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The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet - Recipes on a Budget - Dr Manny Noakes

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet - Recipes on a Budget

Paperback Published: 22nd May 2013
ISBN: 9780670076321
Number Of Pages: 224

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Australia's favourite weight-loss program

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This brand new collection of more than 135 recipes shows you how to eat well without breaking the bank or compromising on quality or nutrition.

Based on the scientifically proven program, these are must-have recipes for those already following the diet, and a delicious introduction to a healthy eating plan for those trying the diet for the first time.

Packed with recipes using everyday ingredients, highlights include:

  • how to make cafe-style breakfasts and brunches for next-to-nothing
  • using inexpensive cuts of meat to create wonderful slow-cooked dishes
  • clever ways to transform leftovers into delicious meals
  • plenty of ideas for making your own great-tasting dips, pastes, spice mixes and dressings that will save you a fortune.
Lose weight and boost your vitality while enjoying the pleasures of good food.

About the Author

Professor Manny Noakes is the Research Program Leader for CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences. With her team, she conducts research that provides scientific evidence for the efficacy of diet and exercise programs on health. Manny has published over one hundred scientific papers, with a major emphasis on diet composition, weight-loss and cardiovascular health.


Saving money


Helps to feed the family on a budget but I don't enjoy all the slow cooking recipes..





Recipes are mostly fish or chicken with veges, not as inspiring as I had hopedbut tthat's what you get when you can't browse contents online before buying



The recipes were good


I think it needs a more detailed diet to follow




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These days, watching what we spend on food has become a necessity for many of us. Here at CSIRO, we know that it can sometimes be difficult to stick to a budget while eating for good health, so this new recipe book helps you to do both. Packed full of ideas and tips, it's devoted to those of us who want to economise on food without compromising on flavour or nutrition.

The Total Wellbeing Diet includes ingredients from all food groups, so there's no need to miss out on anything, and the recipes are designed to use everyday items in your pantry. We begin with some clever ideas for recreating healthy, low-cost versions of those delicious cafe-style breakfasts and brunches. There's a section on vegetables, salads and soups that will ensure you get your five serves a day, and there are sweet treats too: delicious puddings, muffins and fruit dishes that draw on the dairy, fruit and grain food groups. When it comes to buying fruit and vegetables, remember that what's in season will always be cheaper – and it will taste better too.

We've included a chapter devoted to slow-cooked recipes. Slow cooking is perfect for transforming budget cuts of meat into hearty meals without affecting any of the essential minerals they contain. There is a great collection of chicken and fish recipes too, as well as some tasty and exciting vegetarian meals.

So often we use salt as the main way to flavour our meals, yet too much salt can increase blood pressure and cause deterioration of our blood vessel walls. Using herbs and spices to enhance flavour is a much healthier option, and there are plenty of ideas on how to do this here. Spices are cheap to buy, can be stored over a relatively long period and a little bit goes a long way. Simple guidelines on growing your own herbs will bring out your inner gardener, and the fruits of your labour can be used in myriad ways. As the cost of buying fresh herbs can really add up, this is a perfect way to have a ready supply. Talking about adding flavour, check out the Basics section, too, which includes recipes for delicious dips, pastes, dressings and spice mixes that are inexpensive to make but really add pizazz to your cooking.

Minimising food waste is good for your budget (and good for the planet as well), so with this in mind we've included a section on how to use leftovers to make substantial meals. With a bit of forward planning, this will save you time and money in the long run, and you'll be amazed at the delicious meals you can create second time around.

We hope you enjoy this latest collection of Total Wellbeing Diet recipes, and have fun expanding your repertoire of recipes for all occasions.

Dr Manny Noakes

Baked Cheese And Chive Omelettes With Spicy Guacamole

Free recipe from The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Recipes on a Budget by CSIRO, Baked Cheese and Chive Omelettes with Spicy Guacamole, page 22.

Serves 2 - Prep 15 mins - Cook 15 mins

Whipping the egg whites separately makes these oven-baked omelettes light, fluffy and a pleasure to eat.

1 Serve =
1 unit protein
1 unit bread
1 unit dairy
1 unit vegetables
1 unit fats

4 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons chopped chives
50 g cheddar, finely grated
cooking oil spray
2 slices wholemeal sourdough bread, toasted

Spicy guacamole
1/2 avocado, seeded and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
4–5 drops Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons finely chopped red (Spanish) onion

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. For the spicy guacamole, mash the avocado with the lemon or lime juice and a few drops of Tabasco until smooth. Add the chopped onion and season to taste, then set aside.
3. In a small bowl, mix the egg yolks and chives with a fork until combined, then season with pepper. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg yolk mixture and grated cheese into the whites, being careful not to overmix.
4. Heat a small ovenproof frying pan over medium heat and spray with cooking oil. When hot, pour half the mixture into the frying pan and tilt the pan to spread evenly. Cook for 2–3 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the underside is golden. Run a spatula around edge of the omelette and fold over one half. Transfer the pan to the oven for 3–4 minutes until the omelette is cooked through. Gently slide it onto a chopping board and cover to keep warm, then repeat with the remaining mixture to make the second omelette. Serve with spicy guacamole and toast alongside.

Tip: If your frying pan isn’t ovenproof, wrap the handle in foil to protect it.

ISBN: 9780670076321
ISBN-10: 0670076325
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 22nd May 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 21.1  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.78
Edition Number: 1