Day 141 | Friday, 7 August 2020
From the Church Mouse
What You Can Do with Quark
In the last edition of the Church Mouse, I let you know what Quark is and why it’s good for you. This edition of the Church Mouse will focus on recipes using Quark. However, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that Wegman’s doesn’t carry Quark, but they do know what it is. There just isn’t a high enough demand for them to stock it. So…I crawled around in the exotic cheese display until I found a near enough substitute to serve our purposes. Jot this down: BelGioioso Ricotta con Latte cheese. This cheese contains pasteurized whey, cream and milk, vinegar and salt. It contains 11 grams of protein, only 2g of sugar, 50% of the daily value of calcium, and is perfect for a low carb diet (there you go Ann). There are no added gums, fillers, or sugars. It is also gluten free.
You can eat this fresh for energy. Top it with fresh berries and granola. Mix with cocoa or chocolate chips and a little sugar. Use as a cannoli filling. Its traditional uses are to be baked into lasagna and pasta dishes, added to cheesecakes, and used as a cannoli filling.
Now for a substitute for quark recipe: Hot and spicy quark chicken recipe
This succulent and healthy dish will add a little spice to your family meals. Using quark instead of Greek yogurt means that there is 74% less saturated fat per serving, meaning that it's far healthier - but you can use the BelGioioso Ricotta con Latte cheese if you can't get hold of quark.
Note that this recipe also requires at least an hour's marinating time.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Main | Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 15 mins | Serves: 4
1. To make the marinade, mix the quark, spices, seasoning and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Add the chunks of chicken and stir well until coated all over, leave to marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight if time allows.
2. Preheat a heavy griddle pan for 5 mins. Toss the vegetables in the oil, then griddle cook them for 4 mins, turning until they are charred on all sides. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm.
3. Add the chunks of chicken to the griddle and cook for 8-10 mins, turning the chunks occasionally until they are nicely charred on the outside and cooked through. Add the vegetables and keep warm.
4. Warm the tortillas on the griddle pan. Make the sauce by mixing the Tabasco sauce with the quark in a bowl. Serve the chicken and vegetable with the tortillas and sauce.