In this recipe, slices of beef are marinated in a tangy green herb-based sauce, called chimichurri sauce, which hails from Argentina, making them succulent, tender and juicy. They are complemented nicely by crispy potatoes.
Potatoes’as fries, baked or mashed’are a popular partner for steak. Here leek mashed potatoes with mustard accompany pepper-coated tenderloin steaks. Serve pepper steak and leek mashed potatoes with a fresh seasonal green vegetable such as green beans.
Here lean beef is flavoured with a honey-mustard marinade and served with potatoes that are first boiled, then tossed in the marinade and broiled with the meat for a barbecued effect. The broiled steak with mustard-glazed potatoes is served on a bed of peppery watercress.
How can steak be part of a smart diet? Very easily! Broil or barbecue the finest and one of the leanest of steaks, filet mignon, and arrange it on top of fresh salad greens and plenty of vegetables to make a ‘composed’ salad.
Made with fresh shrimp, crisp-yet-tender vegetables, a hint of soy and a zing of ginger, this healthy recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners.
Scallops are infinitely adaptable. Here, these low-fat, low-cholesterol morsels of succulent seafood are sautéed with cherry tomatoes and enlivened with a vermouth-based sauce. Serve the scallops with Asian rice vermicelli or brown rice.
This scallop salad is based on soba’Japanese buckwheat noodles. They are tossed with bean sprouts, bok choy, fresh coriander and an intensely flavoured ginger dressing, then topped with juicy soy-broiled scallops and mushrooms.
Next time you have a barbecue, treat yourself to a little luxury’skewers of juicy barbecued shrimp in an exotically spiced marinade, served with a Dijon mustard sauce.
This salad combines shrimp with colourful, juicy melon and mango tossed in a light dressing flavoured with fresh mint and honey.
A lobster salad makes a luxurious meal for two people. The lobster meat is here served on a bed of peppery salad greens, shredded snow peas, grapes and new potatoes cooked in their skins, all tossed in a lime-spiked dressing.
Cooked in a delicious wine-enriched tomato sauce, a nutritious mix of seafood makes an elegant partner for the thin spaghettini. Prepare a leafy mixed side salad to go with this spaghettini marinara, a great dinner party main course.
Fresh salmon is readily available all year round. This deliciously healthy dish with tarragon mayonnaise can be served warm or cold, with a green leaf salad tossed with snow peas or green beans, and some crusty whole-wheat bread.
Packed with vegetables, this seafood lasagna is a superb vitamin-rich, nutritious meal. Choose vegetables that are fresh and in season, including fresh peas, asparagus, beans, broccoli and sautéed mushrooms.
This Thai green curry is wonderfully fragrant and is prepared with a homemade curry paste. Serve the fish curry with rice and a side dish of Chinese cabbage or broccoli florets stir-fried with garlic and a little reduced-salt soy sauce.
Teriyaki is a popular cooking style in Japan. The teriyaki marinade for fish or meat is made with soy sauce, rice wine and sugar and can be bought ready made from most grocery stores. It is intense, so you only need to use a little for these swordfish kebabs.
Steaming is unbeatable when it comes to heart-healthy cooking: there’s no need for added fat, and flavour and nutrients are locked in. Serve this ginger-sesame steamed fish with grilled pepper and a pilaf of wild and brown rice for a satisfying meal.
A whole fish cooked with ginger, garlic and green onions is a traditional centrepiece in a Chinese meal. Here it is served with a mixture of noodles and bean sprouts to make a very special Asian-style dish.
A simple fish pie can be transformed into a feast by the addition of shrimp and mushrooms. Serve this seafood and mushroom pie with a colourful medley of steamed vegetables, such as snow or sugar snap peas, carrots and baby corn.
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.