I adore Nduja. What is that, you ask? It’s the most wonderful spicy, spreadable pork sausage which comes from the region of Calabria in Southern Italy. Having tried it for the first time at an Italian restaurant in Manchester, it’s an ingredient that until recently, I struggled to get my hands on regularly enough to cook with at home (now we are back in the North east). You can imagine my joy then, when I discovered that my local deli now sells it! Cue me always having a pack in the fridge, ready to add to dishes whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Some nights you need a dinner that you can throw together with minimal cooking but still enjoy the dish as much as if it took hours to make. This dinner is exactly that, provided you have all the ingredients in, you can have it on the plate within around 15 minutes.
This recipe is so quick to prepare but it’s really important you do everything at the same time so it’s nice and hot when you serve it. In the main recipe I’ve included my take on a traditional carbonara but below I’ve also included a couple of variations which you can try if you want to either mix things up or bulk the recipe out further. Continue reading
I’ve previously posted a recipe for kangaroo stroganoff but I thought, since beef is slightly more common, I should probably post my recipe of the more traditional version of the dish. You can serve the stroganoff with whatever you fancy, pasta, rice or potatoes, the worlds your oyster! I’ve pointed it with pasta here so just be sure to amend the points if you use an alternative.
Pork fillet is a great, lean, cheap and cheerful addition to any meal plan. I often pick one up in Aldi for £3.49 and it easily serves 4 people, a bargain, I think. Always keen to come up with new ways to incorporate it into my meal plan, a few weeks ago I came across a recipe in Good Food magazine that looked delicious and I knew it could be easily adapted to reduce the points and up the flavour. The recipe below is the result. It really is delicious and best of all, its packed with greens so feels uber healthy at the same time. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!
At the very start of my maternity leave, pre all of this lockdown madness, a friend and I went out for lunch with the babies to a local restaurant. On the menu were the most delightful looking ‘pizza fries’ and, not being back on the WW wagon at that point, they sounded right up my street! Now I’m back at it however, I thought it would be the perfect thing to try and make WW friendly.
My hubbie LOVES a doner kebab. I’m more of a chicken kinda gal myself as I can’t stand all the grease that comes off the takeaway doner meat and the oddly crusty edges that rear their head from time to time. Now that we are both trying to reduce our takeaway intake I thought it was about time I tried to create my own fakeaway doner kebab recipe. The result surprised even my hubbie who said not only did it taste like the real thing, but he would happily eat it over the takeaway version of the dish! I’ve tested this recipe a few times now and each person who has tried it has agreed, it tastes like the real deal!
I get my lean lamb since in Sainsbury’s but if you are struggling to find 10% mince you could use 12% or 16% for 7sp per portion of Doner meat and 20% for 8sp per portion of Doner meat.
I love the combination of beef, chorizo and red wine all together and so a few weeks ago I decided to write a recipe which would combine this delightful trio with some cheesy potato. The stew element of this dish works with slices of potato or mashed potato (options for cooking both are set out below and are the same amount of points). The stew is equally as delicious served on top of rice or with pasta. It’s a really versatile dish which is utterly delicious. Many people may think of stews as being a wintery dish, but I’ll eat something with chorizo and red wine in any day of the year!! You can add any greens you wish to the dish at the end if you fancy. I’ve served with green beans, broccoli or even a handful of mixed spring greens (steamed). All are lovely additions for 0sp.
My freezer is always well stocked with beef mince and I love coming up with new ways to jazz up what can be a fairly dull ingredient. These burgers are far from dull. Glazed, sticky and bursting with flavour, not only is this recipe nice and easy, it also has limited amounts of chopping and maximum satisfaction. You can serve the burgers with anything you like, I usually serve with butternut squash chips as they fill you nicely for 0sp.
I am a huge fan of pesto, in particular when its home made. The fresh and vibrant flavours can really lift a dish to the next level. When I was flicking through this months Good Food magazine, a recipe for Broccoli Pesto and Pancetta Pasta really took my fancy as not only did it involve pesto, but it used a whole load of broccoli which is packed with goodness. To start with I tweaked the recipe to make it WW friendly but I found that the recipe in the magazine didn’t actually have much taste so I continued to tweak and taste until it was perfect. The result is the recipe below.