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Valentine’s Day Dinner: Indulgence without Regret!

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and Flora ProActiv has cholesterol-friendly recipes for a romantic Valentine’s meal that will warm the heart, without any heartache side-affects.

Raised cholesterol is common and, given it’s often symptomless, it can easily go undetected. So, it’s important to eat healthily and keep cholesterol levels in-check as part of everyday life.

Moroccan Filo Pie

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 portions

1 red onion, diced
1 tsp plus 1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 small courgette, diced
1 tbsp harissa paste
1 tbsp tomato puree
½ can of chickpeas, drained (120g)
50g apricots
1 tomato, diced
80g baby spinach
Ground black pepper
125g filo pastry (6 sheets)
700g new potatoes
40g Flora ProActiv Light
Handful fresh mint, chopped
320g broccoli, steamed

Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion and fry gently for approximately 3 minutes
Add the garlic, yellow pepper and courgette and fry for another 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften
Stir through the harissa and tomato puree and season with plenty of black pepper
Add the chickpeas, apricots, and tomato
Add the spinach, stir it into the mixture and allow to wilt down
Take the mixture off the heat while you prepare the filo pastry
Preheat oven to 220ºC/200ºC Fan/Gas mark 7
Lightly grease a springform cake tin e.g. 23cm, with oil
On a clean chopping board lay out one sheet of filo pastry. Brush it lightly with olive oil with a pastry brush. You don’t need much, just enough to stick the sheets together – one tbsp should be sufficient for all the pastry. Lay the sheet on the bottom and up the sides of the tin leaving plenty to hang over the edge, which will be folded over later. Don’t worry if the first sheet doesn’t completely cover the bottom, as other pieces will
Repeat with four other sheets, oiling them and laying them out moving around the edge of the tin, so there is overhang all around the tin and the bottom is covered over. When five sheets are in, spoon the filling into the pastry case
Layer the overhang of the filo sheets over the filling, one piece of filo at a time. Scrunch the last sheet over any gaps and lay it on the top. Lightly brush with the remaining olive oil
Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until golden brown
Meanwhile boil the new potatoes for 15-20 minutes until tender
When the potatoes are cooked, take them off the heat, drain them and put them back in the pan. Melt the Flora ProActiv onto the hot potatoes and stir through the fresh mint
Slice the pie into four quarters and serve with the potatoes and steamed broccoli

Chocolate pots with strawberries

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: N/A
Servings: 2 portions

Half a small ripe avocado (50g)
20g Flora ProActiv Light
100g 0% fat natural yogurt
4 level tsp honey
2tbsp cocoa powder
160g strawberries

Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend together until completely smooth and all the ingredients and mixed in thoroughly.
Place into glasses or ramekin dishes and put into the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
Serve with plenty of fresh strawberries.

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