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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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If you put a finger over the top of the bottles of balsamic vinegar and olive oil you can “dot the plate” to give it that professional look!

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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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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  • £71-£100 12%
  • £51-£70 10%
  • £31-£50 9%
  • Less than £30 10%
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Oatmeal and honey cake

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This hearty, oaty cake could not be easier to make. Using store cupboard basics, it costs just 26p per slice – a cheap treat for all the family.

  • Serves: 6-8

  • Prep time: 15 mins

  • Cooking time: 50 mins

  • Total time: 1 hr 5 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Top tip: Try adding some chopped walnuts to the oat topping for an extra crunchy texture.

Ingredients

  • 300g butter
  • 100g honey
  • 150g oats
  • 50g medium oatmeal
  • 100g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 4 medium eggs, beaten

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Grease and base line a 20cm round loose-bottomed cake tin.
  2. Melt 100g butter with the honey and add the oats.
  3. Mix together the oatmeal, sugar and flour in a large bowl. Melt the remaining butter and stir into the dry ingredients with the eggs. Pour into the cake tin.
  4. Sprinkle the oat mixture on top and bake for 45-50 mins or until golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. Serve warm with a drizzle of honey.

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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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  • Saturday 16%
  • Sunday 5%
  • Different days every week 16%
  • In small bits all through the week 18%

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