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Tasty Potato Salad in a Pesto Garlic Dressing – Delicious Lunch Idea – Only 6pp!

For some reason this week I’m finding myself rather peckish come around three o’clock so rather than snack I thought it would be better to try a more filling lunch that is still nice and low in points! This is a lunch I haven’t had for quite a while as I thought it might be quite pointy however after further investigation, I found that it is a more than acceptable 6pp!! It’s lovely and filling and so quick and easy to make and it also makes a lovely quick evening meal if you add the suggested additions (see method!).

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Ingredients

Serves 1 = 6pp

200g Salad Potatoes, cut into bitesize chunks

1 tablespoon extra light mayonnaise

½ tsp red pesto

Splash of balsamic vinegar

½ clove of garlic, crushed

Sprinkle of crushed chillies (optional)

Sprinkle of paprika

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 spring onion, finely sliced

¼ pepper, finely chopped

Handful of salad leaves

Salt and Pepper

Method

Boil the potatoes in some salted water for around 15 minutes. While they are boiling, make your dressing. Pop the mayo in a large bowl, add the pesto, balsamic, garlic , chillies, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and give a good mix. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain and add to the dressing bowl and toss the potatoes in the dressing so they are nicely coated. Add the chopped vegetables and again, toss so the vegetables get a nice coating of the dressing. Before serving stir though your salad leaves and finish with a twist of black pepper.

You can have this hot just after you’ve made it or (once the potatoes are cooled) whack it in the fridge for later. I usually make it the evening before and have it for lunch the next day. It’s also delicious with some ham and cheese or some cooked chicken. If you are going to have either I usually halve the amount of potatoes so that it’s the same amount of points. If you are going to have ham and cheese you can have 4 slices of cooked wafer thin ham with 20g half fat cheddar and if you are having chicken you can have 60g of cooked chicken breast and they will both still be 6pp. If you fancy having the extra potatoes and the other extras it goes up to 8pp each.

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Spinach, Ricotta and Chorizo Cannelloni – only 9pp!

I love a good meal in an Italian restaurant and there’s nothing better than some oozing, cheesy cannelloni however its always off the cards these days as it is just no good for the old waistline.  That’s why this week I decided to try and make a low point version of this delicious treat that was bursting with flavour yet not too heavy on the points. The result was delicious. The cannelloni was stuffed full of goodness as well as cheese and chorizo and the sauce on top really set it off.

Instead of using cannelloni tubes, I used fresh lasagne sheets as they are half the hassle and really cheap. A 250g pack of fresh lasagne (which is enough to feed 4-6 people) is just £1.

I served this with some fresh salad leaves and a tea spoon of balsamic glaze on top. If you are a vegetarian, this would be equally as delicious without the chorizo. Simply leave it out and the points work out at 7pp per person.

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Five Spice Hoisin Duck Pancakes with Mango Slaw and Sticky Rice – only 13pp!

I’m a huge fan of Chinese duck pancakes but often find the standard shop bought hoisin a bit plain and dull. This recipe (an adaptation from a good food recipe) spices things up a bit and takes hoisin to a whole new level, The mango slaw adds a whole new element to the mix and really was a revelation, such a low propoint accompaniment and so fresh and delicious, it will become a regular in our house with many dishes from now on. I served this dish with 2 Chinese pancakes per person (you can buy these in Waitrose, 10 for £1.19, 1pp each) but as my OH likes his carbs I also bulked the meal out with a little rice.

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Kung Po Chicken with Egg Fried Rice – 14pp or 3pp on F&H!

I got a Chinese cookbook a while back and I pick it up at least once a month with the intention of giving something a whirl. This week I actually did it and had a little trip to the Chinese supermarket to get in all the supplies I didn’t have. The Chinese supermarket was great, everything was in much bigger portions and MUCH cheaper than a normal supermarket (especially for sauces and herbs and spices!!). A lot of the ingredients listed are store cupboard lovelies, so whilst you may have to buy a few things to start off with, they will last you a good while! I really fancied a new oriental dish and tastes totally different to anything else I’ve made before so if you are a fan of a good old Chinese takeaway, this is one for you!!

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Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pasta – 11pp!

I love a nice quick and easy pasta and whack one together a regular occasion but sometimes its nice to have a change from the quick and easy tomatoey pasta sauce. This is a great recipe that my lovely mam created when she first started Weight Watchers a few years ago and it’s something I still make on a regular occasion. It’s lovely and creamy but nice and light at the same time and is lovely with a nice glass of white (careful to add the extra points haha!).

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Paprika Beef Casserole – just 7pp!!

We often buy beef for a change and I’m always stuck for something a bit different to do with it, so, as it was all defrosted and ready yesterday, we decided to try out one of my mam’s favourite recipes. She has made this as part of a three course meal as well as just a Sunday Lunch and it always goes down a storm so I was more than pleased when I worked out the propoints at only 7pp! You get a huge portion and it tastes amazing! It might take a while in the oven, but once its in there you can almost forget about it and come back when its ready!

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Thai Beef Massaman Curry – only 8pp!

I love a Thai curry and whenever we go out to a Thai restaurant, I always look at those having a Massaman curry with envy knowing how high in points they are. To quell my craving for this Thai delight, I decided that this week I would try and make my own low propoint version. It turned out beautifully and was only 8pp so pair with 60g of dry basmati rice this made the whole meal only 14pp, bargain!

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