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Lamb burgers with fruity relish

Lamb burgers with fruity relish

The advantage of making your own burgers is that you know exactly what's in them – and they can look and taste better than any takeaway. An orange and raspberry relish adds a lovely fresh flavour to these juicy lamb burgers as well as lots of vitamins. Serve with a green or mixed salad.
Melon, fetta and orange salad

Melon, fetta and orange salad

Here, the classic starter of melon and prosciutto is transformed into a tempting main-dish salad with the addition of fetta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and oranges. Serve for lunch, with warm ciabatta bread to mop up the juices, or as a starter for 6 people.
Braised duck with crunchy salad

Braised duck with crunchy salad

Braising duck breast fillets in red wine with garlic and ginger, plus a little redcurrant jelly for sweetness, produces moist, tender and flavoursome meat. The duck is cut into strips and served on a colourful mixture of crisp raw vegetables and fruit.
Stir-fried chicken and avocado salad

Stir-fried chicken and avocado salad

This is an excellent main dish salad, combining stir-fried strips of chicken and bacon in a hot piquant dressing with creamy avocado and sweet cherry tomatoes. It is perfect for when the weather starts to get cooler but you still want to eat a healthy salad.
Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Created in the 1920s at Delmonico's restaurant in New York City, this dish traditionally uses ham or bacon and a rich butter sauce. Here, a lower-fat yogurt and chive hollandaise contrasts with the richness of poached eggs and lean prosciutto, to make a lighter, but equally special version.
White bean stew

White bean stew

Celeriac is high in fibre and minerals and creates a great savoury celery flavour and a creamy texture without the stringy effect that celery can have.
Things on Toast

Things on Toast

When time is short, throw together something healthy and sustaining ‘on toast’. Here are some ideas for nutritious toast toppings. Choose wholegrain bread or mixed grain types or rye or pumpernickel.
Yogurt cheese on toast

Yogurt cheese on toast

Labna, also spelt labne, labneh or labnah, is a drained yogurt-based cheese popular on mezze platters in Middle Eastern cuisine. It can be drained for longer than 24 hours; the longer it is drained, the firmer it will become. Labna will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
Spicy Vegetables with Eggs

Spicy Vegetables with Eggs

Quick and easy to prepare, this dish is an ideal midweek dinner but the colourful ingredients make it perfect for a celebratory meal, too. Originating in North Africa, it is also known as chakchouka.
Sweet potato cupcakes

Sweet potato cupcakes

The natural sweetness of the sweet potato means you won’t need to add much sugar – so this is a perfect guilt-free snack or kid’s lunchbox treat.
Easy Minestrone

Easy Minestrone

Here’s a tip from Italian cooks: there are really no hard-and-fast rules or secret ingredients when it comes to making minestrone, so long as it contains beans, pasta and an abundance of vegetables.
Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin

French peasants devised this dish to deal with a tough old rooster – they slowly simmered it with onions, herbs and good red wine to render the gamey meat flavoursome and tender. If you don’t have fresh thyme, use a good pinch of dried mixed herbs. Chopped parsley can be stirred into the sauce just before serving.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Stew

Slow-cooker Black Bean Stew

This dish is similar to feijoada, a traditional Brazilian black bean stew. You can use canned beans, adding them to the slow cooker during the last 2 hours of cooking. Serve with steamed rice.
Pressure-cooker Goulash

Pressure-cooker Goulash

Paprika is the signature spice in this famed Hungarian dish, and is sold in various grades of heat and sweetness. If possible, use Hungarian paprika here. Using a pressure cooker brings the meat to tenderness in no time at all. Serve with rustic farmhouse bread and perhaps some sour cream.
Fish and Potato Hotpot

Fish and Potato Hotpot

This simple, vegetable-laden stew comes with some added extras – a dollop of yogurt on top and toasty croutons to give a tangy crunch to every lovely mouthful.

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