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.
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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

Succulent Chicken Fillet with Nutty Maasdam Dutch Cheese & Sweet Ramiro Red Pepper encased in Tender Prosciutto accompanied by Golden Roasted Baby Potatoes & Beneforte Broccoli

The Easiest Healthy One Pot Dish! I cannot begin to tell you how simple this was to make, the chicken stays incredibly moist & juicy due to being wrapped in the prosciutto & the sweetness of the pepper & creaminess of the cheese is just divine! It lifts a plain ordinary chicken dinner to a new level. It all goes in one casserole dish in the oven so minimal fuss or mess involved. I just lay the cheese & pepper on top of the chicken which also avoids all that faffing about trying to cut a pocket in the meat, it honestly couldn’t be easier! You could probably make this lower points again by using light buffalo mozarella sliced instead, which I originally intended but I didn’t have any in the fridge (the maasdam is 3 Smartpoints so adjust accordingly). All items were bought in Aldi. Mine was 10 Smartpoints (or 4 Smartpoints on No Count).

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Simple, Filling Potato & Leek Soup

 
Soup is my ultimate go to lunch, it is the best filling meal by miles for very little points indeed. Variety is key when it comes to soups as if you eat the same one constantly you are going to get very bored of it very quickly. This particular soup is especially filling due to the potatoes. A perfect lunchtime stop gap to erase the hunger pangs and it’s lunch sorted for several days in one go! Happy days! This makes 4 to 5 servings at 2 propoints (it’s free on filling & healthy). Here’s the skinny.  
400 g potatoes peeled and cubed

2 leeks sliced and washed

1 onion finely diced 

1 clove garlic

1 chicken stock cube

1 1/2 pints of boiling water

142mls skimmed milk

2 bay leaves

Fresh thyme 

Salt and pepper  Fry the onion & leeks in a saucepan sprayed with oil over a medium heat for approximately five minutes until softening. Add the crushed garlic and continue to fry for 30 seconds. Add everything else except the milk to the pot, season with salt and pepper and simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaves. Blend with a hand blender and pour in the milk stirring well. Return to the heat, if serving immediately, for a couple of seconds to gently heat through the milk. This will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3/4 days, it is also suitable for freezing. Enjoy!  

Perfect Crispy Golden Healthy Roast Potatoes

  
Roast potatoes are usually very high in calories because they are usually cooked in lots of fat be it oil, butter or lard. Well you don’t have to miss out with my healthy version which are just as golden and crispy without lashings and lashings of oil. These are the most perfect accompaniment to a lovely Sunday roast or a mid week roast chicken. This lovely lot serves four and comes in at just 4 Smartpoints or Free on No Count (3 pro points per serving or free on filling and healthy). These are simple to throw together & are infused with the gorgeous flavour of rosemary and sweet garlic.  
600 g of potatoes

Two cloves of garlic

Fresh rosemary

Salt-and-pepper

200 mls chicken stock made up with one stock cube  

Preheat your oven to 220c. Place your baking tin into the oven to heat. Peel the potatoes and chop into large pieces. Cook the potatoes in a pot of boiling salted water for approximately 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and returned to the pot overheat for a few minutes to steam them dry, they’ll be slightly fluffy around the edges which is perfect for roasties.  

Remove the baking tin from the oven and carefully please the potatoes in a single layer with space between each. Pour the stock over and season with pepper and chopped fresh rosemary leaves. Spray the potatoes lightly with spray oil. Place the two garlic cloves into the tray also. Bake in the oven for an hour turning carefully halfway through cooking time and give them an extra spray of oil, the stock will have evaporated at this point & infused all its flavour & given a lovely crust. Serve and enjoy!  

Delectable Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Bacon & Cream Cheese accompanied by Sweet Pepper & Rocket Side Salad with Tangy Orange & Mustard Dressing

  

A light tea tonight! Delectable Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Bacon & Cream Cheese accompanied by Sweet Pepper & Rocket Side Salad with Tangy Orange & Mustard Dressing. If you’re a fan of Sweet Potatoes you will love this! You can of course substitute ordinary potato either it will work just as well. I love twice baked potatoes & have featured them several times on the blog. They are just so moreish! 8 propoints or 1pp on F&H I made this for myself so it serves 1 but you can easily multiply the recipe if serving more than 1 person. I Hope your Monday evening is great.   
For the Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Bacon & Cheese:

225g Sweet Potato (you can have a slightly larger normal potato if using for the same points 300g)

2 Bacon Medallions Diced Finely

2 Spring Onions Sliced Finely

20g Philadelphia Lightest Cream Cheese

18g Reduced Fat Grated Cheddar

Salt & Black Pepper

Fresh Chives to Garnish

  For the Side Salad:

A Mixture of Rocket Leaves & any other Salad Leaves you want

A Small amount Red Pepper Finely Diced

A Small amount Yellow Pepper Finely Diced

A Small amount Red Onion Finely Diced
For the Orange & Mustard Dressing:

Approximately 1 Tsp Rice Wine Vinegar

½ a small Orange (such as a Clementine)

A Tiny Tip of a Tsp of Dijon Mustard

Black Pepper  Preheat your oven to 200c and wash the sweet potato well. Place in the hot oven for an hour until soft. Set aside for about 10 minutes to cool while you prepare the filling. Fry the bacon pieces in a medium hot pan sprayed with oil for 3 to 5 minutes until fully cooked through & browning. Add the sliced spring onions to the pan stirring for about 30 seconds to a minute until just starting to soften. Carefully slice the sweet potato lengthwise in half with a sharp knife. Carefully scoop out the flesh from the sweet potato into a bowl leaving a small edge of sweet potato in the skin if possible to make it sturdier (don’t worry if it all comes away it will just be a bit extra delicate when lifting. Place the cream cheese into the bowl with the sweet potato & season with salt & black pepper. Mash well with a fork making sure the cream cheese is well combined with the sweet potato flesh. Add the bacon & spring onion mix (I like to reserve a few pieces for the tops of the finished potatoes to garnish) Mix this through gently with a spoon. Place the empty potato shells in an ovenproof dish or on a baking tray that you have sprayed with oil & spoon the sweet potato mix evenly & lightly back into each potato skin. Top with half the grated cheese per potato (add the reserved bacon & spring onion topping at this stage if you are following that step). Return the potatoes to the oven for about another 20 minutes until the cheddar has melted & is bubbling. Meanwhile prepare the dressing for the salad by mixing all the ingredients together very well in a small bowl or glass. Prepare the salad ingredients & lightly drizzle with the dressing. Very carefully lift the potatoes onto your plate with a spatula, top with chopped chives & enjoy!

  

Delightfully Crispy Hash Browns with Tomato Ketchup

  A fabulous brunch for the weekend this is gorgeous as it is or it would also make a lovely accompaniment to a (healthy) full Irish Breakfast or with a simple fried egg on top. You get 2 large Hash Browns per person for a mere 4pp including the ketchup – bargain! Even better these are free on F&H!   300g peeled potatoes

1 egg

1/2 a white onion 

Salt & black pepper 

2 tbsps tomato ketchup   Grate the potatoes on the large side of a box grater or pop into your food processor. Finely dice the onion. Place tge grated potatoes & onion into a clean tea towel and squeeze all of the moisture out. Get them as dry as you can. Blot with kitchen paper to remove any remaining moisture. Place in a bowl & season well with salt and pepper. Add the egg & mix through. Heat a pan well on a highish heat and spray well with sprayoil. Form the potatoes into 4 pancake shapes pressing together well & place on the hot pan. Fry the hash browns for approximately 7 minutes each side pressing down occasionally with a spatula. If you’re nervous flipping them do what I did, I placed a large plate on top of the pan & held it down & flipped the pan so the hash browns were on the plate then slid them gently back in to the pan. Serve with the ketchup & enjoy!