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Nadiya’s Fast Flavours: Fresh and Healthy (S1EP4 BBC Two Thurs 2 Dec 2021)

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Fresh and Healthy: Nadiya Hussain shares delicious recipes for things that are both fresh and a little bit healthy. These are some lighter meal alternatives, all of which are foolproof recipes that are simple to prepare and easy to master.

To kick off, Nadiya cooks up a bright and beautiful butternut squash soup, where she makes the flavour sing by adding spiced saffron for warmth and the juice of a grapefruit for an intense citrus hit. Rather than throwing away the seeds, she toasts them in oil before sprinkling them with fragrant mango powder to use as a crunchy topping.

Next up is a delicious crunchy salad. Nadiya admits that she used to struggle to get excited by salads, as they can be so plain and uninspiring, but that all changed on a filming trip to Thailand. While filming a scene in a market, she had a crunchy papaya salad with green beans and peanuts, and her mind was blown. Nadiya has created a unique version of this Thai classic, using the more accessible and affordable cucumber as well as juicy prawns and a punchy dressing packed with sour, sweet, tart and spicy Thai flavours.

Nadiya always has cake in the house, and she shares her recipe for a vegan and gluten-free apple and olive oil bake. Not healthy per se, it is still a lighter alternative to some of her more decadent recipes and full of fresh fruity flavour.

Finally, Nadiya turns her attention to a lighter alternative to the roast dinner. As the centrepiece, she takes a side of fresh salmon and coats it with a salsa verde crumb, while caramelised miso onions make a delicious side.

Meanwhile, Georgina Hayden shares a treasured recipe for a Greek Cypriot kebab and zesty salad with creamy avocado, punchy radishes and a lemon and tahini dressing.

Airdate: Thurs 2 Dec 2021 at 20:30 on BBC Two

Season 1 Episode 4

Nadiya Hussain inspires us to bring the fun back into our everyday meals with easy and delicious recipes that are fizzing with flavour.