Category Archives: Recipes

Butter “Chicken” Vegetables Recipe

protein fasting, ray peat, vegan, intermittent fasting, metabolism, hormones

Who’s heard of protein fasting?

It’s supposed to be the safest way to tap into autophagy (body protein recycling) without wrecking your metabolism and hormones like regular intermittent fasting tends to do, especially for women.

More on that another time but in the meantime, a big batch recipe that saves you cooking for a few days at least.

All tasty vegetables, feels amazing and perfect for my no protein day.

Butter ‘Chicken’ Vegetables Recipe

1 tsp Ginger powder

2 tsp Turmeric powder

3 tsp Sweet Paprika powder

2 tsp Stock paste (or healthy stock cubes)

2 TBS Butter

½ Onion (or 1 tsp Onion powder)

1 TBS Tomato Paste

1 cup Tomato Puree

2 cups Bone Broth (or stock)

2 cups Water

4 cups chopped Vegetables

(choice of veges – potato, pumpkin and green beans is my favourite – also can use zucchini, capsicum, peas, green beans, sweet potato) Potato is pretty essential to the success of this though.

1/4 cup Coconut Cream (or normal cream)

1 TBS Potato Starch (& ½ cup water)

How you do it…

In a large saucepan cook the onion on medium heat with the butter and throw in all the spices, stir for 2-3 minutes.

Then throw everything else in except the cream & potato starch. (Add a little more water if you need to cover the vegetables.)

Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 mins until veges are soft – don’t go too far or else it turns to mush – experience talking here!

Stir the potato starch in the half cup of water to dilute it, then stir through the mix to thicken it up a little.

Stir in the cream at the end.

(Keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days. Great in the freezer too.)

 

Now Butter “Chicken” can be made with different spices including Garam Masala, Ginger, Garlic, Pepper, Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric and Chili – however the ones I have included in my recipe is what I would normally have in my pantry, as I don’t like my dishes too spicy hot, yet this has just enough zing!

I plan to try different ones each time to make it interesting.

I serve with white rice generally if I am having it as a main dish, but it’s just a great option to have in the fridge or freezer to add flavour to any meal – I might fry or steam a piece of white fish to have with this. We’ve had prawns and this dish on the side. Just beautiful.

(I have made this with chicken as well for my husband; just brown the chicken in the first step with the onions. Then I would allow the chicken to simmer in the tomato spicy mix for 20 minutes first then add the vegetables to continue for another 20 minutes – this is just to make sure the chicken is cooked properly before you add the veges.)

What’s your favourite Indian dish flavour?

Happy healthy cooking!

 

Kristy x

 

Sweet Paprika Fish Pot with Mango

I keep hearing this a lot in the Ray Peat groups and forums – but what can I eat? So this year, I’m going to find, share and create more food suggestions and recipes to make life easier for myself and everyone else.

I’m not a fan of long-winded, elaborate recipes, I prefer quick and simple, but you can still pick a herb or a spice that can change the dish completely and give it a little pizzazz.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Sorbet

ray peat, low fat, chocolate, peanut butter, metabolism

Excited to bring you the chocolately peanut buttery version of my light ice cream!

Normally I’m not a fan of chocolate ice cream, preferring real chocolate every time. But this time it’s different, somehow I’ve managed to get the intensity just right and the combo is bliss.

I’ve made it four times since the first time already! Just as well it’s super easy to make.

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Low fat custard (Ray Peat Inspired)

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So given my latest direction of Ray Peat inspired eating, custard would have to be one of the most perfect dessert foods. Milk, sugar, maybe eggs, maybe gelatin – they’re all on the preferred foods list for optimal health in Ray’s book. So it’s not like you are cheating in any way when you eat this – you’re supposed to be!

So perhaps I should put ‘guilt free’ in the title?

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Mushroom Cottage Cheese Dip (or Sauce)

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While I am exploring all things Ray Peat and now low fat in particular, one food I needed to make peace with is Cottage Cheese. (Note on dairy intolerance at the end.)

Real cheese is fine, but the fat content really blows your daily limit of fat in one mouthful, so it needs to revert to ‘a taste adding condiment’ of 1 or 2 tablespoons only, not the half cup or full cup normally added to a dish.

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Applesauce Four ingredient Brownies – Ray Peat Inspired

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I am slowly working my way through my recipes and tweaking them to be less full of nuts, less fats and introducing more Ray Peat friendly ingredients to offer maximum nutrition, even if it is a sweet treat.

Good fats are great like cacao butter, coconut oil, even grass-fed normal butter, however when the fudge you are eating is equivalent to a tablespoon of fat each mouthful, well ‘the too much of a good thing’ rule may very well apply.

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Chewy Milky Fudge (Nut Free)

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Given that we know that balanced sugar is actually fuel for all cells in the body – so long as it’s accompanied by adequate nutrients – I set out to make a fudge that ticked all the boxes. (And left out nuts – see previous post.)

The Indian Burfi sweet treat was actually an inspiration for this; it seems to be made in many different ways – including nuts, but one version with milk powder started the creative neurons firing. (In some cases it’s also called Barfi however that’s not such a great word in English to associate with cooking and eating!)

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Nut Free Bliss Balls

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We healthy types are a bit bonkers!

(I hear my friends saying “I’ve been trying to tell you that for years!” Bahaha.)

While the heart is in the right place – just trying to be healthy, and help others attain this mystical level of nirvana – this pursuit of health kind of sneaks into extremes very easily, and before you know it, you slip into ‘not healthy’ because of it.

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Chocolate Caramel Chews

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By the time you read this I will be in the wilds of Iceland, just spellbound by my surroundings and marveling how great it is to be alive.

Leading up to the trip, I’d been trying a few new slices and fudges, but I either managed to eat it all before taking a picture, or misplaced the recipe.

Just a little distracted by the impending adventure no doubt!

So in the meantime, here is one delicious chewy bite, where I managed to keep it all together.

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Sweetened condensed milk sorbet (light ice cream)

milk , thyroid, fast metabolism, dairy, sugar

Did you know that sugar is actually a powerful metabolic food that feeds every cell in your body? The biggest problem though, is that we all eat it incorrectly, then blame the sugar for being bad for us. Anyway, that’s a thought bubble for another post!

So for those who still allow a little sugar in your life, here is a super easy vanilla ice cream that easily trumps store bought chemical-filled options, and tastes amazing!

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