Spinach, Ricotta and Chorizo Cannelloni – 13sp

I love a good meal in an Italian restaurant and there’s nothing better than some oozing, cheesy cannelloni however its always off the cards these days as it is just no good for the old waistline.  That’s why this week I decided to try and make a low point version of this delicious treat that was bursting with flavour yet not too heavy on the points. The result was delicious. The cannelloni was stuffed full of goodness as well as cheese and chorizo and the sauce on top really set it off.

Instead of using cannelloni tubes, I used fresh lasagne sheets as they are half the hassle and really cheap. A 250g pack of fresh lasagne (which is enough to feed 4-6 people) is just £1.

I served this with some fresh salad leaves and a tea spoon of balsamic glaze on top. If you are a vegetarian, this would be equally as delicious without the chorizo. Simply leave it out and the points work out at 10sp per person.

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Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pasta – 9sp

I love a nice quick and easy pasta and whack one together a regular occasion but sometimes its nice to have a change from the quick and easy tomatoey pasta sauce. This is a great recipe that my lovely mam created when she first started Weight Watchers a few years ago and it’s something I still make on a regular occasion. It’s lovely and creamy but nice and light at the same time and is lovely with a nice glass of white (careful to add the extra points !).

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Hunter Sausage Bake – Just 11sp

I always head down the ‘world foods’ aisle in my local supermarket whenever I’m in need of a spice refill (you get twice as much for half the price just one aisle away from all the regular supermarket range!) Many a time I’ve walked down there and looked at the polish food range and all the lovely meaty goodness they have on offer but I’ve never know what to try. Then I came across a recipe online that used one of these lovely sausages and so I thought I would give it a try. This recipe is therefore a bit of an adaptation of the original using a few more bits an pieces to bulk it out and make it even tastier. The sausage I used in this recipe was from Tesco and is a lovely smokey delight. I always though smoked sausages would be a bit pointy but when I worked it out it was actually way less than I anticipated meaning a very filling, low sp dish!

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Venison Meatballs in a Red Wine Ragu Sauce – 6sp

I noticed that Aldi had started selling some lovely venison meatballs a while ago and for only 40kal a meatball, I knew I had to give them a go! The venison is a lovely different flavour, and the ragu sauce, which usually would take hours to simmer and reduce, is both quick, easy and packed with veg! I added a little cream (1 tbsp) but this is optional, I find it takes a little of the tang of the tomatoes away, but it’s lovely without it too. It’s a great way to use up lots of veg and get a nice portion of sauce for not many points at all!

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Spaghetti Bolognese – 5sp

I love a nice, quick and easy spaghetti bolognese and I’ve been making this one for a good while now. It’s a recipe which, I think, is unaffected by the fact I am on a diet as I’ve never used anything too bad in there. I think it’s worth making sure you are using extra lean mince as that is such an easy way to grab a few sp back and put them towards some extra pasta or a little cheese. I use this exact recipe when I’m making lasagne too but I usually add around half a box of tomato passata (at the same time as the tomatoes) to make it slightly more saucy and rich, perfect for baking in the oven!

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Smoky Bacon, Tomato and Chilli Pasta – 12sp

The OH loves a nice bacon sandwich at the weekend and there always seems to be a few rashers left over after so this weekend I thought I would whip up something with the left overs. A hearty pasta dish on a Sunday evening always goes down well so I thought I would put together a new recipe with the left over bacon and other bits left over from the weekend. Its amazing how luxurious just 2 tbsps of single cream make a dish taste for barely any points and the end result really does not seem like something that you would equate with a low sp dish, but it really is!

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Pea and Ham Orzo – 14sp

I’ve seen orzo kicking about in the shops for a while now and really fancied giving it a go. After doing a bit of research I came across this Jaime Oliver recipe which looked delicious so I thought before I went ahead with my own invention, I would give this a go as a tester and try and make a nice low pp version of it. The results were delicious. It was so tasty and the texture even better than risotto with less than half the cooking time! I roasted a gammon joint the night before (they are so cheap in Aldi and the OH and I use it in salads and sandwiches through the week) but if you don’t have gammon you could replace it with 6 rashers of bacon (rind trimmed off) for the same amount of points, just be sure to fry it off before your onions!

 

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