In this crunchy raw salad, apple, carrot, celery and sprouts are tossed with sunflower seeds and dressed with a fresh lime, ginger and coriander dressing.
Chowder is a classic meal-in-a-bowl. This salmon and tomato version is flavoured with lean bacon, leeks and tomatoes and thickened with potatoes, all of which provide the perfect background for the protein-packed salmon.
Tandoori dishes are often the healthiest option in Indian restaurants because they are cooked without fat added. At home, a hot broiler gives a similar result. These lean Indian-style grilled chicken breasts are served with creamy low-fat raita. All that is needed to complete the meal is rice or warm bread.
Quick and easy to prepare, this banana cake makes a healthy snack for hungry children or a handy addition to lunchboxes. And it’s a great way to use up bananas that have been sitting in the fruit bowl for too long.
Here is an updated version of the traditional Greek pastry, made with a filling of dates, dried mango and pistachio nuts. Although this fruit and pistachio baklava uses less fat and honey than usual, it is most definitely a special sweet snack.
These delicious, moist muffins with a crunchy sweet topping are low in fat and contain bananas, oat bran, soy milk and soy flour’all beneficial for anyone eating for a healthy heart. Enjoy banana cinnamon muffins warm at breakfast or at morning coffee.
These little bread rings are delicious teamed with savoury fillings such as smoked salmon and a soft cheese, or egg and salad. The double cooking method gives bagels their unique softness and slightly chewy crust.
Serve this nutty-textured bread very fresh, cut into wedges. The multi-grain seeded loaf is good with a hearty bowl of soup or cheese and pickles. The mix of seeds can be varied to your own taste or you can use just one kind.
A selection of ground and whole spices and a hint of coconut flavour the mixed vegetables in this contemporary curry, which is cooked in stages so that all the individual tastes remain distinct and delicious. Serve stir-fried vegetable curry with boiled rice.
These oven-baked beans are cooked slowly to create a richly flavoured vegetable dish’a revelation if you’ve only ever eaten the canned variety. Serve Boston baked beans alongside grilled meat, together with potatoes or bread.
Pineapple and pear give this fruity pasta salad a sweet accent, while balsamic vinegar adds a delightful piquancy. With lean ham, cheese, fruit and vegetables all adding their own nutrients to balance the pasta, the result is a marvellous dish.
Here, strips of duck are stir-fried with onions, water chestnuts, bok choy, bean sprouts and pear. Very little oil is needed for a stir-fry, and adding lots of vegetables keeps the quantity of meat down. Serve spicy stir-fried duck with rice noodles.
Tandoori dishes are one of the healthiest options in most Indian restaurants because the food is cooked without fat in a tandoor oven. At home, broiling gives similar results. These lean tandoori-style chicken breasts are served with creamy raita.
Although in Mexico ‘fajitas’ refers to a specific cut of beef, the term has also come to describe a combination of sizzling chicken with pepper and onion, wrapped in a tortilla. Chicken fajitas with tomato salsa have very little fat, but lots of fresh flavours.
There are lots of variations on these savoury Mexican pastries, which are similar to Cornish pasties. The filling here is a blend of lean, spicy chicken and vegetables, subtly flavoured with nuts and dried fruit.
This is a novel way of serving the popular Chinese dish of stir-fried sweet and sour chicken. Here zucchinis and bean sprouts are added to the chicken, and the whole mixture is folded up in pancakes.
This mango chicken salad recipe combines new potatoes, tender broiled chicken and asparagus. Tossed in a fresh orange dressing and then gently mixed with juicy mango slices and baby salad greens, it makes a delicious and well-balanced meal all on its own.
A spoonful of mustard peps up this simple, vegetable-rich cidered pork stew. Fluffy herb dumplings served on top help to mop up every bit of the full-flavoured sauce, and turn the pork stew into a well-balanced meal in a bowl.
Fresh and fruity, this pork casserole with celery and walnuts comes from Normandy in northwestern France, where cider apples grow in profusion. A dish of rice is cooked in the oven at the same time, making this a very simple meal to prepare. Serve with green vegetables.
Sweet and sour sauce doesn’t have to be a thick bright orange. This modern, light version of sweet and sour pork allows the succulence of the meat and the fresh flavours and different textures of a variety of vegetables and noodles to shine through.