh Roma tomatoes, halved
2 red capsicums, deseeded and sliced
2 large red chillies, sliced
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ghee, melted
400g can tomatoes, diced
1 cup vegetables stock
2 cups coconut cream
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 190ºC.

2. Place onions, garlic, tomatoes, chilli, capsicum, cumin seeds, coriander and ghee on a large baking tray and gently mix together. Roast until soft and slightly golden; about 15 minutes.

3. Transfer to large saucepan along with crushed tomatoes and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. Add coconut cream and blend with stick blender.

4. Season with salt and pepper and serve with a side of toasted Paleo bread.

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Meet the Team: Jackie from Paleo Cafe Brisbane – Paddington

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Jackie from Paleo Cafe Brisbane – Paddington

 

The Paddington Paleo Cafe store was one of the first franchises announced earlier this year, so we are very excited to be able to advise the tentative opening date of October 16. With just over a month to go, we had franchisee Jackie in Cairns this week in preparation of the grand opening.

When and why did you start living a Paleo lifestyle?
It was while I was in preparation for a fitness model competition in early 2012  that I came across the Paleo Lifestyle.  It just made sense to me and as I delved a little further into it, I found that it was extremely beneficial to the functioning of my body and also increased my energy levels.  It’s so fun being creative in the kitchen and sharing clean and tasty versions of dishes we already love with friends, family and facebook, allowing others to get an insight of the Paleo lifestyle and hopefully begin their own journey towards achieving optimal health and relinquishing the myth that there is a need to count calories.

What made you want to open your own Paleo Cafe?
After having discovered the Paleo lifestyle, I found that although I was able to prepare Paleo meals at home, it was impossible to eat out  without it being just plain meat and veg or salad without dressing.  I love food (who doesn’t?) so I was constantly scouring Brisbane food courts in the hope that ‘someone must have by now opened a pure paleo fast food’.  It was when I was on a very unexpected random trip to Cairns in April this year, that I came across Paleo Café on Grafton Street.  My first thought was “In Cairns? Of all places!”, my second thought was “Hell YEAH!”.  It was perfect timing as the opportunities of owning a franchise had been released only a few weeks earlier, so I took a pamphlet back to Brissy and everything just fell into place since then…we have not looked back!

What is your favourite quick & easy Paleo meal to cook at home?
SAVOURY PALEO CRACKERS!  Omgosh!  The recipe triples up as a quiche base, pizza base and crackers of course.  2.5 cups of Blanched Almond Meal, 1 egg, 1 egg white and get creative with the herbs and spices.  Make a dough, roll out, cut into desired shapes and bake in a 180 deg Cels oven for 20 mins…Voila!  Yum!
(Editor’s note: Jackie’s savoury crackers recipe has been a Paleo Cafe staff favourite since she posted it on the Paddington Facebook page!)

How do you like to keep fit?
I love all sorts of training that combines cardio and resistance.  Crossfit and tabata are fabulous as they provide the best of both worlds but I do like to also immerse myself into a relaxing yoga routine or go for a long jog with my head phones in.

What do you like to do in your down time?  I adore spending time with my family…I have two gorgeous children and an amazing husband.  Our downtime is usually spent out and about at the park, the beach, at a cafe or in our common room (lounge room) watching movies.

You can keep up to date with the latest news from Paleo Cafe Brisbane – Paddington on their Facebook page.