Happy 2019 to you all! Whether you are new to Weight Watchers or are simply continuing your wellness journey from last year, January is often the time when many of us jump back onto the health wagon and begin once again ton think consciously about the food we eat. One of my main mottos regarding the food I eat is that I should never feel like I’m on a ‘diet’ but rather my everyday diet is filled with colourful and healthy, delicious and filling food.
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.
Following on from my success using Very Lazy garlic and chillies in my last post, I was keen to road test the one of the other products that the lovely folks there sent me to try, the Very Lazy Smoked Garlic.
After doing a bit of brainstorming over what I fancied, I set my mind on creating a new risotto dish as I thought this would be the perfect way to retain the lovely smoky flavour of the garlic. The flavour of the garlic goes so well with both the paprika flavour in the chorizo and freshness of the prawns, and the addition of fennel to this dish really lifts it to a whole new level.
Dark January nights can often leave us craving the comfort of warming, hearty food whilst trying to stick to our New Year diet. This recipe is perfect for just that kind of event, when you fancy something packed with flavour and nice and filling but light enough to stick within your points.
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!
Who doesn’t love a good paella?! Some people are often a little dubious about making it as they think of it as something time consuming and fiddly to prepare. This recipe is anything but that. As a one pot dish, its minimal washing up and the taste and flavour you get from it is truely delicious!
I’m always a fan of meals that I can whip up using the contents of my cupboards/fridge/freezer. This recipe fulfills exactly that brief as I always have chorizo in the fridge and a large packet of squid rings in the freezer. Together they are a lovely pairing but when I was whipping up this pasta, I fancied incorporating a new flavour. Chipotle paste was the perfect choice, it adds a lovely smoky flavour to the dish and stands up well to the fishy flavour of the squid and fish stock. A fishy, meaty, smoky delight!
Risotto is a dish that I don’t often have time to make but always feels like a real luxury dish to devour. This week, having had a craving for risotto, I decided to pair it with another one of my favourite ingredients, seabass. Having never had the two together I wanted to find an ingredient to unite them and what better than some minted pea puree! And the result was this fabulous dish.
The main buffet restaurant in the hotel we stayed at in Mexico was amazing. I’m usually very fussy about ‘buffet’ style food (I often feel like you never get a proper meal) but there were so many areas where fabulous food was being cooked fresh in front of you, I would probably have been happy to eat here every night (I didn’t though, there were another 9 restaurants to choose from!).
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!