Pre-race dinner!

Tomorrow is a big day for all of us, especially Libby. Her dad and I are running a half marathon and Libby is competing in her first race- a 1km walk that she will be doing with her aunty Emma. 

We always have pasta for dinner the night before a race, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try the new Mediterranean Chicken Pasta + Cheesy Crumb Topping from the Schwartz range. I’m vegetarian, so we substituted the Chicken for Quorn. I’m always really pleased when sauces that are designed to go with chicken are vegetarian. Quorn pieces are a great substitute for chicken and we really enjoyed trying this simple new packet mix. 
I didn’t follow the recipe on the packet exactly; as well as making the vegetarian version, I decided to give it my own twist. I used the recommended yellow pepper and chopped tomatoes, but also added onion, mushrooms, sweetcorn and fresh tomatoes. You just mix the contents of the Mediterranean Pasta part of the packet with 150ml of water and put it into the pan at the same time as the tomatoes. It already looked delicious in the pan! 
Once all of the ingredients were mixed in with the pasta, they went into a baking dish and I added the cheesy crumb topping, followed by grated cheese. After 4-5 minutes under a preheated grill, it came out looking like this: 
We all had a great pre-race dinner, fingers crossed it will give us plenty of energy for the race tomorrow! 
We love the idea of the 2 in 1 range, each one allows you to make a main meal with an exciting side dish to go with it. This post is an entry for BritMums ‘What’s for Dinner Tonight?’ sponsored by Schwartz. Sign up to get your own sample here or copy this URL into your browser:


  1. Marianne Hopwood
    June 25, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    Mmmm. Carbs 🙂

    • Natalie Ray
      June 25, 2013 / 9:51 pm

      Haha they’re the way forward 😉

  2. Joanna Henley
    July 3, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    That looks delicious! I did enjoy mine too. And your little one looks adorable! hope the races went well x

    • Natalie Ray
      July 8, 2013 / 10:21 pm

      Thank you Joanna, the races all went fine thanks… next time I’m going to train more though 😉

  3. kateonthinice
    July 11, 2013 / 9:18 am

    Looks tasty. Commenting for myself and BritMums and thanking you for taking part. Can you please ensure the link goes to the page specified in the terms and condition to make this entry vaild? Thanks.

    • Natalie Ray
      July 11, 2013 / 11:58 am

      Hi Kate, thanks for letting me know the link had changed, I’ve changed the blog post so it goes to the right page. We really enjoyed this one, lovely food!

  4. kateonthinice
    July 13, 2013 / 6:58 am

    Thanks for making the change.

    • Natalie Ray
      July 14, 2013 / 7:21 pm

      No problem 🙂

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