Friday Fish Curry

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Friday Fish Curry

My dad loves his fish on Friday. We love fish once a week and so friday is as good a day as any! I try to mix up what we have and I absolutely love all kinds of asian food so this hybrid joins all the flavours I love the most.

I serve ours with parsnip rice and green veg like stir fried kale, bok choi or broccoli. You can adjust the heat or leave out the chillies all together if you are not keen on spice. Our kids like a little spice so I try to minimise it so they can eat with us.

Friday Fish Curry
This Thai/Indian hybrid satisfies my taste buds. The thai lemongrass and ginger with the more indian mustard seeds and turmeric makes this curry light, fresh and with a comforting heat.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tsp ground coriander seed
  2. 1/2 tsp ground cumin seed
  3. 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  4. 1tsp dried turmeric or thumb nail size fresh turmeric root
  5. thumbnail size fresh ginger
  6. thumbnail size fresh galangal
  7. thumbnail size fresh lemongrass
  8. 3 cloves garlic
  9. 3 curry leaves
  10. salt/pepper
  11. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  12. Juice of one lime
  13. 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  14. can coconut milk
  15. 2 small shallots
  16. 1 small red chillies
  17. 800g fish (I use Ling Fillet but any firm fish or salmon would be nice)
  18. 3 parsnips for the rice
Instructions
  1. In a food processor add the shallots, red chillies, salt, pepper, 3 curry leaves, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, turmeric, mustard seed, coriander seed and cumin seed. blend until almost paste like- add the coconut oil.
  2. Cube the fish
  3. Add the fish and paste to a bowl and mix well. Cover and leave to marinate for an hour (overnight is best)
  4. Add coconut oil to a hot pan and add marinaded fish and fry until spices are fragrant.
  5. Add coconut milk sugar to taste. Allow to simmer.
  6. Add some vegetables (this time I added aubergine and baby corn but anything would work well)
  7. Allow to simmer until vegetables are cooked
  8. Serve with rice and green vegetables. I use parsnip rice.
Notes
  1. I have also used beef and chicken with the exact same method.
  2. This recipe works beautifully in the slow cooker too. Just add it to the slow cooker with the vegetables and cook on low for 4 hours.
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I also use exactly the same recipe with chicken and beef too. With the beef I use brisket as it is lovely slow cooked (see my beef bourguignon recipe). Add the marinaded beef to the slow cooker and when there is 2 hours left on the cooking time- add the coconut milk and extra vegetables.

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Pumpkin Parade: a pumpkin recipe round-up

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Pumpkin Parade; a pumpkin recipe round-up

All your favourite Pumpkin Recipes in one place

I really love pumpkin. I love the flavour, the density in nutrients and immune boosting properties and I love the versatility of being able to make it sweet or savoury! A pumpkin recipe round-up makes it easy to find my delicious favourites.

Pumpkins are packed full of beta carotenes (pre cursor to the body forming Vit A), vitamin C, antioxidants and a good mix of b vitamins. They benefit the digestive system and immune system. They also have great seeds which we all love to eat too!! The fibre in them feeds the balanced bacteria in the digestive system- win all round.

Kids generally love pumpkin too- see here for some great ways to use pumpkin flesh.

Here is a great post from Fostering Nutrition on how our ancestors used to prepare a pumpkin including the seeds

Here is my Pumpkin recipe round-up; Pumpkin 123

 How To make pumpkin puree from one ingredient

Immune boosting Pumpkin spice Loula natural Homemade Pumpkin Spice

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Baked Pumpkin Donuts Loula Natural

 Baked Pumpkin Donuts (Gluten free)

Pumpkin Bread Loula Natural

Pumpkin Bread (Gluten Free)

Pumpkin Brownies with Gingerbread LattePumpkin Brownies (Gluten Free)

Turmeric Pumpkin Seeds Loula Natural

Beetroot and Carrot Salad with Turmeric Pumpkin seeds 

 

And here are some from my friends; (most are grain free)

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Butter Nutrition; Chocolate Stuffed Pumpkin Pancakes

Savoury Lotus; Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding and Pumpkin Spiced Dutch Baby

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Real Food RN; Banana Pumpkin Ice-Cream and Sweet Crunchy Pumpkin Spiced Garbanzo Beans

Real Food Kosher; Sweet Potato Pie Fries

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Oh Lardy; Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with superfoods

Real Nutritious Living; Paleo Pumpkin Spiced MuffinsPumpkin Spiced Latte and Pumpkin Pie Spiced Almonds

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20 Somthing Allergies; Pumpkin Steamer (Hot Chocolate Alternative)

Health Extremist; Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins

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Beauty and The Foodies (one of my big fav’s) Pumpkin Bagels and Paleo Pumpkin Crumble bars

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Coconut Mama; Coconut Milk Pumpkin Ice Cream and Pumpkin Butter Cups

Happy Healthnut; Pumpkin Protein Oats and Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Pudding Shooters

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Eat Naked; Pumpkin Cream Cookies and Holiday Pumpkin Smoothie

Yogi Mami Pumpkin Trifle

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Mix Wellness; Crockpot Apple Pumpkin butter 

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Garlic Butter Prawns with Zucchini Noodles

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Garlic Butter Prawns with Zucchini Noodles

This recipe is so simple and delicious and only has 5 ingredients! Have you tried vegetable pasta/noodles yet?

I have been enjoying trying to be grain free the last few months. I have not missed pasta and have still enjoyed noodle soups, spaghetti, and other dishes simply swapping pasta with either sweet potato lightly steamed or zucchini raw.

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I use this awesome machine to make my pasta (I bought it from here in Hong Kong). I used to use a simple julienne peeler like this one

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but I have to say the spiralizer definitely makes a difference. The texture and thickness of the ‘noodles’ feels more similar to the original. I mostly use the julienne peeler for coleslaw like this Kraut Slaw recipe. You can of course just use a simple peeler and have flat, wide noodles!

This recipe I made for my own birthday dinner! I love the combination of butter, lemon, garlic and prawns and it took seconds to throw together. I added a little stock to boost nutrient levels too! Simply season with salt and pepper and you are done!

Garlic Butter Prawns with Zucchini Noodles
Serves 2
A deliciously quick and nutritious simple dinner. Grain free and gluten free. To make it dairy free, swap the butter for coconut oil.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Zucchini per person (spiralized)
  2. 500g Prawns (caught responsibly, from clean waters)
  3. 2 cloves of garlic
  4. 10-50g of butter (depends on how much you like butter!) You can replace this with coconut oil
  5. 1-2 tbs stock
  6. Squeeze of lemon
  7. Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Add the butter to the pan
  2. When melted add the garlic
  3. Fry for a min and then add prawns. Toss in the butter and garlic until they turn pink and flesh is no longer translucent.
  4. Add stock to pan and a squeeze of lemon.
  5. Add to raw or lightly steamed zucchini noodles and toss to completely cover in butter.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
Notes
  1. serve with a glass of bubbles or crisp white wine!
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Here are some other Veggie noodle recipes;

Oh She Glows; Glowing Green Pasta Primavera

Peace, Love and Low Carb; Rainbow Vegetable Noodles

Real Food RN; How to make noodles out of Vegetables

Empowered Sustenance; Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Thank Your Body; Zucchini Noodles with Sauteed Vegetables

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Chocolate Orange Grain Free Granola

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Chocolate Orange Grain Free Granola

I have been loving my Mulbery and Goldenberry grain free granola. I wanted to branch out with a new flavour! Hence this amazingly delicious alternative! 

Using nuts as my granola has really helped to keep me full up for longer. Combined with coconut milk or coconut yoghurt (I also buy this one) I feel so satisfied and stronger. Fats are truly changing my body shape, energy levels and moods, I wish I had made the change sooner. I have not missed grains (although i would say I am 80-90% grain free nowaday)and have really been enjoying my food. I still eat legumes as I love lentils and beans. Alternating between grain-free granola, eggs for breakfast (see Greens, Eggs and Ham for my favourite recipe) and Blender Pancakes on the weekend we really do wake up hungry!

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Using superfoods like orange powder and cacao paste can really help reduce the inflammation I have, healing the damage and boosting my metabolism. Chocolate and orange and nuts is also a match made in heaven. Since I am not cooking this granola I thought I would also mix it up by including a tablespoon of Walnut oil with the coconut oil/ghee. You could also use avocado oil if you like. The Sea Buckthorn oil also boosts the oil profile of this dish and ups the nutrient value even more.

Have a read about why I have decided to step away from grains for the time being- (Inflammation, How to Naturally Boost the Immune system and How fats can change your body shape)

Chocolate Orange Grain Free Granola
The combination of chocolate and orange is a winner- add the nuts and you have a delicious healthy fat packed start to the day. Great for breakfast or as a snack.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw almonds
  2. 1 cup raw cashews
  3. 1/2 cup pecans
  4. 1/2 cup macadamia
  5. 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  6. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  7. 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  8. 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  9. 50g cacao paste
  10. 2 tbs orange peel powder
  11. 1 tbsp walnut oil
  12. 1 tbsp coconut oil or outside of Hong Kong see here
  13. 1 tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Soak and dry your nuts
  2. Add all the dry ingredients into a food processor.
  3. Blitz until crumble like
  4. Add oils and maple syrup and mix well till covered
  5. Dehydrate on silicon sheets or bake in a cool oven.
  6. Store in a air tight container in the fridge
  7. Serve with almond milk or coconut yoghurt
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 Here are some other Grain Free Granola Recipes;

For more breakfast ideas check out my dedicated pin board;
Follow Loula Natural’s board Breakfast on Pinterest.

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Raw Nacho Not Cheese Kale Chips

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Raw Nacho (not) Cheese Kale Chips

I am a huge fan of kale. It is also a local product for us. Green Vitamin have enlisted local farms to grow curly kale here in Hong Kong using organic heritage seeds- and it is flourishing. The chinese eat kale all the time and the Chinese Kale is also delicious in green smoothies and I love stir frying it with Garlic. It is a little bitter though and is more stalk than leaf and so is not so good at making Kale Chips- so I am glad to have the choice of supporting local organic produce.

This recipe is a product of many raw Nacho (not) Cheese dip recipes (especially from this book and from here). Using cashews and nutritional yeast as the starting point and adding red pepper, paprika, cumin and garlic to create that tangy cheesey spicey kick. It works so well with the kale. I always love to add my spin to things to deepen the nutritional value and taste. I have added walnut oil and tahini to mine. The Chinese use sesame for so many ailments and to boost good health and I am a massive fan of the black and white varieties. Tahini (or indeed just the seeds) in this recipe add a flavour dimension and a healthy fat punch to this recipe.

Raw Nacho (not) Cheese Kale Chips
A crunchy, cheesy snack packed full of goodness and nutrients. Hugely moreish and delicious.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch of Kale
  2. Nacho not Cheese
  3. 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 2-4 hours)
  4. 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  5. 1 red pepper (de-seeded)
  6. 2 cloves of garlic
  7. 1/2 tsp cumin
  8. 1/2 tsp paprika (to taste)
  9. 1-2 tbs tahini paste or sesame seeds
  10. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  11. 1-2 tbs Walnut oil/Avocado oil
  12. 1 tbs water
  13. Salt and pepper to season
Instructions
  1. Tear the kale off the stalk into 'chip' size and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Put all of the Nacho not Cheese mix ingredients in your high speed blender and mix until smooth
  3. Add 1-2 tbs of the mixture to the bowl of kale and massage into the leaves so they are thickly coated. Add more if necessary.
  4. Add the chips one by one to your silicon dehydrator sheet (or on a greased baking sheet) and dehydrate at living foods temperature (100F) for 12-18 hours or until crisp. You can also use an oven on its coolest setting.
  5. Store in a air tight container either in the fridge or a cool dry place.
  6. Enjoy crumbled on eggs or in salads or as a snack on its own
Notes
  1. The batch of Nacho cheese will make several batches of chips or can be used as a dip, salad dressing or is also great on veggie pasta or burgers.
  2. Save some of the silica packets from nuts/seaweed containers to help keep your dry goods fresh.
Adapted from adapted from Nacho Cheese Kale Chips in Practically Raw
Adapted from adapted from Nacho Cheese Kale Chips in Practically Raw
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