Recipes (Main Course)

Chilli Con Carne - easy family meals

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Mar 6, 10:04 AM in . No comments.

According to the latest reports, one of the ways we can save our planet and improve our health is to include more plant-based meals. This doesn’t mean everyone has to go vegan, but it couldn’t hurt to try to cut down a bit on meat and to increase some of the plant-based sources of protein that we have readily available to us. I use a lot of pulses/legumes like chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, butter beans etc in my meals. Not only is this great for adding fibre and reducing the amount of meat the family eats but it’s great for meals on a budget. Tinned beans are absolutely fine and really cheap so using these to bulk up meals is ideal.

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Slow cooker sausage and bean casserole

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jan 16, 04:52 PM in . No comments.

Continuing without an oven, I was out all day so did a sausage casserole in the slow cooker. I don’t know why people can tend to be a bit snobby about sausage. Many people don’t want to admit they are having a standard, filling, family dinner rather than a more exciting and adventurous meal with interesting ingredients.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jan 4, 02:44 PM in and . No comments.

Looking for a quick, easy and healthy meal? This one is easy and can use frozen vegetables, if you have them. You don’t need to worry about your frozen vegetables. These days, they are pretty good quality and the nutritional content is fine too. In fact, frozen vegetables often have a higher vitamin and mineral content than fresh dues to the fact they are snap frozen soon after harvesting.

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Red Lentil Kedgeree (with a twist)

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Dec 1, 12:44 PM in and . Comments [2].

Here in the AM Dietetics household, we are trying to include more plant based meals on the weekly menu. I really like this kedgeree recipe, which includes lentils. It’s great for any meal of the day but I especially like it as a lunch meal, (I’m not a big fan of sandwiches).

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Mexican Bean Soup

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Oct 21, 03:36 PM in and . No comments.

Dinner tonight? By my son’s request, I am making mexican bean soup. It’s super easy.

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Homemade : Pasta Sauce!

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jan 27, 06:15 PM in and . No comments.

I haven’t forgotten my home made series !

Most families these days do seem to have a pasta night. Pasta meals go down well in my house. I like making pasta dishes for a few reasons – its quick and easy, relatively easy on the purse, most of the family seem to like it and I can pop lots of vegetables into pasta dishes.

Most people can master their own version of the bolognaise but it’s such a shame to see people reach for the trusty old bottled sauce. Home-made? Well you could argue that a meal made with a bottled sauce isn’t.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jan 9, 12:10 PM in and . No comments.

Having just found out that the UN has declared 2013 the International year of Quinoa, I thought it would be a good idea to share a recipe using Quinoa. I’ve tried using Quinoa a few times but must admit, I need to try to use it more.
So what’s so good about it?

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Lamb tagine with couscous - in the slow cooker

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Nov 5, 02:20 PM in . No comments.

This morning, there was frost on the grass and ice on the car windshield. Yes, its slow cooker and stews and casserole weather again. The winter weather doesn’t mean you have to go for winter stodge though. This lamb tagine with couscous will warm you up for sure.

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Home made- chicken nuggets!

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Oct 10, 02:53 PM in and . Comments [1].

Yes, chicken nuggets. Much maligned and misunderstood. Home made nuggets aren’t so bad as an occasional treat for kids. Here is a different, “home-made” take on the popular kids’ meal choice. Once again, “home-made” , (real food), means you know exactly what goes into your family’s food. Great as an after school snack with dipping sauces or as a light meal . And they don’t have be served “brown style”, with chips. You could serve them with rice and vegetables or with a salad.

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Home Made - baked beans!

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Sep 14, 11:34 AM in and . No comments.

I’ve been reading a lot about the “slow food” and the “real food” movements lately. I find these both really fascinating and the principles are pretty much along the lines of what Dietitians have been saying for years – avoid processed junk!

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Green Vegetable Risotto - a lovely way to eat your greens

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jul 25, 04:35 PM in and . Comments [1].

Its always the best idea to try to have as many colours on your plate, “eat a rainbow” is the catchcry but I have a soft spot for greens. Greens are traditionally the ones we tend to have the most trouble encouraging our families to eat so using lovely recipes like this green vegetable risotto is a nice way to get those greens in! This recipe includes celery, broccoli, sugar snap peas, courgette and parsley, a great variety of green favourites.

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Roasted Vegetable Bake

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jul 3, 09:18 AM in and . Comments [2].

I’m working on putting some vegetarian meals into my family’s diet and like this one particularly as it can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner. How versatile! This recipe is a bit of a frittata really and includes the goodness of peppers/capsicum, mushrooms and courgettes/zucchini with good old eggs.

And, no, you dont have to be afraid of eggs. The old “3 eggs a week” message I used to trot out when working for the heart foundation many years ago has well and truly been replaced with “eggs are fine” after all the evidence we have gathered on eggs over the years. Eggs are a great source of protein and there is evidence that they help make us feel fuller for the morning when eaten at breakfast. So give this a try, makes a change from the usual..

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Friday salmon burgers - a healthy burger alternative

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on May 11, 07:26 PM in . Comments [2].

Feel like a healthy burger? It’s Friday so I thought I’d post a quick and easy salmon burger. Salmon is loaded with protein and with omega 3 fats, great for protecting against cardiovascular disease, for joint protection and also for improving mood and cognition. So why not have a “feel good” Friday..

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Chicken with Red Wine and Grapes- and its Low Carb!

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Apr 4, 12:05 PM in . No comments.

Ive been getting a few requests for interesting low carbohydrate recipes for those who are watching their weight or trying to control blood sugar levels. There is nothing wrong with reducing the amount of carbohydrate that we eat, (and goodness knows lots of people are guilty of loading their plates up with too many), as long as there are some good low GI sources taken in the day. Its all about balance.
I like this recipe and it has about 7.5g carbohydrate and 440 Kcals per serve. Should only take 30 minutes to cook.

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Prawn Linguine

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Mar 27, 02:43 PM in . No comments.

Sometimes the best meals are the ones you put together at the last minute, with the ingredients you have in storage. I always have a packet of frozen prawns in the freezer, just in case. This is pretty much my “emergency” dinner that I can whip up in a hurry when needed. Prawns are a family favourite. They are low in fat and calories as well. This shouldnt take more than 20-30 minutes to cook and serves 4.

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