Tasty Tomato Potatoes

Tasty Tomato Potatoes

Tasty Tomato Potatoes

Baked potatoes filled with a delicious tomato, onion and cheese filling. Mmmmm.

Time 35 mins
Serves 4

Baking potatoes 4
Butter 25g (1oz)
Tomatoes 4, skinned and finely chopped
Spring onions 6, trimmed and sliced
Cheddar cheese 175g (6oz), grated
Double Gloucester cheese 50g (2oz), grated
Eggs 2, beaten

1 Preheat the oven the 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Cook the potatoes in the microwave for 5 minutes. Then bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.

2 Melt butter in a small pan, add tomatoes and onions and cook for 5 minutes until softened, stirring, until most liquid has evaporated.

3 Mix cheese and eggs together, add to pan and stir continuously over a low heat until thickened.

4 Split open each baked potato and top with cheese mixture.

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Easy Peasy Pasta

I had a call from a Dairy Cookbook regular last week, who enquired where to buy the bruschetta topping used in the pizza recipe on page 60 of Clever Cooking for One or Two.

This is available from Waitrose (Bruschetta topping in olive oil) and Tesco (Tomato and basil bruschetta topping).

We then got chatting about sauces in jars, specifically sauces for pasta. I must admit, I have never found one that I am totally satisfied with (except pesto) and I much prefer to make my own.

My favourite for a really speedy meal is to stir some low fat cream cheese into cooked pasta and to heat it gently with one or two tablespoons of pesto sauce.  I then season well with black pepper and add some steamed or stir-fried vegetables (great for using up leftover veg). Not only is this quick but it’s healthy too.

We would love to hear your easy pasta sauce suggestions. Which ready-made sauces do you enjoy and what tips do you have for simple home-made sauces?

While you are thinking about your pasta suggestions try our easy One-Pan Pasta recipe.

One-pan Pasta for One

One pan pasta for one

One pan pasta for one

A delicious and nutritious one-pan pasta meal for one that takes just 30 minutes to prepare and cook.

Taken from Clever Cooking for One or Two, Dairy Cookbook.

Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 25 minutes
Calories per portion 620 Kcal
Fat per portion 19g
of which saturated 3.8g

Serves 1

Oil 1 tbsp
Skinless chicken breast fillet 1 (approximately 200g (7oz)), chopped
Courgette 1 small, trimmed and roughly chopped
Red pepper 1 small, deseeded and sliced
Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed, optional
Chopped tomatoes 227g can
Boiling water 150ml (1/4 pint)
Pasta shapes 50g (2oz)
Pesto sauce 1 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan and add the chicken breast. Cook the chicken for 1–2 minutes, turning it occasionally, then add the courgette and red pepper, and the garlic, if using. Cook over a medium heat for 5–7 minutes, until the vegetables have softened, stirring regularly.

2 Add the canned tomatoes and boiling water and bring the mixture to the boil. Add the pasta to the pan and cook over a medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender. Stir the mixture occasionally, particularly as it starts to thicken, so that it does not catch and burn on the base of the pan.

3 Stir in the pesto sauce and season to taste before serving with green salad or crusty bread.

Cook’s tip
If the sauce starts to thicken too much, then add a little boiling water. Different pastas absorb different amounts of liquid, which is why it may be necessary to add more water.

Shopper’s tip
Any pasta shape can be used in this recipe, but it works particularly well with trottole or spirals.

Taken from Clever Cooking for One or Two, Dairy Cookbook
http://dairydiary.co.uk/cookbook.html

Lazy Lunchboxes

No more overpriced, tasteless sandwiches – make your own healthy lunchbox.

After hearing a particularly disgusting story on the radio (a sandwich-making operative was given community service for putting lettuce up his nose then back into the food tray- euuugh) and then paying £2.80 for a thoroughly awful sandwich, I made a vow to start making my own.

What a revelation! They are so much healthier, tastier, fresher and much less hassle than I thought. In a morning, whilst I am taking mouthfuls of cereal I pop a few different bits and bobs into some bread then put it in my work bag with some fruit and, of course, a cheeky treat! This week I have enjoyed a Dovedale cheese & onion chutney roll, a ham & salad pitta and a Brie & cranberry wrap. If you keep a few different types of bread – seeded rolls, ciabatta, wraps, pitta – in the freezer you have much more choice and they don’t go mouldy in the bread bin before you have chance to eat them. I just pop some bread in the microwave for 10 or 20 seconds and then add the filling. They are thoroughly defrosted by lunchtime. My top tip for a treat – fun-size chocolate bars. They give you a chocolate fix without adding too many calories to your diet. Mini Twix are my favourite – yum!

Try  this this Quick Prawn Wraps lunchbox recipe.

Quick Prawn Wraps recipe

Quick Prawn Wraps recipe

Quick Prawn Wraps recipe

Make your own lunchbox. Healthier, tastier and fresher wraps – and much less hassle than you might think.

Preparation time 30 minutes
Calories per wrap 310 Kcal
Fat per wrap 11g
of which saturated 4.1g

Makes 4 wraps
Light soft cream cheese 200g (7oz)
Snipped chives 3 tbsp
Peeled prawns 175g (6oz), thawed if frozen
Tabasco sauce to taste
Tortillas 4
Large plum tomatoes 3, quartered, deseeded and cut into thin strips lengthways
Rocket leaves 50g (2oz)
Watercress 50g (2oz) (trimmed weight)

1 Put the cream cheese into a bowl and mix with a fork until softened. Add the chives and prawns, season to taste with Tabasco sauce – approximately 3–4 drops – and then mix together gently.

2 Dividing the cheese mixture evenly, spread it over each tortilla. Then sprinkle each one equally with the tomato strips.

3 Scatter the rocket leaves and watercress over the tomatoes, and then roll up each tortilla tightly. Wrap each tortilla in a paper napkin and serve immediately.

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