Why not beat the credit crunch this year by cooking a delicious meal using the simple straightforward recipes from Dorot Garlic and Herbs. We have given you two recipes to make a sumptuous two course meal – in limited time and on a small budget, and what’s even better with hardly any preparation at all. Minimum effort for maximum results!

Dorot are pre-portioned frozen cubes of crushed herbs (available in garlic, ginger and coriander , basil, parsley and Italian Mix) and are designed to make knocking up tasty dishes really easy using merely ingredients available to hand. Dorot is available from Sainsbury’s at £1.49 for a tray of 20 cubes – but for the next four weeks you can get a tray for only £1.00; saving over 30% – bargain! Dorot allows for spontaneous cooking while having tons more benefits:

Pre-portioned – 1 cube of garlic = 1 clove of garlic and 1 cube of ginger/herbs/herb mixes = 1 teaspoon
Easy to use – Just pop out a cube (no need to defrost) and return to freezer
Easy to store – Comes in a small package so easy to stack, even in your freezer door
Convenient – Nothing to cut, chop or crush.
Hands stay fresh from odours
Kitchen and utensils stay clean
Enables spontaneous cooking
Healthy – No preservatives, cholesterol, fat acids or food colouring – adheres to all significant food standards

Spiced sweet potato and butternut squash soup

Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion – peeled and diced
2 cubes Dorot Crushed Garlic
2 cubes of Dorot Chopped Coriander
15mlsp (1 tsp) ground cumin
300g (11oz) sweet potato – peeled weight and diced
250g (9 oz) butternut squash – peeled weight and diced
1 litre (1 ¾ pts) vegetable stock

• Heat oil in large saucepan, add onion, and Dorot Crushed Garlic, cook until soft
• add ground cumin and cook a further minute
• Add sweet potato and butternut squash, stir and cook for five minutes
• Add seasoning and stock, bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked
• Blend or process vegetable mixture until smooth
• Stir in the Dorot Chopped Coriander
• Return to heat and bring back to the boil
• Serve hot with crusty bread, optional – add a spoon full of cream just before serving

Asian Stir Fried Beef with Cherry Tomatoes

300g Beef Sirloin (cut into strips)
200g Rice Noodles
5 Tbsp Sunflower or Corn Oil
1 Dorot Crushed Ginger Cube
1 Dorot Crushed Garlic Cube
1 Dorot Chopped Coriander Cubes
1 Tbsp Honey
4 Tsp Pistachios (finely chopped)
8 Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
10 Champignon Mushrooms (quartered)
½ Cup Spring Onions (finely chopped)
Salt & Pepper
• Cook the noodles in a pan with hot water and a little salt, according to the manufacturer’s instructions
• Add the oil to a large wok and stir fry the strips of beef on a high heat
• Add the cherry tomatoes and mushroom and mix thoroughly
• Add the prepared rice noodles, the honey and all the Dorot cubes
• Season with salt & pepper and add the spring onions & pistachios
• Mix well and serve

This recipe is simple and cost effective – a perfect family meal for the time of the credit crunch. Also if you want to bulk it up – you can use extra vegetables such as bean sprouts, sweetcorn, sliced carrot etc.