British chef Jamie Oliver oversees a culinary empire that has included cooking shows (starting with his hugely popular series The Naked Chef), best-selling cookbooks, multiple outposts of his restaurants Fifteen and Jamie's Italian, and a YouTube channel called Food Tube. He's a passionate advocate for healthier eating, and encourages home cooks to whip up high-quality meals by offering fun, easy, inventive and delicious recipes. Here are a few of our favorites.
Digging into a plate of warm pancakes is the best way to kick off a lazy weekend morning. This version involves pan-caramelized banana slices draped over fluffy pancakes. Oliver suggests serving them with crème fraîche for a touch of tang to balance the sweetness.
Per serving: 238 calories, 4g saturated fat, 38g carbohydrates, 7g protein, 2g fiber, 227mg sodium
While there are plenty of delicious and high-quality packaged pesto sauces available, it's remarkably easy and satisfying to make your own (especially in summer, when there's plenty of fresh basil around). You can adjust the amount of garlic to suit your taste, and spread the pesto on crusty ciabatta for an easy appetizer.
Per serving: 353 calories, 4g saturated fat, 31g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 2g fiber, 777mg sodium
Salads are often relegated to side-dish status, but these chopped-salad recipes make it the main attraction. Almost anything can find its way into a chopped salad, including fruits, proteins, herbs and cheeses.
Per serving: 370 calories, 5g saturated fat, 14g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 9g fiber, 125mg sodium
This simple dish is perfect for when you want something tasty but the pantry is nearly empty. A box of linguine, some lemons, Parmesan, basil and greens are all you need to whip up a beautiful and flavorful pasta supper — or serve it alongside chicken or fish for a heartier meal.
Per serving: 484 calories, 5g saturated fat, 59g carbohydrates, 17g protein, 3g fiber, 585mg sodium
Bacon is the chef's not-so-secret ingredient in this unique dish; roasting carmelizes the butternut squash to sweet perfection.
Per serving: 129 calories, 1g saturated fat, 19g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 4g fiber, 511mg sodium
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