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Hearty mussel soup

Hearty mussel soup

This soup tastes fabulous – the diced potatoes absorb the flavours from the herbs and vegetables to make a mellow complement to the mussels. Warm bread is an ideal partner, delicious for dunking and mopping up the last of the soup.

Piquant crab dip with crudits

Piquant crab dip with crudités

This creamy dip is based on ingredients that can be kept in the pantry, so it can be rustled up quickly if guests drop by unexpectedly. It is served with celery and cucumber sticks as well as juicy pineapple wedges. Bread sticks are another good dipper.

Thai coconut rice with prawns

Thai coconut rice with prawns

This aromatic seafood and rice dish, combining the classic Thai flavourings of coconut, lime and ginger, makes a very tempting lunch. Jasmine rice is a naturally fragrant rice with a delicate flavour. If you do not have any in your pantry, basmati rice makes a good substitute.

Spaghettini with seafood

Spaghettini with seafood

Cooked in a delicious wine–enriched tomato sauce, a nutritious mix of seafood makes an elegant partner for the long thin pasta called spaghettini. Prepare a leafy mixed side salad with a wide variety of attractive and flavoursome greenery to go with this dinner party main course.

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Thai coconut rice with seafood

Thai coconut rice with seafood

This aromatic seafood and rice dish, combining the classic Thai flavourings of coconut, lime and ginger, makes a very tempting lunch.

Thai jasmine rice is a naturally fragrant rice with a great texture - if you do not have any, basmati rice makes a good substitute.

Chinese seafood noodles

Chinese seafood noodles

This Chinese seafood noodle dish is so simple and quick to make. In under 30 minutes you will have a delicious, healthy and low-fat meal.

Thai-style crab cakes

Thai-style crab cakes

An Asian seafood entrée that's hard to resist.

Pleated seafood dumplings

Pleated seafood dumplings

With a bit of practice, these Chinese-style dumplings are simple and fun to prepare. Served warm with a dipping sauce, they make a wonderfully tasty snack or appetiser. And because they are steamed, they are light, low fat and healthy.

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Smoked fish paella

Smoked fish paella

One of the reasons the so-called Mediterranean diet is considered healthy is that it features many dishes like this one from Spain, based on rice cooked in olive oil with lots of vegetables and a modest amount of protein foods. The spicy chorizo here adds an authentic Spanish flavour.

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.
Steamed fish fillets with spring vegetables

Steamed fish fillets with spring vegetables

Bamboo steamer baskets are very handy for this dish – you can stack them so that everything can be steamed together. The moist heat from steaming ensures that the fish doesn't dry out. If using a purchased stock, dilute it as it will get a lot of flavour from the marinade.

Salmon with mango salsa

Salmon with mango salsa

Here is a wonderful mixture of bright colours and zingy flavours, from the peppery topping on the salmon to the mustardy watercress and fragrant mango salsa with its surprise kick. This is certainly vitality food – it looks great and is bursting with vitamins and minerals.

seafood and vegetable stir-fry

Mixed seafood and vegetable stir-fry

A tempting and easy to prepare and cook Asian dish that's perfect for a midweek meal.

Herb-crumbed Fish with Oven-baked Wedges

Herb-crumbed Fish with Oven-baked Wedges

You can enjoy this delicious varitation on traditional fish and chips without worrying about the fat content – the secret to the golden wedges is to coat them with egg white, not fat.

Grilled Fish with Lemon Butter Sauce

Grilled Fish with Lemon Butter Sauce

Grilled fish is probably the easiest and quickest meal in the world to cook and is extremely nutritious. A simple lemon sauce is all it needs to dress it up, but also try it with pesto, or a horseradish sauce made by mixing 1 tablespoon horseradish cream through 125 g sour cream.

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