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!

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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.

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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

New-look Coles Mag out now

Coles November MagThe new-look Coles magazine hits stores today. Grab your free copy for easy weeknight meal recipes, clever finger food ideas and your essential Christmas countdown calendar.

Coles Nov MagNovember is all about sharing food with friends, and these prawn cocktail sliders on the cover are perfect party fare, best suited to lazy, afternoons. They’re an update on the classic recipe but even better – they can be held in one hand while you hold a drink in the other. We haven’t forgotten midweek. We’re sharing all the recipes, products and shopping tips you need to get dinner on the table fast. 

Our friend Sonia from Life, Love & Hiccups has also road tested our Honey & Ginger Chicken & Salad, Pineapple, Lime & Coconut Cake and the delicious Grapefruit & Lime Cocktail, so they come fully endorsed.

Pick up the mag in store today, view the recipes at or download our free Coles Magazine App for iPad via the App Store (just search Coles Magazine).  If you make one of our recipes, we’d love to see the finished result, so use #ColesMag.

Helping our Aussie heroes

Coles ADF FundraisingWe’re proud to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Assistance Trust and have pledged to raise $5 million over the next 12 months to help care for both current and former members of the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force, and their families.

Since 1999, about 75,000 ADF personnel have been sent overseas. For those who are seriously injured or lose their lives, the Trust helps them and their families with financial, emotional and practical support. ​In the lead up to Remembrance Day, to kick off our fundraising, we have donated $1 million.

How can you help? Buy a $2 donation card or a Coles Brand Bottled Spring Water.

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