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Spicy stir-fried duck

Spicy stir-fried duck

Lightly dusted with Chinese five–spice, this tasty duck breast is stir–fried with a little honey, pear and fresh Asian greens to make a modern Asian lunch or dinner. It can be served as part of a shared meal with your favourite noodles or steamed rice on the side.

Chicken satay stir-fry

Chicken satay stir-fry

Red chillies are a great source of beta–carotene and vitamin C. You can spice this dish up a little by leaving the seeds in the chilli – chillies contain most of their heat in the seeds and membrane.

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.

Spicy date, apple and ricotta dip

Spicy date, apple and ricotta dip

The natural sweetness of dates makes them an excellent sweetener in desserts, cakes and chutneys. Here they are cooked until smooth and pulpy with apple and aromatic spices. Use as a dip with crudités or as an unusual topping for toast or scones for breakfast.

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Indian-style okra with potatoes

Indian-style okra with potatoes

This makes a wonderful accompaniment to a spicy main dish. It is also good as a vegetarian main course for 2, especially when served with Indian–style pulse or lentil dishes and warm naan. Also known as ladies' fingers or bhindi, okra is used extensively in Indian cooking.

Spicy red cabbage parcels

Spicy red cabbage parcels

Eating well to feel good does not mean relying only on modern recipes for inspiration, as many more familiar dishes fit the bill perfectly. In this updated version of stuffed cabbage, mellow flavoured red cabbage leaves are filled with a hearty mixture of turkey, lentils, rice and cashews.

Eggs with spicy peas and lentils

Eggs with spicy peas and lentils

A little spice can turn a few everyday ingredients into something special. This simple, satisfying dish provides a wealth of vital vitamins and minerals and the right balance of essential protein and fibre. Serve with basmati rice and/or warm naan for plenty of energy–giving starchy carbohydrate.

Pork pot-stickers with spicy peanut salad

Pork pot-stickers with spicy peanut salad

These fragrant Chinese–style pasta purses are made with wonton wrappers, available from Asian supermarkets. They are part fried, then simmered in stock and served on a bed of green leaves with a salad of crunchy vegetables, peanuts and coriander. Serve as a starter.

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Chicken and sausage jambalaya

Chicken and sausage jambalaya

A typical Cajun recipe, this dish is full of spicy, complex flavours. With lots of rice and vegetables, it is a great meal to make a small amount of meat go a long way, and offers a healthy balance of protein and carbohydrate.

Low fat Laksa

Low-fat laksa

This spicy noodle soup is popular in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. It is a hearty soup that makes a substantial main meal and can easily be varied to suit your preference. Try chicken or fried tofu instead of the salmon.

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