Mediterranean

  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Squid in sour cream in multicooker

Ingredients

260 g (9 oz) squid rings (frozen) | 220 g (7.8 oz) sour cream | 160 g (5.6 oz) tomatoes | 100 g (3.5 oz) carrot | salt, spices

Fried King Prawns in multicooker

Ingredients

600 g (21 oz) King Prawns, frozen | 100 ml sunflower oil | salt, spices

Mackerel baked in foil

Ingredients

4 mackerels | juice from 1/2 lemons | salt | pepper black ground | vegetable oil

Salad from the Beijing cabbage

Ingredients

1/2 heads of the Beijing cabbage | 400 g crabsticks cut into thin strips | 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped | 1 level tbsp reduced-calorie salad cream | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable Juice with Spices

Ingredients

2 large carrots | 6 lettuce leaves | 1 apple | grated ginseng or ginger

Milk soup with seafood

Ingredients

1 package (500 g) of frozen seafood cocktail | 1 liter of milk | 500 g of creams (33% of fat) | 125 g of sour cream (40% of fat) | 1 tablespoon of flour | 2 onions | 1 tablespoon of butter | Salt, pepper

Grilled scallop and bacon kebabs

Ingredients

4 rashers lean back bacon, fat removed (8 Sins on Green) | 8 x 57 g/2 oz scallops natural (28 Sins on Green) | 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley | For the mustard dip: | 100 g / 3 1/2 oz very low fat fromage frais | 2 level teaspoons whole-grain Dijon mustard (1 Sin)

Scallops are always a wonderful treat, especially if you are fortunate enough to have a good local supply or are able to lay your hands on really fresh ones. The secret of cooking scallops is not to overcook them or they will lose their succulent juiciness and become tough and stringy.

Antipasto snack plate

Ingredients

227 g/8oz asparagus spears, trimmed | 8 quails' eggs | 12 cherry tomatoes | 8 crisp radicchio leaves | 1 head chicory, separated into leaves | 1 teaspoon grated fresh root ginger | 8 radishes, trimmed | 8 stuffed olives (2 Sins) | For the spicy dip: | 142 g/5 oz very low fat natural fromage frais | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves | 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

An antipasto platter of tender, fresh vegetables and a creamy dip is a familiar sight in bistros, trattorias and tavernas around the Mediterranean shore. Here's a gourmet antipasto plate which you can enjoy at home. Although you can buy quails' eggs in most supermarkets and delicatessens, you could use ordinary hens' eggs instead, in which case use 4 eggs (1/2 egg per person).

Herby cheese and pepper roll-ups

Ingredients

4 peppers (red, yellow or green) | 57 g/2 oz very low fat natural fromage frais | 57 g/2 oz low-fat soft cheese (4 Sins) | 57 g/2 oz sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (1 Sin) | 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional) | 1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley | 1 teaspoon finely chopped coriander | few sprigs of watercress, chopped | salt and freshly ground black pepper | 24 long fresh chives

If wished, you can use a mixture of red, yellow and green peppers to make these colourful party canapes. They can be made in advance and stored for several hours in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them. Because they are good "finger food", these pepper rolls would be prefect for popping into your packed lunch box, too.

Mushroom stuffing for fish fillets

Ingredients

25 g (1 oz) butter | 125 g (4 oz) large open mushrooms, finely chopped | 1 small onion, chopped | 75 g (3 oz) fresh white breadcrumbs | 2 tablespoons lemon juice | 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley | 2 egg yolks, beaten | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Tiger prawns with mushrooms

Ingredients

20 raw tiger prawns | 1 tablespoon seasoned flour | 1 tablespoon sunflower oil | 25 g (1 oz) butter | 2 shallots or 1 small onion, finely chopped | 1 large garlic clove, crushed | 250 g (8 oz) closed cup mushrooms, quartered | 2 tablespoons lemon juice | 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional) | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lemon fried fish with mushrooms & mangetout

Ingredients

375 g (12 oz) monkfish tails, skinned, boned and cut into bite-sized pieces | 2 tablespoons sunflower oil | 2 tablespoons sesame oil | 250 g (8 oz) oyster mushrooms, sliced | 250 g (8 oz) mangetout, topped and tailed | flat leaf parsley sprigs, to garnish | Marinade: | 2.5 cm (1 inch) piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 3 tablespoons soy sauce | finely grated rind and juice of 1 large lemon | 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder

Prawns and basil topping for baked jacket potatoes

Ingredients

very low fat natural yogurt | small handful of basil leaves, chopped | 142 g/5 oz shelled boiled prawns | 2 tablespoons very low fat natural fromage frais

Arborio Rice 'n' Peppers

Ingredients

227g/8 oz arborio/risotto rice | 568ml/1 pt stock made with Vecon | 1 onion, diced | 1 green pepper, deseeded & finely chopped | 1 red pepper, deseeded & finely chopped | 1 yellow pepper, deseeded & finely chopped | 2 tbsp lemon juice | 85g/3 oz mushrooms, sliced | salt & ground black pepper | fresh parsley, to garnish (optional)
  • Time: 1 hour, with microwave – 18 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Mediterranean

Tunaburgers

Ingredients

2 x 142g/5oz baking potatoes (10 Sins on Original) | 1 level tablespoon reduced-calorie mayonnaise (2 1/2 Sins) | 1 level tablespoon Dijon mustard (1 1/2 Sins) | 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar | 1/2 small onion, grated | 7 black olives, stoned and finely chopped (1 Sin) | 1 teaspoon capers, finely chopped | 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley | salt and freshly ground black pepper | 340 g/12 oz canned tuna in brine, drained and flaked (18 Sins on Green) | Fry Light for spraying

These unusual burgers are delicious served with a crisp salad and some sliced ripe red tomatoes in the Mediterranean style.

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