Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thermomix Menu Plans - 5th February

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Hi everyone! I know, I'm shockingly late with my weekly menu plan, I haven't gotten any recipes blogged in the past week, and I totally don't deserve to host Thermomix Menu Plans! But please forgive me, I'll try to do better - things have just been a little crazy around here! (Yep, that's my boys on the roof... just part of a science experiement involving explosions, shooting corks and things landing on roofs... or is it rooves? Never can figure that one out.)

Anyway, here's some things I've made in the past week...

(recipe makes two for our family, so one is in the freezer
for this week - yay!)

(a family favourite - made with mung bean vermicelli - quick & easy!)

Spicy Fish Curry
(based on this recipe, but with the fish & cabbage strips
steaming above in the varoma, and homemade tikka paste
instead of curry powder)

Paleo pizza bases, made with coconut flour
(although I did prefer the almond flour recipe)
(topped with tuna/salmon, baby spinach, avocado,
kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes & macadamia cheese)

And last but not least, my Pièce de résistance...

Banana & coconut flour friands!
(Isn't it pretty?)

I've only this week started using coconut flour. I've been meaning to try it for ages, but it's not for sale through the bulk food co-ops I buy through so I'd never gotten around to buying any. (Can hardly bear to buy things in small packets at big prices!) But since we've cut down so much on grains lately, I thought it was time to give it a try. And I'm so glad I did! It makes really light, yet moist, cakes - and you really don't need much flour because it expands in the liquids. You do need a lot of eggs though, which isn't a problem for me, but may be for some of you. It's very good for you - high fibre, healthy fats which are not damaged by heat, and great for people that are gluten free or nut free.

If you'd like to try coconut flour out, I recommend this recipe by Sarah (aka 'The Clever Cook'), which is the one I used. Although I did tweak it a little (as I do)...

 - for the sweetener, I used 1/2 teaspoon of green stevia powder plus 1 Tablespoon of raw honey;
 - for the milk, coconut milk;
 - for the oil, macadamia oil.

And the one in the photo above doesn't have blueberries in it - I made some with and some without. (Okay, I admit it, the ones with blueberries kind of got stuck in the pan, so I didn't take a photo of them. :) Next time, I would pop the blueberries on top so they would only sink a little, not stir them into the batter, as they just sink to the bottom of the pan.)

So anyway, best be getting my menu planned and posted so I can get to bed!

Here's my plan for this week - I'd love it if you'd share yours too, by linking below with the Mr Linky widget - How to and the whys and wherefores explained.

Raw walnut & mushroom pasta on zucchini 'noodles'
(see menu plan below)

Paleo (coconut flour) pizzas (tmx) with tuna-salad toppings

Sweet potato-turkey sausage (homemade in tmx) bake with leafy green salad

Salmon-Rice Casserole & leafy green salad

Turkey mince & vege bolognese sauce on steamed cabbage 'noodles'
(bolognese sauce cooking in tmx bowl, 'noodles' steaming on top)

Fish strips & Tex Mex Raw Corn Salad
(fish coated in rice flour and shallow fried in a little coconut oil & ghee)

Raw zucchini-walnut 'pasta' (grain free , raw zucchini 'noodles'), baked sweet potatoes, raw leafy greens

Baked honey-mustard chicken & leafy green salad

There'll be plenty of baking and lunches and breakfasts too, but I don't have time to work them out right now, so keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter updates for ideas for those. :)

Have a great week,
Jo xx

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