A dozen healthy recipes to help you keep your New Year’s resolution

Want to make some healthy changes this year? KitchenAid’s Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment makes it easy to create nutritious alternatives to your favourite dishes.

Lose weight. Get fit. Eat healthily. Do these sound like familiar New Year’s resolutions? We know how difficult it can be to stick to goals particularly after the month of January. Busy schedules get in the way and motivation is lost somewhere along the line.

Opting for healthy living is a lifestyle change and begins right in your very kitchen – with your kitchen appliances. Having small appliances that make cooking a breeze can be all you need to remain encouraged on your healthy-cooking journey.

Thanks to KitchenAid, it’s easy to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your everyday meals with the Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment. Like all KitchenAid attachments, it’s a cinch to use and sparks creativity in your dishes!

The possibilities are endless with this attachment – think sheets of sweet potato, zucchini and apple to name a few – but we’d love to give you a (yummy) head start.

We’ve gathered some of our favourite recipes from KitchenAid so that you can add sheets of wholesome goodness to your diet. Here are a dozen dishes you won’t regret trying, and ones that will be household favourites for the kids too!

Find even more recipes from KitchenAid by downloading the PDF here. Tell us what you love making with the Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment in the comments below!

3 guilt-free (and super easy!) recipes to try in the Philips Airfryer XXL

Want tasty fried food without the guilt? These three recipes that you can make quickly and healthily in the Philips Airfryer XXL are sure to be a hit in your home!

Typically, favourite foods are on the fattier side. Hot chips, fried chicken, spring rolls – the list is endless. As much as we’d love to delight our taste buds with these tasty treats every day, for the sake of our waistlines, we know that we shouldn’t.

Even when we do indulge, there’s a certain amount of guilt after a heavy meal. But delicious, mouth-watering food doesn’t need to be dripping with oil or drenched in butter to be satisfying. Nor do you need to give up your favourite meals altogether in an effort to remain health conscious.

The way you cook your food can determine a healthy meal just as much as the food itself. Thanks to Philips, you can prepare your signature dishes in an alternative, fat-reducing way without sacrificing the flavour that you know and love.

The Airfryer XXL is a larger version of the Philips Airfryers that you might already be familiar with. Its innovative technology allows you to “fry” food with little to no oil at all! And yes, you will still get that tender-on-the-inside-crisp-on-the-outside result every time!

Here’s how it works

Rather than using the extreme temperatures of hot oil in a pan to fry, an Airfryer (as the name suggests) uses hot air in a cooking basket.

If you’ve never used an Airfryer, we know you might be sceptical at first about the idea of cooking with air rather than oil. But it is possible, and in fact, we’d bet that you’ll prefer it!

With the latest airfryer technology, Philips uses a Twin TurboStar system. It creates a tornado-like realm of hot air using 2225 watts of power to melt away fat.

The fat is then captured at the bottom of the Airfryer XXL for easy disposal. Plus, you’ll actually be able to see the fat you’ve prevented yourself from eating.

The capacity of the huge XXL size is convenient for family meals, and is able to cook a whole chicken or even up to 1.4kg of fries – its Philips’ largest and most powerful Airfryer to date!

Psst! Right now you can get $50 CASHBACK when you purchase a Philips Airfryer XXL from Bing Lee before 25/12/16! T&Cs apply.

What’s great is that as opposed to a deep fryer, you aren’t left with the house smelling of oil! It’s quite the multitasker too. You can grill, bake and even roast lunch, dinner or snacks for parties.

The Airfryer XXL can prepare meats, vegetables, and frozen foods without needing to defrost them! You can choose temperature control and the best-suited settings with the tip of a finger. It makes cooking an absolute cinch.

And on that note, we’re sharing three of our favourite Airfryer XXL recipes for you to try today! They’re tasty and will be ready in five steps or less! Head in-store or online at Bing Lee to get cooking 🙂

Saltimbocca (Veal rolls with Sage)

Ingredients

400 ml meat stock
200 ml dry white wine
4 veal cutlets
Freshly ground pepper
8 fresh sage leaves
4 slices cured ham
25 g butter

Directions

  1. Preheat the Airfryer to 200°C. Boil the meat stock and the wine in a wide pan over medium heat until it has reduced to one-third of the original amount.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the cutlets and cover them with the sage leaves. Firmly roll the cutlets and wrap a slice of ham around each cutlet.
  3. Thinly brush the entire cutlets with butter and place them in the basket. Slide the basket into the Airfryer and set the timer for 10 minutes. Roast the veal rolls until nicely brown.
  4. Lower the temperature to 150°C and set the timer to 5 minutes. Roast the rolls until done. Mix the remainder of the butter with the reduced stock and season the gravy with salt and pepper.
  5. Thinly slice the veal rolls and serve them with the gravy. Tasty with tagliatelle and green beans.

Puff Pastry Bites (Your Way!)

Ingredients

200 g ready-made (frozen or chilled) puff pastry
Filling as desired (select from below!)
2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat the Airfryer to 200°C.
  2. Cut the pastry into 16 squares of 5×5 cm and scoop a heaped teaspoon of filling onto each square.
  3. Fold the squares into triangles and moisten the edges with some water. Press the edges firmly together with a fork.
  4. Put eight parcels in the basket and brush them with milk. Slide the basket into the airfryer and set the timer to 10 minutes. Bake the appetizers until they are golden brown.
  5. Bake the remaining parcels in the same way. Serve the puff pastry bites in a dish.

Filling ideas:

  • – Ricotta and Ham Mix 50 g ricotta with 25 g finely-chopped ham and freshly ground pepper
  • – Ricotta and Salmon Mix 50 g ricotta with 25 g smoked salmon and 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • – Cheese and Green Onion Mix 75 g grated cheese (Gouda, Cheddar or Gruyère) with one thinly sliced green onion
  • – Shrimps and Dill Mix 75 g chopped pink shrimps with 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill and ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • – Pepper and Salami Mix 50 g salami in strips with ½ red bell pepper diced into small cubes and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh oregano
  • – Apple and Cinnamon Mix ½ apple chopped into small pieces with ½ tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon grated orange peel and 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • – Apple and Ginger Mix ½ large apple, chopped into small pieces, with 1 tablespoon finely chopped preserved ginger and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh mint

Potato Croquettes with Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients

300 g starchy potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 egg yolk
50 g Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons flour
Freshly ground pepper
Nutmeg
50 g breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Boil the potato cubes in salted water for 15 minutes until ready. Drain the potatoes and mash them finely with a potato masher or a ricer. Allow the mashed potatoes to cool.
  2. Add the egg yolk, cheese, flour and chives to the potato puree and mix well. Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  3. Preheat the AirFryer to 200°C. Mix the oil and the bread crumbs and keep stirring until the mixture becomes loose and crumbly again.
  4. Shape the potato puree into 12 croquettes and roll them through the breadcrumbs until they are completely coated.
  5. Put six croquettes in the fryer basket and slide the basket into the AirFryer. Set the timer for 4 minutes and fry the potato croquettes until they are crispy brown. Then fry the rest of the croquettes.

All recipes are credited to The Philips Chef, where you can find even more recipes for your Philips Airfryer XXL!

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We tried The Perfect Press from Breville and here’s what happened

We’re giving away 4 of The Perfect Press from Breville! Find out exactly why you’ll want one and what happened when we tried one for ourselves.

If you’re aboard the toastie wagon, you know that it’s the perfect meal no matter what time of day. A toastie has endless combinations – much more than the good ol’ ham and cheese combo – and is simply satisfying whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

But if you share this kind of love for the timeless toastie, you also know how annoying it can be to have all your fillings spill out the side.

I’ve had my fair share of pineapple pieces grilling themselves outside my Hawaiin toastie, tasty cheese creating a pool of crunchiness on the press plate, and tomato slices mushed into something unrecognisable.

Not to mention, it’s pretty close to heartbreaking when you put the effort into a great ensemble of well-cut ingredients but end up with a cardboard-like, utterly flat sandwich thanks to the heavy press.

That’s why, needless to say, when Breville introduced The Perfect Press™ I knew I had to get my hands on one and try it out for myself. Breville claims that The Perfect Press™ is a sandwich maker that will prevent fillings from being squished, while still giving bread that golden, toasted finish.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, here’s what happened.

First, I went to my local Bing Lee store and grabbed one of these boxes off the shelf.

Next, it was straight to the kitchen.

The first thing I notice when I carry it is how light it is. I inspect it quickly and see that it could not be simpler – there’s an ON/OFF switch, and a lever that you can push in or out for options of LOCK, CRUSH CONTROL and OPEN MELT.

I normally make a quick toastie for lunch and avoid filling it with more than two fillings because I dread the mess. But to really put The Perfect Press™ to the test, I doubled the usual and filled my sandwich with four ingredients. The sandwich ingredients were salad leaves, tuna, sundried tomatoes and bocconcini cheese.

My ideal outcome for this sandwich is to first and foremost keep my fillings within the sandwich and not seeping out the sides. I’d also like the heat not to be too high, otherwise my lettuce leaves will start to wilt. And I’d want the cheese melted to perfection – not stringing off the plate but not remaining cold and solid either.

Sounds like I’m asking for a lot, right? Well, here goes nothing.

I switched The Perfect Press on, and within a couple of minutes, the light indicated that the plates were ready for my sandwich.

I put my sandwich in and set the lever to CRUSH CONTROL. As I put the lid down, I did notice immediately that it sat nicely and neatly on top of the toast without weighing itself down.

I was already impressed. My regular sandwich press would’ve let me down at this stage!

Within approximately three minutes, the green READY light flickered on and it was time for the great reveal.

To my surprise, the sandwich had not been morphed into the usual sad-looking pancake mess. It was intact, not even a leaf out of place. There was not even drop of oil on the metal plate as I had anticipated from the tuna or sundried tomatoes. The outside was golden, just as promised.

After my delightful peek, I was keen to cut it open and see if it had done anything at all to the insides – it looked too clean (for lack of a better word) to indicate that the cheese had melted. No melted cheese would be a huge disappointment.

I grabbed the knife and heard the crunch as I sliced it down the middle. See for yourself what happened next…

It was indeed perfect!

The sandwich still maintained its height (despite how high I stacked it!), the leaves were not hot and yucky, and the cheese melted beautifully!

As someone who is a toastie enthusiast, I’m really thoroughly impressed. The Perfect Press™ is said to provide x4 less pressure on your sandwich – and it’s evident that it works.

I’m not done with the testing just yet though! If you too are a toastie enthusiast, you know that there’s one thing left to call it a complete success… The level of cleaning required to pack it away.

The beauty of a toastie is how quickly it is to whip up. So if the cleaning required is longer than the making of the sandwich itself, it’s a thumbs down from me.

I could tell instantly that this wasn’t going to be an issue with The Perfect Press™. Its non-stick plates were a cinch to wipe up. A soapy sponge or cloth wasn’t even really needed. Literally 10 seconds later (if that!), the press looked as good as new!

Final verdict? The Perfect Press™ ticks all the boxes for me. It’s the ideal size for a quick and delicious meal for one, it’s easy to clean up, and at Bing Lee it’s really a steal for the price!

Now all that’s left to do is to create more toasties! 😉 What’s your favourite combination? Let us know in the comments below!

5 reasons to update your kitchen with a Samsung French Door Fridge

Looking for an excuse to update your kitchen? Don’t wait around any longer – Get up to $400 CASHBACK on selected Samsung fridges*! Here are five top reasons (among many!) why you’ll love switching to a Samsung French door fridge.

A fridge is one of the most used appliances by everyone in the home – no matter who you are and despite whether or not you cook! Mums, dads, kids and even cheeky pets make their way to the fridge multiple times every single day.

Organising snacks, meats, veggies and dairy products can get a bit messy when several hands are moving around the contents of your fridge. Food spoils quickly when not stored properly or when they are placed beside other foods that require different optimum temperature and conditions.

Considering how much we rely on our fridges, it’s essential to opt for one that is practical, durable and innovative in performance. Thanks to Samsung, there’s an easy way to preserve your groceries with their collection of stunning French door fridges.

There are so many great reasons why an upgrade to a Samsung French door fridge will make your cooking endeavours a dream, but we’re going to break down five of our favourites for you.

Psst… you can get more bang for your buck right now with up to $400 CASHBACK on selected Samsung fridges. Get in quick though; the offer ends 22/11/17.

Double/four doors

This one is quite obvious, but the sheer design of Samsung’s French doors means that you can open up the fridge completely to have everything within your sight. The doors have so much storage capacity, so – whether you’re after your sauces, marinades, drinks or milk – you can pop whatever you need straight out from either your left or right.

More upright storage on the doors prevents spills from bottles and jars on your shelves, resulting in a more hygienic, mess-free interior.

Access is a breeze too with easy-open functions and a gentle pull. Drawers and doors latch securely shut when not in use, so inside stays cooler and no energy is going to waste!

Twin/Triple Cooling technology

What you can’t see in the fridge is arguably one of the most important features – the cooling technology. Samsung’s innovative cooling utilises separate systems in the refrigerator and freezer.

The idea is to optimise the control of temperature independently in each compartment, so food stays fresher for longer.

Individual fans ensure near-commercial grade humidity too so that your perishable foods are kept in peak condition. Plus, it prevents odours mixing between fresh and frozen foods!

LED lighting

Lighting is a feature that is commonly overlooked in a refrigerator, but Samsung doesn’t skimp out on the finer details. That’s why their French door fridges are designed with LED lights.

LED lighting is cooler and more energy efficient than incandescent light so every corner of your fridge will be illuminated effectively and resourcefully.

No longer will the stick of butter be left unseen at the back of the shelf!

Water and ice dispenser

Stay hydrated with access to cold water and ice at your fingertips! At the touch of a screen (or a button, depending on your model), you can control the fridge settings to dispense cold water, ice cubes and crushed ice.

The innovative Ice Master produces ice quickly and leaves more space for taller groceries – win-win!

There’s also easy access to the water filter and a uniquely-tall face on the dispenser so that you can fill up tall glasses or even pitchers for the whole family.

Adjustability

Not every item you buy from the grocery store is the same width or height, needless to say! Shuffling around huge shelves in and out of the fridge can be a major inconvenience and incredibly time-consuming.

With Samsung’s French door fridges, simple tri-fold shelves adjust your storage dimensions in a flash. So whether you’re entertaining and need space for a jug, or have a platter to keep cold before guests arrive, your fridge will take away the stress.

Storage has never been more flexible!

 

There are so many more features to be enjoyed with a Samsung French door fridge (like its luxurious stainless steel looks and recessed handles!). Simply shop online or head in-store to a Bing Lee near you for further information and some expert advice. Get inspired and get cooking!

Next-level footy finals snacks every host needs to make

So you’ve got your brand new TV and sound system set up, and the colours of your team decorating the living room – but what will your guests be nibbling on throughout the game?

We’ve got some footy finals snacks that are a twist on the classic favourites. So ditch the store-bought frozen food for these tasty treats that every fan will love!

Meat Lovers Pie

Why choose between the classic meat pie or meat lovers pizza when you can have both?! Grab your Sunbeam Pie Magic and make a super impressive meat lovers pie!

Watch the clip or follow the steps below to get started.

Ingredients

Red onion
Ham
Pepperoni/Salami (or both!)
Grated cheese
Minced beef
Pizza sauce
Pastry sheets

Method

  1. Dice the red onion. Set aside in a bowl.
  2. Stir the minced beef in a pot over medium heat until thoroughly cooked. Set aside.
  3. Lay out your pastry sheets and cut out the moulds using the Sunbeam Pie Magic pastry cutter. Prepare the bases in the Sunbeam Pie Magic appliance and set the tops aside.
  4. Fill the bases with the red onion, meats, cheese and sauce.
  5. Place the pastry tops on the pies and close the Pie Magic, leaving them to cook for 15 mins.
  6. Take them out and serve with tomato or BBQ sauce!

Smoked Popcorn

Popcorn is always a family favourite – but why stop at buttered popcorn? With the Breville Smoking Gun, you can give popcorn a whole new, exciting flavour.

Check out just how easy it is with the clip or follow the steps below.

Ingredients

Microwavable butter popcorn
Paprika
Salt, to taste

Method

  1. Microwave butter popcorn as per packet instructions and put popcorn in a bowl.
  2. Cover the bowl with cling wrap, leaving an edge to place the Smoking Gun through.
  3. Use the Smoking Gun and cover the bowl entirely. Give it a light shake and leave to infuse for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Uncover, sprinkle with paprika. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve!

Root Vegetable Chips with Chimichurri Dip

Skip on the packeted potato chips and opt for something much more wholesome in both flavour and nutrients. KitchenAid’s Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment makes it so easy to incorporate veggies into your meals – and footy snacks are no exception!

Watch the clip below to see how easy it is to use the attachment to make sweet potato chips too!

Ingredients

2 sweet potatoes, ends trimmed, cut into 4-inch sections
2 parsnips, ends trimmed, cut into 4-inch sections
2 beets, ends trimmed, cut into 4-inch sections
3 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
1½ tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon flaked salt
2 tablespoons grated
Parmesan cheese

CHIMICHURRI DIP

½ cup parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
3 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
½ avocado, chopped

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C
  2. Combine parsley, cilantro, garlic, lemon zest, sea salt and chilli flakes in medium bowl.
  3. Puree sour cream, mayonnaise and avocado in a blender. Add just a bit of water, if needed.
  4. Combine avocado puree with parsley-cilantro mixture. Store in airtight container until ready to use.
  5. Attach the Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment to the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Insert food holder into the centre of one end of the sweet potato and secure onto attachment. Insert food skewer through the sweet potato, up to the first mark.
  6. Attach ThinBlade to attachment. Position bowl under the blade to catch sweet potato. Turn Stand Mixer to Speed 2 and position blade against sweet potato to process.
  7. Repeat with remaining sweet potato, parsnip and beet sections.
  8. Transfer vegetable sheets to cutting board and cut into irregular square and triangular pieces, about 2-inches.
  9. Toss with olive oil and spread out evenly on 2-3 baking sheets. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake until crisp, 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time.
  10. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Let cool completely before serving with Chimichurri Dip.

4 mouth-watering recipes to cook in your Breville Steam Zone™

We’re sharing four delicious recipes from Breville so that you’re covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert with the clever Steam Zone™ appliance.

Steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook, and Breville has made healthy cooking easy and fun with the Steam Zone™. In just 30 seconds you can start preparing delicious meals for the whole family.

With two separate steam zones, you can cook two differently-flavoured foods at different temperatures. And the clever set-and-forget design cooks both dishes with a synchronised finish!

What does that mean? Well, you don’t have to wait around for the potatoes to finish cooking before popping on your broccolini so that they don’t go soggy. The Steam Zone™ will know exactly when to start cooking in the second steam zone to give you two perfectly cooked foods at the exact same time!

Of course, you can always use the large 40cm steaming area to cook a whole fish or chicken. The independent steaming control lets you pick low or high power to suit delicate or firmer ingredients.

Check out the features of Breville’s Steam Zone™ as demonstrated by one of our Bing Lee experts, Ritchie.

 

Ready to start cooking? Get the menu set with (1) Steamed Steel-Cut Oats with Berries, Nuts and Maple Syrup, (2) Steamed Chicken Salad with Nam Jim Dressing, (3) Steamed Trout, Potatoes and Asparagus with Lemon-Eshallot Vinaigrette and (4) Steamed Crème Caramel!

*All recipes and images are originally from and credited to: http://brevilleprecision.com/

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Dinner

Dessert

Want more recipes to cook up a storm with your Steam Zone™? Download and print Breville’s recipe cards here: Breville Recipes.