Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Almost Core Tower Salad - rocket, pumpkin, beet, ricotta, nuts

This is a wonderful salad for quiet night at home or for a fancy dinner party. It looks amazing with it's variety of colours, with great contrasts in flavours, textures and shapes.

Serves: adjustable

Difficulty: Easy

  • rocket
  • pumpkin or sweet potato
  • baby beetroot, drained
  • low fat ricotta
  • walnuts (not Core)

Peel pumpkin or sweet potato and cut into cubes about 1.5 cm. Spread on a baking tray, spray with a little oil and bake until slightly golden. Cool and refrigerate.

Building the salad:
It is a tower salad, built up layers in slightly smaller rings on your serving plate.
Layer 1 - a bed of rocket
Layer 2 - roasted pumpkin/sweet potato
Layer 3 (just before serving) - baby beets
Layer 4 - thick layer of low fat ricotta
Layer 5 - sprinkle walnuts on top. I suggest chopping them into chunks as walnuts are a bit 'pointy' at 3 for 10 halves (30g)

On Core? Just count the walnuts

Not on Core? Sorry, this is a hard one to point out without giving quantities.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Almost Core Crispy Honey Chicken (0.5pt each)

The chicken takes the same time to cook as homemade potato chips, so cut up a couple of spuds and throw them in too

Serves: 2

Difficulty: Easy

  • 2 x 140g skinless chicken fillet
  • 2 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1/2 tsp (or more) cracked pepper
  • 1TB (4tsp) honey
  • 2/3 cup Weeties


Put the Weeties into a strong plastic bag and gently squeeze to break down to about 1/3 size flakes, not to dust.
Put honey, mustard and pepper in a shallow dish and microwave for 2o-30 secs to thin the honey.
Press the first fillet into the honey mix, turn over and press again.
Drop into the bag of Weeties, twist the top and shake to coat.
Put onto a baking tray, repeat.
Spray with cooking spray and bake at 180*C for 25-30 mins.

On Core? The honey is 1 pt or 0.5 pts per serve

Not on Core? The total Points for this recipe is 8pts, or 4 pts per serve.