It’s easier than you might think, as long as you don’t commit the cardinal sin of overcooking vegetables. Keep them vibrant and cr(...)

Green feta dip

Domini Kemp’s Aubergine Mish Mash with Tahini. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Most recipes needn’t be followed slavishly, trust your judgment, adapt them to your taste – and your larder

Tahini dressing

Baked salmon and beetroot mash. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The secret to making everyone like nutrient-rich beetroot is to pair it with the right things – nuts, salty cheese, or as in these(...)

Beetroot Smoothie

Beef and lamb can be very nutritious but just don’t over-char it as that can produce carcinogens where blackening occurs

Spiced lamb burgers

Cucumber salad

Domini Kemp’s chicken, cashew and broccoli rice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

It’s wonderful to know that something so simple as throwing a few bits and bobs together in a bowl can do so much to tenderise and(...)

Broccoli ‘rice’

Quick tomato soup and flaxseed bread. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Creating new dishes that are as healthy and nutritious as they are tasty often involves putting good fats back on the list of ingr(...)

Flax Seed Bread recipe

Quick Tomato Soup

Courgette ‘spaghetti’ with vi-coise (vegan nicoise) sauce. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If you’re keen to eat more vegetables in new ways, the julienne peeler or spiraliser might just be your ideal kitchen gadget

Courgette ‘spaghetti’

Vi-coise dip/sauce

Beef chilli recipe

Beef chilli made with six-hour  oven-cooked brisket

Long and low cooking brings the best out of this cut, but once it’s done, there are endless ways to use up the tender meat, includ(...)

Six hour brisket recipe


Lamb is a wonderfully versatile meat that lends itself so well to such different cuisines, from Asian to Middle Eastern and much (...)

Harira chicken soup

Inspired by North Africa: Harira chicken soup. Photographs: Aidan Crawley
Spice up supper

As well as adding taste, spices often have nutritional value, and add interest to make-ahead dishes that just get better in the da(...)

New year seems like a good moment to think nourish not flourish and to focus on healthy, home-cooked food

Bone broth

Gnudi with sage and parmesan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It’s January, it’s dreary, and you might feel like a break from your healthy eating regime ...

 Poached scallops and Asian salad. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Banish the hair-shirt – these healthy, good for you dishes are incredibly tasty and satisfying too

It’s all about small bites in the run-up to festive season

Spiced Salmon tartare

Christmas Quiche

Tired of turkey? Try this luscious roast rib of beef with an unusual celeriac and prune dauphinoise instead

Wrap your monkfish in pancetta and caramelise your sugar without a blowtorch to get textures and flavours to impress your guests(...)

Apple Cream Brulee

Rich Beef Stew. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A new take on classic coq au vin and a feel-good mash

Photograph: Aidan Crawley
White-bean Colcannon

 Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Beef au Vin

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There are a lot of positive feelings that go with eating great food, such as these sausages and lentils or crispy baked potato ski(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Cheesy Baked Potato Skins

Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Sausage & Lentils

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When you use top quality ingredients let them take centre stage

White Bean Gratin

White bean gratin. Photograph: Dave  Meehan
Competing with meat

In the hands of a skilled cook, vegetarian dishes can be the equal of meat, poultry or fish on the luxury front

Chunky beef stew

Chunky beef stew. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Dinner is often the day’s main meal and people can understandably get worked up about getting it right

It’s a dilemma trying to balance children’s party food between cakes and crisps and something healthy

Peanut Millionaires

Asian favourites

Asian cuisine offers hundreds of one-pot wonders – and it tastes even better the next day

Thai Green Curry

Sticky Pork salad

Domini Kemp’s baked spinach. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Kale crisps are the new popcorn, but if your children aren’t fooled, here are recipes to get them to go green

Baked spinach

Leek carbonara

Domini Kemp’s warming garlic and red pepper soup. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

As autumn draws in, we replace delicate dishes with more robust and comforting meals

Spaghetti with mussels

Noma’s Brownies

Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

It was an interesting era for food and several enduring classics have their origins in that decade

Sticky duck with walnut pesto. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Dinner party delights

The secret to being a relaxed dinner party host is to get as much done in advance as possible

Domini Kemp’s Tiramisu. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Spiced autumn meatballs

Black bean brownies

There are lots of recipes for family favourites, meatballs and brownies, but these versions are truly different

Salmon, leek and pea bake ready for the oven. Photograph: Alan Betson
Salmon and leek bake

Roast chicken. Photograph: David Sleator
Sunday: Roast chicken

Domini Kemp’s get-ahead meal plan for eight days. Artwork: Dearbhla Kelly/Irish Times pre-media

Shopping, chopping and cooking a nightly meal can be a drag, but if you plan your week's dinners in advance, you can shop and (...)

Asian gazpacho

 Carrot and sweet potato fritters. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When hunger strikes, a tasty and nutritious meal can be a lifesaver, which is why planning ahead makes sense

Saffron and lemon cake
Saffron and lemon cake

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