Welcome to the latest edition of my Friday Foodie series, where each week I feature my favourite health and wellness stars. Each week, they share their tips for healthy living and their favourite recipe.
This week I am featuring Shannon Tindale from The Prospect Project, where she creates and sells the most amazing muesli, bliss balls, raw slices and much more. Today, Shannon is sharing her recipe for Paleo Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce and Caramelised Banana.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, what you do and what inspired you to lead a healthier lifestyle?
I live in West Perth with my fiancé Linken and Frenchie pup Iggy and run The Prospect Project – providing wholesome, fun and yummy muesli, cold pressed juices and raw treats to cafes and the people of Perth! 10 years ago my life was filled with alcohol, partying way too hard, binging on junk food, followed by starving myself and a toxic lifestyle in general. After hitting rock bottom and being diagnosed with clinical depression, I knew something had to give. I discovered the effect that healthy eating had on my mind body and spirit (sounds so wanky, I know) and have never looked back.
What tips would you give to someone who has just commenced living a healthier lifestyle?
The biggest lesson I have learned when it comes to a healthier lifestyle is to choose food based on how nourishing and nutritious it is, not how many calories it contains. Know where your food comes from – eat produce that is in season and reduce anything that isn't fresh or comes from a packet. Most importantly, cut yourself some slack! There's nothing I love more than a Friday night on the couch with my man eating a pizza. Enjoy every slice and know that you will be back on track the next day.
Do you have any tips for eating well on a budget?
Being organised is the key. Good food choices (especially raw) can take a long time to prep, so planning your meals for the week ahead and making a shopping list is the way to go. Eating seasonally means your fruit and veg will not only taste better, but will cost you less.
How do you deal with food struggles from your children and/or family?
I grew up in a "normal" meat eating home with my mum being an incredible cook, so when I made the decision at eight years old to stop eating meat it went down pretty much like a lead balloon. There wasn't much in the way of vegetarian cookbooks, pinterest etc for my mum to educate herself with ideas of what to feed me, and being a short and skinny kid I think both my parents were scared about the health effects, so were never very supportive of my choice. They have definitely come around to the idea now (it's only taken 20 or so years), although when mum invites us over for dinner she still tries to sneak the occasional piece of bacon into my stuffed mushroom!
What is your favourite food?
Such a tough one! It changes all the time, to be honest. At the moment it's probably Mexican burritos. I make mine healthier by replacing the tortilla with an iceberg lettuce leaf and fill it with black rice and quinoa, black beans, homemade salsa and guacamole and a dollop of full fat Greek yoghurt.
Who is your favourite foodie and why?
Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis aka Thug Kitchen – beautiful recipes combined with swearing. Melts my heart.
What is something that you enjoy doing when you have some ‘me’ time?
I have the most incredible group of girlfriends (we call ourselves "the Clams"), so any time spent with the clams completely nourishes my soul. I also have a slight (ok, massive) addiction to reality TV.
What is your favourite recipe to cook? Can you share the recipe with us?
If you love a lazy Sunday brekky, then whip these bad boys up! They are paleo pancakes with blueberry sauce and caramelised bananas.
Paleo Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce and Caramelised Bananas
- 2 eggs, at room temp
- 3 Tbsp coconut milk
- Half a banana
- Half tsp apple cider vinegar
- Half tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp coconut flour (I’m sure you could also use almond)
- Half tsp cinnamon
- Quarter tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- Coconut oil (for frying)
Throw everything (except the coconut oil) into a food processor and blend until smooth.
Heat coconut oil in a fry pan and once hot, drop tablespoons of batter in batches, flip once browned on one side and repeat until you have used all your batter.
Blueberry Sauce & Caramelised Banana
For the bananas – chop the other half of the banana (used in the batter) and put in the pan when cooking the last batch of pancakes. flip occasionally till nice and crisp on the outside.
For the Sauce – rinse out your food processor and throw in 2 handfuls of blueberries and a teaspoon of honey. whiz until smooth. If you are using frozen blueberries here, then zap them in the microwave for 10 seconds or so.
Layer your pancakes on a plate, drizzle with sauce and top with bananas.
Note: eating these after ten am whilst still in your pyjamas is optional, but highly recommended.