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    A tasty accompaniment to steamed fish, grilled or BBQd meats, which is also low in those fats which are bad for you. The sunflower seeds add texture and crunch as well as a good dose of energy-giving vitamin B1, a vitamin essential to all Zaar addicts spending long hours on the computer. Adapted from a 'Pan or Wok' recipe card from International Masters Publishers.

    Recipe #123336

    A classic British potato dish from Northumberland, originally made with lard. The original recipe had Lancashire cheese, "a creamy-white cheese with a crumbly texture and tangy taste" but Cheddar or Gruyere are acceptable alternatives. I've listed Cheddar in the ingredients. I've also added garlic and thyme. Adapted from a 'Pan or Wok' recipe card by International Masters Publishers.

    Recipe #123335

    A tasty chicken latke recipe, flavoured with dill and served with a tzazikki sauce and your favourite salad. This is a great brunch, lunch or mid-week dinner dish. And because the potato and chicken are cooked together, a light salad not only complements the crispness of the latkes, but is an ample accompaniment. Adapted from a recipe on a 'Pan and Wok' recipe card, from International Masters Publishers.

    Recipe #123081

    Another Sainsbury’s recipe from Jamie Oliver’s website. Low calorie and low fat, simple to make, nutritious and delicious. I’m still not sure why Jamie Oliver has Sainsbury’s recipes on his website, but that’s where I found it.

    Recipe #122568

    A simple refreshing salad, best made just before serving, and when the ingredients are so few it is obviously essential that those ingredients be first class. If you are unable to find a commercial brand of passionfruit and strawberry dressing, Recipe #97938 sounds delicious.

    Recipe #122182

    A delicious low-calorie, low-fat version of the Classic Cheese and Chive Scones with healthy low-fat alternatives in the inclusion of the low-fat soft cheese and the skimmed milk. If you wish, you can also use reduced-fat cheddar, but this will seriously compromise the flavour in a way that the other two low fat alternatives do not. Adapted from Parragon's 'Low Fat'.

    Recipe #121716

    This light and refreshing Vietnamese Chicken Salad is really quick to make. It can be eaten alone as a light meal or served as a main meal, over steamed rice. Because I don't like my food too spicy, I omit the chilli, but I've left it in the ingredients listed. Some will no doubt want to increase the spiciness. When serving it to others, I've doubled the recipe and made two versions: one spicy, one not. And been very careful not to mix them up, by putting them in colour-coded serving bowls! Both versions have been eaten with enthusiasm, both by those who are familiar with Vietnamese cuisine and those who are not. Adapted from Lulu Grimes' book "Food: buy it fresh: Cook: cook it simply; Eat: eat it now". If you are serving this salad to guests, and planning ahead, it's worth going to an Asian greengrocer's and buying the authentic ingredients.

    Recipe #121519

    As appetisers, these stylish and elegant Eggplant and Feta Rolls couldn't be quicker and easier to make, and there are times when that's just what we're all after: a simple, and tasty dish that is quick to put together, but doesn't actually look or taste 'quick and easy'! Naturally this recipe has fewer ingredients than other similar recipes. And that really means that more than ever the ingredients need to be TOP quality. I found this recipe in the June edition of the magazine 'Australian Table: easy family food and healthy living'.

    Recipe #121169

    An excellent way to cook tomatoes when they are in season before freezing them for a multitude of uses: in soups, casseroles and pasta dishes, as a sauce over meatballs and meatloaf, or on toast for a simple, healthy breakfast, brunch or snack. Evelyn, my mother, has been cooking tomatoes this way for 60 years - she's 82 - and didn't even consider this to be a recipe until I insisted on getting the steps involved from her. She said "everyone knows how to do this". Well, maybe everyone else does, but I didn't. And when I checked the Zaar files for a similar recipe, I failed to find one. So I concluded that either she's right - which means I'm really ignorant about basic cooking strategies, which is certainly a possibility - or that this IS indeed a recipe: her recipe. Evelyn is my mother's middle name, one she regrets not having decided to start using decades ago instead of the first name her parents gave her, so this posting is not only a celebration of HER recipe but the launch of her new name. Proportions are approximate and can, of course, be varied to taste. I have specified that the recipe provides 6 servings since I believe that 1 kilo (approximately 2 pounds) of tomatoes cooked in this way would provide an ample quantity of tomatoes for 6 servings, for example, as a sauce over meatloaf. Please correct this if you find this guesstimate to be wildly wrong when you are reviewing the recipe. I intend to post some more of Evelyn's recipes when I get them out of her!

    Recipe #121041

    Roasted chicken breast halves basted with orange juice and wine, and cooked with mandarin segments and green seedless grapes. Just y-u-m-m-y for those who love citrus flavourings. I've only made this once, but I intend to experiment by varying the citrus flavourings: by substituting some or all of the orange juice for lemon or lime juice, or a blending of several citrus juices. And knowing how well rum blends with orange juice, I have considered using rum next time in place of the wine. That would make it even more of a dinner party dish! Adapted from a truly terrific book (when it comes to recipe books, I rate as 'terrific' a book in which LOTS of the recipes appeal to me, AFTER I’ve purchased the book, not just one or two) Rodale's "Terrific Chicken: 100 Great Meals in Minutes". Not all one hundred appeal to me but I've so far found several that I’m really glad to have found, and that I’ll certainly be making again, and there are several others that I look forward to making. This recipe was from a section called 'Weekend Fare'. I do hope that other citrus lovers enjoy this recipe.

    Recipe #121008

    A quick and easy, low fat, low calorie chicken dish: chicken sautéed with garlic and mushrooms and served in a classic French wine sauce. Adapted from Rodale's "Terrific Chicken: 100 Great Meals in Minutes".

    Recipe #120919

    A quick and easy, flavoursome leek and tomato side dish which is equally delicious warm or cold. It freezes well, so you may want to double the ingredients and freeze some.

    Recipe #120874

    Deliciously moist and flavoursome meatballs to add to soups or your favourite spaghetti sauce, or to eat with a salad in a pita bread wrap. To make these, I played around with another of my recipes – Recipe #119121 – when I recently made KelBel’s Recipe #94089. Because I still haven’t found a sausage that I really, really like – I’m still looking! – I decided to add meatballs rather than include the sausage in KelBel’s Tuscan Soup. I‘ve just this year discovered the most fabulous European butcher’s where I am able to buy incredibly lean pork/veal mince, which I’ve been using in all the recipes including ground or minced meat I’ve made since I’ve become a member of Zaar. Because parking is always difficult on Saturdays when I tend to go there, I asked them once what time they opened, thinking that maybe they opened a bit earlier than nine o’clock. “We are here two, three…” “No,” I said, “What time are you open to customers?” “If we’re here, we’ll serve you,” I was told. “Sometimes when we get here, there’s a queue outside.” Well I’ve yet to go there at THAT time! Anyway, to make these meatballs, my guess is that if you can’t get good ground pork or veal, make them with ground beef.

    Recipe #120300

    A delicious yet low-fat twice-baked potato side dish with a blend of classic Middle Eastern flavours: chickpeas, cumin and coriander. Serve with roasts or with your favourite Middle Eastern main course dish. Adapted from "Practical Cookery: low fat". These potatoes could also be served on their own as a light vegetarian meal. In view of the comments by reviewers about the potatoes being a bit dry, I have added a tablespoon of tahini. I have also added some garlic. I'm not sure how the recipe escaped having garlic in it when I first posted it!

    Recipe #120297

    For those who like sardines, a flavoursome paté really different from other patés you are probably more familiar with. And it's quick and easy to make, low in calories and full of all those good-for-you oils we all should be eating more of. I've always enjoyed sardines on toast as a simple breakfast or snack, but until a few years ago it had never occurred to me that some people evidently loathe the smell of sardines. Then, on two occasions - forever etched in my memory - when I had sardines on crispbreads for lunch, a co-worker asked if I minded if she opened the window. She didn't wait for a reply: by the time the question was out, the window was open. Wide open! With THAT experience in mind, this is obviously a paté for those who LOVE sardines: NOT for those who feel compelled to open windows when in the presence of a sardine!

    Recipe #120295

    One glance at the ingredients for this recipe and I knew it was, for me, a must-try recipe. I also loved the inclusion of time for marinating the chicken. Marinating always makes SUCH a difference to the end result. I'll be making this without the red chilli, but I'm well aware that many others will probably want to increase the heat. C'est la vie! I'd also prefer to serve it with a rice dish rather than couscous. I found this recipe in the latest edition - May 2005 - of the 'Australian Good Taste' magazine.

    Recipe #120175

    A tasty potato dish for those occasions when you just don’t have much time and you are looking for a shortcut. The potatoes are not peeled, there is no onion or garlic to peel and chop, mince or crush and all the herbs are dried. Preparation involves little more than pre-heating the oven, getting your dried herbs out of the cupboard and cutting the potatoes into thin slices. Vary the herbs according to your preferences. This dish is best made just before serving. I was inspired to develop this recipe, the particular combination of herbs, from memories of a similar dish I ate many years ago in a restaurant in Hampstead Heath, in England, so it is, I suppose an English-Australian recipe. It was served with Onion, Apple and Sage Pie. In view of Bekah49036's comment in her review that her potatoes were too salty, do add salt to taste. People's tastes differ SO much! I've adjusted the two salts in the ingredients to now read "to taste". Thanks Bekah49036! :)

    Recipe #119124

    Before posting this, I checked out the many and varied recipes for marinated mushrooms on Zaar. What variety! There must be a marinade to pamper the whims of every Zaar palate. If you are reading this recipe, I'm assuming that you like mushrooms or that someone you are planning to cook for likes mushrooms. So what about the key ingredients in THIS marinade: basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, reduced salt soy sauce, honey and extra virgin olive oil. Love this combination and you'll undoubtedly love this recipe. If you recoiled from one or more of the ingredients, there are some fifteen other recipes you can check out. I love mushrooms and I love this as a marinade for mushrooms. I have served it as an entree at a dinner party several times and it's always elicited favourable comments - and requests for the recipe - and I've eaten it as a light lunch with slices of red capsicum, cucumber and olives and crusty Italian bread. I have adapted this recipe from one I found about eighteen months ago in a magazine: 'Super Food Ideas'. I used to buy my marinated mushrooms in a European deli near where I live, but this recipe is so much better. As well as being tastier, it's quick to make, and making a dish is always more satisfying than buying it ready-made. If you try it, I hope you like it.

    Recipe #117843

    From fridge to table, a really quick mid-week recipe with only a few ingredients that are readily on hand: veal cooked in an orange and wine sauce. Adapted from 'Colour Me Healthy' by Rita Erlich and Dr Alice Murkies and an earlier recipe of my own. When I came across this recipe in 'Colour Me Healthy', I dug out a recipe I'd had in my very first hand-written recipe book from the early seventies when so many of the influences on Australian cuisine were only just beginning to make a ripple and so many of our recipes were still basically derived from English recipes. Although I suffered English school meals as a child, there really is a lot more to English - and earlier Australian - cuisine than chops and three veg! I am, therefore, posting this as both an English and an Australian recipe.

    Recipe #117835

    Chickpeas processed with roasted nuts, lemon juice and fresh chopped coriander is yet another variation on a hummus dip. Like most people I just love hummus - in any form! So I really love trying any variation I come across. This one, I can promise, is quite different from others: for me it certainly passes the scrumptiousness test! Like other dips, it can obviously also be used as a spread on sandwiches. I cannot remember now just where I got this recipe from, but from the way I had it filed in Word, it was obviously from a website, possibly the Edgell website, as it specified that Edgell Chick Peas be used.

    Recipe #117139

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