Try some of the more unusual fruit and veg in season this month – and check out the latest healthy products on the shelves.
The warmer weather means getting outdoors to eat and of course, making lots of fresh, delicious salads! Mix it up with these fun varieties of your typical leafy greens.
Sweet baby cos
Baby cos lettuce has crisp, narrow, light green leaves and is sweeter than regular cos. When buying, avoid any baby cos with limp or browning leaves. To enjoy baby cos, just rinse and serve the leaves whole, or chop up for a salad. It's a good source of vitamins A and K, plus folate and fibre. Try a salad of baby cos, citrus dressing, tomatoes and prawns.
Endive is also known as curly endive or frisee. It has frilly leaves, a crisp texture and a slightly bitter flavour that goes particularly well with meat. Available all year round, you can use it fresh in salads, or cook it as you would spinach. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag in the crisper of your fridge for 2 to 3 days. It's high in vitamins A, C and K, folate and fibre.
New chocolate-y goodies
Here’s a new, creamy lower-kilojoule milk choc. Well Naturally No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate is available in Creamy Milk and Fruit & Nut. It still contains some natural sugars, but uses plant-based sweeteners so it has around 80% less sugar than regular milk chocolate. Plus, there's only 272kJ per two pieces! We’ll admit to devouring a few bars among the team in the HFG office!
Inject some brightness into your kitchen and cooking with colourful, spring-inspired cookware. These Neoflam Amie woks come in an array of gorgeous colours and have sleek designs with non-stick coating on the inside and outside. RRP from approx $129.95. Check out www.neoflam.com.au.
Here's a new product for Jamie lovers! Available from November 12 at Woolworths, the ‘Jamie Oliver by Findus’ frozen fish range is made from chunks of 100% sustainable Alaska Pollock fish fillets. Available in four different varieties, these are great for your everyday dinners.
Treat yourself to Brookfarm's new gluten-free bircher muesli, the latest addition to the Brookfarm range. It's made with organic quinoa, amaranth and flaxseed, dried cranberries, sour cherries, almonds and macadamias. This is one delicious start to your day! To find a store near you, or buy online, visit www.brookfarm.com.au.
Bitter melons are a bright green fruit that look similar to a short, fat cucumber with lumpy scales. Just like their name, they do have a bitter flavour. Both the skin and the flesh are edible and they’re usually cooked in stews, curries and soups, or stuffed then baked or steamed. Store bitter melons in the crisper section of your fridge for 3 to 5 days. To prepare, peel the bitter melon and cut it in half lengthwise. Remove seeds, then cut flesh into evenly-sized pieces. Try adding to Chinese-style dishes, such as soups or stir-fries.