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.
You’ll love our healthy spin on the classic chicken club.
These mouthwatering Indian chicken and broccoli snacks are quick to make. They use whole-wheat pita wraps instead of the traditional Indian chapatis. A yogurt-based raita, containing cucumber and tomato, is the perfect accompaniment.
Leek and prosciutto combine with basil and mozzarella to make a sophisticated pizza-style topping for whole-wheat muffins. Serve with a simple salad of arugula and grated carrot tossed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
This potato and zucchini tortilla is made from the simplest ingredients: eggs, onions and potatoes. Cooked like a flat omelette and served warm or cold and cut into wedges. Extra ingredients can be added, like asparagus, peas and mushrooms.
Potato cakes, flavoured with leeks, tasty cheese and fresh herbs, make a satisfying vegetarian meal served with baked tomatoes and accompanied by a simple leaf salad.
Here’s a new version of beans on toast, combining creamy lima beans with crisp bacon, cottage cheese and mustard. Accompanied by a fresh salad, this makes a fabulous meal that is ready to serve in about 15 minutes.
Give breakfast or brunch a new twist with this savoury version of French toast. Triangles of bread are dipped into a fresh herb and egg mixture, then fried until crisp and golden. Serve herbed French toast with mushrooms and lean bacon.
Forget about smothering toasted crumpets in butter; this low-fat topping is yummy and much healthier. Mashed bananas are mixed with ricotta and spices and piled onto crumpet fingers, then drizzled with honey and broiled.
Similar to Yorkshire puddings, popovers are a much-loved treat, and the sweet version here is perfect for breakfast or brunch. The batter is baked, and the blueberry popovers are served with sweet, fresh berries to add extra vitamin C.