All the Cooking from the heart recipes are listed here in alphabetical order. Use the search function to find something specific.

Baked fish with tomatoesIf you often prepare fish with a creamy white sauce, rather try this healthy and tasty tomato and herb version.
Beef stew with vegetablesWe all enjoy a mouth-watering stew on a cold day. This is a simple, yet flavourful stew, with a combination of cabbage and carrots. Remember to remove all the visible fat from the meat, to keep it healthier.
Brown lentil pattiesLentils and butter beans, seasoned with a few everyday ingredients, are perfect for wholesome and delicious vegetarian patties. The kids will love them too! Remember to make a healthier bread choice and enjoy with fresh salad ingredients.
Chicken à la kingThis is a healthier version of a family favourite. The chicken is cooked in natural seasonings to make its own ‘stock’ which gives the dish a delicious flavour – no need for unhealthy soup powders or ready-made sauces here!
Chicken biryaniMany people make a mutton biryani, but a chicken version is lower in fat and quicker to cook.
Chicken pieInstead of a typical puff pastry, chicken pie can be just as delicious with a homemade pouring batter on top.
Chicken stir-frySwap your Chinese takeaways for this delicious home version, which is less fatty and salty, and quick to make.
Chutney chickenThanks to chutney being a true South African ingredient, everyone has a variation of this recipe. To make it lower in fat, but still yummy, yoghurt is used instead of mayonnaise.
Fish cakes with pilchardsFish on a Friday is a familiar favourite. A tin of pilchards can go a long way to feed a family quickly.
Lemon chickenThis versatile one-pan chicken recipe is so easy to prepare. You can add other veggies to the pan or see the tip for a stove top version.
Lentils and riceBrown rice and lentils are a perfect combination. Together they form a complete protein, making this a wholesome meal.
Masala chicken with potatoesChicken curry is a very popular dish, but often uses rich, unhealthy ingredients like ghee (clarified butter) and cream. This version uses buttermilk or yoghurt to give it that creamy consistency.
Meat ballsThis recipe is a great way to hide veggies from fussy eaters. Make double the batch and freeze for later.
One-pot chickenFamily food at its best. This tasty all-in-one chicken dish is a wholesome meal, made with everyday ingredients, that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Pork sosatiesSosaties or kebabs are a popular way to cook meat over the coals. This simple marinade can be used for any meat.
Ratatouille with eggsEggs are an important part of a healthy diet. So include them as part of your weekly meals.
Roasted vegetables with pastaRoasted veggies are so versatile and delicious as part of a vegetarian meal. The beans add protein to make a wholesome, balanced mid-week supper. Or leave out the pasta and beans and serve veggies as a side dish with chicken or fish.
Snoek with apricot jamSnoek is delicious with a touch of sweetness and a mild spice like cumin. Try it in the oven or braai it outside.
Spaghetti bologneseThis basic mince sauce can be used in many ways and is perfect for a mid-week meal.
Spicy pilchard stewSome people call this a pilchard stew and others know it as a smorrie or smoortjie. It doesn’t matter what you call it, you will enjoy this healthy and tasty meal.
Spicy samp and beansThis dish (also known as umngqusho) needs a bit of planning as you need to soak the samp and beans overnight.
Steak with mushroom sauceA perfectly cooked steak, homemade sauce and veggies can be a delicious meal for a special occasion. The mushroom sauce is prepared with fresh mushrooms, onions, milk and thyme, instead of pre-prepared sauce mixes or soup powders, which can be very unhealthy.
Stew with beef and tomatoesThis hearty beef stew is packed with flavour and all the veggies help to add bulk up the meal. Remember, when cooking red meat to remove all visible fat and spoon off any fat from the top of the stew before serving.
Tuna bakeThis is so easy that you can get the kids to help.
Tuna pie with potato toppingThis delicious pie recipe uses just two tins of tuna and veggies to feed a family. The potato and tomato topping is a little different from the typical pie toppings and much healthier than pastry.
Whole roasted peri-peri chickenA roast chicken is often served as a Sunday lunch and is always popular. Remember that peri-peri is quite hot, so season it to your family’s preference. Or use more paprika instead of the peri-peri for a milder flavour.