My sons and I have multiple medical conditions and food allergies , which means almost all of our food has to be made from scratch, otherwise we will be sick. There is no take away meal that I can buy in my area at the moment that suits all of our allergies. People often ask me how I find the time to do it all, and my reply is that pain and sleep deprivation are brilliant motivators.
It’s either I cook allergy compliant food, or my kids are up crying at night, because they are sick and in pain.
I have been so sleep deprived this year there have been a few times that I haven’t been able to drive a car. I was so exhausted I couldn’t even reverse out of my garage straight, let alone drive!
While I really enjoying cooking, and I am grateful that we have the means to feed our family, I am an not going to lie – cooking almost everything my family eats from scratch can be just as time consuming, and exhausting as it sounds!
Thankfully there is another person that loves us, is invested in our health and well-being, and is on this journey to healing with me – my husband Cade.
and on the journey to health.
Cade doesn’t have any food allergies, and is one of these people that can eat whatever he wants, and while his weight does fluctuate, he has never really struggled with it. While he does eat some processed food outside of the home, inside he supports me and the kids, and eats the Paleo meals that I serve up, liver and all!
Our boys really look up to their dad, and once he started eating his greens, they started eating them too.
One day, when I was just too exhausted to cook (for what felt like the millionth time that day) Cade gave me a break and made this Sauteed Silverbeet and Bacon dish, and served it with some grilled meat.
It was so delicious, Silverbeet can be quite a harsh tasting vegetable, but the bacon makes everything luxurious and tasty. I would happily eat this dish on it’s own.
“Happiness Is A Healthy Colon” – Eddie Murphy
Silverbeet, otherwise know as Chard or Swiss Chard, is a nutrient leafy green vegetable that contains contains Folate and Riboflavin, is also high in Vitamins A, C, B6, E and K, and is a good source of minerals like Iron, Copper, Manganese, Potassium & Zinc.
It’s chock full of fibre, which is fantastic for gut health, because unlike most other foods, which are digested earlier on in the process, it nourishes the good bacteria at the end of the digestive system.
I have been sick with gut issues for over 12 years and it wasn’t until I started increasing the amount of green veggies, and nourishing my beneficial gut bacteria, that I really started to get better.
Green Vegetables: The Secret Weapon for Weight Loss
When you lose over fifty kilos people tend to notice. I have lost so much weight that three people this year have asked me if I had lap band surgery. I get asked at least once a week how I lost so much weight and my response is “Plant Based Paleo”, where basically instead of filling up on grains, I fill up on green veggies.
So if I was having meatballs for dinner, instead of loading up on pasta, I serve them with zoodles (zucchini noodles) or if I was having a stir fry, instead of eating rice I eat broccoli rice (broccoli that is chopped up finely in the food process and sauteed).
Vegetables fill me up with water, fibre and nutrients so I feel comfortably full and satisfied, instead of ill and then hungry soon after. Once I started including a lot more greens in my diet I found that I was no longer constantly hungry, or craving junk food all the time, and the weight just fell off me. The more greens we eat, the more greens our bodies crave. My kids now have even started fighting over who gets the last of the roasted broccoli!
Budget Paleo Vegetable Recipe
Not only is Silverbeet super nourishing, it’s pretty cheap to buy at the moment, I can get two for $3 at the Bunbury Farmers Market. Talk about bang for your buck!
Super tasty Whole30 Side Dish
I have found one of the keys to getting my family to eat their greens is to serve them in a variety of irresistibly tasty ways. I really enjoy eating steamed broccoli, dipped in aoili but if I ate it every day I would probably get a bit sick of it after a while!
This nutritious side dish is another super delicious way to get my family to enjoy eating their greens.
Sauteed Silverbeet and Bacon
Bacon flavoured veggies! A delicious Paleo side dish
- 2 tablespoons good quality fat bacon fat, coconut oil, duck fat, lard, tallow
- 200 grams bacon chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1 capsicum red
- 2 carrots sliced
- 2 stalks celery sliced
- 10 silverbeet leaves and stalks
Add one tablespoon of fat to the make and brown bacon on medium high heat.
Place the bacon on a plate and put aside.
Add the other tablespoon of fat and saute the capsicum, carrots and celery for 5 minutes.
Add the silverbeet and saute for a further 4 minutes.
Add the bacon back into the pan and stir to combine before serving.
Baby bok choy makes a great addition to this dish too!