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Passata

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This is a lovely thick and smooth sauce that is easily made from a glut of fresh ripe tomatoes. It’s great for pasta sauces but can also be used as a part of a marinade or to give a rich tomato flavour to curries, soups and stews. Once made, the cooled passata will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze away in smaller quantities for up to 2 months.

  • Makes: 1 litre

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Cooking time: 50 mins

  • Total time: 1 hr

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

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For a richer tomato flavour add 1-2 tbsp sundried tomato paste to the pan with the vinegar and sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1.5kg ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • Few fresh basil leaves
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2tsp caster sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large deep pan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 10 mins until very soft. Transfer to a food processor or blender and process to a smooth paste.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and basil to the pan and cook gently, stirring frequently, for 20-25 mins until the tomatoes are soft and pulpy. Cool for 10 mins then push through a sieve to make a smooth tomato sauce.
  3. Return the onion paste and tomato sauce to the pan with the vinegar and sugar and simmer gently for 10-15 mins, stirring, until you have a thick passata. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cool then store in clean jars or sealable containers in the fridge.

By Nichola Palmer

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Nutritional information

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

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Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

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This traditional Italian salad – notice how the green, white and red colours of this salad are, patriotically, the same as the colours of the Italian national flag – is so simple to put together. But it looks fab and tastes even better, with the sensational flavours of the Mediterranean. Just the thing to enjoy with a pal on a hot summer’s day…

  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Total time: 10 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Ingredients

  • 6 small tomatoes
  • 125g pkt of mozzarella pearls, drained
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar, to serve
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to serve

Method

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half, and arrange on two plates with the mozzarella pearls and basil leaves.
  2. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

By Lucy Knox

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Nutritional information

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

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Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken


 

Slow cooked shredded chicken with corn, tomatoes and black beans. Prep this the night before and turn your crock pot[1] on in the morning for an easy weeknight meal.

Serve over rice or in a bowl with nachos on the side, and don’t forget the toppings. Chopped scallions, fresh cilantro, fat free yogurt or sour cream and reduced fat cheddar are my favorites.

Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken came in first place (yay!) for Ziplist’s[2] most saved recipe
in 2012 (they have over 800K recipes). I’m thrilled, and I see why you
would choose this one! It’s delicious, easy, requires no pre-cooking,
and everyone loves an easy slow cooker recipe. It’s also kid-friendly,
freezer friendly and gluten-free. In it’s honor I decided to revive it
from the archives and give it some love.


 
Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 8 servings Size: 1 cup Old Points: 3 pts Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 190 • Fat: 1.5 g • Fiber: 5.6 g • Carbs: 23.1 g • Protein: 21 g

Ingredients:

  • 24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • salt to taste

Directions:
Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock pot[3]. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.  

Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.

References

  1. ^ crock pot (www.amazon.com)
  2. ^ Ziplist’s (get.ziplist.com)
  3. ^ crock pot (www.amazon.com)

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