Whether I have braved the supermarket hoards or am sitting in comfort at home virtual shopping, one item that always makes it into my trolley is cooked meat. A fridge staple, I use it for sandwiches, salads and snacks. I was intrigued to hear of a brand new range of cooked meats launching to help make busy parent's lives even easier.
The Cherry Tree Farm range consists of seven different cooked meat products. They have challenged me to cook 7 meals in 7 days (ideally in 7 minutes) using the range. It was a pretty fun challenge and the products are so versatile it was easy to whip up lots of quick, yummy lunches and dinners. I admit some took me more than seven minutes to cook but all took less than seven minutes to prepare.
Day 1: British Roast Chicken
Chicken and broccoli risotto
Perfect for a cold winter night this risotto was super easy to make. Simply fry off shone chopped onions and garlic. Add the risotto rice. Toast the rice for a few minutes stirring continually then add chicken stock gradually. Just before the rice is ready throw in some cooked broccoli and shredded Cherry Tree Farm British Roast Chicken. Serve with some grated cheese.
Day 2: British Roast Turkey
Very quick and full of protein to fill kids up. My daughter and the baby loved this tasty 2 egg omelette which I served with some chopped tomato and cucumber.
Day 3: British Turkey Ham (Wafer thin)
Turkey ham and cheese crackers
This was a super quick pre-nursery lunch for Little E. The wafer thin turkey ham is so tasty it is perfect on a cracker. We chose seeded multigrain crackers which are super healthy and topped with some grated cheese and pickle.
Day 4: British Roast Chicken Chunks
Chicken Napolitana pasta
My kids love pasta. To balance the carbohydrate these generous chicken chunks can be tossed into any pasta dish. For this recipe I made a homemade tomato and garlic pasta sauce with a splash of balsamic vinegar to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes. You can top with cheese to help with their dairy intake.
Day 5: British Chicken Tikka Chunks
Chicken Tikka pimped pizza
This one is a bit of a cheat! Husband is not a fan of plain cheese and tomato pizza so I popped the chunky chicken tikka pieces on top, drizzled a little olive oil and popped it in the oven. It transformed a boring pizza into a gourmet dinner. Delicious and mega easy.
Day 6: British 'Hicory Smoked' Turkey
Turkey and cucumber submarine rolls
Little E is going through a funny phase where she won't eat sandwiches but she will eat rolls... These Hicory Smoked Turkey slices are perfect for folding up and popping in a roll. Great for lunch boxes too.
Day 7: British 'American Fried' Chicken (Wafer thin)
Cheese and chicken topped jacket potatoes.
This was my favourite dish of the week. I cooked the jacket potatoes in the oven then spilt them open and filled with grated cheese and the American Fried Chicken. Then I popped them in an oven proof dish, put them back in the oven for 10minutes to melt the cheese. The water thin chicken crisped up and tasted amazing. It was easy to mash up for the baby and Little E loved the filling and crispy jacket skin.
So there you have it. Seven easy meals in seven days. You can find 100% British Cherry Tree Farm meats in your local supermarket priced from just £1. Find out more online at cherrytreefarm.co.uk
We were sent a selection of Cherry Tree Farm cooked meats for review but all opinions are our own.