Tidy Carbonara with Chicken Meatballs

About this time last year, I shared a recipe for Baked Meatballs with Penne in Arrabiata Sauce. It’s become one of my firm favourites, but when I was presented with some Chicken Meatballs in a recent Musclefood order, I wondered if I could do anything a bit differently.

I’d have to agree with any accusations that a lot of my recipes are on the spicy side, and I also have a tendency towards tomato-based sauces, so I thought that a  Carbonara would fit well, and might also make a nice change to the blog.

Lo and behold, Slimming World’s Little Book of Sauces contained a Carbonara sauce, so this week’s recipe is my (very similar) take on that.

Read on, for a healthy take on the Italian classic!

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Ifits Spicy Chicken & Chickpea Stew

Well, it’s been all change at Tidy Towers (or rather Tidy Towers has relocated three times) over the last year and half, and I’m kind of ashamed to discover that I only managed four recipes in 2016!

Now that I’m settled, let’s put that to rights with this proper winter warmer! It’s a true Ifits – I wanted to knock together something that was healthy, tasty, warming, and filling, so had a look in the cupboards and rustled up this beauty.
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Chicken Stuffed with Blue Cheese & Mushrooms, wrapped in Parma Ham

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Hello, Munchkins!

I’m sorry I’ve neglected you! It’s been a busy start to 2016, and it doesn’t look like letting up any time soon, but I’ve still managed a little time in the kitchen!

This particular recipe is an old favourite from my pre-fatclub days, but I tweaked it a little to be healthier. It’s still not goody-two-shoes, but it certainly works within Slimming World limits! It tastes like it shouldn’t!

Anyway, it’s taken long enough to get this far, let’s not wait any longer. Get stuck in!


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Lime Chilli Chicken

IMGP3747Well, you know how sometimes you just try something and it works first time? This wasn’t one of those occasions. It’s not unusual for me to have a kitchen disaster on the way to finding something I consider blogworthy. What is unusual, though, is for me to have two failures, yet still stick with it! I’m glad I did stick with it though…. it hasn’t turned out quite as I had imagined it, but tasty none the less!

So why had this one caught my imagination so much? Well, it all started last Christmas, when my Auntie & Uncle gave me a “grow your own chilli plants” kit, containing Scotch Bonnet, Jalapeño, and Cayenne Pepper seeds. There have been many adventures over the last 10 months, but it’s only recently that actual real-life chillies have started to grow, and only very recently that any have ripened. Well. First was this monster Cayenne that I really wanted to use in a recipe

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He was huuuuuuuuge! For a small person, I don’t have particularly small hands, so you get the idea. I eagerly chopped him up to try in this recipe… of course I had to try a bit raw. It wasn’t overpowering, but there was a pleasant “background” heat, and an unexpected fruity quality that I’m putting down to the freshness. Very pleasant overall. So I was gutted when the recipe failed, and the amazing chilli was gone forever!

The second attempt, with super-market bought Scotch Bonnet, also bombed, but now I’m proud to present the third attempt, with store-bought Habaneros.


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BBQ Chicken Skewers

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Back to healthy recipes this week, with one that’s originally intended for the BBQ, but I’ve adapted for the oven (because living in the UK, the opportunities for BBQs are slim!)

Despite the relatively lengthy ingredients list, this is actually super-easy to make, but do prep in advance!

Although the barbecuing concept has a summery feel, the flavours themselves are also satisfyingly robust for the cooler, darker, autumn evenings.

But don’t take my word for it, get stuck in!


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Sergeant O’Leary’s Chicken Cacciatore

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Well hello there, Munchkins!

It’s been a while, and I’ve been naughty! I’ve been eating lots of lovely food (and lots of not so lovely food) and very little of it has been healthy. Although that’s not always important at TidyMunch, my return to healthier eating has also brought me back to blogging. I’ve been super-busy (not just lazy) but now have time to both cook and write again! Yay!

Tonight’s recipe is adapted from a Fat club one again (or at least the sauce is) and I have to say it surprised me! I’ve seen a few recipes for cacciatore, and I have to say they’ve all looked quite different from one another! This one seemed pretty straight forward though, so I figured I’d chuck in some chicken, and give it a whirl!

I suggest you do the same, pronto!


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Tidy Fajita Cups

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Hola! Well… I love fajitas. Always have. But they can be a bit risky when you’re fat fighting, so often I have to go without for long periods of time. Until, that is, I was convinced to pop into Aldi. Now. I’m not a snob, but…. I cannot abide that store. It’s disorganised and messy, and plays havoc with my brand of OCD.

HOWEVER…

They have some amazing(ly random) non-food stuff on sale.  And it just so happens that on this particular day, they had fajita sizzlers, those little keep-your-tortillas-warm things, and…. moulds to turn your wraps into bowl-type thingies. I’d seen this done before, but always thought it would be complicated… and here Aldi were offering to sell me moulds that would do the trick for me! I figured that if a normal sized wrap were to be turned into a bowl, I could fit a LOT more stuffing in there, thus cutting down on the number of wraps required (lets call them tortillas, because I’m not OK with calling a wrap a wrap if it isn’t gonna wrap anything) and thus save on fat club naughties.

Plus, it would look kinda impressive.

So here’s a nice little party centre-piece for you to try… the fajita spice blend is just my own mix of what I thought might be appropriate… it tasted pretty authentic to me.

So jump in! Give it a go!


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Wowzer Zingy Lemon Chicken

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I’m not gonna lie… this recipe is fantastic! It’s from Slimming World’s A Taste of Asia book, and I’ve been meaning to try it for ages but never quite got round to it. Well more fool me!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not exactly the same as Lemon Chicken from the takeaway, but it’s still amazing. I made it on a day that I was frustrated that my weight loss was slowing… it was meant to be cheat day, but I was so wound up at not losing any weight that week that I decided just to cook instead… and I was glad I did, as this was honestly better than any of the unhealthy options I had available on that night.

I can neither confirm or deny that I made it again three days later….

However, enough about me….. stop reading and get cooking!


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Cola Chicken

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Well, this was a bit of a surprise. I’d heard all kinds of fables of Cola Ham and such like, and then when I first joined Fat Club, tales of Diet Coke Chicken were legendary. I’d always intended to try it, but never quite got round to it… and then when I discovered Sweet’n’Sour Fanta Chicken, I thought I’d reached the culinary limits of what could be done with sugar-free soft drinks. What would be the point?

I was convinced to give it a go this week, and this, dear Munchkins, would be the point!

Tasty tasty, and healthy healthy – there are similarities to the Fanta dish, but the taste profile is different enough to make them quite distinct from one another. It’s worth trying both to see which you prefer – personally, I have a place for both in my list of go-to dinners!


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Sweet’n’Sour Fanta Chicken

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I wish I could take credit for this one, but sadly I can’t! I don’t even know who to credit this one to, either, as I found it in a folder of “anonymous” recipes in my first ever fat club group.

Now, I’ll admit straight away that this shouldn’t work. The idea of it should horrify you, initially, but hopefully also intrigue you enough to give it a go. And I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

This very quickly became one of my favourite meals – I go through loooong phases of having it once a week, then we have a break for a few weeks… but it’s never for long! Give it a whirl, and you’ll find out why!


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