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Vegetable and pasta soup

This classic pistou from the south of France, topped with a rich-tasting garlic and basil paste, called aïllade, and a sprinkling of Parmesan, makes a nourishing main meal. Serve with crusty bread.

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Tomato and Mozzarella Polenta

Why not try something different? Here, ready-made pesto is spread on a savoury polenta base, then topped with melt-in-the-mouth mozzarella...


Vegetable Moussaka

This is a clever variation on the traditional, meat-based Greek dish that is usually quite high in fat. The meat...


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Chicken parmigiana

An easy, Italian-style dish of chicken breasts, oven-baked with a low-fat, chunky vegetable sauce, with a Parmesan topping. Serve with...


Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Asparagus Ragout

Fancy flavours can be enjoyed at home too. This aromatic pesto chicken will impress any dinner guest.

Soupe au Pistou

I've adapted this soup'basically a vegetable-basil soup'from the French classic. But the basil in this recipe isn't pounded (pistou) into...


Wheat Berry Salad with Coronation Grapes

This salad is full of savoury Mediterranean-inspired flavours, which are perfectly complemented by sweet Niagara Coronation grapes. This hearty and...


Tagliatelle with Green Sauce

This simple vegetable and yogurt sauce is ready in as little time as it takes to cook and drain the...


Grilled Salmon in Ciabatta

Here fresh salmon fillets are marinated, then lightly grilled and served in warm ciabatta rolls with mixed salad leaves and...


Sun-dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

If you're not a big fan of goat cheese, top this simple bruschetta with shaved fresh Parmesan instead.


Seasonal Vegetable & Tofu Stir-fry

This stir-fry combines colourful, crisp veggies with the meaty texture of tofu and the sweet-and-sour taste of Chinese five spice


Fresh Crab and Avocado Dip with Crispy Tortilla Chips

Crab and avocado is an age-old combination that has a bit of magic to it, which is why you see...


Grilled Tuna with Zucchini Pasta and Artichoke Sauce

Make good use of excess summer zucchini by creating "pasta", tossing with a flavourful artichoke and tomato sauce and serving...

Whole-Wheat Rotini with Asparagus and Portobello Mushrooms

Boost your vegetable and fibre intake with this healthy and delicious asparagus and mushroom pasta dish.


Sky High Chicken and Vegetable Pie

This savoury chicken pie recipe is a one-stop meal, with vegetables, grains and protein all in one dish. Serve with...


Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic and Herbs

Although plum tomatoes take a long time to bake, they require very little attention. They'll keep for several days in...


Scallops Grilled with Prosciutto

The subtle saltiness of prosciutto, Italian dried ham, combines perfectly with these marinated grilled scallops with their brilliant orange corals...


Basil-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This stylish main course is, surprisingly, not laden with fat. The chicken breast halves can be prepared in advance, covered...


Rustic Broiled Vegetable and Rigatoni Salad

Broiled vegetables are delicious with chunky pasta in a tangy dressing. Serve this rustic broiled vegetable and rigatoni salad as...


Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This stylish-looking main course is surprisingly easy to make. The prosciutto-stuffed chicken breasts can be prepared in advance and kept...


Chicken and Spinach Roulades

Fresh spinach, roasted red pepper, ricotta and a touch of Parmesan together make a fantastic filling for tender chicken roulades....

Mediterranean Stuffed Vegetables

An array of colourful Mediterranean stuffed vegetables makes an appetizing main dish, ideal for an informal help-yourself meal when entertaining...


Scallops with Cherry Tomato Saute

Scallops are infinitely adaptable. Here, these low-fat, low-cholesterol morsels of succulent seafood are sautéed with cherry tomatoes and enlivened with...


Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Tomato and Pepper Salsa

Grilled fish steaks make ideal fast food, and serving them with a vibrant tomato and pepper salsa, rice and a...


Spaghetti Carbonara with Roasted Tomato Salad

This version of the all-time favourite spaghetti carbonara makes use of low-fat dairy products and dry-cured ham instead of bacon...


Pasta and Chicken Salad with Basil

Quick to prepare, this pasta and chicken salad with basil makes an ideal midweek dinner and won't spoil if someone...


Angel Hair Pasta with Basil and Walnut Pesto

This basil and walnut pesto recipe adds the extra health boost of spinach and the peppery surprise of arugula, in...