Chicken Kiev

Who doesn’t love a chicken Kiev? Meaty, buttery and crispy, these freezer goodies have always been a treat but they are often a treat which come with a crazily high SP value. My hubby has always been a fan of a Chicken Kiev so a few years ago I thought I should set about creating a more healthy version for us to enjoy without the over indulgence and this recipe was born. We had it so many times and then promptly forgot about it and so when, a couple of weeks ago, the hubbie asked for it again I dug the recipe out and made some tweaks and improvements. The result was even better than I remembered and the dish ended up on our menu plan three weeks in a row!

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Cheesy Potato Topped Beef and Chorizo Stew

I love the combination of beef, chorizo and red wine all together and so a few weeks ago I decided to write a recipe which would combine this delightful trio with some cheesy potato. The stew element of this dish works with slices of potato or mashed potato (options for cooking both are set out below and are the same amount of points). The stew is equally as delicious served on top of rice or with pasta. It’s a really versatile dish which is utterly delicious. Many people may think of stews as being a wintery dish, but I’ll eat something with chorizo and red wine in any day of the year!! You can add any greens you wish to the dish at the end if you fancy. I’ve served with green beans, broccoli or even a handful of mixed spring greens (steamed). All are lovely additions for 0sp.

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Broccoli Pesto and Bacon Pasta

I am a huge fan of pesto, in particular when its home made. The fresh and vibrant flavours can really lift a dish to the next level. When I was flicking through this months Good Food magazine, a recipe for Broccoli Pesto and Pancetta Pasta really took my fancy as not only did it involve pesto, but it used a whole load of broccoli which is packed with goodness. To start with I tweaked the recipe to make it WW friendly but I found that the recipe in the magazine didn’t actually have much taste so I continued to tweak and taste until it was perfect. The result is the recipe below.

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Lamb Steaks with Tahini Spiced Lentils – 8sp

My hubby is a huge fan of lamb in any dish he can get his hands on so I’m always keen to come up with new ways to incorporate the meat into our weekly meal plan. Last week, I decided to mix things up a little and prepare this warm wintery salad so that we could indulge in a bit of lamb steak, without going too heavy on the points and the result was delicious. The warm salad is fresh with herbs and filling because of the lentils and the tahini dressing give the whole dish a lovely houmousy flavour that goes so well with the lamb.

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Creamy Chicken Pie – 8sp

There are a few recipes that I get asked to make WW friendly a lot and chicken pie and chicken korma are two of the most popular. After putting it to a vote on Instagram, you chose the pie as the first of these two recipes you would like to see so, your wish is my command!

This is a lovely creamy pie filling recipe which feels really indulgent. I served the pie with a 50g garden peas per person and that was enough for me however if you have a very hungry OH, you could always serve with some mash too!

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Burger in a Bowl – 8sp

My hubbie and I love a good burger but there are times when I get to the end of the day and fancy something just as indulgent  – without the breadyness of a bun. Sometimes I might replace the bun with a trusty thin but my latest obsession are these lovely Burger in a Bowls. Carb free and still lovely and filling, a nice, varied salad makes this dish just as interesting as a regular burger. The burger sauce is a lovely addition as it really makes you feel as if you’ve just popped down to Burger King!

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Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash and Chorizo Hash, Smashed Avocado and Poached Egg Stack – 8sp

Brunch, probably my favourite meal of them all (mostly because it’s acceptable to have a glass of prosecco with it). The beauty of a combined meal means you can also afford to spend a few further points on it than you would in breakfast or lunch separately and this recipe is certainly worth doing just that for!

Having seen someone tucking into a hash stack at a local café (and practically drooling over their plate) it I knew I would have to make my own healthy version of this lovely colourful dish. The result was delightful. If you want to alter the amounts of sweet potato vs BNS feel free to do so but remember to amend the points to suit (pop it back through the recipe creator). Otherwise give it a whirl, you won’t be disappointed!

Note: I buy the pre diced mixed packs of sweet potato and BNS from Sainsbury’s for this recipe to save chopping up a whole one of each. If you can’t find this and have to use one of each, roast the rest and whack it in a soup!

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Baked Cod with Ultimate Pesto Mash and Greens – 8sp

I love a good fish dish so I am always thinking of different ways to combine a light and low smart points fish dish with something that will fill up my hungry hubbie. This week, having had some sweet potatoes left to use up, I thought I would get some mash on the go. This mash is inspired by my lovely Loaded Sweet Potato Skins from a while back, with many of my favourite flavours rearing their heads once again, this time in mash form.

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