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Watermelon and fetta salad

Watermelon and fetta salad

A summery cheese salad, this has been devised with a nod towards the Mediterranean. The salty tang of creamy fetta cheese is contrasted with bright pink and orange fruit, luscious and full of sweet flavour. A mix of salad leaves adds a slightly peppery taste, and toasted seeds give crunch.
Warm sesame chicken salad

Warm sesame chicken salad

Strips of chicken in a crisp coating of sesame seeds, breadcrumbs and cornflakes are served atop a crunchy vegetable salad dressed with a fresh herb vinaigrette. A little chilli powder in the coating gives a bit of a kick.
Mediterranean seafood salad

Mediterranean seafood salad

Poached mussels, prawns and scallops bring the flavour of southern Italy to this chilled salad. Black squid-ink pasta would be served in restaurants along the Amalfi coast, but spinach, red capsicum and egg linguine are also suitable. Enjoy this as a summer lunch or supper dish.
Thai-style crab cakes

Thai-style crab cakes

Made from crabmeat and white fish, with all the classic flavouring ingredients of Thai cooking, these cakes taste sensational, and they come with a dipping sauce and crunchy salad. Serve with Thai fragrant rice.
Papaya and avocado salad

Papaya and avocado salad

This refreshing salad with a hint of spice will convert anyone wary of mixing fruit with raw vegetables. Starting with a base of crisp lettuce, slices of orange or yellow capsicum are layered with avocado and papaya. Toasted pepitas add protein and crunch.
Ham and celeriac pitas

Ham and celeriac pitas

This refreshing salad sandwich is packed with crunchy vegetables, smoked ham, dried fruit and green olives that gives lovely contrasting flavours and textures. The tangy mustard dressing is based on Greek-style yogurt and mayonnaise.
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.
Indian-style Grilled Chicken

Indian-style Grilled Chicken

An-Indian inspired barbecue recipe.
Almond-crusted Orange Chicken

Almond-crusted Orange Chicken

Marmalade lends a citrus intensity to tender chicken, cut through with dijon mustard. The chicken breasts are coated with a mixture of breadcrumbs, almonds and parsley, fried until golden, then baked to perfection.
Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

The chicken is stir-fried instead of deep-fried, reducing the fat content in this healthier version of a popular dish. It is quite spicy, with the inclusion of dried red chillies, but you can also add a fresh long red chilli for additional kick!
Pistachio-stuffed Chicken Breasts

Pistachio-stuffed Chicken Breasts

When you don't have time to roast a whole stuffed chicken – or when it's too hot to turn on the oven – serve these plump chicken breasts filled with a creamy, lemon-scented pistachio stuffing. To serve, cut the stuffed breasts crosswise, arrange the slices on plates and drizzle with the sauce from the pan.
Thai-style Vegetable Stir-fry

Thai-style Vegetable Stir-fry

Ginger, chillies, garlic and spring onions provide great flavour to this simple Thai stir-fry. It is not only quick and easy to prepare but tremendously good for you, as well.
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