Spicy foods help to fill you up on fewer calories, and they boost calorie burning, too. When cutting or seeding hot peppers, use rubber or plastic gloves to protect your hands, and avoid touching your face.
A staple in Italian cooking, rapini is one of the world’s richest sources of glucosinolates, important nutrients that are known to fend off cancer.
This recipe contains a perfect blend of hot and sweet. When cutting or seeding hot peppers, use rubber gloves to protect your hands, and avoid touching your face.
It is easy to keep the fat content low in a tangy Thai curry as there is no need to pre-fry the ingredients; instead they are simply simmered in light coconut milk and stock with potatoes, peas and tomatoes.
Star anise, soy and ginger add wonderful flavours to this deliciously tender pork joint casserole, simmered with shallots, carrots and mushrooms. Vegetables and rice noodles cooked in exotic, rich juices make this into a complete meal.
All the family will love this sweet and sour casserole that makes the most of seasonal fresh plums. It’s traditionally flavoured with ginger, five-spice, vinegar, soy and scallions, and the addition of water chestnuts and cubes of sweet potato turn it into a complete, low-fat dish.
Homemade fish cakes are always a special treat. They are the ultimate all-in-one dish, as they contain fish, potato and vegetables. These can be made ahead and chilled, ready to bake when you need them. If you like, serve with baby spinach.
Packed with fresh, zesty Thai flavours, these little ground chicken skewers are grilled and served with baby corn, pepper and scallion skewers for a healthy, nutritious meal. Serve with an Asian-style salad for extra vegetables.
A spicy Jamaican paste, made with fiery chili peppers, fragrant allspice and thyme, flavours and tenderizes the pork in this dish. They are served with wedges of juicy pineapple and corn, all cooked under the grill. Serve with toasted French bread.
Firm, meaty white fish fillets are perfect for stir-frying as they keep their shape well and don’t break up easily. Serve the fish on a bed of tender vegetables and top with salty prosciutto, all cooked in the same wok. Some crusty bread rolls would complete the meal nicely.
Enjoy the bounty of the sea with this fresh and colourful stir-fry. By cooking the seafood only briefly, the flavour is maximized.
Kumquats are a small citrus fruit, like an orange, but the whole fruit is edible, adding a great tangy flavour to this easy stir-fry dish. Kumquats are believed to symbolize good fortune in the Far East. If you prefer, you may omit them.
This crunchy, refreshing stir-fry is just what you need for a midweek meal ‘ it can be on the table in under 30 minutes from when you walk through the door. The corn provides carbohydrate, so you don’t even need to cook rice or noodles.
Tender pork is perfect in a stir-fry, particularly when combined with fresh baby corn and a subtle curry flavour. The addition of Hokkien noodles makes a completely satisfying meal.
The addition of thick french fries and a generous amount of green vegetables turns a lean lamb stir-fry into a simple but delicious meal, served straight from the wok.
Flavoured with garlic, ginger and chili, this tempting dish with thin and tender strips of lean beef and juicy shrimp is a variation on the classic ‘Nasigoreng.’ It’s perfect for a relaxed lunch because much of the dish can be prepared ahead.
Canned salmon is very versatile and super healthy, being rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Combined with rice and peas, and subtly flavoured with cardamom, this is a terrific easy-to-make main dish.
Little soup pasta shapes make a great filling for this Italian-style flat omelette with tender sliced asparagus and frozen peas. It’s delicious served hot, warm or cold, with a simple salad for a light meal. Add some garlic bread for a more hearty meal.
This is modern-day comfort food, combining an interesting fusion of tuna and mixed vegetables in sauce with a crisp topping of bread cubes, tangy feta and diced tomatoes.
You can cook the pancakes well in advance. Assemble the whole dish, then bake just before serving. The pancakes are made with half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour to be light yet higher in fibre than regular pancakes.