Thai Basil Chicken is a favourite of mine when I’m eating out but wasn’t something I’d ever really attempted at home. One night, after taking my fancy, I decided to give it a go and the results were delicious. A straight forward and uncomplicated recipe, this is perfect for a quick week night tea. I add a whole sliced chilli as I love a bit of spice (and that’s how it usually comes in a Thai restaurant) but if you don’t like things too hot, you could use half or leave it out entirely.
I don’t know about you but now that the festive period is over, all I can think about is how I need to get some serious fruit and vegetables into my system! We’ve had a wonderful time over Christmas and New Year but nearly 2 weeks out of our usual routines, food and meal plans has left me craving spending some time in the kitchen making fresh and veggie packed food.
You’ll find a number of different baked oats recipes on my site cos I can’t lie, I love them! They are such a lovely warming and filling breakfast that feel like a real treat for such a low number of points. This little number came about when I was trying to make some space in my cupboards and I needed to use up the last of a giant tub of PB2. Some frozen raspberries already stashed in the freezer meant this could be whipped up with store cupboard and freezer bits really easily. A great option if it’s getting close to big shop day and you don’t have much fresh left in the fridge! I’ve made my ‘jam’ with raspberries here but it would also be lovely with strawberries. Just make sure you use the same quantities, chop them into quarters, mash down once warmed and add the chia seeds to thicken. Lovely!
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).
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.
I usually associate a warming soup with winter but for lunch prep, a soup is one of the easiest things to wizz up and keep in the fridge or freezer for a quick and easy option. Keen to create a more summery soup, I thought I would take advantage of the lovely tomatoes that are in the shops at the moment and the result was delicious!
This is an incredibly easy recipe that I threw together one night when I wanted something quick, easy, low in points and packed with flavour. You could serve these taco’s with taco shells (which are around 2sp each) or mini tortilla (3sp each – my hubby likes them this way), or if like me you love a good salad, you can serve with a mix of any 0sp salad ingredients you fancy (see my suggestions below).
Week two of my festive canapes are these little beauty’s that I came up with whilst racking my brain for a lighter, lower sausage roll option. These little bites are the perfect replacement. Meaty with a little sweetness and the goo of lovely cheese they really hit the spot for a bargain of 2sp.
One of my OH’s conditions for me getting my beautiful puppy was that we would have ‘curry Sundays’ which to be fair, we have mostly stuck too (with the exception of last night!). Last week, in an effort to keep things interesting, I whipped together this lovely curry and I have to say, it may be my favourite curry creation yet. I cooked this on a low simmer for an hour so the sauce was lovely and rich and the beef lovely and soft and falling apart. If you don’t have time to do this however, just pop it on a higher heat for anywhere from 15 minutes.
Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year but for us Weight Watchers, the joy of the festive season often comes alongside a side helping of guilt at the food we may consume which we usually wouldn’t allow ourselves.
Having savvy ways to use up leftovers is not only way the perfect way to keep your portions under control on the big day, but it will also save you a lot of time and money at a manic (and frankly rather expensive) time!! The lovely Asian salad is one of my favourite ways to use up left over Christmas Day turkey. Its packed with flavour and lovely and light and healthy. Best of all, its only 2sp. The perfect Boxing Day lunch!
This fabulous recipe was featured in the December issue of Weight Watchers magazine so if you have a copy, you can find it in there too!
If you fancy making this lovely salad even more filling, you could also fry up some egg noodles and spilt between the bowls for an extra 5sp per person.