• Danny Joyce

Summer Recipes from Green Isle and Derval O’Rourke

School’s nearly out for everyone, and summer has officially begun – if it ever stops raining! It’s time to stock the freezer for the season with the very best frozen foods from Green Isle and enjoy the convenience of having nutritious vegetables and fruit on hand for quick and easy meals for those long summer days while the kids are at home! Green Isle has been at the heart of most Irish meals for decades. From yummy breakfasts and healthy snacks to delicious lunch options and cool down treats, Green Isle has teamed up with ambassador Derval O’Rourke and put together a range of summer inspired recipes that are quick, easy and full of goodness for all the family to enjoy including the little ones!

The Green Isle range of vegetables and fruit are carefully selected, picked at their peak and frozen at their freshest to lock in vitamins, minerals and flavour. The Green Isle range including Mixed Berries, Garden Peas, Sweetcorn and more containing all the nutrition of fresh vegetables and fruits. Quick, easy and convenient, with Green Isle you can use what you need, save time on preparation, while helping reduce food waste too! Green Isle Ambassador Derval O’Rourke has come up with a delicious recipe (below) and commented: “As an ambassador for Green Isle, I’m really enjoying putting together recipes using the huge range of frozen fruit and veg. Summer is a busy time in our house and so getting the kids involved in helping to make some of the recipes is always lots of fun!” With a great range of Green Isle products to choose from, add variety to your little ones’ plate this summer without having to compromise on goodness or taste and stock up your freezer with some family favourites available in supermarkets nationwide. Why not try your hand at some of the delicious recipes from Derval and Green Isle below?

Derval O’Rourke’s Pea and Mint Dip Serves 4 as a snack Total Time 10 minutes Ingredients • ½ bag of Green Isle frozen peas • Handful of fresh mint leaves • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • 2 garlic cloves • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling • 1 tablespoon tahini • Coarse salt and pepper Method: 1. Cook peas in salted boiling water until tender, 1 minute. Set aside to cool. 2. Pulse peas in a food processor with mint, lemon zest and juice, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and tahini. 3. Season with salt and pepper; drizzle with oil. Serve with veggie batons and crackers.

Derval O’Rourke’s Mixed Berries Tray Bake Serves 10-12 portions Prep time 30 minutes Cook time 1 hour Ingredients • 300g Green Isle Mixed berries • 1 tbsp chia seeds • 100g butter, plus extra for greasing • 150g clear honey • 400g rolled oats • 100g ground almonds Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. 2. Add the berries to a saucepan on a medium-high heat and stir until the fruit has broken down. 3. Add the chia seed and mix with a spoon or a potato masher until the fruit reaches your desired consistency. 4. I like my jam being completely smooth. Set the jam aside. 5. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and honey with a pinch of salt. 6. Take off the heat, then stir in the oats, ground almonds and almond extract. Mix until they are coated in the butter and honey mixture. 7. Press half the oat mix in an even layer in lined baking tray. 8. Spread the mashed raspberries over the oat mix layer, then spoon the remaining oats on top and smooth with the back of a spoon. Bake for 12-14 mins or until golden.

Green Isle Smoothie 3 Ways Serves: 4 Total time: 25 - 30 minutes

Ingredients

Mixed berry, honey & lime • 200 grams Green Isle Mixed Berries • 200 ml oat milk • 2 tablespoons honey • Juice and zest of 1 lime Tropical fruit and coconut • 200 grams Green Isle Tropical Smoothie Mix • 200ml coconut milk, from a carton • Juice of 1 lime • 1 tablespoon agave Raspberry & avocado • 200 grams Green Isle Frozen Raspberries • 200 ml rice milk • 1 avocado, peeled and stone removed • Juice of 1 lemon • 1 tablespoon agave Method: 1. For each smoothie: Blitz all ingredients together. 2. Feel free to add some berries or coconut flakes on top along with some colourful paper straws for beautiful presentation. 3. Serve and enjoy!

Green Isle’s Tropical Smoothie, Coconut and Lime Pops with Ginger & Honey Serves: 4 Total time: 25 - 30 minutes

Ingredients • 1 x bag Green Isle Tropical Smoothie Mix • 1 x 400 gram tin coconut milk • Zest and juice of 2 limes • ½ cm piece of fresh ginger, grated • 3 tablespoons honey Method: 1. Blitz all ingredients together and pour into popsicle moulds. 2. Place in your freezer overnight. 3. Serve and enjoy! Visit www.GreenIsle.ie for more information and recipes.


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