• Butternut squash stirfry with sticky wings

    This butternut squash stirfry with sticky wings is a really fulfilling dish!

    Butternut squash stirfry

    Get the napkins ready for this butternut squash stirfry with sticky wings dish as they are certainly sticky but deliciously worth it.
    Again a simple dish, with minimal fuss, healthy yet with a naughty edge.

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    You will need…….

    12 or more chicken wings.
    Stir fry worthy vegetables, (the more colourful the better)
    Soy sauce
    2 tbsp honey
    2tsp chinese 5 spice
    1tsp chilli flakes
    1tsp teriyaki sauce
    2 tsp oyster sauce

    * please note, not all sauces have to be used if not available.

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    Mix some honey, 2tsp of soya sauce, five spice and if available chicken marinade together and Put to the side.

    Pop the chicken under the grill and brown on both sides

    When its browned off, coat it in the sauce and pop it into the oven for 15 minutes on a medium heat.

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    While the chicken is cooking, pop some sesame oil in a wok and heat it, add 2 tsp of soy sauce, 2 tsp of oyster sauce and 1tsp of teriyaki. Heat it up and add the vegetables.

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    Cook the vegetables in the sauce , frequently moving them about for around 4 mins ( or as soft or al dente as desired).

    Plate up the butternut squash stirfry, place the chicken on top and sprinkle over some sesame seeds.

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    Most importantly enjoy xxxxxx

    The butternut squash stirfry would also go down a treat with this crispy chilli beef.

  • Chicken with Tarragon Sauce

    This chicken with tarragon sauce serves 4 and costs just £1.25 per portion!

    This chicken with a creamy lemon and tarragon sauce was a lovely alternative to a Sunday roast. I paired the chicken up with some skin on roasties and a honey butternut squash and sweet potato mash. It was 50 shades of I want more and of course, made using some yellow stickered chicken from Sainsbury’s, check out my quick guide to Supermarket tricks!  for reduction tips. Tarragon is so versatile and so delicious – have you tried it before?

    Chicken with tarragon sauce ingredients

    Chicken with Tarragon Sauce Recipe

    You will need…….

    1 chicken
    Potato, skins left on and sliced in large pieces
    Butternut squash and/or sweet potatoe.
    1 tsp honey
    50 ml olive oil
    1/2 cup grated parmiganno
    Half a lemon
    1 tbsp tarragon
    2 egg yolks
    100g of butter
    Knob of mustard
    50ml cream
    Salt and pepper
    A good dash of love

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    Season the chicken, cover it loosely with foil and place in a roasting tray, pour a cup of water into the tray and Place the chicken in the middle of the oven, on a medium heat for around one and a half hours. Remove the foil after an hour of cooking.

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    Put the chopped potatoes into a pan and bring to the boil, let them boil for about 10 minutes and then drain them. Leave them dry off for about 10 minutes and then place in an oven tray with some olive oil, salt, black pepper and a good sprinkle of parmigianno.

    Place into the oven with the chicken and shake the tray after about 30 minutes of cooking, to move the potatoes around.

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    Get a pan of boiling water and bring it down to a simmer, place a bowl over the pan ( make sure it is secure !!) And place the egg yolks into the bowl, start whisking.

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    I took a ladle of the chicken juices and mixed that in with the egg.
    Add 2 if you like alot of sauce.

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    Squeeze the lemon into the mix, add the tarragon, salt and pepper and about 50ml of cream, and give it a good stir.
    Leave to gently simmer but stir every couple of minutes. If it is too thin add some cornflour.

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    Boil up the butternut & sweet potato with a dash of salt, when it is soft drain and add the honey and a knob of butter, really mush it down into a smooth consistency.

    Remove your chicken from the oven, cover with foil and leave it to rest for 10 minutes, check the juices are running clear, if they are still bloody then you need to cook the chicken more, (this is not a suck egg moment, but a lot of people are learning to cook xx.)

    Carve up your chicken, plate up your potatoes and veg and enjoy.

    Chicken with a Creamy Lemon and Tarragon Sauce

    Did you know that you can make sooooooo much from your chicken carcass !!!!!

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    The bones and leftover meat can make a great soup, stock etc etc.
    Message me and I will gladly send you info on doing it.

    This chicken carcass produced this for the four of us the next day…… using some chicken with tarragon sauce – yummy!

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  • Pork stacks for 4 only £1 each

    These pork stacks cost £1 each and serve 4 people.

    Pork stacks

    This is a delicious combination which is not only as cheap as chips to make but looks more complicated than it actually is !!. We look pork in our house, it has many health benefits.

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    To make these pork stacks, you will need….
    4 muffins sliced in half.

    Pkt rocket

    10 eggs

    150gr butter

    White wine vinegar

    Coarse mustard

    Ham

    S&P

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    I mixed the ham with some honey and bbq sauce.

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    Seperate two eggs and place the yolks into a bowl.
    Melt the butter and place to the side.
    Put some boiling water in a pan and place the egg yolks in the dish over the water.

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    Mix  with a whisk and slowly add the butter and the mustard. Mix it all until you get a lovely smooth consistency.
    Start poaching your eggs.

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    Toast the muffins and warm the ham up. Place the rocket on top of the muffin, and then place the ham on the rocket.
    Pour the sauce over the ham and place the egg on top, season well and enjoy…..

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  • Super Easy Spaghetti And Meatballs

    This super easy spaghetti and meatballs dish costs just £4 to make for 6 people!

    super easy spaghetti and meatballs

    This is a lovely family meal which most people enjoy.
    This super easy spaghetti and meatballs is straight forward to cook from scratch and is really tasty.

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    You will need……

    I pkt Spaghetti ( use brown as the sauce  will disguise  it !!!)

    Pkt of Mince beef ( try and get a low fat %)

    1 large diced onion

    2 garlic cloves chopped

    1tsp paprika

    1 piece of stale bread crumbled ( preferably wholemeal)

    1 tbsp passata

    1 cup of grated cheese

    chopped basil ( fresh is best but dry is fine)

    Tin of tomato soup.

    Glass of red wine

    1/4 diced choritzo

    Salt and pepper

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    Put the mince, cheese, onion, passata, garlic, paprika, basil, s&p and bread into a bowl a mix together with your hands.

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    When it’s all  mixed together, roll into balls and put into a greased oven tray.

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    Size and shape does not matter, but place into a medium heated oven and shake the tray after about 10 minutes of cooking so that the balls turn over. Cook for another 5 minutes.

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    Pour some olive oil into a  large saucepan, ( i used the italian olive oil that i made, see previous recipe).

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    Put in the tinned tomatoes, soup, basil, choritzo and s&p and mix well. Bring it up to a simmer and let it slowly bubble while the meatballs finish cooking.

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    Drain any fat from the meatballs and place the meatballs into the sauce, turn the temperature down low and let the flavours mix while you cook your spaghetti.

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    When the spaghetti has cooked, drain it well then add it to the sauce and mix well but be careful not to break up the meatballs.

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    Serve immediately and enjoy.

    We did…….

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    I hope you enjoy my super easy spaghetti and meatballs because I know we did!

    If you love this pasta dish, you will LOVE these pizza bagels.

  • Spanish Paella Recipe For £1.25

    Enjoy this delicious Spanish paella recipe for just £1.25 per portion!

    Spanish paella recipe

    This is one of my top meals for when i have guests coming around, its colourful, full of flavour and something that can be eaten slowly with a glass of wine and lot’s of conversation.
    It can be an expensive meal but if you can get your ingredients off the reduced shelf then your on to a winner.

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    For this Spanish paella recipe, you will need…..
    Paella or rissotto rice 275g
    2 diced chicken breast
    I finely sliced onion
    Pack of prawns
    1/4 choritzo sliced
    A handful of mussels
    One large red pepper sliced
    2 chopped tomatoes
    1 glass of white wine ( plus one for drinking while cooking!!)
    1 1/4 pint of chicken stock
    A couple of strands of saffron ( use 2 drops of food  yellow colourant if u dislike the taste)
    2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
    Handful of garden peas
    Chilli flakes
    1tsp paprika
    Parsley to garnish

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    First put on the Gypsy Kings to get you in a spanish mood and put the onion, garlic and choritzo into a wok or large pan with a glug of olive oil, and fry on a medium heat until the onions are soft.

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    Add the peppers and fry for a futher 2 minutes.
    Make up the chicken stock and pop the saffron into the liquid.

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    Coat the rice in the mixture and add the glass of wine, paprika, chilli flakes and tomato.
    Stir well for a minute.

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    Add the chicken stock with the saffron, the diced chicken and stir well.

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    When the rice has expanded, put in the peas and stir well.
    Do not cover.

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    Stir frequently and add salt if needed.
    Just before the its cooked add the mussels and prawns and give it a good stir.
    I pre cooked my mussels, as its easier to spot any bad ones.
    If the rice is too al dente, add a little more stock and stir well to stop the the rice sticking to the bottom of the pan.

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    Sprinkle the chopped parsley on top and serve straight away …….

    Enjoy this Spanish paella recipe and please send me your photos of your paella and feel free to share tips such as these delicious ways to make paella.

  • Balsamic lamb with celeriac gratin

    Costing under £2.50 per serving, this delicious balsamic lamb will certainly tickle your tastebuds.

    Balsamic lamb with gratin

    This balsamic lamb is not the quickest of meals to cook, but it is so tasty that it makes all the washing up worth it. Celeriac is such a woefully underused vegetable but I love using it!

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    You will need….

    4 lamb chops
    Celeriac
    Butternut squash
    I sliced leek
    Pint of milk
    1tsp nutmeg
    Salt and pepper
    100g grated cheese
    50ml cream
    Chicken stock cube

    1tbsp honey
    1/2 glass of red wine
    1/2 glass balsamic vinegar
    Garlic paste ( about the length of your finger tip)

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    Peel and remove the seeds from the butternut squash ( its not the easiest vegetable to peel !!)
    Slice and transfere to a pan.
    Peel the celeriac like a swede and slice and add to the butternut.
    Cover with salted water and bring to the boil.

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    In a pan, put the milk with the sliced leek, nutmeg, chicken stock cube,salt and pepper and slowly bring it to a gentle simmer.

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    When it is simmering, add some cream and cheese, i used parmigiano as it has a strong flavour. Parmigiano is a great buy if you see it reduced as a little goes a lonnnngggg way and it gives alot of flavour when added to a dish. Save some cheese for the topping.

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    Drain the celeriac and butternut ( your kitchen will smell of the celeriac as it has a very distinctive smell, but don’t be put off by this as it is a delicious and underestimated vegetable.)

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    Place the veg in an oven proof dish and pour over the sauce, sprinkle some more cheese over the top and a good dash of ground pepper.
    Place in the oven on a medium heat for around 30 minutes.
    When the lamb is cooking under the grill, you can always place this under to brown off.

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    In a pan, pour in the wine, honey, garlic and balsamic and give it a good stir.
    Let it reduce ( simmer gently) for about 10 minutes. It will have a lovely dark and smooth consistency but stir on a regular basis.

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    Meanwhile, fire up the grill and place the lamb under it, about 4 minutes each side.

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    When the lamb is done, you will have lamb fat in the pan. If you want to add extra flavour to the glaze, pour a bit of fat into glaze and stir well, lamb is very tasty but very fatty, so be careful that you don’t add too much.
    Plate all your food up and pour over the glaze.

    Enjoy…….

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    I really hope you enjoy this balsamic lamb – let me know how you get on!

  • Slow cooked Beef Curry with Homemade Chips

    For just £2.80, you too can enjoy this slow cooked beef curry with homemade chips.

    This is a super simple homemade slow cooked Beef Curry which is a delicious meal that the whole family enjoyed. I bought the beef at Marks and Spencer reduction time, the spinach was only 10p per bag and the spices were on offer for 15p at B&M.
    The beef curry was cooked in the slow cooker but it can be cooked slowly in the oven, although this Crock-Pot with Hinged Lid and Programmable Countdown Timer is a fab price and allows you to cook this during the day whilst you are at work or out for the day.

    This is also probably the simplest recipe on the blog. Using a slow cooker means that you can start it off in the morning and just let it do its thing whilst you get on with your day.

    The less you interfere with this recipe the more tender the meat will be. Another advantage of a Crock-Pot is that you can use cheaper cuts of meat, it cuts down on prep time and you can also use less meat, as slow cooking really extracts a meaty flavour that permeates the whole dish.

    Bulk up with vegetables instead which is better for us and a great way to get the family filling up on vegetables.image

    Slow cooked Beef Curry

    You will need……

    Diced beef ( or lamb)
    Spinach
    Diced pepper
    Tinned tomatoes
    Diced onion
    Spice mix.

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    Pop it all in the slow-cooker, turn it on for several hours until the beef is soft. I served the beef curry with a side salad and chips cooked in the Actifry, so it worked out to be a very healthy and low-fat slow-cooked beef curry. A big thumbs up from the family and my purse.

    Slow cooked Beef Curry
    Slow cooked beef curry
  • Cod and Salmon Recipes – Delicious And Easy To Make

    Love cod and salmon recipes? Then look no further!

    Cod and salmon recipes
    Cod and salmon recipes

    This is an excellent dish to reintroduce you to fish. A lot of people tend to avoid buying fish as it can be expensive, the bones off putting and alien to cook. People avoid cod and salmon recipes most of all as they seem to think it is difficult to cook.

    Cod is a fab fish as it really absorbs the flavours easily, is super healthy and lean, however its also very expensive, so if you see a piece of Cod marked down grab it and either cook it that day or freeze it. Plus salmon is so good for you.

    *There is also a recipe for beer battered Cod, minty peas and homemade chips on a previous blog.

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    You will need…..
    Cod fillet
    Smoked salmon slices
    2 eggs
    100g butter
    Lemon juice
    Salt/pepper
    1/4 choritzo chopped finely
    1/4 sliced cabbage
    1/2sliced onion
    1 grated carrot.

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    Lay the salmon out on some tin foil then place the cod on top. Season and roll up.

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    Wrap tightly into a parcel and place in the oven on a medium heat for around 12/15 minutes.

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    While this is cooking, start with the lemon hollandaise sauce ( it’s easy !!!)

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    Separate two eggs.
    Put the butter in a pan and melt it.
    Once melted put it in a jug and place to the side.

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    Put the egg yolks in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, whisk the eggs and slowly  add the melted butter. Keep whisking and add a squeeze of lemon juice,salt and pepper. If the eggs begin to thicken too much, add an icecube. Feel free to put in a little bit of course mustard to give it a stronger flavour.
    Cover with cling film and leave.

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    Place all your veg and choritzo in a pan and toss in some butter and seasoning, cover and fry off for a couple of minutes, until the cabbage is soft.

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    Take your fish out of the oven and open the parcels.
    *WATCH THE STEAM !!!

    Put the veg on a plate, place the fish on top and pour over the sauce.

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    Serve and enjoy……

  • Tortilla tower For Less Than £3

    This tortilla tower costs less than £3 to make and serves four people!

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    Delicious tortilla tower

    I love trying to offer a slightly different dinner, as I think my kids are getting a bit bored of Fajitas, so when I had a bit of a stash going on with the tortillas, I decided to make a tortilla tower and it was scoffed to great reviews. This can be prepared and popped in the fridge ready to cook later in the day or week, and it can also be frozen, which is a great meal option for the busy family.

    I bulked this meal up with some left over rice from the weekend, some tinned lentils (that are so good for you) that had been at the back of the cupboard for decades and some reduced priced mince, so this was a frugaltastic bit of grub.

    Please use this recipe as a guideline, but feel adventurous and use different ingredients.

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    You will need…….

    Mince beef , lamb or turkey.
    Tin of tomatoes
    Tin of lentils
    Tortillas
    Finely chopped onion
    Ready cooked rice
    1tsp chill ( add extra if required)
    1tsp paprika
    1tsp cumin
    1tsp salt
    2 tsp of seasoning mix
    ( feel free to use a fajita mix instead of the spices )
    100 g grated cheese

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    Fry off the mince and onions, drain any fat that runs of the meat.

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    Add the lentils, tomatoes and spices and leave to simmer for 10p minutes.

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    Line a cake tin with baking paper and put in a tortilla.

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    Put in a layer of mince and put another tortilla on top.

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    Put in a layer of rice and a sprinkle of cheese, another tortilla and continue to build until you run out of ingredients.

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    Finally, put the last tortilla on top with a good sprinkle of cheese and season.
    Pop the tower into the oven on a low heat for an hour and then serve with a salad, sweet potatoe wedges or whatever takes your fancy.

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    Enjoy…..
    I would love to see your creations, please send me a pic x

  • Stuffed Seabass For £1 Each!

    This delicious stuffed seabass can be made for just £1 per portion and serves two people.

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    Stuffed seabass

    This was a quick yet easy meal to put together, i had left over rice from the weekend, so this worked perfectly with the fish.

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    You will need…..
    2 seabass fillets
    1/4  diced choritzo sausage
    2 cups of cooked rice
    1 chopped tomatoe
    1 chopped onion
    1/2 cup of passata
    1tsp paprika
    1tsp chilli flakes
    1tsp garlic paste
    5 chopped basil leaves
    Salt and pepper.

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    Put all the ingredients except the fish into a bowl and bind together.

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    Put the fish into an oven proof dish and fill the fillets with the rice mix.

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    Place in a pre medium heated oven for around 15 minutes.

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    Serve and enjoy…… This dish is perfect for date night. Find other delicious date night dinners here.

  • Healthy chicken kebabs

    I don’t know about you, but we love a chicken kebab in our household. Whilst ordering one from the takeaway is a pretty healthy option, it is even healthier and cheaper to make your own healthy chicken kebabs at home.

    This fakeaway healthy chicken kebabs recipe is a fab meal for anyone on a kick up the arse weight loss diet, specialty dietary requirement option or just someone fancying a decent bit of grub !.It’s a super easy dish to prepare, and you can often spot chicken breast wearing a reduced sticker. I picked up this chicken for a silly price at The Co-Op and paired  with some rice ,salad and some wraps or pitta, this can make a frugal change to the regular table offerings. A good tip with this dish is to marinate the chicken overnight, so the flavours really do penetrate the meat and give it an excellent flavour !. Lidl do the best olive oil for a fab price and this is great to add to the spices. You could also make your own flavoured olive oil if you would like to give it a try.

    Healthy chicken kebabs

    Make this even more frugal by making your own flatbreads to wrap the chicken in and you are on your way to Jamie Oliver Status. Make a real low fat mint dressing with this by adding a spoonful of dried mint, canderel , a pinch of salt and a drop of water to some fat free natural yogurt and mix into a  flavoured sauce.

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    How to make healthy chicken kebabs

    To make these healthy chicken kebabs you will need:

    • 3/4 diced chicken breast
    • 20ml of olive oil
    • 1tsp paprika
    • 1tsp cumin
    • 1tsp chilli flakes
    • 1tsp garlic paste
    • 2 tsp tomato puree
    • Salt and pepper
    low fat healthy chicken kebabs
    low fat healthy chicken kebabs

    Mix all the ingredients with the chicken and massage in well. Again try and let the meat mingle with the spices, cover and pop in the fridge for a while or overnight !

    low fat healthy chicken kebabs
    low fat healthy chicken kebabs

    Slide the chicken onto a skewer and cook under the grill for around 10 minutes. (Cut a large piece of chicken open to check that the meat is not still pink)

    If you have time on your hands,  put the chicken into a foil parcel and put  it into a hot oven to  part cook it, then finish off the cooking under a hot grill, this will make the meat a lot moister.

    Serve with rice, bread or if you fancy being super healthy, a big salad.

    If you like this then you might also like:

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    low fat healthy chicken kebabs
  • Feta and Spinach Pie For 4 People

    Serving 4 people, this delicious feta and spinach pie is a brilliant family meal.

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    Feta and Spinach pie

    This is a delicious as well as a healthy and vegetarian meal that the whole family can enjoy.
    It is super simple to put together but looks like alot of work has gone into it.

    You will need
    Half a slab of feta.
    1 red onion chopped.
    1 pepper chopped.
    2 tomatoes chopped.
    I packet of spinach.
    I tin of tomatoe soup.
    1tbs salt
    1tbs pepper
    Chilli flakes and cumin seeds to decorate.
    1 beaten egg.
    Ready made short crust or flakey pastry.

    Grate the tomatoes and mix with the feta.

     

    In a pie dish pop in all the ingredients ( except the soup )and mix.

    Add the soup and give it a good stir

    Cover with the pastry,
    Decorate with the chilli flakes and cumin seeds.
    Pop in pre heated oven on a mid heat and cook until the pastry browns ( around 20mins)
    Serve with a balsamic salad, parmisan roasties or good old chips.

    Enjoy……

     

    If you’d prefer something even lighter, then perhaps you could try this vegetable and feta tart or this tasty feta pate.