We are lucky enough to live on the coast which means we have access to some amazing fishmongers with the most incredible fresh stock. We visit as much as we can and pick up whatever takes our fancy but one thing I always have in the freezer is a giant bag of king prawns. For around £12 you get enough prawns for at least 4 meals (so 8 portions) which is great value for money. The prawns are always huge, fresh and juicy too. If you don’t live near a fishmonger, supermarkets also sell a great range of fresh and frozen prawns, either will do. Just make sure if you use frozen, the prawns are thoroughly defrosted before cooking. I defrost mine by popping into a covered bowl in the fridge the night before.
The Chicken Parmo is a classic, delicious takeaway treat originating from Teesside. Often associated with trips to the kebab shop after a boozy night out, in its hometown this famous dish is often served with lashing of garlic sauce after being gloriously deep fried. The result is delicious but off the scale in terms of points/calories.
Aubergines are a vegetable that until quite recently I could take or leave. They were never top of my fav list until I started making aubergine parmigiana for my little boy and he couldn’t get enough of it. I tasted it and knew I had been missing out! After this little revelation, I’ve set out to use it in more dishes where I can, and in place of meat if possible and that’s where this dish was born.
Burger and Pasta…two of my favourite foods so surely the dream combo? The answer is yes, yes it is! I saw this dish on a restaurant menu months ago and thought I’ve got to recreate this at home myself. Not only is it delicious, it’s all done in the one pan so it’s really easy and creates minimal washing up. Not only that but it’s a perfect dish for kids as it combines all the lovely flavours of a classic burger and makes 6 portions. Perfect to feed the whole family and still have leftovers.
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.
Usually I would test a recipe two or three times before I post it but since I cooked this one on my Instagram stories the other night, I have been inundated with requests for the recipe, even in its draft form so I thought, since it was pretty delicious first time around, I’ll pop the first test here for you all for easiness if you want to make it this weekend!
I love a Chinese takeaway however they are usually very points heavy and so I’m always trying to convert new dishes into the perfect fakeaway. I cooked this one up in the week after realising I had most ingredients in already and I was over the moon with how quick, easy and absolutley delicious. Don’t be put off by the longish list of ingredients. Most of them are store cupboard staples (well they certainly are if you cook lots of my recipes) and it’s worth having lots of them in to add instant flavour to many dishes.
As you will have seen in many of the other recipes on my site, I love using sausage meat as a cheap, quick and easy way to make a filling and tasty tea and this recipe is exactly that. Whacking everything into a blender right at the start means both minimal chopping and means that rustling up this dish doesn’t take much longer than cooking the pasta. This is also a great dish to make for little ones as blending everything disguises many of the veggies that you may find hard to get into their meals usually and you end up with a bolognaise type texture for the sauce which always goes down a storm.
I originally wrote this recipe in early December as a nice Christmassy addition to the fakeaway/burger selection on my site but with Max’s early arrival I never got around to the second testing and posting of it so it’s been somewhat delayed…until now. This is a lovely burger recipe that is bursting with those classic Christmas flavours but that actually works all year around (who doesn’t love a bit of brie!!).
Who doesn’t love Mac and Cheese!? A few of you may have tried the other Mac and Cheese recipe on my site which uses Butternut Squash to recreate the smooth and creamy texture of a regular Mac and Cheese and I love it but this week I thought I would try and make a more traditional style Mac and Cheese – whilst still keeping it WW friendly. The result, I have to say, was amazing. This is probably one of my hubbie and I’s favourite dishes I’ve created in a while as its both cheesily good and bursting with that lovely smoky chorizo flavour. It’s a little higher in points than other dishes but it really doesn’t feel like a ‘diet’ dish so in my view, it’s worth every single point! Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!
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.