Sumptuous Smoky Sloppy Joes


Sumptuous Smoky Sloppy Joes, fun to say, fun to make, fun to eat.  I’m always on the hunt for new ways to use beef mince & this did not disappoint with a gorgeous smoky depth of flavour and crispy chunky homemade oven fries to accompany it for a huge satisfying but healthy meal. Continue reading


Glorious Spicy Lean Taco Fries

Glorious Spicy Lean Taco Fries, all the flavour of this takeaway favourite without any need to wait until cheat day to indulge in this healthy version. I’ve made this recipe before (it’s here on the blog somewhere but this is an updated improved version) and had made the fries myself with potato rather than sweet potato and you can most certainly make the fries yourself using plain potato or sweet potato but these strong root frozen sweet potato fries are so so handy and I can never get my home-made sweet potato fries that divinely crispy. This recipe serves four and the taco mince mixture freezes well once cooled if you’re doing meal prep, just use 130 g of the frozen fries per serving as required. This is quite spicy well for my taste anyway, if you want it less spicy just dial down the amount of the spices you put in, if you like it hot hot hot use hot chilli powder instead of mild. The macros on this per serving are 479Cal P40 C37 F17 Smartpoints 13 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

How to make Hot Golden Crispy Chunky Oven Baked Chips with Malt Vinegar, Sea Salt & Cheat’s Garlic Mayo – An Easy Step by Step Guide

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

Peppery, Juicy Griddled Fillet Steak with Creamy Roquefort Butter accompanied by Golden Home-made Chunky Fries, Sautéed Mushrooms & Onions

I love steak and usually have it with pepper sauce but I fancied a bit of a change and rustled up this fancy posh dinner sure why not it is the bank holiday after all! The Roquefort has a beautiful tangyness that compliments the beef superbly. Mushrooms and onions are a natural accompaniment to steak but you could serve this with some beautiful tender stem broccoli either. This fabulous dinner can be yours for just 13 propoints (and only 3pp on filling and healthy!). Serves 2, Here’s the skinny:  
2 x 190g fillet steaks

300g peeled raw potato


1 Onion

40g Roquefort Cheese 

20g Reduced Fat Butter

Fresh Thyme 

Salt and black pepper  

Preheat your oven to 200 Celsius. Take your steaks out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before you cook them to bring them to room temperature. Cut the potatoes into chip shapes and place on a plate. Microwave for three minutes. Spray well with spray oil and cook in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until browning. Season the steaks each side with black pepper and cook on a very hot griddle pan sprayed with oil for the time according to your liking approximately 2 to 3 minutes each side for rare 4 minutes a side for medium and 5 to 6 minutes a side for well done. Place the steaks on a plate and cover with tinfoil & allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving. Quarter the mushrooms and fry alongside the onions in a pan sprayed with oil. Mash the Roquefort and butter together with a sprinkling of fresh thyme leaves and some black pepper until nice and smooth. Serve the chips, mushrooms and onions, and steaks topped with half of the roquefort butter per person and enjoy!  

It’s a Spice Bag Hun!

It’s a Spice Bag Hun! Lush! This was just voted Ireland’s favourite takeout dish and it’s easy to see why with spicy crispy fried chicken, golden chips and colourful veggies, my kitchen smells divine! yummy. The real version comes in at a whopping 1,200+ calories. But with this healthy version you don’t have to worry about it damaging your waistline. This rolls in at an amazing 9 Smartpoints or 2 Smartpoints on No Count (9 proproints or 2pp on filling and healthy) and serves 4 hungry people. The perfect weekend comfort dinner. It really is a delicious replica takeaway recipe that is well worth making. I know some people refer to them as a ‘fake away’ but I just can’t do it! the word alone makes my skin crawl! – that and the word ‘scrumptious’ or ‘zero heroes’ when referring to fruit & veg *shudder* Anyway, I digress call it what you will, I thoroughly enjoyed it and my kitchen smells gorgeous whilst cooking it and I hope you enjoy it too. Here’s the skinny:  
500g chicken fillet

800g peeled potatoes

1 red, yellow and green pepper finely sliced

1 red onion finely sliced

60g dried semolina

15g cornflour

1 egg

2 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp chinese five spice

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Black pepper  

Pre-heat the oven to 200c. Dice the chicken into nugget sized pieces. Cut the peeled potatoes into chip shapes. Place the chips on a plate and microwave for three minutes. Spray the chips well with spray oil and place in the oven on a mesh chip tray or on a baking sheet sprayed with oil and bake for 30 minutes. Place a baking tin in the oven for the last five minutes of the chip cooking time to heat through. Meanwhile mix all the spices together in a small bowl. Mix the semolina and corn flour together in a separate bowl. Whisk the egg in another bowl. Place three quarters of the spices into the semolina mix and mix well. Pre-heat a large nonstick frying pan sprayed with oil. Dip the chicken pieces into the egg and lightly coat in the semolina mixture. Place in the frying pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes each side until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside. Re-spray the pan with sprayoil and fry the peppers and onions until soft approximately 5 minutes. Remove the preheated baking tin from the oven and combine the chips breaded chicken and vegetables and sprinkle over the reserved remaining spices mix gently and well. Return to the oven for an extra five minutes of cooking time. If you like it hotter feel free to add extra chilli flakes, cayenne or slice a fresh red chilli & fry with the veggies. Serve immediately whilst hot and enjoy!  

Juicy Double Bacon Cheese Burger on a Brioche Bun with Spicy Taco Sauce & Roasted Rosemary Butternut Squash Fries accompanied by Creamy Homemade Crème Fraiche Coleslaw

All of this can be yours for just 11 propoints (6pp F&H) who said Healthy Eating can’t be fun! 

For the Burgers:

500g Lean Steak Mince (5% Fat)

1 Onion Very Finely Diced

½ Tsp Mustard Powder

A Couple of Splashes of Worcestershire Sauce

¼ Tsp Spicy Smoked Paprika

1 Tsp Dried Parsley

½ Tsp Dried Oregano

½ Tsp Garlic Granules  

For the Taco Sauce:

4 Tbsps Lighter than Light Mayonnaise

2 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup

A Pinch of Spicy Smoked Paprika

A Splash of Tabasco

To Serve:

1 Aldi Brioche Burger Bun

A Couple of Leaves of Baby Gem Lettuce

Red Onion Sliced into Rounds

Sliced Tomato

8 Bacon Medallions

4 Reduced Fat Cheese Slices

For the Butternut Squash Fries:

2 Large Butternut Squash Peeled & Diced into Chip Shapes

A Handful of Fresh Rosemary Leaves Chopped  

For the Coleslaw:

Grated Carrot (1 medium)

Grated White Cabbage (about ¼ or so)

49g Half Fat Crème Fraiche

Salt & Black Pepper  

Grate the Carrot & White Cabbage in a food processer using the grating attachment. Place in a bowl with the crème fraiche & season with salt & black pepper. Cover with cling film & refrigerate until needed. Mix all the Taco Sauce ingredients well in a bowl until fully combined, cover with cling film & refrigerate until needed. Meanwhile combine all the burger ingredients together well in a bowl, try not to compact the meat too much with your hands, lightly mix it to avoid dense burgers. Divide the mixture into 8 meatballs & flatten them down to form 8 thin burger patties (these are thinner than my usual burgers but you get 2 so it’s essentially the same amount of meat in the end). Some of the diced onion might not make it into the patties & get left in the bowl this is fine the onion is for flavour & also to bulk the burgers out so don’t worry too much about leftovers as long as all the meat is used. These can be made in advance & covered & refrigerated until needed if necessary. Preheat your oven to 200c. Blot the Butternut Squash Fries with Kitchen roll to remove any additional moisture & Place them in a single layer on a baking tray lined with baking paper & sprayed with oil. Spray the chips with oil & season with salt & black pepper & scatter with the chopped Rosemary Leaves. Bake for 15 minutes, take out of the oven for 15 minutes & place back into the preheated oven for a further 15 to 20 minutes. Fry the red onion rounds & bacon in a hot pan sprayed with oil for approximately 5 or 6 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the pan & keep warm. Fry the Burgers in the hot pan sprayed with oil for approximately 3 minutes each side or until fully cooked through & browning. Assemble the 4 burgers by laying the lettuce, tomato & red onion on your bun, lay a burger on top & a cheese slice & bacon medallion on top of each burger. Repeat this layer topping with the taco sauce instead of a second cheese slice. Top with the bun lids & serve with the butternut squash fries & the coleslaw & Enjoy!