Much to my family’s disappointment, I’m just not a fan of Shepherd’s or Cottage Pie. Nothing to do with the taste or flavour, I just can’t handle the texture of mince with mashed potato for some reason! Keep to make a nice, wintery and warming meal this weekend, I decided to put a bit of a twist on the regular Cottage pie by replacing the traditional beef mince with some chunky beef stewing steak and turning the whole thing into more of a Steak and Ale pie vibe. The addition of the stilton to the mash is wonderful, it adds a lovely tang to what is a smooth and comforting pie topper. If you aren’t keen on blue cheese, simply leave this out. If you do, the points are 10sp per portion.
Whenever I go shopping I always buy butternut squash in one form or another. Whether it be pre spiralised, in a lasagne sheet, or in its natural giant form I just like the idea of having a 0sp carb in the house, just in case. For that reason, I always seem to have a whole butternut squash in the cupboard! This week, with the weather getting ever more wintery and cold, I just fancied a nice warming soup for lunch and so I thought it was about time I used up some of my squash stash.
I get lots of requests for slow cooker recipes so, with Autumn in full swing and winter on its way, I thought it was about time I got another on the go. I love a good ragu….rich, meaty and divine smelling, it makes the most wonderful dinner when added to a good pasta. Continue reading
Meatballs are one of my favourite go to quick and easy dinners as they take hardly any preparation and can be ready in under 15 minutes. These meatballs in particular are delicious with my other favourite at the moment, 0sp Butternut Squash Noodles, or Boodles as Sainsbury’s like to call them. They made for a lovely filling dish but allow you to keep the smart points for the whole meal nice and low.
Brunch, probably my favourite meal of them all (mostly because it’s acceptable to have a glass of prosecco with it). The beauty of a combined meal means you can also afford to spend a few further points on it than you would in breakfast or lunch separately and this recipe is certainly worth doing just that for!
Having seen someone tucking into a hash stack at a local café (and practically drooling over their plate) it I knew I would have to make my own healthy version of this lovely colourful dish. The result was delightful. If you want to alter the amounts of sweet potato vs BNS feel free to do so but remember to amend the points to suit (pop it back through the recipe creator). Otherwise give it a whirl, you won’t be disappointed!
Note: I buy the pre diced mixed packs of sweet potato and BNS from Sainsbury’s for this recipe to save chopping up a whole one of each. If you can’t find this and have to use one of each, roast the rest and whack it in a soup!
I love that lean lamb mince is now readily available in supermarkets (at one time I used to have to hunt it down and stock up!!). Its a lovely flavour alternative to regular beef mince and can be used in lots of different ways to make a quick and easy evening meal. This one I created very quickly when trying to use up some of the ingredients I had in the house already.
Following on with my obsession with all things Korean, I created this recipe after a visit to our local food market where my hubbie indulged in a Korean Fried Chicken Burger. Keen to make my own healthier version, I ditched the deep frying and went for a much healthier griddle instead.
I love a good fish dish so I am always thinking of different ways to combine a light and low smart points fish dish with something that will fill up my hungry hubbie. This week, having had some sweet potatoes left to use up, I thought I would get some mash on the go. This mash is inspired by my lovely Loaded Sweet Potato Skins from a while back, with many of my favourite flavours rearing their heads once again, this time in mash form.
Crispy Chilli Beef is something I love to eat so, after picking up some extra lean quick fry beef strips in the woopsies aisle of Sainsbury’s the other day, I thought it was about time I came up with my own healthy version of this usually indulgent treat.
My hubbie and I love all things hot and so I’m always on the lookout for new spicy additions to our weekly menu. After visiting a food festival a few weeks ago and enjoying the most delicious Jamaican brown chicken wrap I decided to give this dish a go for myself by transforming it into a stew.