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Mint • Mint has been a popular culinary and medicinal herb since Roman times and the possibilities for its use in your kitchen are endless.
5 APPETITE - CRUSHING FOODS • Looking for some healthy, natural ways to help control your appetite? Try adding these five nutritious, appetite-crushing foods to your grocery list.
mediterranean CHRISTMAS MEALS • The “Mediterranean diet” is a healthy yet also sumptuous way of eating. It originates from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and features eating primarily plant-based foods, whole grains, legumes and nuts; replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil; using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavour foods; limiting red-meat consumption; eating fish and poultry regularly; and drinking red wine in moderation. To bring the health-promoting flavours of the Mediterranean to your celebrations this Christmas, try our: watermelon, cucumber & feta salad; slow cooker chicken cacciatore; mezze party platter; Greek potato wedges; Lebanese spelt flatbreads; kale, spinach & feta filo snails; roasted zucchini, chickpea & mint salad; or roast beetroot, ricotta & walnut pesto tart.
HEALTHY SUMMER hydration • Lee Holmes offers a guide to creating refreshing and delicious drinks you can take to your next barbecue or party, sans alcohol.
complete CHRISTMAS • Christmas is a time for coming together with friends and family, but if you are the one doing the hosting, that can be a big responsibility. To take the stress out of catering this Christmas, Lee Holmes has put together a delicious, healthy, easy-to-prepare Christmas spread that will delight everyone. For a super-impressive Christmas feast try our: lime & mango prawn salad; pistachio minted cranberry quinoa; roasted whole turkey with all the trimmings; caramelised baked sweet potatoes; Christmas stuffing balls; cranberry sauce; coconut eggnog; sea salt, fresh raspberry & slivered almond chocolate.
Macadamis • Macadamias are native to Australia and have been eaten by the Indigenous peoples of Australia for centuries. However, it was not until the 1880s that the first macadamia orchard was planted in Australia and by then macadamias had already been taken to Hawaii, where they grow spectacularly well. The macadamia has the hardest shell of all commercially grown nuts and you know when a macadamia is ripe because it falls to the ground after the green husk that surrounds it has split. The nut is then gathered, dried and shelled. The rich buttery flavour of macadamias makes them a delicious snack when lightly roasted. Macadamias are also an ideal nut to toss through a salad and can be used in a crust for chicken or fish. The high oil content of macadamias means they can quickly turn rancid, so they should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
PLANT-BASED desserts • We all know that plant-based eating is better for your health and for the planet. That doesn't mean you need never eat animal-based products, but if you can, it is a good idea to eat plant-based foods where...