Pete Evans is an award-winning Australian chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, adventure seeker and father, and co-host of 'My Kitchen Rules: Australia' on SKY TV. Born in Melbourne, Pete Evans is a true blue Australian with a strong passion for fresh food, surfing and fishing. He's one of Australia's leading authorities on healthy cooking and lifestyle and is dedicated to improving people's lives through education about nutritional food and wellness.
paleochefpeteevans - 3 hours ago
Melbourne & Sydney we are doing a give away!
The prizes for 2 lucky winners (one for Melbourne and one for Sydney) are:
A Double Pass to the Gut Health Live Event on Saturday 28th January (Sydney) or Sunday 29th January (Melbourne)
PLUS… an Ecology Skincare Pack with our Beauty Award recognised Pete Evans Daily Moisturiser with Ylang Ylang & Desert Lime (100mL), a 10mL Pete Evans Daily Moisturiser, an Ecology Facial Konjac Sponge and a 500g bag of Replenishing Mineral Bath Salts
AND… everyone who enters will also receive a free copy of our eBook: 10 Surprising Super Foods for Healthy Skin - with Recipes by Pete Evans
Each prize is valued at $274
Entries close Midnight Wednesday 25th January and will be drawn on Thursday 26th January
Go to the below links to enter!
paleochefpeteevans - 6 hours ago
One week to go! :)
paleochefpeteevans - yesterday
You are going to Love this one! It is a long one so grab a cuppa herbal tea. Over to you Frances...
I thought I'd mark one year anniversary of doing the 10 Week Program ( www.thepaleoway.com ) by uploading a photo of myself before I started and one taken a few weeks ago. And I'll tell you a few things I learned along the way that may help others on here. I have always cooked from scratch, cooked low fat everything, drank only sugar-free soft drink, tried not to eat too much, bought good quality fruit and veg, tried to only eat whole grain bread, made my own pasta, ate butter instead of margarine - you get the picture. I researched paleo and decided to do the 10 Week program www.thepaleoway.com in order to get rid of eczema issues which were driving me insane and which I've lived with my whole life. Within about 6 weeks that goal was achieved!! What I was also pleasantly surprised to achieve was the complete absence of my 24 hour-a-day headache which was very debilitating and made me very difficult to live with. In turn that meant that the box of Nurofen Plus a week I was living on just to function turned into a single box purchased for the entire 12 months just gone. It also meant I didn't spend time lying in bed in the dark trying to get rid of the headaches when they got worse. I also lost all my neck aches and back aches and shoulder aches. A fantastic side effect was that I dropped from size 20 clothes to size 10 now. I reckon that's probably more than 20kg but our scales don't work so I don't really know (or care). One of the things I love the most though is that I don't get hungry any more. I have spent my whole life being hungry and that's one of the reasons I'll never go back to "normal" food. Here's a few tips for those of you just starting out:
1. Do the program 100% for the whole 10 weeks. No 90% or 95% or 80%. Just go for the 100% or else you'll be wasting a fantastic opportunity that you've paid good money for. So give up the coffee and the grog and suffer through the sugar withdrawal. I know it's bad but it's only 10 weeks of your life and you'll know you gave it your best shot at the end.
2. Just cook really simple, quick and basic meals. Pete's recipes are inspiring but I found it impossible to cook all or even many of them. A year ago I was spending absolutely hours trying to cook all those gorgeous looking meals but because I work typically 7 days a week and have a husband and 5 kids to feed I was running myself ragged - I didn't see it as sustainable. Now typically I'll chuck a piece of roast meat (or 2) in either the slow cooker or oven on a Sunday night and that's the cold meat for the week's lunches. I also throw in a couple of roasting dishes full of vegies at the same time and we eat some of the meat and veg for tea then I make up a big fritatta for breakfasts/lunches/teas and put that in the fridge. We'll then have crispy skinned chicken with salad one night, steak and five veg another night, lamb chops with sweet potato chips and salad another night, a couple of nights of leftovers and I will choose one of Pete's recipes on a day when I have a little more time and cook it up. A second roast dinner is usually on the menu during the week too when we run out of the protein supply in the fridge.
3. Cook extra for tea and have the kids'/workers lunchboxes out and when I dish up tea I also dish up their lunches. Most of us have access to a microwave at lunch the next day.
4. Have a massive brekky every morning. I found a local butcher who does great paleo bacon for me and I eat 2 rashers of bacon, 2 eggs, one or two fried tomatoes, half a plate of baby spinach, half an avo and four button mushrooms with some fermented veg. I then sprinkle some pepitas and sunflower seeds on the top and sit there and really enjoy my brekky. 6 days of the week this is what I eat. I also have a cup of chicken bone broth with it and a glass of water with apple cider vinegar in it.
5. My favourite snacks/afternoon teas/grazing treats are chicken skins and pork crackle. My butcher keeps the chicken skins for me and I collect them frozen. I put them in the sandwich press and sprinkle himalayan pink salt on them and cook them for at least 5 minutes. These are DIVINE! The pork crackle I sprinkle salt on and I cook at 200 degrees on the top rack of the oven for 35-40 minutes and then put the griller on checking it every minute for about 5 minutes until it's just perfect. I cut it up into little squares and put it into a clear container and put it in the fridge. I drain the fat out of the oven dish and keep it in (my grandmother's) tin dish in the pantry and use it to cook with during the week. Saves buying fat separately.
6. I'm ashamed to say I haven't done any exercise but because I'm feeling better and lighter I'm keen to get a regular routine of doing something happening this year.
7. I stopped watching the news. I know this sounds ridiculous but I can't believe the difference this makes to what sort of a night's sleep I have. To be honest the TV is hardly ever on here any more now. We don't miss it at all. My son comes home from his grandparents asking if there's going to be a world war but Dad has the news on. I don't think we need that in our lives.
8. Get enough sleep. I get up at 4:15am every morning and so I go to bed at 7:30pm. I read a novel for 30 minutes, turn out the light and go straight to sleep. This is amazing for me because I could never, ever get a good night's sleep. I was always up and down several times a night and would often go out to the loungeroom for an hour or so so that I wouldn't disturb my husband. Now I sleep like a log and I think it's super important to get enough sleep.
9. Don't tell anyone you're eating paleo. It is ridiculous how much bad press it gets and I think it's totally undeserved. Just in the last month or so when I had to buy new clothes because the old ones just hung off me I have had every second person asking me and I guess word has got around now that I'm paleo and I hate talking about it but at the same time I hope it can help someone else that was feeling like I was feeling. I do bang on about healthy eating at home though hoping that the kids will make wise choices!!
10. If was starting over again I would buy Pete's Gut Health book and do the four week detox program first, and then I would do the 10 week program straight after. I did try the gut health detox leading up to Christmas but didn't experience any detox symptoms and really only lost a bit of weight. I think my eating is so clean and obviously I now have good gut health that I didn't need it. For what it's worth though, it's four weeks of very cheap meals and it's very quick and simple to cook for.
11. Make sure you have bone broth every day. Have a buy up of the bones and keep them in the freezer ready to dump in the pot. I use a 9 litre non stick stock pot because I can fit more in it than in my slow cooker or my pressure cooker. I use a Wonderbag to cook it but put it back on the stove every 12 hours to bring it back to the boil. I put the Wonderbag in the laundry out of the way so that my stove is freed up and the house doesn't stink of bone broth.
12. I buy what I can already made to save time. So I buy Coyo, fermented vegies from Peace Love Whoever It is, and I buy some paleo dips and seed crackers from our local wholefoods cafe occasionally. I aspire to make these things one day but for now I'm just glad I can buy them.
13. Three of my five kids can now be trusted to cook paleo - I allocate them one meal a week to cook. They can choose the meal. This frees up my time and teaches them how to cook good food.
14. Not everyone at home is on board with paleo so I simply add spuds to their plates.
15. Buy a soda stream. This helped get rid of my coke zero addiction. I love putting in slices of lemon and some mint leaves.
16. Buy a thermos and take soup with you when you're on the run - regardless of the temperature of the day. It's quick and easy and filling. Never underestimate the value of soup for breakfast!
17. This is not a diet. Don't think of it as a diet. This is just how you roll now for the rest of your life. And what a rich, fulfilling life I hope to have now.
18. I found some old plant pots with dead plants in them, pulled out the dead stuff and planted stuff that you have to buy in bunches. e.g. coriander, parsley, spring onions, baby spinach, etc. Then I can just pick the little bit I need, I can shift the pots around and it was only the price of the punnets. Buying bunches means I use a little bit and chuck the rest out - what a waste of money.
19. Kill your own meat. You may need to make this happen, but find a farmer and find a butcher and buy a freezer - new or second hand, keep it in your garage on on your back verander, but you will save a FORTUNE!
20. I have found great motivation and sources of information from this facebook page. I must admit I have struggled with the program not loading or not liking my computer which has made me think for myself and be independent of it but I love the way everyone shares ideas and recipes. I also like that the things we aren't meant to be eating during the ten weeks are removed from this page - it stops newbies from being confused and their 10 weeks being sabotaged by mistake.
Finally, I would just like to thank Pete Evans for sharing his lifestyle with us. It has changed my life - keep on keeping on Pete.
Join the tribe at www.thepaleoway.com
CAULIFLOWER ‘STEAK’ AND EGGS WITH SAUTÉED GREENS – A winner dish from our new cookbook ‘Gut Health’.
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This is my take on steak and eggs, but a modern version that incorporates vegetables and makes them the star. My favourite veggies for this dish are pumpkin, broccoli, sweet potato, cabbage, mushroom, asparagus, zucchini and Jerusalem artichoke. You can eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and it is great cold to take to work for lunch.
What you'll need
1 tablespoon coconut oil
extra-virgin olive oil, to serve
lemon halves, to serve
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large head of cauliflower (about 1.2 kg), cut crossways into 4 pieces about 1.5 cm thick
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 French shallots or ½ red onion, finely chopped
150 g rindless bacon, finely diced
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon finely snipped chives or finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
150 ml extra-virgin olive oil
2 bunches of broccolini (about 360 g), trimmed and halved
3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 bunch of silverbeet (about 300 g), stems removed (save for broths or soups), leaves torn
3 tablespoons hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped, plus extra to serve
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
For the cauliflower steak, melt 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium–high heat. Add one cauliflower steak and cook, turning once, for 2 minutes, or until golden on each side. Transfer to a prepared tray and season with salt and pepper. Repeat this process with the remaining oil and cauliflower steaks. Place in the oven and roast for 12–15 minutes until the cauliflower is tender.
For the vinaigrette, melt half the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat, add the shallot or onion and gently cook for 1 minute until slightly softened. Remove from the pan, wipe the pan clean and place over medium heat. Add the remaining oil and the bacon and fry for 6–8 minutes until the bacon is crispy. Add the vinegar and shallot and set aside to cool. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in the chives or parsley and olive oil. Season with salt.
For the sautéed greens, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Blanch the broccolini for 1 minute, or until almost cooked through. Plunge into ice-cold water, then drain. Set aside. Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 20 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the silverbeet, broccolini and 2 tablespoons of water and cook, tossing occasionally, for 1 minute, or until the silverbeet is slightly wilted and the broccolini is heated through. Toss in the hazelnuts and season.
Heat the coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Fry the eggs for 2–3 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. Season, slide onto a plate and keep warm.
Place the cauliflower steaks on warm serving plates and top each with a fried egg. Add the sautéed greens, drizzle over some bacon vinaigrette and serve the rest on the side.
In an activated nutshell, The Paleo Way is literally the most natural dietary approach on earth, and the one most likely to support optimum physical and emotional health for the best quality of life.
This site is the guide for anyone wanting to go paleo, is interested in a paleo lifestyle, or just wants to learn more.
Cook with love and laughter
The girls planted these beauties about a month ago and they are ripe for the picking and absolutely delicious. Remember most non organic cucumbers have been sprayed so heavily with poison like tomatoes and berries so always grow your own or eat organic if you choose to eat these. #paleo #foodismedicine #growyourown #organic
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