Having visited Knutsford many times before, I was delighted and intrigued to be invited along to sample Afternoon Tea at the recently opened Barrister’s Restaurant at The Courthouse, Cheshire.
I am often asked to come up with new vegetarian recipes, however being a lover of meat myself, I always seem to veer towards the carnivore in me. I came up with this base risotto recipe for you veggies out there however I had to add the chicken for the hubby and I to get our meat fix. The risotto on its own is 10sp per serving and the chicken is 1sp per serving so its up to you if you go for the veggie risotto on its own, or add the meat.
I was watching Master Chef last week and was intrigued to see one of the chefs knock up a speedy and delicious looking Romesco sauce. Having never tasted this sauce myself, I set about doing a bit of research and seeing whether I could incorporate my own low point version of this into a delightful Spanish recipe.
My hubbie thinks I’m a bit of a weird one as breakfast is often my favourite meal of the day, especially at weekends when I have a chance to spend a little longer thinking about what I might have! This little recipe came about after we had baked sweet potatoes and corn on the cobs for our tea the night before. I made extra so I had leftovers and this quick and tasty little breakfast recipe was the result. Best of all, now sweetcorn and eggs are both free, this recipe is only 4sp per serving!
Dark January nights can often leave us craving the comfort of warming, hearty food whilst trying to stick to our New Year diet. This recipe is perfect for just that kind of event, when you fancy something packed with flavour and nice and filling but light enough to stick within your points.
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!
Having had half a packet of blinis left to use, I thought I would throw together another quick and easy canape recipe for over the festive period. This one is just as easy as the last!! Beetroot and goat’s cheese are a classic pairing and, added to a little bit of beetroot houmous, they make a lovely bite sized treat (they lasted less than an hour in my house!).
Over the next couple of days lots of us will be hitting the supermarkets to do our ‘big Christmas shop’. Now if you, like me, want to prepare yourself to avoid the temptation of all the high point foods on the Christmas table, try and pop a few ingredients into the trolley so you can make yourself a low point option which still feels like a treat.
Week two of my festive canapes are these little beauty’s that I came up with whilst racking my brain for a lighter, lower sausage roll option. These little bites are the perfect replacement. Meaty with a little sweetness and the goo of lovely cheese they really hit the spot for a bargain of 2sp.
Nasi Goreng literally translates as ‘fried rice’ in Indonesia. This delightful dish is a great option if you are looking for something really straight forward, quick and tasty. I’ve just used a shop bought paste here as it’s not too many points and is a lovely flavour. I haven’t added any extra chilli as it already has a nice kick but you can always add some crushed chillies at the end if you like things really hot! I will also be posting a recipe with my own paste but since lots of you are asking for this recipe to make this week, I thought I best not keep you all waiting! I got my paste in Tesco but I know lots of other supermarkets do their own version too.