An alternative to cheese

16 Jan

While looking across substitutes for my favourite food groups I came across Quark. It is a naturally fat-free dairy ingredient with low sugar and salt and 1/5 of the calories than cream cheese. lakedistrictquark.co.uk produce various flavours including vanilla and original. I think that this is a product that I could stick to on a diet, and it has the right texture and flavour – very yum! However be wary of shorter expiration dates than typical cream cheese.

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A Quark recipe for cheese lovers is a classic twist on the old Mac and Cheese here

200g macaroni or other similar tube pasta

  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tbsps (30g) cornflour
  • 500g The Lake District Dairy Co. Quark
  • 1 tsp (5ml) Dijon mustard
  • 170g low fat mature cheddar
  • 55g finely grated parmesan
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Step 1
  • Lightly butter a 1.125ml shallow ovenproof baking dish
  • Step 2
  • Boil the macaroni in plenty of salted water for about 10-12 mins until just tender but still with some bite.
  • Step 3
  • Preheat the grill
  • Step 4
  • Mix the milk with the cornflour in a large saucepan, then gradually whisk in The Lake District Dairy Co.Quark and mustard
  • Step 5
  • Slowly bring to the boil, stirring or whisking continuously. Boil gently for 1-2 mins then stir in the cheddar cheese. Season to taste
  • Step 6

Drain the pasta then stir into the sauce, pour into the buttered dish and level. Halve the cherry tomatoes and arrange cut-side up over the surface. Scatter the parmesan over the top and place under the grill (not too close or it will burn) for about 5 mins until brown and bubbling.

Verdict: A tasty 8 / 10

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