Quick Dinner Ideas

“Street Truck Style” Chicken Jalfrezi Recipe

A classic Indian chicken dish gets a modern food truck makeover.  Serve as a handheld sandwich wrapped in naan topped with a minty yoghurt raita sauce to ignite all of the senses.

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 Tbsp  flour

2 tsp McCormick Garam Masala

2 tsp McCormick Cumin Ground

1 tsp McCormick Chilli Flakes Crushed

450g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced

2 Tbsp  ghee (clarified butter)

1 red pepper, cut into chunks

1 green pepper, cut into chunks

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 tsp sugar

75ml plain yoghurt

1 tsp McCormick Mint

8 tsp lime pickle, divided

4 naan breads, warmed through and halved

McCormick Sea Salt to season

 

Method

1. Combine flour, Garam Masala, Cumin and Chillies in a bowl.  Season with a little Salt then add chicken and toss to coat.

2. Heat the ghee in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat.  Add chicken and any remaining flour mixture, cook and stir for 6-7 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.  Add peppers, cook and stir for 2 minutes then add the tomatoes and sugar.  Cook for a further 2-3 minutes, until tomatoes are softened and form a thick sauce.

3. Combine the yoghurt and mint in a small bowl.  For each wrap place 1 tsp of the lime pickle in the centre of each naan, then divide the chicken and pepper mixture equally between them.  Drizzle with the mint and yoghurt raita, then serve.

Cooks Tip: Ghee is an Indian style clarified butter, if this is unavailable you can use butter.

What is your favourite Indian dish?

March 13, 2014

Grilled Tandoori Prawn Salad with Mango Dressing Recipe

Similar to the tandoori oven cooking method, these Indian-spiced prawn skewers are roasted on high heat on the grill and added to a salad packed with bold sweet and sour flavours. A fresh mango dressing adds a splash of fruitiness and colour. Plus it’s ready in 30 minutes, making it one of our favourite quick dinner ideas.

Serves: 6
Prep Time:  25 minutes. Cook Time:  5 minutes

Ingredients
Mango Dressing
1 large ripe mango, peeled and seeded
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Red Chilli

Tandoori Prawn Salad
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Chilli Powder
500g large prawn, peeled and deveined
1 large ripe mango, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
100g mixed baby greens
1 cup halved small heirloom or specialty tomatoes
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

Method
1. For the mango dressing, process mango in blender or food processor until pureed (about 1 cup puree). Add lime juice, oil, garam masala, salt and red pepper; process until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. For the tandoori prawn salad, mix 1/4 cup of the mint, lime juice, 2 tablespoons of the oil, honey, garam masala, ginger, salt and chilli in small bowl. Thread prawns onto skewers. Brush with mint mixture. Thread mango onto skewers. Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

3. Grill prawn skewers over high heat 4 to 5 minutes or just until prawns turn pink, turning once and brushing occasionally with mint mixture. Grill mango skewers 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly charred.

4. Arrange greens, tomatoes and onion on 6 serving plates. Top with grilled prawns , mango and remaining 3 tablespoons mint. Drizzle with 1/2 of the Mango Dressing. 

Tip: Store remaining mango dressing in refrigerator. Serve over salad greens, grilled or broiled prawns or chicken, or toss with couscous or quinoa.

What’s your go-to quick dinner recipe using prawns?

 

March 5, 2014

Smoky Baked Beans, Prawns and Chorizo Recipe

Celebrity chef Karen Martini’s Spanish-inspired baked beans with prawns and chorizo is the perfect easy dinner idea that’s ready in under 30 minutes. Serve with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the delicious flavours.

Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients
2 x 400g SPC 100% Aussie made baked beans
400g Ardmona Rich & Thick Classic
120ml extra virgin olive oil
1 white onion, finely diced
2 red chillies, finely sliced
4 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 fresh bay leaf
3 tsp sweet smoked paprika, plus extra to serve
2 tsp ground coriander
Salt flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
250g hot chorizo sausage, sliced
10 green prawns, deveined, tail on
¾ small (approx. 150g) jar of jalapeños
3 spring onions, sliced diagonally
1 handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 large bunch of coriander, leaves picked (reserve some for garnishing)
3 limes, 1 juiced, 2 to serve

Method
1. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, chilli and half the garlic and stir through. Add the bay leaf, paprika and ground coriander, season and cook for around 4 minutes. Add the baked beans, tomatoes, tomato paste and vinegar and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed. Crush some of the beans with your spoon, mix through and set aside.

2. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add the sliced chorizo and fry until crisp. Season and toss the prawns through some oil to coat, add to the pan with the remaining garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the jalapeños, stir through and take off the heat. Transfer the prawn mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the spring onion, parsley, coriander, remaining olive oil and lime juice.

3. Spread the smoky beans on a platter and top with the prawns and chorizo, pour the juices from the bowl over and finish the plate with a little extra paprika, coriander leaves and lime pieces.

What’s your favourite way of eating baked beans?

February 18, 2014

Chilli and Prawn Spaghetti Recipe

Pasta is one of our favourite quick dinner ideas, and this delicious chilli and prawn spaghetti is ready in under 20 minutes.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

375g Vetta Smart Pasta Cholesterol Lowering Spaghetti #1
2 tbsp olive oil
½ small red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 long red chilli (seeds removed), finely chopped
¼ cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
16 prawn cutlets, deveined and tails intact

Method

1. Cook pasta according to packet directions in a large pan of salted, boiling water.

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large fry pan. Quickly cook prawns until pink. Remove from pan and add onion, garlic and chilli; cook, stirring for 2 minutes.

3. Drain the pasta, reserving ¼ cup cooking liquid.

4. Return the cooked prawns to the pan; add cooked pasta and 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Stir to combine.

5. Add the parsley and serve immediately.

 What is your favourite quick pasta recipe?

February 17, 2014

Moroccan Lamb Chops Recipe

Juicy lamb chops are one of our go-to quick dinner ideas, taking no time to cook, and these Moroccan lamb chops with crunchy pistachios and pine nuts, will become a favourite for your midweek dinners too.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Moroccan Seasoning
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
Salt
800g lamb loin chops
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 tablespoon pistachios
Tomato, pistachio and chickpea salad, to serve

Method
1. Mix the Moroccan Seasoning with the honey, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and salt then brush on to the loin chops. Grill in a pan on each side until fragrant and golden.

2. Toast the pistachios, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and pine nuts in a dry frying pan for 3 minutes, making sure you keep them stirred, and then either crush with a pestle and mortar, or serve sprinkled over the chops.

3. Serve with a tomato, pistachio and chickpea salad. Fresh lime juice

What are your favourite dinner ideas with lamb?

February 11, 2014

Summer Detox Recipes

Now that we’ve shown you how to do the ultimate summer detox, we’ve got some healthy recipes to help you stay on track, including detox smoothies, snacks, delicious low-fat lunches and easy dinner ideas.

Breakfast smoothies

Smooth Berry Mix
½ scoops rice protein formula with spirulina
½ cup raspberries
1 tablespoon chia seeds (soaked for 10 minutes in 1 cup of water)
Honey or agave syrup to taste (optional)

Blend all ingredients together and serve.

Tropical Taster
1-2 scoops rice protein formula with spirulina
½ cup of fresh pineapple cut into chunks
1 cup of coconut water
10 mint leaves

Blend all ingredients together and serve.

Lunch

Brown Rice Salad
½ cup cooked brown rice
½ cup cooked chickpeas
½ cup corn kernels
½ cup green peas
3 fresh asparagus spears chopped
½ carrot chopped
½ cup zucchini chopped
1 small shallot chopped

Dressing
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon coriander chopped
Small clove crushed garlic (optional)
Sprinkle of dried chill flakes

Method
1. Steam the vegetables.

2. Mix with rice, chickpeas and corn in a bowl.

3. Mix together ingredients for dressing and combine with the rice mixture.

4. Serve, with side salad if desired.

Dinner

Grilled Fish and Vegetable Kebabs
1 small fresh fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel)
½ zucchini sliced
½ capsicum cubed
½ onion quartered
6 cherry tomatoes
1 clove garlic crushed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
1 tablespoon hummus

Method
1. Mix garlic, oil, lemon juice and parsley in a bowl.

2. Thread vegetables onto wooden kebab sticks that have been soaked in water.

3. Brush fish and vegetable kebabs with oil mixture and cook on non-stick grill/pan. Turn and baste with more oil mixture. Cook until golden brown.

4. Serve with green salad and dollop of hummus.

Snacks

* Brown rice crackers with tzatziki (Greek yoghurt dip)

* Fresh fruit salad

* Handful of walnuts and a piece of fruit

* 200g natural yoghurt with 2 tablespoons of mixed seeds

What are your favourite detox recipes?

Recipes by Belinda Reynolds, Nutritionist, Dietician and educator for BioCeuticals.

Speak to your healthcare practitioner for more information about supplementing your diet. Make sure to always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare practitioner.

February 5, 2014

Chicken Salad with Beans and Peas Recipe

Michelle Bridges shares an easy chicken breast recipe from her new cookbook Superfoods that doubles as one of your new go-to midweek dinner ideas. It’s healthy, full of incredible flavours and leftovers make a great next-day lunch.

Just the one superfood in this recipe, but so many other good things alongside it. The mixture of peas and beans gives heaps of fibre and iron, while the chicken gives a meaty texture without overloading the calorie count. Add the delicious dressing and you’ve got one hell of a tasty salad.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 10 minutes. Calories per serve: 380

Ingredients
250 g skinless chicken breast, trimmed
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil spray
100 g green beans, trimmed
100 g snow peas, trimmed
½ cup (60 g) frozen peas
¼ cup (70 g) no-fat Greek-style yoghurt
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ garlic clove
400 g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Method
1. Season the chicken with black pepper. Lightly spray a char-grill pan with olive oil and heat on medium–high. Cook the chicken for 4–5 minutes each side or until lightly charred and cooked through.

2. Meanwhile, cook the green beans in a medium saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes, adding the snow peas and frozen peas for the last 2 minutes. Drain and cool in iced water. Drain.

3. Process the yoghurt, mint and garlic together until smooth.

4. Thickly slice the chicken. Arrange the beans, peas and chicken on a serving plate. Drizzle with the dressing.

What’s your favourite chicken breast recipe?

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February 5, 2014

Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese Recipe

Michelle Bridges shares on our favourite comfort food dinner ideas: classic cauliflower cheese with a healthy, low-calorie twist.

Cauliflower and cheese – what a flavourful combination. With the addition of broccoli, you get a double whammy of cruciferous goodness as well. The cheese provides protein and calcium, but use a low-calorie version to avoid too much fat.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 10 minutes. Cook: 45 minutes. Calories per serve 388

Ingredients
700 g cauliflower, trimmed and broken into large florets
1 large head broccoli (300 g), trimmed and broken into large florets
2 1⁄2 tablespoons cornflour
2 cups (500 ml) low-cal milk
1 cup (120 g) grated low-cal cheddar cheese
freshly ground black pepper
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
mixed salad leaves, to serve

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).

2. Steam the cauliflower over a large saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes. Add the broccoli and steam for another 4 minutes or until just tender. Place in a 5-cup (1.25 L) capacity ovenproof dish.

3. Meanwhile, combine the cornflour and 1⁄4 cup milk in a jug. Place the remaining milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Whisk in the cornflour mixture and cook, stirring, for 2–3 minutes or until the sauce boils and thickens. Stir in half the cheese until smooth. Season with black pepper and nutmeg. Pour over the cauliflower and broccoli. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and cayenne. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

4. Serve with the salad leaves alongside.

What’s your favourite comfort food dish?

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February 4, 2014

Lamb and Asian Greens Stir Fry Recipe

Stir-fries are one of our go-to quick dinner ideas, and we love this Michelle Bridges recipe from her new cookbook Superfoods, ready in under 30 minutes!

I’m a huge fan of stir-fries. They are quick to prepare, adaptable so you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, and the cooking method means they are not drowning in oil. Here I’ve used gai lan, but you can substitute ordinary broccoli as well; just cut it up quite small so it cooks through quickly.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 10 minutes. Calories per serve: 421

Ingredients
75 g dried pad thai rice noodles
1 teaspoon peanut oil
250 g boneless lamb loin, trimmed and thickly sliced 1 bunch gai lan (Chinese broccoli), cut into chunks, leaves and stalks separated
100 g snow peas, halved on the diagonal 5 spring onions, cut into 5 cm length
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 teaspoons dark soy sauce
3 teaspoons light soy sauce
1 egg
sliced fresh red chilli, to serve

Method
1. Cook the noodles in a saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool under cold running water. Drain well.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok on high. Stir-fry the lamb, in two batches, for 2–3 minutes or until browned. Set aside.

3. Reduce the heat to medium–high. Stir-fry the gai lan stalks and snow peas for 2 minutes. Add the spring onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the noodles and sauces and stir-fry until the noodles are well coated. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and crack an egg into the middle. Cook, stirring the egg, for 1 minute, then return the lamb to the wok with the gai lan leaves and stir-fry until hot and the leaves have just wilted.

Tip: When stir-frying Asian greens such as gai lan, choy sum or bok choy, separate the leaves from the stalks and only add the leaves at the end as they take no time to wilt.

Variation: For a vegetarian version, replace the lamb with 200 g firm tofu, cut into cubes (407 calories per serve).

What’s your favourite stir fry recipe?

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February 3, 2014

Italian Beef Rissoles Recipe

Looking for new beef mince recipes? Italian beef rissoles are one of our go-to easy dinner ideas, and the leftovers make delicious Italian paninis (both for you and the kids’ school lunch boxes!).

Serves: 4 (plus leftovers), makes 12 rissoles
Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients
800g lean beef mince
1 tbsp oregano, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large eggplant, cut into 1cm slices
500g jar tomato pasta sauce
50g parmesan cheese, grated
Steamed green beans, baby carrots and broccolini, to serve

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180oC. Combine the beef mince with oregano and garlic. Form into 12 beef rissoles, then chill for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat a chargrill to high. Brush the eggplant slices with 2 tbsp of the oil and cook, turning regularly for 2-3 minutes or until well coloured. Line the base of a large roasting dish with the grilled eggplant slices.

3. Brush the beef rissoles with the remaining oil and chargrill for a minute on each side or until well coloured (beef rissoles don’t need to be cooked through). Place the beef rissoles in the roasting dish on top of the grilled eggplant slices, cover with tomato pasta sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or until the beef rissoles are cooked through and the cheese and sauce are bubbling. Serve with steamed green beans, baby carrots and brocollini.

pananis

Turn leftovers into lunch: Italian rissole paninis

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 5 minutes

Halve the leftover beef rissoles and place in crusty Italian Panini rolls with spinach leaves, tomato and cucumber slices.

What are your favourite beef mince recipes?

January 30, 2014

Rosemary Lamb With Balsamic Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Get two meals out of one of our favourite dinner ideas: succulent rosemary lamb becomes lamb pita pockets for the kids’ school lunch boxes the next day.

Serves: 4 (plus leftovers)

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
1kg whole lamb rumps (about 4-5), trimmed of fat
2 red capsicum, cut into wedges
1kg pumpkin, cut into wedges
2 red onions, cut into wedges
2 1⁄2 tbsp olive oil
250g haloumi cheese, cut into 2cm pieces
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp rosemary leaves, chopped
1⁄2 cup basil leaves
Green salad, to serve

Method
1. Take the lamb out of the fridge to allow it to come to room temperature.

2. Preheat oven to 180oC. Toss the capsicum, pumpkin and red onion with 2 tbsp of the oil and spread on a lined baking tray, cooking for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Add the haloumi pieces to the tray and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Bake the vegetables and haloumi for a further 15 minutes or until the haloumi is golden brown.

3. Place a large frying pan over a high heat. Rub the lamb with the remaining oil and cook for 2 minutes on both sides or until browned (lamb does not need to be cooked).

4. Rub the browned lamb with rosemary and place in a roasting dish in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Remove from oven, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

5. Slice the lamb and serve with roasted vegetables, haloumi and basil leaves. Serve with a green salad.

lambpita

Turn leftovers into lunch: Homemade lamb pita pockets

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 5 minutes

Split 2 wholemeal pita pockets and spread with hummus, sliced lamb, sliced tomato and shredded iceberg lettuce.

What’s your favourite leftover recipe?

January 29, 2014

Zucchini, Chilli and Herbed Ricotta Pasta Recipe

This high protein, low carb pasta recipe is one of our favourite dinner ideas for when the fridge is empty but you still want a delicious dinner.

Cooking time: 20 min

Serves 4

Ingredients

375g Vetta Smart Pasta High Protein Low Carb Penne
2 tbsp olive oil
400g (approx. 3 large) zucchini, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large red chilli (seeds removed), finely chopped
Pepper and salt to taste
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
200g fresh ricotta
4 tbsp fresh herbs chopped (parsley, chives, mint)

Method
1. Cook pasta according to packet directions in a large pan of salted, boiling water.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large fry pan on medium heat. Add zucchini, garlic, chilli and lemon zest and stir fry until golden for about 5 minutes.

3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice.

4. Drain pasta, reserving ¼ cup cooking liquid and return pasta to the pan.

5. Stir through the zucchini mix with cooked pasta, adding the reserved liquid if needed.

6. Combine the ricotta, lemon and herbs and set aside.

7. To serve, place pasta on each plate with the ricotta mix divided equally on top.

What are your favourite empty fridge dinner ideas?

January 28, 2014

Baked Beans Jaffle Recipe

What’s more Australian than a jaffle? You just can’t beat a baked beans jaffle – it’s one of our favourite Australia Day weekend dinner ideas! Funny man Dave Hughes shares his  fool-proof baked beans jaffle recipe.

I’m busy and I know you are too. You probably don’t even think you’ve got time to read this recipe, but you do, cos it’s quick. Part of my business is I’ve got three kids who start demanding fun at the crack of dawn. Here’s the way to keep them happy (and healthy) first thing in the morning. It’s my patented SPC baked bean jaffle.

The brilliance of this recipe is that idiots like me can nail it. It’s actually impossible to get it wrong if you follow my simple instructions.

Step 1:  Open the can by pulling the ring pin with the pointer finger of your right hand.

Step 2:  Use bread with a 7.6 mm thickness.

Step 3: Cover every square mm of bread with the only major brand of Aussie grown and canned baked bean on the market.

Step 4: Put other slice of bread on top.

Step 5: Carefully place the masterpiece in progress in jaffle maker.

Step 6: Close jaffle maker and turn on.

Step 7: Wait.

Step 8: While waiting, think about how tasty and easy to prepare the only major brand of Aussie grown baked bean on the market is, then whisper ‘good on you SPC’.

Step 9: When the little light turns green whip open that metal joy maker.

Step 10: Whip it out, bang it on a plate. And enjoy five minutes of peace while the kids savour your genius.

What’s your favourite jaffle recipe?

January 27, 2014

BBQ Lamb Cutlets Recipe

Looking for Australia Day recipes? You have to have a BBQ, and you have to have lamb! These BBQ lamb cutlets with rosemary, honey and balsamic glaze take only minutes to prepare and cook, so you can enjoy the long weekend! It also makes a great quick dinner idea for summer. From the 4 Ingredients Herb It Up cookbook.

Ingredients
12 lamb cutlets
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Garlic
1 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Rosemary
2 tablespoons honey

Method
1. Heat BBQ and cook lamb cutlets for 2 minutes each side until just starting to brown.

2. For the glaze, stir together the vinegar, garlic rosemary and honey and season with salt and pepper.

3. Brush over cutlets on both sides and BBQ for another 2-3 minutes or until they’re cooked to your liking.

4. Serve cutlets with a crisp green salad juice.

What are you cooking for Australia Day?

January 24, 2014

Savoury Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe

Chef Adam Humphrey of Sydney’s Restaurant Arras and Arras Too shares an easy dinner idea using leftovers from the beautiful OzHarvest Cookbook. Australia’s most celebrated chefs including Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Maggie Beer and George Calombaris share their favourite ‘food rescue’ recipes.

This is a dish my mother used to cook for my brothers and me when we were young and she needed to feed us cheaply and with minimum fuss, using left over bread and other pantry items. 

From the OzHarvest Cookbook, RRP $60

Serves 4

Ingredients
10 slices stale bread, crusts removed (use the crust for crumb)
50g butter
50g mustard, preferably English mustard
350ml full cream milk
50ml cream
2 eggs
Pinch cayenne pepper
100g leftover hard cheese, grated (plus extra for topping)
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper

Variation: In between the layers of bread, place in any left over ham or mushroom or vegetables or herbs that you have.

Method

1. Grease and ovenproof dish enough to hold approximately a litre.

2. Butter each slice of bread both sides with the butter and the mustard, and then cut in half triangularly. Lay one layer of the bread across the bottom of the dish.

3. Heat the milk and cream in a pan with the bay leaf ensuring it doesn’t boil. In a heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs until well broken down and pale in colour. Immediately add the hot milk mix and whisk until well combined, add in the grated cheese and whisk until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

4. At this stage, add in any extra items (ham, vegetables etc) in between the layers of bread. Ensure that the top layer is finished with the bread. Pour over the cheesy custard mix gradually – If you have time, “feed” the pudding over a period of a few hours with the custard.

5. Top with the extra grated cheese, mixed with the crumbs.

6. In a 180°C oven, bake the pudding for approximately 40 mins until the custard is set and the top is golden brown.

7. Once cooked, let rest for a couple of minutes before serving. Serve with left over salad. This pudding is even great the next day too.

What’s your favourite leftover recipe?

January 20, 2014

Chicken, Roast Vegetable and Macadamia Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for new dinner ideas using leftover roast chicken, you’ll love this easy chicken salad recipe from the OzHarvest Cookbook. Australia’s most celebrated chefs including Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Maggie Beer and George Calombaris share their favourite ‘food rescue’ recipes.

Celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi’s recipe makes a fantastic summer dinner and leftovers are delicious for lunch.

From the OzHarvest Cookbook, RRP $60

Serves 3-4 as a quick lunch or light dinner

Ingredients
100g macadamia nuts
1-2 cups leftover roast chicken meat
2 cups leftover roast vegetables
1 bunch rocket leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Leftover chicken skin, crisped in some hot oil (optional)
Crusty bread, to serve

Method
1. Toast the macadamia nuts in a dry pan over medium heat, moving them constantly with a wooden spoon until lightly coloured. Set aside to cool and then roughly chop.

2. Shred or slice the chicken meat into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Cut the roast vegetables into smaller pieces if need be and add to the bowl. Add the rocket and cooled nuts. Dress with the oil and vinegar and season with salt. Toss lightly and finish with a few grinds of cracked pepper. Add the crunchy chicken skin, if you’re using it. Serve with crusty bread.

What’s your favourite recipe using leftovers?

January 16, 2014

Easy Chicken Pilau Recipe

Got leftover chicken and veg? Turn it into one of Susie O’Neill’s favourite summer recipes, which she’s sharing as part of the Together Counts initiative, an online resource encouraging Australian families to lead healthier, active lifestyles. This easy chicken rice dish will become one of your go-to after-work quick dinner ideas and a great way to use up chicken breasts.

This recipe is great if you’re after a quick, simple meal that is loaded with fresh vegetables. You can even team it up with some low-fat natural yoghurt and toasted almond slivers.

Preparation time: 15mins. Cooking time: 25mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 – 2 tablespoons mild Indian Curry Paste
1 skinless chicken breast fillet, cut into 1cm dice
1 1⁄2 cups basmati rice
1 cup water
1x 500g can creamy chicken soup
800g mixed diced vegetables such as capsicum, carrot, zucchini, celery etc. 1 cup peas

Method

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add curry paste and chicken breast. Cook for 2 minutes until beginning to brown.

2. Add rice and toss to coat. Add water, bring to the boil, stir then cover and cook over a very low heat for 6 minutes.

3. Stir in creamy chicken soup and vegetables and cook a further 8 minutes. 4. Remove from the heat, stir in peas, recover and stand for 5 minutes.

Share your favourite chicken breast recipes in the comments!

December 27, 2013

Soft Prawn Tacos Recipe

Ex-Olympic swimmer and mother-of-two, Susie O’Neill shares her favourite summer recipes as part of the Together Counts initiative, an online resource encouraging Australian families to lead healthier, active lifestyles.

These prawn tacos are light and fresh and perfect for a warm day, plus they’re ready in under 30 minutes, making them one of the best after-work quick dinner ideas.

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins

Makes 10 tacos

Ingredients

1 x soft taco kit (kit includes 10 soft tacos and taco spice mix)
500g peeled green prawns, leaving tails attached
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 green cabbage, shredded
4 radish, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh coriander leaves
1 avocado
2 limes, halved

Method

1. Toss prawns in spice mix to coat. Heat oil in a frying pan and cook prawns for 2 minutes or until pink. Combine cabbage, radishes, coriander to create a salad. Mash avocado with juice of half a lime.

2. Warm soft tacos according to pack directions.

3. Build your own soft tacos, spread with avocado, top with cabbage salad and spicy prawns, and enjoy with a squeeze of lime.

What are your favourite quick summer recipes?

December 18, 2013

Grilled Beef, Zucchini and Rocket Salad Recipe

We love a beef salad in summer – it’s a true 30 minute meal which makes it one of our go-to midweek quick dinner ideas. Simply BBQ a sirloin steak, and toss with sweet potato, zucchini, peppery rocket, shaved parmesan and pine nuts.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4 

Ingredients

600g sirloin steak, fat trimmed
3 tablespoons olive oil
350g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3mm slices
4 medium zucchinis, sliced lengthways into 5mm slices
1 red onion, quartered
2 tablespoon lemon juice, plus grated zest of a lemon
150g rocket leaves
30g parmesan cheese, shaved
20g toasted pine nuts

Method

1. Preheat the barbecue to hot. Brush the beef on both sides with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and cook for 4 minutes, turning once, or until cooked to your liking. Set aside to rest and cover loosely with foil.

2. Place the sweet potato, zucchini and onion into a large bowl and toss with 3 teaspoons of olive oil. Place on the grill and cook for 1½ minutes on each side, or until tender and lightly charred.

3. Slice the beef thinly and place into a large mixing bowl with the grilled vegetables, lemon juice, zest and remaining oil.  Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

4. Place the rocket onto a large serving platter, top with the tossed beef and grilled vegetables, parmesan cheese and pine nuts, and serve.

Tips for cooking the perfect steak on the BBQ

* Brush each steak lightly with oil.

* Preheat the BBQ to hot. The steak should sizzle as it makes contact with the barbecue.

* Cook one side of the steak until the first sign of moisture appears, then turn and cook the other side. Turn the steak once only for rare and medium.

* Remove the steak and cover loosely. Rest in a warm place for a few minutes before serving

 

December 16, 2013

Neil Perry’s Soft Tacos with Smoky Shredded Pork Recipe

Once you slow-roast the pork, celebrity chef Neil Perry’s soft tacos couldn’t be easier to make, and are one of our family’s favourite quick dinner ideas.

Recipe and image from Simply Good Food by Neil Perry, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99.

Too easy – this sauce is great with any fresh tacos. You can also just fry the tomatoes and when they start to melt, add a spoonful of chipotle chilli powder, cook for a minute longer, remove from the heat and squeeze in fresh lime. Cabbage salad, guacamole, sour cream, tortillas and a margarita…heaven. 

Ingredients
800 g boneless pork shoulder
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 brown onion, quartered
sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
255 g raisins
16 corn tortillas
guacamole, to serve
sour cream, to serve

Roasted tomato chipotle sauce
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
9 roma (plum) tomatoes
3 chipotle chillies in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt

Method
1. Place the pork in a medium saucepan with the garlic and onion. Add a good pinch of salt, cover with water and bring to a simmer. Cook, covered, for about 2 hours on medium–low heat or until the pork is tender. Allow to cool before shredding the meat with your hands.

2. Preheat the oven grill. For the roasted tomato chipotle sauce, heat a heavy-based saucepan over high heat and add the unpeeled garlic. Roast for 15 minutes, turning halfway through, until the outsides are blackened. Remove from the heat, squeeze the garlic flesh out of the skins and roughly chop.

3. Place the whole tomatoes under the grill and cook until the skins are dark and blistered on all sides. Remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly before peeling.

4. Place the tomatoes and garlic in a food processor and blend. Add the chillies one at a time and process to combine. Taste the sauce as you go and, depending on the heat level you prefer, add more.

5. Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan and cook the sauce over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce has slightly thickened. Season to taste.

6. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan, add the shredded pork and cook until it is crispy and golden. Add the raisins and roasted tomato chipotle sauce and cook for 5–6 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.

7. To serve, microwave the tortillas for 10–20 seconds, or according to the packet instructions, to soften and warm through. Place a large spoonful of the pork in each tortilla and top with the salsa, guacamole and a generous dollop of sour cream.

Note: Marinate and grill fish or chicken to add more elements to your feast. The tortillas can also be steamed or warmed in a frying pan.

What are your favourite midweek recipes?

December 11, 2013

Chargrilled Squid and Halloumi Salad Recipe

We’re always looking for delicious quick dinner ideas, especially at the start of the week. Squid is a fantastic ingredient for easy dinners – it cooks in no time, goes with a variety of flavours (so pair it with whatever you have in the pantry), plus it’s sustainable, so one of the best seafood choices you can make!

Preparation time: 15 mins. Cooking time: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
600g squid tubes, scored, cut into 5cm pieces (see tip)
250g halloumi cheese, drained, thickly sliced
400g can lentils, drained, rinsed
70g baby rocket leaves
Beerenberg Mango, Lime and Chilli Dressing
Crusty bread, to serve

Method
1. Place garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a ceramic dish. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Reserve 2 tablespoons of garlic mixture. Add squid to remaining mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat a barbecue plate or chargrill over medium heat. Brush haloumi lightly with 1 tablespoon of reserved garlic mixture. Chargrill for 1 minute each side or until golden. Remove to a plate.

3. Chargrill squid, in batches, for 30 seconds each side or until cooked through.

4. Combine lentils, rocket and halloumi in a bowl. Top with squid. Pour over remaining reserved garlic mixture, drizzle with a few tablespoons of Chilli,lime and mango dressing. Serve with bread.

**  To score squid, cut tubes in half lengthways. Using a knife, cut the inside surface of each piece in a criss-cross pattern.

What are your go-to quick dinner ideas? Share them in the comments!

December 8, 2013

Rocket, Prosciutto and Peach Salad Recipe

This sexy salad is one of my staple Friday night quick dinner ideas when all you want is a glass of wine and something tasty and fuss-free. Juicy peaches pair beautifully with salty ribbons of prosciutto, peppery rocket and shaved parmesan. Try serving this salad as part of a summer BBQ, too.

Serves 4

Ingredients

120g baby rocket
70g parmesan, shaved
100g finely sliced prosciutto
4 white peaches, halved with stones removed
cracked black pepper
extra virgin olive oil

Method

1. Arrange rocket, parmesan shavings, prosciutto curls and peach halves onto plates.

2. Top with cracked black pepper and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

What’s your favourite summer salad recipe?

December 6, 2013

Quick Dinner Ideas: Crab Curry Recipe

Curries don’t have to take hours to cook, in fact this Sri Lankan crab curry recipe is one of our favourite quick dinner ideas, taking less than 30 minutes to make, and that includes making the aromatic curry paste from scratch.

Recipes and images from Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Bree Hutchins, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99

Jaffna is renowned for its abundant seafood and a visit to the region isn’t complete without tasting their famous crab curry. We cooked the curry over an open fire in Bamini’s garden and the flavours were incredible! Be prepared to get a bit messy when eating this dish, but I can assure you it is worth it.

Serves 4 

Ingredients

4 blue swimmer crabs (about 400 g each) (or 2 live mud crabs, about 800 g each)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 cm (¾ inch) piece ginger, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt, plus extra to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1–2 thin green chillies, halved lengthways (optional)
3 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
2 teaspoons dried chilli pieces
1 teaspoon unroasted chilli powder
375 ml (13 fl oz/1½ cups) coconut milk
3 sprigs curry leaves, leaves picked
juice of ½ lime

Method

1. If using live mud crabs, place them in the freezer for 1–2 hours until they are completely immobilised before you begin chopping them.

2. Remove the triangular flap under the crab and discard it, then lift off and remove the head, keeping the head to cook with the rest of the crab for presentation. Remove the gills and any yellow ‘mustard’. Wash the crabs. Cut in half, then pull off the big claws. Using the back of a large knife, tap the claws to crack them; this allows the flavours to seep in while cooking. Wash the crab pieces and set aside.

3. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic, ginger and salt into a paste. Heat the oil in a large wok or heavy-based saucepan and cook the onion over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the chillies and the garlic and ginger paste and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, dried chilli pieces and chilli powder; cook for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk, curry leaves and crab pieces; simmer for a further 10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and almost completely reduced, making sure to turn the crab regularly. Remove from the heat, add the lime juice and season to taste with salt.

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What’s your favourite curry?

December 1, 2013

Pineapple and Toasted Coconut Brown Rice Salad Recipe

One of our favourite quick dinner ideas in summer, this rice salad recipe is elevated with flavours of juicy pineapple and toasted coconut. Ready in just a few minutes, the salad goes really well with chicken, fish or burgers on the BBQ – or on its own as a leftover lunch.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

½ cup shredded coconut
2 packets of microwave brown rice
½ pineapple
1 red capsicum
Baby spinach
Handful fresh mint
Handful fresh flat leaf parsley
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
Cracked black pepper

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Spread the coconut over a baking tray and roast in the oven for a few minutes, stirring every couple of minutes until light brown. Remove from the oven.

2. Meanwhile, cook the brown rice to packet instructions.

3. Cut the peel from the pineapple, core and cut the fruit into small pieces.

4. Cut the red capsicum in a small dice, discarding the seeds and core.

5. Roughly chop the fresh herbs.

6. In a salad bowl, mix all ingredients together, toss well and serve.

What ingredients do you like to add to a rice salad? Tell us in the comments!

Recipe by Dr Joanna McMillan for Australian Pineapples.

November 26, 2013

Michelle Bridges’ Ginger Salmon Stir-Fry with Chinese Broccoli

We’re always looking for quick dinner ideas and this Michelle Bridges recipe for ginger salmon stir-fry with Chinese broccoli from her new book Get Real! is not only delicious but low in fat and calories. Winner!

Extract from the book Get Real!: Inspiring Stories and lessons from the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation Revolution by Michelle Bridges and photography by Jane Allen published by Viking RRP $24.99. 

As with my other stir-fries, you  can replace the fish with any kind of protein you like. I would recommend tofu or chicken as alternatives for this dish.

Serves: 2

396 calories per serve

Prep time 15 mins  Cooking time 10 mins

Ingredients

210 g salmon fillet, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 cm piece ginger, grated
2 tablespoons reduced-salt soy sauce
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 bunch gai lan (Chinese broccoli), cut into 5 cm lengths
1 medium red capsicum, thinly sliced
6 medium shallots, cut into 5 cm lengths
¼ cup fresh coriander leaves

Method

1. Combine the salmon, garlic, ginger and half the soy sauce in a bowl.

2. Heat half the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the gai lan, capsicum and 1 tablespoon water, then stir-fry for 2 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender. Transfer to a bowl.

3. Heat half the remaining oil and stir-fry the shallots for 1−2 minutes or until bright green. Transfer to the bowl with the other vegetables.

4. Heat the remaining oil and stir-fry the salmon for 2 minutes or until lightly browned.

5. Return the vegetables to the wok, with the remaining soy sauce, and toss to combine.

6. Divide the stir-fry between bowls and scatter with coriander leaves to serve.

Mish Tip : Gai lan (Chinese broccoli) is a leafy Asian green and, like regular broccoli, it is extremely nutritious. If you can’t find it, simply replace with any other leafy Asian green.

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November 20, 2013
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