Creating a hearty meal is easy with Harvestime and this winning recipe

We all appreciate a quick meal that’s big on taste and easy on the waist – even better when it’s easy on the wallet too.

Readers have been tuning in to Rate My Plate weekly for recipe inspiration and we’re loving the opportunity to see how South Africa shares smiles around the dinner table.

This week’s winner, Claudia Ncha shared her pork fillet and baked veggie recipe, so now you can try it too. Keep having fun in the kitchen while experimenting with new dishes using Harvestime’s range of meal extenders. Enjoy!

Enjoy kasi flavours at their best with this hearty, winning meal!

This week we feature Lebohang Mbanjwa, the 17-year-old self-taught cook who impressed Chef Dede with her culinary skills on Rate My Plate. The young go-getter says she’s always wished for a platform where South Africans could showcase their cooking skills and our country’s diverse flavours, so for her to appear on the show was a dream come true. Lebohang beat her fellow foodies, proving that age shouldn’t stop anyone from reaching their dreams. Feast on this wholesome dish and go for gold!

Impress your loved ones with this week’s winning dish – here’s the recipe for you to try

Mzansi’s new show, Rate My Plate sees three home cooks go head-to-head every Tuesday night. This week, catering manager, Leonard Williams shared his love for experimenting with flavours and showed us how he elevates Harvestime mixed vegetables to make a crowd-pleasing dish.

And because not everybody has a tagine dish, the foodie showed us you can still create the magic in a pot – with some extra love thrown in. Give it a go next time you want to switch things up in the kitchen.

Pretty Zondo’s flavourful curry ticked all the boxes – now you can recreate it for your family

Twinning and winning! This week on Rate My Plate, Durban-born twins Pretty and Precious Zondo went head-to-head – along with fellow contestant and sangoma Mpho waBadimo – but there could be only one winner. Pretty’s dish had the magic touch and got the nod from Chef Dede, earning her R5000, a Harvestime hamper and, of course, bragging rights! Her recipe is also featuring in DRUM and Move! magazines. Here’s how she elevated Harvestime to make her tasty dish – try it for yourself.

Bahumi Mhlongo proved she has some serious skills in the kitchen with her frugal take on Asian cuisine

It all came down to the taste star this week on Rate My Plate, when Bahumi Mhlongo battled it out in the kitchen with twins, Nokuthula and Thobile Twala – AKA “Twice as Nice”. Bahumi may be the daughter of Somizi Mhlongo and Palesa Madisakwane, but she showed some serious star power with her humble stir-fry that packed a major flavour punch. The colourful dish was tasty and filled with all the Harvestime goodness – and an added crunch. Chef Dede was impressed by the dish, so here’s to recreating it to impress your family.

Impress your family with this hearty meal that celebrates the goodness of Harvestime

Culinary student Yanga Kula impressed Chef Dede and fellow contestants Fezeka Manase and Letlhogonolo Leso with her flavourful soup and chef-like techniques. The talented cook used Harvestime products and reinterpreted the ingredients to create a winning dish. Now you can give it a go.

Lebone showed us how she spreads smiles around her dinner table with Harvestime

This week on Rate My Plate we got to meet home cooks, Khutso Tjiane, Lebone Modise and Kylie Vilakazi. The contestants battled it out and showed us how they elevate Harvestime Mixed Vegetables, but Lebone’s dish came out tops. The junior chef proved she has skills in the kitchen with her tasty beef pie and double baked potatoes – and chef Dede agreed. Try it for yourself!

Homemakers Petronella, Duduzile and Lorraine aimed to prove seasoned cooks have the magic touch in the kitchen

It was a battle of the mamas on Rate My Plate when home-cook Lorraine Shuburi wowed with her dish. The winning meal was brimming with authentic local flavour and perfectly highlighted the goodness of Harvestime veggies with some local flair. And who doesn’t love the nostalgia of good old kasi flavour? Chef Dede was all smiles when he rated the meal – so let the aromas fill your home and delight your family.

Relebohile’s winning dish is packed with flavour and Harvestime veggies for added nutrients

A tasty stew is as good as a warm hug that reminds you of home – and this week’s Rate My Plate winner, Relebohile Phooka, proved her spruced-up version is all that and more. The 21-year-old student went up against fellow contestants Bongiwe Smith and Buhle Twala, but her dish ticked all the boxes for Chef Dede.

Relebohile plans to open a catering company one day and she already has a winning dish under her belt. Now you can give her tricks a go and create the dish for your family.

Bathabile loves healthy eating and exploring different flavours – treat your family to her hearty dish

Rate My Plate has been bringing the heat, laughs and endless recipe inspiration every Tuesday night on Mzansi Magic. This week, IT specialist and foodie Bathabile Sambo impressed Chef Dede with her thyme chicken breasts served with mashed potatoes and Harvestime veggies. She went up against fellow foodies Mmatsepo Kutu and Nelisiwe Thale, but ultimately her dish ticked all the boxes. Bathabile’s winning meal scored on preparation time, presentation, affordability, originality and taste – try it for yourself!

Martin’s dish had the “wow” factor on this week’s episode of Rate My Plate – try it for yourself

It was a battle between male and female home cooks on this week’s Rate My Plate. Twenty-eight-year-old Martin Mhlongo, a rugby commentator and animal nutritionist, proved he’s a jack-of-all-trades and a master in the kitchen – wowing Chef Dede Wyt before he beat fellow contestants Faro Moshidi and Norah Gontse to the title and winnings.

Martin’s love for food grew from watching his mother prepare meals for his late father, and everybody on the show could feel the love in his dish. Try his hearty meal and share the smiles around your dinner table.

Rosetta’s one-pot-wonder chicken and potato casserole with Harvestime Country Mix

Fashion designer and feisty home cook Rosetta Lebese proved she was the ultimate foodie this week on Rate My Plate – beating fellow contestants Amanda Linda and Sahele Gcabashe for the title, the awesome Harvestime hamper and the delicious R5 000 cash prize. Rosetta, who loves expressing herself through food, brought the nostalgia with her one-pot-wonder chicken and potato casserole with Harvestime Country Mix. It’s a quick meal with a Chef Dede Wyt’s seal of approval – see if your family will love it too.

Sitty Zungu wowed everybody with her crowd-pleasing chicken and waffles with a veggie twist

The first episode of Rate My Plate kicked off with a spicy group of ladies who brought the laughs, #lewks, hilarious kitchen banter and, most importantly, they gave Chef Dede Wyt some tasty dishes. Sitty Zungu, Jerida Tsipa and Nomfundo Blose battled it out, but ultimately 19-year-old student and self-proclaimed foodie Sitty ticked all the boxes and grabbed the title. This is her mouth-watering winning dish with a healthy, hearty Harvestime spin – go on, try it!

Teaser: Tune in for the battle of the home cooks

Get your front-row seat for another mouth-watering cookoff on Mzansi Magic’s new show, Rate My Plate. Let’s tune in together every Tuesday at 21:30! Check out this week’s contestants. #RateMyPlate #Harvestime

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Think you have what it takes? Simply click here to enter the competition and stand a chance to appear on the show.

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Enter now and you could feature on Rate My Plate – Mzansi’s sizzling new cooking show

The battle is on to find the most mouthwatering dish in Mzansi. Rate My Plate celebrates the magic of home cooking and sees three hopefuls go head-to-head each week. Chef Dede Wyt will sample the dishes and score the cooks based on ease, innovation, affordability, taste and the story behind the dish.


If you have an extra-special recipe you’d like to share – you could be part of the show and stand a chance to win R1000 just for entering! Whether it’s a hearty stew, a pasta or an authentic curry that gets everyone’s taste buds tantalised, simply send in your original recipe and it could be you. Be sure to include a Harvestime product in your recipe.

Three of the best dishes will be chosen to take part in a cook-off with a chance to win big. Unlock awesome cash prizes, merchandise and flex your cooking skills on the show! The creator of the winning dish of each episode will walk away with a R5000 cash prize and will also be featured in an issue of DRUM and Move! magazines.

Simply enter here to submit your original recipe.

Tune in to Rate My Plate on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on 9 July at 9.30pm.