Yee Sang New Year Salad (215 calories per serve)


Gong xi fa cai! I don’t often get to host Chinese New Year lunches because we usually spend it at my uncle’s house. Having lived in Shanghai for a number of years, he’s got the whole Chinese New Year festivities down pat. But he was away this year celebrating at Daylesford, a spa town about…

‘Picnic pleaser’ potato salad (334 calories per serve)


My friends organised a casual picnic for this year’s Australia Day celebrations so I decided to bring, amongst other things, a simple potato salad. I’ve always loved potato salads, but not the ones at supermarket delis that are absolutely drenched in mayonnaise. I like adding a bit of mayonnaise but not too much as it…

Beetroot and feta yoghurt salad (244 calories per serve)


Beetroot used to be the last choice in terms of vegetables that I would choose at a salad bar. However all of that changed when I got pregnant. I just couldn’t get enough of this sweet vegetable. Then my uncle, Henry, invited us over to dinner and he made a beetroot salad with feta yoghurt….

Cambodian pepper beef salad (lok lak) (367 calories per serve)


I used to live in Cambodia and my nanny would often make this dish for me. I recently went back to attend a dear friend’s wedding and that’s when I remembered this dish again. There are so many variations of this dish but the one that my nanny made is very peppery and more on the…

Beetroot and roasted shimeji mushroom salad (127 calories per serve)


In hindsight, I would’ve roasted the beetroots too instead of using the canned ones but maybe for next time. It was very simple and easy to make though. Serves 4 Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Ingredients 400g can of beetroot, diced 100g shimeji mushrooms 1 clove of garlic, crushed 2 tbsp olive…

Grilled zucchini and toasted pine nut salad (196 calories per serve)


I grew some zucchini plants at the end of the year and they were doing great. They were growing, they were flowering, and then suddenly they were dying. There was one particularly bad week of inclement weather (which actually isn’t unusual for Melbourne) but it took a toll on the plants and their leaves yellowed…

Spiced couscous salad with raisins (226 calories per serve)


When my little brother tried couscous for the first time, he described it as “small rice” because that was what it looked like. This recipe is inspired from George, Lewis, and Pickford’s 15-Minute Feasts but I’ve made it a little bit more complex to bring out the flavours a bit more. The rule with couscous is roughly…