Creamy Chicken, Bacon & Pea Risotto

Me & Risotto are bessie mates, so much so that I can knock it out midweek with my eyes practically closed. It has a real reputation for being a tricky & difficult dish to make but it’s really, really not. It’s a little time consuming with all the stirring but that’s the only taxing part & it’s ready in just 20 minutes so really not that taxing after all! I get asked every time I post a recipe for risotto if you can use different rice or ordinary basmati rice and the answer is unfortunately no you definitely can’t, you need to buy the special risotto rice as the dish only works with a short grain rice, it’s all about the creaminess with risotto and other rices just don’t have the same starch content to create that effect. Arborrio rice is the most common risotto rice & it is widely available in all main supermarkets and it’s really not that difficult to source so good news there! This serves 2 at 9 Smartpoints or Macros 395Cal Protein 35 Carbs 54 Fat 4  Continue reading

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Cheats Healthy Creamy Chicken & Bacon Carbonara

You might have noticed the recurring theme this week is quick, easy and healthy. It has been one of those weeks it really has! But don’t worry we all have those kinds of weeks & I’ve got you covered with quick & easy tasty meals to make your life a little simpler if you’re having a hectic week too. Tonight’s dinner honestly couldn’t be more easy to throw together in a hurry. This serves 1 person at 11 Smartpoints (2sp no count) or Macros 573cal, P79, C45, F8. Continue reading

Skinny Southern Fried Style Crispy Chicken Goujons


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

Supermac’s and Papa John’s Menu Smartpoints 

Now I think Curry Chips with Cheese is purely an Irish thing but I could be very mistaken & sure where else would you get such a culinary delight but only in our very own home grown Supermacs! Here are all the Smartpoints for some yummy treats if you’re visiting and considering chicken & protein are our new best friends on plan some of the Smartpoints are very reasonable indeed. I like to be armed with the information so if I’m caught off guard or I’m planning a treat at least I can make an informed decision on what the best options are for me. I hope you find it useful too x Continue reading

Succulent Chicken Fillet with Nutty Maasdam Dutch Cheese & Sweet Ramiro Red Pepper encased in Tender Prosciutto accompanied by Golden Roasted Baby Potatoes & Beneforte Broccoli

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).

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Gloriously Sticky Crispy Chinese Chicken

Healthy Eating never tasted so good! Whip this up in your kitchen in quicker time than it would take order takeout & enjoy all the taste & none of the January guilt! I coated the chicken in the same fashion as my healthy spicebag recipe for a delectable crispy crunch & smothered it in a gorgeously glossy honey, sweet chilli & soy sauce that’s super quick & easy to prepare. This works out at 8 Smartpoints & I served it with 6 Smartpoints of Basmati Rice, If you use Wholegrain Basmati the whole thing will only set you back 6 Smartpoints on the No Count Plan. It serves 4 hungry people. Here’s the skinny:  Continue reading

Nandos Menu

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Here’s the full Nando’s menu in propoints form for your leisurely perusal. This was actually the first menu list I ever posted on the blog a little while back. I was looking back through old photos for it for someone and realised the old version was difficult to read as I handwrote it & scanned it. Also, upon checking, Nando’s have since changed some of the menu items so there was nothing for it but to revise the entire thing for you. And here it is! updated & easier to read! I hope you find it useful.