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Smoked turkey baguettines

Smoked turkey baguettines

Mini baguettes, with their crusty exteriors and soft interiors, are the ideal breads for filling with all kinds of nutritious ingredients to make a quick snack. Here a combination of crisp and chewy vegetables is mixed with delicious smoked turkey from the delicatessen counter.

Butter bean dip with crudités

Butter bean dip with crudités

This quick and tasty dip is made from canned butter beans puréed with tomato paste, garlic and fresh basil leaves. Served with sesame seed breadsticks, pita bread and a selection of crunchy vegetables for dipping, it makes a nutritious lunch for 6 or a starter for 8.

Veggie burgers

Veggie burgers

A few simple ingredients make really tasty meat-free burgers. If you want to barbecue them, the best method is to cook the burgers in advance and just heat them up over the coals, as this prevents them from sticking to the grilling rack.

Sushi rolls

Sushi rolls

Japanese food tends to be low in fat, and these stylish sushi rolls are no exception. Now that the ingredients are available in supermarkets, it is easy to make them yourself. You must use sushi rice, which is sticky when cooked.

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Sticky spare ribs

Here pork spare ribs are simmered first to tenderise the meat and to remove some of the fat, before being roasted in a deliciously sticky orange and mustard glaze. Choose the meatiest ribs you can find. When serving them, put out finger bowls and plenty of napkins for cleaning fingers.

Exotic fruit salad

Exotic fruit salad

This simple but special fruit salad is bursting with the wonderful colours and fragrance of exotic fruits – papaya, mango, kiwi fruit and passionfruit. It's rich in vitamins, too, making a delightfully refreshing and nutritious end to a meal. Arrange the fruit on a platter or mix together in a bowl.

Calzone with roast capsicums

Calzone with roast capsicums

Calzone is a bit like an Italian version of a Cornish pasty, but with the tasty filling sealed inside pizza dough rather than pastry. This recipe combines diced chicken with olives, roast capsicums, fresh basil and mozzarella to make an ideal snack for a packed lunch or picnic.

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.
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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.

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