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Spinach and smoked trout roulade

Spinach and smoked trout roulade

Flakes of smoked trout, cream cheese and fresh dill combine to make a well–flavoured filling for this light spinach roll. It is much simpler to make than it looks – just make sure that the spinach is squeezed really dry before adding to the sauce base.

Stuffed eggs salad

Stuffed eggs salad

The hollows in hard–boiled egg halves make perfect containers for a tasty filling – here carrot and chive – and the eggs look attractive served on a bed of ribbon vegetables and lamb's lettuce. All you need is some bread to make a satisfying lunch.

Vietnamese fish salad

Vietnamese fish salad

‘Cooked’ in a powerful rice and vinegar marinade, this simple yet effective salad marries the soft texture of fish with the crunch of peanuts. With fresh herbs and hot chilli as flavourings, it makes a great lunch or dinner that tastes delicious and is good for you too.

Tamarind vegetables and cashews

Tamarind vegetables and cashews

Tamarind has a distinctly sweet and sour taste that is absolutely tasty when combined with vegetables.

Chinese chicken soup

Chinese chicken soup

To make a vegetarian version of this soup, simply replace the chicken with 1⅓ cups (250 g) firm cubed tofu and replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. You can also replace the spinach with any other Asian greens or broccoli florets.

Cold sesame noodles and vegetables

Cold sesame noodles and vegetables

This cold noodle dish is tasty, healthy and perfect for the lunch box.

Asian greens with bacon and chestnuts

Asian greens with bacon and chestnuts

East meets west in this Asian–inspired dish of Asian greens, bacon and brussel sprouts.

Asian pork salad

Asian pork salad

Asian pork salad makes a terrific lunch idea or light dinner. You can purchase Asian barbecued pork from most Asian butchers or substitute with chicken or pork loin steak or chops, or toss in toasted peanuts or cashew nuts for added texture.

Quick chicken soup

Quick chicken soup

This easy recipe is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Red capsicum, corn and a sprinkling of fresh greens bring colour and texture to a simple chicken soup base, and adding a little sherry makes it taste just that bit more special. With seeded bread rolls it makes a tasty light meal.

Smoked haddock souffl

Smoked haddock soufflé

This recipe uses the fish–poaching milk to make the soufflé base, and fresh herbs and chopped tomatoes are added for a lovely flavour. Serve straight from the oven, with crusty wholemeal bread to accompany.

Gruyre gougre with ratatouille

Gruyère gougère with ratatouille

Many cooks won't attempt to make a gougère, which is a choux pastry ring, because they think it's too difficult. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Choux pastry is very simple to make, and it can be prepared ahead – shape the gougère and bake just before serving.

Gruyre, ham and mushroom salad

Gruyère, ham and mushroom salad

The Swiss cheese gruyère is usually used for cooking, but its sweet, nutty taste makes it the perfect choice for a salad, too. It works well with lean ham, green beans, cherry tomatoes and salad leaves in a piquant lemon and green peppercorn dressing.

Grilled salmon in ciabatta

Grilled salmon in ciabatta

Here fresh salmon fillets are marinated, then lightly grilled and served in ciabatta rolls with mixed salad leaves and a basil mayonnaise, to create a very tempting and special lunch dish. Lightening the mayonnaise with yogurt reduces the fat without losing the creaminess.

Hot and spicy tuna rolls

Hot and spicy tuna rolls

Here, the soft interiors of large crusty bread rolls are hollowed out to provide a crisp casing for a gently spiced mix of tuna, corn and red kidney beans, and then warmed in the oven. For a light lunch that is satisfying and well balanced, serve with a mixed tomato and leaf salad.

Smoked trout wraps

Smoked trout wraps

Wraps are made by rolling up a filling inside a soft, wheat flour tortilla. They make a great alternative to ordinary sandwiches and are great for lunch on the run. Here smoked trout, taramasalata and salad greens combine for a tempting filling.

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