I’m pretty sure I haven’t been able to get Gracie to eat Zucchini in almost a year! She use to really like it, but over the past year or so even though I continuously dish it up she says it’s ‘disgusting’. So this week I started to have a think of ways that I could be more creative with sneaking zucchini in via these Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots which are combined them with things she’s already enjoys eating.
One of my go to meals that always goes down a treat with hidden zucchini is my Slow cooked Spaghetti Bolognese or my zucchini fritters.
These ‘tots’ are a little nutritional powerhouse in themselves with Quinoa and Flaxseed Meal, they’re also Dairy, Gluten, Soy & Egg-free.
Being a dairy-free home (well apart from my husband) Pizza isn’t something we really eat. However, after our recent holiday when Gracie saw her Pa eat Pizza I promised I would make her one when we returned home.
Now I’m no baker, I leave that to my husband when things get too complicated! What I love about this recipe is that it’s extremely simple and you can make it right before you want to use it!
If you’re time poor use a good quality tomato pasta sauce (no refined sugar and low sodium content) and mix with tomato paste to make a lovely rich pizza base. As we’re dairy-free I sprinkle with nutritional yeast flakes. Nutritional yeast contains B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. Spelt does contain gluten, but compared to wheat it’s much richer in nutrients and more easier to digest than wheat.
I like to make Gracie mini pizza’s out of the recipe as I think it’s easier for little hands.
We’ve been on Chef Steps again (one of my husbands favourite websites!) after making the appletouille which was a huge hit I wanted to make something that was AIP compliant but also the whole family could enjoy.
As anyone on AIP knows you have to cut out all nightshades, which means no tomato sauce, so we’ve come up with our own version which is just as delicious.
Roasted Root Vegetable Ratatouille with Nomato Sauce
To make the wrappers, measure the flour into a large bowl and add the salt. Stir to combine. Pour in the hot water and mix it until it comes together to form a rough dough. Turn it out onto a work surface and knead it for a minute or two until it forms a smooth, pliable but stiff dough. Add a tiny splash more water if the dough is too dry or crumbly. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and leave it to sit for half an hour.
Meanwhile, to make the filling, put all of the filling ingredients into a food processor and pulse it a few times until it’s all quite finely chopped and evenly combined.
Once the dough is rested place it on a lightly floured surface and roll it out as thinly as you can while still keeping it strong enough to hold the filling. Cut eight to ten circles, 3 to 3 1/2 inches in diameter (I used the top of a pint glass and the size worked quite well) from the flattened dough.
Working one at a time put a heaped tsp of the filling into the centre of a wrapper. Wet one half of edge of the filling side of the circle and gently fold it in half around the filling. Carefully fold along one side of the semi circle so that the front is crimped onto a flat back. Press the crimps to the flat back to seal the dumpling and very gently plump it out at the bottom so that it can sit up right. Repeat with the remaining wrappers.
Pour about 2 cups of water into a large wok with a bamboo steamer. Place it over high heat and bring the water to simmer. Gently place the gyoza's into the steamer, cover with the lid. Leave to steam for 6-8 minutes and then gently remove the gyoza with a spoon.
If you want them a bit crisp, heat up the remaining 2 tsp of oil in a large frying pan and place the cooked gyoza in. Let cook on one side for about 4 or 5 minutes until they’re crispy and golden, and then flip them over to brown on the other side. Repeat until they’ve crisped up to your liking.
Server with extra coconut amino's for dipping sauce.
I’m a one pot wonder kind of girl so this recipe really hits the spot, even better you can cook it slowly while you sleep! It’s extremely tender because it’s slow cooked on a low temperature for 12-13 hours and is covered to prevent evaporation and drying out.
My husband bought a tray of lovely heirloom tomatoes from Flemington Markets. Some of them were already pretty over ripe so we decided to make a quick and easy tomato sauce which can be used as the base for many other delicious meals.
Even better it’s cheap to make, you can control the sodium levels and no refined sugar like the majority of store bought sauces contain.