Talking Paleo With The Merrymaker Sisters


I have found some fab Paleo resources on Instragram and one of my favourites is The Merrymaker Sisters – two Australian sisters living and loving Paleo and cooking up one hell of a storm. So I thought I would ask the girls about how they find Paleo and what motivated them to start eating that way……

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We are  the merrymaker sisters: fit + healthy made. Two sisters, e & c who love to find ways to make life fun, tasty and most importantly…healthy!

Our lifestyle revolves around creating paleo + primal + clean eating recipes, being fit and all-in-all? Feeling the best we can inside and out.

When people hear about how we eat, the usual questions start…what’s paleo? What can you eat? More importantly–what can’t you eat? Don’t you miss bread? What do you eat for breakfast though? 

These are definitely the top five questions we answer on a daily basis—and it’s great! We jump at any chance to talk food and health.

Let’s just quickly get the boring bits over…we aren’t nutritionists! We don’t know what preservative 202 is (well we do now because we just googled it!) but we do know what works for us…and it works well! So we follow a strict: ‘do what works for you and what makes you feel good’ policy. We are all about creating a positive environment to make being fit + healthy that little bit easier and a lot more fun!

So why paleo? Two reasons, the first, (a little more common): c had a wedding to attend…in Fiji…meaning bikini…c wanted to look and feel good. Reason #2: since we can remember, e has had tummy issues, we are talking looking six months pregnant at the end of every day. Welcome: PALEO…and the results? We both lost around 10kg (Fiji bikini body: tick!) and e was no longer feeling bloated and sluggish (DOUBLE TICK!)

Not to mention the other benefits of: increased energy, clearer skin, flatter tummies, stronger muscles and general happiness level? Well that is right up there! With so many benefits we think it’s kind of crazy more people aren’t on to it!

So we are feeling good and looking better…there’s no turning back. Over at fit + healthy made we enjoy reinventing meals we thought were going to be thrown in the ‘no column’ forever and making them paleo + primal + clean. Things like  lasagnepancakes, muffins and  chippies and dip. Yes we said chippies and dip! We also have a new found love for paleo no bake cakes…ooo we love cake! These unfortunately don’t last longer than a day in our household (too darn yum for our own liking!)

Paleo Lasagne

Paleo Sweet Potato Pancakes

Paleo Choc-Raspberry No Bake Cake

Paleo Chips n Dip

Always merrymaking,

e & c

You can also follow the girls on Facebook and on Instagram.

I am sure will enjoys the girls adventures as much as I do!

Cheers,

Linda

Paleo Thermomix Cauliflower Pizza Base

I had been looking at cauliflower pizza base recipes for a while and I have finally made one in the Thermy….so without any further delay

Ingredients:

  •  1/2 a head of cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g of good quality mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 tspn of dried oregano or herb of your choice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C

Break the cauliflower head into florets and put into the TM bowl – on closed lid pulse on Tubro 2-3 times till cauliflower resembles crumbs

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Place the cauli crumbs in a microwave safe bowl with a lid and microwave on HIGH for 6-8 min (depending on the power of your microwave) – there is no need to add water

Allow to cool on the bench for 5 mins or so.

Add the cauli crumbs back to the TM bowl and add remaining ingredients – on closed lid Knead for 10-15 secs to incorporate ingredients – you may have to scrape down sides of bowl mid way through.

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Spread mix out onto a baking tray that is lined with baking paper – I used my Simply Magic liner for this. I made 2 medium pizzas with this batch.

Cook for approx 10 min until golden.

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Then top with your favourite toppings and cook.

For my first pizza I topped it with passata, home grown basil and mozzarella.

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The second pizza I topped with caramelised onion and roast lamb topping – which I will post the recipe for shortly 😀

Cheers,

Linda

Paleo Fudgy Cranberry Brownie Bars – Thermomix Conversion

I found this recipe through the Just Eat Real Food Facebook page and as soon as I saw it I had to make it. It can be made with or without a Thermomix but I thought I would do a Thermomix version today – but for those without check out the Multiply Delicious page for the recipe.

Ingredients

2 ¼ cup pecans

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ( I used Power Super Foods Certified Organic Cacao Powder)

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

15 large medjool dates, pits removed

1 small to medium ripe banana (about 1/3 cup)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon honey

¼ cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup Chocolate Chips, plus more to sprinkle on tops of bars

Method

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsuis – place pecans on a piece of baking paper on a tray and toast for 5 mins

Once pecans have cooled, place in thermomix bowl with the cacao powder and the cinnamon and mix on Speed 6 for 5 seconds until coarsely ground

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Add the banana and the dates to the bowl and mix on Speed 6 for 5-10 secs.

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Add the honey and vanilla extract and mix on Speed 4 for 10 secs to incorporate well. You many need to scrape down the sides of the bowl half way through.

Add cranberries and chocolate chips, select the closed lid position and mix on interval speed (knead) for 5 seconds to incorporate.

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Scrape out mix and push down mixture into a slice or baking dish – you can add extra chips to the top and push in.

Put in fridge or freezer to set.

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Now I couldn’t end this post without sharing a bit of vintage love with the J & G Meakin vintage cake plate. My grandmother used to have a set of J & G Meakin plates and bowls, the Sunshine Collection, and I absolutely adore them. I picked this plate up at a thrift store for a couple of dollars.

Linda

Paleo Diet Recipe Resources

I have had a number of friends interested in starting the Paleo Diet but the big question I get is “where do you find your recipes?” So I thought I would share some of my favourite websites, apps, and recipe books with you.

Websites

My go to websites to find Paleo inspiration are the following:

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  • PaleOMG: too many recipes to list!

Apps

  • Nom Nom Paleo – the most fantastic recipe app – super easy step by step instructions….well worth the money! 

Recipe Books 

I have many of my recipe book on my Kindle app on my iPad, mainly cause I didn’t wait to wait for post from America!

Make It Paleo 

Everyday Paleo 

Paleo Comfort Foods Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen 

Well Fed

These are just a snippet of soome of the fabulous Paleo resources out there but I think enough for anyone just starting on a Paleo journey.

Cheers,

Linda

Grain Free (Paleo) Banana Pancakes – Thermomix Recipe Conversion

I have been asked by a friend to provide a bit of background on the Paleo (Paleolithic) diet, which I will do in a couple of days. In the meantime here is a Thermomix conversion of one of my favourite breakfasts, Banana Pancakes from the Against All Grain – which I am making as write this!

My kids love these too….I need to try and sneakily make them otherwise they are all gone before I realise it!

The non-Thermomix recipe can be found by clicking here.

Ingredients (makes 8-10 small pancakes)

  • 3 medium eggs, at room temperature
  • 50 grams non dairy milk (I used coconut milk but you could use almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 5 grams honey
  • 10 grams of coconut flour ( I use either Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour or Health Reflections Certified Organic Coconut Flour)
  • 40 grams of almond flour (I milled my own almonds in the Thermomix)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 really ripe banana (brown spots are the best!)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (if you like)
  • Butter or coconut oil for the pan

Method

  • Place all the wet ingredients and the banana, broken into pieces, into the Thermomix bowl – mix on Speed 5 for 10 secs.

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  • Add the dry ingredients to to the bowl and mix for a further 10 secs on Speed 5.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes so the flours can soak up the moisture from the wet ingredients.

Cook as per instructions below from Against All Grain

  • Heat a cast iron (or non-stick) pan over medium-high heat. You can also use a griddle to make more pancakes at once. Mix the batter again, then begin making your pancakes.
  • Oil the pan with coconut oil or butter, then pour about a 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. The pancakes are easier to flip if you keep them small, about 4 inches in diameter.

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  • Once the pancake begins to bubble, place a couple of slices of banana and a pinch of chocolate chips on top.
  • Carefully flip the pancake over, and cook for another minute until the pancake has fluffed up an feels slightly firm.
  • Keep hot in a warm oven until you are done making the remainder of the pancakes.
  • These are best eaten immediately, but if you have leftovers you can warm them in a toaster the next day.

Enjoy,
Linda