Alana Lowes shares recipe to beat women’s cancers

Alana Lowes is calling on Queensland to share a meal together this October, to help raise vital awareness, support and funds to beat women’s cancers.

The celebrity cook, TV presenter and writer has prepared an exclusive recipe in celebration of Cancer Council Queensland’s Girls’ Night In campaign – in a bid to bring people together in support of the cause.

Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In campaign encourages Queenslanders to get the girls together now to keep the girls together later.

One in six Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancers in their lifetime. This year alone, around 4200 Queensland women will be diagnosed with these cancers – and about 850 will die from the disease.

Alana has backed the Cancer Council campaign to show her support for women impacted by the disease and is serving up some delicious advice to encourage others to get involved and make a difference.

“Girls’ Night In offers the perfect excuse to get the girls together and to show your support for the fight against women’s cancers – it’s an easy, fun and delicious way to raise funds and awareness,” Alana said.

“To help the cause I’ve prepared a special recipe you can use to bring your loved ones together ‘Smoked Paprika Grilled Prawns with Chilli Salt’.

“Meals bring people together and I don’t think we should be afraid to use this time as an opportunity to have those all-important conversations with your girlfriends, mothers, grandmas, sisters and daughters – let’s keep on top of our health together.

“Get to know your own body, be aware when little changes happen and never be too scared to visit your doctor and have them checked.”

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the charity was thrilled to have the ongoing support of Alana Lowes for this important cause.

“Events like Girls’ Night In raise funds to allow Cancer Council to work across every aspect of women’s cancers, from research to prevention, support and advocacy,” Ms Clift said.

“Invite your friends over to share a delicious meal, host a movie night, or enjoy a pajama party – there are plenty of ways you can show your support.

“Simply get the girls together for a fun night in and donate what you would normally spend on a night out.”

This year Cancer Council Queensland aims to raise $1.9 million through Girls’ Night In, including Pink fundraising events.

Show your support by registering to host a Girls’ Night In fundraiser, pink event or by purchasing merchandise on the official Pink Ribbon Day (October 26).

For more information about Girls’ Night In, visit or call 1300 656 585.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via or 13 11 20.

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Kim Ryan, Senior Media Specialist, Cancer Council Queensland

P. (07) 3634 5239 M. 0488 015 702

Smoked Paprika Grilled Prawns with Chilli Salt
  • Makes: 8 skewers
  • Prep time: 3-5min
  • Cook time: 7-8mins
  • 8 large green prawns
  • 1/4 cup Alana’s Pantry Spicy Mexico sauce
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 3tbsp sea salt flakes
  • 2tbsp dried chilli flakes
  1. To prepare the prawns, remove the shell, leaving the head and tail intact. Skewer the prawn from the tail, through the body and out the head. Repeat with the remaining prawns.
  2. Mix the Alana’s Pantry Spicy Mexico sauce with the olive oil and brush each side of the prawns. Heat a griddle pan to high. Cook the prawns for 3-4mins each side or until cooked through.
  3. Mix the sea salt flakes with the chilli flakes and sprinkle over cooked prawns for extra spice.