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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Some Tasty Meals from Cooks & Co

 photo download_zpsb5c8ac2a.jpg Fine food specialist Cooks&Co has launched an eye-catching new meal kits range that promise to tap into the growing demand for semi-scratch cooking. In an innovative packaging format, Cooks&Co Meal Kits feature three transparent pots containing a flavoured oil, a stock or paste and a premium herb mix to offer shoppers an easy to make, gourmet meal at home.

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The Beef Goulash Meal Kit

This classic Hungarian casserole combines the warmth and vibrance of smoked paprika with garlic, parsley & black pepper.

Each kit contains:
Garlic Oil 20g,
Beef Stock 30g
Seasoning Mix 10g.

Simply add: 500g diced braising steak, 200g sliced red & green pepper, 2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes & 100ml sour cream. Serves 2-4

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Chicken Arrabiata Meal Kit

This popular, spiced Italian pasta dish adds the subtle yet exciting flavour combination of cumin seeds, chilli & coriander leaf to a rich tomato base sauce. Convenience: This meal kit meets the need for speedy dishes (c. 25 minutes from start to finish). Ideal for the mid-week meal solution.

Each kit contains:
Garlic Oil 10g,
Chicken Stock 30g,
Seasoning Mix 10g.

Simply add: 2-4 chicken breasts, sliced, 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, 200g diced onion & 120-200g tagliatelle. Serves 2-4

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Chicken Cacciatore Meal Kit  

This Italian casserole combines chicken, tomatoes & mushrooms to create a dish with the traditional flavours of the Mediterranean. This meal kit meets the need for speedy dishes (c. 25 minutes from start to finish). Ideal for the mid-week meal solution.

Each kit contains:
Garlic Oil 20g,
Seasoning Mix 15g &
Mushroom Paste 35g.

Simply add: 2-4 chicken breasts & 400g can of chopped tomatoes. Serves 2-4 adjust protein accordingly.   


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Jerk for Chicken or Beef Meal Kit  

Tantalising exotic spices blended in a hot rub bring some of the excitement and heat from the dish’s native Jamaica. This meal kit meets the need for speedy dishes (c. 25 minutes from start to finish). Ideal for the mid-week meal solution.

Each kit contains
Chilli Oil 20g,
Rub 20g &
Seasoning Mix 10g

Simply add: 400g chicken or beef, 100g sliced onion, 200g green/red pepper strips & 400g can of chopped tomatoes. Serves 2-4 adjust the protein accordingly.


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Seafood Linguine Meal Kit  

This spiced Italian pasta dish draws on a subtle blend of cumin, crushed chilli & coriander flavours, to bring out the very best in seafood. This meal kit meets the need for speedy dishes (c. 25 minutes from start to finish). Ideal for the mid-week meal solution.

Each kit contains:
Garlic Oil 20g,
Seafood Stock 35g,
Seasoning Mix 10g.

Simply add: 240g seafood mix/prawns, 400g can of chopped tomatoes & 120-240g dried linguine pasta. Serves 2-4

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Chicken Provençal Meal Kit  

This classic French casserole brings together chicken with the warm flavours of the Mediterranean and the richness of peppers and tomatoes. This meal kit meets the need for speedy dishes (c. 25 minutes from start to finish). Ideal for the mid-week meal solution.

Each kit contains:
Garlic Oil 10g,
Chicken Stock 30g &
Seasoning Mix 10g.

Simply add: 320g chicken breasts/thighs/legs & 400g tin chopped tomatoes. Serves 2-4   


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This is the meal I made from the Chicken Provençal kit.  It was quick to make and very easy to put together.  I chose to serve it on buttered ribbon noodles.

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I also chose to add a sprinkling of Parmesan Cheese on top, because I like cheese on this type of dish.  The flavours were really nice. I didn't need to add any seasoning and as you can see . . .

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By following the very well written instructions on the package, I ended up with a nice tender, juicy and perfectly tasty piece of chicken.

Aimed at shoppers who appreciate high quality meals but don’t always have the time or desire to cook completely from scratch, Cooks&Co Meal Kits combine all the flavour benefits of a meal cooked from scratch yet without the fuss of measuring out or sourcing sometimes difficult to find individual ingredients.

While, normally  I prefer to cook what I eat from beginning to end using a recipe and adding my own spices, etc.,   I found that these meal kits were the perfect way for a person who is not that skilled in the kitchen, or who is short on time, to prepare for themselves a really delicious meal with very little effort and in a very short space of time.  The kit ingredients were fresh and well put together.  I would highly recommend.

“The Cooks&Co brand is all about sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world, and our new Meal Kits bring some of those ingredients together to help people create something special, but with minimal fuss,” says Cooks&Co brand manager Anne-Marie Cannon.

They are also quite affordable at coming for approximately £2.49 per kit and are available at Ocado and via Amazon.   If you would like to know more, please check out the Cooks&Co webpage.

Many thanks to the people at Cooks & Co for sending me these kits to try.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these, while I prefer to cook from scratch. These would be a great way of trying out a new dish without having to buy lots of different ingredients that may then just sit at the back of the spice drawer.

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  2. That is very true Claire! And there are days when you just can't be bothered. You've had a busy day at work, you're tired and yet you are also starving!! These are perfect for those times!

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  3. Sounds really good Marie!:)
    xo

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