Healthy-dinner-recipes

10 Minute Salmon And Vegetable Stir Fry

Looking for a healthy dinner the family is going to enjoy on a short time frame? A quick stir fry is the best option since it’s made with wholesome vegetables, healthy salmon and takes just 10 minutes create.

RELATED: Quick and Easy Smoked Salmon Recipe

Ingredients

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup baby carrots

1 cup asparagus, sliced

2 cups salmon fillet

1 red pepper, diced

1 green pepper, diced

2 tablespoons rice wine

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Method

  1. Heat the oil over a large wok, and fry the garlic until it begins to brown.
  2. Add the vegetables and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the salmon (feel free to cube or slice it into thin pieces so it can cook faster). Keep cooking for another 2 minutes until it begins to crisp.
  3. Combine the rice wine and soy sauce, and stir every few seconds. Cook for another 5 minutes, then serve immediately.

Image via iFoodReal

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Who knew that beets could be so good? This prehistoric food is naturally sweet and contains valuable nutrients to help control high cholesterol, boost energy levels and are essential in a natural detox. Try some of these delicious beetroot salad ideas which make for a light lunch or dinner meal.

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Roasted beet salad with feta cheese

Try this colourful salad the next time you want something light and tasty for dinner. Sprinkle some feta cheese over the top, then garnish with lemon juice and cracked black pepper.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Beetroot and spinach salad

Pick some baby spinach leaves straight from the garden to add into this summer salad. Roasted walnuts make for the perfect side to the dish.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Carrot, beetroot and quinoa salad

If you’re a fan of quinoa, make sure to try this salad with beets and spinach. This dish is also vegan and gluten-free, so it’s perfect for everyone!

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Beet and apple salad

For something a little sweet to beat 3:30-itis, this apple and beetroot salad makes for the perfect snack. Serve with yummy pistachios sprinkled over the top for added texture.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Chickpea and beetroot salad

To make your salad a little more filling, add a handful of boiled chickpeas before serving with cashews and crumbled goats cheese.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Israeli couscous with beets and walnuts

Create this rainbow salad which takes just minutes to complete from scratch! Serve with fresh dill, lemon juice, parsley and oregano for that authentic taste.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Images via White on Rice Couple, Lush Loves, Cookie and Kate, The Bitten Word, Scrumpdillyicious

Quick And Easy Healthy Mussel Omelette Recipe

Looking for a light dish for those balmy summer evenings? A mussel omelette is a quick and easy way to use those leftovers in the fridge and still keep healthy. This delicious meal is perfect for lunch or dinner and can also be served as an appetiser.

RELATED: Steamed Mussels with Hazelnut Gremolata

Ingredients

3 large eggs

1 tbsp olive oil

50g cooked, shelled mussels

1 tbsp parsley

Salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Crack the eggs into a small bowl, beat them gently with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in the frying pan and cook the eggs over medium heat until they start to set.
  3. Transfer the omelette onto a plate, then sprinkle the cooked mussels, parsley and other vegetables over the top. Season again with cracked black pepper or chilli flakes.

Image via The Times

Make Your Own Dumplings From Scratch

Who can resist a delicious serve of dumplings, especially when they’re filled with fresh vegetables and a chilli sauce – yum! Rather than heading out for dinner each time, make them from scratch at home. It’s actually easier than it sounds.

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Ingredients

2 cups white flour

1.5 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup warm water

Method

  1. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder into a small bowl.
  2. Add the water as you stir, then the oil. Keep mixing until the mixture has combined into a fine paste. Feel free to add any type of filling you like, or simply cook them without one.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop up each bit of the mixture, then drop it into a chicken or beef broth.
  4. Steam for 3-5 minutes or until the dumplings begin to rise to the top of the water.

Image via Mamas Southern Cooking

Feta, Hummus and Avocado Wraps Recipe

Looking for a healthy dinner recipe the entire family will enjoy? This yummy little creation brings together nutritious avocado, feta cheese, and hummus in a delightful little wrap – not to mention seasoned with red chilli flakes and cracked black pepper!

RELATED: Avocado and Cherry Tomato Toast

Ingredients

4 wholemeal wraps

2 avocados

200g hummus

4 diced jalapenos

60g feta cheese

Red chilli flakes

Cracked black pepper

Method

  1. Dice the jalapenos, and share give a generous serving on each wrap. Finish off with hummus over the top.
  2. Divide the avocado, sprinkle some feta cheese over the top, then add the pepper and chilli flakes.
  3. Fold each wrap over, then grill gently on each side until golden brown (you could also do this step before adding the filling).

Images via Hungry Healthy Happy

Meatballs With Fettucine And Tomato Sauce Recipe

The big chill has set in and so too has our appetite for warming and hearty meals. What better way to satisfy cravings than with this delicious meatballs with fettucine recipe from Zoey Bingley-Pullin? Containing fresh herbs for antioxidants and a homemade tomato sauce to minimise any nasties, it’s the perfect dinner option to fight off those winter blues.

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Serves 4-5

Ingredients

Meatballs

500g pork and beef mince

1/2 onion, finely diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp finely chopped oregano leaves

1/4 tsp salt

Pinch black ground pepper

Tomato sauce and fettucine

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 carrot, grated

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes

1/4 cup roughly torn basil leaves

2 tbsp finely chopped oregano leaves

400g fettuccine

Salad

2-3 handfuls baby spinach leaves

1 truss tomato, roughly chopped

1 tbsp shaved parmesan cheese

Dressing of your choice

To serve

1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese

2 tbsp torn basil leaves

Method

  1. Combine all meatball ingredients in a medium-size bowl and mix well. Use clean, damp hands to roll mixture into small balls (about 2 teaspoons per ball). Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large fry-pan on medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes, until soft. Add carrot and cook until softened, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir through tomatoes, basil and oregano and bring to a simmer (use the back of a wooden spoon to break up tomatoes). Add meatballs to the sauce, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Turn meatballs once during cooking. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. While the meatballs and sauce are cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook fettuccine in boiling water for 8 minutes or until just tender. Drain.
  5. Toss salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  6. To serve, spoon fettuccine into bowls, top with a few meatballs and tomato sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and basil leaves. Serve salad on the side.

Recipe courtesy of My Food Bag

Grilled Prawns and Pineapple Recipe

How’s this for the perfect summer dinner recipe?

Grilled prawns with fresh vegetables, seasoned with salt and pepper, and to top if off with some grilled pineapple. Feel free to alter the recipe to suit your own personal taste, or add a few extra vegetables into the mix.

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Ingredients

1/2 pineapple

500g prawns (uncooked)

200g scallions

1/2 onion

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Heat some olive oil over a hot pan, then slice the onion and scallions. Cook until glossy.
  2. Chop off the extra bits from the prawns then lay them flat over the grill. Slice the pineapple and remove the core before grilling the pieces with the prawns. Remember to turn them over.
  3. Boil some fresh broccoli and cauliflower, add them into a bowl with the prawns and pineapple. Then season with salt, pepper or chilli flakes for an extra kick of flavour.

Image via Grok Grub

Rainbow Spring Rolls Recipe

Who can resist a yummy spring roll? But we’re not talking about those already made at the store.

Why not take advantage of the seasonal fruits and vegetables to create a delicious rainbow spring roll, which looks good and tastes ever better!

RELATED: Easy Prawn and Avocado Wraps

Ingredients

1 red capsicum

1 yellow capsicum

2 carrots

1/2 red cabbage

1 ripe avocado

2 asparagus sprigs

10 spring roll wraps

Method

  1. Slice the asparagus into small pieces, then bring it to a slight boil. Remove from the heat, and place to cool. You can also use broccoli as well.
  2. Slice the capsicum, carrots and red cabbage. Open up the spring roll wraps, then arrange them in the middle. Top off with avocado, then fold the bottom parts as well as the sides.
  3. You could leave it here for a healthy meal on-the-go, or make a quick red wine vinegar sauce on the side.

Image via Thirsty For Tea

Healthy Tuna Linguine Recipe

If it’s your turn to cook dinner tonight, try this delicious tuna linguine recipe. Packed with delicious tomato, cheese, and of course, an easy to prepare serving of protein for your day.

RELATED: Tuna and Couscous Salad Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups linguine

1 cup cherry tomatoes (chopped)

1 tbspolive oil

1 tin canned tuna (drained)

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF) and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, lay them on the tray, then drizzle with olive oil. Cook until golden brown with a crusty layer on top.
  3. Cook the pasta in boiling water, then drain and set aside.
  4. Crumble the tuna over each serving of linguine, then top off with cherry tomatoes, black cracked pepper, chilli flakes and finely chopped parsley.

Image via Olive Magazine

Healthy Mushroom and Spring Greens Stir-Fry

If you have a few leftover green vegetables, why not create this easy stir-fry which takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. Make the most of what’s in the fridge and throw a few of your favourite ingredients into the mix for a tasty dish that won’t leave you feeling hungry afterwards.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 small onion (sliced)

1 tbsp root ginger

2 cups mushrooms

1 spring green cabbage

1 cup sliced broccoli

6 scallions (sliced)

2 tbsp red wine

1 tbsp soy sauce

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large wok and add the finely chopped garlic, ginger and onion. Cook for about a minute until brown.
  2. Stir through the mushrooms and cabbage, then add the spring onions and broccoli. Cook for a few more minutes and then add the red wine and soy sauce.
  3. Serve immediately on its own, or boil some white rice or flat noodles on the side.

Image via Season With Spice

Asparagus, Egg and Feta Cheese Salad

Give your same-old salad a refresh by adding some healthy asparagus. Not only is this vegetable extremely easy to cook (especially for beginners), but it also tastes amazing with just about anything.

RELATED: Healthy Baked Asparagus Recipe

Since we can’t deny a delicious egg for lunch or dinner, this recipe is perfect to whip-up if time isn’t on your side  it takes just 10 minutes!

Ingredients

1 egg

100g asparagus

2 tbsp olive oil

50g feta cheese (crumbled or cubed, your choice)

Chili flakes

Instructions

  1. Wash and trim the ends of the asparagus, then cut the spears in half. Steam for 5 minutes so they still have some of their crunch. Leave them in for longer if you like them overcooked. You can also poach your egg and serve it on top of the asparagus stems.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, then add the beaten eggs. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the asparagus.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, and serve on a plate with chilli flakes (for an extra hit of flavour), fresh basil, and mint.

Image via Babble

Lasagne Bolognese Dinner Recipe

Combine both a classic lasagne dish with tasty bolognese for a filling cheat after a long day at work.

If you have a little extra time on your hands, make your own pasta sauce using canned tomatoes, vegetable stock, and fresh herbs for a delicious meal which works well with a shiraz red wine.

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Serves 8

Ingredients

700g beef mince

11 lasagne sheets

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion (chopped)

300g tomato cooking sauce

1 tin canned tomatoes (finely chopped)

1 cup water

300g grated cheese

Salt and pepper

Béchamel sauce

4 cups milk

40g butter

1/4 cup flour

1 tablespoon salt

Method

  1. Heat a pan with olive oil and cook the mince until brown. Add the cooking sauce and stir occasionally. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs.
  2. In another pan add the butter until it begins to bubble up. Remove, then add milk and put it back on the heat. Keep cooking until the sauce begins to boil, then remove again and leave to cool.
  3. Cover the base of one tray with meat sauce and one layer lasagne sheets, then evenly distribute the meat sauce mixture. Keep this going for 2 more layers, then pour the béchamel sauce, and top off with the grated cheese of your choice.
  4. Set your oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and cook for 30-40 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown.

Image via Cook Your Dream

Healthy Courgette Spaghetti Recipe

Treat the family to a healthy courgette dish which actually looks and tastes like real pasta, minus the added calories.

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While this meal is made easy using a spiraliser to finely carve the courgettes, you can just slice them manually with a knife, add some tomato sauce and basil leaves to finish – yum!

Serves: 2

Ingredients

3 courgettes (zucchini)

1 tin canned tomatoes

1/2 clove of garlic

3-5 basil leaves

1 tablespoon vegetable stock

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Wash, dry and chop off the ends of each courgette.
  2. Attach the courgette into the centre of your spiralser, then turn the handle. Make sure to place a bowl at the end to catch the spiralised courgette.
  3. Add one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over a hot pan, crush the garlic, empty out the can of tomatoes, and finally finish off with one tablespoon of vegetable stock. Stir well.
  4. Steam the courgettes for a few minutes until soft, drain them, then combine them with the tomato sauce. Mix well, and then transfer onto a bowl.
  5. Serve with a few basil leaves arranged over the top.

Image via Splodz Blogz

Easy Prawn And Avocado Wraps

If you don’t have time to make yourself a delicious dinner, try one of our quick wraps instead. They require less than 5 minutes of your evening, and taste amazing!

This week we’re featuring prawn and avocado (of course), with red capsicum and capers inside of a delicious wholemeal wrap.

RELATED: Avocado And Cherry Tomato Toast 

Ingredients

200g freshly peeled prawns

1/2 red capsicum

1 cucumber (diced)

1 tomato (diced)

1/2 avocado

1 tsp capers

Handful of baby spinach and rocket

4 wholemeal wraps

Method

  1. Lightly warm up the wraps over a pan, and set aside.
  2. Combine the prawn meat, capsicum, cucumber, tomato and avocado into a bowl.
  3. Transfer the mixture onto the centre of the wrap, then top with capers, baby spinach and rocket. Fold each wrap, and use a toothpick to keep them secure.

Image via Ocado

Tequila and Lime Marinated Steak Recipe

Cooking with alcohol is one of the best ways to bring out the flavours of your food, without going too over-the-top.

One of our favourite ways to infuse a classic steak dish is with a splash of tequila; which smells and tastes absolutely delicious. If you want to know exactly how to make this dish at home, then just keep reading!

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Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp tequila

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 jalapeno

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 green onions (sliced)

2 garlic cloves

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds steak

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 lime (sliced in wedges)

Method

  1. Combine the tequila, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, green onion, garlic onions, brown sugar, jalapeno, and black pepper into a re-sealable bag. Add the steak, then let it marinade in the fridge overnight.
  2. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper, then cook on a hot grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  3. Once the steak is done, squeeze some more lime over the meat, and serve with fresh parsley.

Image and Recipe via Cooking Bride, Gaia Health Blog

Healthy Seafood Paella Recipe

Nothing beats a deliciously hearty paella recipe packed with some of your favourite seafood, to be shared with friends and family.

While a meal like this may seem difficult for beginners, we have tracked down the perfect recipe which takes no longer than 30 minutes to create from scratch.

Serve with a sweet white wine, or even a fruity sangria if you’re feeling festive!

RELATED: Low-Fat Seafood Chowder Recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients

4 cups chicken stock

1/2 tsp saffron threads

1/4 cup olive oil

1 medium yellow onion (diced)

2 cloves garlic

1/2 red bell pepper (diced)

2 ripe tomatoes (peeled and diced)

2 cips arborio rice

Salt

8 ounces mussels

8 ounces littleneck clams

8 ounces prawn

2 tbsp finely chopped parsley

2 medium lemons (sliced)

Method

  1. Combine the chicken stock and saffron threads into a pot of hot water, and let it simmer.
  2. Heat a large pan of medium-heat, and add the olive oil, onion, garlic, and red bell pepper. Cook until the entire mixture is soft, then add the diced tomatoes and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the rice, and keep stirring the entire mixture.
  3. Combine the warm broth and cook until it reaches a light boil. Cook the rice uncovered for an extra 10 minutes before adding the mussels, clams, and prawns with an aluminium cover over the pan.
  4. Turn the heat off, and let the entire mixture simmer for a few more minutes – this is essential since all the flavours will be extra rich and tasty.

Image and Recipe via Cannelle Vanille

Chicken Cashew Stirfry Recipe

Not only is this classic Thai dish delicious as a takeaway, it’s also really simple to make at home. Our recipe uses crunchy green vegetables on a bed of wholewheat noodles, but you can use wholemeal rice, or soba noodles for a healthier alternative.

The entire meal takes approximately 30-40 minutes to prepare, and serves 2.

RELATED: Almond Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Ingredients

2 cups broccoli

1/2 cup baby corn

2 carrots (sliced)

100g wholewheat noodles

1 chicken breast (boneless)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp minced ginger

2 cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup unsalted cashews

Splash of soy sauce

Method

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the broccoli pieces, baby corn, sliced carrots, and wholewheat noodles to the mixture. Cook until the noodles are tender, then drain the pot and transfer into a bowl.
  2. Next, heat the olive oil, minced ginger, and garlic into a deep-set frying pan, or alternatively a wok if you have one in your kitchen. Keep cooking until the mixture is golden brown, then promptly add the chicken and sesame oil.
  3. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the chicken has completed cooked-through.
  4. Stir in the noodles, cashews and remaining vegetables with a splash of soy sauce for an authentic taste.

Image via Taste

Traditional Hungarian Beef Goulash Recipe

Make this delicious traditional Hungarian dish which is full of rich flavour and colour.

Our recipe uses beef, but feel free to substitute it for veal, vegetables or even tofu for added taste or dietary requirements. Serve with a side of deep-red wine which will bring out the flavour of the stew.

RELATED: Beef and Ale Stew

Ingredients

1.2kg beef

800g onions

3 cloves of garlic

4 tbsp oil

5 tbsp sweet paprika

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp cumin

1 tbsp vinegar

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Peel and chop the garlic and onions, then set them aside. Cut the beef into 4cm strips, and remove the nerves and fat with a sharp knife.
  2. Heat the oil, and sauté the onions until they are nearly brown.
  3. Combine the paprika, garlic, oregano, thyme, and cumin into small bowl. Pour three tablespoons of this mixture into the pan with the onions. Sauté lightly, then include the vinegar and 8-10 tablespoons of water.
  4. Finally add the meat, then include the salt and pepper before covering the pot. Add a few teaspoons of water to keep the goulash from drying out.
  5. Let this cook for 1-1.5 hours or until the meat is almost cooked. Combine the rest of the spices and pour some cold water over the mixture before covering it up. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, and serve immediately.

Image and Recipe via Eat Well 101

Salmon With Papaya Salsa Recipe

Serves 4

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 30 minutes

Ingredients

2 avocados, diced

2 cups papaya, peeled, deseeded and diced

150g cherry tomatoes, quartered

1¼ cups brown rice

Olive oil

4 salmon fillets

Method

  1. Combine avocado, papaya and cherry tomatoes in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat fry pan and add oil. Cook salmon skin-side down for 4-5 minutes before turning and cooking for about 4 minutes or until still slightly pink in the centre.
  3. Meanwhile, cook brown rice in rice cooker or according to the directions on the packet.
  4. Serve salmon on top of brown rice and top with salsa. Season to taste.

Creamy Avocado Pasta Recipe

Enjoy a delicious avocado pasta dish which is perfect if you want something light for the summer.

Perfect for those on a gluten-free and paleolithic diet who love avocado a little bit too much, the recipe is easy enough to cook and serve for two.

RELATED: Avocado Summer Rolls Recipe

Ingredients

4 medium zucchinis

350g boneless, skinless chicken breast

1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

1 large endive

12 fresh asparagus spears

1/4 cup walnuts

2 tbsp fresh parsley

Creamy avocado sauce

1 large ripe avocado

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1 lemon (juice)

1 tsp Himalayan salt

1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

1 tsp fresh thyme

Method

  1. Turn the zucchinis into noodles using a spiraliser (it’s too difficult to cut them so finely yourself). Then set them aside in a large bowl.
  2. Cook the chicken over a pan on medium heat, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make sure it’s cooked through – this will take 5-10 minutes depending on your cooktop.
  3. Add the endive and asparagus, and cook until the vegetables are tender (another 5 minutes).
  4. Add the ingredients for the avocado sauce into a food processor, and mix until smooth and creamy.
  5. Now add the chicken and vegetables to the zucchini and mix well. The heat should cook the zucchinis just enough to become soft and tender.
  6. Sprinkle the fresh parsley and walnuts over the top before tossing and serving.

Prosciutto and Rocket Pizza Recipe

Create this guilt-free Friday night pizza recipe which is sure to be loved by the entire family. The dough is also made with one cup wholewheat flavour to keep things relatively healthy and light.

Season with some fresh baby spinach and chopped avocado for extra flavour!

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Ingredients

1 cup wholewheat flour

1.5 cups all purpose flour

1 egg yolk

50g fresh yeast

1 cup milk

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp sugar

3 tbsp basil pesto

150g sun dried tomatoes

5 slices prosciutto

200g mozzarella cheese

Fresh rocket

Method

  1. Deposit the milk into a pan, and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Then add the yeast and sugar until the mixture has completely melted. Set aside for a few minutes, and let it cool down.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, egg yolk, and yeast mixture. Knead the dough until everything has properly combined. Brush with a touch of canola oil, and place back into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and set aside so the dough can rise. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180ºC (320ºF), and line a tray with baking paper.
  4. Roll out the dough on a flat surface lightly dusted with flour. Then add the pesto sauce, tomatoes, prosciutto and mozzarella. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the base is golden brown. Decorate with rocket and avocado slices.

Image and Recipe via Taste Your Life

Sour Cherry Pierogi Recipe 

Who doesn’t love to treat themselves to a deliciously sweet meal every now and then? This Eastern European delight is a modern twist to a classic pierogi (ravioli) recipe, which is fresh and ideal for warm summer nights.

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Ingredients

Dough:

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

3 tbsp oil

1/2 cup water

Filling and sauce:

1 jar cherries in juice

1-2 tbsp sugar

1.5 tbsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp cinammon

Mint leaves and whipped cream as topping

Method

  1. To make the dough, mix flour, salt, oil and water into a medium-sized bowl. Then simply cover the dough in a plastic wrap, and allow it to rise.
  2. For the sauce and filling, pour the cherries and juice through a sieve and into a saucepan. The strained cherries should have their own bowl, and set them aside to use as the pierogi filling.
  3. Add one tablespoon of sugar (or slightly more if you prefer a sweeter filling), then add the cornstarch, cinnamon, and juice into a pan and stir. Heat the cherry juice, and stir until it thickens. Remove from heat, and leave it aside to cool.
  4. Prepare the dough for the pierogi and kneed on a lightly floured surface. Remove a walnut-sized piece from the dough, then flatten with a rolling pin to create a small circle.
  5. Place 3-4 drained cherries in the centre of the dough, then press edges together with your fingers (or use a fork).
  6. Bring a large pot of water to boil, then cook 4-5 pierogi at a time so they don’t overlap. Cook until they begin to float, then remove and let them cool down. Serve with mint leaves or a generous serving of your favourite whipped cream over the top.

Image and Recipe via Vegalicious

Irresistible Beef Ragu Recipe

Tired of the same old beef dish which is not only out-dated but also lacks flavour? This delicious beef ragu recipe is made with fresh veggies, a pinch of Parmesan cheese, and is so filling you won’t be going back for seconds (even though you’d like to!)

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Ingredients

1kg beef brisket, cut into 4 pieces

 plain (all-purpose) flour, for dusting

 ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil

 1 brown onion, thickly sliced

 3 cloves garlic, peeled

 1 cup (250ml) dry red wine

 2 cups (500ml) beef stock

 1 cup (250ml) water

 400g cherry tomatoes

 4 bay leaves

 2 tbsp tomato paste

 1 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar

 400g caserecci+ pasta

 Sea salt and cracked black pepper

 ½ cup basil leaves

 Finely grated Parmesan, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC), then move onto the beef. Dust it lightly in flour and remove any excess by shaking it softly.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil over a hot pan on high heat. Cook the beef for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown and crispy. Remove from the pan, and set aside to cool.
  3. Reduce the heat back down to low, then cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes or until it starts to brown slightly.
  4. Increase the heat back to high, and add the wine before mixing well with a wooden spoon. Wait for the mixture to reduce before adding stock, water, tomatoes, bay leaves, tomato paste and some sugar.
  5. Place the beef into a pan, and roast in the oven for 2 hours (depending on your oven this should be the average time).
  6. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan filled with water until al dente. Drain, then toss with sauce, salt, and pepper. Season with basil and Parmesan cheese.

Image and Recipe courtesy of Donna Hay via Domayne

Lemon And Roasted Garlic Pasta With Lentils

Lentils are such a versatile lunch or dinner option since they can be cooked in a variety of ways, but also bring lots of taste and texture to a meal. This special dinner recipe is on the healthier side, but still features filling flavours of lemon and garlic which will no-doubt have you going back for seconds!

Serves 3-4 and is a great option for those looking for a gluten-free and vegan alternative.

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Ingredients

3-4 cloves medium head garlic

1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil/ghee

Salt

1 medium head roasted garlic

1/2-2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2-1 tsp salt and pepper

1 box gluten-free spaghetti

12 cups loosely packed baby spinach

2/3 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes

1 cup cooked black or green lentils

Topping options: sliced almonds, parsley or basil, lemon, salt and pepper, capers, fresh Parmesan cheese.

Method

For the roasted garlic:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF, and peel away the skin from the garlic until you can see the cloves.
  2. Drizzle with oil, sea salt and let it soak for 5-10 minutes before roasting it in the oven.
  3. Roast the garlic for 50 minutes in the oven until it is golden-brown in colour, and feels tender. Remove from the oven and leave it out to cool.

For the sauce:

  1. Mash the garlic heads in a medium bowl, then combine with 1/2 cup oil, teaspoon, salt, pepper into jar and shake well.
  2. Refrigerate the sauce until you’re ready to finally use it.

For the pasta:

  1. Cook pasta and lentils according to the directions, then sauté over medium heat with olive oil.
  2. Add the hot spinach and dried tomatoes before stirring the entire mixture for just 2-3 minutes.
  3. Now include the pasta and lemon sauce into the mixture, and season to your liking. Place 1/4 cup of lentils over each pasta dish, and serve with freshly chopped parsley, almonds and basil for a fresh pop of flavour.

Image and Recipe via Edible Perspective

Roasted Beet Borscht Recipe

Recreate this traditional Eastern European soup-dish with a healthier twist! Instead of using the traditional sour cream, substitute with a fat-free alternative, for a guilt-free meal without compromising the taste! Add some horseradish for an extra boost of flavour.

The entire meal only takes about an hour to prepare, so it’s perfect if you’re just starting out, or even a veteran cook!

RELATED: Check out our Easy Pierogi recipe here

Ingredients

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion (chopped)

2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth (or vegetable broth)

1 medium russet potato (peeled and diced)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1.5 cups steamed cubed beets

2 tsp red-wine vinegar

1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream

1 tbsp horseradish

1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley

Method

  1. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Then add the onion, and stir until it begins to brown.
  2. Add the broth, potato, salt and pepper and bring to a slow boil. Once it’s boiled, reduce to a simmer and cover the saucepan until the potato is soft and tender – this should take about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the beets and vinegar, and again bring to a boil. Cover the saucepan until the broth is deep-red in colour, and the potato is very soft.
  4. Combine the sour cream and horseradish into a small bowl, and serve the soup with spoonful of the mixture. Sprinkle parsley over the top before serving.

Images and Recipe via Eating Well

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