Dark green Puy lentils, grown in the south of France, have a unique, peppery flavour that is enhanced by spicy chili. The green lentils do not disintegrate during cooking and their texture is a perfect complement to the flakiness of fresh fish.
Grilled fish steaks make ideal fast food, and serving them with a vibrant tomato and pepper salsa, rice and a mixed-leaf salad transforms plain cooked fish into an exciting dish. Use a ridged cast-iron grill pan to produce attractive markings on the swordfish steaks.
Fish fillets are flavoured with chili, ginger, mint and coconut milk, then wrapped in Indian-style parcels and baked in the oven. Zucchinis tossed with mustard and sesame seeds and minted new potatoes are served alongside.
Gremolata is an Italian mixture of parsley, lemon rind and garlic. This recipe uses the gremolata with breadcrumbs to make a tasty topping for fish. The crumbed fish is baked with tomatoes and zucchini and served with saffron mashed potatoes.
These delicious fish cakes are flavoured with lemongrass and coriander, and spiced with Thai red curry paste. They’re served with a tangy lime and honey dipping sauce, and a lettuce, cucumber and mint salad.
Tempt your family with this delicious heart-healthy smoked trout and pasta salad. It makes an ideal midweek meal served with crusty whole-wheat bread. If you wait until the last minute to add the arugula, it won’t spoil if anyone’s late home.
This colourful French salad is full of varied flavours and textures. Chunks of tuna, wedges of potato, crisp beans, bell pepper and tangy tomatoes make for a quick and easy summery meal. Serve with crusty whole-wheat baguettes.
Conjure up the colours and flavours of a tropical island with this unusual warm salmon salad. The rich flavour of salmon is perfectly balanced by the gentle acidity of orange and the sweetness of mango and papaya.
The dressing for this simple, colourful pasta and tuna salad has a sweet-sour flavour, which perfectly complements the lightly cooked zucchini, tuna, sundried tomato pesto and pasta. Serve the salad cool, but not chilled, or try it while it is still warm.
Flavoursome, savoury and full of heart-smart nutrients, this baguette sandwich is sure to become a favourite. The special today: a variation of the classic ‘pan bagnat,’ a baguette bursting with provencale tuna, olives and garden-fresh veggies.
Japanese food tends to be low in fat, and these stylish sushi rolls are no exception. Now that the ingredients are available in grocery stores, it is easy to make them yourself. You must use sushi rice, which is sticky when cooked.
Based on the Moroccan way of stewing meat with fruit, here lamb is marinated with mushrooms and herbs, then cooked slowly with dried apricots. Shredded cabbage and fresh mint enliven the couscous accompaniment.
Barley is one of the crops that farmers love, due to its short growing season and hardy nature. We should love this nutty, wholesome grain too, since it is so good for us. Serve cajun-spiced barley with extra-lean beef sausages or lamb kebabs.
Broiled slices of herbed polenta topped with a creamy, melting mixture of Gorgonzola and ricotta cheeses is a delicious dish, ideal for a tempting starter. It is served hot with a garnish of salad greens.
No trip to Spain would be complete without sampling its famous rice dish, paella. The ingredients vary from region to region, but this recipe uses white fish fillets, squid and mussels. Serve this seafood paella with crusty whole-wheat bread.
Yes, you can make creamy risotto the way they do in Italian restaurants! This risotto primavera recipe makes a delightful starter or main meal. Vegetables add vitamins A and C, and a small amount of Parmesan adds calcium, protein and a lot of flavour.
Toasting the rice, then cooking with a herb and vegetable paste before adding stock and simmering, develops and enriches the flavour of this dish. The coriander rice makes a great accompaniment to grilled or roast chicken.
A biryani consists of curried meat, poultry, fish or vegetables combined with basmati rice to make a complete meal. Here chicken curry is layered with the rice and baked, then served with a fresh cucumber raita.
Cannelloni are often filled with rich beef or veal mixtures, but this lighter version uses chicken with fresh vegetables. The chicken and ricotta cannelloni can be assembled early in the day, and left in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake them.
Tangy tamarind and lemongrass infuse a Thai-inspired sauce for tender strips of stir-fried beef and fine rice noodles. With snow peas and baby corn adding all-important vegetable balance, this is a quick and easy dish that is a meal in itself.