02 November 2018

cooking with broccoli

A family favourite you’ll find in almost every fridge, broccoli is given the spotlight for inventive ways to make it exciting each and every night.

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23 October 2018

Simple Chicken Dinners

  • Simply Chicken

    Simple weeknight dinners: here are some of my favourite recipes to keep you inspired using my go-to protein - chicken!


  • Quinoa chicken and kale fritters

    Quinoa, chicken, kale and feta - what a winning combination. These fritters are packed with flavour and great option for busy weeknights.


  • Coconut poached chicken salad

    This is simply the best way to perfectly cook chicken breast, every time. Plus the poaching liquid is used for the dressing, if you like it spicy add a dash of chilli.


  • Buttermilk not-fried chicken with zucchini slaw

    All the flavour and crunch of fried chicken, but without the mess. These flavour packed thighs are oven-baked and so easy to make.


  • Miso grilled chicken skewers

    An easy marinade to whip up for a weekend bbq or outdoor entertaining. I'm certain this recipe will quickly become a favourite.


  • Ginger chicken rice bowls

    The secret is in the nutty crunchy coating on the chicken, which pairs perfectly with the big flavours found in the ginger coriander dressing.


  • Speedy salt pepper and chilli roasted chicken

    An amazingly flavoured roast chicken in a fraction of the time, using some of my favourite pantry staples.

​Chicken is such a versatile base ingredient that is so easy to add fresh flavours to and make something really tasty. Here are six of my favourite go-to chicken recipes thanks to Lilydale Free Range.

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17 October 2018

Three Fast Pastas

Here are three ways to create speedy weeknight pastas with all the flavour but without the fuss! A handful of ingredients can be all you need for a simple weeknight meal. D.x

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06 May 2018

speedy dinners


  • DINNER IN A FLASH

    Put these quick, no-fuss recipes to the test, any day of the week, and transform simple dishes into something special with haste.


  • Panko-crumbed-chicken-with-sticky-soy-and-sesame-rice

    Coated in a crunchy layer of panko crumbs, this flavoursome chicken makes a winning mid-week meal.


  • Tahini chickpea and spinach fritters

    Mix, pour and flip these vegetarian fritters, and serve warm alongside a simple salad.


  • Caramelised leek and broccoli fish pie

    Have a nutritious and warming dinner on the table in less than half an hour when you make this simple fish pie.


  • Baked chilli tofu and kale noodles with black sesame dressing

    Easy, satisfying and bursting with flavour, this tofu noodle dish ticks all the boxes on a chilly weeknight.


  • Char-grilled chicken with green chilli and corn salsa

    As colourful as it is quick to make, this Mexican-inspired dish comes together in next-to-no time.


  • Cheat's chilli, duck and basil stir-fry

    Trade in the take-away for this crowd-pleasing and super-speedy stir-fry, featuring chilli jam and fragrant Thai basil.


  • Chilli and lime pork skewers with buttered ginger rice

    A kick of citrus and touch of chilli makes these bright and light pork skewers the perfect pairing for a bed of ginger-spiced rice.

Cut down on time spent cooking, without compromising on flavour, with this collection of simple, speedy meals that are ideal for the mid-week rush. 

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04 April 2018

OUR FAVOURITE: NOURISHING SOUPS

  • NOURISHING SOUPS

    Slow down and curl up with a bowl of warming, nutrient-rich soup – wonderful for simple weeknight suppers, warming weekday lunches and leisurely weekend feasts.


  • Tomato and root vegetable minestrone

    Ensure you’re getting your daily vegetable intake with this energising take on a classic Italian minestrone.


  • Chickpea and broccoli soup with pecorino croutons

    Topped with crispy sourdough breadcrumbs, this vibrant broccoli soup is bolstered by chickpeas and enhanced with pecorino cheese.


  • Chicken meatball soup with cavolo nero

    A hot, clear broth with tasty chicken meatballs and greens is a virtuous meal for any day of the week.


  • Ham lentil and kale soup

    A wholesome bowl that will go a long way, this soup borders on a stew with its combination of puy lentils, ham hock, macaroni and kale.


  • Mushroom and ginger soup with turkey dumplings and greens

    Lightly spiced with ginger and filled with protein-rich ingredients, this soup is guaranteed to satisfy on cool evenings.


  • Chicken soup

    Perfect for those feeling a little under the weather, this chicken noodle soup is a feel-good feast.


  • Sweet potato harissa soup tahini crispy chickpeas

    This vibrant orange bowl is flavoured with harissa and creamy tahini, and given a protein-boost by chickpeas.


  • Roasted sweet potato and coconut soup

    Those who love a classic pumpkin soup will love this creamy sweet potato blend on a winter’s night.

Those seeking solace in a rounded meal during the cooler months can take time to enjoy a soothing bowl of soup – filled with the season’s starring vegetables and immune-boosting ingredients.

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01 January 2018

Our favourite: vegetarian meals

  • Vegetarian Meals

    From Italian braised beans to roast tomato and haloumi lasagne - your meat-free Monday wish list will last all week!


  • Kale, pea and ricotta fritters

    Packed with wholesome ingredients, these fritters make for a sensational savoury snack or delicious breakfast.


  • Roast cauliflower pizza

    Topped with roasted cauliflower, feta and fresh rocket, this nourishing pizza will keep them coming back for more.


  • Pumpkin spinach and basil pasta

    For a better-for-you take on a classic pasta, look to pumpkin for an easy, healthy and delicious substitute.


  • Grilled-broccolini-and-labne-almond-tart

    Cheat sheet - swap out the pastry base for a healthy twist. Try this delicious savoury tart with a crushed almond base.


  • Charred broccoli and brown rice salad

    For a nourishing weeknight dish, this brown rice salad is perfect as a light main or a tasty side. It's even great for lunch the next day!


  • Roast tomato basil haloumi lasagne

    Transform your traditional lasagne with our comforting and crowd pleasing roast tomato, basil and haloumi version - so yum!


  • Italian braised beans with tomato and rosemary

    A hearty stew is the perfect way to pack in important proteins and this classic Italian braised bean dish does just that!


  • Baked chilli tofu and kale noodles with black sesame dressing

    As delicious as they are glamorous - you'll find these chilli tofu and kale noodles on high rotation at your place very soon!


  • Open faced supergreen burgers with sweet potato fries

    For a deluxe vegetarian burger, look no further than our supergreen with a side of sweet potato fries.

In need of inspirational vegetarian meal ideas? Make the most of the season’s fresh and natural produce with these impressively delicious veggie dishes - just click on the image for the recipe. 

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27 December 2017

our favourite: easy weeknight meals

If having more time is on your New Year wish list… We’ve got your Summer nights sorted, these quick and easy meals will be on the table in minutes! 

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20 February 2017

Fresh + Light: simple dinners

  • weeknight winners

    Stuck for dinner ideas? No problem. We've got your midweek meals sorted with these positively virtuous Fresh + Light recipes.


  • Brown rice and tofu teriyaki balls

    Try your hand at these meat-free meatballs, full of tofu, chickpeas and nutty brown rice. Add homemade teriyaki sauce and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds as the finishing touch.


  • Kale pumpkin and sage quinoa pasta

    Ever tried cooking with quinoa penne? It's naturally gluten-free! Toss it in the pot with some kale, pumpkin and chopped almonds for the perfect mid-week meal.


  • Portuguese chicken skewers

    Spice up your chicken skewers with a sprinkle of cayenne and smoked paprika, then add a burst of freshness with a dollop of coriander yoghurt sauce. So good!


  • Zucchini tuna pasta

    'Zoodles' (aka 'courgetti') are a lighter way to bulk up your noodle bowl. Just add some nuts for crunch and tuna for protein and you have yourself an all-round wholesome meal.


  • Quinoa and haloumi spring salad

    Go green with this light quinoa salad. Think fresh mint, creamy avocado and crunchy snap peas and cucumber. And let's not forget our favourite – lightly toasted haloumi.


  • Lentil veal and zucchini spelt pasta

    Try this virtuous take on spaghetti bolognese, with fresh zucchini, protein-packed lentils and wholemeal spelt spaghetti to add a mild, nutty flavour. Perfect!


  • Spiced turkey skewers

    Give your weeknight meals a boost by experimenting with new flavour combinations like these turkey mince skewers, flavoured with fragrant garlic, cumin and coriander - so good!


  • Nori prawn salad with broccolini

    Transform a simple prawn salad with a power boost! Nutritious nori flakes are a clever way to to season a salad, adding texture, colour and superfood power.

Simple and satisfying Fresh + Light weeknight meals. Click the images to see their recipes! 


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26 January 2017

Best ever: barbecue ideas

  • Best-ever barbecue!

    Everything you need for a super summer is crammed into our amazing best-of barbecue blog. Happy grilling!


  • Buttermilk jalapeno and coriander char-grilled steaks

    If you love juicy, succulent steak - buttermilk is your friend. This steak is marinated in buttermilk, lime, garlic, coriander and of course jalapenos!


  • Salmon skewers with crab and chilli lime butter

    Take your perfectly barbecued salmon skewers to new heights this summer with a generous drizzle of chilli lime butter.


  • Texan-style ribs with smoky barbecue sauce and grilled corn with lime and chilli butter

    I don't know anyone who doesn't love sticky barbecued ribs! These are cooked with smoky paprika and a delicious homemade barbecue sauce.


  • Char-grilled thai lamb cutlets with green bean salad

    Not only are these char-grilled lamb cutlets melt-in-your-mouth delicious, they're also super quick and easy to make – just 20 minutes and you're done!


  • Grilled rosemary and chilli pork skewers

    Gently infused with the flavour of rosemary, these show-stopping pork skewers are perfect if you're entertaining.


  • Char-grilled and chilli octopus noodle salad

    Barbecues don't stop at steak! Give this fresh and simple Mediterranean seafood dish pride of place on your table this summer.


  • Chorizo and prawn skewers with piri piri sauce

    Add a touch of spice to your barbecued prawns this weekend with chorizo slices and a smoky piri piri sauce.


  • Green peppercorn t-bone steaks with smoky barbecue relish

    This tender, green peppercorn t-bone steak, generously drizzled with homemade smoky barbecue relish is summer grill perfection!


  • Lime and tequila chicken with smoky chilli sauce

    Spice up your chicken with a fresh twist on a classic. Brined in zesty lime and tequila, with an irresistible smoky chilli sauce and peppy jalapenos, this is chicken at its best.

Click the images to see recipes and click below for Donna’s top tips for barbecue perfection! 

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19 May 2016

easy weeknights: tray-baked chicken

​This tray-baked chicken is my answer to feeding a crowd on busy weeknights. Placing everything all in one tray means your ingredients will beautifully intermingle while they cook to perfection, plus no excess clean-up!

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