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.
Food should be all about flavour! Right. One of the most flavoursome sauces to use in your cooking I believe is Pesto. You can pop it on a pizza, toss it through zucchini noodles, smear it on meat, use it as a dip and so much more. It was imperative for me early on in my Paleo journey to create a friendly version for my cooking.
Traditional recipes include parmesan cheese, obviously this was the first thing I left out. While it does add more bite, without this cheese the recipe is still delicious.
If you were a fan of that popular fried chicken take away before going paleo, then this recipe is for you. PBC is short for Paleo Baked Chicken, a healthy and delicious fried chicken alternative. I originally came up with this recipe for my kids as a bit of a fun snack, but they have enjoyed it for dinner, for lunch, and also cold in their lunch boxes. Its one of those yummy foods that you might struggle to have just one.
Drumsticks are such an affordable and versatile cut of chicken to work with. They bake, roast, or slow cook beautifully, and are packed with flavour. The meat stays moist when cooked and they also happen to be dirt cheap. I can buy a dozen drumsticks for around $4 – $5 and feed my family of four, plus have leftovers for lunch boxes. You could of course use this recipe on other cuts like the wings or marylands. I know that price can be a factor for many families. Opting for cheaper cuts of quality meat is possibly the best way of saving a buck while still managing to eat paleo.
This time of year, all around Australia and New Zealand, hundreds and thousands of cookies are being baked. Some love them chewy, and some love them crunchy. They are the humble Anzac biscuit.
It’s thought that because the ingredients did not spoil, Anzac’s cookies were ideal for wives and mothers to mail their soldiers serving. They were also suitable for long trips for naval officers. The Anzac biscuits the Army issued were not like the commercial sugar filled packets for sale today. They were very hard and used as a substitute for bread at times.
Morning tea anyone? Here is a cake that is easy to make, take with you when friends invite you over for morning tea, invite the kids for a ‘play date’ or similar. It’s very simple.
This recipe is a Thermomix original. I first made this cake recipe when I was a new Thermomix owner. I had recently made the switch to eating paleo, but the rest of the family wasn’t quite on track with me yet. We had family coming for lunch and I needed a dessert that wasn’t going to break the ‘rules’ for me. Funnily, the cake was a big hit with everyone, especially my hubby. I’ve only made the recipe once or twice since, we don’t have sweets that often in our house, but I think it is a lovely cake for this time of the year.