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

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Sweet Piccolo Tomato & Creamy Mozzarella Grilled Pitta Pizzas with Fresh Basil & Red Onion

  
Culinary elaborations have their time and place but sometimes the simple quick and easy ideas are best. Pitta pizzas are so versatile you can basically put whatever you fancy on them peppers, mushrooms, ham, pineapple, chicken the list is quite endless. This was lunch today coming in at 7 propoints but you could easily make this for 5pp as I didn’t have any weight watchers pitta breads in the house and these are full fat white pitta breads from Aldi which are 5pp each (you can have this on filling and healthy for just two pro points for the cheese if you use the weight watchers pittas). I hope your Wednesday is wonderful!   
One pitta bread

A squeeze of Passata 

1 Tbsp of tomato purée 

A sprinkle of oregano

Salt and black pepper

Piccolo tomatoes halved

60g reduced fat mozzarella

Red onion sliced

Fresh basil leaves  

Toast the pitta bread in a toaster or under a hot grill and slice open lengthways into 2 halves, be careful of escaping steam. Mix together the passata, tomato purée & oregano and season with salt and pepper. Spread generously over each half of the pitta bread. Slice the tomatoes and red onion and lay on top. Dot the mozzarella across the pizzas and season with salt and pepper. Place under a hot grill for 3 to 4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Garnish with the fresh basil leaves, devour and enjoy!  

Juicy Plump Sun-Dried Tomato & Soft Buffalo Mozzarella Linguine with Sweet Fresh Basil & Cream Sauce

  
Happy World Pasta Day! The perfect excuse to whip up one of my favourite pasta dishes, not that I ever need an excuse to have pasta, I absolutely adore the stuff and would eat it every day if I could get away with it! I love linguine it’s flatter than spaghetti and holds a creamy sauce much better. This gorgeous recipe features juicy plump sun-dried tomatoes and creamy mozzarella with basil and a real fresh cream sauce, yes cream, light cream but cream nonetheless! This is filling, comforting and remarkably healthy at just 10 propoints per serving (if you use wholewheat spaghetti instead you can have it for 5 propoints on filling and healthy). Here’s the skinny:  
184g (cooked weight) of linguine

50g sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil

35g light mozzarella

1/2 a red onion diced

1 clove garlic

30ml light cream

Fresh basil leaves

A small sprinkle of chilli flakes

Salt and black pepper

  
Cook the pasta according to packet instructions in boiling salted water. Rinse the oil off the sun-dried tomatoes if desired and chop into small bite-size pieces. Spray a medium saucepan with oil and fry the onion for approximately five minutes until soft. Crush in the garlic clove and cook for further 30 seconds. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and heat through for one minute.   Add the cream and chilli flakes and season with salt and pepper. Loosen the creamy sauce with a couple of tablespoons of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce mixing well. Tear in the fresh basil leaves and stir through the mozzarella torn into chunks and serve immediately. Enjoy!  

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!  

Ooey Gooey Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Zingy Fresh Homemade Salsa

  I’ve been best friends with cheese for as long as I can remember, I love cheese & cheese loves me. We are both happier when we are in each others lives. I cannot imagine being told I was intolerant to it, I truly would be inconsolable! Whatever would I do without my beloved cheese! Ok maybe I’m being slightly over dramatic 😆 but you get the picture! These wonderful little sticks of cheesy goodness are an absolute delight to behold & nothing near as fattening as their shop bought counterparts, these won’t do any damage at all coming in at a healthy 5pp each and the recipe serves 2, I’d round up to 3pp on F&H.  For the Mozzarella Sticks:

200g pack (125g drained weight) half fat Fresh Mozzarella 

2 Slices Calorie Controlled Wholemeal Bread 

1 Egg

A Handful of Basil Leaves

1/4 tsp Garlic Granules

Salt & Black Pepper   For the Salsa:

5 Ripe Vine Tomatoes 

1 Tin Plum Tomatoes 

1 Clove of Garlic 

A Handful of Fresh Coriander 

1 Lime

1 Red Chilli

1/2 a White Onion 

1/4 tsp Ground Cumin

1/4 tsp Sweetener 

Salt & Black Pepper   Slice the Mozzarella into 8 sticks & pop into a tupperware tub & freeze for half an hour. Blitz the Bread, Basil, Garlic Granules & Salt and Pepper in your food processor until it makes fine breadcrumbs and place in a bowl. Beat the egg in a small separate bowl. Dip the Mozzarella Sticks into the egg mixture & then into the breadcrumbs coating them well & repeat, dip into the egg again & back into the breadcrumbs. Place on a baking tray lined with tinfoil & sprayed with sprayoil. Bake in a preheated oven at 

220c for approximately 16 minutes turning half way through. Roughly chop all the salsa ingredients except the tinned tomatoes & deseed your vine tomatoes. Place everything in your food processor & whizz until smooth, put in a bowl & cover & refrigerate until needed. If you can’t be bothered making the salsa this would be lovely with shop bought sweet chilli sauce just adjust the propoints accordingly. Serve the hot melting Mozzarella Sticks with a small bowl of the Salsa & enjoy!   

Melting Velvety Mozzarella Centred Italian Style Chunky Burgers with Steakcut Chips & Side Salad


  

These Burgers Ooze Sumptious Velvety Mozzarella when opened with Fabulous Steaming Hot Chips & a Fresh Crispy Rocket Salad on the side, lipsmackingly good! Perfect for the BBQ! Makes 4 Servings at approx 2pp on F&H & approx 10pps if counting.

For the Burgers:

1 pack extra Lean Steak Mince 

½ a White Onion Diced Finely 

1 tsp Sundried Tomato Pesto 

Handful of fresh Basil torn 

Salt & Fresh Black Pepper 

Splash of Balsamic Vinegar 

80g Fresh Mozzarella Reduced Fat 

  

Place mince in a bowl & add the pesto, fresh basil, salt & pepper, onion & balsamic vinegar. Mix gently but well. Form into 4 round balls. Split each ball in half & flatten into round patties. Place 20g of the fresh Mozzarella into each burger & seal the 2 patties together well encasing the mozzarella in the centre to form a burger. Make 3 more Burgers in the same fashion. Preheat a Griddle pan & fry the burgers for approx 8 minutes each side or until browned & cooked through. 

For the Steakcut Chips:

150g Raw Potato per person cut into chunky chip shapes.

Place on a plate & microwave for 3 minutes. Spray well with oil & place in a single layer into a preheated oven at 220c. Turn the heat down to 200c & cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until chips are brown & cooked through. Serve with Rocket & Cherry Tomatoes & you can add a Sandwich Thin for an 3 extra pro points or free on F&H as a bun for the burger if you wish. Enjoy!