Crispy Avocado Fries

I am a huge fan of avocados. Not only do they taste great but they have some amazing health benefits! They are high in folate (23% of your recommended daily intake in one cup!) which studies have shown diet high in folate may reduce the risk of heart disease. They are high in oleic acid which helps prevent breast cancer and by adding an avocado to a salad it can help the body to absorb up to 5 times the nutrients – why would you not love these.

So from the moment I came across this recipe I knew I had to give these a whirl (or a taste?) and here is how they turned out..

Crispy Avocado Fries

For one person you will need –
* 1 ripe avocado
* 1/2 cup of almond meal
* 1/4 cup of milk of your choice (I used soy milk)
* Dash of lemon juice
* Any combination of herbs and spices you like (I used oregano and parsley)
* Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 175C and line an oven tray with baking paper.
2. Peel and pitt your avocado and slice into ‘fry’ sized pieces.
3. Add the dash of lemon juice to the milk (this should form a buttermilk).
4. Mix the almond meal, spices, salt and pepper together.
5. Set up an assembly line so you can dip your avocado fries in the milk then the almond meal mix. One at a time, dip your avocado wedges into the milk, then roll them around in the almond meal mix and place on your baking sheet.
6. Bake for about 20 minutes (turning sides mid bake).

NOTE: These do cook quickly so make sure you keep an eye on them otherwise you may be eating Charcoal Avocado Fries instead.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce – I had these with my home made (sugar free) tomato sauce and let me tell it, it was an absolute treat!!

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Paleo Chicken Kiev

Today has been one of those days where all I can think about is food. I knew I had some chicken in the fridge and that I wanted to try something new so I spent a good part of today researching “Paleo” chicken recipes and at last I came across Once A Month Mom Paleo Chicken Kiev and I knew I just had to give it ago. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would find a healthy Chicken Kiev recipe!!

Paleo Chicken Kiev

For two people you will need:
* 1/2 cup soy milk (you could use any milk though)
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
* 1/4 cup almond meal
* 1/2 cup coconut flour
* Cracked pepper, to taste
* Sea salt, to taste
* 1 tablespoon onion powder
* 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed
* 2 tablespoons coconut butter (at room temp so it’s soft but still solid)
* 1 large chicken breast

What to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
2. In a shallow bowl add you milk and lemon juice or vinegar and let sit for about 10 minutes to make a buttermilk (alternately your could buy premade butter milk and you could use any milk).
3. In a second bowl combine all your dry ingredients (almond meal, coconut flour, salt, pepper and onion powder).
4. In a third bowl, combine the coconut butter, garlic and parsley and mix together well. If it is a bit cold and the coconut butter is to hard, microwave it for about 10 seconds to soften.
5. Butterfly slice the chicken breast then dredge in the buttermilk mix and coat in the almond / coconut crumb.
6. Divide the coconut butter mix in two serves and place this on the chicken breast and roll. Secure the rolled breast with a couple of wooden tooth picks and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked right through.

This was so good that even the hubby rated it a 9 out of 10!

Paleo Coconut Cookies

Tonight I was really craving something sweet! As I have mentioned before, I am a massive CHOC-A-HOLIC!! But I have set myself a challenge, I am going to go without chocolate for a whole three months, yep you read that right! Three whole months without the taste of a super sweet chocolate bar. Oh and it’s not just chocolate bars I have given up, it’s everything chocolate flavoured down to the coco powder that is spread on my daily cappuccino!!

So what else is there when that craving hits?

Look no further because these little babies will definitely blow the sweet tooth cravings! And in keeping with the nature of my blog, they are a paleo version with NO sugar. These are actually not to bad for you (if you can keep from eating the whole batch!!!!)

Paleo Coconut Cookies

1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons natural honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon baking powder

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees (Celsius).

2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together egg, honey, vanilla and salt. Stir in coconut until completely coated. Add almond meal and baking powder and mix again until all evenly distributed.

3. Fill a very round and deep ice cream scoop, packing in the coconut with another spoon to make it tight and firm. Release onto the baking sheet.

4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until nicely browned. Cool and serve.

NOTE: It is definitely worth waiting for these to cool before you eat if you can because they taste oh-so-nice and are slightly chewy and amazingly satisfying!

I was able to make 16 cookies out of these portions – and I’ll be honest here, between my husband and I there really aren’t too many left!

Paleo Coconut Cookies

This recipe was inspired by: Whole Foods for Whole Families

Almond and Pecan Crusted Basa Fillets

What a day it has been today.

I slept in (boy it was cold this morning!). I then missed my train and had to drive to work – only just making it on time mind you. Spent 8 hours in front of a computer screen, gruelling, brain draining work. I did learn something new today though, apparently disposable nappies are highly flammable – that’s my interesting fact for the day!

Anyway, once work was over I had bootcamp, but to get there I had to sit in traffic for half an hour as someone had crashed, then I decided to take the back roads which takes SOOOOO much longer and again I was running late. Well I sure paid for it, bootcamp was hard. But it felt great!!

Now I am home and able to relax watching one of my favourite TV shows, The Legend of the Seeker. But of course before I could relax, I had to cook dinner – lucky that’s something I actually enjoy!!

Since I was home late tonight, I just wanted something quick and easy but it still had to taste GREAT! So this is what I came up with;

Almond and Pecan Crusted Basa Fillets

Pecan and Almond Crusted Basa

Don’t they just look scrumptious!!! So here what you need to do…

This makes enough for two fillets. I chose to use basa but you could use any mild white fish.

* 2 Basa Fish Fillets (or similar)

* 1/2 C Pecans

* 1/2 C Almonds

* 1 T Coconut Oil

So just blend together the Pecans and Almonds until they form a fine powder. Coat eat fillet in the nut crusting. Heat the coconut oil in a fry pan and shallow fry the fish until cooked through. This took about 10 minutes on each side.

This is really tasty with some fresh lemon juice squeezed over the top.

See simple, easy peasy, lemon squeezy!