Harissa Chicken with Cous Cous Salad – 7sp

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!

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A Mexican Cooking Class and a Fabulous Wahaca Salad!

As many of my regular readers will know, Mexican food is hands down my favourite cuisine and as a result, you will already find a plethora of Mexican recipes on my website. My love for Mexican cuisine is just one of the reasons I was super excited for my recent trip to the country itself. I couldn’t wait to get there and experience ‘real’ Mexican food (and eat guacamole until I turned green) and so one of the first things I tried to arrange when we arrived was an authentic Mexican cooking class.

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Balsamic Roasted Tomato and Feta Courgetti -4sp

I love spiralized vegetables. What can be more satisfying than getting to eat a whole plate full of what feels like spaghetti for 0 smart points! Having wanted to have a play with my new OXO handheld spiralizer this week, I decided it was time for a new recipe and the result was amazing. Its both light and filling, cheesy and fresh. It’s the perfect lunch or light evening meal if you have had an over indulgent day. If you want to reduce the points further you can use 75g of feta instead of 100g. This will take the points down to 3 per person. Since the feta and tomatoes are the bulk of the flavour in the dish however, I would go with 100g!

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Thai Beef Noodle Salad – 10sp

Knowing how easy it is to cook up delicious and healthy meals quickly and easily has turned me into a bit of a picky eater when I’m eating out in cafes and restaurants. I have become a little inpatient with places which charge a fortune for food which is bland, oily and unsatisfying to the point where I just don’t see the point in eating it if it isn’t any good.

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Griddled Cajun Chicken – 3sp

On New Year’s Eve the OH and I headed up to Scotland with friends for a celebration. Heading out for lunch, we ended up in a lovely cosy little pub with a mouth-watering food menu. Keen to not over indulge before the excess of the evening ahead, I picked out what I thought was the healthiest thing on the menu and hoped for the best. I was thrilled when the dish arrived and had both an abundance of 0sp elements, but was also bursting with flavour.

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Poached Salmon and Quinoa Salad – 14sp

One of my favourite Sunday chill out programmes is Sunday Brunch and this weekend when Simon cooked up this lovely recipe I knew straight away I was going to have to give it a go. Once I printed off the recipe I made myself a few adjustments to both make it propoint friendly and to up the flavour. Simon’s original recipe can be found here.

This is the first time I have poached salmon and I loved both the flavour and texture. The salad that goes with is so fresh and vibrant too. I added some spices and more vegetable to both bulk up the quantity and flavour of the salad so feel free to add any other salad ingredients you fancy. The fresh herbs are what really make the salad amazing so don’t leave them out if you can help it.

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Basil, Mozzarella and Tomato Salad – 4sp

This little beauty is exactly what the title suggests. A salad which consists largely of basil, tomatoes and mozzarella. Whilst it may sound a bit dull or boring it is actually a delicious and fresh salad which is both low in propoints and so, so easy to make. It is also a perfect starter option should you be trying to make a low point three course meal. I’ve included half a tsp of olive oil per person as it just helps to make the whole thing a little more slippery but feel free to leave it out for an even lower point alternative.

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Tasty Potato Salad in a Pesto Garlic Dressing – 4sp

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!).

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