CHOICE summer guide

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02.Food and drink

olive-oilChoosing the right cooking oil

We all know a small amount of olive oil is a beneficial addition to a healthy diet but when it comes to creating the best meals, which oils are best for which dishes? We assess the nutritional information of 14 different types of oil commonly found on supermarket shelves for fat content and smoking point, and simplify the selection process by letting you know which oils suit which cooking method.  

 

Vitamin-lead-largeVitamin enhanced water

Healthy alternative or trumped up cordial? We take a closer look at vitamin enhanced waters and read between the lines of some often-confusing marketing jargon to find out what, if any, health benefits exsit.

 

Supermarket ready meals

During the warmer months we're less inclined to want to slave over a hot stove, making supermarket ready meals an increasingly appealing option. With such a comprehensive selection now available on shelves we decided to look at the nutritional value of 22 products and asked a panel judges to rate their taste. You may be surprised by some of the pleasing results.

 

Tomatoes_TrussPicking the right tomato

T'is the season for salad and nothing (expect possibly lettuce) says salad more than a tomato. We've taken the mystery out of tomato selection, by running you through what to expect from each variety, to ensure you get the best from your tomato and buffalo mozzarella, garden or Greek salad this summer.

 

 

 

Recipes

Nothing says summer like a healthy salad filled with fresh, local produce. Our cooks have been busy creating a range of fuss-free salads, chock full of seasonal produce. The perfect accompaniment to your next barbecue.

test_509Cucumber salad

This crispy cucumber salad has the tang of caraway seeds and finely diced spring onions. It's so simple to pull together that, with a bit of supervision, you should be able to leave it to the aspiring Junior Master Chef in the house.

 

 

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Zucchini salad

The raw zucchini gives this salad extra crunch, while the mint brings the freshness of summer to the plate. Topped off with a smooth Danish fetta, it's an ideal addition to your outdoor table spread. If you don't like raw zucchini, pour boiling water over the fresh zucchini for 30 seconds.

To see our full range of recipes put together by our food testing team, visit Cook's CHOICE.

 

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