Beetroot is one of those unpopular vegetables because it is 'bleeds' when you peel it. Now that you can buy it peeled and cooked in convenience packs in supermarkets, it is coming back into fashion.
Chicken mayo chilli wraps
Wraps are the in-fast-food these days and it's no wonder: you can literally build layers of flavour inside and the wrap provides a little edible carrier for them. They make a great recessionista lunch or light dinner.
Feta with mint and honey citrus dressing
Creamy salty feta is best bought from the middle eastern shops that are now in every town in Ireland - you'll find it stored in water in the fridge. Preserved lemons which are essential for this dressing are on the shelf there too! By Anne Kennedy.
Frozen yogurt with Granola
What's the easiest way to get your five a day? Smoothies or frozen yogurts are a good bet. They are sweet and delicious and when you top them with toasted granola or nuts, you not only add texture but goodness too.
Grilled Mackerel with Curry Mustard dressing
Mackerel is an under-rated fish, partly because it is cheap to buy and we are often overly impressed by pricey fish. Yet mackerel can take strong flavours like curry and is full of goodness, making it an adaptable fish. It also takes about 8 minutes to cook, fast food or what!
Low Fat Chicken and Prosciutto
The trick to eating on a diet or eating low fat food is to make it simple. If you have to cook when you get home you don't feel like making difficult things, so chicken breasts are very handy.