Be inspired by healthy, simple and tasty seasonal recipes. Find your food flow and get all the family involved.

9 Reasons to Eat More Plant-Based Foods in 2020


  From cafes to celebrities, it seems everyone is jumping on board the plant-based food train and for very good reason. Whether you want to reduce the level of meat in your diet or go vegan,...

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Antipasto Tart recipe from 4 Ingredients


Love Your Leftovers with this simple and delicious tart from Kim McCosker of 4 Ingredients. It’s the perfect way to make the most of just about any leftovers you have in...

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Banana and Date Loaf


by Simone Bright Ingredients 1-2 over-ripe bananas 1 teaspoon bicarb soda ...

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Banana Bix-Shake recipe from 4 Ingredients


  Here’s a breakfast treat the kids will love from Kim McCosker of 4 Ingredients. It’s the perfect way to Love Your Leftovers and use up any excess bananas. Better still, buy bananas when they are...

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Breakfast Box recipe from 4 Ingredients


This simple and nutritious breakfast is another popular before school breakfast from 4 Ingredients. Children just love the layers and it’s an easy way to get them to eat fruit for the first important meal...

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Brewing change: cheers to the microbrewers embracing sustainability


  Microbreweries are officially a thing. It seems that everyone is raising a glass with independently brewed beers these days. Fortunately, the Sunshine Coast is home to a growing number of microbreweries embracing both the craft...

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Building a locavore movement: supporting local producers on the Sunshine Coast


Did you know that almost a quarter of the strawberries grown in Queensland are grown on the Sunshine Coast? In fact, an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and other items are grown...

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Creative meals with microgreens


  Vibrant, tasty and nutritious, microgreens can bring salads, smoothies and main meals to life. Their rich green and fuchsia hues are an ideal way to enliven a boring salad, garnish your...

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Daily bread: the local artisan bakers nourishing us from the inside


Whether it’s supporting your local sourdough bakery or learning to make it yourself, people are turning to traditional breads because not only do they taste amazing but they are better for our...

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Easter 2019: Check out your Fairtrade Easter egg options ... and where to buy them!


  Easter is just around the corner and there’s one question on everyone’s lips: What Fairtrade Easter eggs and other treats are available, and where can I get...

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Everyone is drooling over new mouth-watering food festival


The Sunshine Coast is ready to welcome food lovers and the world’s best chefs from far and wide. With a number of the 50 events on offer already sold out, and registrations for The Food...

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Fight Food Waste


Food saving habits start when you LOOK.BUY.STORE.COOK. Here are some quick tip to start reducing your food waste.  LOOK So many of us forget to LOOK at what we already have in our...

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Food Matters Favourite Freezer-Friendly Dinners


  With a routine that’s been thrown out of the norm and greater inconsistency between days working and getting that all-important paycheck, it’s a great idea to have some healthy home-made meals on hand when you...

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Free Love your Leftovers recipe eBook


  Get inspired and discover how to transform leftovers into quick tasty meals with our Love Your Leftovers community recipe eBook. Leftovers can be turned into quick and tasty meals and are a...

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From food to farm: a local company’s war on waste


In a world where one person’s waste is increasingly seen as another’s asset, a Sunshine Coast company is finding new ways to turn commercial food and organic waste into nutrient dense...

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From-the-Fridge Pizza


Going Bananas for Banana Cupcakes with Maple Icing


NEARLY every household has bananas that begin to spot and go black. No need to waste you can either freeze them for smoothies and purees or even better, use them up in...

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Health rules to make life easier


Great health is more than just eating well and exercising. Stress, sleep, caffeine, alcohol, breathing and digestive health are all equally important factors. Here are a few pointers taken from my book Fresh Start...

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Homemade LCM’S


How Spare Harvest can help you share what you have


  Now is an ideal time to experience the joy of sharing. Never before in our recent history has the need to come together and support each other been ...

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How to keep school lunches safe in the heat


  This article is part of a series that draws on the latest research on back to school transitions. In it, experts explain how best to prepare children for school, and counter...

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How to make healthier takeaways at home


We all know that takeaways aren’t the most nutritious choice we could be making, but let’s face it – everyone loves a good burger and fries once in a while. The problem is once...

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Leftover Banana Chips


Leftover Banana Ice Cream


by Janene Inigo Ingredients BananaAnd your choice of:VanillaCacaoor peanut butter(or a combination of the above)A pinch of salt...

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Lime & Salmon Cakes


Lunchbox Sushi


Make it a Plant Power Day today


No matter what choice of diet or way of eating you follow, there is one thing everyone can agree on: increasing our plants (fruits and veggies) is always a good thing. Plant...

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Muesli Smoothie


My Simplicious food waste cheat sheet for trolls (Sarah Wilson)


It would seem my latest book, I Quit Sugar: SIMPLICIOUS, is a little contentious. The fact I advocate doggie bags, double dunk my teabags,...

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Nana’s Rice Pudding


  Serves 4 Ingredients 2¾ cups full-cream milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ cup short grain rice ¼ cup sugar Method ...

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New Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood


  The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is excited to launch our new Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood. The Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood was developed in consultation with the early childhood community over...

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PASTA – A HERO Leftover Dish


  Pasta is an absolute hero dish when it comes to using up leftovers!   Pasta provides the perfect foundation for healthy, nutritious and satisfying meals as it is usually eaten with nutrient-dense food partners. Think of all ...

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Pea and ham croquettes with fiery aioli


Credit: Ben Dearnley Turn leftover Christmas ham into delicious finger food for breakfast, lunch or tapas with these tasty croquettes. Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Ingredients: 11 Difficulty: Easy   Ingredients 750g sebago potatoes, peeled, chopped (or leftover baked potatoes) ...

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Resetting your kitchen to reduce waste and plastic


Getting started on the journey to reduce waste and plastic in the kitchen can be overwhelming! There’s so much information available and changing your routine when you’re busy can be a...

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Spag bol number one in favourite meal survey


  It will come as no surprise to pasta lovers that the family favourite, spaghetti bolognaise, was the most popular home-cooked meal for residents in the Redland area in a recent study. The study,...

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Taco Popcorn


The Living Smart guide to accessing local food and supporting our local producers


  Here on the Sunshine Coast, we are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts and local goods grown and crafted right here, in our own backyard. Many businesses...

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The rise of sourdough at home: Sunny Coast bakers share their journeys and tips


There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked sourdough bread…the irresistible, comforting aroma that that evokes a sense of the simple life. With many of us having extra time at home time...

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The wash-up on coronavirus and food from CSIRO


  On our virtual sofa, we spoke with resident expert and senior food microbiology consultant, Cathy Moir. Here’s what she had to say on all things food and coronavirus. Grab a cuppa...

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Three tips to reduce food waste with OzHarvest


OzHarvest Sunshine Coast has rescued over 100 tonnes of excess food from landfill since 2014. Coordinator Michele Lipner is passionate about tackling food waste, regularly attending markets and events ...

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Vegemite Scrolls


World Pizza Day is here!


  That’s right, there is a World Pizza Day! Have I answered all your prayers and dreams at once? I thought as much. Pizza is that soul food that pretty much everyone loves. Kids, adults, almost every...

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Your go-to guide for buying bulk food and household products on the Sunshine Coast


  There’s a bulk food-buying buzz around the sunny coast at the moment as savvy shoppers seek out ways to avoid excess packaging when buying food and household products. There are loads...

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Zucchini Fritters