Coriander is probably my favourite herb and I find it makes its way into lots of my cooking. One dish it hadn’t yet made it into was a risotto and, after fancying a different kind of risotto this week, I decided to have a little experiment with a Mexican style creation. The result was delicious. The risotto itself is creamy and indulgent yet bursting with fresh and vibrant flavours and the Cajun prawns add that little bit of extra oomph to the dish.
We aren’t putting up our Christmas tree until a little later this year (as we are getting a real one again and I got it a bit too early last year….I was just too excited and it ended up dropping lots straight after the big day!) and so I’ve decided that in the meantime, I’ll do everything else to get into the festive spirit before then. After discovering the most amazing Mince Pie Filled Cookies in Asda this week, I decided to come up with my own version of a sweet mince meat treat and this recipe was the perfect solution. It so quick and easy to rustle up and feels like a real breakfast treat!
You will see that I’ve calculated the SP’s for each of the new plans below which I will do for all of my recipes moving forwards. Eventually I hope to be able to repoint all of my previous recipes too but this may take a little time so you may need to pop them back through your own recipe builder if you are on the green or purple plan now (all of the previous recipes are pointed for the old plan which is now the blue plan).
Coming back into the colder mornings, one of my favourite warming autumn breakfasts is baked oats. Easy to prepare in advance or on the day, they are a lovely filling breakfast which feel like a real treat at the same time.
Having had a craving for apple pie recently, I decided to combine the two dishes together to come up with something that would fill me until lunch but would satisfy my need for something sweet and fruity.
A few years ago the hubbie and I but devoured every episode of Rick Stein’s India cooking show. After the series finished, we picked up the accompanying cookbook and we have made a few bits and pieces from it but I can never seem to follow a recipe without tweaking it for myself.
Korean gochujang chilli paste is one of my favourite store cupboard essentials. I use it in lots of my recipes and, as it’s always in my cupboard/fridge, I love to come up with new ways to use it in my everyday meals. Last week, after fancying something summery for tea, I thought I would give it a whirl as part of a potato salad dressing and the result was delicious. Bursting with flavour, colour and goodness, the best thing about this recipe is that the dish can be on the table in the time it takes to boil the potatoes.
Halloumi is a summer BBQ staple for me and even though the weather this summer has been far from BBQ-able, that hasn’t stopped me needing my cheesy summer fix. These kebabs are great as they are so quick and easy to make. Simply chop, assemble, cook and eat!
At book club last month we had an Italian themed buffet. I whipped up my Mozzarella, Pepparoni and Pesto Boccones and I suggested my friend bring along some mini Polpette (meatballs) to which she delightfully obliged. After whipping them up in the afternoon, she told me she had actually used Quorn meatballs and as an avid meat eater, I have to say I was a little cautious about trying these veggie balls (I hadn’t actually tried Quorn since my university days!). I have to admit however, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that not only were they delicious, they were also low in points and best of all, could be cooked from frozen. I’ve been planning to test my meatball marinara recipe again for a good while now and so I thought to myself, why not incorporate these meatballs into the recipe. Not only are they tasty but the texture is perfect to be sat inside a bun with oozy tomato sauce.
Mackerel is a fish that both the hubbie and I love and it’s often on offer /reduced (or on a ‘whoopsies’ as our local supermarket likes to call it) near the end of the day in larger supermarkets. As a cheap and flavoursome fish, mackerel is great way to add oily fish to your diet without adding in too many extra points.
Satay sauce from the Chinese takeaway is one of my favourite treats. Meaty, nutty with a nice little kick, it goes with so many different treats, I always find it irresistible. Last week, after having a serious craving for some, I decided to try and create a healthy version of this sauce and make it into a whole meal. All the flavour and none of the guilt! The result was delicious, a lovely different flavour and a really easy dinner to rustle up.
My hubby and I always roast a chicken on a Sunday night so that we know during the week we will always have something healthy to hand for lunches or quick evening meals. Easily bored of eating the same thing, I’m always trying to come up with new ways to use this chicken in salads and soups, keeping the smart points low but the flavour level high. This recipe is one I first started making last summer and it’s been a firm favourite ever since. I love the easy harissa feta dressing as it really lifts the salad ingredients and the ingredients in it are usually bits I always have lurking around the cupboards/fridge. If you don’t have a blender for the dressing, simply mash the feta into a paste before mixing through the other dressing ingredients. If you prefer your beans cold, these can be drained and added straight to the cooked kale and green beans.