Creamy & Light Chicken, Bacon & Pea Orzo


If you follow me on Instagram you will know this was in fact last night’s dinner, we’re having steak tonight, but this turned out so utterly delicious I decided to pop the recipe up for you all. My full intention was to make one of the many healthy risotto recipes I already have up on my blog but alas when I opened the press I had very little Arborio rice left but I did have a full packet of Orzo pasta so I had to think quick on my feet and with a few google searches later, an amalgamation of and tweak of several previous recipes and I had formulated my very own recipe using the ingredients I had available to me in the fridge. I cannot recommend this one highly enough, regardless of the fact it was thrown together rather haphazardly, it actually turned out to be the tastiest and best thing I have made in quite a little while (as is often the case) and that’s saying a lot because in my humble opinion my recipes are pretty darn tasty to begin with if I do say so myself. It isn’t unlike a risotto in texture and consistency so if you’re a huge risotto fan like me you will just adore this little spin on it. Continue reading


Turkey Curry


A Traditional take on the festive leftovers this year with an old school turkey curry. I made this kinda ad hoc so bear with me I’m going to write it verbatim as I made it. You can of course use roast chicken or roast up some chicken fillets and shred them either. I only used the skinless white leaner meat for this and Smartpoints and Macros are in accordance with that. This made 4 huge servings you could probably even get 6 smaller portions out of this especially if you added a bit more veg to bulk it out. The Smartpoints per serving when serving 4 people is just 4 you will need to point whatever you serve with it, I had both wholegrain rice and I’ve also had it with homemade oven chips. The Macros per serving are 292Cals | 42 Protein | 16 Carbs | 5 Fat for the curry and add in whatever you choose to serve it with. Continue reading

Healthy & Light Chicken Tikka Masala

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I heard a few weeks ago that Chicken Tikka Masala topped the poll this year for Irelands favourite take out dish overtaking the legendary Spice bag (There’s a healthy spice bag recipe already available on the blog) and it’s been on my mind ever since to give it my light and healthy twist whilst keeping all the richness and depth of flavour which I think I have achieved here. Continue reading


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


Light & Fluffy Chocolate & Baked Banana Oaty Pancakes

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


Simple Fresh Pesto alla Genovese Pasta Salad with Peppery Rocket, Buffalo Mozzarella & Succulent Sweet Sunstream Tomatoes

A light simple lunch today but I despair of myself sometimes, I really do! This was supposed to be a Prosciutto Salad with the Prosciutto the star of the show so to speak. I had it eaten & left the plate over & there on the sideboard was my unopened packet of Prosciutto 🙊 I never even missed it while photographing it or eating it! 😂😝 Oh well at least I saved myself a couple of propoints. Put 2 Slices of Prosciutto on it if you would like it will be an extra 2 pro points 😃 Anyway it was 7pp as it stands & if you use wholewheat pasta on the filling & healthy plan you have it for 2pp. Hope you enjoy  
50g Uncooked Penne Pasta

4/5 Cherry Sunstream Tomatoes Halved

10g Pesto alla Genovese 

35g Reduced Fat Buffalo Mozzarella 

A Handful of Rocket Leaves

Salt & Black Pepper   

Cook the pasta according to packet instructions in salted boiling water. Drain & run under cold water until cold. Mix 10g pesto with a tiny drop of water to make it more like a dressing, mix some through the cold pasta reserving some for the top. Add through the remaining ingredients & season with salt & black pepper drizzle over the remaining pesto dressing & Enjoy!  


Lusciously Cheesy Hearty Lasagne

What is the most tempting flavoursome pasta dish you can think of? Lasagne of course! It’s naturally cheesy and carby by nature and yes, it takes a little bit of thought to make a skinny version but it’s not impossible, I see so many skinny versions with vegetables instead of pasta sheets & quark or yogurt instead of sauce but I’m sorry, I’m a bit allergic to those recipes, I have yet to come across one I’ve actually liked or enjoyed eating. I think this is by far a better healthy version and all it takes is just incorporating a few tweaks to lighten it up without losing any original flavour or texture. This is a no holds barred proper version of lasagne with no skimping or swapping ingredients, using proper lasagne sheets, proper homemade sauce, mountains of real cheese & chock full of fabulous flavour it’s just a bit lighter, win win! This Serves 6 peeople at just 12 Smartpoints or Macros 513Cal | Protein 41 | Carbs 62 | Fat 10. Here’s my humble offering:

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