Creamy & Light Chicken, Bacon & Pea Orzo

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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

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

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

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

Fabulously Chunky Pesto Meatballs in a Homemade Tomato & Basil Sauce with Spaghetti

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Spaghetti & Meatballs the food of Champions! What’s better than leisurely twirling your fork round and round in mounds of golden spaghetti that is glossy with tomato sauce & a big chunky meatball to go alongside, Bliss! These Meatballs have real Italian flavour with the Sundried Tomato Pesto & Basil giving fabulous flavour & the Milk Soaked Bread keeps the Meatballs lovely and Juicy & Moist all accompanied by Succulent Juicy Plum Tomato Sauce & a lovely helping of Parmesan to top it all off, Yummy. This serves 4 people at 10 Smartpoints (1 Smartpoint on No Count or 11 propoints or 1 if you’re following the Filling & Healthy plan if you use Whole wheat spaghetti & bread from the filling & healthy list).  

For the Meatballs:

454g Lean 5% Fat Steak Mince

1 Slice of Calorie Controlled Wholemeal Bread

A Small splash of Skimmed Milk

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Simple & Tasty Leftover Roast Turkey & Baked Ham Cheesy Pasta Bake


And the Annual Conundrum of what to do with all the Tasty Christmas Dinner leftovers begins! Usually there is more Turkey & Ham prepared than any one Household can eat. Well I decided to turn mine into a Gorgeous Filling & Tasty, Healthy Pasta Bake with Petit Pois & a Silky Cheese Sauce for just 12 propoints a serving. This will serve 4 hungry people. I hope you had a Wonderful Christmas Day

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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!  

Creamy Spicy Cajun Chicken Tagliatelle

  

You know one of those days when you open the fridge stare blankly inside, close it & repeat the process about 3 more times? Well that was me today. I had a small bit of chicken left over from the chicken coconut curry I made last night 
& was wondering what the heck I was going to make with it. Well this is what the heck I made with it! How would you like to try this gorgeous mountain of food for just 10 propoints? (1 on F&H if you use brown pasta) Yummy! Serves 1. I hope your Sunday is great x 100g Diced Chicken Fillet

60g Dried Weight Tagliatelle 

1 Small Red Onion Diced

1 Small Red & Yellow Pepper Diced

1 Clove of Garlic

65g Philadelphia Lightest Cream Cheese

2 Tsps Cajun Seasoning (I used my own blend you can find it under my Jambalaya recipe or use shop bought)

Fresh Basil

Salt & Black Pepper   Prepare the pasta as per packet instructions. Place the diced chicken in a bowl & coat well with the Cajun seasoning. Heat a medium saucepan and spray with oil. Sauté the onion and peppers for approximately five minutes until soft. Add the chicken and cook for a further 5 to 8 minutes until fully cooked. Crush in a clove of garlic and cook for a further minute. Season with salt and black pepper. Add in the Philadelphia and a small amount of pasta cooking water and stir well until the Philadelphia is melted into a sauce. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce stirring well until fully coated. Tear in some fresh basil leaves and serve immediately. Enjoy!  

Easy Cheesy Healthy Bolognese Pasta Bake

  I’m quite adept at coming up with ideas to use up leftovers & I had leftover mince, cheese & thyme from last night’s dinner so this is what was made. I always have a few staples & tinned plum tomatoes always inhabit my larder so this was a very easy healthy & quite a filling choice. Pasta is always my go to comfort food, it’s extremely versatile & incredibly satisfying to the tummy. Bolognese is always so packed with flavour & tasty be it served with spaghetti & cheese or baked in the oven in this gorgeous pasta bake. This serves 4 hungry people at 10pp a portion (1pp on F&H). Dinner is sorted! Here’s the Skinny:   400g Lean 5% Fat Beef Steak Mince

1 Onion Finely Diced

2 Large Carrots Finely Diced

2 Sticks of Celery Finely Diced

1 Red Pepper Diced

1 Clove of Garlic Crushed

2 Tins of Plum Tomatoes

1 Tbsp Tomato Purée 

1 Tsp Dried Oregano

A Few Spigs Fresh Thyme Leaves 

A Handful of Fresh Basil 

Salt & Black Pepper 

240g Dried Pasta Shapes

30g Reduced Fat Grated Cheddar

30g Reduced Fat Grated Mozzarella  Start by making the Bolognese sauce, this is not difficult in the slightest but it does require time to simmer down & thicken into a glossy flavour filled sauce otherwise the sauce will be watery & not as flavoursome. Heat a large pot over a medium heat & spray with oil. Add the onion & fry for approximately 5 minutes until softening. Add in the carrots, pepper & celery & fry for a further 5 minutes. Add the mince & cook until browned through. Add the garlic & cook for a further minute. Add in the tomatoes chopping them with a sharp knife once in the pot. Add the purée, the rest of the herbs (except the basil) & salt & pepper. Cook over a medium low heat uncovered for 45 minutes to an hour stirring occasionally until the Bolognese is thick & glossy. Meanwhile prepare the pasta according to packet instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water.   Just before adding to the bake tear the basil leaves into the bolognese & stir through. Place the cooked pasta shapes & Bolognese in an ovenproof dish & top with the grated cheese. Place in a preheated oven at 180c for about 30 minutes. Serve & enjoy!  

Delectable Creamy Cheesy Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Chonchiglioni with Tomato Sauce

  

I can’t say it, I can’t even try! Chonchiglioni or “shells” to you or me! These are little morsels of heaven, a little fiddly to stuff but worth the small effort that entails. These were supposed to be sausage, spinach & ricotta but my local store was fresh out of ricotta until Monday & considering I live in a small town & the nearest next store to buy ricotta is a 48km round trip I substituted quark instead. Feel free to use ricotta if such niceties are easily available to you (the points may change the quark was 1pp). Serves 4 at 8pp a portion nothing wrong with that! Here’s the skinny:
240g Dried Large Chonchiglioni (Pasta Shells)

6 Low Fat Sausages (1pp a piece my preference is Mallons low fat gluten free)

1/2 an Onion Finely Diced

1 Large Bag Fresh Baby Spinach

85g Quark

1 Clove Garlic Crushed

Fresh Basil Leaves

Salt & Black Pepper 

20g Grated Parmesan Cheese

500g Passata 

1 Tsp Dried Oregano  

Blanch the Conchiglioni (shells) for 7 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain, run under cold water & set aside. Fry the spinach for 2 to 3 minutes until wilted, drain & set aside. Fry your onion for 3 minutes until softened in sprayoil & remove the skin from the sausages & add to the pan. Break the sausages up into small pieces with a wooden spoon while frying for approximately 5 minutes until cooked. Season with salt and pepper and add the garlic for 30 seconds. Place the sausage mix in a bowl. Squeeze any excess water out of the spinach & add to the bowl with the sausage, quark & fresh chopped basil leaves. Meanwhile heat the passata in a saucepan seasoning with the oregano, more basil & some salt & pepper. Pour half the tomato sauce into an ovenproof dish. Spoon 1/2 a teaspoon or so of the sausage & spinach mix into each shell & lay the pasta on top of the tomato sauce. Drizzle the remaining tomato sauce across the top & sprinkle with the parmesan & bake in a preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes until heated through & browning. Serve & Enjoy!