Sticky Toffee Pudding is my all time favourite dessert but it is something that is firmly off the table when I’m trying to stick to plan, until now! I decided I wanted to try and come up with a lighter sticky toffee pudding that is both lower in points/calories but tastes just as good. The results speak from themselves – light, airy and sticky, this delicious dessert will make sure you never feel like you are missing out. The addition of some wintery spices make this the perfect Christmas Dinner dessert if you are trying to do a little damage control after a huge main course!
The Chicken Parmo is a classic, delicious takeaway treat originating from Teesside. Often associated with trips to the kebab shop after a boozy night out, in its hometown this famous dish is often served with lashing of garlic sauce after being gloriously deep fried. The result is delicious but off the scale in terms of points/calories.
Burger and Pasta…two of my favourite foods so surely the dream combo? The answer is yes, yes it is! I saw this dish on a restaurant menu months ago and thought I’ve got to recreate this at home myself. Not only is it delicious, it’s all done in the one pan so it’s really easy and creates minimal washing up. Not only that but it’s a perfect dish for kids as it combines all the lovely flavours of a classic burger and makes 6 portions. Perfect to feed the whole family and still have leftovers.
Pork fillet is a great, lean, cheap and cheerful addition to any meal plan. I often pick one up in Aldi for £3.49 and it easily serves 4 people, a bargain, I think. Always keen to come up with new ways to incorporate it into my meal plan, a few weeks ago I came across a recipe in Good Food magazine that looked delicious and I knew it could be easily adapted to reduce the points and up the flavour. The recipe below is the result. It really is delicious and best of all, its packed with greens so feels uber healthy at the same time. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!
Whilst I was pregnant, one of the things I wasn’t supposed to eat was goat’s cheese. Goat’s cheese is one of my favourite cheeses and 9 months without its creamy delight was hard going so I knew one of the first recipes I would write once I could have it again would include it! I also love the combo of lamb, harissa and goat’s cheese and so, after a bit of experimentation, I came up with this lovely salad which works perfectly as both a healthy, filling evening meal as well as for left overs for lunch the next day.
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.
I love a good pulled meat as well as anything that can be slow cooked in the oven (or slow cooker) so when one of my lovely followers sent me a message about recreating a lovely Crispy Asian Beef Salad she had recently eaten in a restaurant, I knew I would be giving it a whirl fairly quickly. The result was amazing, the beef is absolutely packed with flavour and the smell as its cooking is out of this world.
Batch cooking is a great way to prepare for the week ahead and, now I’m cooking for 4 adults on a daily basis, I’ve also found it’s the quickest way to also ‘prepare’ lunch for the next day. This recipe is a real quick and easy treat which tastes like it has taken a lot more effort to prepare than it has!
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.
I’m always a fan of meals that I can whip up using the contents of my cupboards/fridge/freezer. This recipe fulfills exactly that brief as I always have chorizo in the fridge and a large packet of squid rings in the freezer. Together they are a lovely pairing but when I was whipping up this pasta, I fancied incorporating a new flavour. Chipotle paste was the perfect choice, it adds a lovely smoky flavour to the dish and stands up well to the fishy flavour of the squid and fish stock. A fishy, meaty, smoky delight!