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.
Oven-baked vegetable chips are not only healthier than those that are fried, their flavour is fresher and more concentrated, too. Here, thin slices of beet and potato are baked in a hot oven to make dippers for an Asian-inspired spicy peanut dip.
Little bites of bliss, bursting with all the flavours of the Mediterranean. Here, sundried tomatoes are marinated with a blend of Italian herbs. These tomato and basil crostini are so delicious, your guests will never guess how healthy they really are.
Update your party menu with a chili-laced black bean dip that’s practically fat-free and an excellent source of fibre. The dip can also be spooned onto plates and served as a light lunch, accompanied by warm whole-wheat pita bread.
This tasty, hearty tomato seafood soup is surprisingly quick and easy to make using fresh crab meat. The flaky crab meat goes well with the creamy texture lent by the potatoes, and the anchovies give it a bit of zing.
This hearty soup tastes really creamy, yet it doesn’t contain any cream! Made with cooked chicken and fresh corn and potatoes, with a garnish of bacon, it’s substantial enough for lunch, served with crusty whole-wheat bread.
Roasting the onions, garlic, peppers, potatoes and zucchini caramelizes their natural sugars to bring out tantalizing sweetness. The pan juices, which contain minimal fat, are added to the roasted vegetable soup so you won’t lose a drop of Mediterranean flavour.
This chilled soup is a delicious concoction of tomatoes, red and green peppers and cucumbers with a hint of garlic’all high in what’s good for you and low in fat and calories. Ladle this gazpacho with garlic croutons into cups as an entree, or into bowls for a light dinner.
The simple, delicious flavours of this herbed chicken and potato soup will make it popular with adults and children alike. Try it for lunch on the weekend, served with plenty of crusty bread and fresh fruit to follow.
Fragrant basil pesto adds a taste of summer to this healthier version of a classic French vegetable pesto soup. Aromatic vegetables add flavour and plenty of vitamins while keeping the fat in check. What a wonderful way to eat your vegetables!
These Mediterranean-style ‘sandwiches’ are generously filled with peppers, zucchinis and red onion, spiked with garlic and rosemary, and topped with a sprinkling of feta cheese. Roasted vegetable baguettes make a satisfying brunch.