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Eco-friendly recipes

The key to eating healthy and environmentally friendly foods is having a range of great recipes that suit your needs and tastebuds. We decided to focus on three recipe types; bush food recipes, legume recipes and recipes using locally produced fruit and vegetables.

Bush Food RecipesBunya Nuts

Over the years, Australia has adopted food tastes and practices from a very diverse range of cuisines and cultures. Isn't it funny that in all the excitement, a lot of us have managed to look straight past the wonderful array of native foods that Australia has to offer? Bush foods are environmentally friendly because native plants are adapted to the local area's climate and soils so they generally don't need lots of watering or fertilisers. There are a considerable number of bush foods that can be sourced in South East Queensland, offering a wide range of tastes and textures to add to almost any meal. To assist you in trying flavours that may be new and exciting for you, we have produced fact sheets on some of the main bush foods. The recipes we have published have all been created by a professional caterer and tested on our lucky workmates. Enjoy!

Fact SheetRecipes using this bush food
Bunya Nut Fact SheetBunya Nut Meatloaf
Lemon Myrtle Fact Sheet

Kangaroo and Lemon Myrtle Stir Fry

Lemon Myrtle and Sweet Potato Fish Cakes

Baked Lemon Myrtle and Macadamic Nut Cheesecake

Roast Pumpkin, Lemon Myrtle, Macadamia and Rocket Salad

Lilly Pilly and Lemon Myrtle Chutney

Macadamia Nut Fact Sheet

Macadamia Nut ANZAC Biscuits

Baked Lemon Myrtle and Macadamia Nut Cheesecake

Roast Pumpkin, Lemon Myrtle, Madadamia and Rocket Salad

Lilly Pilly Fact Sheet

Lilly Pilly and Lemon Myrtle Chutney

Lilly Pilly Stuffed Chicken

Native Rosella Fact SheetRosella Jam
Pigweed Fact SheetFish with Finger Lime, Native Ginger and Pigweed
Finger Lime Fact Sheet

Finger Lime and Native Ginger Prawns

Fish with Finger Lime, Native Ginger and Pigweed

Warrigal Greens Fact SheetWarrigal Greens and Corn Pie

Legume Recipes

Leumes are a healthy, low fat, high fibre way of eating high quality protein. Legumes are envionmentally friendly because they fix their own nitrogen, produce oxygen and are low on the food chain. Organically grown legumes are the best choice for the environment. With the help of our QUT students, we developed the Beans around the world cookbook during the 2008 Olympic Games to celebrate other cultures and to encourage people to try a range of legume dishes from different cuisines.

Recipes using locally produced fruit and vegetables

These can be grown in your home garden or sourced from local farmers' markets. They are generally better envionmental choices because they haven't travelled far or spent long periods in refrigeration. Supporting local farmers also helps to preserve local farmlands. We are starting to devel a bank of recipes that focus on locally produced and seasonal foods for South East Queensland residents. To check out the recipes we have so far, click on your season of choice.

Summer:     December          January          FebruaryFruit and vegie basket

Autumn:      March                April               May

Winter:        June                    July                August

Spring:        September        October          November

All year around

If you would like to know more about what food is grown locally and when it is in season in South East Queensland, go to our Local Food Wheel.

If you are keen to contribute your great legume or seasonal recipes or to provide feedback on our recipes, please contact us.  Please make sure any recipes you do send aren't published elsewhere.  

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