The evenings are getting dark, the leaves are turning beautiful bronze , russet & golden shades & autumn has definitely made its presence known. I have a beautiful warming autumnal soup for you to try to warm up the colder days, gorgeous roasted butternut squash. Butternut Squash is notoriously difficult to peel & guess what, you don’t even have to peel it for this recipe – excellent news! This is simple & filling & fantastically low at 0 smartpoints for the whole recipe. This will make a good batch of 5 to 6 servings & can be frozen if you wish. Continue reading
Aldi sell these soup mix packs for €1.49. I decided to roast my veg in the oven to make the soup as I feel you get a more in-depth flavour from the vegetables from roasting them. I peeled and chopped all the veggies into equal sized pieces and sprayed a baking tray with spray oil, seasoned the veg with salt and pepper and sprinkled over fresh thyme leaves. I added two cloves of garlic with the skin left on. I roasted these in a preheated oven at 200 Celsius for 30 minutes.
I transferred into a saucepan with 1 1/2 pints of boiling water and a chicken stock cube. I squeezed the soft roasted garlic out of the skins into the pot. I continued to cook for about 15 minutes to allow the flavours to develop. I blitzed with a hand blender adjusted the seasoning to taste and added a small bit more water as it was slightly thick. And Voilà! A beautiful autumnal roasted vegetable soup easy peasy! Free on all plans & guaranteed to keep you full. I hope you’re having a lovely Thursday x
1 Egg White
1 or 2 Lean Bacon Medallions Diced
2 or 3 Spring Onions Chopped
A Dash of Skimmed Milk
Salt & Black Pepper
Fresh Parsley to Garnish
1 Slice Brennans Be Good Wholemeal Bread
Lightly spray a saucepan with spray oil. Add the bacon and cook for a couple of minutes then add the spring onion and cook until softened. Whisk the egg and egg white in a bowl with a dash of milk seasoned with salt and pepper. Pour it into the saucepan over a low heat and gently fold the egg with a wooden spoon until they are cooked through. Toast the bread and serve the scrambled egg on top with a garnish of parsley if desired and enjoy!
Soup is my ultimate go to lunch, it is the best filling meal by miles for very little points indeed. Variety is key when it comes to soups as if you eat the same one constantly you are going to get very bored of it very quickly. This particular soup is especially filling due to the potatoes. A perfect lunchtime stop gap to erase the hunger pangs and it’s lunch sorted for several days in one go! Happy days! This makes 4 to 5 servings at 2 propoints (it’s free on filling & healthy). Here’s the skinny.
400 g potatoes peeled and cubed
2 leeks sliced and washed
1 onion finely diced
1 clove garlic
1 chicken stock cube
1 1/2 pints of boiling water
142mls skimmed milk
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper Fry the onion & leeks in a saucepan sprayed with oil over a medium heat for approximately five minutes until softening. Add the crushed garlic and continue to fry for 30 seconds. Add everything else except the milk to the pot, season with salt and pepper and simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaves. Blend with a hand blender and pour in the milk stirring well. Return to the heat, if serving immediately, for a couple of seconds to gently heat through the milk. This will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3/4 days, it is also suitable for freezing. Enjoy!
There’s a distinct chill in the air the last couple of weeks that signals the end of Summer. We’re definitely not enjoying a balmy Indian Summer this year & that’s for sure. It’s time to dig out the coats, boots & woolly tights & it’s most certainly soup weather. You can expect an abundance of soup, stew & general winter warming recipes coming your way. Soup is a slimmers best friend, it’s so handy for lunches, filling, satisfying, tasty, warm & a meal in itself, consisting of vegetables & stock for the most part it’s extremely healthy & low fat too. Well I don’t need to sell the benefits of soup to you because if you’re on plan you’ll already know! This one is lovely & creamy from the cauliflower with the sweetness of carrot to lift it to the next level. It makes about 5 or even 6 servings & you can freeze it to boot. 0 propoints on all plans. Here’s the skinny:
1 Large Onion Diced
5 Carrots Peeled & Diced
1 Head of Cauliflower
1 Garlic Clove
1 Tsp Thyme (Dried or Fresh)
1 & 1/2 Pints of Vegetable Stock
Salt & Black Pepper
Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat & spray with oil. Add the diced onion & fry for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the Carrots & continue to fry until softening approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Chop the cauliflower into florets & add to the pan with the stock & the whole clove of garlic. Season with the thyme, salt & pepper. Put a lid on the pot & continue to cook for around 30 minutes until everything is soft. Blitz well until smooth with a hand blender. Serve hot garnished with half fat creme fraiche & chopped chives if desired & enjoy!
Tired of the same old homemade vegetable soup? Kick it up a notch with this spicy Mexican number! With chunky vegetables & shredded chicken this is more like a stew than a soup, a really substantial meal in itself it won’t need bread or any other accompaniments to fill you up. I’ve been having an issue on plan lately as we sometimes do & mine happens to be lunch. I usually end up over at the deli getting a wrap or something. It’s becoming detrimental not only to my food tracking due to guesstimating points but also to my pocket as it’s flippin expensive. So I’ve made a vow this week to give up this bad habit & bring my own lunches to work. Getting myself & the baby ready & out the door in the mornings is challenge enough without throwing preparing lunch into the mix so I’m being prepared & whipping up this tasty number today that’ll see me right for a few days at least. This is totally free on the filling & healthy plan & will cost 2 propoints a serving otherwise. It yields about 4 very generous servings.
2 Chicken Fillets
1 Large Spanish Onion Diced
2 Large Carrots Peeled & Diced
2 Stalks of Celery Peeled & Diced
1/2 a Red, Yellow & Orange Pepper Diced
2 Cloves of Crushed Garlic
1 Tsp Dried Oregano
1 Tsp Red Chilli Flakes
1 Tsp Ground Cumin
1 Tsp Ground Coriander
Salt & Black Pepper
500ml Chicken Stock
2 Tins Plum Tomatoes Chopped
A Handful of Fresh Coriander
Preheat your oven to 200c & roast the chicken for 25 minutes or until fully cooked through. Leave aside to cool slightly. In a large preheated pot sprayed with oil add the onion & fry for about 5 minutes. Add the carrot, celery & peppers & cook stirring occasionally until softened approximately 10 minutes or so. Crush the garlic into the pan & cook for a further minute. Add the oregano, chilli flakes, cumin, ground coriander and season with salt and pepper. Stir well & add the tomatoes (chop them through with a sharp knife while still in the can first). Pour in the stock & bring the soup to the boil. Reduce the heat & simmer for 25 minutes with a lid on. Shred the chicken using 2 forks & add to the soup 10 minutes before the end of cooking time. Just before serving add the chopped fresh coriander. Serve & enjoy!
I love dips, they’re just perfect for nibbles whilst you’re thoroughly engrossed in a weekend movie & a must if you’re entertaining company. This one is simple & tasty with a wide variety of choices you can prepare to use for dipping. There’s a beautiful depth of flavour that comes from roasting peppers & a lovely undertone of roasted garlic & shallots will have you going back for more & more of this gorgeous dip but that’s ok because it serves 4 & is a big fat zero pro points per serving & just 2pp for the whole bowl. A healthy & guilt free weekend treat!
4 Large Red Bell Peppers
1 or 2 Cloves of Garlic
Salt & Black Pepper
A Selection of Raw Veggies
Preheat your oven to 250c. Wash & dry the peppers. Peel the outer skin from the shallots. Leave the garlic cloves in their skin. Line a baking tray with tinfoil & lay the whole peppers, shallots & garlic (in the skins) on top. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until the peppers are starting to char black in places & the skin goes wrinkly. Remove the baking tray from the oven, cover the whole lot with tinfoil & leave to cool. Remove the stalks from the peppers & deseed. Peel the peppers & place in a food processor with the shallots and some of the juice that the peppers have released. Cut the end off the garlic & squeeze the softened garlic out into the food processor. Add the quark & season with salt & pepper. Blitz until smooth & place in a bowl. Chill for a couple of hours before serving. Serve with your choice of raw crudités (carrots, cucumber & peppers are good choices) or Crackers/Naan/Pitta Breads/Tortilla Chips for dipping (you will need to point your chosen quantity of these). This will last 3/4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s very versatile you can use it to serve with chicken or fish as well as a dip. Enjoy!