Salmon Burgers

Putting together nutritious meals that children and adults will enjoy is not as difficult as you might imagine

True classics are timeless and can take you back in your memory to when you first ate them

Cherry Caprese

Roast Med Veg

Keep everybody on speaking terms with some great back-to-school food

 Granola Bars. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times
Granola flapjacks

Chocolate Cashew Bars

Chocolate and star anise pots and chocolate cashew bars. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Star anise raises the bar in these elegant little pots of luxury, perfect for dinner parties

‘What, no meat?’ is one sentiment you won’t hear if you serve these substantial, main course salads

Kids’ Fave Salsa

Persian chicken

Domni Kemp’s  Persian chicken with mango and fennel salad. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Want to produce the most delicious, crispy, tasty chicken? Don’t forget two key principles

Domni Kemp’s cucumber soup, and mackerel, mustard, spinach and lemon salad. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

These nutritious meals have one thing in common – no slaving over a hot oven

Subtle spicing can transform robust fish such as salmon or hake without overpowering it

Tomato salad

Fish tagine

Raw blondie balls

Domini Kemp’s walnut, fig and prune bars, and raw blondie balls. Photographs: Aidan Crawley

Nuts add nutritional value to these treats that are sweet without relying on refined sugar

Eggs Benedict

Domini Kemp’s eggs benedict with tomato, spring onion and miso salsa. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Versatile, nutritious and easy to cook, eggs are happy to partner up with almost anything

A warm hug of aromatic, gently spiced lamb,falling off the bone after long, slow cooking

Lamb Shawarma

Anchovy vinaigrette

Lemon can lift a dish out of the ordinary into the realm of the sensational

Domini Kemp’s quinoa and pea salad and melon and feta salad. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Keep cool during the barbecue season with salads that soothe

Use quinoa, kale and seeds to make a golden and delicous loaf

Classic desserts get a healthy-eating rethink – and turn out to be just as tasty and satisfying as the originals

Rhubarb clafoutis

Vegetable Meatballs and Aubergine Salad. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Drench these ‘meatballs’ in rich tomato sauce and you’ll never miss meat

Aubergine Salad

Spiced lamb with aubergine and chickpea smash: you can taste the goodness as soon as you dig in. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Flavoursome, comforting and nourishing: spiced lamb and aubergine and chickpea smash

Spiced Lamb

In a memoir that is part Austen, part Mitford yet completely Theodora, the wonderful ‘Irish Times’ food writer gives you a ringsid(...)

Sticky chicken with pomegranate and fennel salad. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Crispy, sticky, oven-roasted joints, without adding loads of brown sugar. We’ve cracked it

The much maligned Brussels sprout and its unpopular pal, the cauliflower, as you’ve never seen them before

From witchetty grubs to carpaccio, sashimi and sushi, raw food is hardly new – we are just revisiting it

Asian carpaccio

Cracking Crackers

Spring Scrambled Eggs

A simple cracker that is great for your digestion and your skin is a new favourite

Domini Kemp’s Lemon Chicken with  wild rice. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Now that it’s all right to eat chicken skin again, use it to make a creamy sauce without cream

Wild Rice Salad

Tarragon dressing

Cut the carbs in this family favourite by swapping out the spuds for parsnips

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

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