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.
The crispy golden topping in this simple side dish is usually made by frying the breadcrumbs in a generous quantity of butter. This version of cauliflower with crispy crumbs uses a modest portion of olive oil and fresh herbs to flavour the topping.
Creamy potato salads can be healthy, too!
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.
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.
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.