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 Pizza Topping Idea – Roast Lamb and Caramelised Onion

So to go with my Paleo cauliflower pizza base recipe here is another topping idea using left over roast lamb.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of roast lamb chopped
  • 150 g of red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 10 g of olive oil
  • 10 g of balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 tspn of coconut palm sugar – or you can use any sugar replacement you like
  • pinch of salt

Method

Preheat oven 10 180 deg C.

Add all ingredients except lamb to the TM bowl – chop on Speed 4 for 4 secs. Scrape down bowl and cook on Varoma temp for 8 mins on Speed 1.

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Spread onions onto pizza base and top with lamb pieces. For my lunch today I added some baby spinach and some mozzarella cheese cause that’s all I had. But I would have preferred some feta cheese.

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Put  into oven and cook for 5-10 mins. Then take out top with baby rocket, drizzle with some lemon juice and some greek yoghurt if you allow yourself to indulge with dairy!

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Enjoy!

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

Week 2 Review of The Purely Paleo Skincare Challenge Plus Added Bonus – Weight Loss!

Well I had hoped to show you some photos this week of my skin which is HUGELY improved since I first started the challenge but haven’t had a chance to get my friend to take any  and selfie’s just won’t do it justice! As a recap for those who aren’t familiar with what is happening this month I have ditched the hideously expensive store bought cleansers, toners etc etc in favour of the back to basics approach by Liz Wolf of Cave Girl Eats who has recently released a new book Purely Paleo Skincare. There are several tiers to this approach from using basic store bought ingredients to buying ready mixed aromatherapy type based products (which I will be reviewing soon!). I started with the initial basic approach of my good friends coconut oil, witch hazel and rose hip oil – all source easily and cheaply from my nearest chemist and health food store. So onto results…..

I continue to be super happy with how my skin is improving – the redness and scarring from the previous blind pimples are diminished and the coconut and rosehip oil have made my skin softer than it has ever been. Again no new breakouts hooray! Which was suprising as I had a few meals out this week which weren’t 100% Paleo but were acceptable. I am continuing with my evening primrose oil and cod liver oil tablets everyday. I have also found my favourite way to take my Brewer’s Yeast everyday is in a cup of bone broth – this is super yummy and a great breakfast on the go!

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The only changes made this week will be that I will be forcing myself to go to bed EARLY! This is extremely important in the Primal/Paleo lifestyle and quality sleep is essential to wellbeing. Although it is difficult to achieve quality sleep with small children in the house I will be in bed by 8.30 -9.00 pm each night. I have often read that the sleep you get before midnight is the most restful, with some quoting than 1 hour sleep before midnight is equal to 2 hours! I do recall on the odd occasion I am in bed early and woken by the kids at 1 or 2 am I do feel like I have had a full nights sleep! Why haven’t I done this earlier in the Challenge you ask? Well I have had visitors and it is a tad rude to skive off early in the evening!

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It seems my 2 pooches have no trouble with sleep!

The only other change is adding Borage Oil as my moisturiser rather than Rosehip Oil (or maybe alternating). After doing some more reading in Liz’s guide she recommends Borage Oil for those skin prone to redness, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or acne. I have had rosacea in the past and still have a lot of redness in the chin area from scarring so I will be interested to see how the Borage Oil helps. None of the health food stores I went to carried it in liquid form but I am waiting for some to arrive in the mail from a Melbourne based business called Health & Happiness.

The Borage plant

Well that is about all for this weeks update. The only other thing to mention is that by returning to my strict Paleo diet I have lost 2 kg (almost 4.5 pounds for my US friends) in the last 2 weeks, this is without any form of exercise other than a Reformer Pilates class! I just want to say now that I do not follow the Paleo Diet as a weight loss tool but it is amazing to see the kilos drop off once you lose dairy, sugar and grains from your diet. I really don’t need to lose any weight, there is not much of me as I stand only 5 feet 2 inches! but I am happy with this little loss as I have really been unable to exercise since I had both my feet operated on last October for bunions so it has taken a bit of the tightness out of some of my clothes!

I did mean also to post another weeks worth of Paleo meal planning today but I am writing a guest article for another site so as soon as that gets done I will put one up.

Cheers,

Linda

PS. if you are looking to get your hands on a copy of Liz’s guide hang in there as I will be giving away a copy soon!

Paleo Diet Meal Plan and Recipes – Week 1

A few of my friends are wondering what I eat on a daily basis so I thought I would post what I ate last week and links to recipes etc. Some of these recipes can be made in advance and/or frozen.

MONDAY:

Breakfast – Fried bacon and egg on baby spinach and baby rocket with chives

Lunch – Easy Tandoori Chicken from Nom Nom Paleo with Salad – I prepped this the night before as I work on Mondays – so all I had to do was come home and just grill it. I quickly fried one piece up for my lunch that morning

Dinner –  Remainder of the Tandoori Chicken with Cauliflower rice for me (the rest of the family have plain boiled rice)

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Lunch Easy Tandoori Chicken and Salad

TUESDAY:

Breakfast – Fluffy Coconut Pancakes  – (made in Thermomix) with butter and 100% pure Maple Syrup

Lunch – Roast Sweet Potato and Salmon Cakes (adapted recipe from Nom Nom Paleo app) with salad plus Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette (substitued Coconut Aminos for soy sauce in this recipe) –  (both made/prepped in Thermomix)

Dinner – Garlic Rosemary Marinated Lamb Chops with Salad and vinaigrette – kids also had sausages

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Fluffy Coconut Pancakes

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Marinated Lamb Chops – BBQ ran out of gas!!

WEDNESDAY:

Breakfast: Left over pancakes

Lunch: Tinned Tuna with salad and roast sweet potato

Dinner: Leftovers from previous nights

THURSDAY:

Breakfast: Left over coconut pancakes

Lunch: Vegetable frittata (steamed in Varoma – Theremomix)

Dinner: Beef Ragu (made in Thermomix & slow cooker – made the day ahead) – with Zoodles (zucchini noodles) – rest of family eats normal pasta

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Zoodles – zucchini noodles

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Beef ragu in slow cooker

FRIDAY:

Breakfast: Oven baked bacon & eggs with spinach and rocket

Lunch: Left over beef ragu on baby spinach and rocket

Dinner: San Choy Bow  – I used this recipe but omitted the oyster sauce and substituted coconut aminos for soy sauce

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Oven baked egg and bacon with baby spinach and rocket

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Beef ragu and baby spinach and rocket

SATURDAY:

Breakfast: Banana Coconut Pancakes (made in Thermomix)

Lunch: Honey Mustard Chicken 

Dinner: Beef Tacos (Paleo seasoning and tortilla recipe) – rest of family had normal tortillas

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Coconut flour tortilla and beef taco mix

SUNDAY:

Breakfast: Oven baked bacon and egg, with bacon wrapped aspargus and baby spinach and rocket

Lunch: Left over beef ragu on baby spinach and rocket

Dinner: Roast Chicken with vegetables

Snacks and treats:

Banana and Walnut Bread

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Chocolate coffee cake with Chocolate Ghee Frosting

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Fruit

Nut mixes

I hope this helps people with their meal planning,

Cheers,

Linda