This time of year many people are baking or making tasty little treats to gift or share with family for the festive season. It’s such a lovely thing to receive a handmade gift, something baked with love. That is, as long as it’s not filled with processed grains and sugars.
The festive season can be hard to avoid those foods that you have chosen to remove from your diet. For many people it takes an extra effort to resist. So receiving a girt made with real food ingredients shows the extra care and effort has been put into that gift. Here I have put together 10 recipes that would make great homemade gifts. Things I’d love to receive myself.
Been missing your oats or porridge? Last week I was contacted by a mum that was making positive changes for her family and trying to eat more paleo meals. But…breakfast was still the one meal she was having trouble letting go of. Her family is a big lover of the humble porridge. Her reason for contacting me was to see if I could come up with a paleo alternative. I’ve thought about a similar recipe to this one for a while now, so it didn’t take much convincing for me to jump at the chance to come up with something that could help her family out.
There were a few stipulations I had to stick to though. Firstly, it had to be nut free. Secondly, the recipe had to be suitable to pop in the slow cooker over night. What a great idea! Pop breakfast in the slow cooker before heading to bed and then waking to breakfast ready to eat. Those few extra minutes of sleep or one less thing to do on a busy morning, that sounds perfect to me.
Here is another recipe for you that can be prepared ahead of time, maybe on a big Sunday cook up, or with little time fussing over a hard recipe. It can also be made fairly quickly on those busy week nights. I use most of these spices on my roast chicken to achieve that rotisserie chook flavours, but I have tweeted it a little, with some different spices, and I knew it would be delicious on drumsticks.
When you have a lot of mouths to feed or not a very big budget to spend on your quality meats, drumsticks may be the answer to your dilema. They don’t have as much meat on them, which is why they are often priced a lot cheaper. They still have plenty of meat that is very tender when slow cooked or baked.
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Wow, hasn’t that year flown by! This year not much will change on our table to cater for the Paleo eaters. Here in Australia its usually warm so we celebrate with a lot of meats and salads. There will be some changes to the desserts on offer, but I won’t be acting like the paleo police. I’m hoping for a relaxed day, filled with family and laughs. Thats what Christmas is about for me anyway.
This year I wanted to attempt my first glazed ham. My husband grew up always having a glazed ham on the table, as a result he loves ham on the bone. It was something that my family never did, we always had cold sliced ham instead. So, for a few years now, I have wanted to make my own glazed ham for him. This year I have finally organised myself enough to give it a go.
Why haven’t I tried this before? You know that moment when you try something a little different, not overly radical or anything, but a slight tweet and omg it works and its amazing? Yes I had one of those moments this morning. I was making CADA (Coconut, Apple, Dates, Almonds) for breakfast this morning and thought “maybe I’ll toast it” and there you have it folks, my big bright idea.
I’m sure someone has done it before, its probably not even that exciting for most of you. Breakfast can be one of the most repetitive meals though, and to come up with something a little ‘new’ is exciting for me. Well, it started my morning off well.