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The Goodness of Tomatoes – 5 simple meals

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Winter is here, it’s the ideal time to spend with family by the fireside, wrapped up snuggly with deliciously warm meals. Winter is also a time to stay healthy and boost your immune system.

Did you know? Tomatoes are rich in natural vitamins and antioxidants and perfect to fight off those nasty winter bugs!

Rhodes Quality has a range of canned tomato and paste products that will have you making the tastiest, heartiest winter recipes with ease. With the goodness of mother nature sealed in every can, rest assured you will create nourishing and satisfying meals for your family prepared with love.

Everything from lasagne to slow-cooked pulled pork, an easy pumpkin and chickpea curry, beef and veg pie or a lighter lunch with chicken parmesan wraps – these 5 simple meals all have the goodness of Rhodes Quality tomatoes in them.

Mexican Baby Marrow Lasagne

A delectable, spicy, Mexican-inspired no-carb lasagne that is perfect for a cosy Mexican themed dinner night in with the family. This dish uses Rhodes Quality Mexican Style Tomatoes, Onions & Chilies, which has been made by sealing in all the goodness of the spices in one can for your convenience – for an added Vitamin C boost serve the dish with  a glass of pineapple juice.

A delectable, spicy, Mexican-inspired no-carb lasagne that is perfect for a cosy Mexican themed dinner night in with the family. This dish uses Rhodes Quality Mexican Style Tomatoes, Onions & Chilies, which has been made by sealing in all the goodness of the spices in one can for your convenience – for an added Vitamin C boost serve the dish with  a glass of pineapple juice.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  •    1 x 400g can Rhodes Quality Tomato Mexican Style
  • 15 ml (1 Tbsp)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 500 g lean beef mince
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 400 g baby marrows, washed and thinly sliced lengthways
  • 250 g plain cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 g (½ cup) grated mozzarella cheese
  • 60 g (½ cup) grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced

Method

Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.

Add the onion and fry until softened. Add the garlic and fry for a few minutes more.

Add the can of Rhodes Quality Tomatoes, Mexican Style and bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes and season to taste.

In a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, layer up the mince alternatively with the baby marrow slices, ending with a layer of mince.

Whisk together the cream cheese and the eggs until smooth and season to taste.

Pour the cream cheese mixture over the top of the mince.

Mix the cheeses and sprinkle over the cream cheese then sprinkle over the red pepper.

Bake the lasagne in an oven that has been preheated to 180° c for 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden and set. Serve hot.

Slow-cooked pulled pork

Tender enough to pull apart with a fork, this slow-cooked pork can be served on buns, in wraps or over rice and mash and is a versatile meal for lunch or dinner and the sauce uses Rhodes Quality Tomato and Onion Gravy for your convenience. Pair with a delicious Rhodes Quality 100% orange juice to pack a vitamin C punch.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 2 x 400 g cans Rhodes Quality Tomato and Onion Gravy
  • 500 ml (2 cups) Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice Blend
  • 1.5 kg pork shoulder
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 125 ml (½ cup) brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 250 ml (1 cup) prepared chicken stock

Method

Place the pork into the bottom of a slow cooker and season well.

Pour the Rhodes Quality Tomato and Onion Gravy and the Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice Blend over the meat.

Add the brown sugar, garlic, and chicken stock. Cook over medium heat for 5 -6 hours or until it shreds easily. Remove the meat from the sauce and shred using two forks.

Pour any excess oil off the top of the sauce and whisk well. Season to taste. Serve the meat on buns or wraps with the sauce on the side.

Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry

An easy vegetarian curry, prepared in under and hour made with Rhodes Quality tinned Chickpeas for your convenience.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  •   1 x 400 g can Rhodes Quality Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 115 g Rhodes Quality Tomato Paste Cup
  • 500 g (2 cups) peeled and chopped pumpkin
  • 30 ml (2 Tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 30 ml (2 Tbsp) Pakco Curry Paste 
  • 1 x 400 ml can coconut milk
  • 200 g broccoli, washed and cut into florets
  • to serve: rice, poppadums and fresh coriander

Pepper Steak Pie

A South African winter favourite. Homemade conveniently with Rhodes Quality Tomatoes Chopped and Peeled. Deliciously saucy.

Ingredients (makes 4 pies)

  • 1 x 400 g can Rhodes Quality Tomatoes Chopped & Peeled
  • 1 x 50 g Sachet Rhodes Quality Tomato Paste
  • 1.5 kg beef steak, de-boned and cubed
  • 125 ml (½ cup) cake flour
  • salt & freshly cracked black pepper
  • 30 ml (2 Tbsp) sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) dried mixed herbs
  • 500 ml (2 cups) prepared beef stock
  • 20 ml (1Tbsp + 1 tsp) cracked black pepper
  • 1  x 400 g roll ready-made puff pastry
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Method

Place the beef cubes in a large bowl. Add the cake flour and season well with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Heat the oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Shake the excess flour off the meat and fry in batches until sealed on all sides and set aside.

Add the onions to the saucepan and, over a low heat, fry until softened. Add the garlic and herbs and fry for a few minutes more. Add the Rhodes Quality Tomatoes Chopped & Peeled, Rhodes Quality Tomato Paste and the beef stock and bring to the boil. Return the meat to the sauce and simmer over a low heat for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the beef is tender and the sauce is thick. Season with the 20 ml (1Tbsp + 1 tsp) pepper and additional salt if needed. Cool.

Once the mixture is cool prepare the pie dishes. Very lightly roll out one layer of the pastry to just a little bit larger than the pie dish. Press to the pie dish. Place the cooled pie filling into the pastry shell. Brush the edge of the dish with water and place a second layer of pastry over the top, sticking the edges together. Make a hole in the lid centre with the tip of the knife, to allow steam to escape as the pie bakes. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg. Chill the pie for 15 minutes to set the pastry. Bake in a preheated oven at 190˚C for 30 – 35 minutes until the pastry is crisp, puffed up and deep golden brown. 

Chicken Parmesan Wraps

This chicken and tomato filling can be refrigerated for a few days and freezes well. An easy make ahead meal using Rhodes Quality Tomato Italian Style.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 x 400 g can Rhodes Quality Tomato Italian Style
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) brown sugar
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 400 g boneless chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 4 large tortilla wraps
  • 65 ml (¼ cup) fresh basil leaves
  • 60g of grated hard cheese (parmesan  or pecorino)

Method

Place the Rhodes Quality Tomato Italian Style into a small saucepan with the sugar.

Simmer to reduce over a low heat for 30 minutes or until the Rhodes Quality Tomato Italian Style is thickened. Season to taste and cool.

Stir the prepared chicken into the tomato sauce. Divide the filling evenly between the four tortilla wraps. Sprinkle over the basil leaves and the grated hard cheese.

Fold up the tortilla into a square, encasing the filling. Toast over low heat in a heated non-stick frying pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Toast on both sides until golden. Slice in half and serve hot.

This Winter, Rhodes Quality is launching a new look and feel – lookout for the same great-tasting and convenient range of products with a new, fresh look in stores nationwide. Rhodes Quality seals in all the goodness across the range of products, so you can make your cosy, indoor moments extra special with wholesome winter meals your family is sure to love. 

What’s more, you could win your share of R150,000 in prizes including; 10 x Winter family holidays valued at R10,000 each, and 10 x Le Creuset hampers valued at R5000 each. 

For more inspiration packed with wholesome goodness and to find out how to win visit: www.rhodesquality.co.za or on Instagram and Facebook #RootedInGoodness.

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