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Counting calories?

Been there. In fact, one year I counted literally every calorie I consumed AND every calorie I expended. It was exhausting, and it was ineffective. But it has given me a sixth sense for what kind of meals will help your waistline.

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Black bean, rice and corn burrito bowl with fresh tomato, avocado and lime

Black bean, rice and corn burrito bowl with fresh tomato, avocado and lime

I first made this recipe for a bunch of friends on a little island called Ilhabela in Brazil. It combines fresh and long-life ingredients that you tend to be able to find just about anywhere. I used the small but punchy array of spices that I've been carrying with me everywhere while travelling to give it a bit of a kick, but as with most things Mexican inspired, it's the lime and coriander that really makes it! More

No-cook Mediterranean chickpea salad

No-cook Mediterranean chickpea salad

Here on a small island off the coast of Brazil with no real supermarkets, it seemed possibly a little ambitious to make a meal for ourselves. But the ingredients of this salad are simple enough, and substitutable enough, to make it possible. And it doesn't even require cooking! More

White bean and za'atar soup with toasted sesame seeds

White bean and za'atar soup with toasted sesame seeds

This easy, hearty soup is a perfect winter warmer. I love the za'atar flavours of sumac, thyme, and sesame seeds, and cannelini beans are the perfect blank canvas to serve them with. And really, who doesn't love anything involving Turkish bread? More

Gnocchi with red wine, lentil and olive sauce

Gnocchi with red wine, lentil and olive sauce

The rich flavours of red wine, kalamata olives and tomatoes meld beautifully in this zesty, hearty sauce. And with only two ingredients requiring any kind of prep, it's a relaxed cooking experience! More

Lentil, tomato and feta pasta with red onion and basil

Lentil, tomato and feta pasta with red onion and basil

This meal is as quick as it gets, and uses just a small number of fresh raw ingredients. The classic combination of tomato and basil works beautifully with the classic salad ingredients of cucumber and red onion, while lentils add a bit of texture and tie it all together. More