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Making your own teas with herbs and spices can be great for your digestion, stress or simply relaxing.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It doesn't need to be huge but you do need to replenish you energy levels so that you start the day well and can sustain your activities. Fluids are vital and a hit of protein will keep you going longer than other foods.
... Quinoa porridge | Apple nut bars | Work-day omelette | CADA (muesli) | Spicy hash
Quinoa Porridge
This tiny seed is packed full of protein so a great start to the day.
Grain free
Egg free
Dairy free
Nut free
Time needed
30 mins
Tried and tested
Ingredients
100g quinoa (uncooked)
500ml water
300ml coconut milk (or any milk)
Choose a fruit to sweeten, for example grated apple; a handful of raisins; banana, blueberries or honey.
Instructions
Rinse the quinoa and add it to a pan with 500ml of cold water.
Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the grains begin to 'split'. Drain any excess water using a sieve.
Over a low-medium heat, mix the quinoa and coconut milk before adding a natural sweetener. Honey might appeal most to children. Once the milk is absorbed, serve the porridge topped with extra fruit, nuts or seeds and add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg if you like spices!
Chewy apple pie bars
For breakfast on the run. If you are allergic to nuts, use sunflower seeds.
Grain free
Egg free
Dairy free
Nut free
X
Time needed
5 mins
Tried and tested
Ingredients
2 cups dates, pitted
1/2 cup dried apples
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Instructions
Place dates, macadamia nuts, apples, and almonds in a food processor or strong blender. Pulse until you have small chunks and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and use your hands mix well.Using parchment paper, flatten out the mixture to the size of bars you want and place in the refrigerator to let cool, then enjoy.
Work-day omelette
Pre-make this omelette at the start of the week and keep slices in the fridge for busy mornings.
Grain free
Egg free
x
Dairy free
Nut free
Time needed
10 mins
Tried and tested
Ingredients
6 eggs, whisked and seasond with salt and pepper
60 grams of chopped meat (mince, good quality ham or chorizo)
Spring onions, red pepper, courgette, mushrooms or any veg of your choice, all diced to about 5mm pieces
Instructions
Ensure you have enough veg to fill a large, non-stick omelette pan to about 2cm deep. Stir fry all the veg using coconut or olive oil until just soft. Pour over the beaten eggs and allow to cook from below, then place the pan under a pre-heated grill and cook the top. Slice into segments and use within 4 days.
Paleo muesli
This substitute for muesli tastes so much better.
Grain free
Egg free
Dairy free
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Nut free
?
Time needed
10 mins
Tried and tested
Ingredients
One large apple, grated
Four soft dates, chopped
1/2 cup shredded coconut
10 almonds (or similar), chopped
Instructions
This grain-free muesli includes coconut, apple, dates, almonds and is a Paleo staple. Mix all the ingredients together, add a sprinkle of cinnamon and serve with natural yoghurt or – if you are avoiding dairy – use coconut cream or coconut milk, nut milk or rice milk instead. If you are allergic to nuts, use sunflower or other pumpkin seeds.
Spicy hash
This is perfect for those who can't eat eggs or nuts.
Grain free
Egg free
Dairy free
Nut free
Time needed
30 mins
Tried and tested
Ingredients
1 cup or spicy chorizo or bacon (or any leftover meat)
1 large onion, chopped
half a cabbage, sliced
1 whole sweet potato or half a butternut squash in small cubes
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp paprika
Instructions
Fry the chorizo, onions and sweet potato gently until the onions start to turn transparent. Add the paprika then put a lid on and simmer very gently until the potatoes are part cooked. Add all the other ingredients, stir to coat everything in the spicy oil and simmer again until cooked.

You can also make this by chopping all the ingredients into a roasting pan, cover with foil and bake slowly for about an hour. Make sure you stir the mix halfway through.

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