Saturday, 22 November 2014 - , , , 1 comments

CUPBOARD LOVE : Burts Lentil Waves

I've recently discovered these delicious Lentil Waves made by Burts.
Very light, crisp and tasty, (but plenty of them in a bag!), these delicate little morsels really hit the spot on the nibble front.


At 2pp/99kcal per bag (5pp for two bags), they won't sabotage our weight loss efforts either.
They contain 40% less fat than regular potato crisps as the quick cooking process means that they absorb much less oil.


I've found them in two flavours; Lightly Salted which are delicately bland but with a delicious flavour to hold their own or can be used as a perfect carrier for dipping...

...and Thai Sweet Chilli which have a distinctive spicy tang without monopolising your tastebuds.
They also make a Sour Cream & Chive flavour but I have't been lucky enough to find them yet.

As always, I prefer to buy my snacks in individual bags as a large, open packet of crisps spells t-e-m-p-t-a-t-i-o-n to me!
So these 6 packs are just perfect.
They sell at around £1.99 and at the moment are exclusive to Waitrose. However, my research tells me that Burt's are in talks with leading food retailers so watch this space.


Lentil Love.

RECIPE : Roast Parsnip & Apple Skewers

These tasty parsnip and apple skewers are quick and simple to make. The sweetness of the roasted apple compliments the earthy parsnip perfectly, resulting in a delicious little side dish. They're an attractive addition to any roast meal or maybe something a little different for Christmas dinner!
The other great thing about these is that they can be made in advance and popped into the oven to heat up for 1-2 minutes before serving.


These are NoCount/Filling & Healthy and Simple Start friendly or only 3sp/2pp/approx.110kcal each.
(You can have two skewers for 3pp)
 They're a great way to enjoy low fat roast veggies too.


YOU WILL NEED : (per 4 skewers)

300g parsnips
(roughly 3 small-medium sized)
2 medium apples
(Braeburn or Cox's work best)
1 teaspoon olive oil
black pepper
 4 bamboo skewers


Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas6

Scrub the parsnips well and leave the peel on. Chop into discs approx. 3-4mm thick.

Slice the apples into discs about 3-4mm thick. Leave the skin on and discard any pips.

Mix together in a bowl with 1 teaspoon olive oil. (I use a spray bottle to coat evenly)

Spread the slices out in an even layer on a baking tray. Roast in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Check occasionally as they can burn quite easily.

Once out of the oven, sprinkle with some ground black pepper.

Thread the apple and parsnip slices alternately onto the bamboo skewers.
I love the slightly frilly appearance and all the colours and tones that appear.

Serve immediately or allow to cool to reheat at a later time. They only need 1-2 minutes in a hot oven before serving.

If you are making these for a special occasion such as Christmas, a fun way to serve them is to cut an apple in half...

...and pop the skewers into the apple so that your guests can easily help themselves.

They're almost like little Christmas trees served in this way. I can imagine two or three of these displays dotted down a long table to make a fabulous impact!
If you were feeling really flamboyant, you could even spray them with a very light dusting of edible gold colouring-wow!





Try making these with additional or alternative vegetables such as beetroot, potato, sweet potato etc. 


For a spectacular flourish on a bowl of soup, suspend the skewer across the top of the bowl on serving.
Completely delicious with my
Parsnip & Lemon soup.

Simply pop the contents of the skewer into the soup before eating.

Click HERE for link to the recipe.


Saturday, 15 November 2014 - , , , , , 2 comments

SMASH & GRAB : Quick Quorn Chorizo 'Breadcrumbs'

I absolutely love chorizo!
It's a wonderful way to flavour certain dishes but it has a very high fat content so I use it sparingly.
Having two vegetarians in my household, I tend not to buy it for I was really excited to see this new product on sale from Quorn this week that we could all enjoy.

They have developed a meat free Chorizo. I've only seen this on sale in Asda but it has the same flavour and texture as their other Chorizo-style products-
Chorizo sausages
(On sale in Sainsburys)
Chorizo slices
(more readily available)

This vegetarian version has a lower fat content than standard chorizo and a really great flavour.

It's 3pp/107kcal for a 50g portion or 8pp/321kcal for the whole sausage.

This is a large 150g sausage that you could cook in a variety of styles in dishes.
You could cut it into chunky slices and fry for a few minutes, slice thinly and add as a pizza topping, dice and fry with onions as a base for a bolognese or chilli sauce for added flavour...or you could make my chorizo 'breadcrumbs'!


YOU WILL NEED : (Serves 1 at 4pp/150kcal, 2 small portions at 2pp/75kcal each or 4 sprinkly portions at 1pp/38kcal each)

150g Quorn meat free Chorizo

1 teaspoon olive oil

(NOTE: You can make these 'breadcrumbs' with 50g regular chorizo too, just leave out the olive oil then it's still 4pp or 225kcal for the whole amount)

 For optimal yumminess;

1 small clove garlic
pinch chilli powder


Break the sausage up roughly and pop into a food processor. I have a great little tiny one which is perfect for this job. If you want to make it more garlic or chilli flavoured, add at this stage.

Pulse-blitz for a few seconds until you have 'breadcrumbs'

Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan then tip in the Chorizo 'breadcrumbs'.
Cook for 4 minutes on a medium/high heat until lovely and crispy. Stir frequently.

Weigh into your required portion sizes, then pop into small serving dishes or add to your chosen dish.



Try adding quarter of the finished mixture to 30g Total yoghurt (0% or 2% fat) for a 1pp/aprox.50kcal topping for a jacket potato.


Sprinkle onto thick parsnip or butternut squash soup as an alternative to croutons.


Use to top salads or celeriac mash.


Fry with onion and garlic as a base for Bolognese or chilli con carne.


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Friday, 14 November 2014 - , , , , , , , 4 comments

CUPBOARD LOVE : Roquito Chilli Pepper Pearls

I'm always looking for exciting ways to spice up my recipes and these little chillies are my latest crush!
These tiny little baby peppers are adorable and although they are spicy, it's with a sweetness that counteracts the heat beautifully.
I bought these in Tesco.

They're 0pp or 20kcal for a 24g serving.


A few sprinkled into a yoghurt-based dip adds a certain unexpected kick...

...or use to liven up the colour, texture and flavour of a salad by scattering a few on top.


They'd be a great way to add some zest to a low fat pizza too!
(Click HERE for my SimpleStart Pizza recipe)

Thursday, 6 November 2014 - , , , , , , , 2 comments

RECIPE : Crushed Butterscotch Chocolate Discs

I was inspired to make these lovely little chocolate treats after I bought some delicious butterscotch candies at my WeightWatchers meeting the other day. 

At 2pp/97kcal for the whole box, they're a fabulous little sweet fix. They remind me of the centre of a Daim bar-one of my favourites-that creamy, almondy butterscotch flavour. So I thought it would be fun to invent a little chocolatey treat of my own.
These sweeties are only available in WeightWatchers meetings or online, so if you can't get hold of any, Werther's Originals make a great alternative.


The finished homemade chocolate discs work out to 1pp/approx.35kcal each.


YOU WILL NEED : (Makes 8 discs)

50g plain/milk or white chocolate
4 WeightWatchers butterscotch candies
2 Werther's Originals


Put the sweets into a small freezer bag.

Using a rolling pin or heavy spoon, crush the sweets. Leave some small chunky pieces and crush some almost to a sand-like texture.

Melt the chocolate then using a teaspoon, make 8 small flat circular discs onto silicone-coated baking paper.

Using your fingers, simply scatter the crushed butterscotch equally between all 8 discs. Make sure each one has chunky pieces and fine sandy glittery sprinkles.

Allow to set completely. Try to resist putting them in the fridge as they will get condensation on them.

Once set hard, peel the discs off the baking paper and arrange on a pretty serving plate. These are delicious with a cup of coffee!

If you want to give the chocolates as a gift, these little paper loaf cases are perfect. 

The loaf cases hold 8 chocolate discs perfectly stacked on their side.

Wrap in cellophane and tie with pretty string for a professional finish.
A wonderfully easy, reasonably-priced artisan style gift!





Try using other flavours of WeightWatchers sweets such as Strawberries & Cream or Smooth Mint.


Try 6g flaked almonds or pistachios, crushed roughly.

Try finely sliced lemon or Orange peel.


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RECIPE : Waste-Not-Want-Not Breakfast Bars with Vanilla Topping

You might know that I've recently started making fresh vegetable and fruit juices for breakfast. I love the sense of wellbeing they give me-it's such a gentle and refreshing way to kickstart the day.

I know that there are modern juicers now which can pulp the whole fruit and veg into a smoothie type drink, but I like the purity of the fresh, thin juice despite having to use two of my propoints for it-I think it's worth it!
One thing I can't get to grips with, however, is the waste after making fresh juices. All that apple and carrot pulp going into the bin! So I racked my brains and came up with a way to use it up...
and here are my Waste-Not-Want-Not Breakfast bars!

The resulting bars are a squidgy but solid dense 'cake' type thing. They are fairly bland but come to life when spread with my Vanilla Cream cheese and Yoghurt dip and served with fresh fruit!


At 1pp/approx.60kcal for one bar or 3pp/approx.120kcal for two, they're a really low propoint/calorie option for a filling breakfast or mid morning snack.

The vanilla topping is 0pp/approx.15kcal for 1 portion and 1pp/approx.40kcal for up to half the mixture.

NB.If you don't have a juicer, simply replace the pulp in the recipe with 1 large grated carrot and 1 grated apple. (They may take slightly longer to bake as the mixture will be more moist).


YOU WILL NEED : (Makes 6 bars)

For the Bars;

Pulp from 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1/2 a cucumber and a stick of celery.
(Other combinations will work but there must be carrot and apple in the mixture for natural sweetness)

50g porridge oats

1 medium egg

50g 0% fat Total Greek yoghurt

1 teaspoon honey
(For SimpleStart this comes from your extra treats, for Filling&Healthy replace with a little sweetener or charge 1pp from your weekly propoint allowance for the whole batch)

1 small eating apple, grated (skin on)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Topping;

30g lightest Philadelphia cream cheese
(For SimpleStart this comes from your extra treats, for Filling&Healthy leave out or charge 1pp from your weekly pp allowance for the whole pot)

100g 0% Total Greek yoghurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 teaspoons granular artificial sweetener

To Serve;

Fresh sliced fruit such as apple, banana


Take the pulp out of the juicer and pop into a mixing bowl. Remove any large pieces of fruit, vegetable or peel that haven't been processed properly.

Add the porridge oats, egg, yoghurt and cinnamon. Stir well.

Grate the fresh apple on top. I keep the skin on as it just adds to the finished texture.

Mix well then divide into 6 equal portions. Using your hands, form the breakfast bar shapes and lay onto silicon coated non stick baking paper.

The bars should be a similar shape and size to a weetabix.
Bake at 200C/400F/Gas6 for 10-15 minutes then flip over and bake for another 10-15 minutes until a rich golden brown.
Leave to cool while you make the topping.

Mix the cream cheese, yoghurt, vanilla and sweetener to taste. Mix well.

Arrange the breakfast bars on a plate with the vanilla topping and some sliced fresh fruit.

Spread the bars generously with the topping before loading with fresh fruit and devouring.

Any remaining topping can be used as a delicious dip for the fruit.





Once cooled, the bars will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container.


You can toast the bars lightly in a toaster to reheat slightly before serving.


You could put the dip into pre-weighed portions. Half of this dip is 1pp/approx. 40kcal.



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