taste.com.au Cookbooks #59

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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“Eat well for you and the environment. The topic on everyone’s lips is plant-based eating. From trending online recipes to Netflix documentaries, plant-based dishes are having a huge moment. It seems everyone wants to eat better – better for themselves and better for the planet. But what is plant-based eating? Is it vegetarian, is it vegan? Or is meat part of the diet too? This cookbook delves into what the plant-based diet is, and gives you the tools to serve these dishes with the wow factor to stand out from the crowd. The food is easy and inspirational, and tastes every bit as good as it looks. From light meals to hearty mains, super salads to I-can’t-believe-it’s-vegan!, this cookbook is packed with amazing recipes to get your mouth watering – whether you’re dipping your…

3 min
what is a plant-based diet?

It’s the diet everyone’s talking about. But what does ‘plant-based eating’ mean? Is it vegetarian or is it just about packing more vegies into your day? Well, the great thing about plant-based eating is that rather than trying to stick to a regimen that excludes certain food, you’re encouraged to make better choices. It's about shifting your focus towards real wholefood and away from processed and animals products. The theory goes that if you fill your plate with more fruit, veg, wholegrains, legumes, seeds and nuts, you naturally steer away from processed food and animal products. “High in dietary fibre and phytonutrients, yet low in calories and fat, increasing your daily intake of vegetables and legumes is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your overall health,” says…

1 min
top tips for eating more plant-based meals

✔ Ease into it with gradual changes, such as meatless Mondays or eating one plant-based meal a day. ✔ Recreate your favourite dishes with plant-based ingredients. ✔ Switch your typical serving of meat to a portion of veg. ✔ Before you tuck into the main meal, fill up on salad and veg. ✔ Snack on nuts and seeds to up your protein intake. ✔ Always choose wholefood ingredients, close to their natural state. ✔ Eat less or no highly processed products, such as junk food, sweetened drinks, refined grains and processed meat. ✔ Cut down on healthy animal products and avoid unhealthy animal products, such as processed meat.…

12 min
light meals

crispy vietnamese pancakes with thai tofu serves 4 | prep 25 mins (+ 1 hour resting & cooling) | cooking 45 mins 180g (1 cup) rice flour2 tbs cornflour1 tsp ground turmeric270ml can coconut milk80ml ( 1/3 cup) sweet chilli sauce60ml ( 1/3 cup) fresh lime juice2 tsp gluten-free soy sauce200g pkt marinated tofu (such as Thai), cut into 1cm-thick slices2 green shallots, thinly sliced260g (2 cups) bean sprouts, trimmed200g (2 cups) finely shredded red cabbage2 carrots, peeled, shreddedButter lettuce leaves, to serve1 bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked1 bunch fresh Vietnamese mint or fresh mint, leaves picked 1 Combine the rice flour, cornflour and turmeric in a bowl. Pour in coconut milk and 375ml (1 1/2 cups) water. Whisk until smooth. Cover and set aside for at least 1 hour (or place in…

23 min

three-cheese quiche with zucchini nests serves 6 | prep 20 mins (+ 15 mins chilling & cooling) | cooking 1 hour 5 mins Melted butter, to grease2 1/2 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, just thawed4 zucchini, cut into noodles using a spiraliser60g feta, crumbled40g ( 1/2 cup) coarsely grated vintage cheddar125g ( 1/2 cup) crème fraîche60ml ( 1/4 cup) pouring cream5 eggs150g cherry truss tomatoes25g ( 1/3 cup) shredded parmesan 1 Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan forced. Lightly grease a 3cm-deep, 23.5cm fluted tart tin with removable base with butter. “Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene, which actually increases when cooked – not that we need another reason to roast tomatoes. They are delicious!” 2 Use the pastry to line prepared tin, overlapping as necessary. Trim excess. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill. 3…

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crispy ‘chicken’ caesar serves 4 | prep 20 mins (+ cooling) | cooking 30 mins 400g pkt vegan ‘chicken’ nuggets2 baby cos lettuce, leaves separated6 qukes (baby cucumbers), sliced lengthways4 radishes, thinly sliced200g yellow grape tomatoes, halved1 avocado, sliced ‘bacon’ bits 2 tsp soy sauce2 tsp maple syrup1 tsp olive oil1/2 tsp smoked paprika40g (2/3 cup) coconut flakes dressing 180g (2/3 cup) natural yoghurt2 tbs tahini2 tbs fresh lemon juice 1 To make the ‘bacon’ bits, preheat oven to 150°C/130°C fan forced. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat. Spread over prepared tray. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and toss well then spread out again. Bake for a further 5 minutes. Set aside to cool (they will be become crisp as they…