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Cream of Mushroom Soup

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Fresh mushrooms, cream, sherry and a touch of English mustard make an elegant cream of mushroom soup in 30 minutes.  Serve with crusty bread and a salad. Read more

Cream of Celery Soup

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With only 5 mins needed to prep the ingredients, you can have fresh, healthy, homemade cream of celery soup on the table in 30 minutes.  Read more

Lightly Curried Pumpkin Soup

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This recipe was adapted from “The Margaret Fulton Cookbook”, published in 1968.

For a vegetarian soup, use vegetable stock instead of the chicken stock in the recipe.

Timesaving tips:

  • Use garlic paste instead of crushing garlic cloves.  It tastes the same with no mess or cleanup.
  • Use ready peeled and chopped pumpkin pieces available from supermarkets

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Cream of mushroom chicken (crock pot)

 

Cream of mushroom chicken (crock pot) (slow cooker)

Melt-in- your-mouth cream of mushroom chicken. Free range chicken breast fillets simmered in cream of mushroom soup, onions, wine, extra mushrooms and a touch of pouring cream are all it takes to make an amazing crock pot  meal that you set and forget 4 – 7 hours ahead of time. Read more

Aussie Meat Pies

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Aussie Meat Pies

These family-sized Australian meat pies are easy to make, savoury and delicious, with only 15 minutes active prep time. Add some grated/shredded cheese  to the mince mixture to make a meat and cheese pie, or a couple of handfuls of thinly sliced mushrooms to make meat and mushroom pies.

Top with tomato sauce (ketchup) for an authentic Aussie eating experience. Read more

Vegetable soup for a cold night


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Vegetable soup for a cold night

An easy filling and warming vegetable soup to beat the winter chills.

Serve it with a swirl of pesto, a sprinkle of parmesan, and fresh garlic bread.

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Vegetarian Loaded Baked Potatoes – 44 ideas for fillings

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Vegetarian Loaded Baked Potatoes

44 easy ways to feed a family!  Make your loaded potatoes as gourmet or family friendly as you like.  Or set up a vegetarian baked potato bar – set out your choice of fillings while the potatoes are baking and let everyone top their own potato. Read more

The Smoothie Collection – favourite smoothies from around the web

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5 steps to make a perfect smoothie

Blend up a smoothie – an easy and delicious way to boost your daily fruit and vegetable intake in 5 minutes.

Simply:

  • Pour a liquid base like milk, plain or fruit yoghurt, fruit juice, coconut milk, coconut water or almond milk into a blender.
  • Top with your favourite fruit and/or vegetables.
  • Add a little honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla essence or sweetener of your choice (if needed)
  • Drop in a few ice cubes or some crushed ice and
  • Blend until smooth.

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Tuna Casserole

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Tuna Casserole

Prep:  10 min | Cook: 25 min | Serves: 4

Take a can of  tuna in springwater,  drain and mix  with al dente macaroni, a can of cream of mushroom soup and frozen peas, top with grated cheese and bake to perfection.

Serve with salad, garlic bread etc.

I make this far too often. It’s a weeknight legend.

 

Vegetarian split pea soup – slow cooker

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10 minutes hands on work is all it takes to make this slow cooker vegetarian split pea soup. Serve with crusty bread, or a grilled sandwich for a more substantial meal.

Suitable for freezing, or make ahead and store in the refrigerator for a day or two. Read more