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Fathers’ Day menus

Fathers Day Menus

Show Dad, Grandpa or your other special person how much you care, by making one of our fail-safe menus to say “Happy Fathers’ Day”.  Wow your guests with one of the easy brunch, barbecue or dinner Fathers’ Day menus below.

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Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Why would anyone post a recipe for Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches?

Well , the answer’s pretty simple.

Because they’re baked in the oven, they have less fat, oil, calories and cholesterol than the classic pan fried and ham and cheese sandwich.  But they’re just as comforting and filling.

In Australia and the United States, where 80% of my readers are based,  there are growing numbers of people looking to lose weight.  But losing weight is hard enough, without depriving yourself of your favourite comfort food.

Which is where my Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwiches shine like the little stars they are! 

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Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Three ingredients, 5 minutes and you have an easy and delicious banana smoothie for breakfast on the go, an after-school snack or a quick pick-me-up anytime.

Not keen on ice-cream for breakfast?  Substitute the ice-cream with a squeeze of honey or your choice of sweetener. Read more

Avocado toast with brie and mustard (Brie, avocado and mustard melts)

Avocado toast with brie and mustard

Avocado toast with brie and mustard

Thickly spread avocado on your choice of toasted bread,topped with brie and mustard and broiled to perfection. Gourmet, fast and real food that’s good for you.
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Negroni Cocktail

Negroni Cocktail

Negroni Cocktail

With only three ingredients, the Negroni cocktail isn’t just a classic aperitif, it’s a breeze to make!

The most widely reported account of the Negroni cocktail’s origins is that it was invented in Florence, Italy in 1919, at Caffè Casoni.
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Americano Cocktail

Americano cocktail

Americano Cocktail

The Americano Cocktail was invented by Gaspare Campari and first served in his bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. It was originally known as the “Milano-Torino” because of the origin of its ingredients.    Read more

The Smoothie Collection – favourite smoothies from around the web

healthy smoothies

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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Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

Broccoli quiche - flexitarian blog

Broccoli and cheese quiche

Use a frozen flan case and cut prep time down to 10 minutes.  Serve with a salad and garlic bread for an easy after-work dinner. Read more

Mushroom, brie and spinach pie

Brie, mushroom and spinach pie flexitarian blog flexitarian recipe

The perfect weeknight meal, my mushroom, brie and spinach pie is  easy and delicious , with  the richness of the mushroom and brie balanced by the fresh  baby spinach and aromatic rosemary leaves. With only 8 ingredients, it’s  quick to prep and get into the oven.

And you can use ready made puff pastry sheets, pre-packed sliced mushrooms and garlic paste,  for a perfect result with minimal effort.

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Tomato and Mushroom Flan

Tomato and mushroom flan

Tomato and mushroom flan

This recipe is based on a Pampas Pastry recipe that I’ve had for years.  If you make too much filling for the pie case, you can refrigerate it for a day or two and use it in an omelette.  It’s good for lunch, supper or dinner and only takes 10 mins to prep.  Read more

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