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How to make chicken and pork terrine

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:00

With the warmer weather comes picnics, barbecues and other al fresco dining events. With these occasions in mind, you need recipes that are easy, can ideally be made-ahead of time and meals you can eat cold.

A terrine is the perfect option. This hearty dish is traditionally served cold making it the perfect lunch or dinner during summer. Plus it’s make ahead. This irresistible Chicken and Pork terrine with egg centre recipe is certainly one to try. Wrapped in streaky bacon, this tasty terrine will be gone in a flash. Check out the above video for a step by step on how to make Chicken and Pork Terrine for your Christmas feast.

One tip to remember is you can store the cooked, cooled terrine in the tin for up to a week in the fridge. Or if you like you can freeze it for up to 2 months. Remove the terrine from the tin, then wrap in baking paper and plastic wrap. Allow to defrost in the fridge overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.

How to make Chicken and Pork Terrine with Egg Centre

Chicken and pork terrine with egg centre – Australian Eggs

 

 

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How to preserve summer fruits

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:54

We’re lucky to be at the peak of summer fruit and stone fruit season. But there’s always that question of what to do when the fruit starts to turn. Make a jam or relish of course! Not sure where to start? Trish Davison, owner of The Bear and the Ladle and producer of award-winning condiments, gives us the low down of how to preserve summer fruits.

Getting started

My main advice is to be prepared with all the correct ingredients and equipment are ready at hand. The process can be a little labour intensive and time-consuming but it will also be a fun, enjoyable and quite a ‘zen’ foodie experience. Plus, if you get everything right up front, you can enjoy the results for 6, 8 or even 12 months.

 

 

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Fun gifts for foodies

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:00

Do you have a kris kringle to buy for, or looking for small gifts for foodies in your life? Well look no further. We’ve scouted round the internet to find you some quirky and fun foodie or kitchen-themed gifts for you to choose from. Whether young or old, you’ll find something in here to surprise and delight.

Fun gifts for foodies
  1. If the glove fits: When you’re reaching for that roast chook, turkey or pork this Christmas, do it in style wearing these  Oven Mitts by Blue Q. Choose from a number of funny and sometimes ‘adults only’ quotes and retro designs, they’re the perfect combination of form and function. Get them for your sister or brother-in-law and pop them under the tree for a fabulously fun foodie gift.

Hard to Find

 

2. Sweet socks: Sure they’re the ubiquitous Christmas item for hubbies and out-of-favour relatives, but some socks, like these  Delicious Donut Odd Socks, $36.99, are definitely keepers. They’re bright, fun and oh so sweet and come in a box that’s similar to a box of real doughnuts. Which colour will you pick?

Yellow Octopus

3. Room for a spoon: Is there anything the avocado can’t do? It’s awesome on toast, it boosts your good fats, it will add creaminess to savoury and sweet dishes alike, and now, it even offers up its unique design as a spoon rest. Yes, we love this very handy but very cute  Avocado Spoon Rest, $51. Get it for a friend but keep it for yourself.

Hard to Find

4. Odour-free Fridge: Do you love a good stinky cheese but hate the way the smell permeates your fridge and everything in it? Or perhaps you know someone else who’s in need of a little refrigerator odour eater. Well then meet Cool Mama Ingenious Fridge Deodoriser, $19.99. This little lady packs a powerful punch against any pungent smells in your fridge. Simply put baking soda into her head and pop it into the fridge and Cool Mama will absorb and eliminate odours effortlessly.

Yellow Octopus

 

 

 

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Why you need to eat more radishes

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:30

More and more we’re seeing the pretty red and white of radishes in salads, pickles and salsas. Especially for summer and the festive season, radishes add a peppery sweetness and fresh crunch to your sides or mains. But radishes also add a healthy dose of nutrients to your meals too. Here’s why you need to eat more radishes.

How to use radishes in cooking

Preparing and using radishes in cooking couldn’t be easier. In fact, they don’t need any cooking at all. They’re at their best simply thinly sliced or cut into quarters.

Radishes come in bunches and are in the fresh produce section of the supermarket. When you’re buying radishes, look for bunches with bright red radishes that are firm, not spongey. You also want leaves that are bright green and not too wilted. Radish leaves are also edible and are great mixed with other greens in salads.

The many health benefits of radishes

These little bulbs pack a nutritious punch. They’re rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C, making them great immune boosters. Radishes are surprisingly high in fibre and aid in digestion by helping your system to produce bile. This also helps protect the liver and gall bladder.

The red skin of radishes, which is completely edible, hints at the presence of anthocyanin. This is a powerful antioxidant that provides a growing number of health benefits.

Radishes also help to purify the blood and act as a detoxifier, removing toxins from the liver.

Now that we’ve whet your appetite with all the benefits, here are some delicious recipes to try…

Avocado, Chicken and Cabbage Nourish Bowl

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White Fish and Nectarine Ceviche – Summer Stonefruit

 

 

Karaage Chicken with Pickled Salad and Jasmine Rice – Lilydale

 

Summer Vegetable Tart with Mixed Beet Salad

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Win a years supply of Mars Bars through Google

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:11

It seems to be an odd paring but confectionary giant Mars has teamed up with tech giant Google, to give curious Australian’s a chance to win years supply of Mars Bars.

This partnership is all to do with the The Sticky Searchuations campaign and celebrating the strangest questions people ask Google. With Mars rewarding those who are first to good search a specific ‘How to’ question.

Seems easy, but according to Suzannne Morrision, marketing director at Mars Wrigley “Multitudes of Aussies head to the internet for answers to their awkward life questions. For Google searches of thing that are a little left of field, and sometimes surprisingly common, we’ve hidden a year’s supply of Mars Bars that are redeemable with a quick click”.

Mars have released a ‘Dealing With It’ list, which will reveal some of the most obscure questions that Australian’s have searched for. So its time to get your thinking caps and get searching, a year’s supply of Mars Bars awaits you.

 

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Show-stopping Christmas sides to try this year

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:50

When you’re doing a Christmas with all the trimmings, often the side dishes need to be as tasty and enticing as the main. Think gorgeously golden and crispy roast potatoes, a fresh and crunchy salad or a hearty tray bake stuffing.

Whether you’re serving ham, pork, turkey chicken, seafood or lamb, this series of show-stopping sides will take your Christmas menu to the next level of deliciousness.

Sides are also great to add to or turn into a meal on Boxing Day, if there is any leftover.

You won’t want to sideline the following recipes. They’ll definitely impress on your Christmas table.

Christmas sides to try this year 

Wild rice, dukkah egg and pomegranate salad – Australian Eggs

 

Garlic roast potato and sage wreath 

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Crispy bacon and onion stuffing tray bake – Western Star

 

Buttery Herb Roasted Potatoes – Western Star

 

 

Beans and cherry tomatoes with pine nut butter – Western Star

 

Honey Glazed Roast Carrots – Western Star

 

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

 

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How to make watermelon salad

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 09:00

Salads are ultimate summer dish. They’re light, refreshing and can also make for a wonderful accompaniment to barbecued meats and seafood.

Salads are also so easy to make and are relatively fuss-free. You can have fun with the variety of gorgeous fruits and vegetables that are in season. Watermelon just screams summer, but it also is a great addition to the base of a salad.

The sweet watermelon works wonderfully in the salad with the salty olives and feta.  And it just takes a little prep and you have a delicious salad ready in just10 minutes.

All you need is one quarter watermelon, feta, red onion, olives, lemon, olive oil and fresh mint to bring it all together. Guaranteed, once you make this salad you’ll be making it again and again. Sing it with us: “Watermelon, watermelon, I love, you love watermelon.”

Easy watermelon salad recipe to-try 

Easy watermelon salad with feta and mint – myfoodbook cooking school

 

 

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Fuss-free seafood recipes ideal for entertaining

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:00

Nothing says Aussie summer like a huge seafood feast. Whether you’re having a barbecue, dinner party are or are hosting Christmas lunch or dinner, having a trusted seafood dish at hand will certainly make for an even tastier menu.

Seafood is also extremely versatile. Whether you prefer prawns, squid or whitefish, these options can be dressed up or down to fit the occasion.

Buying prawns that are already cleaned will help cut your prep time in half. And why not make life easier for yourself by getting ready crumbed fish that you can cook up in no time. Perfect for those hot Australian summer days.

Check out the following collection of seriously easy and fuss-free recipes to try at your next summer alfresco event.

Fuss-free seafood recipes to try 

Garlic prawn pizza – DeCosti Seafoods

 

Mango prawn salad – De Costi Seafood

 

 

Salt and pepper squid with greek salad – De Costi Seafood

 

Italian prawn tomato tagliatelle – De Costi Seafoods

 

Prawn buddha bowl – De Costi Seafood

 

*DISCLAIMER: De Costi Seafoods is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from De Costi Seafoods and our own opinions. You can find out more about the full range of De Costi Seafoods products, here.

 

 

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Foodbank teams with Y Waste for fast food relief

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:24

Thanks to a new collaboration between Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief organisation, and an innovative new app called Y Waste, more leftover food from takeaways and cafes will soon be used to feed people in need.

How much food is wasted in food service?

It is estimated that at least 40 per cent of food purchased by restaurants, cafes and other foodservice businesses around Australia ends up in the bin. Y Waste enables the public to use their smart phones to find and buy discounted food that hasn’t been sold at the end of the trading day. The app already has over 500 registered outlets nationally – including Sumo Salad, Sushi Hub, Roll’d and Muffin Break – with more coming on board every day.

Many of the food merchants who have signed up with Y Waste have indicated that, as well as selling the meals at reduced prices, they wanted to offer free meals to people who need them. Y Waste approached Foodbank to help create a way for local charities to give people seeking food relief the means to access to these free meals via the app.

Getting good food to people in need

Speaking on the new partnership, Foodbank Australia CEO Brianna Casey, said: “Accessing the short-life prepared food generated by cafes and quick serve restaurants has always been logistically challenging for the food rescue sector. Y Waste removes the barriers and enables the meals to go straight into the hands of people who need them.”

“Not only is the food fresh and high quality but there is plenty of variety giving food insecure people choice and dignity in obtaining the help they need to feed themselves and their families,” Brianna said.

According to the founder of Y Waste, Ian Price, the interest from food merchants keen to do the right thing has been overwhelming. “Ninety percent of the food outlets we’ve spoken to want to donate meals in their communities and the indication is that over half of all the meals being offered through Y Waste will end up with people who can’t afford to buy them.”

With over 80,000 food outlets in Australia there is potential for tens of thousands of meals to go to people experiencing food poverty each day. Y Waste will be progressively rolling out availability of the ‘Foodbank Meals’ around Australia during 2019.

For more information please visit foodbank.org.au

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Must-try vegetarian Christmas recipes

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:01

If you’re hosting Christmas this year, be sure to check if you have any vegetarians in the mix. That way you can be prepared and create a show-stopping meal that everyone can enjoy.

Rather than thinking that a meat-free dish might be lacking in something, make your vegetarian meal a celebration of the beautiful seasonal produce available as in the recipes you see below.

All of these recipes taste amazing. They are also versatile enough to be enjoyed alongside meat and seafood, or served simply as they are.

Must-try Vegetarian Christmas recipes 

Wild rice, dukkah egg and pomegranate salad – Australian Eggs

 

Summer vegetable tart with mixed beet salad – Australian Eggs

 

Garlic roast potato and sage wreath

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Frittata Caprese with spinach, tomato and ricotta – Australian Eggs

 

Avocado potato salad – Australian Avocados

 

Grilled White Peach, Radicchio and Goats Cheese Salad – Summer Stonefruit

 

 

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

 

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Peaches and nectarines are so hot right now!

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 08:00

Peaches and nectarines and ripe for the picking at the moment. They’re sweet, juicy and taste like summer. Grab them from the bowl as a delicious snack or turn them into a fabulous salad or stunning dessert. If you’re still not convinced, here’s a guide to why peaches and nectarines are so hot right now!

Are peaches and nectarines the same? 

Botanically speaking, yes. Sometimes they even grow on the same tree! Peaches are slightly sweeter and have a fuzzier skin, however even in recipes, they are interchangeable.

How do I store my peaches and nectarines?

Keep them in the fridge if they are ripe and ready to eat, or in a cool dry place so that they can continue to ripen slowly. Your nectarines and peaches will ripen most effectively between 8° and 25° Celsius.

Are peaches and nectarines good for you? 

You bet! If you eat them skin and all, they’re a good source of dietary fibre. Plus they are rich in a number of essential vitamins, including vitamins A, C and E. Reports say that just one serving of the fruit has about 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Delicious and easy recipes to try now

Grilled White Peach, Radicchio and Goats Cheese Salad – Summer Stonefruit

 

 

Yellow peach and chipotle chutney – Australian Summer Fruit

Nectarine and apricot coconut chia puddings

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Grilled Yellow Nectarine Salad – Summer Stonefruit

 

Peach and Raspberry Chilled Cheesecakes – Summer Stonefruits

 

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

 

 

 

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How to make frozen yoghurt bark

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 17:17

When it comes to afternoon snacks, yoghurt is a great, gut-friendly option to keep you powering through to dinner. But don’t just eat it straight from the container, you can turn it into fun and delicious sweet treats or healthy snacks.

Frozen yoghurt bark is the ultimate summer time snack or dessert. It’s also extremely versatile. Choose your favourite yoghurt and a selection of fruits and nuts and you’re good to go.

One tip to remember is to keep the yoghurt bark in the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy. Be sure to keep any leftovers in the freezer, as it will go soft if you move it back into the fridge.

Easy frozen yoghurt bark recipe to try 

Healthy frozen yoghurt bark with raspberries – myfoodbook cooking school

 

 

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5 quick and easy dinners for the silly season

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:14

It’s that time of year when your calendar is filling up with pre-Christmas catch ups, dance concerts and work parties. Among it all you have a growing list of presents to buy and Christmas day planning. Of course getting dinner on the table each night is still high on the agenda. Don’t worry. We’ve got you. Here are 5 quick and easy dinners to help you get through the silly season.

The last thing you need when you’re making dinner is a long ingredients list and a lot of tricky prep time. Instead, these dishes include easy throw together one pans that just need finishing in the oven while you pour yourself something nice.

We also chose a couple of convenient foods that help cut down on prep and cooking time. They also help cut down on your shopping list.

The best part of all is that although the recipes are saving you time, none of them are compromising on flavour. You’ll have the satisfaction of clean plates all round when you serve up one of these quick and easy dinners.

5 quick and easy dinners

Lemon and Garlic Prawn Spaghetti – De Costi Seafoods

 

Chicken Schnitzel with Chargrilled Corn and Lentil Salad – Lilydale

 

Mushroom and Char Siu Pork Stir Fry – Australian Mushrooms

Teriyaki Beef Noodles

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Easy Avocado Parmigiana – Australian Avocados

 

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

 

 

 

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How to cut a pineapple

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 09:00

As we can now truly immerse ourselves in the glorious summer weather, it is also time to take advantage of the abundance of fruits that are basking in their seasonal glory. One of these delicious fruits is tropical pineapple.

A gorgeous fruit with a spiky crown, it can actually be a little intimidating to prepare to get to that juicy and sweet interior. But it’s totally worth it to add pineapple to sweet and savoury summer dishes.

So when it comes to cutting and preparing this exotic fruit we’ve got you covered.

Tips to remember when cutting 
  • Sharper the knife the better. This will help you get through the tough skin.
  • Be sure to cut pineapple on a flat surface that is non-slip. It will allow you to get a more firm and balanced grip on the pineapple.
  • Remove the crown and the base first so that the skin is then easy to remove and the pineapple has a flat base to stand up on.
Have a look at this easy video and see how to safely cut a pineapple.



Pineapple recipes to try 

Jerk Chicken Drumsticks with Pineapple Chilli Salsa and Coconut Basmati Rice – Lilydale

 

Aussie burger with the lot – Australian Eggs

 

The Don’t Sweat It – Schweppes

 

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

 

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Tips to make Christmas Day less stressful

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 09:00

Christmas Day should be a day filled with presents, family, food and importantly be enjoyable. However sometimes the pressure to get everything just-so on the day can make it a little stressful.

Fear not, there are a few things you can do to minimise your work load if you’re hosting, or just a few simple tips to help make the whole day run smoother.

From planning to delegating, to taking advantage of make-ahead recipes, these small tips will certainly make a difference.

In this page from the Christmas Made Simple cookbook, see how easy it is to make Christmas Day less stressful.

Now for the Christmas recipes

Crispy bacon and onion stuffing tray bake – Western Star

 

Berries and cream tray pavlova 

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Shortbread Stars with Lemon Butter Filling – Western Star

 

 

Christmas Pudding – Western Star

 

Rosemary, garlic and lemon roast lamb – Western Star

 

*DISCLAIMER: Western Star is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Western Star and our own opinions.  Find out more about the full range of Western Star products.

 

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Your guide to perfect scrambled eggs

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:51

Scrambled eggs are an all-time favourite breakfast. Although there is nothing wrong with scrambled eggs on toast for dinner. For even creamier, softer and smoother scrambled eggs check out this guide to perfect scrambled eggs.

Tips to remember 
  • Whisking your eggs vigorously before cooking them will allow for fluffier scrambled eggs.
  • Your eggs will continue to cook for a few moments after you transfer them to the plate. So cook them to the point just before you like them and by the time you eat them, they’ll be perfect.
  • When adding additional ingredients such as tomatoes and onions which contain a lot of water, this can throw off the timing, and your eggs may come out watery. To prevent this sauté these ingredients separately to cook off the water before adding them to your eggs.
  • Use a non-stick pan, this will this make it easier to push your eggs around the pan and help prevent them catching on the base.
  • Also it’s easier to push and pull the eggs in the pan if you use a pliable and heat resistant silicone spatula.
Perfect Scrambled Eggs: 3 eggs 

In the video below, you’ll see three different ways to enjoy scrambled eggs. There is one for every household and occasion. From everyday scrambled eggs to soft, creamy and cheesy eggs, plus a quick and super-easy microwave version.



 

Scrambled eggs recipes to try

Basic scrambled eggs – Australian Eggs

 

Creamy scrambled eggs with parmesan and chives – Australian Eggs

 

Easy microwave scrambled eggs – Australians Eggs

 

*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 more about Australian Eggs. 

 

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Tips to build a show-stopping trifle

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 10:30

A trifle is the ultimate dessert solution if you’ve been invited to a last-minute soiree. Or if you’re looking for a fuss-free Christmas dessert a trifle is the perfect match. To build a show-stopping trifle actually requires very little effort.

Traditionally a trifle consists of cake pieces, custard, fruit pieces and jelly. It requires little cooking and there a number of ingredients that you can mix and match in your trifle.

To build a show-stopping trifle have a look at the tips below:

The vessel

It is important to choose a large bowl preferably glass that will allow you to fit all the layers of the trifle. Having a clear bowl will also allow you to show-off the beautiful layers.

The foundations 

One thing to remember when choosing your base layer is to ensure it’s strong enough to hold at the bottom when all the other layers pile on. Lady fingers or sponge traditionally work well, but also a layer of brownie, spiced cake or gingerbread cookies and jelly work too.

One tip to remember is to prepare your jelly earlier, as you need the base to be set and ready before adding the custard layer.

Custard

After the base, it’s time for a layer of creaminess. Homemade or store bought custard would bring the dish together quite nicely. Whipped creamy would work as well. This layer is crucial as it breaks up the heaviness in the trifle.

For extra flavour add a caramel sauce or fruit puree to your custard layer.

The Fruit 

You really can pick and choose what fruit you prefer in your trifle. Although try go for fruits that are in season for more intense flavour. Be sure to place fruit right up against the glass edge, as this leaves for a more striking dish.

Repeat

After adding the fruit, it’s time to repeat. Keep layering until the trifle dish is full.

How to top it 

Once your dish is filled to the brim it’s time to top it. Whipped cream is a favourite but meringue is also another topping idea. Trifles are so versatile so there is no wrong choice.

Must-try trifle recipes 

Gingerbread and caramel trifle – Western Star

 

Very Cherry Trifle – Australian Cherries

 

Epic raspberry trifle with meringue top

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Summer fruit trifle in a glass – myfoodbook cooking school

 

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Top tips to master your Christmas desserts

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 15:00

Christmas desserts are an essential piece to complete your Christmas Day menu. In some ways, they even trump the turkey when it comes to the most anticipated dish of the day. But before you start making your stunning pav or traditional trifle, check out these top tips to master your Christmas desserts.

Whether your pavlova weeps or your whipped cream ends up splitting, in the page below we’ve got the answers to some of those festive dessert dilemmas.

This page features in the new Christmas Made Simple ebook, which you can download now.

 

Christmas dessert recipes to try 

Shortbread Stars with Lemon Butter Filling – Western Star

 

Berries and cream tray pavlova

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Gingerbread People – Western Star

 

Gingerbread and caramel trifle

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*DISCLAIMER: Western Star is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Western Star and our own opinions.  Find out more about the full range of Western Star products.

 

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Can a gluten-free diet help you lose weight?

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:15
Welcome to the third in our “Eat Well” article series. Here Accredited Practising Dietitian and founder of The Naked Truth, Rachel Hawkins weighs in on that trending debate, can a gluten-free diet help you lose weight?

Thanks to the gluten-free health trend, gluten-free products are in demand more now than ever before. Whether you’re at the supermarket or your local café, gluten-free food and beverage options are readily available.

We know that following a gluten-free diet is essential for the medical treatment of Coeliac Disease (an autoimmune condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten), but what about everyone else? The word on the health food aisle is that some people believe that a gluten-free diet will help them lose weight… but is this true?

What is gluten?

• Gluten is the name given to a group of proteins called prolamins and glutelinins that are stored together with starch in the endosperm of grains (that’s the part of the grain we eat).

• Gluten is most commonly found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye, however is also present in hybrid grain varieties such as spelt and triticale.

• Gluten can also be found in more unsuspecting products such as deli meats, sauces, marinades, ready-made meals, alcohol, flavoured milks and confectionary items, to name a few.

• Gluten is well-known for its elastic properties which give structure to baked goods such as bread, cakes and biscuits.

So how does a gluten-free diet differ from a regular diet?

Research tells us that a gluten-free diet is typically based on a combination of foods naturally lacking gluten (examples include gluten-free grains, fruits and vegetables) and special products which have been formulated with gluten-free grains. Because the elastic properties of gluten are so hard to replicate, gluten-free products undergo significant food processing.

As a result of trying to replicate the properties of gluten, gluten-free products are typically higher in fat, sugar and calorie content, meaning that they are more likely to contribute to weight gain rather than weight loss.

In fact, studies indicate that people who follow a gluten-free diet are more likely to consume a high amount of packaged gluten-free products compared to wholefoods, which naturally lack gluten, due to the perception of having limited food choices.

Due to the fact that most gluten-free products are made with refined flour and/or starches, they are also low in fibre. This is unfavourable for weight loss, as foods that contain fibre promote satiety and keep us feeling fuller for longer.

Therefore, it can be argued that a gluten-free diet may actually increase the probability of consuming excess energy, resulting in weight gain.

So, can a gluten-free diet help you lose weight?

The question of whether a gluten-free diet will help you lose weight or not all comes down to the overall quality of your diet. If you consume a gluten-free diet that consists predominately of packaged and processed foods, which we know are typically high in sugar, fat and calories, then chances are that this will not bode favourably on your waist line.

However, if you eat a diet that is rich in naturally occurring gluten-free foods such as gluten-free wholegrains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, dairy, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, then there is no need to fear weight gain as a result of a gluten-free prognosis.

So, it’s decided. A gluten-free diet will not help you lose weight. It is, in fact, an inclusive and well-balanced diet that will assist in weight loss. A gluten-free diet presents both practical and nutritional challenges to those who must follow it. Accordingly a gluten-free diet should only be followed by people who have a clinically diagnosed allergy or intolerance to gluten.

Gluten-free recipes to try

Frittata Caprese with spinach, tomato and ricotta – Australian Eggs

Avocado Cabbage Salad – Australian Avocados

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Cauliflower pizza with pesto, summer veggies and ricotta – Perfect Italiano

 

Nectarine and Apricot Coconut Chia Puddings – Summer Stonefruit

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Why sweetcorn should be at your next bbq

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:50

When the barbecue is fired up, it’s time for sweetcorn to shine. As a side to grilled steak, chicken or seafood, sweetcorn brings its golden sweetness to the table. But that’s not all it brings. Sweetcorn also holds its own in the nutrition department. Here’s why sweetcorn should be at your next bbq.

Whether you buy it whole in the husk or cut into cobettes, sweetcorn is versatile and delicious. There’s nothing like biting into the sweet corn kernels, no wonder it’s always such a hit with kids.

But did you know that as well as being delicious it’s also highly nutritious?

Health benefits of sweetcorn
  1. High fibre: sweetcorn is a good source of fibre and insoluble fibre, so great for gut and digestive health.
  2. Vitamin-rich: it’s packed with B vitamins and vitamin C
  3. High in antioxidants: like carrots, sweetcorn’s yellow colour hints that it contains beta-carotene and other beneficial nutrients.
  4. Low calorie: despite its name, sweetcorn actually contains less than a quarter of the sugar of an apple and it’s low-cal.
Recipes to include sweetcorn at your next bbq

Barbecued Corn with coriander and chilli butter – Western Star

 

Chicken Schnitzel with Chargrilled Corn and Lentil Salad – Lilydale

 

Sticky Pork Ribs – Schweppes

 

Chicken and Fresh Salsa Tacos – Foodbank

 

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