Whilst I was pregnant, one of the things I wasn’t supposed to eat was goat’s cheese. Goat’s cheese is one of my favourite cheeses and 9 months without its creamy delight was hard going so I knew one of the first recipes I would write once I could have it again would include it! I also love the combo of lamb, harissa and goat’s cheese and so, after a bit of experimentation, I came up with this lovely salad which works perfectly as both a healthy, filling evening meal as well as for left overs for lunch the next day.
Coriander is probably my favourite herb and I find it makes its way into lots of my cooking. One dish it hadn’t yet made it into was a risotto and, after fancying a different kind of risotto this week, I decided to have a little experiment with a Mexican style creation. The result was delicious. The risotto itself is creamy and indulgent yet bursting with fresh and vibrant flavours and the Cajun prawns add that little bit of extra oomph to the dish.
Coming back into the colder mornings, one of my favourite warming autumn breakfasts is baked oats. Easy to prepare in advance or on the day, they are a lovely filling breakfast which feel like a real treat at the same time.
Having had a craving for apple pie recently, I decided to combine the two dishes together to come up with something that would fill me until lunch but would satisfy my need for something sweet and fruity.
A few years ago the hubbie and I but devoured every episode of Rick Stein’s India cooking show. After the series finished, we picked up the accompanying cookbook and we have made a few bits and pieces from it but I can never seem to follow a recipe without tweaking it for myself.
Korean gochujang chilli paste is one of my favourite store cupboard essentials. I use it in lots of my recipes and, as it’s always in my cupboard/fridge, I love to come up with new ways to use it in my everyday meals. Last week, after fancying something summery for tea, I thought I would give it a whirl as part of a potato salad dressing and the result was delicious. Bursting with flavour, colour and goodness, the best thing about this recipe is that the dish can be on the table in the time it takes to boil the potatoes.
At book club last month we had an Italian themed buffet. I whipped up my Mozzarella, Pepparoni and Pesto Boccones and I suggested my friend bring along some mini Polpette (meatballs) to which she delightfully obliged. After whipping them up in the afternoon, she told me she had actually used Quorn meatballs and as an avid meat eater, I have to say I was a little cautious about trying these veggie balls (I hadn’t actually tried Quorn since my university days!). I have to admit however, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that not only were they delicious, they were also low in points and best of all, could be cooked from frozen. I’ve been planning to test my meatball marinara recipe again for a good while now and so I thought to myself, why not incorporate these meatballs into the recipe. Not only are they tasty but the texture is perfect to be sat inside a bun with oozy tomato sauce.
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.