Smoky Winter Roots Soup – Paleo; Low FODMAP; Gluten Free

This soup tastes really unusual; I’d never tasted anything quite like it before! The combination of turnip and smoked paprika makes for a heady, wholesome soup that will warm your bones for sure❤

I ate this for breakfast quite a few times during my Whole 30.

Who needs green juice when you can have green soup?

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  • 1 turnip
  • 6 medium carrots
  • 2 scallions
  • 8 large leaves of curly kale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Water
  1.  Chop up all your lovely vegetables into similarly sized pieces.
  2. Pour your olive oil into a saucepan on a medium to high heat. When the saucepan is hot throw in your chopped scallions. Cook them for a minute or two until fragrant. (Be very careful as they burn so easily.)
  3. Next add the other chopped vegetables, apart from the kale, and then your smoked paprika and oregano. Push everything around with your wooden spoon/utensil of choice and keep cooking for another 5 minutes or so, until things are just beginning to soften.
  4. Pour water into the saucepan so that everything is just about covered.
  5. Turn up the heat and bring the saucepan to the boil. When it’s boiling turn the heat back down to a nice simmer and leave it alone (with the lid on top) for about half an hour – until all your carrots and turnip are nice and soft. Add the kale at this point.
  6. Check on everything once or twice to make sure the water hasn’t boiled off.
  7. Depending on how thick you like your soup, you may wish to pour off some of the liquid at the end. I did because I dislike watery soup.
  8. Use a liquidiser to purée your soup.
  9. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
  10. I garnished with pulled pork and homemade barbecue sauce. It’s also great with a slab of bread & salted butter. Follow your own soup-garnishing instincts xoxo
Joey and Áine love soup. Source.

 

 

10 Chocolate Desserts You Won’t Believe Are Healthy…

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Mousse:

1. This raw chocolate pudding looks so impressive! Pomegranate seeds are instant prettiness for any dessert.

2. This banana chocolate pudding looks equally yum!

Chocolate cake:

3. This sticky chocolate fudge cake actually looks more delicious than its less healthy counterparts!

4. This grain and dairy free chocolate cake looks so decadent! Dat ganache frosting.

Brownies:

5. How super cute would it be to share a skillet brownie together for Valentine’s? 

6. Let’s not forget about my banana coconut brownies, posted earlier this week!

Chocolates:

7. These salted caramel truffles look delicious – and I love the heart shapes!

8. Or you could make a lil variety of treats to go with your post-dinner coffee.

Tarts:

9. I’ve never seen anything like this Salted Date Caramel Cashew Tart with Mocha Graham Crust before – it looks incredible! 

10. What I would give for this chocolate pie right now...

Happy Valentine’s day!❤

What are you cooking this weekend? (Not necessarily Valentine’s or chocolate related!)

TOL: Christmas Socks, Irish Slang & Delish Food

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1. Post-Whole30 Shop

While I’m so glad I did the Whole 30, I also thoroughly enjoyed my first trip grocery shopping after! You can see peanut butter, tamari soy sauce, gluten free yeast, risotto rice, orange-flavoured Swiss-toblerone style bar (AMAZING), Irish mature cheddar and rice noodles all above! The above is pretty low-FODMAP in smaller portions so I haven’t lost the run of myself completely😉 Still felt very indulgent after Whole 30 though!

2. Pizza noms

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On a related note, I made myself some gluten free pizza at the weekend! It was so good – topped with homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, balsamic roasted vegetables and serrano ham! Ugh I so wish it weren’t all gone right now…

3. Speaking of amazing looking food that’s all gone…

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Have you guys tried my fudgy banana coconut brownies yet? Do it.

4. Puns make me happy.

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This coffee cup (containing green tea though!) made me lol.

Okay it’s kind of out there to explain, but ‘cupán’ is the Irish for cup.

And the phrase ‘cop on will ya’ is something you say if someone’s done something silly or they’re not pulling their weight, as in like ‘grow up’ or ‘why aren’t you doing something’ or ‘don’t be so stupid’? Hm. It’s harder to explain than I thought.

SO basically this cup is playing on words, by saying something like ‘cup on will ya’.

(Okay I promise it’s real funny.):/

5. Clinging to Christmas even now.

 

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At what point in the year is it no longer acceptable to wear Christmas socks?

 

Go see what everyone else is thinking about with Amanda here.

 

Any unusual slang phrases in your part of the world?

Are you planning on making any chocolatey treats for Valentine’s day? I posted some ideas here if you’re looking for inspiration🙂

WIAW: Last week of Whole30 and Lately

Here’s a few photos of what I’ve been stuffing in my face in the last while!

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Mini burger wrapped in serrano ham… Incredible combo, do try if you haven’t before!
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Paleo fish pie… Totally made up the recipe as I went along and it was INCREDIBLE. Will post it soon!
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Treatin’ myself – strawberries dipped in coconut cream. Nom.

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I went home for a few days which meant lots of eggs were eaten! Easiest paleo/low-fodmap thing to eat when I’m not doing the grocery shopping😉

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Spotted these in Tesco (they have what seems like an African/Pacific section in the Jervis Shopping Centre branch now!) and thought I’d give them a try. They were okay but I have to admit that I prefer the potato variety.
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Have you made these yet?! Oh they’re good (and all gone). Recipe here.

Check out what everyone else is eating here!

Have you tried plantain crisps before (or any other strange varieties of crisp)? What did you think?

Are you planning on any decadent dessert making for Valentine’s weekend? I posted some recipe ideas here if you’re looking for inspiration🙂

My Top 20 Decadent Valentine’s Day Desserts

Sweets for your sweet❤

Here are my top 20 desserts for Valentine’s day – whether you’re enjoying them with your sweetheart or treating yo’self as a singleton, these desserts are sure to impress!

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Really though just slap some berries on dessert and BAM! it’s Valentine’s day appropriate.

 

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate:

1. Three words: Gooey. Chocolate. Caramel.

2. How perfect for Valentine’s is a dessert called a saucy marriage pudding?! 

3. This flourless chocolate cake looks so decadent.

4. Something different – chocolate orange cake with salted cream cheese frosting.

5. This is my favourite chocolate cake recipe ever – it’s all made in one pot and it just couldn’t be any easier! Make this.

6. These brown butter nutella-stuffed cookies would make a great Valentine’s dessert – serve hot with vanilla ice cream and you’re laughing!

7. These chocolate pudding cups are the cutest.

8. These chocolate-laced sour cream souffles look so fancy.

9. Whoa: Super rich,super decadent dark chocolate cheesecake with chocolate hazelnut ganache, toasted hazelnuts & sea salt.

Fruity:

10. This strawberry summer cake looks so beautiful!

11. This bittersweet chocolate pear cake is another great option.

12. This strawberry oatmeal cobbler is gorge!

13. How cute would it be to serve up two lil cobbler pots for dessert?

Brownies:

14. These nutella brownies look rid.ic.ul.ous.

15. Salt and fudginess and brownies. Heaven.

16. Caramelised white chocolate brownies – looks as good as it sounds.

17. Berries and chocolate are such a classic Valentine’s combo – raspberry ganache brownies.

18. These salted caramel blondies look incredible!

Tarts:

19. I love the idea of a gingersnap tart crust!

20. I made this caramelised pear and chocolate tart for my boyfriend last year and he looooved it.

Alternatively, why not try my recipe for the most coconutty cake in the world (secretly dairy free and pictured above) or Christmas-spiced biscotti (delicious with coffee all year round and pictured below)?

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What dessert are you planning on whipping up this Valentine’s weekend?❤

Banana Coconut Brownies for Two – Paleo, low FODMAP, gluten, nut, egg & dairy free

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No need for Cupid if you make up a batch of these!

 

So it’s Valentine’s week and the blogosphere is spewing out chocolate recipes like there’s no tomorrow.

I thought I’d add to that – it makes sense as chocolate will always be my first love.

Also I’m especially qualified as I live so near dear St. Valentine’s final resting place. #relevant

But more importantly, the cool people at Chocolate Log Blog and Recipe for Perfection are hosting a fun Chocolate Challenge this month. The theme is brownies, aka portable chocolate heaven.

My Whole 30 at an end, I surely couldn’t turn down such a challenge.

And so, I bring to you:

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From Tessa the Domestic Diva; adapted a tiny bit.

  • 1/8 cup unsweetened chocolate (I used a bar of 85% dark chocolate purchased in Tesco);
  • 1/8 cup coconut milk;
  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil;
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup;
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana;
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt;
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda;
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder;
  • 1/8 cup coconut flour;
  • 1/8 cup tapioca flour;
  • About a teaspoon of desiccated/flaked coconut and some sea salt crystals, for the top.
  1. Turn on the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and prepare your pan – I used a greased loaf tin as this mixture is just enough for about 2 extra large brownies as a decadent Valentine’s dessert, or else 4-6 smaller brownies for mid-week snacking.😉
  2. Melt the chocolate, coconut milk and coconut oil together – I did so in a (heat-proof) bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. You could also use the microwave; just keep an eye on things if you so.
  3. Add in the maple syrup (feel free to use a little more or less if desired – this really depends on your sweet tooth), finely mashed banana, salt and baking soda.
  4. Next add your cocoa powder, coconut flour and tapioca flour. Fold them in carefully, ensuring that there are no pockets of flour hidden in the mixture.
  5. Pour into a greased pan – I used a loaf tin. Top with the desiccated/flaked coconut and a light sprinkle of sea salt flakes.
  6. Throw into the oven, which should be preheated to about 180 degrees Celsius. They should be done in about 15 minutes; you’ll know when you stick in a knife to the middle and it comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool and serve with some coconut cream and strawberries.❤
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So dense & fudgy.
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*Angels weep*

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