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Easy Australian Recipes: Ready to Eat in the Blink of an Eye

Cooking usually takes time. But not with these easy Australian recipes that are so quick to make and healthy to eat.

Australian food includes a large variety of meals, the gourmet type or the yummy, simple dishes.

The sophisticated, gourmet food influenced by the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern or Asian cooking requires knowledge and time so you are better off going to a restaurant to taste it.

If you want to experience Australian cooking you can do it the easier way. There are a lot of options that are healthy and fast to cook. They include quick stir fries, salads fresh produce, spices, unusual blends and mouth watering results.

Easy Australian Recipes - Salads

Feta and Avocado Salad

feta salad with avocado

A quick and easy recipe that saves your time is all you want when you entertain.

This salad is a fresh and crisp appetiser.

Prepare all the ingredients (except slicing the avocado) in advance. Then assemble it quickly, just before serving, and impress your guests.

Here's what you do:

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado sliced lengthwise
  • mixed salad leaves - about 200g
  • 1 large red onion sliced
  • 300g olives
  • 250g feta cheese cut in cubes
  • 2 large tomatoes sliced
  • 150g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 table spoons olive oil lemon juice

Method:

Mix the salad leaves, onions, olives and tomatoes with the olive oil and lemon juice. Add the feta cheese cubes and avocado slices and toss gently. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and serve immediately with toasted bread.

Tomato and Broccoli Salad

tomato salado with broccoli

The humble tomato salad has more flavour if you add some broccoli florets and replace the white onion with the red Spanish onion.

And use truss tomatoes, they are so much more tasty and smell so good.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 ripe truss tomatoes, sliced
  • mixed salad leaves or lettuce leaves
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 1 small broccoli head
  • 2 table spoons olive oil
  • lemon juice

Put all the ingredients in a bowl, add the olive oil and lemon juice, toss and serve as a side dish to your main course.

Easy Australian Recipes - Rice Dishes

Seafood Paella

Seafood paella is a sophisticated dish, served in many Spanish or latin American restaurants in Sydney.

Is paella one of the easy Australian recipes? Not exactly easy and... definitely Spanish.

But I have a lady back Australian version. You don't need to allocate time to cleaning the mussels, prawns and calamari, if you want to cook it at home. Buy seafood marinara mix at your local fish shop. It has all the seafood cleaned and mixed for you - ready to use.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of seafood marinara mix
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 red capsicum, chopped
  • frozen peas - about 3/4 cup
  • 1 litre of stock
  • a dash of turmeric
  • 2 cups of rice
  • chopped parsley
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped or 1 can of diced tomatoes

Method:

Heat the oil in the fry pan, add onion, garlic and capsicum and cook for 2 minutes before adding the rice.

Mix and add stock and tomatoes. Bring to the boil and add the turmeric. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Then add the seafood mix and the peas, stir and cover the pan. Cook until the rice has absorbed the stock. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Pavlova is a meringue cake named after the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. Bake it at home or buy it off the shelf, top it with whipped cream and fresh fruit. A delicious dessert, it goes well with a glass of bubbly wine.


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