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!

  

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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!  

Salad Dressing 

I’m not pro pointing a single solitary thing today, that’s because it’s my Birthday! And treats will be had! 😉👯🌸 But I do have a lovely birthday gift for you all. As promised last night (it took me waaaay longer than expected, it’s quite a comprehensive list) attached is your list of Salad Dressings fully pointed for your convenience. There are 12 photos in total so swipe across to see them all if you’re viewing on a phone. Now salad is the age old answer when it comes to weight loss going back as far as the ancient greeks & romans believe it or not! We all reach for the salad when the skinny jeans start to pinch a bit at the waist but did you know you can sabotage all your good intentions with dressings? Dressings can be unbelievably high in calories & oil & put ruin to the entire salad if you’re consuming it in a bid to lose weight. Be very careful what you choose, if eating out always ask for dressing on the side that way you can control the amount that goes on your salad & opt for vinaigrettes, balsamic or sweet chilli sauce over creamier caesar or thousand island varieties if possible. Some of the points in these babies really shocked me. I pointed 15ml/15g which is 1 level tablespoon (not heaped) also I pointed by 100ml/100g to get a better overall estimation of the differences between the different dressings on an equal measurement and finally I pointed them all by bottle size as if you’re the only one in the house that uses it (like me) it just gives a different estimation for you. I really hope you find it useful, I’m off to eat cake! 😆🙈🎂💕  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Orange & Cumin Spiced Israeli Couscous with Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables, Feta & Lemon & Herb Chicken 

  
It’s the Weekend Wahey! I fancied something a wee bit lighter tonight & thought Chicken would be a perfect accompaniment to this Fabulous Roast Vegetable Salad so here’s tonight’s offering.  Israeli Couscous also known as Pearl Couscous isn’t actually Couscous at all, it is in fact a small Israeli toasted pasta, it’s not even referred to as Israeli Couscous in Israel it is actually called Ptitim. Anyway this wonderful grain, whatever it is and whatever it’s called, is a fabulous base that absorbs flavours beautifully when cooked & can be eaten hot or cold. It reheats well without clumping & is very versatile & can be used in a variety of dishes including soups, casseroles, salads or served alone. I wanted something light for dinner. I only wanted half a Chicken Fillet & kept the other half for lunch so this cost me 8pp in total. If you serve it with a whole Chicken Fillet per person it would make it 10pp each. On Filling & Healthy it’s only 6pp no matter how much Chicken you have. I hope you have a fabulous Friday Night! Here’s the Skinny:

For the Mediterranean Vegetables:

1 Large Carrot 

3 Peppers Red, Orange & Yellow

¼ of an Aubergine

1 Small Red Onion

1 Tsp Dried Parsley

1 Tsp Dried Thyme

Salt & Pepper

Sprayoil  For The Orange & Cumin Spiced Israeli Couscous

100g Dried Israeli Couscous

800ml Chicken Stock

1 to 2 Oranges

½ Tsp Dried Cumin

Salt & Pepper

For the Chicken:

1 or 2 Medium Chicken Fillets

1 to 2 Tbsps of Lemon & Herb Seasoning Mix  To Serve:

40g Feta Cheese

Fresh Coriander Leaves

Orange quarters for squeezing over  Place the Chicken Fillet in an ovenproof dish & sprinkle with the Lemon & Herb Seasoning. Place in a preheated oven at 200c for approximately 25 minutes or until Chicken is fully cooked through. Allow to rest for a couple of minutes & slice. Meanwhile Peel the Carrot & Chop all the Vegetables into small bitesize pieces. Place in a baking tray sprayed with sprayoil. Sprinkle with the Parsley & Thyme & season with Salt & Pepper. Toss well & place in a preheated oven at 200c for approximately 20 minutes until nicely cooked through. Remove and set aside. To prepare the Israeli Couscous bring the Chicken Stock to the boil & add the Israeli Couscous, Juice of the Orange, Cumin & Season well with Salt & Pepper. Reduce to a simmer & cook for approximately 12 minutes or the time specified on the packet instructions. Remove & Drain the Couscous. Mix the Vegetables & Israeli Couscous together well & crumble in the Feta, tear in the fresh Coriander & adjust the seasoning if required. Squeeze over some more Orange Juice if required & serve with the Sliced Chicken Fillet & Enjoy!

 

Panfried Fillet of Whiting with a Pesto Genovese Couscous Salad

A light fish supper is a great thing to have the night before your weigh in to stay light on the scales. This is super quick & easy! This Serves 2 at approx 9pp each or 1pp on F&H for the pesto if you use wholewheat Couscous. 

 2 Medium Whiting Fillets

125g Couscous (dried weight about 400g cooked weight)

1 Tbsp Pesto Genovese (Green Pesto)

Juice of 1/2 a Lemon

1 Red Sweet Ramiro Red Pepper Diced 

4 Spring Onions Finely Sliced

About 8 Cherry Tomatoes halved

Fresh Basil Leaves

Sprinkle of Dried Parsley

Salt & Black Pepper

1 Chicken Stock Cube 

Pat your Fish with Kitchen Paper until dey on both sides. Preheat your frying pan & coat with sprayoil. Season the Fish with Salt & Black Pepper. Lay the Fish in the hot pan skinside down & press lightly with a spatula for a few seconds to avoid it curling up. Cook the Fish for about 4 minutes on the skin side & 2 minutes on the flipside or until cooked to your liking. Avoid flipping the fish more than once, just leave it to cook for the specified time before flipping to the other side. Meanwhile cook your Couscous as per packet instructions but add a stock cube to the boiling water to add more taste. Couscous literally takes 1 minute to cook it is the quickest ever! So handy! Place the cooked Couscous on a bowl & add all the chopped veg, pesto & lemon juice, season with salt & pepper & tear in the Basil Leaves. Divide between 2 Plates & lay your fish on the Salad, sprinkle with some dried Parsley & Serve with a Slice of Lemon for Squeezing over. Enjoy!