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.
After thoroughly enjoying my tuna and pesto quiche the other day, I thought I would continue along the same vein with another quiche recipe today! Like the other recipe, this was thrown together using the contents of my fridge and today I though a Mexican theme would be nice and tasty. The result was delicious and perfect for those a bit dubious of quark, the chipotle and smoked paprika mean you can’t really taste it. I served mine with a side salad with a little avocado!
I’m often asked for easy lunch recipes which don’t constitute soup or a salad so today I thought I would share one of my favs. This basis of this quiche recipe is an old favourite in our house and my family have been making it for years. You can add almost anything to it you fancy and you end up with the most lovely, healthy and filling lunch from it. Depending on how I am using my points for the day I would have either a quarter of the quiche with a large side salad or half the quiche with a small side salad. You really can add anything you fancy to this. I’ve added mushrooms, spinach etc and it always comes out lovely!
Now the weather has got a bit colder and I’m starting to think about investing in my yearly pair of ear muffs (I somehow manage to snap them at the end of every winter) I thought it was about time I whipped up my first soup of the autumn. This is a gorgeous soup recipe which tastes like a real treat but at only 2sp per portion its a bargain smart points wise, especially considering the gorgeous smells and taste that ooze out of it!
For some reason this week I’m finding myself rather peckish come around three o’clock so rather than snack I thought it would be better to try a more filling lunch that is still nice and low in points! This is a lunch I haven’t had for quite a while as I thought it might be quite pointy however after further investigation, I found that it is a more than acceptable 4sp!! It’s lovely and filling and so quick and easy to make and it also makes a lovely quick evening meal if you add the suggested additions (see method!).
Apologies for the awful pictures but I realised half way through munching this that I had forgotten to take one! This was (half) of the lovely lunch I had today which was literally thrown together from the leftovers of last night’s dinner (Minted lamb chops with harissa roasted veg!) I always make extra roasted veg when I make this dinner (it would be rude not to as it’s virtually free of sp!!) just so that I can have this lovely salad the next day but if you are making if just for lunches then following the recipe below will make you a generous four portions! It’s so filling and satisfying and such a bargain at only 1sp, yes 1sp for the whole thing!
Falafel is something that me and a few of my friends at work absolutely love but usually they are rather high in points so you end up with a measly lonely falafel and absolutely no satisfaction. Because of this I decided today to try adapt a recipe (original here) into a low point falafel recipe that would taste just as good and the result was amazing! This falafel can be served in a wrap with salad and extras (serving suggestions below and recipe here) or as part of a normal salad with lots of vegetables and leaves. It would also be great with my harissa roasted vegetable salad!
These little muffins are so quick and easy to make and are an ideal way to make lunchtime a bit more exciting. They have so much flavour for so little points and so provide a real sense of satisfaction when you’ve gobbled them up. The recipe I’ve created below is delicious but its also easily adapted so throw anything you fancy into your mixture (I’ve done chorizo and paprika, smoked salmon and chive and ham and mushroom too!). You can even pop in some breakfast ingredients to make a lovely quick brekkie or even have them as a snack on the go!