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Fruity turkey stuffing

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Make this delicious stuffing to cook inside the Woman’s Weekly’s roast turkey plus serve some stuffing balls on the side.

  • Serves: 8-10

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

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This stuffing can be made the day before. If you prefer to cook it separately from the bird, pack the mixture into a baking dish and cook in the oven at Gas Mark 5 or 190°C for 20 mins, then cover with foil and cook for another 15 mins. Serve in slices.

Ingredients

  • 30g (1oz) butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and finely diced – use 500g/1lb for the stuffing and keep rest for a vegetable medley
  • 1 cooking apple, peeled and finely diced
  • 100g (3½oz) ready-to-eat prunes, chopped
  • 100g (3½oz) pecan nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2tbsp brandy or Marsala
  • 125g (4oz) coarse, day-old breadcrumbs
  • 4tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a large frying pan, add the onion and cook for 3 mins. Add the celery and squash and cook, covered, for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until the squash is softened. Use a potato masher to crush the vegetables, but not too smoothly. Spoon the mixture into a large bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients as you prepare them and mix well. Cool before using to stuff the turkey.
  3. Use about 500g (1lb) of stuffing for the neck end of the turkey and shape the rest into 16 stuffing balls. Put on a baking sheet (with some sausages in bacon) to cook later.

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Calories 184(kcal)
  • Fat 10.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Low-fat sweet & sour pork

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Chinese takeaways are a real treat but this tasty low-fat version of an old favourite makes a great dinner any day of the week. Try Woman’s Weekly’s healthier sweet and sour pork.

  • Serves: 4

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Woman’s Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon suggests cutting the tendons and trimming the fat from the pork before using it. If you want a hotter sauce, add garlic and chillies

Ingredients

  • 2tsp vegetable oil
  • 350g (12oz) piece of pork fillet, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into wedges, leaves pulled apart
  • 1 red or green pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • Thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 227g can pineapple rings in natural syrup (140g drained weight – reserve the syrup), each ring cut into 8 pieces
  • 230g can plum tomatoes
  • 1tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1tbsp vinegar, or more, to taste
  • ½ chicken stock cube
  • 1tsp flour or cornflour
  • About 2tbsp soy sauce, to taste

To serve:

  • 200g (7oz) dried egg noodles
  • 2 small heads pak choi, leaves separated and large ones chopped

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the pork for about 5 mins until browned on both sides. Take it out of the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the onion, pepper, ginger and cinnamon to the pan and fry for 5 minutes. Add the pineapple, 3tbsp of the pineapple’s syrup, and the tomatoes, ketchup, vinegar, stock cube and 150ml (¼ pint) water. Bring to the boil, and then simmer for 10 mins to let the sauce thicken.
  3. Put the pork back in the pan and simmer for another 5 mins. Mix the flour, or cornflour, with the rest of the syrup to make a paste, add to the pan and stir until thickened. Add the soy sauce, and more vinegar if needed, to taste.
  4. Cook the noodles according to pack instructions, adding the pak choi to wilt. Serve with the sweet and sour pork. (Not suitable for freezing).

By Feature: Kate Moseley. Photos: Chris Alack. Stylist: Sue Radcliffe

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Calories 381(kcal)
  • Fat 9.5g
  • Saturates 3.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Dark chocolate brownies

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These classic chocolate brownies are made extra-special with a delicious choccie glaze. They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days

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Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 3oz plain chocolate, chopped
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

For the chocolate glaze (optional):

  • ⅓ cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup plain chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

  1. Add the butter and chocolate to a medium pan over low heat. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour and walnuts until well blended.
  2. Spread the batter evenly in a buttered and floured 8in square baking pan.
  3. Bake at 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 to 30 minutes until the edges feel firm to the touch and begin to turn a shade darker.
  4. Meanwhile, make the chooclate glaze. In a small pan, stir the whipping cream and chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla essence.
  5. Run a knife between the pan rim and the brownie. If desired, spread with the chocolate glaze. Allow to cool in the pan on a rack for about 1 hour. Cut into 9 or 16 squares.

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Calories 195(kcal)
  • Fat 12.0g
  • Saturates 5.8g
  • Salt 0.1g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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