• 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.

  • Croissant bread and butter pudding with raisins

    This croissant bread and butter pudding with raisins costs just £1.50 to make!

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    This croissant bread and butter pudding is a great dessert, is really easy to make and its very filling, so a little goes a long way.

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    You will need…..
    Pkt croissants
    3 buttered slices of bread.
    200ml of milk
    1 cup of sugar
    3 eggs
    Handfull of chocolate raisins ( optional)

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    Preheat the oven on a medium heat.

    Rip the croissants apart and cut up the buttered bread. Place it in the dish and place the chocolate raisins in random places between the croissants.

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    Mix the milk, eggs and sugar and pour over the croissants. Push the bread down so that the liquid is absorbed.
    Sprinkle a little bit of sugar onto the top of the dish and pop it into the oven for around 20 minutes.
    The aim is to have a toasted golden top and a soft inside.
    Serve with cream and enjoy….

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    Check here for other tasty desserts.

  • Honey glazed bacon for 4 people

    This delicious honey glazed bacon is a taste sensation!

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    honey glazed bacon

    This was made and consumed in under half an hour. Its a posh take on bubble and squeak but it’s really, really good.

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    You will need…..
    5  medium potatos
    1 packet of cooking bacon
    4 eggs
    Half a cabbage finely sliced
    2 spring onions chopped
    25g butter
    1tbs honey
    1tbs balsamic vinegar
    1 tbs chilli flakes

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    Grate the potatos with the skins left on and pop in the microwave for 4 mins.
    When they have cooled downpop them in a burger press and shape, however you can do it by hand.
    Fry on both sides until golden, then pop in a medium heat oven and cook the cabbage.

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    In a frying pan put the cabbage, butter, chilli flakes and spring onion and have a good stir. Fry it off for about 4 minutes until it goes soft, cover take off the heat and leave until needed.

    Fry the bacon on one side for about 3 minutes, turn over and while the other side is cooking pour over the honey and balsamic vinegar.

    Poach or fry the eggs your desired way and when everything is ready, build your little stack.

    Enjoy ….

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  • Butter paneer curry for £3

    This butter paneer curry is soooo tasty and can be made for just £3!

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    Delicious Butter Paneer Curry

    This dish looks complicated, but it is really easy.
    The cashew nuts and cream put up the price, but i only price the dish on half the cost of the nuts and cream as i only used half of both. ( if that makes sense)

    You will need……
    Packet of paneer cheese ( its always reduced in Sainsburys)
    2 finely chopped onions
    4 tbsp of butter
    I tsp of minced ginger
    2 garlic cloves chopped finely
    1 tsp chilli powder ( add more for heat)
    1/2 cup of passata or tomato puree
    1tsp sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    Cup of plain cashew nuts
    Kasuri methi ( dry fenugreek leaves)
    1/2 a cup of cream
    Coriander leaves finely chopped.

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    Put the nuts into a blender and blend them into a powder, add 2 cups of water to make a paste and leave until needed.

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    This dish looks daunting, but its not so bad. Make a a day or two before you intent to serve it, and the flavours will infuse more. I get all my spices cheaply from the indian supermarket or Masala Bazaar.

    Start but putting the butter into a large pan and pop in the onions and garlic and fry for 2/3 mins. Keep it on a low heat, so that it does not burn out.

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    Next add the ginger and fry for another minute ( the kitchen should start to smell lovely now!).
    Add the chilli ( less or more depending on your spice pallet) and fry for another minute.

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    Next add the tomatoe puree, salt and sugar and mix. Leave for about 3 minutes, and chop up the paneer into cubes.

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    Add the cashew mixture into the curry and give it a good stir.

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    When it is all blended, add the paneer, kasuri methi and cream. Stir and turn down the heat.
    Let it simmer for about 20/30 minutes and add the coriander leaves just before serving.

    I hope you enjoy it.

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    Love this curry? Then you will adore this one.

  • Delicious Lamb stuffed Aubergine

    lamb stuffed aubergine

    This lamb stuffed aubergine is a lovely dish, easy to make and easy to impress. This typical Mediterranean recipe is a regular offering on an Arabic or Turkish family table and combines textures, colours and flavours. It’s even tastier served a day after preparing, so is a great meal to cook in advance. Lamb is also a Slimming World free food.

    lamb stuffed aubergine

    To make these lamb stuffed aubergines you will need:

    One pack of minced lamb
    3 crushed garlic cloves
    1 finely chopped onion.
    Handful of chopped parsley.
    3 soft tomatoes peeled and grated.
    1 tsp nutmeg
    1 tsp cumin
    1tsp salt
    1 aubergine

    Rice….
    4 cups of rice
    2 chicken stock cubes
    1 tsp salt
    Spoon full of butter

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    Place the oven on a medium to high setting.
    Cut the aubergine in half length ways, scoop out some of the centre and set aside, season and splash with some olive oil.
    Place into the oven and let it cook while you prepare the lamb.

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    Fry off the mince until it starts to brown, if there is lots of oil from the lamb, drain it off. Add the onions and garlic and fry for about 3 minutes, add the scooped out aubergine, parsley, salt and spices cook for another 2 minutes and add the tomatoes.

    You might also like these lamb recipes:

    lamb stuffed aubergine

    Fresh tomatoes are often in the reduced bin and if used in place of tinned tomatoes, this will often make the dish taste much nicer. The best way to prepare the tomatoes, is to drop them in boiling water for a minute, then cold water and the skin will slide off, grate the rest of the tomatoes and chuck away the centre stem. Add this to the mince and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

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    The aubergines should be soft now, so remove from the oven and fill with the mince. Turn the oven down, place the filled aubergines back into the oven and let them cook away while you prepare the rice.

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    Take a handful of rice and put it with the butter and salt in a pan. Fry the rice until the grains turn golden.
    Add the rest of the rice and stir into the golden rice, add boiling water so that is about 3cm higher than the rice, stir in the stock cubes so that they dissolve, cover with a lid and down the heat, so that it does not boil too quickly and burn.

    When the water has been absorbed, let the rice stand for 10 minutes so that it goes fluffy and then serve with the lamb stuffed aubergines

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    I hope you enjoy these lamb stuffed aubergines.

  • Cooking Bacon Recipes – Best Secrets To Buying

    Cooking bacon recipes – the secrets to buying cooking bacon and what to make with it!

    Cooking bacon recipes
    Cooking bacon recipes – how to buy and what to make

    Cooking bacon is one big swizz !!!!! This super little hack can save you heapssssss !!

    Did you know that cooking bacon is actually off cuts of the regular bacon that you would pay a fortune for?

    I have honestly always found that when I buy this cooking bacon, it is often much better than reformed gammon pieces.

    It can be very lean, is often very thick and is a fab, fab, fab buy !!!

    A great Tip is to look at the packs before you buy and try.

    Choose the leanest looking pack, and the really good news is that it is often under £1.50 !!

    Great for cooking or a chunky bacon sarnie, cutting up and adding to a pasta dish, sauce.

    It can even be cooked as Gammon, because believe me there is nooooo difference ! 

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    Try these Pulled pork buns for 75p each !

     

  • Lassi Recipe – Lychee & Passionfruit

    This lassi recipe, made with lychee and passionfruit, is so tasty!

    lychee and passionfruit lassi recipe

    Lassi is a delicious and health conscious drink. It’s normally a yogurt based and salt or spices are added. I’ve popped some lychees and passion fruit in and popped it in the nutriblender. Read more about lassis here.

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    Blend it all together and add honey to sweeten it further.

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    Try this other tasty recipe using yogurt. You might like this Midori Illusion cocktail!

  • Chorizo bread for just £1.30 – made by the kids!

    This scrumptious chorizo bread, made by the kids, cost just £1.30 to make!

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    Chorizo bread

    This a great way to get the kids interested in cooking. I gave the boys the task of thinking up something to make and they came up with Cheesitzo, a homemade bread with mozzarella and chorizo. There are so many benefits to getting kids in the kitchen.

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    You will need……

    Strong bread flour 10oz
    Yeast 1tsp
    Half tsp of salt
    Half tsp of sugar
    200ml warm water.
    Mozzarella
    Quarter of a stick of choritzo.
    Salt and pepper.

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    Put the flour, yeast, s&p, sugar and salt into a bowl and mix together.
    When it all sticks together, pop it on a floured service and knead for 5 mins.

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    Pop it in a bowl and cover it with a damp tea towel. Place it in a warm place and leave for a minimum 30 mins.

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    Prepare the filling by chopping it all up and mixing together.

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    Slowly fold it into the dough and knead it through.

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    When its all folded in, roll out into a circle.
    I seen a great idea online for twist and pull bread, so the boys followed that idea.
    Place it into an oiled baking tray and pop in the oven, medium heat for around 20mis.

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    I had some parmigiano cheese left over, so i grated that over the bread when it had almost finished cooking.

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    It’s safe to say that the boys loved making it and eating it.

    We hope you enjoy it as much as us.

    Love chorizo? Check this recipe out!

  • Delicious Couscous Recipes For You To Try

    Do you love couscous recipes? Then you need to try these!

    Delicious couscous recipes
    Try some tasty couscous recipes today!

    A colourful and tasty meal or accompaniment, which can be served hot or cold, is great for lunch boxes and also looks great on a buffet table. Couscous is a North African dish and super delicious.

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    This can be a great dish to chuck as many colourful things in as possible.
    You will need…..
    Pkt of cous cous ( only use half which works out around 50p per box)
    2 veg stock cubes
    2 tsp curry powder
    2 tsp
    2 tsp garlic paste
    1 tspPaprika
    2 spring onions
    Red onion
    Corriander or basil or parsley
    Yellow or orange pepper
    Cherry tomato
    Sultanas ( i had a trail mix to use up)
    Sunflower seeds

    Feel free to pop in whatever.

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    Pop the dry cous cous in a pan and pop in tomato puree or passata, and the other spices.
    Pour boiling water over it and stir ( aim to get the water about 1 to 2 CM above the cous cous), stir it all up and put a lid on the pan to stop the steam escaping.
    Leave for about 10 mins, then check to see the water has been absorbed. If it looks too dry add more water.

    Please note that no heat is needed for this.

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    Chop up all the veg finely and mix into the cous cous, add the seeds and sultanas and serve.

    I hope you enjoy it

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  • Lidl Chocolate Is Great Store Cupboard Stash!

    This Lidl chocolate is what I do my cooking with, and also it is really nice on its own.

    Can you bake with this simple chocolate?

    YES & at 30p a bar it’s a no brainer.

    Cooking chocolate is a lot more expensive and not as nice. You can easily pick it up instore – find your local store here.

    Lidl chocolate shelf

    What other store cupboard essentials do you have?

  • A Super Tasty Bruschetta Recipe

    This simple and delicious bruschetta recipe is always a winner!

    bruschetta recipe

    You will need….
    A nice decent bread
    Fresh Basil
    Tomatoes (your local green grocer has a bargain basket, these tomatoes were 50p)
    Onion
    Olive oil
    Balsamic vinegar
    Mozzarella

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    Cut lots of holes into the bread and pop in some mozzarella.
    Place in the oven to slowly heat up.
    Meanwhile, chop up some tomatoes, basil and onion, season with salt and lots of black pepper. Add a glug of olive oil and mix up.
    Add the balsamic vinegar slowly and add as much or as little as you like.
    Take the bread out of the oven when the cheese has melted and pour the mixture on top.

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    Serve while warm.

    I really hope you enjoy this tasty bruschetta recipe. It makes a wonderful side dish or bruschetta can even be a delicious main!