Gorgeously Hearty and Healthy, Chunky Minestrone Soup

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The russet colours of autumnal leaves are in their full array, there is a distinct chilly bite to the air, warm fluffy fleece blankets and soft woollen socks are back in action and it’s most definitely soup season again. Is there anything more comforting on a cold autumn evening than a big steaming hot bowl of filling and delicious soup, nope there is nothing I know that can fill that heart-warming role to the same perfection. I have a beautiful chunky minestrone soup recipe for you that won’t even require any bread or other accompaniments as the addition of whole wheat pasta and cannellini beans make it a filling meal all in itself. Continue reading

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Tender Smokey BBQ Pulled Chicken on a Wholemeal Bun with Crème Fraîche Slaw & Sweet Potato Fries


The juiciest tastiest pulled chicken sandwich with none of the hours of faffing about that pulled pork or chicken usually take. A beautifully glossy homemade smokey BBQ sauce that takes only 10 minutes to throw together and gorgeous shredded chicken that only takes half an hour! Quick, Easy, Delicious! Using chicken instead of pork for this pulled sandwich cuts fat & calories even further to make for a healthy alternative without losing any of the flavour or texture of the traditional recipe. The chicken is juicy and tender and remains that way due to being coated in the thick shiny homemade BBQ sauce. You can serve it with a wholemeal bun and delicious homemade coleslaw and fries I will also list the Macros and Smartpoints for the Chicken and Sauce on it’s own if you prefer to serve it with salad or rice instead. I sourced 99% of the ingredients for this in Aldi so they are easily accessible and cheap and cheerful too! The entire meal including all the trimmings as shown in the picture here serves 4 (The Coleslaw serves 6 you can add less veggies to make less if you wish) and it all comes in at 13 Smartpoints a serving / Macros per serving are: 533Cal P41 C61 F12. The Chicken in sauce will keep for up to 3 or 4 days refrigerated in an airtight container and it is suitable for freezing when fully cooled and on the day it’s made.
The details for the pulled chicken in the sauce on it’s own (for if you are serving it with alternative sides) are 2 Smartpoints a serving / Macros 166Cal P31 C7 F2 Continue reading

Tender Slow Cooked Beef Asado


Asado, in simple terms, is a stew and there are many different versions depending on the country or region. This one is not a million miles away from a Filipino asado. The richness of flavour in this recipe comes from slow cooking the beef until it becomes really tender in a tomato sauce infused with star anise, ginger and bay leaves. This is extraordinarily simple to make but does require some time as it will take about 1 and ½ to 2 hours to complete. I’ve added potatoes to the dish but you could certainly leave them out and serve it over brown rice or with salad instead. It keeps well and serves 6 which makes it a perfect meal prep recipe if you’re prepping for the week. It is suitable to do in a slow cooker if desired but I find it more flavoursome if you prep it in a large pot over the hob instead, I don’t know why it’s just one of those things! This serves 6 people and the Macros per serving are 344Cals P33.7 C30.5 F9.5 or Smartpoints 7 and free on No Count Here’s the skinny: Continue reading

Sweet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and Brown Rice

Last Night’s dinner was quite popular on my Instagram feed so I thought I’d pop it up here on the blog as well as in the comments for ease of future reference. This really is an extremely quick & easy, healthy throw together meal, it only took me 12 minutes to prepare! You don’t even have to prepare the rice or pre-boil the broccoli, I just used pre cooked rice & steamed the broccoli how easy is that! We all need those quick go to dishes that you can fire together at a minute’s notice on a busy evening & this is exactly that! Continue reading

Melting Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs with Tomato, Bacon & Sweet Basil Sauce

I absolutely adore meatballs I definitely don’t think it’s the first time I’ve mentioned this nugget of information. Pasta is one of my all-time favourite foods to eat. I rarely make meatballs the same way twice, I always adapt them and adjust the ingredients to come up with different flavour combinations and variations. These are stuffed with gorgeous reduced fat mozzarella that melts in the centre and oozes out when you cut into each juicy meatball. This recipe serves 4 people at 12 Smartpoints a serving or Macros per serving 492Cal P46 C49 F11 Continue reading

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

Banana Protein Pancakes with Protein Yogurt, Bananas & Summer Berries


Stack ’em up! Banana Protein Pancakes with Protein Yogurt, Bananas & Summer Berries ‘cos it’s Saturday & that’s just how I roll! The healthiest pancakes you can ever eat, took me a couple of batches to perfect my recipe but it was worth it, the macs on these are on fleek. I’m off to the gym to train have a great day x 4 Pancakes for 1 serving Macros for 4 cakes are 225cal P30 C17 F5 Smartpoints for 4 pancakes are 3sp (without fruit & yogurt garnish). Recipe makes 8 pancakes. Here’s the skinny:  Continue reading