One thing that the hubbie and I never get since I joined Weight Watchers is a Chinese takeaway. They are so loaded with points/calories and its just so easy to make healthy but tasty alternatives, there just doesn’t seem any reason too!
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.
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.
Ever since I posted a picture of this dinner on my Instagram Page (@skinnykitchensecrets) I have been getting requests for the recipe and whilst the picture might look like a lot of cooking is required, this one is less of a recipe and more of a quick and easy assembly of yummy ingredients.
I am always keen to reduce the amount of meat the hubbie and I consume and try and increase our fish intake. That’s why I’ve decided we are going to start and do ‘Meatless Monday’s’ (he doesn’t know this yet haha). This delightful recipe is therefore perfect to rustle up quickly on an evening after work and is suitably as impressive if you choose to cook it for a group on a weekend. Low in points and bursting with flavour, this fish stew really will leave everyone wanting it again and again. The mixture of the zingy Brazilian flavours with the mellow fish are a lovely combination. Feel free to experiment with the type of white fish you use. I’ve used haddock, cod and coley as well as little monkfish at times. All combinations have been lovely. Just go with whatever you can get the cheapest on the day (coley is perfect as its very cheap indeed!!).
My OH isn’t this biggest fan of fish (not that you would know the amount I make him eat it!) but we have recently discovered that he has a particular liking for seabass (after the revelation that was my Minted Pea and Seabass Risotto). As a result I thought that, to keep him interested, I would come up with another seabass dish to take his fancy.
This quick dish is perfect for a weekend lunch or a light evening meal. It’s fuss free and uncomplicated but the flavours are truly satisfying. I’ve used mini soft taco’s in the recipe below as they are only 3sp and filling enough for me however if you feel you need a bigger wrap, go with a normal sized tortilla for only 1sp extra.
I love spiralized vegetables. What can be more satisfying than getting to eat a whole plate full of what feels like spaghetti for 0 smart points! Having wanted to have a play with my new OXO handheld spiralizer this week, I decided it was time for a new recipe and the result was amazing. Its both light and filling, cheesy and fresh. It’s the perfect lunch or light evening meal if you have had an over indulgent day. If you want to reduce the points further you can use 75g of feta instead of 100g. This will take the points down to 3 per person. Since the feta and tomatoes are the bulk of the flavour in the dish however, I would go with 100g!
I’m always keen to come up with new tasty starters which can be whipped up quickly as part of a three course meal. This one is exactly that. For only 4sp its bursting with flavour and is the perfect light start to any meal.
The squid rings that I’ve used here are from Ocean Classics. They come frozen in a huge bag and they are great, lovely and big and tasty!
To me, chicken and chorizo are a dream combination so I always love a new way to get them involved on the same plate. This week these two ingredients were pretty much all I left in the fridge so I thought, I know, I’ll stuff them all together.