Cooking from scratch can help you form healthier habits, while fresh, high-quality ingredients can make all the difference to your diet, too. If you’re lacking foodie inspiration when serving healthy fare for family and friends or want to try a new challenge in the kitchen, look no further than these impressive seasonal dishes created for Vitality by three of the Great British Chefs – Chantelle Nicholson, Michael Caines and Martin Wishart.


1. Caramelised parsnip and coconut soup with parsnip bhajis

“Caramelising root vegetables really enhances their flavour and in this soup the parsnip has a lovely sweetness and nuttiness. It’s rich and comforting, yet contains no dairy or anything other than natural vegetable ingredients. The bhajis are a great ‘support act’ too!” says Chantelle Nicholson.

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Main course

2. Chicken breast with lentils à la Francais

“I love poaching chicken as it keeps it moist and succulent, while roasting it afterwards crisps up the skin for ultimate flavour. Lentils à la Française is one of my favourites – lentils can be tasteless, but this method allows the lentils to take on the flavour of the bouillon and all the aromatic herbs. The red wine sauce gives it a lovely acidity, depth and richness,” says Michael Caines.

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3. Seabass with Japanese mushroom broth

“I like to cook this type of dish at home, as it’s easy to prepare and quick to cook. These simple ingredients make a wonderfully tasty broth – a perfect match for the delicate and fine-tasting steamed sea bass,” says Martin Wishart.

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4. Pan-fried mackerel, rhubarb compote, pickled rhubarb and mustard vinaigrette

“Mackerel is a lovely oily fish. It’s relatively inexpensive and is sustainable. Rhubarb is at its prime at this time of year and provides a natural acidity to contrast with the oiliness of the fish. English mustard is one of my favourites as it packs a little bit of punch, which complements the pickled acidity in the rhubarb. It’s a lovely seasonal dish,” says Michael Caines.

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5. Braised pork cheeks with five spice and pak choi

“This is a beautiful and inexpensive cut from the centre of the jowl. The meat has a dark red colour and is very lean, with virtually no fat. It’s perfectly suited to being cooked for a long time, so it’s particularly good cooked in a pressure cooker, or for braising gently in casseroles or stews,” says Martin Wishart.

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6. Vegan pumpkin meringue pie

“This dish tastes great and has just three components: the pastry, the pumpkin custard and the Italian meringue. It’s also wondrous to make meringues using a by-product such as the liquid from a can of chickpeas. It’s a perfect pudding for the colder months with a hint of spice,” says Chantelle Nicholson.

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