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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 06, 2013, 08:31:17 am »
They look great Kimmy.

Main Dishes / Re: Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs with Creamy Pesto
« on: January 06, 2013, 08:28:50 am »
I made this tonight for dinner and it was really delicious - definitely something I will make again.

I didn't have all the ingredients for the pesto so I improvised and was really happy with the result.  I used raw cashew nuts instead of the walnuts and instead of 2 cups of basil leaves I used what I had (something has been eating my basil plant) and added some oakleaf lettuce as well.  I also didn't process it until it was smooth as I prefer a chunkier pesto.

Main Dishes / Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs with Creamy Pesto
« on: January 06, 2013, 08:23:14 am »
Name of Recipe:: Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs with Creamy Pesto
Number of People: 4-5 Serves

900 grams ground beef
2 tablespoons chives
2 tablespoons fresh basil
cup sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
2 -3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Creamy Pesto:
1 cup walnut halves
cup extra virgin olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves
teaspoon sea salt
2 cups fresh basil leaves
cup sun dried tomatoes
cup coconut cream

Pre-heat oven to 180C.
Place garlic, chives, sun-dried tomatoes and basil into the TMX bowl and chop for approx 5 seconds on speed 7.
Add mince, salt & pepper.  I also added some olive oil (10g) as my sun-dried tomatoes had not been packed in olive oil.  Mix for approx 20 seconds, speed 3, reverse until mixture is well combined.
Form the meat mixture into golf ball sized balls.
Heat an oven-proof frypan on the stove over a medium heat and add the coconut oil.  Once the oil is melted and the frypan is hot, add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
Once meatballs are browned on all sides, cover the frypan and transfer to the oven.  Cook for an additional 7-10 minutes.

Creamy Pesto:
Place walnuts, garlic, olive oil and salt into a clean TMX bowl and mix on speed 7 until smooth.  You will need to scrape down the sides of the bowl as you do this to ensure all ingredients are well combined.
Add the basil, sun-dried tomatoes and coconut cream to the TMX bowl.  Process on speed 4-5 until smooth (or your desired consistency).

To serve, spoon some of the pesto over the meatballs.

Converted for the TMX from this recipe:  Everyday Paleo Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs with Creamy Pesto.

The meatballs can be cooked in the Varoma instead of the stove/oven.  

Sorry, I was too quick adding the ingredients to the TMX so forgot to convert to grams.  I'll do this next time.

members' comments

Frozzie - For me there is way too much meat in this recipe.. I would perhaps do a standard meatball with half the mince and add the same ingredients ie basil, garlic and sundried tomatoes etc and double the sauce.. I did add finely chopped apple in the meatball mix to moisten them a bit and baked them with the sauce in the oven.. I did add a bit more coconut cream... I was a bit disappointed as the mix smelt amazing pre cooking... I also did the garlic rice with it and it was just enough for 6 serves. I like saucy meatballs which is why I added double the coconut cream.. For me it would have been too heavy with the very meaty meatballs plus a salsa like sauce..but thats me...

Vegetarian / Re: Vegetable Omelette
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:48:33 am »
Bumped.  Might make this one next week.

Thanks for the feedback Chelsea.  I am drinking lots of water and hopefully am eating enough good fats (just wish avocado's would come down in price a bit).  Did Paleo give you the health benefits you were looking for?

Salads / Re: Fennel and Cucumber Salad
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:16:34 am »
Bumping this as it is on the menu for next week.  Love fennel.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 05, 2013, 08:17:17 am »
Chicken coconut curry with celery and cauliflower.  Used leftover curry sauce from making mussels the other day and leftover BBQ chicken so only took 5 minutes to put it all together.  Love leftovers  :)

Special Diets / Paleo Friendly Recipes - No Grains, Legumes, Dairy, etc.
« on: January 05, 2013, 08:05:57 am »
In an attempt to lose some weight and improve my overall health, I've decided that this month I am going to eat Paleo to see if it is right for me.  The principles of Paleo are to eat what our ancestors ate: i.e. no processed foods, grains, legumes, refined sugars and dairy.  I started on 1 Jan and am finding it pretty easy so far.  My plan is to follow the guidelines as closely as possible for a month or two and then perhaps introduce some dairy back into my diet (I cannot live forever without icecream and cheese!).  

Incidentally, for those of you familiar with the Eat Right For Your Bloodtype Diet - the principles are very similar to the diet recommended for "O" bloodtypes.

Anyway, I've created this thread to reference Paleo friendly recipes so I (and others) have a quick reference.  I've included some recipes that suggest serving the dish on a bed of rice or pasta - you can either ignore this or try some Mock Rice using cauliflower instead.

Spiced Chicken and Sweet Potato
Chicken Breasts in Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms
Butter Chicken & Tikka Paste  NB: replace cream with coconut cream.
Lime & Mint Chicken Skewers
Lemon Coriander Chicken
Easiest Ever Coconut Chicken Curry
Chicken Breast with Capers, Anchovies and Sundried Tomato
LC Sesame Chicken Patties.  NB: replace shoyu with tamari.

Thermomix Roast Beef NB: Replace wine with stock.
Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs with Creamy Pesto

Indian Lamb Curry
Italian Lamb Casserole
FFS Lamb Pesto Crusto with Gusto (Review)
LC Lamb Ragu (Review)  NB: Replace wine with stock.

Seafood and Fish
Mussels with Mint
Tahitian Fish Ceviche   NB: replace soy sauce with tamari.
Vegetable Omelette with Tuna
QFITT Sesame Crusted Salmon with Wasabi Mayonnaise
LC Spicy Seafood Soup
LC Thai Prawn & Lemongrass Soup

Raw Cucumber Mint Soup
Spicy Coconut Zucchini

Salads and Sides
High Protein Salad
Fennel & Cucumber Salad

Sauces and Condiments
Megan's Tomato Passata

Desserts (best to have in moderation!)
Banana & Raspberry Icecream
QFITT Tropical Sorbet (Review)

Juices, Smoothies and Drinks
QFITT Beetroot Smoothie (Review)

I'll add more links to recipes as I come across them.

Acronym Definitions:
FFS = For Food Sake by Tenina Holder
QFITT = Quick Fix in the Thermomix by Alyce Alexandria
LC = Low Carb Mini Series by Alyce Alexandria

Main Dishes / Re: Spiced Chicken & Sweet Potato
« on: January 05, 2013, 07:28:11 am »
Bumping this.  It's on the menu for this week.

Chit Chat / Re: What is for Lunch Today
« on: January 03, 2013, 02:01:56 am »
Mussels with mint and lemon dressing. 

Chit Chat / Re: What is for Breakfast
« on: January 03, 2013, 02:00:13 am »
Some cucumber sticks and a handful of raw cashews pre gym and a green smoothie afterwards.  My green smoothie was a bit bland today as the only fruit I included was 1/2 granny smith.  Definitely nicer with some frozen banana or berries  ;D

Seafood and Fish / Re: Mussels with mint
« on: January 03, 2013, 01:52:34 am »
Whipped this up for lunch today.  Very nice and light - the combination of mint and lemon complimented the mussels well.

I found I didn't need to cook the mussels for anywhere near 20 minutes, in fact I think it was closer to 11-12 minutes but then again I was only cooking about 1/3rd of the quantity.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 02, 2013, 07:37:20 am »
Mussels with a coconut curry sauce.  First time I've done mussels in the TMX.  So easy.

Seafood and Fish / Re: Mussels with mint
« on: January 02, 2013, 06:28:53 am »
Bumped: just bought some mussels.  I think I am going to make a coconut curry sauce tonight but might do this for lunch tomorrow.

For those that don't have the Full Steam Ahead cookbook, the recipe for this one is here

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