A little spicy chorizo goes a long way and adds a fabulous flavour to this colourful dish. Brown rice has a wonderful nutty texture and it is more nutritious than white rice.
The spicy tomato flavour and aroma of this one-pot rice dish make it really appealing. Tender chunks of fish, juicy shrimp and plenty of vegetables all combine to make a well-balanced, complete meal.
This risotto makes the most of both fresh and dried mushrooms. The fresh add texture and a deliciously subtle flavour, while the dried mushrooms come to life with a rich, earthy flavour once they have been rehydrated.
Colourful and packed with flavours, this thick, flat omelette, called a tortilla in Spanish, tastes good served at any temperature. The classic recipe contains only potatoes, onions and eggs, but this version has extra vegetables and tasty lean ham added. Serve with a green salad.
Five-spice powder – a fragrant mix of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns – is used a great deal in Chinese cooking, and here it adds an Asian flavour to appetizing pita bread sandwiches.
These protein-packed veggie burgers are made with a delicious high-fibre combo of Brazil nuts and red kidney beans, plus carrots for moistness.
With pastrami (cured, smoked meat) and bagels, the inspiration for this thick, filling sandwich can only be Montreal. But unlike that city’s favourite snack, this version includes herby, light cream cheese and lean turkey. It is perfect for a tasty lunch-time bite.
Enjoy the fragrant flavours of cilantro and mint in this North African-inspired salad, which can be largely prepared ahead. Lamb is a good source of protein, as well as B vitamins, iron and zinc.
Homemade hummus only takes a few moments to whizz together and makes a perfect light lunch, served simply with pita. But for a balanced meal, turn it into this more substantial salad with the addition of crisp salad vegetables.
A variation on a colourful Provençale favourite, this hearty salad is just perfect for an early summer lunch, making the most of baby new potatoes and asparagus at the peak of their season.
Not only are low-fat lentils richer in protein than many other legumes, but their slightly smoky flavour makes a great base for this tasty nut roast, packed with colourful vegetables and served with a quick tomato sauce.
Try this stylish dish for entertaining. Duck breasts are full of succulent flavour and when you remove the skin, you reduce the fat.
Pork and prunes is a classic French combination, and here it is given an extra flavour boost with ginger and orange. Cooked with a variety of vegetables it makes an easy roast meal and can be prepared ahead and kept in the refrigerator ready for cooking.
This updated version of a traditional recipe is ideal for entertaining. Slices of beef are wrapped around a mushroom stuffing to make rolls, which are then braised with vegetables.
This is a simple and delicious pasta dish that is just as good served hot as it is cold. It makes a great lunch for friends because you can make it a day in advance, so you can relax and enjoy the company.
A fabulously quick egg and pancetta pasta favourite with added vegetables for extra nutrition. It’s surprising how little pancetta and Parmesan cheese you need to achieve a really deep, rich flavour.
Whole wheat pasta is a good source of complex carbohydrate and has a low GI value. Tossed with steamed summer vegetables and a fresh herb pesto, this makes a tempting and satisfying meal.
There is always something appealing about individual pies. These are filled with vegetables in a parsley sauce and topped with a tasty shortcrust pastry.
A very special fish pie that is sure to please everyone. The recipe uses a mixture of white fish, seafood and vegetables in a quick white sauce, topped with a golden turmeric potato pastry crust.
Large beefsteak tomatoes make tasty, juicy containers for a spicy dried fruit and nut couscous mixture, served with creamy yogourt.