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Fruity Bircher muesli

Fruity Bircher muesli

The original recipe for this nutritious breakfast cereal was developed over a century ago, by Dr Bircher–Benner at his clinic in Zurich. The technique of soaking the cereal, here using milk, makes it easier to digest, and also easier to eat.

Ginger-glazed pears with ricotta and rum raisins

Ginger-glazed pears with ricotta and rum raisins

This simple dessert tastes just as delicious as it looks. After brushing with a honey, lemon and ginger syrup, the hollowed–out pears are filled with rum–soaked raisins and ricotta. This is the perfect way to turn the classic combination of fresh fruit and cheese into something a bit special.

Marbled winter fruit fool

Marbled winter fruit fool

Dried prunes and peaches have an intense, concentrated flavour and sweetness and, with the addition of a dash of peach schnapps or brandy, they make a really special fruit fool. This is an attractive dessert for the winter months.

Fresh fruit soup

Fresh fruit soup

Not only is this refreshing soup perfect on sweltering summer days, it could also give you a vitamin boost in winter when you feel slightly under the weather. Made up of a variety of delicious raw fruit and vegetables, it is an easy way to top up on protective nutrients.

Fruit and pistachio baklava

Fruit and pistachio baklava

Here is an updated version of the traditional Greek pastries, made with a cinnamon–spiced filling of dried dates, dried mango and pistachios, layered with filo pastry. Although this baklava uses less fat and honey than usual, it is most definitely a special sweet snack and sure to be a winner.

Fruit brochettes with rosewater cashew cream

Fruit brochettes with rosewater cashew cream

Serving fresh fruit threaded on skewers is an attractive alternative to making a fruit salad and is a great way of pairing complementary fruit. It will entice children to eat more fruit, too. Here an exotic nut cream flavoured with rosewater transforms the combination of apricots and cherries.

Spiced fruit, nuts and seeds

Spiced fruit, nuts and seeds

This mildly spiced mix of crunchy nuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, tangy dried cranberries and sweet sultanas is great for nibbling as a healthy snack or with drinks. Children love it (although it is not suitable for young children who can choke on nuts). You can easily vary the mix of nuts.

Tropical fruit with coriander

Tropical fruit with coriander

With its unusual combination of sweet tropical fruit and crunchy vegetables in a chilli–spiced dressing, this is a most attractive and appetising salad. Serve it as part of an al fresco meal in the summer, with grilled chicken.

Banana and mango shake

Banana and mango shake

A thick banana–flavoured milkshake with a tropical touch, this will certainly appeal to children and adults alike. Ideal at breakfast time as it is filling, nourishing and quick, it can also be enjoyed as a delectable dessert after lunch or dinner.

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.

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.

Mexican beans and fruit

Mexican beans and fruit

Earthy, rustic beans are surprisingly good paired with fruit, as in this classic from the Mexican kitchen, where it is called frijoles con frutas. If fruit with beans sounds alarming, just remember that the tomato – an essential ingredient of the more familiar baked beans – is also a fruit.

Orchard spread

Orchard spread

Use this rich, slightly tart, lightly spiced purée of fresh and dried fruit to replace butter on warm morning toast or muffins. The recipe makes far more than 4 people can enjoy at one breakfast, but the spread keeps well in the fridge.

Fruity vegetable muffins

Fruity vegetable muffins

Not only do grated vegetables and dried fruit add food value and flavour to these muffins, but they also make them deliciously moist. Unlike many muffins, these are not too sweet, so they are as good in a packed lunch or as a snack as they are for breakfast or a teatime treat.

Smoked chicken and fruit salad

Smoked chicken and fruit salad

With tender smoked chicken, mixed rice and refreshing honeydew melon and pineapple, this salad is as satisfying as it is delicious. It doesn't have an oil–based dressing to pile on the kilojoules – just freshly squeezed orange juice and the juices from the other fruits.

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