Kale, watercress, mange tout & green apple Freekeh ‘zotto’ with cream cheese & basil
This recipe is for Fuelling – a dish providing energy that players could eat before training or matches. This has a slow-release carbohydrate base and is low in fat.
By Alex Mackay & Dr Rebecca Townsend, Nutritionist for England Hockey
Suitable for vegetarians
- 250ml vegetable stock
- 90g kale, finely sliced
- 1 x 250g pouch Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Freekeh
- 100g mangetout, finely sliced
- 40g (give or take, 1 small supermarket bag) watercress keep a few leaves for garnish, finely slice the rest
- 8 tbsp sliced basil
- 90g light cream cheese
- Half a small green apple, finely sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Get medium sized shallow pan. Add the stock. Bring to the boil.
- Add the kale. Bring back to the boil. Boil for 1 minute.
- Add the freekeh and half the mangetout. Bring back to the boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for 1 minute to heat the freekeh through.
- Add the watercress and basil. Stir over a medium heat until it both are wilted. Take the pan off the heat. Stir in the light cream cheese.
- At this stage if you’d like the texture to be saucier, add a touch of hot water. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Scatter the remaining mangetout, watercress leaves and apple over the top and serve.
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