Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

I have really been enjoying using my slow cooker to make a bunch of amazing recipes, some of which include Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken, Slow Cooker Osso Bucco and Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast.

When I first bought my slow cooker back in 2012, it stayed unused in the cupboard for more than 12 months. These days I cook with it 1-2 times per week. I am certainly making up for lost time.

Today's recipe - Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks - is a beauty. Lamb Shanks may feature prominently on the menu of many great restaurants, but they are fairly easy to make at home, especially when using a slow cooker. You will find when using the slow cooker that the meat will be literally falling off the bone once it has finished cooking.

I have included two methods with this recipe, the first is my preferred method and involves an extra 30 minutes of prep time. The second method is perfect if you do not have time to do the prep and you basically throw everything straight into the slow cooker.

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Healthy Chocolate Caramels

Healthy Chocolate Caramels

After making my Raw Bounty Bites, I decided that I had to make more healthier versions of my favourite chocolates. One of my absolute favourites as a child was Chocolate Caramels, so it was only fitting that it was the next recipe that I attempted.

All I can say is WOW, these are absolutely amazing and I had a bit of remorse about giving the majority of them to my husband to take to a work morning tea (but it was great to get some positive feedback)! They are seriously yummy and I cannot wait to make them again. One thing that I have worked out since I started Becomingness and making raw desserts, is that organic maple syrup works better than raw honey when making up a chocolate coating or top layer for my slices. I find that organic maple syrup is easier to whisk together with the coconut oil and sets better. Don't get me wrong, honey still works well, but organic maple syrup is where it is at.

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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

If you've been following me for a bit, you'd already know I have developed quite the fondness for my slow cooker. Prior to attempting this dish, though, I had never made a Beef Pot Roast in the slow cooker. I wasn't sure how well it would turn out - but as with most things slow cooker, there isn't too much that can go wrong! 

In short: it was absolutely amazing. This recipe was so tasty that I've decided that I will be making it again on Sunday - we're hoping to have friends around for dinner. To be honest we may cook it even if they can't make it. The only things I am thinking of changing will be the addition of some sweet potato, and swapping the carrots for baby carrots (if I can find them) - just because I think it will look even better.

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Banana & Cinnamon Smoothie

Banana & Cinnamon Smoothie

I have decided to go back to basics for breakfast as the past few months has seen me gain some of the weight that I lost since having my second child.

It doesn't help when I am making so many desserts and yummy foods to share with you. Even though they are healthy, it's easy to eat too much, which can lead to weight gain. I have also been a bit slack in the exercise department, which didn't help my case either!

So, I decided to go back to how I used to eat when I started losing weight. One of my regular go-to breakfast meals was this Banana & Cinnamon Smoothie

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Quinoa Fritters with Healthy Garlic Aioli

Quinoa Fritters with Healthy Garlic Aioli

I had some leftover quinoa in my fridge from yesterday and decided to make my Quinoa Fritters. As I was getting the ingredients ready, I realised that there was quite a bit of dairy in my recipe.

Since posting the recipe, my husband and I have cut out dairy and I know many of you also don't eat dairy for various reasons, whether that is because you follow a paleo or vegan lifestyle or you have an dairy and/or lactose allergy or intolerance.

So, I decided to make a new version of my Quinoa Fritters and have omitted the cheese. I still wanted to have a dipping sauce, so I made up a healthy garlic aioli instead of the garlic yoghurt sauce.

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Roast Chicken & Vegetables

Roast Chicken & Vegetables

What's not to like about Roast Chicken and Vegetables? It is such a classic meal and a favourite for so many people. Whilst this recipe adds a slight twist - roasting the chicken in butter and garlic - rest assured that it is still going to please friends and family any time you bust it out!

It is fairly inexpensive, easy to make and I guarantee that you won't want to buy bbq chickens from the supermarket anymore (if that is what you do). Importantly, by roasting it yourself, you get to choose where your chicken comes from, and it won't have been sitting in the warmer at the supermarket.

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Grilled Prawns with Lemon, Chili & Oregano

Grilled Prawns with Lemon, Chili & Oregano

On Sunday, my husband and I attended The Paleo Way with Pete Evans, Nora Gedgaudas, Luke Hines and Wes Carr, and it was such an informative and rewarding experience. So it is only fitting that I bring you a recipe from Pete Evans' fantastic new cookbook, Healthy Every Day. The recipe that I chose is Pete's Grilled Prawns with Chili and Oregano, however I amended it slightly to include a bit more lemon.

Having recently completed my Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine (which is a holistic nutrition course), it was refreshing to hear that the content covered in The Paleo Way, largely reinforced what I had studied and researched during my course. Even better was hearing it covered by Nora Gedgaudas, who is an internationally renowned speaker, author and expert on all things Paleo.

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Raw Bounty Bites

Raw Bounty Bites

I recently asked my readers over on my Facebook page what dessert that they would like to see next from a selection of desserts that I have been thinking of making and the resounding winner was Raw Bounty Bites.

So off I went experimenting with flavours, and I have come up with what I think is a great healthier version of the classic chocolate bar. The Raw Bounty Bars was a winner with my children, Giselle and Josh, and also the perfect option for people that may have dairy, gluten, egg and nut allergies or intolerances.

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Red Lentil & Quinoa Soup

Red Lentil & Quinoa Soup

Red Lentil Soup is another meal that I grew up with and if you talk to my mother, she will tell you that it was one of three soups that I absolutely loved as a kid. The other soups if you are wondering are Chicken & Vegetable Soup and Vegetable & Lentil Soup.

The version of Red Lentil Soup that I grew up with included rice, so I have adapted it and swapped the rice with quinoa. The result I must say is amazing and not very different from the version from my childhood.

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Shakshouka (poached egg recipe)

Shakshouka (poached egg recipe)

I love eggs for breakfast!

As I am writing up this post, I am looking at the above picture of the Shakshouka and I am really craving it. I think it needs to be added to this weekend's menu.

This weekend, we are going to Sydney to visit our good friends and help out with their housewarming. I am going to be making some of my raw desserts for the housewarming and I am trying to work out which ones I should make.

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Raw Strawberry, Lemon & Macadamia Cheesecake

Raw Strawberry, Lemon & Macadamia Cheesecake

I am super stoked to be announcing the official launch of my first mini eCookbook – HEALTHY DINNER EATS - which is a FREE gift for signing up to receive my email updates. I have decided to release one recipe from my eCookbook to put on my blog, which is my favourite recipe - Raw Strawberry, Lemon & Macadamia Cheesecake.

I have been working on this for the last few months and it has been such a rewarding experience. The idea for this eCookbook came about because I was wanting to create a selection of recipes that were not only healthy and catered for various dietary requirements, but would also have the "wow factor" when entertaining guests.

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