Perfect Crispy Golden Healthy Roast Potatoes

  
Roast potatoes are usually very high in calories because they are usually cooked in lots of fat be it oil, butter or lard. Well you don’t have to miss out with my healthy version which are just as golden and crispy without lashings and lashings of oil. These are the most perfect accompaniment to a lovely Sunday roast or a mid week roast chicken. This lovely lot serves four and comes in at just 4 Smartpoints or Free on No Count (3 pro points per serving or free on filling and healthy). These are simple to throw together & are infused with the gorgeous flavour of rosemary and sweet garlic.  
600 g of potatoes

Two cloves of garlic

Fresh rosemary

Salt-and-pepper

200 mls chicken stock made up with one stock cube  

Preheat your oven to 220c. Place your baking tin into the oven to heat. Peel the potatoes and chop into large pieces. Cook the potatoes in a pot of boiling salted water for approximately 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and returned to the pot overheat for a few minutes to steam them dry, they’ll be slightly fluffy around the edges which is perfect for roasties.  

Remove the baking tin from the oven and carefully please the potatoes in a single layer with space between each. Pour the stock over and season with pepper and chopped fresh rosemary leaves. Spray the potatoes lightly with spray oil. Place the two garlic cloves into the tray also. Bake in the oven for an hour turning carefully halfway through cooking time and give them an extra spray of oil, the stock will have evaporated at this point & infused all its flavour & given a lovely crust. Serve and enjoy!  

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Comforting Cream Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms with Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash & Baby Asparagus

  
I know how you feel, it’s Monday, it’s dreary, the rain is pelting down the window & it feels more like Winter than Autumn. Well here’s some comfort food dinner inspiration for you. This cost me just 3 propoints – yes 3 for the entire plate! Now that’s good points value. The cream cheese & bacon stuffed mushrooms would make a delightful starter for a dinner party on their own but I decided to revisit cauliflower mash which I haven’t made in quite some time, it’s a great substitute for mash if you’re low on propoints or just watching your carb intake. I roasted some lovely garlic to infuse some more flavour into the mash & the addition of stock serves this purpose also making for a yummy tasty comforting warm mash. This is 3 pro points (& just 2pp on F&H) and serves one. Here’s the skinny: For the Cream Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms:

2 Large Mushrooms (stalks removed, chopped & reserved for the filling)

½ an Onion Finely Diced

2 Lean Bacon Medallions

1 Clove Garlic

100g Philadelphia Lightest Cream Cheese

A Handful of Chopped Chives

Salt & Black Pepper  Heat a frying pan over a medium heat & spray with oil. Fry the diced onion, chopped mushroom stalks & bacon for 8 to 10 minutes turning the bacon halfway through to cook both sides. Crush in the clove of garlic a minute before end of cooking time & fry for the remaining minute. Place the onion & bacon & chopped mushroom mixture in a bowl & set aside to cool. When cool break apart the bacon into small pieces. Add the Philadelphia, chives & season with salt & black pepper & mix thoroughly. Place your mushrooms cap side down on a baking tray lined with foil & stuff half the mixture into each mushroom. Bake the mushrooms for 20 minutes or until cooked through & the cheese & bacon is starting to brown.  

For the Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash:

½ Head of Cauliflower

A Few Tbsps Chicken/Vegetable Stock

1 Clove Garlic

Salt & Black Pepper

Spring Onion to Garnish (optional)

To Serve:

Baby Asparagus  Place the clove of garlic (keep the skin on the garlic) on the baking tray the same time as your cooking the stuffed mushrooms & bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile cook the cauliflower in a large pot of boiling salted water for 10 minutes or until soft drain the water off & return the cauliflower to the empty pot, place the lid on & allow the cauliflower to steam dry for 2 or 3 minutes. Prepare a small mug of stock. Just before serving & while still hot, place the cauliflower in a food processor with a couple of tablespoons of stock, squeeze the now soft roasted garlic out of the skin into cauliflower & season with salt & black pepper. Blitz until smooth & the cauliflower takes on a smooth mash like consistency adding a tiny bit more stock to loosen if required. If the cauliflower doesn’t blend very well you may have overcrowded the food processor depending on the size of cauliflower used, simply remove some & blend in two batches mixing together well at the end. You can also use a hand blender to blitz the mash. Cook some baby asparagus in boiling water for about 5 minutes to accompany everything & serve the warm mash garnished with a few slices of sliced spring onion if desired, asparagus & stuffed mushrooms with some chives sprinkled over & enjoy!