Tuesday, 17 April 2012

COOKS&CO’s Hearts of Palm add a delicious, nutritious twist to slimming summer salads

COOKS&CO, the must-have fine food range for the discerning home cook, has the perfect tasty and healthy ingredient for summer salads with a difference – Hearts of Palm.

Harvested from the soft core of the palm tree, COOKS&CO Hearts of Palm add a delicious crunch to any dish and are packed with healthy nutrients. As well as being very low in cholesterol, they are a great source of protein and fibre, are very high in calcium, iron, Vitamin C, and much more besides. And containing just 25 kcal per 100g, they make an excellent snacking alternative for the health or weight conscious shopper.

Meanwhile, the unique flavour and texture of COOKS&CO Hearts of Palm make them a surprisingly versatile food in a range of dishes. For a quick appetiser add a simple vinaigrette dressing, or wrap in smoked salmon or Parma ham for a more luxurious treat. Alternatively, slice them to make a delicious addition to your summer salads, pizzas, quiches and tarts.

Or try them in a delicious ‘Millionaire’s Salad’, so called because it is full of delicious and luxurious ingredients that are bound to leave anyone who tries it feeling like a millionaire!

MILLIONAIRE'S SALAD – Serves 6-8
390g can COOKS&CO Artichoke Hearts, quartered
400g can COOKS&CO Hearts of Palm, sliced in 1/4 inch slices
290g jar COOKS&CO Pitted Kalamata Olives, sliced in half
60g COOKS&CO Roasted Red Peppers
450g fresh mushrooms, quartered
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp pepper

Drain the artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, olives and roasted red peppers. Add mushrooms. Combine other ingredients. Mix with vegetables. Allow to stand in refrigerator overnight.

FACTFILE:
COOKS&CO Hearts of Palm (RSP: £1.99, 400g) are very low in low in Cholesterol and a good source of Protein, Riboflavin and Potassium, as well as Dietary Fibre, Vitamin C, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.

COOKS&CO foods are available in key retailers including Tesco, Asda, Ocado, Budgens and Booths. Its extensive range of fine food products are designed for people who appreciate good food and fantastic flavours. Providing high quality at affordable prices, COOKS&CO offers delicious ingredients which are sourced from producers whose focus is on delivering products of exceptional flavour and quality.

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