My final challenge from Lactofree wasn’t an easy one. Creating some recipes then having a picnic outside with friends is pretty impossible in this weather we are currently experiencing! I managed to grab a dryish day, cooked some food and took it outside to my Mum’s pretty garden so we could enjoy some fresh air. Here are two of the very simple recipes I used to create our garden feast.
Cheesy Burgers – Makes 6
400g minced steak
1 onion finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 garlic clove minced
150g Lactofree mature cheddar cheese sliced
Mixed salad leaves – optional
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Combine all ingredients except the cheese and salad leaves in a bowl until well mixed. Portion into 6 and roll into balls before flattening to make a burger shape. Place the 6 patties on a baking sheet and pop in the oven for around 30-45 minutes, depending on how you like your burger cooked. 5 minutes before the end of cooking place the slices of cheese on top to melt. Sticking with the clean eating I ate mine on a bed of iceberg lettuce but they would taste amazing in a brioche bun with a dollop of BBQ sauce!
I’ve been eating very low carb recently so the next dish was a perfect post workout treat for me:
Stuffed Cheesy Jackets – Serves 2
2 large baking potatoes
2 slices of bacon (it really doesn’t matter which bacon you use but I loved the taste smoked bacon gave to these potatoes)
100g Lactofree soft white cheese
4 spring onions finely chopped
I would have loved to do these in the BBQ. All you need to do is stab the 2 baking potatoes with a fork and wrap in tinfoil. Chuck in the bottom of your hot BBQ for around 30-45 minutes until soft and fluffy on the inside. Take out of the tinfoil, cut a circle in the top and scoop out the flesh. Pop this in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix. Once combined stuff back into the jacket and pop back in the bottom of the BBQ for another 10 minutes. You could do this in your oven too but you don’t need to use the tinfoil.
I’m not sure why but these always taste so much better when done in the BBQ, such a shame the weather hasn’t been on our side!
You can find more recipe ideas and a competition which is currently being run to win a BBQ pack on the Lactofree facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LACTOFREE.
What is your favourite healthy picnic dish?
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