Breakfast this morning was slightly decadent to say the least but then again that’s what weekends are all about, having the leisurely time to make something a little bit extra special. I adore pancakes in any shape size or form, they are one of my favourite things to eat and are just delicious on their own with lemon and sweetener. I Paired them this morning with another of my favourite things, sweet gooey cooked banana, they go soft and caramelised & they really are a delightful treat. I added a small teaspoon of pancakes syrup and a wee squirt of whipped cream to add to the decadence! This breakfast comes in at 7 Smartpoints (5 Smartpoints on No Count or 5 Propoints / 3pp on F&H) including the syrup and cream, now you can’t ask for better than that! This serves 2 and you get 2 crêpes each per portion. I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday.
55g Self Raising Flour
125ml Skimmed Milk
A Pinch of Baking Powder (optional)
A Tiny Pinch of Salt
10g Sweet Freedom Pancake Syrup
24g Squirty Light Whipped Cream
Preheat your oven to a very low heat to keep the pancakes warm whilst you cook the rest. Sift the Flour, Baking Powder & Salt into a bowl & make a well in the centre (you can add 1/2 to 1 tsp of sweetener at this stage if you like your crêpes sweet). Add the Egg & gradually add the Milk whisking well as you go. Whisk until there are no lumps. Preheat your nonstick pan on a medium high heat & spray with spray oil. Make sure the pan is quite hot & spoon 1/4 of the mixture into the pan, crêpes are supposed to be thin so roll the mixture around in the pan to form a medium-sized crêpe. Fry each crêpe (you will get 4 out of the mix) individually for 2 to 3 minutes each side until golden brown spray the pan lightly with sprayoil between each one. Place the pancakes on a plate as they are cooked separating each one with a small piece of baking paper and place in the oven to keep warm whilst cooking the next one. When the pancakes are done, keep in the oven to keep warm and slice two bananas in a bowl and sprinkle over a teaspoon of sweetener. Fry the bananas in the hot pan for about 2 to 3 minutes each side until caramelised and golden brown. serve the crêpes rolled up drizzled with 5g of syrup per person accompanied by the caramelised banana and a 12g squirt of whipped cream per person. Enjoy!
Good Morning! Breakfast this morning was Delicious Fluffy Scrambled Egg with Bacon and Spring Onion on Wholemeal Toast. 5pp or free on F&H. I hope you have a great day 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!
Culinary elaborations have their time and place but sometimes the simple quick and easy ideas are best. Pitta pizzas are so versatile you can basically put whatever you fancy on them peppers, mushrooms, ham, pineapple, chicken the list is quite endless. This was lunch today coming in at 7 propoints but you could easily make this for 5pp as I didn’t have any weight watchers pitta breads in the house and these are full fat white pitta breads from Aldi which are 5pp each (you can have this on filling and healthy for just two pro points for the cheese if you use the weight watchers pittas). I hope your Wednesday is wonderful!
One pitta bread
A squeeze of Passata
1 Tbsp of tomato purée
A sprinkle of oregano
Salt and black pepper
Piccolo tomatoes halved
60g reduced fat mozzarella
Red onion sliced
Fresh basil leaves
Toast the pitta bread in a toaster or under a hot grill and slice open lengthways into 2 halves, be careful of escaping steam. Mix together the passata, tomato purée & oregano and season with salt and pepper. Spread generously over each half of the pitta bread. Slice the tomatoes and red onion and lay on top. Dot the mozzarella across the pizzas and season with salt and pepper. Place under a hot grill for 3 to 4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Garnish with the fresh basil leaves, devour and enjoy!
Omelettes are extraordinarily versatile. It is widely regarded they are acceptable to eat as any meal of the day breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you have a carton of eggs in the house you are always guaranteed a good meal, from just a plain omelette to cheese, ham, peppers, onions the list is endless as to what you can chuck into them to create a filling and healthy meal. I also find it quite pleasant that they vaguely resemble a pizza! I had goats cheese and spinach leftover from yesterday’s caramelised onion and goats cheese pizza recipe so that is what I used to create this yummy weekend brunch. Just 5 propoints (or 2 on filling and healthy). I hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday.
2 egg whites
A dash of milk
Salt and pepper
Half a red onion diced
1 large handful of fresh spinach
6 cherry tomatoes halved
30g goats cheese
Fresh basil to garnish
Fry the onion and mushrooms in a pan you’ve sprayed with oil for approximately five minutes until cooked. Throw in the handful of spinach and cook for a further minute or two until wilted. Beat the egg and egg whites together with a dash of milk and season with salt and pepper. Pour into the frying pan over the mushroom spinach and onion and top with the tomato halves and crumble the goats cheese over the top.
Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on the hob then transfer under a hot grill to cook the top for a further 2 to 3 minutes until the goats cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve immediately garnished with the basil and enjoy!
I used to make a Beautiful Chicken & Tarragon Creamy Casserole when I was off plan but it had mountains of white wine & roasted chicken thighs with the skin left on, I shudder to even imagine how many pro points were in it! I was looking to replicate the creamy chicken & tarragon flavour without compromising on points & this does a perfect job of that if I do say so myself! Chicken & tarragon are a match made in heaven & mushrooms and cream go hand in hand so this was like writing a love story! Delicious, creamy & flavoursome, this certainly doesn’t feel like you’re eating diet food in any sense of the form & if you are following my blog long you will know that is always my aim with my recipes, big generous portions & real, tasty, home cooked food, no rabbit food here! This is also economical due to only using 3 Chicken Fillets to Serve 4 & the mushrooms really bulk it out nicely so everyone still gets a nice generous portion. The cauliflower rice is a recent entry to my culinary repertoire & I always like to flavour it well, it suits for a day when you are short on points but hungry as all hell (like me yesterday) but most certainly serve it with some basmati or jasmine rice or even pasta or potatoes if you prefer you will just have to add the extra pro points for it. This Serves 4 and is 5 pro points a serving (2pp on F&H) Here’s the Skinny: 500g (about 3 Medium Fillets) Chicken Fillet Diced
2 Shallots Finely Diced
430g Mushrooms (approximately 10) Peeled & Quartered
1 Clove of Garlic Crushed
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
125 mls Chicken Stock
120 grams Half Fat Crème Fraiche
1 ½ Tbsps Fresh Tarragon Leaves Chopped Finely
Salt & Black Pepper
For The Cauliflower Rice:
½ a Cauliflower Chopped into Florets
Juice & Zest of Half a Lemon
A Handful of Fresh Parsley Chopped Finely
Preheat a large pan & fry off the chicken pieces in spray oil over a medium high heat until cooked through & brown on all sides (approximately 12 to 15 minutes). Remove from the heat & set aside. Add the chopped shallots & quartered mushrooms to the same pan & fry until the mushrooms are browning & softening (approximately 8 minutes). Add the crushed garlic & continue to fry for a minute until the garlic is fragrant. Re add the chicken pieces to the pan, season with salt & pepper, add the Worcestershire sauce, pour in the stock, sprinkle in the tarragon & bring the stock to the boil. Reduce the heat slightly & simmer for a further few minutes until the stock reduces slightly & the mixture is bubbling slightly. Add in the crème fraiche & stir to combine for a few seconds. This should be served immediately. Meanwhile for the cauliflower rice, blitz the cauliflower florets in your food processor until it resembles couscous. Spray a pan with oil & heat over a medium heat. Add the blitzed cauliflower & fry whilst stirring through for approximately 8 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Add a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice a sprinkle of zest (don’t be too heavy handed with the juice or zest or it might end up too lemony), add the parsley & season with salt, stir through to mix well with the cauliflower rice & serve with the chicken, mushroom & tarragon creamy sauce on top & enjoy! Easy peasy!
Tonight’s Lower Carb Dinner. Fabulous Grilled Thyme & Lemon Marinated Chicken & Halloumi Skewers with Harissa Spiced Cauliflower Couscous. Oh My Gosh Just 5 Propoints for all of this! (3 on F&H!) This is the first time I’ve tried Cauliflower Rice or Couscous & I won’t lie I was very sceptical of trying it, I dislike substitute food in general I like real food but made healthy but I have to throw my hands up & admit I was very impressed, it’s a keeper and I imagine a lifesaver for those days when your propoints just won’t stretch. Now I did season the shish out of it with harissa & lemon but the texture was all there & it was filling, I can not give testimony on how it tastes plain (I’d imagine rank but I probably stand to be corrected again!). The halloumi really really makes this dish but if you’re even more desperate than me before trying to fit into a lovely dress to attend a family wedding then you can double the chicken & omit the halloumi to make it free free free on the filling & healthy plan. Don’t say I’m not good to you! Anyway I’m rambling slightly so here it is in all its glory:
For the Harissa Spiced Cauliflower Couscous:
1 to 2 tsp Harissa Paste (depending on how spicy you like food)
1 Handful Soft Herbs (I used Basil)
Black Pepper (add salt if you wish, I’m avoiding it this week)
For the Lemon & Thyme Marinade:
Juice 1 Lemon
Juice 1 Lime
1/4 Tsp Dijon Mustard
Handful Fresh Thyme Leaves
For the Grilled Chicken Halloumi Skewers:
1 Medium Chicken Fillet
80g Halloumi Cheese
Mix all the marinade ingredients well in a bowl together. Dice the chicken into largish chunks & toss into the bowl coating well. Cover, refrigerate & allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes or as long as you can spare on the day. Soak 4 wooden skewers in a large baking tray of water, this stops them from burning whilst cooking. Chop all the skewer vegetables except the courgette into equally sized medium chunks. Slice the courgette lengtwise with a vegetable peeler. Arrange the chicken, halloumi & veg chunks onto the soaked skewers & concertina the courgette into a fab shape before skewering onto 4 skewers. You should get approximately 3 medium chicken chunks & 2 medium halloumi chunks per skewer depending on the size you’ve cut them. Sprinkle over some more thyme & black pepper & set aside covered & refrigerated until ready to grill. Heat a large griddle pan & spray it with oil. Grill the skewers for 15 to 20 minutes turning occasionally or until the chicken is cooked & the halloumi is roasted (If you’re not familiar with halloumi you can grill this cheese it doesn’t melt & holds its shape) Meanwhile place the washed chopped cauliflower florets into a food processor (you may need to do this in batches) pulse until fine like couscous. Heat another pan & spray with oil. Gently fry the cauliflower cous cous for 5 to 8 minutes until heated through & add the harissa & the juice of a lemon (as much as desired to moisten & flavour the couscous, add half & if still a bit dry add more) Mix well over the heat for a few minutes & add the chopped basil just before serving. Plate up the couscous & top with two skewers per person, add a lemon quarter for garnish/squeezing over & Enjoy!
When a cooked breakfast is the only thing that will hit the spot but you’re too darn lazy to start dragging pots & pans out of the cupboard! I’m off work Today (Yay!) in preparation for attending my cousins wedding at the weekend (as you know. hence the lower carb week) When I’m at home I like a hot breakfast, something you wouldn’t necessarily have everyday or during the week & let’s face it, the full Irish is the ultimate in luxury breakfasts! Lucky for me it happens to be low carb too served without any bread or carb accompaniments so that’s what I fancied today. This is Super Healthy due to being baked & using lowfat gluten free sausages (I always use Mallons sausages they’re simply the best). Lazy bones here has chucked it all in the oven & the only hardship there after was waiting on it to cook. Delicious & healthy too only 5 propoints or 2 on the Filling & Healthy plan this serves 2.
4 Low Fat Gluten Free Mallons Sausages
2 Lean Bacon Medallions
8 Cherry Tomatoes
Preheat your oven to 200c. Place a large baking tray in the oven for about 5 minutes to heat it through. Spray the tray with oil & add the sausages & spray them too. Bake for 15 minutes. Add the bacon & mushrooms & bake for a further 10 minutes or so. Add the tomatoes for 5 to 8 minutes (you can season everything at this point with a sprinkle of the thyme leaves & black pepper) & when they are cooked & everything looks nearly done make 2 wells in the bake & carefully crack in 2 eggs. Return to the oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your liking. Serve with a cuppa hot tae & Enjoy!