Monday, 24 October 2016

Primal Figgy Pudding + Nourishing Holiday ebook Review

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Anyone else feeling Christmassy yet? I am. Although I always start to feel Christmassy as soon as the mince pies and tinsel hit the shops, which is actually about the beginning of September where I live. 

Anyhow, the holiday season is fast approaching, and I've got a corker of an ebook (not to mention recipe) to share with you: Nourishing Holiday, by Jaclyn Harwell, of the blog The Family That Heals Together. 

Nourishing Holiday ebook

Jaclyn kindly sent me a copy to have a look at, and I can tell you it's a cracking book. You have over 50 recipes that are focused on the whole winter/Christmas/Thanksgiving/cosy mealtimes when you can all sit down together theme. 

There are a few roasted meat variations - roasted chicken, turkey and a ham. There are soups, snacks, side dishes and also some sweets - including a really gorgeous-looking Pecan Pie which I might have to make this year for the family. There are also some beautiful looking seasonal salads, which would make great starters or you could make big dishes of for a buffet or party. There are drinks, too, including Egg Nog and Spiced Holiday Wassail. 

The recipes are all paleo, primal and GAPs suitable. If you're on early (strict) AIP, may of the recipes contain nuts and eggs - but not all - and it's certainly useful for you if you have a few reintroductions under your belt. There is also some dairy, in some recipes, but there are plenty without. I love the look of the Gingerbread Men Gummies which are one of the AIP compliant recipes. And because, everyone loves a gummy gingerbread man, don't they? 

I've also got my eye on the Cinnamon Rolls that are topped with a paleo caramel sauce. Like, these would be seriously good for pretty much any cosy, frosty Sunday morning Christmas morning. Yum. 

As for the ebook itself, the photography is stunning - really good quality, close up photos that will inspire you and help you to plan your meals coming up to the winter season. The design is great, too, and each recipe is one to a page - meaning you won't need to use sticky fingers to swipe and find out what to do next. 

The ebook is available to download as of now - and if you buy a copy before 28th October, you'll qualify for a discount of a whopping 70% off! Head on over to the Nourishing Holiday page for more details. 

To celebrate the launch, Jaclyn has kindly allowed me to share one of the recipes from the ebook with you - a beautiful and very traditional-looking Figgy Pudding. Gluten free, grain gree and primal, it's a beautiful dessert if you want to keep things traditional but don't want to sacrifice your healing over the festive season. I hope you love it. 

Primal Figgy Pudding - Christmas - from the ebook Nourishing Holiday

Figgy Pudding
From the ebook Nourishing Holiday, by Jaclyn Harwell

The holiday classic that inspired a Christmas ballad gets a healthy makeover! 

Serves 4
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
1 ½ cups water
1 cup coarsely chopped figs, plus extra for garnishing
1 cup pitted dates
½ cup honey
½ cup raisins
3 eggs
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup butter (Replace with ghee for casein-free option.)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease four one-cup ramekins.

Combine figs, dates, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Turn heat down and simmer 10-15 minutes.
Pour mixture into the container of a high-powered blender, add baking soda, and blend on high until smooth.
Return mixture to saucepan and add butter, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon and whisk until combined.
Add coconut flour and whisk until smooth.
Fold in raisins.
Pour the batter evenly into prepared ramekins, filling each just over halfway.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Top with sliced figs and serve warm.

Want more paleo and primal recipes for the festive season? Check out the rest of the recipes in Jaclyn's ebook, Nourishing Holiday. Click here!
Nourishing Holiday ebook

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Roasted Chicken Breast with Peas, Bacon and Little Gem Lettuce

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This beautiful dish is salty, smoky, crispy, sweet... I love it. And it's so easy to put together. 

And there are chicken and peas, which, as comfort foods go, is pretty spot on. 

But what's this, I hear you ask, with cooking little gem lettuce? 

Yeah, I know it sounds weird. But when cooked with these peas, it gives a sweetness. The texture's nice, too. Not slimy. You just stir it in at the very end and let it wilt down. 

Little gem lettuce is a pretty good addition to a warm and cosy chicken dinner like this. 

I hope you love it. 

Roasted Chicken Breast with Peas, Bacon and Little Gem Lettuce
Serves 2

2 chicken breasts, skin on and boneless
pinch of salt
olive oil
90g smoked pancetta cubes or bacon lardons
1 clove garlic, peeled and grated
250ml chicken broth or stock
2 cups frozen peas
1 small little gem lettuce, rinsed and cut into small slices
a few sprigs of fresh thyme

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200ºC/400ºF and get out a shallow roasting dish. Place the chicken breasts in the dish, skin-side up and drizzle with a little olive oil and rub in a pinch of salt. Slide into the oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. 
About 5 minutes before the chicken is ready, gently heat the bacon lardons or pancetta in a large frying pan and let the fat render down. Once it starts to turn golden and slightly crisp, add the garlic and sizzle for 1 minute more. Pour in the stock and the peas and allow everything to come to a simmer. Sprinkle in the chopped lettuce and thyme and simmer until the peas are cooked and the lettuce has softened. The lettuce will wilt down quickly. 

Adjust the seasoning with a pinch of salt and serve the peas with the roasted chicken breast on top. 


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