After reading the Coles online blog on what are Australian foods? I started to think to myself, what foods can we be proud to call our own (and are healthy!). The article named such favourites as lamingtons, meat pies and pavlova (not looking too healthy if you ask me!)

I’ve set out on a mission to come up with my list of healthier Aussie foods; So far I have come up with the following: barrumundi, macadamia nuts, beetroot, damper and our newest edition BARLEYmax.
I contemplated some of our wines from our beautiful wine regions, and cheeses from the dairy regions, however I decided against these as I didn’t believe that someone on the other side of the world would credit us and say “Yeh, thats an Aussie food!”
Does anyone else have any other foods they can contribute to this list? Lets work together to create a list we can be proud of!
Check out also the latest blog article by The Essential Ingredient about true Aussie cuisine!

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10 Responses to ‘Aussie food’ – What’s that?

  1. Heath says:

    You prompted me to go looking for recipes using macadamias! BTW – worth noting the foods selected were ones suggested to me by punters when asked the question. So promoting healthy foods as typical Australian fare has an even larger hurdle to clear if all the suggestions are unhealthy or desserts (except the roo meat of course).

  2. Jim says:

    Surely, there are some Aboriginal reipes which would constitute healthy “Aussie” foods? Also, many of the traditional Asian dishes use high quality Aussie vegetables to give a uniquely Australian version of their dishes.

    • Kara says:

      Certainly would be some healthy native dishes! We were looking more at single ingredients, however healthy recipes would be more than welcomed! Does anyone have any recipes?

  3. wondering says:

    How is Damper healthy. That is flour and water and you are running down other items. Love to see a photo of these people that tell everyone what they should eat. Everyone appears these days to be an expert.

    • Kara says:

      Hi Sue, damper was selected as a healthier option over the foods higher in sodium and added sugars. Yes you are right, damper is made from quite basic simple ingredients such as flour and water, and sometimes people also add in a little milk. My memory of making damper was around a camp fire which by using minimal processed foods was quite a healthy way of life. I found this recipe as an example of how you can make a healthier version of damper, using wholemeal, or wholegrain flour, to increase the fibre in the end product. Obviously by putting nutritious fillings or toppings such as avocado, boiled egg and salad, or anything along those lines, you will increase the nutritional value of the meal too. http://www.thefoodcoach.com.au/recipes.asp?RecipeID=1475

  4. This really answered my downside, thanks!

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