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Nut Free Bliss Ball

Supermarket bought bliss balls are generally full of preservatives and refined sugar. Or where not with refined sugar still over 50% sugar with the high level of dried fruits. You can make bliss balls that are higher in fat and lower in sugar which is my preference but these are generally […]

Nut Free Muesli Bar (Paleo)

I’ve been experimenting for a while for a nut free, grain free, dairy free “muesli” bar that will hold together for the school lunches. This is the current best attempt so far. The challenges are that what holds most bars together is the grains and loads of sugar plus they’re […]

Blogging, boundaries & “being real” online.

An overdue letter.

Hey there!

Happy New Year! Yes I know I know – I’m a bit late on it. Seriously can you believe we’re almost into February 2017? The last year went so fast. But then I think that for many of us finishing up 2016 couldn’t […]

Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls

Yes crazy I’m actually doing a blog post with a new recipe – Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls! We’re over here in the UK visiting with my Mum for Christmas. Must say a lot more of our traditional Christmas dishes make a lot more […]

Turkey Meatballs & Kale In Lemony Garlic Broth – Guest Recipe

Guess what? I’m not Claire.

I’m Irena from Eat Drink Paleo and I am super excited to be here at Dom’s Kitchen sharing one of my recipes with you.  I’ve known Claire for a while through our paleo/real food blogger community and I’m so happy to be able to say hi to all of […]

Love Heart Jellies

Dom and I made these Love Heart Gelatine Gummies today as we started off going to make a lemon and honey drink for my cough but then got idea to make these. So easy! Gelatine is

According the information I’ve read the list of benefits associated with gelatine (or gelatin as it’s […]

Super Simple Pumpkin Soup

When the days get chilly like they are in Auckland at the moment you really can’t beat an easy and delicious pumpkin soup. This one’s inspired by the recipe for Pumpkin & Coconut Soup in the fantastic What The Fat? book by Caryn Zinn Dietitian, Prof Grant Schofield […]

Super Easy Homemade Chocolate Gummies

So these are our super easy homemade chocolate gummies! A Chef Dom favourite and one of mine too. Made with gelatine which we’re really loving! Have you tried using it? We use Great Lakes Gelatine (the red container). It’s so easy to add to a variety of different […]

Perfect Sweet Potato Chips

This isn’t really a “recipe” as such. Just the method of making chips that are super crunchy and delicious that we use so we’ve called them our perfect sweet potato chips.

Ingredients: 

5 medium sized sweet potatoes (the purple ones seem to work best but orange fine too.

2 tablespoons of coconut oil […]

LCHF? Paleo? Primal? Are You Confused?

Paleo Breakfast -Eggs, Bacon, Brussel Sprouts, Liver, Black Pudding, Tomatoes, Avocado & Seed Bread with Butter.

From talking to people I can see there is definitely confusion as to what “low carb” means and no doubt this is because it can mean such different things to different people.

Here’s what […]

Homemade Nutella

It seems there are a hundred different variations for making Homemade Nutella and I’m fairly confident that most of them taste delicious because it’s pretty hard to go wrong with the basic flavours here – we’re talking chocolate and hazlenut.

Our recipe is easy and and makes a yummy spread that’s perfect for […]

Grainy Grain-Free Toast Bread

We have tried out a variety of grain-free recipes both crunchy ones with seeds like this one and also ones made with ground up nuts that make a “plain” loaf. You can make this one less crunchy by blending or chopping up your seeds. But if you really love something […]

How to make cauliflower taste as good as french fries?!

How to make cauliflower taste as good as french fries!

This was the headline that grabbed me and so we gave it a go. It’s just baked cauliflower but possibly as you’ve never experienced cauliflower before!

The end result – well OK, the cauliflower won’t taste exactly the same […]

“Mish Mash” Salad With French Dressing

I love to eat a “mish mash” salad for lunch with just a bit of this and that all chucked together.  The more colourful the better.

This salad starts with bed of salad leaves and then has 1/2 an avocado, 1 hard boiled egg, couple of tablespoons of red cabbage sauerkraut […]

Paleo Nut Bar

Holiday days are perfect for getting into the kitchen with children. Has anyone else been making something yummy this week? Let us know in the comments. We’ve been busy making this paleo nut bar – super delicious and easy too.

We were invited to take part in the ‪#‎goodfoodchallenge‬ happening over at Alison’s […]

Dom’s Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce

We’ve played around with making tomato sauce before now and while the results were yum they didn’t really have the wow factor. That’s all changed now with this little experiment. It came about because the other night we’d done a big roast and at the same time I had cooked […]

Valentines Day Mini Heart Cheesecakes

These Valentine Mini Heart Cheesecakes are sweet enough for a special occasion but also a healthier alternative to the processed sugar overload that can seriously derail your health and wellness goals during this time of year!
They’re fairly easy to make (using a food processor otherwise it would be a serious slog).  The filling is made […]

Chocolate Bliss Balls (Paleo,GF,DF)

These delicious balls of yumminess are the best for when you are in the mood for something a bit sweeter.  These are definitely “special occasionals” as Chef Dom has taken to calling this type of thing.

We don’t usually make chocolate bliss balls as they’re pretty decadent.  But I […]

Brussel Sprout Chips

Who would have thought!  Bake your brussel sprouts in the oven to make irresistible Brussel sprout chips.  In the past I’d probably discard some of the outer leaves of these veggies – now we turn them into mouthfuls of salty, crunchy goodness.

Brussel Sprout Chips

Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)

Zucchini made into noodles is one of our favourites. We make them with a thing called a Spiralizer but you can also make with a julienne peeler. Works out fine to simply spiral them into noodles, chuck them into a pan, cook until tender (about 1-2 […]

Coconut Gummies

These coconut gummies are the perfect blend of sweet and sour (if you use lime juice – but you can totally leave this out as well).  They use gelatine which is really great for our bodies (think bone broth) and also fantastic for improving gut health.

These could make great Halloween treats […]

An Introduction To Fermented Foods

Guest Post by Jo Nolan from Be Nourished*.

Eating fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, is an incredibly healthy practice directly supplying your digestive tract with living cultures essential to breaking down food and assimilating nutrients.

The reason I’m inspired by sauerkraut and

Christmas Jellies (All Natural Flavourings)

We kind of made these by mistake.  They tasted great and looked amazing and were very popular at the Christmas get togethers.  You can also put actual slices of fruit in between the layers for something a bit different.

It’s easier to handle the jellies if you put them in individual […]

How many additives would you guess in this kids lunch box?

lunchbox-comparison Lunchbox Comparison

A few months back I did a Facebook post on the subject of school lunch boxes which drew a large number of comments. I posted the lunchbox on the right as an example of what as what I have see as typical […]

Christmas Tree Made Of Fruit

This Christmas tree made of fruit is a fantastic idea for a centre piece for the dinner table if you’re having people over for a party around Christmas time.

Creating this tree can be easy and fun but you definitely need to prepare with the right ingredients and equipment beforehand to avoid […]

Paleo Christmas Cake

 

I’ve never been into Christmas cakes. They were too sweet and I wasn’t a fan of the green and red glace cherries. Turns out I was probably right to be wary of them as too often store bought cakes (or even those home made) are full of additives […]

Sunday Soapbox: Up & Go Vending Program in Schools

 

Dear Sanitarium

Just a few thoughts on your Up & Go Vending Partnership Program.

I missed this story from last week when you featured on TV3. Now I’ve seen the clip I’m almost speechless, almost. Sanitarium I’m sorry to have to say it but you’re setting the bar extremely low for corporate […]

Is Fruit Good Or Bad?

Fruit-good-or-bad Fruit: Good or Bad? Listen to Gary’s talk – link below.

I’ve sat on this post for a week because I was (am) worried about how it may be interpreted. When I told Project H I was going to do a post […]

Halloween Soup

This is a super fun and quick idea – Halloween soup. Combine two of your favourite flavours and add a spider made out of olives. Here we have beetroot soup with broccoli soup and renamed with fun Halloween sounding names.  Have the two soups in two separate pouring containers or […]

4 Fun Healthy Halloween Ideas

Looking for some healthy halloween ideas? Check out these four fun ideas that are great for a halloween party and (depending on your situation) could also work in the lunch box too. Have fun and remember if you make any of these creations be sure to let us know how […]

Paleo Lunch Box: Inspo & Real Life

Hey everyone – so today is a day when I’m getting back on track with being organised and pre-prepared. There have been a lot of things going on and what with Dom being sick and then us going overseas and then back again it all got a teeny bit […]

Homemade Coconut Milk

Hope you’re having a great day. I’m working today on the finishing touches on our brand new membership Dom’s Kitchen Club coming next week! Keep an eye out for more information on because we have a cool early special early bird offer with bonus!

So yes homemade coconut milk: How is it […]

Paleo Porridge – Mint Chocolate

Yes I know this probably sounds weird but believe me it tastes totally delicious! *

I’ve set this out as a “recipe” for paleo porridge but as with so many of these types of meals you really can mix and match and the amounts are very forgiving […]

Kids Real Food Lunch Box with Egg “Sushi”

Coming up with varied, balanced, quick and easy lunch box meals that children will actually eat is a daily challenge for parents around the world. And when by necessity or because of dietary preference you’re trying to avoid all processed foods as well as grains, gluten, dairy and/or nuts then […]

Chef Dom’s Super Chocolatey Mini Muffins (GF,DF,NF)

Delicious chocolate muffins made from base of coconut flour – no grains / gluten /dairy or nuts.*

OK so if you were watching our live video on Periscope then you would have seen that it took a fair number of goes to get these right. Mostly because I was experimenting with […]

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