North America

Crostini toasts

Ingredients

4 medium slices white bread, 800 g loaf (18 Sins) | 1 garlic clove, peeled and halved | Fry Light, for spraying

These wonderful little toasts are ideal for handing round at parties. You can top them with a wide range of different savoury toppings.

Sun-dried tomatoes topping for baked jacket potatoes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons very low fat natural fromage frais | 28 g/1 oz sun-dried tomatoes without oil (1/2 Sin), cut into thin slivers | snipped chives or garlic chives

Beef & mushrooms in red wine

Ingredients

250 g (8 oz) open cup or large open mushrooms, sliced | 1 tablespoon sunflower oil | 40 g (1 1/2 oz) butter | 1 onion, chopped | 750 g (1 1/2 lb) topside of beef or rump steak, cut into matchstick strips | 2 tablespoons plain flour | 1/2 teaspoon mixed dried herbs | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 1 tablespoon port | 150 ml (1/4 pint) beef stock | 150 ml (1/4 pint) red wine | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Ingredients

142g/5 oz rice | 3 tbsp soy sauce | 1 tsp olive oil | 1 small onion, chopped | 28g/1 oz bamboo shoots | 1 jar bean sprouts, drained | 1 can water chestnuts, drained | 6 whole baby sweetcorn | 1 small green pepper, deseeded & chopped | 1 small red pepper, deseeded & chopped | 28g/1 oz sugar snap peas | 284ml / 1/2 pt stock made with Vecon

Curried vegetable topping for baked jacket potatoes

Ingredients

1/2 onion | 1 small courgette | 4 button mushrooms | 284 ml / 1/2 pint chicken stock made with Bovril | 1 teaspoon curry powder or 1 teaspoon turmeric | 1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground | 1/2 teaspoon coriander, ground | 1/2 red chilli | 4 tablespoons very low fat natural yogurt

Fruity coleslaw and cheese topping for baked jacket potatoes

Ingredients

1/2 small onion | 1 carrot | 1 eating apple | 28 g/1 oz cabbage, very finely shredded | 1 level teaspoon reduced-calorie mayonnaise (1 Sin) | 2 tablespoons very low fat natural fromage frais | 28 g/1 oz very low fat natural cottage cheese | a little yogurt

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

Warm turkey & mixed mushroom salad

Ingredients

1 small head curly endive, leaves separated | 1 small head lollo rosso, leaves separated | 3 tablespoons olive oil | 2-3 rashers rindless smoked bacon, chopped | 500 g (1 lb) turkey breast fillets, cut into thin strips across the grain | 125 g (4 oz) mixed mushrooms, such as shiitake, chestnut, yellow and grey oyster, trimmed and sliced if large | 4 tablespoons lemon juice | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Dressing: | 4 tablespoons olive oil | 2 tablespoon wine vinegar (red or white) | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 1 teaspoon coarse grain or Dijon mustard | pinch of sugar

Chicken with mushrooms

Ingredients

4 chicken quarters | dried oregano and ground paprika, for seasoning | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 1 tablespoon plain flour | 425 g (14 oz) closed cup mushrooms, quartered | 300 ml (1/2 pint) chicken stock | 1/2 onion, grated | 1 green pepper, cored, seeded and cut into fine strips | 150 ml (1/4 pint) double cream | 50 ml (2 fl oz) Cognac | cayenne pepper (optional) | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cheese & mushroom souffles

Ingredients

50 g (2 oz) butter | 175 g (6 oz) closed cup mushrooms, finely chopped | 50 g (2 oz) plain flour | 300 ml (1/2 pint) milk | 3 eggs, separated | 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley | 75 g (3 oz) Edam cheese, finely grated | 1/2 teaspoon made mustard | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nice Rice

Ingredients

1 yellow pepper, deseeded & finely chopped | 113g/4 oz mushrooms, sliced | 284ml / 1/2 pt stock made with Vecon | salt & ground black pepper | 42g / 1 1/2 oz rice | 1 onion, finely chopped | 1 red pepper, deseeded & finely chopped | 1 orange pepper, deseeded & finely chopped

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)

Baked beans and pepperami topping for baked jacket potatoes

Ingredients

113 g/4 oz canned baked beans in tomato sauce | 28 g/1 oz chopped pepperami

Roasted vegetable topping for baked jacket potatoes

Ingredients

1/4 red pepper, deseeded | 1/4 yellow pepper, deseeded | 1/2 courgette | 1/4 aubergine | 1 unpeeled garlic clove | thyme, rosemary and oregano, chopped

Cheesy grilled pepper topping for baked jacket potatoes

Ingredients

1/2 red pepper | 1/2 yellow pepper | 28 g/1 oz very low fat natural cottage cheese | 1 teaspoon chopped oregano or coriander | salt and pepper

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