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Blueberry and cranberry muesli

Blueberry and cranberry muesli

A delicious toasted muesli, this is made from a tempting mix of grains, nuts, seeds and colourful red and blue berries. Stirring maple syrup and orange juice into the mix helps to keep the oil content down, making this version much lower in fat than most ready–made ‘crunchy’ cereals.

Cauliflower and banana salad

Cauliflower and banana salad

This unusual salad uses both sweet and tart fruit with cashew nuts to add colour and interest to pretty cauliflower florets, blanched just for a moment to retain their crispness. Roasted cumin seeds and fresh thyme marry the ensemble with their full, delightfully savoury flavours.

Chicken and banana korma

Chicken and banana korma

This mild chicken and banana curry, enriched with almonds and yogurt, has a wonderfully smooth, creamy texture. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs add plenty of flavour, while being convenient to eat, quick to cook and quite low in fat. Serve with basmati rice and pappadums or naan.

Stuffed baked potatoes

Stuffed baked potatoes

A steaming–hot baked potato makes perfect comfort food, and doesn't need lashings of butter and cheese to be delicious. This tasty vegetarian filling combines marinated mushrooms and zucchini for a healthy filling. Other fillings are limited only by your imagination.

Chicken with apricots and cumin

Chicken with apricots and cumin

Chicken thighs are excellent in a casserole, being very tender and full of flavour. Fresh apricots and a bulb of fennel make good partners, especially when spiced up with cumin. Rice would be a good accompaniment, as would boiled new potatoes or baked potatoes.

Sun-dried tomato and bean risotto

Sun-dried tomato and bean risotto

Moist risotto served with a simple side salad makes a satisfying carbohydrate–rich meal, and the risotto can be endlessly varied – all sorts of other vegetables can be used instead of broad beans. To achieve the perfect texture, use risotto rice such as arborio and add the hot stock in stages.

Citrus and spinach salad

Citrus and spinach salad

In this colourful salad, the subtle flavour of spinach is enhanced by sweet melon and citrus, and prosciutto adds a savoury touch. You can prepare the dressing in advance, but only assemble the salad at the last moment to preserve as much vitamin C as possible.

Sweet potato and celeriac pure

Sweet potato and celeriac purée

Mashes and purées are perennial favourites and an excellent way of boosting your daily intake of vegetables. This sweet potato and celeriac purée is deliciously flavoured with apple and spices but you can use whatever flavours you like.

Citrus wake-up

Citrus wake-up

What an invigorating drink this is, made with fresh citrus, very lightly sweetened and flavoured with a little lime zest and mint. Squeezing your own juice makes all the difference in both nutrition and flavour as vitamin C begins to dissipate as soon as a fruit or vegetable is cut.

Sweet pumpkin tartlets

Sweet pumpkin tartlets

Pumpkin is a good example of one of the many vegetables that can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes. Pumpkin pie is the best–known sweet preparation, and this is a lighter version made with filo instead of rich shortcrust and topped with fresh fruit.

Frozen pineapple and berry slush

Frozen pineapple and berry slush

A cross between a breakfast sorbet and thick drink, this refreshing, virtually fat–free start to the day takes just seconds to whiz up. The secret of preparing it quickly is to keep a selection of chopped fruit in the freezer, then you can simply dip in to select a combination that suits your mood.

Tacos with salsa and guacamole

Tacos with salsa and guacamole

Quick and easy to make, this filling and colourful main course is low in saturated fat but high in flavour. It is a great recipe to tempt even the most ardent of meat–eaters into enjoying a vegetable–based meal.

Fruit salad

Fruit salad

A can of fruit can be transformed into a special–tasting fruit salad with the minimum of effort. Here, lychees are enhanced with stem ginger and the zest and juice of fresh lime for an Asian flavour, then tossed with crisp apple, oranges and black grapes from the fruit bowl.

Tagliatelle with green sauce

Tagliatelle with green sauce

This simple vegetable and yogurt sauce is ready in as little time as it takes to cook and drain the fresh pasta. It is bursting with fresh flavours and irresistibly creamy, but without the heaviness of a classic cream sauce for pasta.

Lamb and fig stew with star anise

Lamb and fig stew with star anise

Meat and fruit is a classic combination in many cuisines, all over the world. This slowly cooked stew of tender lamb and sweet dried figs, flavoured with warm spices, is a superb partnership of meat and fruit, ideal for a special occasion. Serve with saffron rice.

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