Archive for the ‘Winter meals’ Category

Lazy meals: Dukkah oven-roasted chicken

September 26, 2011

Dukkah is undoubtedly one of my favourite discoveries, food-related that is, of the last few years. I really think one of the keys to success to implementing a healthy diet is the vast array of amazing and delicious spices out there – there is infinite variety and creativity in the spice world (no, not *that* Spice World). Dukkah is a ground nut and spice combination with a few varieties available. It can be bought at either a spice store, specialist grocery store or even in the big supermarkets – the brand I like is Table of Plenty which is available at Coles.

At home, chicken and fish seem to be the most complimentary options when cooking with Dukkah. This recipe is for Dukkah oven-roasted chicken and it’s super easy to prepare, taking only 10 minutes before it goes in the oven.


4 tbsp dukkah
2 tsp olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 or 4 half (or 2 full) chicken breasts with bone in. Skin either on or off.

Dukkah chicken ingredients

Dukkah chicken ingredients


Preheat oven to 180 deg celsius or 160 deg celsius for fan forced oven. Combine the dukkah, oil and lemon juice in a small bowl then coat the chicken breasts with the mix.

Breasts take between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on the size of the breasts. To check they’re ready, stick a fork in the chicken – if the juice runs clear (not pink) then they are done.

Serve with roasted and steamed veggies and baba ganoush.

Dukkah roasted chicken

Dukkah roasted chicken with roasted and steamed veggies


Winter meals: Zucchini “pasta”

August 3, 2011

Pasta is without a doubt one of the best comfort foods around and is generally a convenient fallback for many a busy and hungry eater. But since grains are out on Paleo, what is one to do? Enter the zucchini! This dish is easy and really adaptable for making your old favourite pasta dishes. It’s easier if you have a mandoline to slice the zucchini up in julienne style, but can be done manually. My fave Paleo blogger, Nom Nom Paleo tracked down a julienne peeler and uses that. I think I’ll have to get one myself as my Masterchef mandoline is a pile of crap it would seem 😦

Zucchini ready to be sliced

Zucchini ready to be sliced

I’ve made this zucchini pasta twice, the first time with some amazing Spring Hill aged beef mince to make meatballs in tomato sauce and the second time was to make a basil pasta with veggies.

You really can treat it just like pasta, the only differences are that you obviously have to “make” the pasta threads themselves by slicing the zucchini and it literally needs only 2 minutes dunked in boiling water only – otherwise it goes floppy, and no one likes floppy, soggy things right? I would prepare 1 zucchini per person that you are serving.

Cooked zucchini pasta

Cooked zucchini pasta


Basil pesto zucchini pasta served with juicy steak

Basil pesto zucchini pasta served with juicy steak

Winter dinners: Bunless burgers

July 31, 2011

Of course, burgers are not season-discriminatory – you can get your burger fix at any time of the year. But there is something about scarfing down a juicy burger in winter to quell those hunger pangs. I promise that you will not miss the bun if you put together your fave ingredients in an almighty stack and then serve with homemade tomato ketchup.

Here are the ingredients I used:

Burger patties:

1kg Lamb mince
1 large egg
1 small white onion or spring onions
2 tbsp chopped rosemary

(this is enough to easily feed 5 or 6 people or can be used for plenty of leftovers for easy lunches)

Lamb burger patties

Lamb burger patties

Filling for each burger:

Free range bacon
1 large egg
Sliced unsweetened canned beetroot
Mixed green leaves
Large mushroom, peeled and stalks removed

Now, I’m far too lazy tonight to go into any detail about how to cook the burgers because they’re so easy…I’m just going to whet your appetite with a picture jumping out at you from the screen 🙂

For the paleo-purists, I do eat potatoes occasionally. I actually used to have a god-awful intolerance to them (so bad that I felt like I’d been hit by a truck which lasted three days) but now that my leaky gut seems to be a lot better, that food intolerance is history!

Bunless burger

Bunless lamb burger