This version of the all-time favourite spaghetti carbonara makes use of low-fat dairy products and dry-cured ham instead of bacon to make a healthier dish with no compromise on flavour. To complete the meal, serve with a roasted tomato salad.
Here’s a new lower-fat version of a classic Bolognese, a full-flavoured meat sauce tossed with strands of spaghetti and served with Parmesan cheese. There’s less beef than in traditional recipes, but low-fat chicken livers enrich the sauce.
Pasta bows taste deliciously different when combined with an exotic dressing of fish sauce, fresh red chili and rice vinegar in a moist Asian-style chicken and pasta salad. Fresh crunchy vegetables complete this well-balanced main-course dish.
Quick to prepare, this pasta and chicken salad with basil makes an ideal midweek dinner and won’t spoil if someone is late home. Tossing the pasta with lemon juice and white wine not only adds flavour but also means that the quantity of oil can be reduced.
Puttanesca is an Italian sauce that’s hearty, spicy and rich in flavour. This version keeps in the traditional capers, anchovies and olives, but just uses fewer of them to keep down the level of fat.
This basil and walnut pesto recipe adds the extra health boost of spinach and the peppery surprise of arugula, in true heart-healthy style.
This quick and easy linguini sauce is bursting with tomatoes and olive oil’foods that will keep your heart pumping strong.
There are numerous versions of gnocchi. Here a flour-based dough of mashed squash and ricotta cheese, flavoured with sage and Parmesan cheese, is used. A colourful roasted red pepper and onion sauce completes the dish.
Introduce vegetables to old favourites for healthy family meals. This well-loved macaroni dish is delicious with mushrooms, peas and red pepper added. Using a small amount of powerful blue vein cheese adds flavour, but not too much fat.
Store-bought stuffed pasta just does not taste anything like silken-textured homemade pasta with a freshly prepared savoury filling. This mushroom ravioli in herb jus is not a convenience meal’making pasta does take time’but it is well worth it!
Eggplants make delicious lasagna, but traditional methods usually involve slicing and frying them in copious quantities of oil. Here, eggplant is diced and simmered with flavourful ingredients to make a rich, zesty herbed sauce.
Unlike traditional recipes, these meatballs are low in fat, yet they’re full of the terrific taste you crave. Long curls of fusilli add a fun twist. For a casual dinner with friends, you can just double or triple the recipe.
Give those fatty beef burgers a miss and try these heart-healthy, thick, juicy salmon ‘burgers’ instead. And while you’re at it, leave the ketchup in the fridge and slather the salmon cakes with a homemade creamy tomato-garlic sauce.
This elegant entree is what the French would call a ‘salade composée”a salad where the elements are arranged separately. In this healthy example, roast salmon strips share the spotlight with a light potato salad and a healthy helping of greens.
These fragrant Chinese-style pasta purses are made with wonton wrappers. The pork pot stickers are part fried, then simmered in stock and served on a bed of green leaves with a spicy salad of peanuts and crunchy vegetables.
These Chinese dumplings have a chicken filling, which is lighter than the traditional pork mixture. Wonton wrappers, sold in most supermarkets, can be used. Serve these dim sum with dipping sauce as the starter for a multi-course Chinese meal.
Moist, gingery cubes of chicken and crunchy vegetables are cooked on skewers and served with peanut sauce. Wedges of lime are included so the hot juice can be squeezed over the cooked chicken satay just before eating.
Here, lettuce-lined bowls are filled with shrimp and avocado, mixed with spiced new potatoes and topped with yogurt for a real hot and cold taste explosion. Serve avocado and shrimp cups for lunch with whole-wheat or multi-grain bread.
These rice croquettes are moulded around nuggets of mozzarella and rolled in breadcrumbs before cooking. Traditionally croquettes are deep-fried, but these are oven-baked for a modern streamlined version that is much healthier.
Few foods are healthier than raw vegetables, so serve these crudites with tempting low-fat dips for a starter. Or, for a light lunch, this recipe serves four. You can also offer fruit and whole-wheat pita bread for dipping.