Rockin’ around the Redkite tree

Redkite Christmas Cards‘Tis the season for giving and giving back. This Christmas, you can make a lifetime of difference to children and young people with cancer by throwing your support behind Redkite.

In just under two years, together we’ve raised over $10.7 million for Redkite! Thanks to you, Redkite is helping more families than ever before and the money we’ve raised so far has funded 47 Dare to Dream Scholarships, on top of thousands of hours of practical support and counselling to young cancer patients and their families.

This Christmas Redkite donation cards are back, so why not show your support by picking up one of the adorably festive $2 Christmas donation cards at any Coles checkout or online at shop.coles.com.au.  100% of donations will help Redkite support families facing cancer.

Top 5 festive must-haves

Coles Christmas PuddingsChristmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little indulgence.  Here are our top 5 picks when it comes to festive puddings, pies and all thing nice…

  1. Gingerbread & Apple Pies
    Sweet and spiced apple filling encased in butter-infused gingerbread pastry.
  2. Berry & Apple Lattice Pies
    One of our all-time favourites, a mix of mouth-watering berries & apples encased in butter enriched shortcrust pastry.
  3. 6 Month Matured Christmas Pudding
    A classic English style steamed pudding with succulent vine fruit, laced with brandy.
  4. Chocolate Cake with Dulce de Leche Sauce
    Decadent chocolate cake with sweet and milky caramel sauce…. If you’re a sweet tooth this one’s for you!
  5. Sticky Date Pudding
    Rich sticky date smothered in buttery, gooey toffee sauce… The diet can start after Christmas, right?

Look out for these indulgent festive treats in the Bakery section of your local Coles (or click over to shop.coles.com.au).

Nexba has arrived at Coles

Nexba has arrived at ColesBy popular request, we’re excited to announce Nexba has arrived at Coles!  Founded by two Aussie entrepreneurs Drew and Troy, Nexba is a natural, low calorie drink, that’s big on taste!

Choose from three delicious flavours:

  • Watermelon Iced Tea: Natural watermelon juice infused with a green tea base for a refreshing twist – best enjoyed from the ice bucket on a hot day!
  • Life’s A Peach Iced Tea: Packed with the fresh & quenching sweetness of real peach flavour brewed with green tea extract – low sugar, fruity & delicious!
  • Brewnette: Australia’s first natural cola infused with Green Coffee Extract. It’s only 99 calories per serve with natural caffeine for a gentle boost.

Nexba’s arrival at Coles will see it’s production rise from 1 million cans in 2013/14 to 3 million this year, so the good news continues for these two friends from Sydney!

Look out for the Nexba range in your local Coles & Coles Express or click over to shop.coles.com.au.  Nexba is half price at Coles from 26/11-2/12.

Creative family meals on a budget

Coles Chicken SchnitzelSolving the ‘what’s for dinner’ dilemma on a budget can be a nightmare, so to help with your meal planning, we asked Sara from Belly Rumbles to create some delicious, budget-friendly dinner ideas.  Here are her 5 creative family meal ideas:

  1. Southern Fried Chicken Breasts
    Create delicious fried chicken using our budget-friendly RSPCA Approved chicken breast fillets.
  2. Simple Lime Slaw
    Offset the Southern Fried Chicken with a tangy lime slaw using red cabbage, green onions, mayonnaise, yoghurt, lime, and coriander.
  3. Indian-style Meatball Skewers
    Simple and economical, use Coles 3-star beef mince, curry paste, bread, coconut milk and spanish onions to make these delicious skewers and serve with homemade raita.
  4. Snazzy Sausages
    Take the humble snag to a whole new level by stuffing it with a few ingredients, like feta, pine nuts and rosemary, then wrap in prosciutto.
  5. Sweet Potato Stacks
    As an alternative to traditional mash, use a mandolin slicer to create delicious sweet potato stacks.  The secret to this dish – a dash of nutmeg!

For the full recipes, visit bellyrumbles.com.

Give peas a chance…

Coles PeasSweet and crisp, fresh peas are a great source of fibre and Vitamin C!  Here are our top four tips:

  1. What to look for when buying peas
    Pick shiny, green, firm peas. The smaller pods are sweeter than the large ones, and the best way to tell if they’re fresh is to try to snap ’em – fresh peas snap in half.
  2. How to store peas
    Store peas in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the fridge. Peas are picked when they’re ripe and they lose their sweetness fast, so eat them within 3-4 days.
  3. How to prepare peas
    Wash sugar snap and snow peas with cold water, then top and tail (trim the ends). If you prefer, you can remove the string that runs on either side of the snow pea pods.
  4. What dishes to use peas in
    Snow peas are great in spring salads. Try an easy Asian coleslaw: Cut peas and carrots into matchsticks, and finely shred 1 wombok (Chinese cabbage). Whisk 2 tbs vegetable oil, 2 tbs lemon juice and 1 tbs soy sauce. Combine with salad and serve.
    Sugar snap peas are slightly plumper than snow peas and the pods stay tender as the peas mature. This makes them great crudites at barbecues. Try blanched sugar snaps, pods and all, dipped in a chive and green onion mayo served with prawns.

For tasty recipes using peas, visit recipes.coles.com.au.

5 Salads for Spring Entertaining

Char-grilled veg SaladThe run into Christmas is chock-a-block with celebrations, so to ensure you’ve got something delicious to take along to any get-together, Curtis has come up with five bold-flavoured salads that look great and can be assembled in a snap!

  1. Char-grilled Capsicum & Zucchini Salad with whipped goat’s cheese
    This simple & tasty side dish perfectly marries smoky & sweet and tart & creamy. Best served as soon as it is made. View recipe.
  2. BLT Salad
    A classic sandwich served up as a magic side salad in this re-imagined BLT on a plate. View recipe.
  3. Shaved Vegetable Salad with Creamy Tarragon Dressing 
    A delicately balanced salad of finely shaved vegetables, cheese, creamy avocado and crunchy nuts. View recipe.
  4. Green Beans with Cherry Vinaigrette
    Celebrate the best of Spring produce with this super tasty side dish of green beans with cherry vinaigrette and toasted almonds. View recipe
  5. Coucous with Zucchini, Mint & Pistachio 
    Impress with this vibrant couscous salad with zucchini, mint, cranberries and pistachios. View recipe.

Tip: Remember to dress and toss your salad just before serving for the best results and check out his make-ahead tips – they’re lifesavers at this time of year. Enjoy!

Cafe-style Indulgence

Coles Brand ClustersDelicious Coles Brand Cluster Fusions have arrived!  Just like the gourmet-quality granola you’d expect in an upmarket café, but you get to indulge wearing your pyjamas…

Coles Brand Cluster FusionsOffering more tasty and exciting choices that you’d find on the menu at your favourite café, the five different perfectly balanced flavour combinations of Coles Brand Cluster Fusions are new and only at Coles. Macadamia, Honey & Cranberry, Apple & Cinnamon, Pecan & Maple, Cocoa, Cashew & Cranberry or Almond, Hazelnut and Macadamia – perfect with yoghurt or milk, or if you just want something to munch, why not grab a handful and get nibbling?

Look for them in the cereal aisle of your local Coles or click over to shop.coles.com.au.