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Creating meals with 4 ingredients

Updated on July 5, 2013

Creating meals for the family is somewhat considered a chore especially for time poor working parents. How great would it be if you were to create meals with less ingredients in less time but still have great healthy food to eat? Well, have I got a surprise for you. Here in Australia, two women have created a cookbook called "4 Ingredients". It sold over 6 million copies and still selling. They have been a great inspiration to all women and men creating great meals with 4 or less ingredients.

Kim McCosker is the creator "4 Ingredients" . This all came about when entering another phase in her life "motherhood". Kim worked for 7 years in the finance industry before resigning to spend the time raising her beautiful boys. While at home, she dabbled and experiment on ingredients to create meals with less ingredients. It then became her passion and was fortunate to share her joy of learning new ways of cooking in her cookbook.

Kim has been recently named " Outstanding Business Woman of the Year - 2011" and in her speech she stated : “I run a global business with a local focus, I believe in sharing success locally… and of more than 4.5 million books published, all but 52,000 have been printed in Australia. It is a gift to do something you love, with people you love. And it is with my genuine passion and this award that, I will tell women here on the Sunshine Coast and beyond, ordinary women just like me, that opportunity abounds everywhere, that success is there for ANYONE that has the vision and the drive to embrace it.”

She is a great inspiration to women worldwide and truly a woman with great drive and vision to see her success thrive.

Kim has continued her success with her childhood friend Rachael Bermingham. Both are working mums and co-authors of a number of cookbooks.

Here is an example of a receipe from their cookbooks.


  • 2 tbs. red curry paste
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 250g pumpkin, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup green lentils

In a non-stick frying pan, add paste and fry over medium heat until fragrant. Pour in coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water and mix to combine. Add Pumpkin and simmer for 25 minutes or until almost soft. Add lentils, cover and simmer until soft.

Optional: Serve with rice and chapattis. Serves 4

There are different variety of cookbooks ranging from the 4 Ingredients, Gluten free ingredients, kids ingredients to dads cookbooks. I suggest you try these receipes and see for yourself how quick and easy they are.


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      Laura Izett 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I love curry...and I love simple.