Mackerel is a fish that both the hubbie and I love and it’s often on offer /reduced (or on a ‘whoopsies’ as our local supermarket likes to call it) near the end of the day in larger supermarkets. As a cheap and flavoursome fish, mackerel is great way to add oily fish to your diet without adding in too many extra points.
Satay sauce from the Chinese takeaway is one of my favourite treats. Meaty, nutty with a nice little kick, it goes with so many different treats, I always find it irresistible. Last week, after having a serious craving for some, I decided to try and create a healthy version of this sauce and make it into a whole meal. All the flavour and none of the guilt! The result was delicious, a lovely different flavour and a really easy dinner to rustle up.
My hubby and I always roast a chicken on a Sunday night so that we know during the week we will always have something healthy to hand for lunches or quick evening meals. Easily bored of eating the same thing, I’m always trying to come up with new ways to use this chicken in salads and soups, keeping the smart points low but the flavour level high. This recipe is one I first started making last summer and it’s been a firm favourite ever since. I love the easy harissa feta dressing as it really lifts the salad ingredients and the ingredients in it are usually bits I always have lurking around the cupboards/fridge. If you don’t have a blender for the dressing, simply mash the feta into a paste before mixing through the other dressing ingredients. If you prefer your beans cold, these can be drained and added straight to the cooked kale and green beans.
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but every now and then I quite enjoy a little chocolaty treat with my afternoon cuppa. There’s a great selection of low sp goodies out there that you can buy from both the WW shop and general supermarkets (B&M do a cracking selection too!) but sometimes it’s nice to be able to whip up your own easy and tasty treats. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s a no bake dish so other than melting and mixing a few store cupboard ingredients, you just have to wait for it to set.
I love buffalo sauce and the combo of that tangy orange delight paired with creamy blue cheese is one of my all-time favourites. After craving a burger this week, I decided to knock up a new recipe which would combine these two delicious flavours and the result was delicious!
The recipe below makes 8 burgers and each burger patty works out at 1sp. The sauce makes enough for 8 burgers and is 2sp per serving (when split between 8). If you aren’t planning on serving all the burgers within the same meal, I would still make all of the sauce as it can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days and used on things like salads and wraps too.
One thing I’m asked for a lot is a banana free version of the flourless pancakes that are popular with us WWers so when I woke up the other morning with a craving for some drop scones (or scotch pancakes as many call them), I set about creating myself some banana free, WW friendly ones (albeit these ones do have flour in them!!). The result was lovely, tasting very close to the real thing for many less points!
I love a good pulled meat as well as anything that can be slow cooked in the oven (or slow cooker) so when one of my lovely followers sent me a message about recreating a lovely Crispy Asian Beef Salad she had recently eaten in a restaurant, I knew I would be giving it a whirl fairly quickly. The result was amazing, the beef is absolutely packed with flavour and the smell as its cooking is out of this world.
My hubby is a huge fan of lamb in any dish he can get his hands on so I’m always keen to come up with new ways to incorporate the meat into our weekly meal plan. Last week, I decided to mix things up a little and prepare this warm wintery salad so that we could indulge in a bit of lamb steak, without going too heavy on the points and the result was delicious. The warm salad is fresh with herbs and filling because of the lentils and the tahini dressing give the whole dish a lovely houmousy flavour that goes so well with the lamb.
Batch cooking is a great way to prepare for the week ahead and, now I’m cooking for 4 adults on a daily basis, I’ve also found it’s the quickest way to also ‘prepare’ lunch for the next day. This recipe is a real quick and easy treat which tastes like it has taken a lot more effort to prepare than it has!
Mexican chicken fajitas are one of my favourite go to quick and easy dinners on a Friday night but equally, we do love a good Indian treat so last week, whilst brainstorming my weekly menu, I thought why not combine two of my favs and come up with a new Friday night mash up….. Indian chicken fajitas!