28th September - 4th October 2015 Meal Plan

I have a night off cooking this week, wooooohoooo!!! Its my Mum's birthday and she is going to cook, hahaha, don't know how that happened, but I wont complain, relaxation here I come!

This week, I am going for ridiculously simple and easy to start the week, with home kill sausages, mashed kumara, and garlic green beans - YUM. And then will have some more adventurous meals later on in the week, love the look of chicken burrito bowl; and I have been craving home made pizzas for awhile now, so going to make some cauliflower pizza bases, I can't wait!!  


Here is what my family will be eating for the week... gluten free, sugar free & if you wish dairy free too, as dairy is optional. 

You will find all the recipes below the meal plan, the ones that are underlined, you can click on the title and that will open up a new tab where the recipe will be. Enjoy!! 





Recipes

Sausages, kumara & beans

6 - 8 beef sausages (or whatever you wish)

2-3 medium kumara, peeled & chopped into equally sized cubes
salt & black pepper
2 tbsp butter
75ml milk
250g frozen or fresh green beans 
2 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp butter

1 Cook the sausages in a frypan on medium heat till brown on the outside, and cooked through. Continue to turn them throughout cooking. We home kill sausages (not precooked), it takes longer to cook the sausages. Don't cook them over a really high heat, as you will cook the outside but not the inside. Slow and steady wins the race with these guys!

Boil the kumara in a pan of boiling water until tender. Drain and mash. Add the butter, milk, salt and pepper to the potatoes and mash until smooth, or a texture you want. Set aside until ready to serve. (If you are not eating dairy, exclude the butter and milk, or use almond milk instead). 

Cook the frozen or fresh beans, either in a saucepan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes, or in the microwave (with no water if frozen, and a little water if fresh) for 2 - 3 minutes. Drain thoroughly, place in a hot pan with the garlic and butter (or oil) and gently toss for about 1 minute. 


I swear by this crumbed roasted rack of lamb recipe, it is sooo good!! I will use almond meal instead of wholegrain bread crumbs and let you know how it turns out. I don't see why it wouldn't work.

I will serve this with a delicious salad and some green peas:

large handful or two of baby spinach or kale 
1 avocado, chopped

70g feta, crumbed (optional)
handful of chopped walnuts, or sliced almonds



Dressing:
Squeeze of lemon juice, 3 cloves of garlic crushed, 1 tbsp dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar), salt, pepper; give it all a stir, then drizzle over the salad.

I always buy a packet of frozen green peas, and simply cook around 250gms in the microwave. Too easy! 


Found this recipe from the I Quit Sugar website, sounds delicious! 



Home made cauliflower pizza
I have been carving pizza lately, so about time I made some cauliflower pizza bases again! 


Pizza base
1 head cauliflower
garlic cloves, finely grated
egg, lightly beaten
1 cup ground almonds (almond flour or almond meal)
1 tsp dried oregano
salt & pepper

Toppings

My toppings are usually a range of things that are left in the fridge, so a bit of a rough guess for the toppings, but along the lines of: 
  • tomato paste
  • red or green capsicum
  • ham or bacon or salami (or any left over meats from the previous nights)
  • black olives
  • red onion
  • cheese (or feta) (optional)
  • sundried tomatoes
  • baby spinach 
I sometimes do a really simple, ham, pineapple and cheese pizza too. 


Heat oven to 200C. Cut the cauliflower florets off the stalk. Blitz the cauliflower in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer all the cauliflower into a bowl, cover with cling film/gladwrap, and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes until softened. Tip onto a clean tea towel and leave to cool.
Once the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, squeeze as much liquid as you can out. Place the cauliflower into a bowl. Stir in the ground almonds, eggs, oregano, garlic, and a good seasoning of salt and pepper.
3 Line two 20cm pizza base trays (see photo below, it is not essential to use pizza base trays, but it does make it easier) with baking paper. Place half the cauliflower mix into the centre of the trays, then using the back of a spoon, spread out the mixture evenly oven the tray. If you don't have pizza base trays, you can make the pizza bases by making two mounds with the cauliflower and zucchini mixture, then spread to form two pizza bases. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until beautifully golden brown.

Pizza base tray
Toppings: 
Pretty simple method for the toppings, place the tomato paste on the pizza bases and then chuck on the rest of the toppings, if you are using cheese, put this on last. 



Bake the pizzas for 12-15 minutes at 200C.



Enjoy!! 

Nicci xx 


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