One of my lovely friends got me a Good Food Magazine subscription for Christmas. Now I have a terrible habit of absolutely loving reading recipe books and magazines, but never actually making anything out of them as I tend to just go off and do my own thing so I decided that I would try and make a least one thing out of each monthly edition. The January edition was full of tray bakes and, having had a read through the mag, I decided the Harissa Cauliflower Pilaf was the most up my street. Now whilst I committed to making something out of the edition, I knew it wouldn’t be too the letter and so, having made this a few times now, I can confirm my version is actually rather different to the original.
A few years ago the hubbie and I but devoured every episode of Rick Stein’s India cooking show. After the series finished, we picked up the accompanying cookbook and we have made a few bits and pieces from it but I can never seem to follow a recipe without tweaking it for myself.
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.
The Slow Cooker
The slow cooker is one of my favourite kitchen accessories and something I know a lot of my followers regularly rely on to rustle up gorgeous meals with minimum preparation.
Being able to pop dinner in the slow cooker in the morning helps me to feel uber organised and ready for the day ahead and for me, there is nothing better than being greeted by the delicious smell of dinner bubbling away when I come home from work in an evening.
Mexican chicken fajitas are one of my favourite go to quick and easy dinners on a Friday night but equally, we do love a good Indian treat so last week, whilst brainstorming my weekly menu, I thought why not combine two of my favs and come up with a new Friday night mash up….. Indian chicken fajitas!
There is nothing better than a classic chilli con carne and I’m always looking for ways to mix things up to put a little twist on an everyday classic. Last week my friends and I went out for a few gins and the bar we were in served a small tapas dish with each drink. One of the dishes was a tiny bowl of the most delicious chorizo and chicken chilli and as soon as I tasted it I knew I needed to recreate it in my kitchen at home. The result was delicious and enjoyed by both my friends and family. I served the chilli with rice, homemade guacamole, a little light cheese and a sprinkle of jalapenos. Because the chilli itself is so low in points, you can have a little bit of what you fancy with it, whether that be rice, a jacket potato, chips, nachos or even a pita bread.
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!
Whenever I’m asked to create a new recipe, one of the main things my followers want is something that is quick and easy to rustle up in the kitchen after a long day at work. As a result, I’m always trying to come up with new, tasty and speedy recipes that will help you have tea on the table in as little time as possible. So when Very Lazy approached me to ask if I could try out some of their products and create some new recipes, I knew these would be something which would appeal to lots of my followers!
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.
I’m always trying to come up with new, quick and easy weekday and ‘on the go’ lunches using up the contents of my fridge. A few weeks ago, being once again in this dilemma, I threw together this recipe and was more than pleasantly surprised with the results. For only 7sp you get a lovely, filling dish packed with flavour and punch. It’s the perfect dish to whip up if you’ve got back on the wagon post Christmas/New year and want healthy and flavour all in one!