Vegetables

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

Marinated mushrooms

Ingredients

1 tablespoon cider vinegar | 1 tablespoon olive oil | 1 tablespoon lemon juice | few drops of Worcestershire sauce | 2 tablespoons tomato puree | 2 tablespoons cold water | 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mixed herbs, or 1/2 tablespoon dried | 1 small onion, grated | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 500 g (1 lb) button or closed cup mushrooms, sliced

Spinach and bacon party roll-ups

Ingredients

16 rashers lean back bacon, fat removed (32 Sins on Green) | 227 g/8 oz fresh spinach leaves, trimmed OR frozen spinach | 85 g/3 oz very low fat natural fromage frais | 2 spring onions, finely chopped | 1 level teaspoon reduced calorie mayonnaise (1 Sin) | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bacon, ham and even vegetables can be rolled around delicious fillings to make unusual finger foods for parties. Here, lean rashers of back bacon are rolled around a delicious spinach filling.

Ham and asparagus party roll-ups

Ingredients

113 g/4 oz very low fat natural cottage cheese | 1 teaspoon snipped chives | 1/2 small yellow pepper, deseeded and finely chopped | salt and pepper | 227 g/8 oz baby asparagus spears | 113 g/4 oz wafer thin sliced | lean ham, fat removed (10 Sins on Green)

These tempting party snacks can be prepared in advance, then chilled in the refrigerator for several hours until you are ready to serve them. They look very pretty when arranged on a large serving platter, garnished with sprigs of watercress and tiny cherry tomatoes.

  • Time: 10 minutes, plus chilling time
  • Complexity: very easy
  • Origin: Italian

Italian tricolore kebabs

Ingredients

20 cherry tomatoes | 20 fresh basil leaves | 113 g/4 oz reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, drained (14 Sins) | salt and freshly ground black pepper

These mini kebabs are perfect for entertaining at any time of the year. They are quick and easy to prepare, can be made in advance, require no cooking and taste wonderful.

Beany Shepherds Pie

Ingredients

113g/4 oz aduki beans | 57g/2 oz brown rice | Fry Light, for spraying | 1 onion, peeled & finely chopped | 2 sticks celery, diced | 227g/8 oz carrots, diced | 1 tsp Vecon | soy sauce | 2 tbsp tomato puree | 1 tsp dried mixed herbs | salt & ground black pepper | 454g/1 lb potatoes, peeled | 3 tbsp skimmed milk

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
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Basil Spaghetti & Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

227g/8 oz dried spaghetti | 170g/6 oz red cherry tomatoes | 170g/6 oz yellow cherry tomatoes | 2 level tbsp very low fat natural Greek yogurt | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 4 spring onions, chopped | 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, torn | salt & ground black pepper | 1 tbsp olive oil

Arrabbiata Sauce 'n' Pasta

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 1 small onion, sliced thinly | 3 garlic cloves, crushed | pinch dried mixed herbs | 1 tsp dried chilli flakes | 454g/1 lb passata | salt & ground black pepper | 454g/1 lb dried pasta

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

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

Vegetable Chow Mein

Ingredients

227g/8 oz broccoli, chopped | 113g/4 oz mangetout, chopped | salt & ground black pepper | 227g/8 oz bean sprouts | 142g/5 oz dried egg noodles | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 red onion, chopped | 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce | 2 tbsp soy sauce | 227g/8 oz mushrooms, chopped | 3 carrots, finely chopped

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

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