Catherine's Recipes

150+ recipes for working women on the go

Catherine's Recipes

Our recipes are both healthy AND practical, designed as quick ideas for busy women to cook on working days of the week. Search below for what you're looking for by nutrition rating, allergy listing, cuisine, course, cooking method or main ingredient.

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Hearty green kale smoothie

Hearty green kale smoothie

  • Time: 5 mins
  • Complexity: very easy
Kale, avocado and almond salad

Kale, avocado and almond salad

  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

This is a strong gutsy salad which does double duty as a side salad to steak or a roast but can work well as a main meal as well. There are now  so many recipes for kale so here's my contribution! Just keep in mind that the kale has to be really fresh.

Raw cacao and fruit balls

Raw cacao and fruit balls

  • Time: 20 mins + 1 hour in the fridge
  • Complexity: very easy

I've been swept up with the trend to cacao balls or power balls, round snacks (think mouthfuls) with the wonderful rich flavour of dark cacao. Imagine rich dark smooth chocolate but healthier. Here's one version we came up with jam-packed with almonds, prunes, seeds and figs. With the coconut fat (butter), they need an hour in the fridge to become nice and firm.

Ancient grains salad

Ancient grains salad

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Cook up a quantity of this salad and you’ll find endless uses for it. With its sweetish undertone, I like to serve it with grilled lamb cutlets but it works nicely as a side dish for roast lamb or chicken. It’s a good recipe if you’re cooking for vegetarians as it’s a complete vegetarian meal on its own with its mix of grains and legumes.

I’ve cooked and modified the recipe four times. It came from two sources of inspiration – a recipe from the beautiful Ancient Grains cookbook that I worked on plus a sensational salad I sampled at Mamababa’s restaurant in Melbourne which said on the menu it was George’s Mama’s favourite salad.

Apple and apricot strudel

Apple and apricot strudel

  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

A warming yet light dessert that is sure to be a family favourite. Serve with custard, ice cream or a dollop of natural thick yoghurt. An optional addition is to add in a layer of reduced fat ricotta between the fruit for a creamier result.

We also thought some mixed spice, cinnamon or even some orange zest would be a delicious addition...needless to say, this is a recipe that can be played around with to suit you! Enjoy.

Mediterranean vegetables and tuna

Mediterranean vegetables and tuna

  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Tuna teams so nicely with tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum, garlic and olive oil – all key ingredients of the heart-winning Mediterranean Diet – I couldn't resist combining all here in this easy Sunday night dinner recipe. Try to buy the tuna in chunks so you can arrange large chunks of it on top of the vegetables.