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The Laughing Cow, who have launched the Extra Light cheese, have created some fun, easy recipes that all the family will enjoy including a Peach and Parma Ham Bruschetta recipe, Smashed Avocado & Turkey Quesadilla and many more delicious recipes featuring our low calorie extra light cheese triangles.

In addition, the Laughing Cow have also been working with expert nutritionist, Fiona Hunter, to create top tips for giving your fridge a detox. These are all simple but helpful tips that can help ensure you stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to eating healthily eating.

 

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Rocket, Fig & Pomegranate Crispbreads

These crunchy, characterful multi-grain crispbreads taste fantastic spread with The Laughing Cow Extra Light and topped with a few rocket leaves, sliced fresh Rocket, Fig & Pomegranate Crispbreads fig and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. Yum!

Serves 2

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

• 8 triangles of The Laughing Cow Extra Light

• 4 multi-grain crispbreads

• Handful of rocket or mixed salad leaves

• 2 figs, sliced into thin wedges

• 50g pomegranate seeds

Method:

• Spread 2 portions of The Laughing Cow Extra Light Cheese onto each crispbread.

• Sprinkle a few rocket leaves or mixed salad leaves on top of each crispbread and arrange a few slices of fig on top. Finish them off with a scattering of pomegranate seeds.

TIP: Swap the fig for thin slices of fresh mango for a refreshing twist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smashed Avocado & Turkey Quesadillas

For a simple yet tasty light lunch or snack, it’s hard to beat these delicious quesadillas, filled with The Laughing Cow Extra Light, mashed avocado and shredded turkey

 

Serves 2

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

• 2 soft flour tortillas

• 8 triangles of The Laughing Cow Extra Light

• 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled

• 6 cherry tomatoes, finely chopped

• 60g cooked turkey or chicken, torn into shreds

• A little finely sliced red onion

• A few finely chopped chives

• Freshly ground black pepper

Method:

• Lay the tortillas on a work surface and spread 2 triangles of The Laughing Cow Extra Light over half the surface of each one.

• Mash the avocado with a fork and spread it over the cream cheese. Scatter the tomatoes, turkey or chicken, red onion and chives on top.

• Add dollops of the remaining The Laughing Cow Extra Light, season with black pepper, then fold in half.

• Heat a chargrill pan or large frying pan. Cook the quesadillas for 1-2 minutes on each side. Cut in half and serve.

TIP: For a vegetarian version, simply replace the turkey or chicken with peppers

 

 

 

 

 

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Peach & Parma Ham Bruschetta

For a quick and easy snack or light lunch, tuck in to this tasty little number, made with toasted sourdough bread spread with The Laughing Cow Extra Light and topped with cranberry sauce, sliced fresh peach and Parma ham.

Serves 2

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

• 2 slices of sourdough or ciabatta bread

• 4 triangles of The Laughing Cow Extra Light

• 4 tsp cranberry sauce

• 1 peach or nectarine, pitted and sliced

• 4 slices Parma ham

• Freshly ground black pepper

• Basil leaves, to garnish

Method:

• Preheat a chargrill pan or grill. Chargrill or toast the slices of sourdough or ciabatta.

• Spread each slice with 2 triangles of The Laughing Cow Extra Light and add 2 teaspoons of cranberry sauce to each one.

• Arrange the slices of peach or nectarine and Parma ham on top and season with a little freshly ground black pepper. Serve, scattered with a few basil leaves.

TIP: Substitute the cranberry sauce for a chutney if you prefer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raspberry Cheesecake Rice Cakes

In this deliciously simple recipe, The Laughing Cow Extra Light is mixed with thick Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and a sprinkle of sugar, before being spread onto rice cakes and topped with crushed raspberries and clementine, creating a perfectly indulgent yet diet-friendly treat.

Serves 2 (2 rice cakes each) or 4 (1 rice cake each)

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

• 8 triangles of The Laughing Cow Extra Light

• 4 tbsp Greek yogurt (we used 0% fat)

• 1⁄4 tsp vanilla extract

• 2 tsp caster sugar

• 4 plain or seeded rice cakes

• 1 clementine, sliced

• 100g frozen raspberries, thawed

• Mint sprigs, to decorate (optional)

Method:

1. Mix The Laughing Cow Extra Light with the yoghurt, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.

2. Spread an equal amount onto each of the rice cakes.

3. Arrange some clementine slices on the rice cakes and spoon the raspberries on top.

4. Decorate with a few mint sprigs (if using) and serve.

TIP: You can defrost frozen raspberries in the microwave for 40-60 seconds on HIGH

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carrot & Sultana Drop Scones

These mini pancakes are quick to make, and SO delicious! Served topped with The Laughing Cow Extra Light and a drizzle of honey, they’re perfect for brunch or a guilt-free treat

Serves 4 (makes 16 drop scones)

Preparation time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

• 150g wholemeal self-raising flour

• Pinch of salt

• 2 medium eggs

• 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 tbsp caster sugar

• 4 tbsp Greek yogurt

• 150ml milk

• 150g grated carrot (weighed when grated)

• 100g sultanas

• Few drops of vegetable oil

• 8 triangles of The Laughing Cow Extra Light

• Clear honey, for drizzling

Method:

• Add the flour, salt, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, yogurt and milk into a large mixing bowl and use a whisk to beat the mixture together for a few seconds until smooth. Stir in the grated carrot and sultanas.

• Heat a few drops of vegetable oil in a large frying pan and add large spoonfuls of the batter, cooking over a medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip over to cook the other sides for a further 1-2 minutes. Cook in batches until all the batter is used up.

• Serve the drop scones, spread with The Laughing Cow Extra Light and drizzled with a little clear honey.

TIP: These drop scones are a perfect treat to cook for hungry kids – they can even give you a hand making them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiona Hunter’s Top Tips for a Fridge Detox

Fiona Hunter, a highly respected and qualified nutritionist, food writer and broadcaster with more than 30 years industry experience shares her top tips for giving your fridge a much needed detox

 

Clear out the naughtiness – It can be incredibly hard to stay on the straight and narrow when there are so many yummy Christmas treats still lurking in your fridge or freezer. As much as it may pain you, as the saying goes, ‘out of sight out of mind’! Begin tackling the temptation by ensuring you clear out anything that will set you off track. Give yourself a boost by turning your fridge detox in to a good deed, donating any unwanted items to your local food bank

A full fridge is a happy fridge – Once you have cleared out all of the naughty things and anything that is past its use by date, ensure that you restock your fridge with healthy ingredients and staple items that can be used as the basis for a satisfying meal. Items such as eggs and milk are an obvious must, but jars of lazy garlic and chilli can also be great items to have on hand in order to transform any meal into something tasty in a flash. Try using an ice-cube tray to freeze freshly chopped herbs in water, olive oil or stock as the perfect seasoning without any of the wastage!

A shopper’s worst enemy is an empty stomach – A word of warning – if you are planning a weekly food shop, be sure to do it on a full stomach. Shopping while hungry can cause even the most disciplined dieter to give in to the sweet temptations of the confectionary aisle. Ensure that any hunger pangs are kept at bay by treating yourself to a pre-supermarket snack and watch in amazement as you and your trolley cruise right past the crisps and biscuits and straight to the glorious greens

Fail to plan, plan to fail – When you have restocked your detoxed fridge, try to prep your lunches and evening meals for the week on a quiet Sunday evening. It is much easier than trying to prepare something from scratch after a long day at work and can help to ensure your leftovers are put to good use. It is also a great way to avoid the temptation to grab something convenient yet unhealthy when you may be hungry or tired and can even save you some cash in the process! If you are using ingredients such as sliced avocado or apple, try laying thinly sliced lemon on top to help reduce browning over the course of the week

A match made in heaven – The most unlikely foods can come together to produce the most delicious flavour combinations, so get creative! Who knew strawberries and balsamic vinegar tasted so good together? There are lots of food combinations that you would never dream of pairing yet complement each other really well. Some examples include apricot and mushroom, courgette and lime, mango and chilli, egg and coconut and strawberries and cheese, to name just a few! Take a look at your fridge and see if there is anything you can pair to create a new, tasty snack. Who said a fridge detox needed to be boring?

The bigger, the better! – If you are making things like a bolognaise sauce or casserole why not double the recipe and freeze half for another day? It is always handy to have a healthy, hearty meal on hand for those days when you can’t be bothered to spend long in the kitchen. Freezer bags can be a great way to divide up portions for the freezer and they are a great way to make a meal go further, saving both time and money

Make yourself a soup-er meal – Soup can be the perfect way to use lots of different leftovers and is a great warmer for chilly winter days. To create a thicker, heartier soup try using a roux – add a scoop or two of mashed potatoes, strain a few cups of your soup and blend it together, before adding it back to your soup pot. Leave yourself enough to last the course of the week and freeze any remaining portions in single servings. You can then pop them out of the freezer whenever you need, defrosting in the fridge overnight and quickly heating in a microwave at work or at home

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