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taste.com.au Cookbooks #57

A selection of your top-rated, favourite recipes pulled together in one cookbook from Australia's favourite food and lifestyle website taste.com.au. Each beautifully illustrated taste.com.au book is filled with hand-picked favourite recipes, along with expert hints, tricks and helpful advice to make cooking more fun and rewarding. We've got a cookbook for everyone, whether you love baking, need something fast and fab, want a super salad or feel like food that's a little more comforting. And our 'tried and tested' guarantee means you can be sure of perfect results every time.

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“Simple, easy, fresh and good for you.” We created 17-Minute Meals to cover these goals without fail. It’s a collection of our go-to, hands-down favourite recipes when dinner in a flash is top priority. No matter where you’re at on the culinary scale, we have you covered. Maybe you’re just starting out, learning to cook and want to discover easy ideas for nourishing food. Or perhaps you’d rather (or don’t have a choice) spend minimal time in the kitchen with meals that are light on prep but big on flavour. For many of you, weeknights are maxxed out with school pick-ups, training or lengthy commutes and your dream dinner scenario is a no-fuss, family-friendly dish that takes just minutes and tastes fabulous. A lunch box of leftovers is handy and economical…

2 min
top tips for cooking fast!

1 It all begins with mise en place, the French term meaning ‘everything in its place’. An organised kitchen space really is the beginning of getting a meal on the table fast. Have clean pots and pans, and equipment plugged in. 2 Have all the ingredients required for the recipe out and on hand. Laying them out on a large kitchen tray makes things easy, accessible and neat. It saves having to rummage through the fridge, pantry or spice rack in the middle of cooking. 3 Need to cook pasta or blanch vegetables? Boil the kettle and put the saucepan on to boil so it’s ready to go. This really does save time waiting for a large pan of water to come to the boil. Also preheat the oven or barbecue before…

10 min

one-pan caprese chicken serves 4 | prep & cooking 15 mins 1/2 French shallot, finely chopped1 large garlic clove, crushed2 tbs extra virgin olive oil1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, plus 1 tbs finely chopped, extra2 large (about 350g each) chicken breasts, halved lengthways300g mixed baby tomatoes, halved4 (about 140g) bocconcini, sliced1 tbs red wine vinegar1/2 tsp caster sugarCrusty bread, to serve (optional) 1 Combine shallot, garlic, 1 tbs oil and extra basil in a bowl. Season. 2 Heat the remaining oil in a large ovenproof non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Season the chicken. Cook, turning, for 4 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat. 3 Preheat the oven grill on high. Scatter the tomato around chicken. Spread half the shallot mixture over chicken. Top with bocconcini and remaining shallot mixture. Drizzle vinegar over tomato…

14 min
beef, lamb & pork

spiced lamb cutlets with couscous salad serves 4 | prep & cooking 17 mins 8 French-trimmed lamb cutlets1 tsp ground cumin2 tbs extra virgin olive oil1 red onion, halved, thinly sliced1 red capsicum, deseeded, thinly sliced1 yellow capsicum, deseeded, thinly sliced1 lemon, rind finely grated, halved150g (3/4 cup) couscous185ml (3/4 cup) boiling water1 bunch fresh coriander, top leaves torn off400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained90g (1/3 cup) Greek-style yoghurt2 tsp harissa paste 1 Sprinkle the lamb cutlets with cumin and season. Heat 1 1 /2 tbs oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the onion and both capsicum. Season. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Push the capsicum mixture to the sides of the pan and add the lamb. Cook, turning cutlets and moving capsicum mixture, for 5 minutes or…

12 min

easy zucchini & ricotta pizza serves 4 (makes 2) | prep & cooking 17 mins 450g pkt stone-baked pizza bases90g (1/3 cup) tomato paste155g (11/2 cups) grated pizza cheese150g fresh ricotta, crumbled1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes (optional)1 zucchini, thinly sliced with a mandolin200g mixed baby tomatoes, halved150g (3/4 cup) stuffed green olives1/3 cup fresh basil leavesExtra virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze, to drizzle (optional) 1 Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C fan forced. Spread the pizza bases with tomato paste. 2 Sprinkle with half the cheese. Top with ricotta and chilli flakes, if using. Arrange zucchini, tomato, olives and basil on top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese then spray with olive oil. Season. Bake directly on the oven racks for 10 minutes or until cheese is dark golden and base is crisp. Drizzle over…

11 min

thai salmon fish cakes serves 4 | prep & cooking 17 mins 250g pkt microwave brown rice600g skinless salmon fillets, coarsely chopped80g (1/3 cup) Thai red curry paste2 green shallots, finely chopped, plus extra, shredded, to serve (optional)1 lime, rind finely grated, quartered1 tbs coconut oil1 baby cos lettuce, quartered8 baby qukes, quartered1 large carrot, peeled, peeled into ribbonsBought Thai dressing, to serve 1 Microwave the rice on High for 30-45 seconds or until grains just separate. Place rice, salmon, curry paste, shallot and lime rind in a food processor. Season. Pulse 10-12 times or until finely chopped and mixture just comes together. (Do not overprocess.) Shape mixture into 8 rounded patties. 2 Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Cook the patties, turning, for 6 minutes or until…