As you know I get sent new products to try out from time to time and a few weeks ago I was sent a lovely hamper from the Lake District Dairy Co, containing their new Cooking sauces along with some fresh ingredients so that I could cook some recipes using the new flavours . . . Garlic & Herb, Tomato & Basil and Tikka Sauces.
Included in the hamper were all the necessary ingredients so that I could cook Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomat & Basil Quark Sauce, Chicken Tikka & Quark Rice, and Spaghetti Quarkonara.
First a bit about the sauces:
The new Lake Districk Dairy Co. Cooking sauces are ideal for those who are pressed for time and who are health conscious. Naturally low fat, convenient and naturally nutritious they taste deliciously indulgent, yet because they are made with Quark, they boast half the calories and treble the protein of other stir-in dairy sauces. They recently won an award at the World Dairy Innovation Awards. You can simply swap these cooking sauces into recipes as an alternative to traditional dairy ingredients such as creme fraiche or double cream to create a variety of healthy and flavoursome day to day dishes, from creamy carbonaras to tantalizing tomato bakes.
The first recipe I tried was Chicken Tikka & Quark Rice. The sauce itself was delicious as was the finished dish, however the recipe was inconsistent with the ingredients sent, with uncooked rice being called for in the recipe and a pouch of already cooked rice being sent in the hamper. I decided to go with the recipe and used uncooked rice.
This was our favourite of all the dishes cookes. Coming in at only 382 calories a serving, it was quite satisfying and very delicious. We all really enjoyed this.
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The Lake District Dairy Co - Naturally Low Fat Tikka Cooking Sauce
(RRP £1.75 per 200g pot)
One of the nation's favourites - a beautiful blend of herbs and spices for perfect curry dishes with minimal fuss. contains NO preservatives or artificial flavours
Nutrition (per 100g)
75 kcals, 4.5 g Sugar, 2.6g Fat, 0.6g Saturates, 0.74g Salt
The next dish I cookes was Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomato & Basil Quark Sauce. Everything for the recipe was included. It went together very easily and I found the sauce to be quite delicious.
The finished dish was attractive and very tasty. We all really enjoyed this as well.
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The Lake District Dairy Co. - Naturally Low Fat Tomato & Basil Cooking Sauce
(RRP £1.75 per 100g pot)
Great for adding a sumptuous Italian twist to meat and pasta dishes.
Contains NO preservatives or artificial flavours.
Nutrition (per 100g)
79kcals, 6.3g Sugar, 2,8g Fat, 0.6g Saturates, 0.83g Salt
The final recipe which I cooked was Spaghetti Quarkonara using their Garlic & Herb Sauce. I have to say that we did not enjoy this recipe at all. First of all, I thought there was too much pasta per sauce ratio, and I would never use quick cooking spaghetti myself. I would like to try it again, using regular spaghetti and less pasta per sauce.
The ham added nothing to this recipe. You couldn't even taste it really. I added peas because I thought it could use some colour, but again, this wasn't our favourite dish
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The sauce itself was quite flavourful, but this recipe let it down in my opinion. I would use the sauce again in another way, but not this recipe.
The Lake District Dairy Co. - Naturally Low FAt Garlic & Herb Cooking Sauce
(RRP £1.75 per 200g pot
Smooth and indulgent, with a deliciously fresh garlic taste - great for mixing with fish, chicken or pasta.
Contains NO preservatives or artificial flavours
Nutrition (per 100g)
76 kcals, 5.6g Sugar, 1.5g Fat, 0.4g Saturates, 0.74g Salt
For more information about The Lake District Dairy Co. Quark, including delicious recipe suggestions to suit every occasion, visit www.lakeDistrictQuark.co.uk and follow @LDDCQuark on Twitter.
Over all I found the sauces themselves to be filled with flavour and I love that they are all natural and relatively low in fat which make them a great option for someone who is looking for convenience along with healthy options. Many thanks to The Lake District Dairy Co. for sending this lovely hamper to me.