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Soaked Buckwheat and Chia Pancakes

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Soaked Buckwheat and Chia Pancakes

These pancakes are egg free, dairy free and Body Ecology acceptable.  Buckwheat is not a grain but a seed related to rhubarb, and is highly nutritious.  The chia seed helps to bind them without using any egg. (more…)

Grain Free Living Redefined.

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Grain Free Living Redefined.

Grain Free Living has a new direction…

While I have been grain-free alongside my husband for over a decade, I always felt that I sat outside of the typical reasons for being grain free – namely, dealing with auto-immune disease or chronic illness.  As a result of that, and as is fairly evident from the sugar laden recipes on this website, my version of grain free for myself was as long as it technically doesn’t contain a grain, I would eat any processed, refined, manufactured, packaged and sugar laden product and call it food.  I have throughout the years regularly gone on “health kicks” where I removed sugar and dairy from my diet, but inevitably the call of the sugar and carbs would become too strong, and I would fall face first into a plate of grain free pizza dough followed my large amounts of chocolate and icecream.  Of course, a recipe for disaster, how could it not be? (more…)

This Weeks Grain Free Dinner Menu

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This Weeks Grain Free Dinner Menu

dinnerheadingThis week I am making a traditional Lebanese lamb stew, a great grain free spinach pie with a crust made from almond meal and linseeds, and as I’m making a lentil stew, I shared my trick for preparing lentils for less, shall we say “digestive reaction/discomfort”.  It’s actually 6 nights of dinners as one night is always leftover night.

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Grain Free Living Meal Plan

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Grain Free Living Meal Plan

dinnerheadingMeal planning is a very handy organisational tool for the busy and short of time (and aren’t we all??).  I am currently at the stage where I am operating a taxi service for my seven year old with lots of after school activities.  It means that we arrive back home hungry, tired and right at dinner time.

So, herewith the first meal plan (dinners only) for Grain Free Living, with some notes for readers from other parts of the world who are in a completely different season to us down under: (more…)

My Top 5 Favourite Grain Free Cracker/Crisp Recipes

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My Top 5 Favourite Grain Free Cracker/Crisp Recipes

I love a good cracker.  They are great with dips or just to munch on generally.  So after going grain free it was great to realise that there are plenty of grain free options for this handy snack.

Here are my Top 5 cracker recipes, including plenty of nut free options for those who are allergic to nuts or need to be nut free for other reasons (for example in Australia many schools are nut free due to allergies, so you can’t send your child to school with food containing nuts – a challenge for a grain free family that relies on nuts, but the recipes below show it can be done.) (more…)

A Grain Free Cookbook Review – The Seasonal Cookbook and a special offer for GFL readers

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A Grain Free Cookbook Review – The Seasonal Cookbook and a special offer for GFL readers

When I was recently learning about how to cook with Kale I discovered the grain free blog In Sonnets Kitchen.

Its a great site with loads of recipes and useful tips for cooking grain free and living a healthy lifestyle in general.  Sonnet and I connected again recently when she asked me to look at her ebook The Seasonal Comfort Food Cookbook and review it for the readers of this site.

 

 

 

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Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Apple and Pear Sponge Pudding

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Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Apple and Pear Sponge Pudding

This is a receipe for cold winter nights when a pudding is needed to finish the day.  Its fast and easy to mix together, a great way to use up all kinds of over ripe fruit, or if you are really pressed for time you can even use tinned pie fruit.  This recipe was originally made by my grandmother.  It is very traditionally Australian and reflects my grandmothers English heritage.

I have been refining the grain free version of this dessert for a few years and finally have something that tastes very close to her wheat flour version.  (more…)

The Wonder of Kale

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The Wonder of Kale

Kale,  Ahhh, kale. This truly is a “superfood” and a great addition to any healthy diet.  A short article from the Huffington Post outlines why kale should be on our plates here.  If you want to read up more detail about kale, try the Worlds Healthiest Foods article here or this article here which includes some easy Kale recipes. In summary kale is low in calorie and high in fibre, iron, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and magnesium, among others.  It is full of antioxidants, and is a great anti-inflammatory food.  It also has proven cholesterol lowering benefits.  However, it is important to note that if you have a thyroid condition, you need to be careful about consuming raw kale on a regular basis due to its goitrogenic effect, which can hinder thyroid function.  You can read about Kale and its effect on your thyroid here.  You can read more about Goitrogens on the Wikipedia entry here, or this article from PaleoHacks also covers the subject well.

I always avoided it because the first time I tried it it tasted like tough grass.  Not at all appealing.  Turns out  I was just preparing it wrong.  While it looks much like silverbeet, it does require a little extra finesse. (more…)

Grain Free Lebanese Tabouli

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Grain Free Lebanese Tabouli

Tabouli (also spelt Tabbouleh) is a traditional parsley salad with its origins in the Arab world.  There are various versions in most Arabic cultures, and it usually contains burghul, which is a variety/form of wheat or sometimes couscous (also from wheat).  This recipe is adapted to be made grain-free and of course gluten-free from the family recipe from my Lebanese in-laws.  They are from the beautiful coastal city of Jounieh so I guess that makes this recipes as authentic as you can get, as I was taught how to make it by my Lebanese sister-in-laws. (more…)

Grain Free Banana & Raspberry Cake

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Grain Free Banana & Raspberry Cake

I’ve been making a grain free banana cake for years.  This version is the “new and improved” version and the added raspberries make it something special, but it is still relatively inexpensive to make as it only uses two eggs.  The original recipe this one is based on is here.   This version I think is “healthier” as it uses coconut sugar and coconut oil. (more…)