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Brown Rice Salad- Japanese Inspired

This Japanese Inspired Salad was invented purely out of me needing to use up some cooked brown rice I had in the fridge and the need to eat something light and vegetarian for lunch! Its funny how reheating or cooking with rice that has been cooked, then cooled in the fridge for a while was somehow seen as dangerous. There is now a huge amount of science gathering in the field of gut health and one of things they have discovered is the importance of resistance starch, to feed your gut microbiome. “Resistant starch promotes gut health by feeding the ‘good bacteria’ that live in our large bowel. These bacteria are sometimes called our microbiome. They can use resistant starch as food because it resists digestion in our small intestine, and moves on to the large bowel. When the good bacteria in the large bowel ferment resistant starch, they make short chain fatty acids. One of these, called butyrate, supplies energy to the cells lining the large intestine (colonocytes), promoting their wellbeing. ” – CSIRO …

Lemon Persian Lamb- Slow Cooked

There is nothing like coming home to lamb shanks in the slow cooker. This dish only took 10minutes to prep in the morning ( or the night before 👌) and switch on low👍👍 It is also loaded with Vegetables, herbs and spices! Slow cookers are the best kitchen appliance to have when life gets a little busy! Here is what I do, to be more time effective with eating well in a busy life; I meal plan I choose meals that are time appropriate each day, according to what time we walk in the door of an evening. I prep as much as I can- this often means either prepping on a weekend, or the night before. I don’t let the prep and planning become time consuming- 10-30 minutes max. I keep it simple during the week and especially in really busy times. I use my slow cooker a lot!!                                                     …

Honey Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Salad

The weather is still a little dreary and cold  here in southern Australia, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have salads. Salads are a dish that can be served warm or cold, as a side or in this case, can easily be the main event. I am such a huge fan of making ‘plant food’ the centre of any meal. For so long, the meat or protein component of a meal has been the centre piece and the poor old salad or vegetable component, delegated to a side dish. I made this dish recently for some friends who came for lunch. This warming salad was the centre piece and was served with a side of roast chicken pieces. It does have chickpeas in the dish, along with goats feta, so it’s ‘hearty’ enough to be served on its own or to vegetarians. The best part of this dish, is its simple, very tasty, reasonable quick and very nutritious. One to serve at any dinner, lunch, BBQ, brunch, or simply mid week meal for the family. …

Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad

I love a good salad and I particularly love a salad ( or any dish for that matter) that uses up leftovers. This simple and quick dish is so yummy and is a great way to use up any leftover roast vegetables you have in the fridge. I often get ask, “I don’t know what to do with my leftovers, so I just end up throwing it out- what can I do?” Well, you can make this dish! Serve it along side any protein ( we had grilled lamb chops, along with broccolini and zucchini.) Did I mention it will take you only 5 -7 minutes to make?  In this dish, I used some leftover roasted sweet potato, potatoes and carrots from the night before. But you could use any or many of whatever roasted vegetables you have. Just add a couple more ingredients and that is it! Warm Roast Vegetable Salad Print Recipe This dish will take you only 5 -7 minutes to make? I used some leftover roasted sweet potato, potatoes and carrots from …

Zuchini and Corn Fritters

On a Wednesday night, my daughter goes to netball training. As a busy mum, I share the responsibility of getting her and her friends to and from training with another other busy mum. Its what all busy mum’s should do…share the load! On one particular night after training, I bought back my daughters friends to have dinner. These zucchini and corn fritters where what I served as one of the girls is vegetarian. And what a hit they where. I promised the girls I would give their mum the recipe, so here it is! ( OK, I might be about 9 months slow in getting it to you, Amy and Kate….oops, sorry. Better late than never!!) I often cook up fritters on a night when I need to use up bits and pieces of vegetables. Going meatless at least one night a week is not only good for the body but the environment as well. These fritters require little effort and as I often do and suggest, make a large batch and have them in …

Wicked Asian Spiced Chicken

This super quick and mega tasty marinade on this chicken I completely made up on the spot, with what I had in the fridge and cupboard. It was such a success with my family and so yummy, I thought I had to just share it with you. In fact, this chicken was destined to be made into a whole other dish, ( I menu plan!) but on getting closer to cooking time, I changed my mind and decided to cut up the whole chicken I had into 10 pieces and whip up a marinade using what herbs I had and a few spices from the pantry. The best part was, it took less than 5 minutes to whip up the marinade, then approx. 30-40 minutes to cook the chicken in a hot oven. While the chicken was cooking, I then whipped up a quick fried rice with some leftover brown rice that was in the fridge and some chopped up veggies. Winning!! I like to call this my Wicked Asian Spiced Chicken. I hope you …

Chorizo, Pumpkin and Kale Fritatta

It’s the weekend or your home late from work/activities. You don’t feel like cooking much but you don’t want to eat take away food. This simple and quick frittata takes minutes to prepare, pop in the oven then cook for approx. 20minutes and a delish diner is served….Problem solved! The good thing about frittata’s is you can make them for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, use almost any vegetables and/or proteins and is always super quick to make. It’s my lazy go to meal and a great way to use up leftover veggies that are lurking in your fridge. I often buy some chorizo sausages and freeze them individually, so I can just grab one, slice and place in a frittata or even on a pizza. YUM! This Frittata was inspired by Donna Hay and used leftover roast pumpkin that was in the fridge. Chorizo, Pumpkin and Kale Fritatta Print Recipe The good thing about frittata’s is you can make them for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, use almost any vegetables and/or proteins and is …

Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup

It’s still winter here in Melbourne and although a little sunshine is appearing this week, as the cold night air sets in, I’m still looking for comfort food and this hearty winter soup, certainly fit the bill. It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and super quick to make. Ticks all round!   Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup Print Recipe It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and quick to make. Ticks all round! CourseMain Dish CuisineSoup Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup Print Recipe It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and quick to make. Ticks all round! CourseMain Dish CuisineSoup Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook …

Quick Roast Greek Lamb and Vegetable Tray Bake

In Australia, we love our lamb, we love a roast and at GC headquarters, we love a kitchen hack! This simple shortcut to achieving a roast lamb with lots of tasty vegetables and Greek flavours in around 45 minutes, is always a hit on a week night.  The secret to achieving this is in a smaller period of time is to; use either lamb chops or fillets to chop up your root vegetables small a really hot oven. Tray bakes are also convenient and easy when you can place everything on one tray- less time, less dishes and so simple. Tick, Tick, Tick in my book!   Cheats Roast Greek Lamb and Vegetable Tray Bake Print Recipe The secret to achieving this is in a smaller period of time is to; use either lamb chops or fillets to chop up your root vegetables small and a really hot oven. Tray bakes are also convenient and easy when you can place everything on one tray- less time, less dishes and so simple. CourseDinner, Main Dish CuisineGreek …

Leftover Quick Chicken Curry

Using your leftover roast chicken can provide you with a quick meal on another night. And this quick curry is no exception. It will take you 20 minutes to get this on the table, and in my book, that’s a winner, winner, chicken dinner! This curry cuts down on some of the steps and time to making a curry, as well as the number of spices.   Leftover Quick Chicken Curry Print Recipe Using your leftover roast chicken can provide you with a quick meal on another night. And this quick curry is no exception. It will take you 20 minutes to get this on the table, and in my book, that’s a winner, winner, chicken dinner!! CourseDinner, Lunch, Main Dish CuisineIndian Servings 4 People Cook Time 20 minutes Servings 4 People Cook Time 20 minutes Leftover Quick Chicken Curry Print Recipe Using your leftover roast chicken can provide you with a quick meal on another night. And this quick curry is no exception. It will take you 20 minutes to get this on the …