Add flavour with fruit

Can't face another apple after dinner? Find it impossible to think of raspberries without the accompanying cream?
Fruit salsa on a piece of salmon
Can't face another apple after dinner? Find it impossible to think of raspberries without accompanying them with cream? Forget desserts if that's your weak point - incorporate fruit into your food plan by serving them in savoury dishes instead.

Adding fruit to light snacks and main meals not only gives you a wider range of vitamins and minerals in one sitting, but puts you well on the way to meeting the recommended 2 serves per day.


Crab, chilli and papaya
Buy white crab meat from the seafood shop, and mix with chopped cucumber, tomato, fresh red chillies and coriander. Season with Tabasco sauce, lime juice, and salt and pepper. Cover and chill. When ready to eat, add diced papaya, or mango, and spoon over grilled salmon or tuna. Serve with lime wedges.

Red cabbage with apples and ginger
Shred half a red cabbage. Core, but don't peel, two red apples and cut into wedges. Finely slice a small knob of fresh ginger. Tip all the ingredients into a large saucepan and cover with vegetable stock. Simmer for 45 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender. Add a little sweetener to taste, if preferred. Serve with grilled pork chops.

Grilled chicken and mango
Score the flesh of skinless chicken breasts. Mix 1 tbs soy sauce with 2 tsp honey, 1 crushed garlic clove and the juice of half a lime. Marinate the chicken in the sauce for 30 minutes. Heat a grill pan, and cook the chicken for 10 minutes, turning once. Grill thick slices of mango for 2 minutes before serving combining with the chicken. Serve with a simple green salad or steamed asian greens like bok choy or gai larn.

Goat's cheese with figs and witlof
This is simply divine! Serve a slice of soft goat's cheese with sliced fresh figs and witlof leaves. Drizzle with a little aged balsamic vinegar and serve.

Tropical salsa
This salsa tastes delicious with meat or fish and is great with prawns. Mix diced mango with finely chopped fresh red chilli and chopped fresh coriander. Stir in lemon juice, or lime juice and finely grated rind.

Watercress, fennel and orange salad
The peppery kick of watercress works well with the sharpness of the oranges. Mix the two together and add sliced baby fennel, witlof leaves and fresh herbs such as parsley or coriander. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds if preferred and drizzle with the juices from the orange.

TIP Think rainbow colours when eating fruit and vegetables, as getting a good mix of yellow, reds, greens and purple gives you a wider intake of vitamins and minerals to help you boost your weight loss.