Fresh and Light: 180+ New Recipes and Flavour-Packed Ideas to Find the Perfect Balance by Donna Hay

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  • Hellyloves2cook on March 11, 2013

    Pg 70 Chicken, Celery and Black Pepper Stir Fry. Just tussled this up for my hungry teenagers. Quick and easy- quite hot too ....a big pepper hit! I added a sliced red capsicum as I had one that needed using up. Served with very thin organic noodles that I found in my pantry rather than rice as suggested . This was a request of my eldest son. It is not a stir fry that has sauce- quite dry but tasty nonetheless.

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  • Pear tart

    • Astrid5555 on January 04, 2014

      O.k, but nothing special. Have had better "healthy" cakes than this one.

  • Kale chips

    • Hellyloves2cook on October 16, 2013

      Delicious- very very moreish - I have made these before just using sea salt and oil but these were much better!

  • Miso and sesame broccoli

    • pennyvr on March 31, 2014

      Worked well with rice.

  • Garlic prawns paper parcels

    • pennyvr on March 31, 2014

      Think we could have done this in a pan and it would be less fiddly with the same result. Suggest adding a bit of sweet chilli sauce / chilli jam.

  • Chilli jam tofu paper parcels

    • pennyvr on March 31, 2014

      Not bad, but not a lot of depth of flavour.

  • Roasted carrot and fennel hummus

    • pennyvr on December 27, 2014

      The flavours are delicious. I made a variation by using the tahini mixture as a dressing for the roast carrots and chickpeas. It worked well.

  • Brown rice salad

    • Kirstin_the_Kiwi on February 10, 2015

      I was missing some of the ingredients so ended up with 3 cups of cooked brown rice, 2 fried/chopped mushrooms, 3 stalks of thyme, 1/3 cup of toasted sunflower seeds, 1/3 cup currents, 1/2 tsp sumac and 1/3 of a packet of feta. Yum!

  • Chocolate fudge cake

    • gjnmc on September 13, 2020

      Substituted yoghurt for buttermilk.

  • Chilli, pepper and basil tofu stir-fry

    • KIGirl on January 17, 2018

      Added additional vegetables : carrots, mushrooms, snow peas, bean sprouts. Omitted the wine and stock as cooking for gluten free. V happy with the result :-)

  • Pea and ricotta frittata

    • Varundel on April 06, 2015

      A very simple, quick lunchtime recipe with light, spring-like flavours. Loved the creamy pockets of ricotta.

  • Toasted spiced chickpea salad

    • Varundel on April 06, 2015

      I love the basic concept of this salad and the various ingredients worked really well together. Needed more flavouring though - more spice quantities and I think it would be great to toast and freshly grind the fennel and cumin first for even more flavour.

  • Baked figs in buttermilk custard

    • ChristineMM on July 16, 2019

      This was a disaster. The custard split and so never firmed up. Should there be an egg in the custard mix?

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    While the recipe themes may be familiar, Hay's instructions are unmatched in their simplicity, and she has great suggestions for creating lighter versions of standbys.

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  • ISBN 10 0732295637
  • ISBN 13 9780732295639
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Nov 01 2012
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 208
  • Language English
  • Countries Australia
  • Publisher Harper Collins

Publishers Text

fresh and light is my answer to my own best efforts to juggle for the perfect balance. Designed to complement my existing repertoire, it's full of new recipes that combine the freshest ingredients, pantry staples and my personal tricks for a lighter touch.

I've never been a fan of diets and this book is no exception. I don't even like the thought of anyone being on a diet! For me, it's always been about balance. fresh and light is mindful of fat and carbohydrates, but is focused on flavour and variety -- without the guilt.

Divided by meal, fresh and light is a solution-packed book of recipes loaded with power foods to give you the balance you need across your week. There are light breakfasts, tasty lunch box tips and fast dinner solutions to give you ideas for every time of the day.

We all have our guilty pleasures in life. fresh and light lets you enjoy them and is for all those times when you're seeking something a little more virtuous. And that's really the best kind of indulgence of all -- the one with balance.

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