Saturday, July 12, 2008

CORE Roast Cherry Tomatoes

A great way to use cherry tomatoes past their prime for salads.
I throw cherry tomatoes in the roast pan when I do roasts.

Serves: 2-3 as side dish

Difficulty: Easy

  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • Italian herbs
  • oil spray

Put tomatoes in shallow oven proof dish.
Spray well with oil spray, sprinkle generously with Italian herbs, roll to coat.
Bake for 25-30 mins at 180*C.
Let sit for a few minutes before serving as they are very hot on the inside.

Friday, July 11, 2008

CORE Chicken Balls / Patties

I made these with Thai style herbs and served with hot chilli sauce (since sweet chilli isn't Core). The flavouring was subtle.

If you have kids, you might prefer using just parsley and perhaps serving with BBQ sauce.

Serves: 4-6

Difficulty: Easy

  • 600g chicken mince
  • 2 tsp dry French Onion soup mix
  • 2 egg
  • 30 g (1/3 cup) rolled oats
  • 1 tsp crushed chilli paste (or hot chilli sauce)
  • 3 tsp finely chopped basil
  • 2 tsp finely chopped coriander

With a fork, mix together all except the oats.
When thouroughly mixed, add oats.
With wet fingertips and a bowl of water handy (stops sticking) make into 2cm balls and place on baking tray. I made 36 this size, but you could vary the size.
Bake at 180*C for 30 minutes

NB - chicken mince takes a lot to brown. If you like the look of browned meat, slide under the griller for a few minutes (I did)

Not on Core? The total for this recipe is 21 points

Sunday, July 6, 2008

CORE Fruit Crumble

Pictures is plum crumble

Make in individual oven proof dishes, or make a big one and share. Recipe is for one

Serves: 1

Difficulty: Easy

  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup fruit - stewed or drained canned fruit (Chop canned fruit to 1cm pieces)
  • 1 tsp spoon for spoon sweetner
  • sprinkle all spice or cinnamon
  • 1 weetbix
  • oil spray

Put 1/2 to 3/4 cup fruit per person into individual ramekins or oven proof dish.
Sprinkle with the splenda and spice
Top with a crushed weetbix.
Spray with oil spray.
Bake at 180*C until golden (15 or 20 mins)
Let sit for 5 mins - fruit is very hot and can burn!

Note - non dieters, use a sprinkle of sugar.

Not on Core? The total for this recipe is approx 2 points

CORE Hash Browns / Potato Cakes

These hash browns (potato cakes) are baked, not fried.
Serve for brekkie with eggs and/or bacon or as a side for main meals.

Serves: 10 hash browns

Difficulty: Easy

  • 450g potato
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 onion, chopped small or grated
  • pepper and salt
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs or Italian herbs
  • parsley if you have it for colour

Grate potatoes coarsely and put in a sieve. Push down on potato to squeeze out excess juice
Beat the eggs, add herbs, seasoning and onion.
Add potato and stir through.
Spray oil into 10 muffin cups
Put a spoonful in each cup and push down with back of spoon. They need to be 1 to 1.5 cm thick at most, or will be a bit soggy.
Spray oil on top and bake at bottom of oven at 180*C for 45-60 mins.
They should be fairly dark "golden" colour.
They are easier to remove if you let cool for 5 mins.

Not on Core? Each hash brown if approx 0.5 pts (making 10)