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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.
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.
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.
Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Although a one-pot dish on its own, this tagine is superb with the quick and easy couscous recipe given below. If you can’t find dried cherries, use dried or frozen cranberries instead.
Indonesian Gado Gado

Indonesian Gado Gado

Indonesian for comfort food, gado gado is a staple throughout the country, with each region offering their own twist to the recipe. Add some chillies to the peanut sauce if you like things spicy.
Catalan Escalivada

Catalan Escalivada

‘Escalivada’ comes from a Catalan word meaning ‘to roast over embers’. It is traditionally served as a first course or a side dish with barbecued or roasted meats. This oven-roasted version is a quick, easy alternative if you don’t have a charcoal grill.
Easy Chocolate Cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

Here is a no-fuss, yet impressive, cake for a special occasion. Serve with a generous dollop of cream or a spoonful of good ice-cream.
Kangaroo Bolognese with Wholemeal Tagliatelle

Kangaroo Bolognese with Wholemeal Tagliatelle

In Italy, slow-cooked bolognese is traditionally made with pork and veal, but here kangaroo is used as it is extremely lean. Substitute any lean meat if kangaroo is not available.

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