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Spicy chicken chilli with spaghetti

Spicy chicken chilli with spaghetti

Sweet capsicums and warm spices flavour this family–style chilli, made with chicken mince rather than the traditional beef for a lower fat content. It is an ideal cook–ahead dish as the flavour of the sauce improves if it is made a day in advance.

Tagliatelle with broccoli and blue cheese

Tagliatelle with broccoli and blue cheese

This quick dish with a creamy sauce is so delicious that everyone will be surprised to learn that the sauce is made from only one ingredient. Colour and texture are provided by broccoli and cauliflower. Offer bread and a tomato salad to contrast with the creamy sauce.

Tagliatelle with mushroom medley

Tagliatelle with mushroom medley

Choose a variety of exotic and wild mushrooms for this feast of fungi. Their flavours are complemented by rich Marsala in a dish that will fit perfectly into a well–balanced diet – the result is pleasing without being laden with cream.

Mushroom ravioli in herb jus

Mushroom ravioli in herb jus

Bought stuffed pasta just do not taste anything like silken–textured homemade pasta with a freshly prepared savoury filling. This is not a convenience meal – making pasta does take time – but the result is a marvellous dish, to savour and enjoy on the weekend.

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Pasta frittata

Pasta frittata

Pasta is a convenient and delicious alternative to potato in omelettes, especially if you have some left over from a previous meal. This version, flavoured with ham and packed with vegetables, is complemented by a zucchini and tomato salad. It makes a simple but satisfying lunch.

Pasta with fresh sage, rocket and fetta

Pasta with fresh sage, rocket and fetta

This quick main dish can be served hot or cool. The pasta is topped with fetta, which has a fresh, salty flavour that goes well with the pancetta (Italian bacon), chickpeas and tomato in the sauce. For best results, use a tubular or thick pasta shape that will complement the chunky sauce.

Gnocchi with sage and cinnamon

Gnocchi with sage and cinnamon

An Italian classic, traditional semolina gnocchi is served with generous amounts of cheese and butter. This healthier but equally delicious version is made with just a little butter, cheese and oil and flavoured with cinnamon and sage. Served with spinach and peas, it makes a great meal.

Herb-infused eggplant lasagne

Herb-infused eggplant lasagne

Eggplants make delicious lasagne, but traditional methods usually involve slicing and frying them in copious quantities of oil. Here, they are cubed and simmered with flavouring ingredients to make a rich, zesty sauce.

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Leek and macaroni loaf with fresh tomato sauce

Leek and macaroni loaf with fresh tomato sauce

This is the perfect choice when you fancy a change from meat, and it will appeal to the whole family. For a well–balanced meal, start with a root vegetable soup, and serve the loaf with a mixed salad and crusty bread.

Lentils with macaroni

Lentils with macaroni

For Egypt's vegetarians this highly spiced dish is a protein staple. On their own, lentils do not contain a lot of protein, but combined with the wheat in the pasta, they make a good protein dish that is low in fat.

Linguine with pan-fried salmon

Linguine with pan-fried salmon

All the ingredients for this dish are quickly assembled and cooked, and the result is truly delicious as well as visually impressive. This is definitely a dish to convince anyone who has doubts about the tastiness of well–balanced eating. With bread and salad, it makes a hearty meal.

Lumache with cucumber salsa

Lumache with cucumber salsa

Here little snail–shaped pasta, called lumache, trap a herby yogurt and tomato dressing so that each one is full of flavour. A refreshing vegetable and fruit salsa brings extra nutritional value as well as exciting taste and texture contrast. Offer warm bread to mop up all the juices.

Macaroni and mushroom cheese

Macaroni and mushroom cheese

Introduce vegetables to old favourites for healthy family meals. This well–loved pasta dish is delicious with mushrooms, peas and capsicums added. Using a small amount of powerful Roquefort cheese ensures that the sauce is creamy and full flavoured, but not too high in fat.

Chicken, pasta and leek crisp

Chicken, pasta and leek crisp

This warming dish appeals to children and adults alike, so it makes an ideal family meal. It is a good example of a dish in which vegetables, pasta and breadcrumbs extend a modest portion of a protein food, which means the dish is low in fat too. Serve with a salad.

Dressed tagliatelle

Dressed tagliatelle

Less is definitely more with this robustly flavoured, low–fat pasta sauce that just lightly coats the pasta in traditional Italian style. The tagliatelle makes a satisfying carbohydrate–packed starter that will serve 6 before a light main course, or a simple meal for 4 with a crunchy salad to follow.

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