AUGUST – ’tis the Time to Eat…

The last month of summer is upon us in the North. It’s time to get sorted in the kitchen, plan and maybe adopt some Healthy new eating changes? It’s time to trial meals and menus and see if they work for You and your Family. A Healthy and Wholesome eating change can be daunting and some of us might be anxious about trying new things. 

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 This is a list of the fresh produce in season and available in August. Remember to Cook Out Not Throw Out!! Healthy and Wholesome cooking can go light on your hip pocket too. It just might take a tiny little bit of planning and you’ll soon find that having a Healthy, Wholesome and ready to eat meal on your table in minutes. It takes far less time than driving to the nearest take-out!!  

Nut Quinoa Brown Rice

Nut Quinoa Brown Rice


celery, corn, cilantro, asparagus, cabbage, eggplant, green beans, Asian greens, collard greens, cucumber, herbs 


blackberries, blueberries, mango, grapes, figs 

This month the produce is ripe for Stir-fry! Any Stir-fry! Be it meat, egg, tofu or nut it’s fast and completely Delicious!! Try it with a brown rice, quinoa and nut or lentil mix or if you don’t have the extra time noodles are faster. Rice is a fantastic food to add turmeric to and improve your health at the same time. 

Left over stir-fry can be made into Japanese pancakes called Okonomiyaki. This is a great breakfast eaten regularly in Japan. If this takes your fancy be sure to supply yourself with plenty of Yakitori Sauce. These Healthy and Wholesome, Quick and Easy recipes and others like it are found on Cooking Pot the iPhone App. Download here: 

The choice of seasonal fruit is fantastic! Blueberries, figs and mangoes are among my favourites or should I be more precise and say Are my favourite. Right now, Blueberry Ice-cream is screaming at me and so is a warm Blueberry Crostada served with fresh cream. Then a Raw Mango Pie or a warm Fig and Pumpkin Tart. Hmm Yummy… 

Ok, I think I’ve just inspired myself and must go make something for dessert, after all, all those quick stir-fry dinners might just leave me enough time to make an Awesome Treat!! Remember to Cook Out Not Throw Out so check your pantry first. 

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Super Quick Meat and Mushroom Pie

Cooking Pot the iPhone App’s motto “Cook Out Not Throw Out” rings through loud and clear with our Super Quick Meat and Mushroom Pie. Empty your fridge and waste Nothing by turning your leftovers into a Deliciously, Mouth-Watering Pie. It’s Quick. It’s Easy and it Freezes so you’re always ready for the unexpected! Or better yet, a night off! 

There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day!! Cooking Pot the iPhone App was created to help Take the Pressure Off. You CAN Work Hard and stay Healthy by Eat Well too. Plan ahead and create a Shopping List on the Go. Buy up the Specials, Save Money and “Cook Out Not Throw Out”. Download the Cooking Pot the iPhone App here for Fantastic Food Ideas and a little extra help: More information:

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Cook Out Not Throw Out - Super Quick Meat and Mushroom Pie

Cook Out Not Throw Out – Super Quick Meat and Mushroom Pie

Try to cook a large amount of filling, bake 1 and freeze the rest for that extra busy day (or 3). If there’s no time to make your own pastry buy the ready made stuff just be sure to read the labels. If you have an intolerance to gluten buy Gluten-Free. If you have a little more time use rice or grated or baked potato/vegetable to make a crust. Most importantly it’s best to eat Organic of Home-grown produce.

Super Quick Beef and Mushroom Pie 


500g ground beef

2 osso bucco steaks, bacon or sausage

400g sliced mushroom

2 tbsp butter

cooking oil

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 potatoes, finely diced

2 tsp beef stock

2 tsp sweet paprika

salt and pepper to taste

1-2 cups water, as needed

puff pastry

2 tomatoes, sliced

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  1. Sear the steaks and chop. In the same pan sauté the onion, add the beef, garlic, paprika and cook stirring.
  2. Add the mushroom, butter and cook until cooked though.
  3. Add the potato, stock and salt and pepper to taste. Use as little water as possible. Cook on low stirring occasionally. The potatoes will soften and thicken the mixture. Add more water if necessary.
  4. Lay out the puff pastry in a pie dish and pre-bake for 10 minutes. Scoop in the meat mixture, place the sliced tomatoes on top and decorate with pastry. Place in a hot oven (220C/425F) for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

Variation: Empty your fridge of all those half eaten vegetables and any leftover meat. Uneaten food cannot be left in the fridge for very long so “Cook Out Not Throw Out”!!

While it’s baking prepare a Fresh Salad and Who-la … Done! Just think how Quick and Easy it would be if you had one already pre-made and unfreezing in the fridge!!

If you’re cooking 1 meal make enough for 2 or more, freeze and watch it save Your Time. Remember to “Cook Out Not Throw Out”!! Find some Fantastic Recipes just like this on Cooking Pot the iPhone App. Don’t eat meat? No Problem. Don’t eat Dairy or Wheat? Not an Issue!! Check off your Preferences on the App and it will only give you the Recipes You Want! Download it here: More Information:

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WHY I Take my Hat Off to the Humble ONION!!

The Onion is certainly a vegetable most of us take for granted. We shouldn’t, this mis-understood contender is packed full of Powerful Health Benefits. It’s definitely Not just a stew filler but does make food taste so, so Good!

The Outer skin of the onion has the most nutrients so the less you peel the better. The onion contains phytopenols which is the largest phytonutrient group in the vegetable family containing large amounts of Flavonoids. The Onion, a humble member of the lilly family trumps and ranks in the top 10. Forget the tears and put some onion on your next sandwich or in your salad Today!

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Onion - For some Fantastic Recipes Download Cooking Pot the iPhone App

Onion – For some Fantastic Recipes Download Cooking Pot the iPhone App

Onions are super rich in vit. C, B6, Biotin, Chromium, Calcium and Fibre. The list continues with Folic Acid, Vit B1 and K. I’m beginning to wonder what it’s NOT good for and question why we have come up with the terms “onion breath” meaning “bad breath”. So many of us say No to onion on our sandwiches or in our food. The following list might just change your mind.

Onions: a Quick How and Why Guide 

  • ranks top 10 in phytonutrient (flavonoid) content which aids Vit. C boosting immunity
  • raw onion encourages production of good cholesterol (HDL) – a healthy heart
  • contains Quercetin – cancer prevention (eg slow cook in soups to retain this vital nutrient)
  • contains Sulphur – Detox removing cadmium, mercury and lead
  • anti-inflammatory and heals infections
  • mops up free-radicals
  • juice releives insect bites

The Humble Onion doesn’t look as humble as I first thought. The serving size is ½ cup and should be consumed at least 4 times per week. It’s recommended to consume onion every day. You are, however, not limited to standard brown onions. There is a lot of choice from red, white onions to even leek and shallots or spring onions. If it has the ability to make you cry you’re onto a good thing! Get some great Great Healthy and Wholesome recipe ideas here:

As a child I remember my Dad eating onions like apples and garlic sliced up on sandwiches with lots of butter! Between you and me I always thought it was grose! Funny thing is; he never has bad breath!! I simply don’t understand and maybe someone can shed some light on this for me?

Get your CrockPots out and get Ready, Set, GO!! Cook Out – Not Throw Out!! Cooking Pot the iPhone App has a myraid of Healthy, Wholesome and Delicious Recipes to try out those Onions. The recipes are Quick to make and Easy to Follow. Download it here: More information:

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