Welcome to Week #2 of the Hunt’s Tomato Cook-off!
It’s time to Taste the Harvest! The Hunt’s Tomato Cook-off on UrbanMoms is now underway. Check out the amazing recipes
developed by two of our own bloggers, Kath & Gav. Comment on who created the best dish to donate Hunt’s tomato products to a local food bank and for your chance to win.
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You’re in the judge’s seat as you decide which of our two chefs has done the best job with three fabulous recipes featuring Hunt’s products. Your job is simple: read both Gav and Kath’s recipes, compare the pictures, and then vote by telling us what you think! We will be giving away a fabulous slow cooker prize package. Click here for details. Your comment below is your second entry to win this fabulous prize for your kitchen. For each comment up to a maximum of 100, Hunt’s will donate one can of tomato product to the Cook-off winner’s (Gav’s or Kath’s) local food bank. Now it’s your turn! Tell us who did it best, Kath or Gav, in the comments below!
As the day’s get shorter and the kids’ nights and weekends are full of homework, play-dates and extracurricular activities, there is less and less time available in the day to make meals. As time gets constrained I also feel it gets more difficult for us to cook healthily. Sure I could throw together boxed mac ‘n cheese or chicken nuggets in no time flat, but we try to make sure our kids are eating a well balanced diet whenever possible.
The following recipe is based on a Middle Eastern dish called Shakshuka. It consists of eggs poached in a tomato based sauce. For my ratatouille-like version I include zucchinis, onion, and lots of tomatoes! Tomatoes are packed full of healthy goodness and are a great source of vitamin A, C, fibre and potassium. Hunt’s gave me the garlic version of their sauces to try out in this recipe, allowing me to skip the peeling and pressing time. Win!
My kids love eggs, so talking them into trying this was not too difficult. They loved it, and so did I… It’s a one pot dinner that’s ready in no time flat and is absolutely delicious!
2 small zucchini, sliced thin
1/4 teaspoon each of salt & pepper
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with PAM cooking spray and cook onion, zucchini, salt & pepper stirring often until softened, about 3 minutes.
- Turn heat to Medium, add diced tomato and tomato paste, stirring to combine. Cook 2 minutes.
- Add tomato sauce, bring to a simmer then turn to Low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Make 4 wells in the sauce, gently break eggs into each. Cover pan with a lid and cook until whites are set, about 5 minutes.
Serve with toast.
As a single mom working full-time outside the home, I am a serious fan of the 20-minute meal. If it weren’t for a good repertoire of kid-pleasing, quick-and easy-to-prepare meals, my family would either starve or eat out way too much (so, pretty much; eat out way too much). But let’s face it: the 20-minute meals we’re familiar with are all very similar. They’re usually some kind of casserole and/or involve pasta. If you want to branch out from that mold and have dinner on the table in under half an hour, you’re probably looking at delivery.
But, believe it or not, you can actually make a homemade pizza in 20 minutes! All it takes are a few simple ingredients and some imagination.
Okay, heavy on the imagination here, because you’re going to make the crust with pancake mix! Truth be told, you can also use prepared biscuit mix, or you can make your own biscuit dough – the point here is that the thing that takes the longest when making pizza is rising the dough. And that’s because pizza dough is traditionally yeast-leavened, and therefore takes at minimum an hour to rise. Pancakes and biscuits, however, are leavened by baking powder, which rises instantly (it’s a chemical reaction of the baking powder and warm water – which, incidentally, also powers bath bombs. Cool, eh?). So, there are some options, but in my family, pancake mix is the favourite. For me, I like it because it’s the fastest, and my girls like it because it has a hint of sweetness from of the sugar in the mix.
I love making homemade pizza, because it is so much more nutritious than the order-in variety. You are much more in control of the amount of fat, sodium and other ingredients. I also love that you can load up on veggies in a very kid-friendly way. My kids have been known to ask for everything from broccoli to pickles (true story!) on their pizzas, but the current favourites are onion, peppers and tomatoes. And don’t forget the sauce: tomato sauce is also a great source of vegetables in your meals. Tomatoes are a source of vitamin A, C, fibre and potassium. Canned tomatoes are also high in the antioxidant lycopene, a natural antioxidant that research has found to help protect against the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.
When Hunt’s sent me a sample of their tomato sauce, I decided to give it a try in one of my family’s most tried and true quick recipes. And the results were, simply put, delicious! I opted for the Hunt’s Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce, and I was truly wowed by the flavor. Instead of being overpowered by the garlic, the sauce actually retained a lot of natural, true tomato flavour, which is a real change from most commercially-available sauces. My kids loved how smooth it was – they’re not big fans of chunks of tomato in their sauce, and now I can honour that preference while still delivering a punch of genuine tomato flavour.
So, here’s what you need to make 20-minute homemade pizza*:
Yields: 10 slices of pizza
4 cups pancake mix (make sure it is the complete variety – all you add is water)
1 cup water
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
2/3 cup Hunt’s Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce (Hunt’s Original, if you prefer a milder sauce, or Hunt’s No Salt Added to cut down on sodium)
1 cup shredded cheese (mozzarella melts best, but cheddar’s a favourite in my family)
your choice of toppings – get creative!
1. To make the pizza crust, mix the first four ingredients together until it forms a sticky dough. Unlike with pancakes, you want to mix it fairly well and get a smooth, soft dough.
2. Press dough evenly on a pizza stone or spray a pizza pan with PAM. Use well-greased fingers to press dough out from the centre to the edges.
3. Evenly cover the dough with Hunt’s tomato sauce, leaving about 2 cm diameter of crust on the outside edge.
4. Sprinkle with cheese, then layer your toppings on top.
*Ingredients can be easily halved or doubled to make smaller or larger pizza.
Kath and Gav were provided with Hunt’s tomato products for participation in the Hunt’s Tomato Cook-Off. All content is true, based on their personal experience.
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