Friday, 25 November 2016 - , , , , , , , , , 3 comments

RECIPE : Parsnip & Lemon Soup with Apple Vermicelli


This time of year we're all looking for interesting new flavours for our staple soups. My parsnip and lemon combo is completely delicious - thick, warming and refreshing all at the same time! The apple vermicelli adds a sweet crunch which really compliments the thick richness of the parsnip. The lemon adds a gentle tang.

It's perfect for a NoCount/Filling & Healthy day and also only 3sp/2pp/approx 130kcal per serving.


You could turn this into a really show-stopping dish by topping the soup with a Roast Parsnip & Apple Skewer
(Click HERE for recipe)
This would make a really fabulous starter for Christmas day and adds another 3sp/2pp/approx.110kcal per portion or is suitable for a NoCount/Filling & Healthy day.

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YOU WILL NEED : (Serves 4)

400g parsnips
2 medium onions
1 clove garlic
3 low salt Oxo cubes
(chicken or vegetable)
1.5 litres water
juice of 1 lemon
black pepper to taste

To serve:

30g Total 0% fat Greek yoghurt thinned with
2 teaspoons water
2 eating apples
sumac

optional; Roast Parsnip & Apple skewers

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Chop the onion, garlic and parsnip. Add the water to the pan and bring to the boil.
Add the Oxo cubes and cook for around 30-40 minutes until the parsnip is very soft.
Blitz using a hand blender until you have a beautiful silky-smooth soup.


Add black pepper and the juice of up to one lemon according to your personal taste.


When ready to serve, peel the apples and cut into thin strips of 'vermicelli' using a julienne peeler or spiralizer. Make the strips as long as possible.


Mix the yoghurt with the water to thin until it is the consistency of single cream.


Pour the soup into serving bowls.
Gently spoon 5 or 6 blobs of the yoghurt onto the surface of the soup.


Using a bamboo skewer or cocktail stick, 'drag' the yoghurt mixture around in a circular motion to make an appealing design.


I trace it around three or four times to produce this pretty whispy effect.


Put a generous handful of the apple vermicelli in the centre then sprinkle with sumac for a spectacular finish.


If using the roasted parnip and apple skewers, lay the stick suspended over the soup as the crowning glory to this presentation.


Each recipient then pulls the contents of their skewer off their own stick and drops it into the hot soup to warm and soften, soaking up the delicious flavours.

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Specsoupular!

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 - , , , , , , , 6 comments

RECIPE : Sausage Wrap Rolls


Here's a lovely simple idea...nothing too taxing, simple ingredients and a delicious and filling breakfast or snack idea.
This is a low-fat way to enjoy a sausage-roll type snack without all the pastry. Succulent, herby, griddled sausages are encased in a crisp, toasted, condiment-lined shell.

These workout to 2sp/2pp/approx.110kcal each

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You Will Need : (for 4 sausage rolls)

4 Reduced Fat Sausages
or vegetarian sausages

(My calculations are based on Weight Watchers sausages. If you use a different brand or vegetarian option, please check the propoint/calorie values.

 1 Warburtons Square Wrap

2 teaspoons Tomato Ketchup
1 teaspoon mustard

To Serve;
2 teaspoons Brown Sauce

NB. I have allowed for condiments in my calculations. If you use any more, you will need to charge for the sp/pp/calories.

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Cook the sausages in a little Frylight oil in a griddle pan, turning every few minutes to ensure an even colour. Make sure they are cooked through thoroughly- around 15 minutes.



Cut the wrap into 4 equal pieces.



Pop half a teaspoon of ketchup and a dot of mustard on each piece of wrap.



Spread with the back of a teaspoon.



Check that the sausages are fully cooked.



Take each quarter wrap and place a cooked sausage at one end.



Place on a clean, flat surface and roll the wrap really tight to encase the sausage.



Handle carefully and place the sausage wrap roll 'seam-side-down' into the hot pan. Press firmly. This will help to 'seal' the edge.



Repeat with all the ingredients. Once sealed, turn every few minutes until you have a beautifully even, toasted finish.



Serve with 1/2 teaspoon brown sauce per wrap to dip into....



...or as a breakfast dish with some 0pp griddled veggies, such as giant mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, to make it more filling.

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A deliciously perfect snack!

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PRINT RECIPE HERE

Saturday, 5 November 2016 - , , , , , , 4 comments

RECIPE : Marshmallow 'Sparklers'


Bonfire Night has crept up on me!
Its such a colourful, fun celebration, I wanted to make a simple treat that reflected all the gorgeous vibrant colours of the night.

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 Just because you may be losing or maintaining weight, there's no need to miss out on fun traditions. Sometimes we simply have to find low-fat ways of incorporating some treats so that we can enjoy ourselves just like everyone else.
These will appeal to kids and adults, young and old, Weight Watcher or not. They're a chocolatey, gooey treat but won't break the Smartpoints bank! I thought they would also lend themselves to being easily consumed outside in the freezing night air without having to remove your gloves. Always a good thing on a chilly, November night.

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These gorgeous Marshmallow 'Sparklers' are 1sp/1pp/approx.50kcal each.

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You Will Need:

8 Marshmallows
10g Plain chocolate
2 teaspoons sugar sprinkles
Bamboo skewers

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These really need no explanation...
Simply melt the chocolate. Pop the marshmallows onto bamboo skewers. Dunk the top of the marshmallows into the chocolate...straight into some sprinkles, then leave to set in glasses, a jug or a vase.



If you don't have any bamboo skewers, these look equally gorgeous in tiny petit-four cases. I like to use hundreds & thousands and sugar strands to add some variety, colour and texture to these fun little treats.

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Wishing you a fun, safe Bonfire Night.
Whoosh! Bang! Squidge! 

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UPDATE!



These also look gorgeous in tiny little petit four cases on sticks. I stuck them into a base made of florists polystyrene for a fab display.

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There's now a fabulous tutorial on my YouTube channel to show you how to make this recipe step-by-step!

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