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Pearfect trio of pear smoothies

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:05

Smoothies are the perfect on-the-go breakfast idea or nutrients rich snack to keep you going throughout the day. They’re a wonderful vessel for any fruit and veg you like plus your choice of liquid. Especially moving into these warmer months a lovely, refreshing smoothie will certainly start your day off to a great start.

This collection of pear smoothies includes 3 different flavours; green pear smoothie, choc pear smoothie and a strawberry and pear smoothie. Pears are a wonderful source of fibre and are low GI, which makes them an ideal ingredient to add to your smoothie and keep you full and moving throughout the day. With three different flavours to choose from there is a pear smoothie for everyone.

Trio of pear smoothie recipes to try 

Choc Pear Smoothie – Australian Pears

 

Green Pear Smoothie – Australian Pears

 

Strawberry and Pear Smoothie – Australian Pears

 

*DISCLAIMER –  Australian Pears is a contributing recipe Partner at  myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Australian Pears and our own opinions.   Find out more about Australian Pears 

 

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The best way to store strawberries

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:46

It’s that wonderful time of year when we are blessed with an abundance of fresh and vibrant seasonal fruit and veg. Amongst this selection, bright-red strawberries have made their return. They’re sweet, soft and bursting with flavour.

Whether your ready to devour the whole carton or you have recipes ready to put the strawberries to good use, knowing how to store them properly is the key. Remember strawberries are delicate and should be treated with care.

3 rules for storing strawberries 

Leave the stem on as long as possible: when your ready to enjoy your strawberries you can then remove the stem but keep your stems on for as long as possible as this prolongs shelf life.

Wash as you go: although it is very tempting to wash your strawberries as soon as you get home from the grocery store, you should only wash your strawberries right before eating them. If you wash them as soon as you bring them home they can soak up every bit of moisture, which is what turns them mushy and also wet berries will more likely become moldy faster.

Don’t let one berry spoil the whole bunch: if you notice one strawberry going moldy, remove it immediately. Mold can spread extremely fast, remove the spoiled berries before it ruins the rest of the batch.

3 best places to store strawberries

Store on the countertop: if you are using your strawberries the day you bring them home, there is no need to put them in the fridge. You can leave them at room temperature on the kitchen counter.

In the fridge: if you don’t plan to eat your strawberries the day your bring them home, the best place for them is in the fridge. Remove the berries from their original container and store them whole and unwashed. In a partially closed lined container, with paper towel to absorb any excess moisture

In the freezer: if you choose not to use your strawberries in the next few days you can freeze them. Ensure you remove the stems, halve or slice them and then freeze a single layer on a baking sheet until solid. Store in a airtight container or ziplock bag. These frozen strawberries are perfect to be added into smoothies.

 

Now go get yourself some gorgeous strawberries and try these scrumptious recipes.

Strawberry recipes to try 

Spicy strawberry and jalapeno salsa – Cobs

 

Watermelon, Strawberry and Feta Salad – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Burrata with Strawberry and Basil Salsa – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Pear and Strawberry Smoothie – Australian Pears

 

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Jarchos: Healthy nachos in a jar recipe

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 10:02

As we creep closer and closer to summer our desire for lighter and quick meals increases. On warm evenings you do not want meals that will have you melting at the dinner table. Which calls for no-bake meals. You can still enjoy delicious, and vibrant meals without using your oven.

During spring and summer you must try this fun healthy nachos in a jar recipe…also known as JARCHOS! With three different flavour combinations to try this simple and quick recipe can be enjoyed for dinner or lunch and requires no oven. This recipe is also a great idea to serve to your guests at your next casual dinner event or BBQ. Serve with your favourite Cobs Hip Chips and your ready for a delicious Mexican no-bake feast.

Healthy nachos in a jar: Jarchos recipe to try 

Healthy nachos in a jar: Jarchos – Cobs

 

For more lovely and light recipe ideas have a look in our Balanced Everyday Foodbook. It’s a winner!

 

*DISCLAIMER: Cobs is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Cobs and our own opinions. For more information, visit the Cobs website.

 

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Veggie delight: ricotta and mushroom meatballs

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 09:30

Running out ways to sneak more veg into your meals? No need to fret, there are plenty of ways to add veggies into your breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes without ruining the flavour. You can add veggies to your smoothies, frittatas, soup, savoury muffins, sauces and you can even mince your veggies and turn them into meat-free meatballs.

This super delicious ricotta and mushroom meatballs in tomato sauce recipe is the perfect mid-week family dinner idea. Also you won’t miss out on your daily dose of dairy with this nutrients-rich meal. All you need to do is finely dice your mushrooms, blend with tasty ricotta and feta plus other ingredients and bake in a delicious tomato sauce. Yum!

Ricotta and meatballs with tomato sauce recipe to try 

 

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What’s in season this spring?

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:44

Spring has well and truely sprung which means there’s a whole new array of fresh fruit and vegetables coming into season. Knowing what is in season during spring, you will find the best value and quality when cooking.

When it comes to spring, think fresh citrus flavours, delicious strawberries, vibrant broccoli and sweet cherries and this is only the start of the list.

In this clever myfoodbook infographic, have a look at some of the gorgeous fresh fruits and vegetables that are at their peak and full of flavour.

 

During September, October and November you can also find the following produce readily available and at it’s freshest and fullest. Its time to get cooking!

FruitVegetables
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Broad Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Silverbeet & Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
Spring recipe ideas to try

Spicy Strawberry and Jalapeño Salsa – Cobs

 

Rhubarb Custard Tea Cake – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Asparagus with Greek Salad Dressing – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Sweet potato and broccoli frittata – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Lemon Ricotta Bliss Balls – The Dairy Kitchen

 

This feature contains a mix of content from myfoodbook third party content partners and our own opinions.

 

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Easy sweet potato hummus: 3 ways

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:47

It is the time of the year where social calendars expand and attending or hosting dining events is a regular weekend occasion. With this flurry comes our need for delicious recipes to serve to guests or to not show up empty handed.

With any gathering, whether it be a casual bbq or sit down dinner you want your guests to be satisfied and especially keep them occupied until the main course. Serving up delicious bite-sized appetisers is the perfect party starter. One key tip is, appetiser don’t need to be over the top. You do not want your guests to spoil their appetite before the main course. Dips are a fantastic choice for an appetiser.

This sweet potato hummus recipe is not only delicious but also it reaps the nutritious benefits of sweet potato. This supercharged hummus recipe can be enjoyed 3 ways. Using the same base recipe plus your choice of 3 different toppings; coriander hummus with honey roasted cashews, hummus with pomegranate molasses and pistachios or hummus with fire roasted capsicum, feta and smoked paprika. Serve this delicious hummus with your favourite crackers and your ready to go.

Sweet potato hummus recipe to try 

Sweet potato hummus – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

For more fresh recipe ideas have a look in our new Balanced Everyday Foodbook.

 

*DISCLAIMER: Australian Sweet Potatoes are a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Australian Sweet Potatoes and our own opinions. For more information visit the Sweet Potatoes website.

 

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Springtime salad recipes

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:12

As we have officially sprung into spring it is time to say goodbye to your beloved winter comfort food recipes and say hello to a whole new array of beautiful, fresh spring recipes.

With plenty of sun-soaked days ahead, many of us will start looking to lighter meals such as colourful salads with nourishing and fresh ingredients. Although as some might believe, salads are boring and bland…wrong. With a small amount of planning and organisation you can create delicious and hearty salads that the whole family will love. Plus these salads are ideal for sharing making them easy dinner party recipes.

Step inside the salad box this spring and try these gorgeous recipes for lighter eating.

Fresh salad recipes perfect for springtime munching 

Jarchos- Healthy Nachos in a Jar – Cobs

 

Pear and brussel sprout slaw – Australian Pears

 

Crunchy Buddha Bowl – Cobs

 

Maple roasted mushroom and carrot salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

Pear and super grain salad – Australian Pears

 

Chicken and Avocado Salad – Australian Avocados

 

For more fresh and delicious recipes have a look in our new Balanced Everyday Foodbook. It’s a good one.

 

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4 ways with sweet potato

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 10:21

Nourishing your body with fresh ingredients is extremely important and you simply can’t go wrong with the sweet potato. This super veg boasts a high vitamin content and never fails to impress with it’s meal versatility.

This root vegetable, is lower in starch than your regular potato and has more fibre and a lower carbohydrate content. If you aren’t using sweet potato yet, it is one ingredient you’ll want to be adding to your meals.

Although many people do avoid sweet potatoes because they simply do not know how to prepare them. But the sweet potato is extremely versatile and can be enjoyed in more ways than you think and supercharge any recipe.

4 ways to enjoy sweet potato 

As fries: who doesn’t love hot chips?  Although as delicious as hot chips are, they should only really be enjoyed as a treat. But if that just won’t do, why not try sweet potato French fries? Super easy and simple to prepare, and they pair perfectly well with crumbed fish or grilled meat.

Sweet Potato Fries – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Stuffed: yes, you can stuff a sweet potato! It’s time to kick your sandwich goodbye and say hello to stand and stuff sweet potatoes. No peeling required, you can simply bake the whole sweet potato. The hardest decision you need to make is your filling for your sweet potato.

Stand and Stuff Sweet Potatoes – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Blended: sweet potatoes are fantastic to be blended into purees, stirred through pastas, and combined into savoury muffins. They are also a great binding ingredient, which is why you should try making sweet potato nuggets. Yes, nuggets! These nuggets are an easy snack idea or a delicious appetiser for your guests to enjoy. Plus the kids will love them.

Sweet Potato, Chicken and Couscous Nuggets – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

In ice cream: we all scream for ice-cream! As the weather warms, we go searching for cool treats to relieve us from the heat. Ice cream is a real winner on scorching summer days. Now this might be a surprise to some, but you can add sweet potato to ice cream. Yes it can be done! Sweet potato gives ice cream a lovely smooth texture plus a gorgeous and fresh orange colour.

Sweet Potato, coconut and peanut butter ice cream – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

For more lovely and light recipes have a look in our new Balanced Everyday Foodbook.

 

*DISCLAIMER: Australian Sweet Potatoes are a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Australian Sweet Potatoes and our own opinions. For more information visit the Sweet Potatoes website.

 

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Easy banana nice-cream: 3 ways

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:29

On a warm balmy night a scoop of ice cream can finish the evening off quite nicely, and also cool you down from your day. Although as delicious as ice cream is it is a treat, so we have found the perfect alternative. Banana nice-cream!

Banana’s create a delicious, creamy texture which can easily resemble ice cream. Using banana as the base plus other scrumptious ingredients makes this nice-cream a guilt-free way to indulge in your sweet tooth and get your ice-cream fix. This banana nice-cream is also perfect for the kids to enjoy and with School holidays why not get them involved.

Instead of one flavour you can enjoy three; chocolate, passionfruit and choc nut there is a flavour for everyone or why not make all three?

Banana nice-cream flavours to try  Chocolate banana nice-cream 

Chocolate lovers this ones for you. Banana blended with yogurt, cacao and maple syrup this nice-cream is a lovely after dinner treat or cooling afternoon snack.

Passionfruit banana nice-cream 

A lovely blend of passionfruit and banana plus a hint of coconut, this fruity mix is fresh and light and perfect to enjoy on a warm evening.

 

Choc nut banana nice-cream 

Choc nut please! This delicious flavour will certainly satisfy any sweet tooth. A blend of chocolate chips, peanut butter and chopped peanuts, who could resist.

 

If you would like to try all three nice-cream flavours you can find the recipe here. Enjoy!

 

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Easy pumpkin gruyere and sage cob recipe

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:08

With the AFL and NRL Grand Finals just around the corner it’s time to prepare the menu for the game. Regardless of what team you go for everyone is a fan of delicious, mouth-watering footy food. What’s a footy match without something oozy and delicious to keep your spirits up and statisfy your appetite during the game.

Although there a few crucial rules when it comes to footy food, and footy fanatics will agree. The food must be easy to make, able to be eaten with one hand so full dedication to the screen can be kept to the highest of standard and finally it must be tasty.

This pumpkin gruyere and sage cob loaf recipe is certainly one to add to the list. With it’s intense cheesiness blended with sweet pumpkin and topped with crispy bacon pieces, who could say no! The best part about this dish is that you can serve it straight from the cob, and using crispy bread to dip into the cheese, this recipe ticks all the footy final boxes.

Pumpkin Gruyere and Sage Cob recipe to try 

Pumpkin Gruyere and Sage Cob – The Dairy Kitchen

 

*DISCLAIMER – The Dairy Kitchen is a contributing recipe Partner at  myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Dairy Kitchen and our own opinions.   F ind out more about The Dairy Kitchen.

 

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Must-try red capsicum and ham quiche with sweet potato crust

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:04

As the weather warms your decisions for lunch and dinner will no longer be a warming curry or hot soup. We now look towards frittatas, salads, grilled meat and three veg, plus other lighter dishes.

Quiches are a fantastic idea for easy family eating. Quiches can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner and served with your favourite side salad and you’re good to go. The quiche is also a great vessel for any veg and meat that tickles your fancy, then combined with egg and cheese and poured onto the base of your choice. It really is that simple! Especially with these warmer nights, a quiche is a lovely light meal that won’t make you sweat.

This super delicious red capsicum and ham quiche with a sweet potato crust recipe is a real winner. Made with onion, crunchy capsicum, tasty ham, eggs, grated cheddar cheese and finished off with a sweet potato crust. The sweet potatoes create a perfectly tender crust that holds together on the bottom and creates a chip-like consistency around the edges. This quiche is perfect for anyone looking for a grain-free meal idea. Try this quiche as an easy family dinner or enjoy the next day for lunch. This quiche is the ultimate dish for easy spring eating.

Must-try red capsicum and ham quiche with sweet potato crust recipe 

Red capsicum and ham quiche with sweet potato crust – The Dairy Kitchen

 

*DISCLAIMER – The Dairy Kitchen is a contributing recipe Partner at  myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Dairy Kitchen and our own opinions.   F ind out more about The Dairy Kitchen.

 

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Easy snack recipes to settle that sweet tooth

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:57

When it comes to keeping yourself energised, more often than not three meals a day just won’t cut it. You find yourself reaching for that little something to keep you powering through until the next meal and usually…it’s something sweet! There is, however, no need to dive into the chocolate bowl or biccy barrel when that 3.00pm slump hits.

With a small amount of planning and organisation you can snack better. You can easily stock your kitchen with balanced and easy ingredients to help you whip up a variety of delicious treats, all of which can be made that little bit better with the secret ingredient…peanut butter. Peanut butter is a great binder for bliss balls, slices and dairy-free cookies, while also adding a delicious creamy texture and nutty flavour to smoothies.

In this clever page from our new Balanced Everyday Foodbook these easy snacking suggestions will make you go nuts.

Now your ready to tackle morning-tea and the dreaded 3.00pm slump head on with these scrumptious snack recipes.

Snack recipes to try 

Peanut Butter Smoothie – THE GOOD NUT

 

Peanut Butter Granola – THE GOOD NUT

 

Peanut Butter Energy Bars – THE GOOD NUT

 

For more balanced and delicious recipes have a look in our new Balanced Everyday Foodbook, it’s a good one.

 

*DISCLAIMER: THE GOOD NUT is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from THE GOOD NUT and our own opinions.

 

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Easy egg brekky ideas

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 16:04

Eating a nourishing protein-packed breakfast is the best way to kick start your day and keep you powering through until lunch.

In a perfect world, we would all love to sit down and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, however with busy morning routines and jam-packed schedules this has become difficult. Lack of time does not mean you need to sacrifice a nutritious breakfast. When it comes to making a quick and hearty breakfast, eggs are an obvious choice. Packed full of protein to keep you going throughout the morning, eggs are not only delicious but are extremely versatile. Whether scrambled, poached, fried or boiled, there is always a fun and easy way to get a nutritious protein hit every day. Kids can enjoy  boiled eggs with toast soldiers , while adults can tuck into this  fried eggs on toast with spiced avocado recipe. It really is ok to have an egg every day.

So, get “cracking” and try these delicious and quick egg breakfast ideas;

Egg brekky recipes 

Mushroom and Tomato Omelette – Australian Eggs

 

Fried eggs with spiced avocado – Australian Eggs

 

Spicy scrambled egg breakfast rolls – Australian Eggs

 

Easy “on-the-go” heathy breakfast muffins – Australian Eggs

 

Asian Style Scrambled Eggs – Australian Eggs

 

For more delicious recipes and fresh ideas have a look in our new Balanced Everyday Foodbook.

 

*DISCLAIMER – Australian Eggs is a contributing  recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Australian Eggs and our own opinions.  Find out more about  Australian Eggs.

 

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It’s time to get cooking with turkey

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:36

Let’s get one thing straight – you do not need to wait until Christmas to enjoy turkey!

Although a whole Turkey is a must-have on most families Christmas table, by using quicker-to-cook cuts such as breast slices, mince or even pre-prepared rissoles, this nutritious protein can easily be enjoyed throughout the whole year.

Touted as nature’s super meat, Turkey is protein-packed and rich in vitamins. It is the perfect protein to add to any meal, especially for those who are looking to beat those hunger pangs with a healthy and filling meal or snack. Turkey is also an extremely versatile poultry to cook with. Its mild flavour lends itself to just about any flavour profile.  You can try it in your  bolognese sauce and meatballs or blended with fresh and vibrant Asian flavours to make a quick and protein-filled stir-fry.

Have a look at this clever page from our new  Balanced Everyday Foodbook for some tremendous tips for cooking, storing and getting the most out of Turkey in your meals.

Now you know all things turkey, it’s time to get cooking! Try these super hearty and nourishing turkey recipes.

Terrific turkey recipes 

Turkey Sliders with Fennel and Green Apple slaw and relish – Steggles

 

Turkey Kebabs with flatbread and mixed tomato and mint salad with fresh lemon – Steggles

 

Pan Fried Turkey Breast with Roasted Root Vegetables – Steggles

 

Herb and Parmesan Crumbed Turkey Breast with Sweet potato and Watercress Salad – Steggles

 

Turkey Bolognese – Steggles

 

For more super fresh and balanced recipes have a look in our new Balanced Everyday Foodbook.

 

*DISCLAIMER:  Steggles is a contributing  recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. All opinions in this article are our own. For further information on Steggles’ range of products, visit the  Steggles website.

 

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Midweek treats: sweet comfort food for busy days

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:07

Some days can feel a little longer than others, and, for those, sweet comfort food paired with a cup of tea can be the very thing to end the day on a lovely note. Midweek treats need to be satisfying, quick to make and include a range of pantry staples that’ll save you a trip to the corner store.

If you’ve had a day that calls for a sweet ending, here’s the midweek treats that’ll make it all feel a little better.

Midweek treats for a feel-good fix

Passionfruit sauce  – Australian Passionfruits

For an easy, tangy, thrown-together dessert, whip up a jar of passionfruit sauce and top ice-cream, yoghurt or a sliced banana in this tropical sauce.

Tangy Passionfruit Sauce – Australian Passionfruit

 

Baked pears with mascarpone – Australian Pears

Have a glut of apples or pears on your hands? Get creative and pop them in the oven for 25 minutes for a delicious midweek treat that makes the fruit’s natural flavours shine.

Baked Pears with Mascarpone – Australian Pears

 

Instant apple slice – Devondale

This is one you’ll want to make a double batch of, to ensure there’s enough for a lunchbox slice tomorrow. Apples, spices and raisins come together to give this treat a wonderful flavour.

Instant Apple Slice – Devondale

 

For more delicious dessert recipes and stunning baked goods have a look at our   Dessert lovers Foodbook, it’s a good one!

 

This feature contains a mix of content from myfoodbook third party content partners and our own opinions.

 

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Impress vegetarian visitors with these tasty main meals

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 08:05

If you’re serving dinner to a vegetarian visitor and are stuck for ideas – or perhaps you’re looking to cut down your own meat intake – making a delicious meat-free meal may be easier than you expect.

With so many veggie recipe ideas out there these days – many with long lists of hard-to-find ingredients and complicated methods – it’s great to have a repertoire of go-to vegetarian staple dishes that you can whip up in a jiffy (using common pantry items!).

Mushrooms are touted as the ‘vegetarian meat’, due to their nutritional value – but, they’re also a fantastic umami-rich ingredient that can adapt to suit many cuisines and styles of cooking. So, make your vegetarian meals much better with the addition of delicious mushies. Here are some ideas to get you started, which are bound to whet your veggie guests’ appetites too.

Mushroom-filled vegetarian recipes to try 

Mushroom and lentil bolognese

A hearty, protein-rich bolognese is a meal everyone can get behind. Serve this one up, and even your most carnivorous dinner companions will be pleasantly surprised! Watch how to make the recipe, here.

Mushroom and Lentil Bolognese Sauce – Australian Mushrooms

 

Cauliflower steaks with mushroom sauce

Light, delicious, pretty to plate and a hot food trend amongst vegetarians, cauliflower steaks are a super easy vegetarian meal. Perfect for meat-free Mondays or a BBQ option for veggie visitors.

Cauliflower Steaks with Mushroom Sauce – Australian Mushrooms

 

Roasted mushroom and cauliflower soup

Everything’s more moreish after a little roasting. This soup is full of flavour, healthy ingredients and would make a wonderful starter at a veggie-friendly dinner party.

Roasted Mushroom and Cauliflower Soup – Australian Mushrooms

 

Tapas style garlic mushrooms 

And, if you’re looking for share-plate dishes for veggie friends, these tapas style garlic mushrooms are a winning dish.

Tapas Style Garlic Mushrooms – Australian Mushrooms

 

*DISCLAIMER:  Australian Mushrooms is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. All opinions in this article are our own. For further information on Australian Mushrooms,  visit http://www.australianmushrooms.com.au

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These are nacho average recipe ideas: discover 8 surprising ways to add corn chips to your meals

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:40

Public service announcement for corn chip fiends: we’ve come up with 8 easy and surprising ways to add your favourite chip to simple, nourishing meals – including breakfast. Nope, this is not a drill. You can now create proper, adult culinary fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that include corn chips. These are nacho average corn chip meal ideas.

Here are 8 surprising and enticing ways to add corn chips to your meals:

Breakfast Chilaquiles Verdes
A brekkie that’s bound to kick-start your day on a high note, chilaquiles verdes sees corn chips, chickpeas, avocado and eggs brought together in one happy reunion.

Breakfast Chilaquiles – Cobs

 

Jarchos
What on earth are jarchos? It’s our vibrant lunchtime recipe for health nachos in a jar, of course! Jar + nachos (and fresh salad) equals a lunch to look foward to.

Jarchos Healthy Nachos in a Jar – Cobs

 

Crunchy Buddha Bowl
If you thought cornchips for lunch meant a naughty sour-cream-laden feast, think again. This bowl of green goodness, lean protein, vibrant veggies and crunchy corn chips is a simple, go-to lunch or dinner for corn chip lovers.

Crunchy Buddha Bowl – Cobs

 

Corn chip sliders with crumbed fish patties
Snack in style with these crispy fish sliders, complete with essentail mini burger ingredients. Serve these up at your next event, or create a delicious snack for one.

Corn Chip Sliders with Crumbed Fish Patties – Cobs

 

Baked chicken tenders salad
Make your hearty salads a far more flavoursome feast with the help of a crunchy corn chip coating on your chicken. Bake your tenders and toss them over your favourite salad vegetables for a salad that would never be accused of being ‘rabbit food’.

Crunchy Baked Chicken Tender Salad – Cobs

 

Corn chip fish fingers
Not all fish fingers are the freezer-burnt kind. Try these easy homemade fresh fish fingers with a crispy layer of corn chips to finish. These are great for grown-ups, but the young ones in your life will love them too.

Corn Chip Fish Fingers – Cobs

 

Nachosagne
Nacho lasagne is a Mexican take on an Italian classic – and, yes, it works! This comforting casserole makes a fabulous Friday night dinner everyone in the house will want to dig into.

Nacho Lasagne (Nachosagne) – Cobs

 

Crispy vegetable soldiers
The vegetarian’s answer to fish fingers, this dish resembles tempura veggies – and is an ideal veggie smuggler for fussy eaters in your home. Whether it’s party food or a dinner dish, you’ll be smacking hands away from these tasty strips!

Crispy Baked Vegetable Soldiers – Cobs

 

So, next time you pick up a pack of corn chips, don’t just settle on simple snacking – create a dish that’s fit for entertaining and feeding the whole family. And for more, fresh recipe ideas, download the new Balanced Everyday Foodbook today!

 

 

 

*DISCLAIMER: Cobs is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Cobs and our own opinions. For more information, visit the Cobs website.

 

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10 common baking fails: how your cakes can go wrong

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:04

We’ve all been there: you set out to bake the world’s most picture-perfect cake for a special occassion – complete with pretty icing, toppings and the works. And then, you open the oven to find a lumpy, cracked or sinking cake that’s not at all what you had in mind. It happens to the best of us, but there’s always a reason for these nasty appearances. Myfoodbook is here to help. Here’s where your cake baking efforts can go wrong: allow us to introduce you to common baking fails.

Once you know the reasons these things happen, you can avoid future soggy-bottomed fails and create works of wonder.

 Correct your cakes: 10 common baking fails and why they happen …
  1. The hump
    This can happen when the oven isn’t hot enough before you put your cake in. It can also be an indicator of too much flour.
  2. The sinking centre
    This can common baking fail can signal that you’ve take the cake out of the oven too early or that there’s not enough flour in your cake.
  3. The cracks
    If deep cracks appear, you may have set your temperature a little too high, or have added too much bicarb soda to your batter.
  4. The dark bottom
    If your pan is too deep, the bottom of your cake can darken quickly, while the top doesn’t come close enough to the top of your pan to brown. You may also need to place your pan on a higher oven rack.
  5. The tough texture
    This is a common baking fail that can result because of a number of things: your oven may be too hot, and you may be short on sugar and flour.
  6. The doughy texture
    When you leave your cake in the pan, rather than putting it on a cooling rack, once it comes out of the oven, the texture can become a little doughy (which is a preference for some!). It can also happen if your temperature is too low.
  7. The coarse texture
    Sometimes a coarse texture can eventuate when you add too much bicarb soda or flour, and mix your batter for too long (allowing it to dry out).
  8. The over-hang
    Cup runneth over? Number eight on the list of common baking fails can indicate that your pan is too small, the temperature isn’t high enough in your oven, or you’ve added too much sugar and bicarb soda.
  9. The burnt edges
    This problem can usually be solved simply, by making sure the edges of your cake tin aren’t touching the walls of your oven, or another tray.
  10. The shrinking cake
    If your cake hasn’t risen or looks smaller than it should, your pan may be too big, or you may need to try again with more bicard soda. You might also need to turn the temperature up.

Once you’ve figured out where things may have gone awry in the past, try out these delicious cake recipes …

 Cakes you can’t get wrong

Beurre Bosc Pear and Almond Butter Cake – Australian Pears

 

Jam and Cream Victorian Tea Cake – Copha

 

Marmalade and Almond Tea Cake – IXL

 

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Spring into the kitchen with the new Balanced Everyday 2017 foodbook

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:55

With spring comes the arrival of warmer weather, more time spent outdoors, active weekends and the arrival of the Balanced Everyday Foodbook. And, this year’s edition is the ultimate recipe collection for those who love to eat balanced, nourishing, energy-boosting and fresh foods.

With vibrant salads, kick-starting breakfasts, wholesome meals, healthy snacks, and balanced sweet treats, our Balanced Everyday collection will soon become your go-to e-cookbook for year-round nutritious noshing.

To get your copy, download the e-book, which you can print and view on your screen, or download onto your tablet, iBooks and more.

So what’s in this year’s balanced recipe collection? Here’s a sneak peek.

Kick start your day

Discover a range of kick-starting breakfast recipes to begin you day on a nourishing note.

Breakfast Chilaquiles – Cobs

 

Healthy Eggs Veggie Breakfast – Cobs

 

Meals to put a spring in your step

Feed your body with hearty, energising and healthy dishes that are full of flavour and nutritious ingredients.

Nutty Cauliflower Rice – THE GOOD NUT

 

Herb and Parmesan Turkey Breast – Steggles

 

Pick-me-up bites

Tuck in to these satisfying snacks, share plates and light meals that are bound to pick you up.

Crunchy Buddha Bowl – Cobs

 

Stand and Stuff Sweet Potatoes – Australian Sweet Potatoes

Treat yo’ self

Everything in moderation, right? It’s all about the balance with these not-so-naughty sweet delights.

Wholemeal Peanut Butter Chia Pancakes – THE GOOD NUT

 

Salted Caramel Popcorn Apples – Cobs

 

The Balanced Everyday 2017 foodbook is your go-to guide for balanced cooking.

Spring to it and download today!

 

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Big cooks don’t cry: try these clever onion hacks

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 10:17

If the thought of a sliced or diced onion bringing tears to your eyes has been putting you off making some of your favourite dishes, it’s time to get back into the kitchen and try these clever tricks.

Whether you’re smuggling onion into kid-friendly dishes, caramalising some to top a tart, or perhaps dicing the red variety to stir through your guacamole, this is one versatile ingredient that appears in recipes from many of the world’s best cuisines. Not only does it bring a depth of flavour to a meal, but it can be a nutritious addition to your dishes too.

Luckily, cutting onion doesn’t need to lead to a face marked with tears. Here’s how to slice them without crying:

  • Refrigerate: an hour before you plan to get slicing, pop your onions in the fridge. Slicing a cold onion is a surprisingly effective technique for keeping those tears away.
  • Rinse: it may sound like a strange idea, but try peeling under cold, running water to prevent the eye ‘sting’ that prompts those tears.
  • Cut: use a sharp knife to do your slicing and dicing, and ensure you don’t slice too close to the onion’s ends, as this is where many of the ingredient’s ‘irritants’ can lie.

To learn more about this tasty ingredient, its nutritional value, and easy ways to sneak it into family-friendly dishes, head to The Secret Serve website – where celebrity chef Scott Gooding has shared his best tips and tricks.

Looking for recipes to use this flavoursome ingredient? Try out your new-found hacks with these recipes.

 Delicious recipes using onions …

Cauliflower Steaks with Mushroom Sauce – Australian Mushrooms

 

Potato, Mozzarella and Caramelised Onion Frittata – Perfect Italiano

 

Sweet Potato and Lentil Patties – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Mini Shepards Pie – Western Star

 

Grilled Pear, Prosciutto and Rocket Salad – Australian Pears

 

Ramen with Fried Eggs – Australian Eggs

 

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