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8 easy autumn dinners you’ll love

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 17:23

You may not be ready to chuck the cover on the barbecue yet. But it’s time to embrace the cooler weather with some hearty, warming dishes that will bring the family together. Think creamy carbonara, spicy curries and golden cheesy bakes, plus seriously slurpable noodle soups. We’ve hand picked these 8 easy autumn dinners you’ll love.

What is it that makes a dish hearty and warming?

While we might not quite be in full ‘comfort food’ mode right now, we’re starting to crave things like carb loaded pastas, a bit of melted cheese action, roasted goodness in whatever the protein or veg, the umami goodness of an Asian noodle soup and creamy dreamy dishes.

Now that we’ve whet your appetite, fulfil your desire with these recipes.

8 easy autumn dishes you’ll love

Sweet Potato Pasta Bake with Spinach and Pine Nuts – Australian Sweet Potatoes

Check out the video below, then get the recipe for the Creamy Fettuccine Carbonara Recipe here

One-pan butter chicken with cauliflower – Passage to India

 

Oven baked chicken and mushroom risotto – Australian Mushrooms

 

 

 

Beef Ramen – Australian Eggs

 

Cauliflower, Pancetta and Pangratto Macaroni Bake – Perfect Italiano

MIni Shepherd’s Pie – Western Star

 

Rustic Free Form Moroccan Chicken Pie – Lilydale

 

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

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How to poach eggs in the oven

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:04

Knowing how to poach an egg, is a great skill to have under your belt. Although for some, poaching an egg can seem like a daunting task, but once you see how easy this method of poaching eggs is, you’ll be making them every weekend.

Poaching an egg, does not alway need to be done on the stove top. Your oven can also poach an egg. Not only is this method extremely easy but you can poach more than 1 egg at time. Winning.

Before you start you will need:

  1. Freshest eggs you can find (fresher the better)
  2. 6 cup muffin pan
  3. Room temperature eggs
Oven poached eggs 

 

Egg-cellent recipes to try 

Beef Ramen – Australian Eggs

 

Poached Egg on Potato rosti with smoked salmon and avocado – Australian Eggs

 

Creamy fettuccine carbonara with poached eggs – Australian Eggs

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Poached eggs with potato rosti – Australian Eggs

 

For more ways to poach eggs, have a look at the below.

 

*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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How to cook eggplant and its health benefits

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:00

Eggplants, or aubergines as they’re also known, are a gorgeous veg. Plump, glossy and purply black, they’re a work of art even before they hit the plate. If you’re a fan of eggplant but not sure how to coax out its tender side, read on. Here are some tips and hints on how to cook eggplant, its health benefits as well as an easy eggplant parmigiana you’ll want for dinner.

Do you need to salt eggplant before cooking? 

Salting eggplant is a hangover from when eggplants were a lot more bitter and salt them would help to release the bitter juices.

These days, eggplants have been bred to be less bitter so this step is not necessary. It doesn’t hurt to salt an eggplant if you have the time. It does help to make the eggplant less spongy in texture when cooked.

To salt an eggplant, slice it as you would for cooking, then place it in a colander lined with paper towel and cover the cut surfaces with salt. Set aside for up to an hour, pressing to release any water. Then rinse off salt and pat dry.

How to cook eggplant

When you take salting out of the equation, prepping and cooking eggplant is easy.

You don’t even have to peel it, however if your eggplant is older, then the skin may be more bitter, so peeling is advised.

Eggplant flesh is super absorbent and takes on the flavours of the dish well. So it is delicious and meltingly tender when slow cooked in a curry or casserole.

Crumbed and fried slices of eggplant make a great substitute for chicken in a parmigiana. Or even as an addition to a chicken parmi.

Health benefits of eggplants

As with other purple fruit and veg, eggplant is high in that purple power antioxidant: anthocyanin. This helps with brain health and cognitive function. This antioxidant, along with chlorogenic acid, help to protect your cells from free radicals, helping to reduce the risk of cancer.

Cholorogenic acid has also been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels.

Add this to all the usual vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, B6 to name a few.

Get cooking and try eggplant in these recipes, including this fast and fabulous eggplant parmigiana.

Chicken Schnitzel and eggplant parmigiana – Lilydale

 

Chorizo, Chargrilled Eggplant and Basil Pizza – Perfect Italiano

 

Lamb, Rosemary and Eggplant Pastitsio – Foodbank

 

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How to make chocolate hot cross buns pull apart

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:29

Making chocolate hot cross buns from scratch is a wonderful baking experience and actually easier than you think. And there’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down to enjoy the spoils with a cuppa following an afternoon of baking.

If you’ve never attempted making hot cross buns from scratch, don’t be afraid to try it. With these step-by-step videos (broken into bite-size pieces), you can see exactly what to do for each stage – including how to knead the dough for best results and what the dough should look like after proving so you can be confident, you’ll get great buns.

Watch these quick videos and you’ll be equipped with the techniques and know-how to get it right first time.

How to knead dough and proof dough

This video demonstrates how to knead your dough so that it gets the right amount of elasticity and rise when resting; otherwise known as proving. You’ll also see what your dough should look like before and after proving.

How to make perfect buns

Learn how to roll your dough into bun-shaped balls with this smoothing and tucking technique which will give you consistent shape when cooking buns together.

 

How to pipe hot cross buns

Making the perfect cross on your buns is easy if you follow this recipe and piping tip.

Once you’ve nailed the techniques, you can then go on to further experiment with flavours, so check out the recipes below.

Traditional Hot Cross Buns – Western Star

 

Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Bun Pull Apart

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(WS sponsor acknowledgement:  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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Three ways to fulfil your love for Easter buns

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:30

As a nation, we can’t get enough of hot cross buns. With fruit, without fruit, choc chip, and triple choc you name it, we’ll eat it. Well now you can get your hot cross bun Easter fix in even more wonderful ways – as a bun, as a pudding and your new favourite, as a spiced spread to melt over hot golden crumpets. Mmm, you can almost smell the cinnamon.

So pop the kettle on and cradle a tea while you choose which one of these Easter treats you’ll try to create first.

 

  1. Traditional Hot Cross Buns

When only the original will do, this is the recipe for you. Filled with plump raisins and fragrantly spiced, this fluffy hot cross bun is bang on.

Traditional Hot Cross Buns – Western Star

 

  1. Hot Cross Bun Pudding with Chocolate

You’ll want to make double the quantity of hot cross buns just so you can use the leftovers to put in this deliciously creamy, choc-studded pudding.

Hot Cross Bun Pudding with Chocolate – Western Star

 

  1. Hot Cross Bun Spiced Spread

This is the recipe you never knew you needed but after you’ve made it once, you’ll be raving about it to all your friends. It would also make a cute non-chocolate Easter gift. It’s also the recipe you’ll probably want to keep on hand to enjoy as a treat for other special occasions.

Hot Cross Bun Spiced Spread – 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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20 Minute Chicken Dinner Recipes

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:07

Everyone loves a shortcut when it comes to weeknight dinners. Especially if that shortcut makes a tasty meal in minutes. And will result in clean plates all round the table. If you’re doing the groceries this weekend and happen upon Lilydale’s new Tuscan Breast Steaks, here’s how you can transform them into a three 20 minute chicken dinner recipes the family will love. Bonus: they’re all just 5 ingredients.

  1. Tuscan Chicken Quinoa Salad with Pesto
    This hearty 5 ingredient bowl of goodness is so simple to throw together in no time. While the chicken is cooking, cook the microwave rice and blanch the sugar snap peas. Then top the lot with a bought red pesto.

2. Tuscan Chicken Skewers with Lemon, Chilli and Mint Noodles
Grilled chicken skewers are a firm family favourite. Already infused with delicious spices, so no pre-marinating is needed. Just chargrill the chicken, toss the noodles in a frying pan with some lemon and chilli to heat up and before you know it, you’ll be calling “dinner’s ready”!

 

3. Tuscan Chicken Burgers with Fennel Slaw
This healthier burger is really as simple as cook the chicken, toss the salad and dinner’s sorted. 

Get the recipes here…

Tuscan Chicken and Quinoa Salad with Pesto – Lilydale

 

Tuscan Chicken Skewers with Lemon, Chilli and Mint Zoodles – Lilydale

 

Tuscan Chicken Burgers with Fennel Slaw – Lilydale

 

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

 

 

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Get these benefits from eating a banana a day

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 15:27

Bananas are the perfect snack on the go. They are also delicious when you whiz them in smoothies, bake them in banana bread or mash into a muffin mix. Or simply try them sliced as a brekkie topping. Regardless of how you have it, you’ll be surprised at all the fabulous benefits from eating a banana a day.

Health benefits of bananas

Bananas really can make your body sing. Peel back the skin to discover the delicious vitamins and minerals packed in to every one. Here are just a few of the benefits.

• Long Lasting energy: because bananas are low GI, one banana will slowly release its natural energy as the day progresses. Making it the perfect mid morning or afternoon snack.

• Healthier muscles: help to relieve muscle cramps and promote healthy muscle function with the 10 per cent of your daily intake of potassium and magnesium in every banana.

• Feel good food: Vitamin B6 is reported to help improve mood, brain function among other things, and you can get a whopping 33 percent of your RDI of this wonder vitamin in each large banana. Plus the folate helps to sharpen your mind.

• Full of fibre: A banana a day can help keep constipation at bay, well, according to some studies. Pack them into your child’s diet, especially if vegies aren’t high on their daily menu.

Get your daily banana fix with these fabulous banana recipes

Three Avocado Smoothies – Australian Avocados

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Banana, Raspberry & Coconut Bread – Western Star

 

Banana Nice Cream: 3 ways – myfoodbook cooking school

 

Avocado banana muffins – Australian Avocados

 

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