PRAWN AND GREEN PAPAYA RICE PAPER ROLLS

 

These are so fresh and tasty. The perfect thing for a light summer dinner and super perfect for taking to work. If you do that be prepared to sit at your desk dreaming about lunch for a god period of the morning. The fragrant smell of the salad will get you all excited before you even start on the rolling part.

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ROAST CHICKEN NOODLES

I live in a household of two. Two people can’t eat a whole roast chicken in one sitting. I mean, we have friends over frequently but sometimes I want a roast and when there is only two of you you’re going to have leftovers. And leftovers are what these noodles are all about. Leftovers and flavour! Because there’s no point in trying not to waste things if it’s not going to taste good.

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VEGETARIAN OKONOMIYAKI

Grilled things you like. That is apparently what ‘okonomiyaki’ translates to (I read fried things somewhere else but same same…kinda), and this is definitely a grilled thing I like. These Japanese pancakes are a fantastic way to use up left over vegetables and make a super quick dinner. They’re also ridiculously tasty but I’m not going to claim this is a particularly ‘traditional recipe’. Instead, I’ve gone for easy.

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CRISPY RICE BOWL WITH ALL THE GREEN THINGS

I love a rice bowl. And this one is a dream. Crispy brown rice, flavoured with lime, green chilli and coriander and topped with all the green things and an egg. You can play around with what green stuff you add depending on the season or just what’s in your fridge. You’ll probably find you’re putting all sorts of stuff on top of this rice because it’s basically the bomb.

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MINT, BEETROOT AND GREEN BEAN SALAD

I’m really into beets and goats cheese at the moment (such as in this tart!), and the mint and beans in this salad mean it’s also fresh and crunchy, making it another delicious summer salad to add to your rotation.

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BARBECUED CALAMARI WITH GRILLED CORN SALSA

 Calamari loves to quickly cooked, and it doesn’t need to be deep fried to still be delicious. This recipe ticks lots of boxes for me, it’s quick, easy and all the cutting for the salsa is balance by the lack of it for the calamari.

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MISO CARAMELISED EGGPLANT IN LETTUCE CUPS

I never used to be an eggplant fan. It was too often, butter, soggy or watery. I’ve learnt that when it’s cooked in certain ways it is so delicious. This is one of those ways, in this little recipe the eggplant becomes meaty and laden with umami rich  flavours from the miso paste. The crisp lettuce cups are a perfect foil to this salty richness.

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SPICED MINCE WITH GREEN BEANS AND HOMMUS

This might seem like a strange meal to some but it is seriously more-ish. The cucumber salad on the side brings everything together and you’ll end up licking the plate. Such a great meal to share. It’s also pretty easy to whip up and full of vegetables, protein and fibre – perfect.

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BARBECUED BROCCOLI WITH ALMOND AND CHILLI

Broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables and this recipe works with both broccoli and broccolini. Over here in the southern hemisphere we’re busy barbecuing everything in sight and in my house vegetables do not escape the grill!

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BEETROOT, SPINACH AND GOATS CHEESE GALETTE

All the things about this tart make me very happy. Earthy, sweet beetroot, bright green spinach, the pretty beetroot greens and the creamy goats cheese. This is a fairly classic combination, but I’ve included a few tweaks in this recipe to include more vegetables and use some of my favourite things. The result is a nutty, sweet and salty tart that I love for lunch or dinner.

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