North America

Wild mushroom feuillete

Ingredients

500 g (1 lb) packet frozen puff pastry, thawed | 15 g (1/2 oz) butter or margarine | 500 g (1 lb) closed cup mushrooms, sliced | 375 g (12 oz) oyster mushrooms, sliced | 300 ml (1/2 pint) soured cream | 300 ml (1/2 pint) single cream | 1 garlic clove, crushed | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Flaky mushroom roll

Ingredients

25 g (1 oz) butter or margarine | 1 onion, chopped | 250 g (8 oz) chestnut mushrooms, chopped | 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley | 75 g (3 oz) brown rice, cooked | 250 g (8 oz) packet frozen puff pastry, thawed | egg yolk, to glaze | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Potato, Bean & Apple Salad

Ingredients

227g/8 oz new potatoes in their skins, quartered | pinch of salt | 227g/8 oz canned red kidney beans, drained | 1 red dessert apple, diced & tossed in 1 tbsp lemon juice | 1 small yellow pepper, deseeded & diced | 1 shallot, sliced | 1/2 head fennel, sliced | mixed lettuce leaves | Dressing: | 1 tbsp red wine vinegar | 1 1/2 level tsp wholegrain mustard | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 2 tsp freshly chopped thyme
  • Complexity: very easy

Lemon & Herb Pasta

Ingredients

113g/4 oz dried pasta shapes | pinch of salt | 3 tbsp very low fat natural fromage frais | ground black pepper | celery salt | 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind | 1 tbsp lemon juice | 2 spring onions, finely chopped | 1 tbsp freshly chopped basil | 1 tbsp freshly chopped chives

Green Pasta Salad

Ingredients

57g/2 oz dried pasta shapes | 1 bunch watercress, chopped | 1 Little Gem lettuce, chopped | 6 cherry tomatoes, halved | 3" piece cucumber, diced | 6 radishes, sliced | 2 spring onions, sliced | 1/2 green pepper, deseeded & chopped | 1/2 red pepper, deseeded & chopped | 1/2 yellow pepper, deseeded & chopped | 1/2 level tbsp reduced-calorie mayonnaise | 113g/4 oz tuna canned in brine, drained | 1 stick celery, chopped | 85g/3 oz canned sweetcorn
  • Complexity: advanced
  • Origin: Italian

Mushroom lasagne

Ingredients

1 large onion, chopped | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 250g (8 oz) closed cup mushrooms, sliced | 1 tablespoon plain flour | 1 tablespoon lemon juice | 600 ml (1 pint) natural yogurt | 75 g (3 oz) chopped walnuts | 125 g (4 oz) lean ham, in julienne strips | 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley | 150 g (5 oz) no pre-cook wholemeal lasagne | 175 g (6 oz) Wensleydale cheese, grated | 6 tablespoons fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs | salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Complexity: advanced

Mushroom ravioli

Ingredients

Filling: | 1 onion, finely chopped | 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 500 g (1 lb) chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped | 200 g (7 oz) ricotta cheese | 1 egg, beaten | 2-3 tablespoons fresh white breadcrumbs | 75 g (3 oz) butter | 50 g (2 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Egg pasta dough: | 500 g (1 lb) strong plain flour | good pinch of salt | 4 eggs | 1 teaspoon olive oil | 1-2 tablespoons water

Hot stir-fried broccoli

Ingredients

1 teaspoon oil (2 Sins) | 1 small onion, finely chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 1 hot red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped | 1 x 2.5 cm/1 in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped | 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and very thinly sliced | 454 g/1 lb broccoli, broken into florets | dash of soy sauce | salt and freshly ground black pepper

You can ring the changes with this recipe by using cauliflower instead of broccoli — it is equally delicious!

Wild West burgers

Ingredients

454 g/1 lb extra lean minced beef (40 Sins on Green) | 2 garlic cloves, crushed (optional) | 1 small onion, grated | 2 level teaspoons Dijon mustard (1 Sin) | 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce | 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Fry Light, for spraying

For many people, nothing beats a traditional burger of ground lean beef cooked over charcoal in the time-honoured way.

Curried chicken burgers

Ingredients

1 tablespoon mustard seeds | 85 g/3 oz very low fat natural yogurt | 4 level tablespoons mango chutney (8 Sins) | 2-3 teaspoons curry powder | 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper | 4 spring onions, finely chopped | salt and freshly ground black pepper | 454 g/1 lb boned, skinned chicken (or turkey) breast (24 Sins on Green) | Fry Light for spraying

Chicken or, indeed, turkey can be ground up in a food processor make delicious burgers. You could vary the flavourings by using a different spice mixture, such as cumin, coriander and turmeric.

  • Complexity: advanced

Spinach & mushroom roulade

Ingredients

250 g (8 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, or 500 g (7 lb) fresh spinach | knob of butter | 4 eggs, separated | 25 g (7 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated | salt and freshly ground black pepper | oak leaf lettuce, to garnish | Filling: | 15 g (1/2 oz) butter | 175 g (6 oz) closed cup mushrooms, sliced | 1 tablespoon plain flour | 150 ml (1/4 pint) milk | pinch of nutmeg
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Italian

Peppered Beef Pizza

Ingredients

1/2 x 275 g (9 oz) packet bread mix | Topping: | 500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 1 small onion, grated | 2 tablespoons tomato puree | 1 teaspoon paprika | 125 g (4 oz) button mushrooms, sliced | 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and sliced into rings | 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and sliced into rings | 250 g (8 oz) mozzareila cheese, thinly sliced | 50 g (2 oz) can anchovy fillets, cut in half lengthways | a few black olives | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Basil & Mozzarella Salad

Ingredients

227g/8 oz long grain rice | 1 punnet mini plum tomatoes, halved | 1 green pepper, deseeded & diced or 1 bunch spring onions, chopped | 2 tbsp freshly chopped basil | 227g/8 oz light mozzarella cheese, cubed | 4 tbsp Get Dressed, Fat Free Dressing, Classic Italian
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Chilli Calzone

Ingredients

1/2 x 560 g (20 oz) packet bread mix | Filling: | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 large onion, chopped | 500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef | 2 tablespoons ground coriander | 1 tablespoon chilli powder | 325 g (11 oz) can sweetcorn, drained | 375 g (12 oz) mozzareila cheese, sliced | 1 teaspoon dried marjoram | 1/2 teaspoon chopped dried thyme | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mexicali Golden Corn Pancakes

Ingredients

75 g (3 oz) cornmeal | 25 g (1 oz) plain flour | 2 eggs | 300-450 ml (1/2-3/4 pint) milk | oil or butter, for cooking | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Filling: | 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced | 1 large onion, finely chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 2 tablespoons peanut oil | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced pork | 150 ml (1/4 pint) boiling beef stock | 400 g (13 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional) | Topping: | 2 large ripe avocado pears, peeled, stoned and diced | juice of 1/2 lemon | 1 gariic clove, crushed | 150 ml (1/4 pint) soured cream | 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

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