Sunday, October 19, 2008

Turkey Wraps & Salad Bento

wraps bento
Another wrap bento... I wanted to use up the last of the tortillas, as well as the leftover avocado sitting in the fridge. These wraps are filled with turkey slices, cheese, avocado, home-made spicy tomato sauce and cucumber. I packed cherry tomatoes and some sliced plum pieces next to the wraps, 2 dried dates underneath the fruit container, and then a salad of rocket leaves and parmesan cheese in the second layer.

This is one of my favourite salads - rocket, parmesan, balsamic and a little black pepper. Unfortunately, I had run out of balsamic vinegar, so I had to make do with a little ponzu dressing, which worked quite well. The parmesan was pre-shredded from a pack (that I keep in the freezer, no less!), although if you have it on hand, freshly grated parmesan is really much better.

Home-made (Spicy) Tomato Sauce Recipe

When you want something a little more fancy than tomato ketchup from a bottle, make up this simple home-made tomato sauce. It is thicker than ketchup, but still smooth (unlike a chunky salsa). For a non-spicy version, just omit the red pepper flakes.

Home-made (Spicy) Tomato Sauce
(makes 1 small bowl)
400g chopped canned tomatoes
1 tsp dried basil
freshly ground black pepper
red pepper flakes (optional)
  1. Pour the tomatoes into a small saucepan. Add the basil, dash of black pepper, and a shake of red pepper flakes (optional).
  2. Cover the saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil on medium high heat.
  3. Turn the heat down to low, and boil until the mixture thickens. Stir every now and again. (Keep the lid half on as the mixture will splatter, leaving a small vent for the steam to escape.)
  4. When the tomato mixture is dry and thick, remove from the heat. Taste and season with salt/pepper if necessary (although I find the tomato is salty enough on its own).
  5. Cool, then store in an airtight container in the fridge. (Keeps for around 3 -4 days.)
This sauce is great to spread in wraps, to use as a dip with meatballs, chicken nuggets, or as a tomato ketchup substitute.


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