I am often asked to come up with new vegetarian recipes, however being a lover of meat myself, I always seem to veer towards the carnivore in me. I came up with this base risotto recipe for you veggies out there however I had to add the chicken for the hubby and I to get our meat fix. The risotto on its own is 10sp per serving and the chicken is 1sp per serving so its up to you if you go for the veggie risotto on its own, or add the meat.
Having rejoined classes and now going along on a weekly basis, I’m always interested to see what the topic for discussion will be on the night. In my class in last week of November we spent some time discussing ways in which to tackle to Christmas season, and in particular, parties full of the foods we know won’t get us to where we want to be.
Meatballs are one of my favourite go to quick and easy dinners as they take hardly any preparation and can be ready in under 15 minutes. These meatballs in particular are delicious with my other favourite at the moment, 0sp Butternut Squash Noodles, or Boodles as Sainsbury’s like to call them. They made for a lovely filling dish but allow you to keep the smart points for the whole meal nice and low.
I’m always being asked for more vegetarian recipes but as such a big meat eater, I often find myself automatically basng my recipes around chicken, pork, beef or lamb. Having gotten a little into Meatless Mondays at the moment however, I though it was time I gave another veggie recipe a go.
I’ve often got a packet of sausages lurking round in my freezer as I think they are a great ingredient for a speedy and tasty tea. I often defrost and then remove the skins, crumble and use them in pastas or risottos but this week, wanting to make something a little lighter that I could take to work for my lunch, I decided to give a new soup a go. The result was lovely. Pesto and tomato are one of my favourite combinations and whizzed together with sausages, they make for an overall tasty, fresh and summery soup.
There is nothing better than an oozing, bubbling lasagne but the white sauce that it is usually loaded with is usually enough to send us way over our daily allowance. Using a lower point white sauce (such as my homemade recipe below or my alternative jarred suggestion) can bring the points down significantly.
Back before my sister could cook she used to absolutely love the shop bought pots of mascarpone sauce. Whenever I see them in the shops now they remind me of her (not that she would buy one now being quite the cook herself!!). This week however, when I spotted a pot of Tesco’s light mascarpone in the shops, I thought I might try my own take on her old favourite.
I really fancied a different risotto this week and this one really hit the spot. It’s a lovely big bowl of goodness and really filling too. Sometimes risotto can be a bit time consuming to prepare but as you don’t have to actually cook any meat, this recipe is speedy and fuss free!
Given the popularity of the classic low carb cauliflower base pizza alongside my love for all things courgette, I decided to try and covert my regular cauliflower pizza recipe into a courgette based pizza. The challenge was easier said than done but, after a few tries, I am happy to report I have finally perfected it. The texture is a little less firm that the cauliflower version however the taste is even better. I served this with a large side salad to keep it nice and fresh.
I love a quick and easy pasta sauce recipe so prawns are the perfect ingredient to include in one. Taking less than 5 minutes to cook, they are difficult to get wrong. I used some lovely big raw king prawns (which were already deveined) which were lovely and meaty and filling. I like to cook my prawns from raw so I know they are as fresh as possible and so they can cook them in the garlic and chilli so that take on all the flavour. If you are funny about cooking prawns from raw though, there is no harm in buying the precooked ones and just heating them through in the sauce at the end.