I usually associate a warming soup with winter but for lunch prep, a soup is one of the easiest things to wizz up and keep in the fridge or freezer for a quick and easy option. Keen to create a more summery soup, I thought I would take advantage of the lovely tomatoes that are in the shops at the moment and the result was delicious!
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!
Whenever I go shopping I always buy butternut squash in one form or another. Whether it be pre spiralised, in a lasagne sheet, or in its natural giant form I just like the idea of having a 0sp carb in the house, just in case. For that reason, I always seem to have a whole butternut squash in the cupboard! This week, with the weather getting ever more wintery and cold, I just fancied a nice warming soup for lunch and so I thought it was about time I used up some of my squash stash.
Usually come six o’clock I am starving and looking forward to having a hearty meal for my tea but last night, both the Hubbie and I fancied something light and summery. Having a think about what we could have we both though a salad would do the trick but I wanted something filling enough so I wouldn’t be hungry later on!
This quick dish is perfect for a weekend lunch or a light evening meal. It’s fuss free and uncomplicated but the flavours are truly satisfying. I’ve used mini soft taco’s in the recipe below as they are only 3sp and filling enough for me however if you feel you need a bigger wrap, go with a normal sized tortilla for only 1sp extra.
This is a really simple soup that I make time after time as it hardly takes any time but tastes amazing! I often make it on a Sunday night and because it does 4 portions it does my packed lunch for work alllll the way til Thursday!
I get lots of folk who are doing Weight Watchers often saying that they struggle to find low pro point, filling but tasty lunches. As you all probably know, I’m a huge salad fan and this is one of the regulars in my repertoire. As it’s so filling, it usually stops me fancying an afternoon snack later on in the day! I use Aldi’s cous cous as it’s the tastiest one I have had and is only 39p per pack (each pack does two lunches too!). I vary the flavours between the spicy and the lemon and coriander but both work nicely with the recipe below. I usually make two portions in one go so I don’t have to be organised two days in a row.
A few years back a friend and I went inter railing around Europe and as a result spent a lot of time throwing together lovely little picnics. This was one of our favourites lunches while we were away, and with the lovely weather at the moment I have been craving this summery treat. The only problem was that on our travels, when my waist line didn’t bother me (even though it should have!!), we had it with fresh baguettes, lots of cream cheese and fresh Italian pesto and a huge packet of crisps. This certainly would not be pro point friendly and so today, still craving away, I decided to see if I could come up with a lower pro point alternative that was still as filling and tasty and I have to say it was gorgeous! It tasted so fresh and juicy I could eat it every day for a week!
I have salad most days for my lunch at work and often try and whip up a salad to go with my main meal in an evening. As a result, I don’t want to get bored with the same old salad ingredients so this week I decided to mix things up a little and combine my two new discoveries: microwaveable lentils and Lebanese spice mix. I got my both from Tesco and whilst not overly cheap, the lentils serve 4 and the spice mix is a huge tin that will last for ages. I made this for me and my other half to have two days in a row for lunch. So good!
I don’t count roasted chicken breast on the new Flex plan so this recipe is 3sp per serving. If you do, it will be 4sp per serving.
Since the weather is still FREEZING I decided to try out a new soup this week which included my love for both spinach and coriander. It’s got quite a few ingredients but it makes a huge batch of soup and it feels like a lovely treat come lunch time. It’s great for using left over veg such as spinach and celery (which we always seem to having knocking around in the fridge) and the ginger, chilli and lemon really give it a lift.