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The best mince recipes for your family

Mince is a fantastically versatile ingredient, and you won't run out of dinner ideas anytime soon with these delicious beef and lamb mince recipes to feed your family.

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A tribute to the dumpling

Popular around the world, the dumpling itself is universal – China have jiaozi, Japan has gyoza, Italy has ravioli, Russia has pelmeni, Nepal has momo, Poland has pierogi, and Turkey have manti.

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4 recipes to get the kids in the kitchen with these school holidays

With school holidays kicking off this weekend, it is about now that many parents start scratching their heads about how to keep the kids entertained for the next two weeks. Our Nutrition team has suggested four kid-friendly recipes that they can get involved with cooking.

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Soul soups: the health benefits of soup

Brrrr, the temperature’s suddenly dropped and snow is even falling in some parts of our beautiful whenua. When winter weather starts to bite, it’s a perfect time for comfort food and a steaming bowl of nourishing soup ticks that box.

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Lockdown Dinners: 15 Essential Slow-Cooker Recipes

While slow-cooker recipes are great all year round, they shine most in the cold winter months. These 15 beef and lamb recipes stand out among the rest and are easy to make during lockdown or after.

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Hungry now? Here are six recipes that you can get on the table in under 30 minutes

This week we're all about food that you can whip up in a flash. So if you find yourself walking through the door on weeknights feeling ravenous, and you need dinner on the table ASAP - then look no further. These recipes are perfect for dinner in a flash without compromising on flavour.

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Spooky Halloween recipes that the kids will love

Looking to have a Halloween feast, without having to rely on sweet treats? Here are eight quick and easy beef and lamb recipes that the kids will love

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9 Shows to channel your inner Chef with

Here’s a look at some of our favourite shows to pass the time and channel your inner chef with.

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Lockdown Kitchen: Making Cooking Easier - Batch Cooking & Cook Once, Eat Twice

Had a busy day working from home while juggling the kids’ schoolwork? Spent the afternoon queueing outside the supermarket? We’re almost one week into lockdown and some of us are already over cooking every night. Time to embrace the fine art of batch cooking and philosophy of 'cook once, eat twice'. Check out these recipe ideas to make lockdown dinners that much easier.

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The secret to a stress-free Mother’s Day meal

So you’ve been tasked with cooking Sunday lunch or dinner for Mother’s Day? Regina Wypych shares the secret to cooking up a stress-free and relaxed meal, that will give you plenty of time to spend with Mum.

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20 quick and easy 30 minute dinner recipes

No time? No problem! These incredible 30-minute dinner recipes are simple and quick to prepare. Remember - short on time doesn't have to mean short on flavour!

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Dinner bowls, are you a fan?

At the moment, it all seems to be about ‘the bowl’. Smoothie bowls for breakfast, poke bowls for lunch and ramen or salad bowls for dinner. This “bowl phase” quickly overtook the “salad-in-a-jar” phase… could it even take over Auckland’s “smashed avo on toast” trend? That’s a big ask but I’m sure it’s pretty close.

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Yesteryear to COVID-19 – Reminiscing about cooking shows

Fiona Windle has used the lockdown to reminisce about the TV cooking shows that she grew up with in the 80s and 90s.

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Our favourite family-friendly recipes

Sit down with the family for a delicious meal everyone will enjoy. Kids and grown-ups alike will love these beef and lamb recipe ideas including comforting pasta bakes, hearty roasts, homemade pizzas, and speedy stir-fries.

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12 foodie films that will make you want to cook

Do you love to what movies where characters stir soup or chop onions or swirl a fork of spaghetti over a plate? While in most films, food largely happens off-screen, here is a list of ten foodie films where cooking and eating plays an integral part of the plot, rather than merely being background. How many have you seen?

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Sapasui – a dish made to be shared: Celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa

Regina Wypych was tasked with creating a Sapasui recipe for Samoan Language Week. But will her version pass the eagle-eyed review of the Sapasui critics?

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Isolation Eats: Takeaway classics you can cook at home

Takeaways are one of life's eating pleasures, however, for health or budget reasons you may be reluctant to order them. Save your pennies and get the takeaway treatment straight to your couch with these homemade versions of our favourite fast food.

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Ten of the best Lamb Marinades for the BBQ

Looking for an easy way to take your barbecue lamb recipes to the next level? Marinades are probably the easiest way to do so. These marinades embrace flavours from across the world and are the perfect complement to beautiful cuts of New Zealand lamb.

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An ode to the humble potato

Here are some of our favourite ways to use the many varieties of spuds we have in New Zealand.

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The benefits of bone broth

Whether you remember it from your childhood or are seeing it for the first time in a packet, bone broth has come back in fashion. So, what is all the fuss about? Dietitian Katrina Dixon takes a closer look.

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Get on trend with slow cooking

Slow cooking is all about convenience, comfort, and tasty food. They are relatively cheap to buy, inexpensive to use, and great for making the most of budget ingredients. Check out our recipes that work great with a slow cooker below.

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Time to catch up on some inspiring foodie podcasts

With all of us having a little more time on our hands at the moment, listening to those podcasts that you’ve had on your list could be a good way to pass the time.  We all have our favourite podcasts, but if you are looking for some new inspiration here are some recommendations from around the globe.  All have a foodie theme which may also inspire you to jump into the kitchen and get cooking!

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May the Fourth: 5 recipes that are perfect for Star Wars Day

It’s that time again, Star Wars Day: May the 4th! There are so many ways to celebrate, but our favourite is obviously through cooking and eating Star Wars-inspired food. Here are five recipes that are perfect to celebrate Star Wars Day with.

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Mint Sauce in your Mid Twenties: Where does lamb fit into a flat diet?

With National Lamb Day on the horizon (May 24th, mark your calendars!) our resident millennial, Lauren, is taking a break from UberEats to see if any lamb recipes fit the bill for young professional cooking. Her first attempts: Lamb Burgers with Garlic Mint Sauce, and 'Magic Mince'.

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Our favourite Midwinter Christmas recipes

Embrace winter and find that inner festive spirit. With mid-winter Christmas parties now firmly established in the Kiwi calendar, these recipes will help you take your celebration to a new level.

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Sharing food in a bubble

Sharing food is one of those acts that brings us closer together and whilst yes, some of us will still be doing that within our warm, cozy, protective ‘bubbles’ for those alone, in a pair or still separated from other loved ones, sharing a meal, an act we may once have taken for granted, is something that’s painfully hard to give up.

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7 recipes that are picnic perfection

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that some food just tastes better outside! With Spring here and Auckland’s new easing of restrictions set to include outdoor gatherings, picnics are about to become our new favourite pastime.

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12 of our favourite meat pie recipes

What is it about pies? Just writing the very word, pie, has conjured up images of steaming, tender filling, and flaky, buttery pastry - it’s a shame it’s past lunch-time as we’re writing this… although dinner on the other-hand…

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How to celebrate in lockdown this weekend

With plenty of September lockdown birthdays on the horizon and no restaurant reservations in our near future, I'm here to inspire you with some ways to celebrate from home (and of course, a few recipes)

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Lamb mince: 5 recipes to help develop kids’ taste buds

While it may seem like a daunting and messy task, getting the kids in the kitchen can be a special way to spend quality family time, all while teaching them important life skills and showing them the amount of effort that goes into making a dish. Kids thrive when they can be creative, so pop an apron on them and let them be your sous chef for the day with these recipes.

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16 of the best one-pot recipes

After a long day we know that the last thing you want to do after cooking is dishes. These incredible one-pot (or one-pan) recipes will make your time in the kitchen easier while satisfying your comfort food cravings.

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Three reasons to love mince

Mince is a loved family favourite for children and adults alike. Here are our top 3 reasons why mince gets a big thumbs up from the team at recipes.co.nz.

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A sprinkle of steak - Easy family meal ideas

Ann Ho's kids love steak. When life is busy and time is short, it’s her secret weapon - nothing is quicker and more versatile. By using meat as 'flavouring' she's been able to stretch it further. Here are some of her favourite recipe ideas that are light on meat but heavy on satisfaction.

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Some of our favourite Kiwi chefs are serving up home-cooking videos on social media

Some of New Zealand’s top chefs are lending their expertise to home cooks during the lockdown. Here are some of our favourites.

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Our best St Patrick's Day recipes

Here are the Irish-inspired recipes you’ll need, whether you’re off to a parade, a party, or simply staying at home on St Patrick's Day.

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Lockdown Kitchen: Show some 'Bubble Love' with these hearty meal suggestions

We are back in Level 4 lockdown which means the bubble is back. Check out how you can share some aroha with your bubble buddies through food that nourishes the body and soul. They say food tastes better together, so round up the people in your bubble (and only your bubble) and enjoy a nourishing meal during these uncertain times.

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The Perfect Recipes For Father's Day

Treat dad to something extra special this Father's Day. Whether it’s breakfast, a barbecue, breakfast in bed, or a hearty Sunday lunch, we’ve got all the Father’s Day recipes you need to make him feel like a king.

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20 of the Best Big Game Recipe Ideas

The one thing better than watching your team take out the big game is doing so while eating some delicious food, so we’ve gathered ten recipes that are perfect to feed a crowd with. Each recipe is quick and easy to prepare, can be adapted to feed large numbers, and most importantly - is delicious to eat!

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4 Recipes to Spoil Mum with this Mother's Day

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, but let’s be real…one day in the year is not enough to celebrate all the wonderful things mothers do. Nothing says “I love you” like a home-cooked meal, so we have thrown together some delicious recipes for you to spoil the special Mum(s) in your life all week long.

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How to cook with confidence and make meals your own

You don't have to have all the ingredients to follow a recipe, or to make a great meal. Here’s some advice for how to make the recipe your own.

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Christmas food and traditions

A Kiwi Christmas is all about opening up a present on Christmas Eve, playing a family game of beach cricket, or eating pavlova after a few too many courses of beef and lamb. But with New Zealand becoming increasingly multicultural, Regina Wypych took the opportunity to look at the place of traditions at Christmas-time, while reflecting on the traditions in her Polish family.

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Cold Weather Cravings

The cold weather that’s been consuming Auckland over the past week had us craving some heartier meals over the weekend. Brooke Campbell tried out two of our msot popular winter warming recipes.

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Our favourite special occasion recipes

Whether it’s a knockout meal for two on date night, an easy crowd-pleaser, or a show-stopping dinner party main course, we’ve rounded up our most impressive recipes for all types of special occasions. Now all you need to think about is dessert...

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12 best budget-friendly recipes

Did you know food is often the highest living expense after paying rent or a mortgage? When it comes to eating on a budget we know people sometimes associate that with boring meal choices, but it doesn't have to be. Here's a look at some of our favourite budget-friendly recipes.

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Food's gift of memories

From culturally-enriched favourites to our grandmothers’ meals and special occasions, we collected some special food-inspired gems of memories from the recipes.co.nz team.

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Fakeaways: All the delicious, none of the delivery fee

Keen to treat yo’self but don’t want to leave your house? Welcome to the wonderful world of Fakeaways!

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Iron out your meals

Not to be confused with the kind you pump at the gym or used to keep your clothes crinkle free, the mineral Iron has many important functions to keep your body operating well. Here are some of our favourite recipes to include in your weekly meal plan that will keep your iron levels high!

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Our Favourite French Recipes for Bastille Day

You don’t need to be a French national to cook like one! Add a little je ne sais quoi to the menu this Bastille Day with these recipes that all have French flair. From crepes to ratatouille and bourguignon, we've got your Bastille Day feast sorted.

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8 romantic recipes to cook for someone you love (including yourself)

Food is the language of love, and with Valentines day just around the corner it is the perfect opportunity to impress with one of these romantic recipes. Whether you go for a classic steak paired with a nice red wine, or something more advanced – show your love to your partner, your family, friends or dedicate the time to treat yourself.

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Let your slow-cooker do all the work this winter

With winter on the way, now is the perfect time to get your slow cookers out and start experimenting.

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4 Classic Kiwi Recipes For ANZAC Day

It’s ANZAC Day this week - a sobering reminder of the selfless, extreme efforts our service men and women went through to defend our country’s freedom. Here at recipes.co.nz we want to pay homage to our ANZAC’s as we honour, reflect and remember them, so we have thrown together some Kiwi favourites for you to enjoy with family and friends as you enter the short week.

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4 recipes to help you beat the post-Easter bloat and feel re-energized

It’s about now that many of us are feeling the Easter bloat from too many hot cross buns and choccy eggs. Our Nutrition team suggests boosting your vege and protein intake to help beat the sugar crash and to help you feel re-energized for the week ahead. Here are four recipes to help you do so.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Mexican-inspired recipes

Cinco de Mayo offers Kiwi families a great excuse to try the fun, vibrant, and tasty meals associated with Mexican cooking. We’ve collected our favourite Mexican-inspired fare to help get the party started.

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8 awesome meatball recipes for National Meatball Day

Delicious, easy to make, lots of variations, light on the budget and an all-time favourite with kids and adults alike, what's not to love about meatballs? To celebrate National Meatball Day, we have selected seven of our most-loved recipes, plus a bonus treat.

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20 easy recipes for a Dinner Party

Need an excuse to have friends over? Here are 20. These dinner party recipes will take some of the stress out of hosting; finding the perfect meals to serve to help make sure your dinner party runs smoothly.

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A new take on the traditional Sunday Roast

Want to challenge yourself this weekend and cook something a little different? We stepped out of our comfort zone and cooked up a beautiful slow-cooked dukkah-crusted bolar roast.

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How to make IKEA's famous Swedish meatballs at home

Furniture giant IKEA has shared their famous Swedish meatball recipe so that you can make it at home during the lockdown.

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The Perfect Mint Jelly Recipe For Lamb

No roast lamb is complete without a traditional mint sauce and chef Norka Mella Munoz from Kinlock Manor & Villas has the perfect recipe to take your roast lamb to new heights!

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Lamb: a local ingredient, but global cuisine

From Lebanon to Indonesia and everything in-between, the versatility of lamb is showcased in this collection of dishes from around the world. If you’re feeling like something a little different to our traditional Kiwi lamb roast to celebrate National Lamb Day on Sunday 24th May, then check out these recipes.

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10 of our favourite roast recipes

Kiwis love of roast beef and lamb, particularly for lunch on the weekend, is nothing new, in fact, it’s part of our national identity and a source of pride for home-cooks and chefs alike. With NZ Roast Day just around the corner, we decided to take a look at some of our favourite traditional and modern roast options.

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Mint Sauce in your Mid Twenties: The Fakeaway Special

Is there anything more satisfying on a rainy weeknight than hopping into bed with a curry? No. Is my childless, mid-twenty lifestyle privilege showing? Possibly.

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Lamb and Paeroa? Your New Kiwi Favourite

What do you get when you take two Kiwi classics – New Zealand Lamb and Lemon & Paeroa – and combine them? A dish that will be 'world famous' in your household! So go ahead and heat up the barbecue because you’ve just found your new favourite.

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20 of the best freezer-friendly meals

Here are the best freezer-friendly recipes made for meal prep Mondays to help you with batch cooking, preparing ahead, and reducing waste - all while feeding your family delicious food!

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5 steps to a pantry makeover

Inspired by those unrealistic images from Instagram and fear of a weevil infestation, Regina Wypych is tackling a huge task: a full pantry makeover.

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The 10 best lamb leg recipes to cook for Christmas Day

Do something a little bit special this festive season by cooking your loved ones a roasted leg of lamb on Christmas Day. A roast lamb is the ultimate Kiwi tradition, and for good reason - New Zealand lamb is the best you can get anywhere in the world. We’ve taken the hassle out of choosing how to go about doing it by selecting some of our favourite recipes.

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Our team's festive meal favourites

Unsurprisingly, we’re a big team of foodies at the recipes.co.nz office, so when Christmas rolls around, there’s always plenty on our plates. Here are some of the team’s favourite traditions over the festive season and, of course, the recipes they’ll be whipping up to fuel them!

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Celebrate soul food month with these recipes

Soul food was born from the concept of creativity; doing the best that you can with what you have, and June is soul food month! This month we are embracing the rich, flavoursome and comforting American culinary heritage by using our amazing New Zealand produce.

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Struggling with what to eat tonight? Here are some ideas

This week we're all about classic recipes with a twist, dishes you can get on the table in under 30 minutes, winter warmers, school holiday classics, mince, and a few nose to tail favourites.

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Red meat's place in the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is currently regarded by many people as one of the healthiest ways to eat. So how does red meat fit into this diet?

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Eight perfect steak sauces

Here are nine delicious steak sauces that are as tasty as they are quick to make.

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The Best American-style recipes for the 4th of July

Wish happy birthday to the land of the free and the home of the hungry with these delicious American-inspired recipes!

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The Best Songs To Cook To

We’ve put together a playlist of our all-time favourite tunes to cook to. So check out our playlist and turn up the volume a little. Ok, turn it up a lot.

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