Monday, 6 February 2012

Roasted Squash and Bacon Soup

Time to dig out the winter warmers as we are set for a chilly weekend around here.
Check out this delicious soup, set to warm the cockles of even the most non Paleo eater.

Serves 4

1/2 medium squash
75g smoked bacon lardons
1 stalk of celery
1 onion
4 tbsp of olive oil
1 ltr of chicken stock (homemade or otherwise)
Salt and Pepper

Chop squash into bite size pieces and place in a roasting dish with the chopped onion, celery, 3 bsp oil and seasoning.
Roast at 180C until soft (approx 30 minutes)
In the meantime, saute the bacon in the remaining oil until cooked through and browned slightly.
Once roasted vegetables are complete place in saucepan with bacon, add stock and bring to the boil.
Blitz using a handheld blender, check for seasoning and serve.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Kale Chips

I don't know about you guys, but I have never been someone who has had a particularly sweet tooth. 
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a nice slice of cake or a muffin (now Paleo-ish of course!!) as much as the next person. But I was never the type of person who would panic at the sheer thought of a day without chocolate, even in hormonal times.
But crisps (or chips as those across the Atlantic may call them) I LOVE! I find it very difficult to go without a packet of Walkers, even though I know they're full of bad transfats. 

I had heard about Kale chips many times. But I couldn't really visualise how baked cabbage could resemble a crisp!? 

I was WRONG! They are delicious and I have been converted to the humble, yet delicious Kale Chip!

I have been asked on my facebook page for a recipe, and though this is SO simple it doesn't really warrant a description but here goes...

2 cups of kale, torn into bitesize pieces
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tbsp coconut oil 

Mix the kale and oil together in an oven proof dish.
Season to taste
You can also add other flavourings such as chilli powder etc, again to taste. Play around with it! 

Place in a moderate oven (about 180C) for 8 - 12 mins or until crisp and slightly browned.
You may want to place them on kitchen paper at this point to stop them getting soggy.

Serve and convert even the most unPaleo person in your life!