Succulent juicy chicken breast encased in a spicy crispy crunchy crumb just ripe for dunking into your favourite dipping sauce. Heavenly morsels of weekend goodness that deliver that take away feeling without any of the guilt, perfection! Serves 4 hungry people at 6 Smartpoints a serving (4 Smartpoints on the No Count Plan). These are ridiculously easy & quick to make and can be frozen raw to cook another time, how handy is that! Here’s the skinny: Continue reading
These beautiful pancakes are made using oats for an alternative to the usual flour based recipes. I added a touch of chocolate flavour that compliments the banana really well. Continue reading
The Easiest Healthy One Pot Dish! I cannot begin to tell you how simple this was to make, the chicken stays incredibly moist & juicy due to being wrapped in the prosciutto & the sweetness of the pepper & creaminess of the cheese is just divine! It lifts a plain ordinary chicken dinner to a new level. It all goes in one casserole dish in the oven so minimal fuss or mess involved. I just lay the cheese & pepper on top of the chicken which also avoids all that faffing about trying to cut a pocket in the meat, it honestly couldn’t be easier! You could probably make this lower points again by using light buffalo mozarella sliced instead, which I originally intended but I didn’t have any in the fridge (the maasdam is 3 Smartpoints so adjust accordingly). All items were bought in Aldi. Mine was 10 Smartpoints (or 4 Smartpoints on No Count).
Mmmmmm Chips….. Drool! Steaming hot & fresh from the oven sprinkled with salt & a dash of sharp malty vinegar to add to the heavenly combination & a cheat’s easy garlic mayo for dunking, my idea of a heavenly Saturday Night Tea! Who says you can’t enjoy the finer things in life when sticking to a healthy eating plan! These are perfect & so easy on your Smartpoints you could even add a small wholewheat roll to make a chip butty, have them with a healthy fried egg done in sprayoil, splash out & enjoy them with a beautiful fillet steak, or just enjoy them as they are, on their own in all their glory, the options are bountiful. This is the best method I have found to make them. The Smartpoints value will depend on the raw weight of potato & mayo used & size of portion you desire & they are listed below. Continue reading
And the Annual Conundrum of what to do with all the Tasty Christmas Dinner leftovers begins! Usually there is more Turkey & Ham prepared than any one Household can eat. Well I decided to turn mine into a Gorgeous Filling & Tasty, Healthy Pasta Bake with Petit Pois & a Silky Cheese Sauce for just 12 propoints a serving. This will serve 4 hungry people. I hope you had a Wonderful Christmas Day
Nothing beats the gorgeous smell of baking through the kitchen of a Saturday morning. Hot & fresh out of the oven Delicious Skinny Banana & Milk Chocolate Baked Oat Muffins. A delicious weekend treat at just 3 propoints a muffin (or 1pp on Filling & Healthy). This makes 6 breakfast muffins (20pp per recipe or 4pp per recipe F&H). I hope you have a Fabulous Saturday!
I’m off work for the midterm hurray! So expect lots of lovely recipe ideas coming your way. Breakfast this morning was a silky smooth baked tomato egg cup with grilled bacon and toasted wheat muffin soldiers delicious! This little lot was only 6 pro points. I hope you’re having a fabulous Friday.
One large tomato
One medium egg
Two bacon medallions
One wheat toasting muffin
Salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 180c. Cut the top off the tomato and scoop out all the inside flesh and seeds. Place on a small baking tray you may need to cut a small bit off the bottom to make it stand upright. Carefully crack an egg into the tomato and season with salt and black pepper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes depending on how soft you like your egg keep an eye on it to make sure it’s cooked to your liking. Grill your bacon medallions on each side for 4 to 5 minutes and toast the muffin. Cut the muffin into soldiers and serve with the tomato garnished with some chopped fresh chives and bacon enjoy!
A light tea tonight! Delectable Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Bacon & Cream Cheese accompanied by Sweet Pepper & Rocket Side Salad with Tangy Orange & Mustard Dressing. If you’re a fan of Sweet Potatoes you will love this! You can of course substitute ordinary potato either it will work just as well. I love twice baked potatoes & have featured them several times on the blog. They are just so moreish! 8 propoints or 1pp on F&H I made this for myself so it serves 1 but you can easily multiply the recipe if serving more than 1 person. I Hope your Monday evening is great.
For the Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Bacon & Cheese:
225g Sweet Potato (you can have a slightly larger normal potato if using for the same points 300g)
2 Bacon Medallions Diced Finely
2 Spring Onions Sliced Finely
20g Philadelphia Lightest Cream Cheese
18g Reduced Fat Grated Cheddar
Salt & Black Pepper
Fresh Chives to Garnish
A Mixture of Rocket Leaves & any other Salad Leaves you want
A Small amount Red Pepper Finely Diced
A Small amount Yellow Pepper Finely Diced
A Small amount Red Onion Finely Diced
For the Orange & Mustard Dressing:
Approximately 1 Tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
½ a small Orange (such as a Clementine)
A Tiny Tip of a Tsp of Dijon Mustard
Black Pepper Preheat your oven to 200c and wash the sweet potato well. Place in the hot oven for an hour until soft. Set aside for about 10 minutes to cool while you prepare the filling. Fry the bacon pieces in a medium hot pan sprayed with oil for 3 to 5 minutes until fully cooked through & browning. Add the sliced spring onions to the pan stirring for about 30 seconds to a minute until just starting to soften. Carefully slice the sweet potato lengthwise in half with a sharp knife. Carefully scoop out the flesh from the sweet potato into a bowl leaving a small edge of sweet potato in the skin if possible to make it sturdier (don’t worry if it all comes away it will just be a bit extra delicate when lifting. Place the cream cheese into the bowl with the sweet potato & season with salt & black pepper. Mash well with a fork making sure the cream cheese is well combined with the sweet potato flesh. Add the bacon & spring onion mix (I like to reserve a few pieces for the tops of the finished potatoes to garnish) Mix this through gently with a spoon. Place the empty potato shells in an ovenproof dish or on a baking tray that you have sprayed with oil & spoon the sweet potato mix evenly & lightly back into each potato skin. Top with half the grated cheese per potato (add the reserved bacon & spring onion topping at this stage if you are following that step). Return the potatoes to the oven for about another 20 minutes until the cheddar has melted & is bubbling. Meanwhile prepare the dressing for the salad by mixing all the ingredients together very well in a small bowl or glass. Prepare the salad ingredients & lightly drizzle with the dressing. Very carefully lift the potatoes onto your plate with a spatula, top with chopped chives & enjoy!
I can’t say it, I can’t even try! Chonchiglioni or “shells” to you or me! These are little morsels of heaven, a little fiddly to stuff but worth the small effort that entails. These were supposed to be sausage, spinach & ricotta but my local store was fresh out of ricotta until Monday & considering I live in a small town & the nearest next store to buy ricotta is a 48km round trip I substituted quark instead. Feel free to use ricotta if such niceties are easily available to you (the points may change the quark was 1pp). Serves 4 at 8pp a portion nothing wrong with that! Here’s the skinny:
240g Dried Large Chonchiglioni (Pasta Shells)
6 Low Fat Sausages (1pp a piece my preference is Mallons low fat gluten free)
1/2 an Onion Finely Diced
1 Large Bag Fresh Baby Spinach
1 Clove Garlic Crushed
Fresh Basil Leaves
Salt & Black Pepper
20g Grated Parmesan Cheese
Blanch the Conchiglioni (shells) for 7 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain, run under cold water & set aside. Fry the spinach for 2 to 3 minutes until wilted, drain & set aside. Fry your onion for 3 minutes until softened in sprayoil & remove the skin from the sausages & add to the pan. Break the sausages up into small pieces with a wooden spoon while frying for approximately 5 minutes until cooked. Season with salt and pepper and add the garlic for 30 seconds. Place the sausage mix in a bowl. Squeeze any excess water out of the spinach & add to the bowl with the sausage, quark & fresh chopped basil leaves. Meanwhile heat the passata in a saucepan seasoning with the oregano, more basil & some salt & pepper. Pour half the tomato sauce into an ovenproof dish. Spoon 1/2 a teaspoon or so of the sausage & spinach mix into each shell & lay the pasta on top of the tomato sauce. Drizzle the remaining tomato sauce across the top & sprinkle with the parmesan & bake in a preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes until heated through & browning. Serve & 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!