Sweet’n’Sour Fanta Chicken


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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Ifits Spicy Baked Rice


Well it may be a little soon for another fits, but the truth of the matter is I had a week away, and when I came back I couldn’t be bothered shopping! And isn’t that the whole point of Ifits recipes?

This one is a bit on the spicy side, and may not exactly contain ingredients that everybody has lying around… but you know, when you write a food blog, you tend to pick up a few interesting bits and pieces….

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Lamb Steaks in Masala Sauce

IMGP3328It’s a bit of a collaboration today, from Mama’s kitchen, as I’m visiting Scotland again this week!

I never really cook with Lamb, but I’ve been determined to give it a go lately because I love it! Today’s recipe comes from Weight Watchers, and no matter how I tried I couldn’t get the sauce to look anything like the one in their picture… it still tasted pretty good though!

This one’s really quick and straightforward, as well as being super-satisfying. Get going!

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Ifits Stuffed Peppers


I love couscous. I literally can’t get enough of it. It’s not always easy to find interesting ways to serve it, though, so I tend to serve it as an accompaniment to interesting dishes. When I decided it was time for another Ifits recipe, though, things quickly pointed towards the two peppers I had in the fridge, and rice seemed like too obvious a choice – so it had to be couscous!

I found this both tasty and filling, despite it’s healthy appearance! Go on, give it a try. I dare you!

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Feta, Spinach, and Corn Wraps


I’ve never made any secret about the fact that my favourite restaurant in the whole wide world is Wahaca. I love their Mexican street food so much that I bought their founder’s book, and it’s amazing! Every recipe made my mouth water, and the way it’s put together is nothing short of beautiful.

I’m also facing the conclusion of my second week of fat club, and wondered if I could adapt something to fit in with the Slimming World ethos, without skimping on flavour.

This recipe started life as Thomasina Miers’ Summery Spinach and Feta Tacos, and the filling remains pretty true to her recipe. All I’ve really changed is the cooking and serving methods (and of course the name, ever so slightly!).

The feta and fresh mint in this recipe did make it as Summery as the original title implies, and I found it delightfully tasty! Served up with some paprika & garlic sweet potato wedges, two of these wraps were enough to fill me up, and totalled 13 syns (that’s Slimming World’s points system, and I’m allowed up to 15 a day). See the Tidy tweaks section for ways to bring that down even further!

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Where There’s Smoky Chunky Chilli There’s Fire


This Chilli is so smoky that for 24 years, it’s been living next door to Alice. Don’t let that middle-of-the road, easy-listening 70’s Soft-Rock Ballad analogy fool you, though… where there’s smoke there’s fire, and this is no exception! This smoky-fiery chilli will make your nose run and your forehead sweat. It’s illegal to wear a wooly jumper whilst eating this dish.

I’ve often said that every man should have a robust chilli in his repertoire, so I guess it’s somewhat surprising that after over 25 recipes, one hasn’t featured yet on TidyMunch. The honest truth of the matter is that until now, I haven’t had such a chilli! With the weather turning bitterly colder this week, I was determined to fix this with a proper winter warmer. And I’ve certainly achieved that!

Don’t worry – you can always adjust the spices if you prefer a little less heat – the smokiness still makes this a hearty and tasty plateful for cold winter nights!

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Tidy Big T Tapas


So the last time I went home to the Big T (otherwise known as Tranent) I spent a lot of time cooking. It’s traditional that whenever I’m home (or whenever we’re together anywhere, actually) that the mothership and I go for tapas. Since the good ship TidyMunch set sail somewhere between that visit and the one before it, I decided that instead of going out for tapas, I’d just make my own.

And so I present to you: Croquetas de jamón with alioli, Chorizo al jerez, and Patatas Bravas.

There’s quite a bit to do in these recipes, so unless you fancy spending an entire day in the kitchen (if you’re as slow as me) I’d recommend making the Croquetas and the alioli a day ahead!

Of course, there’s no need to serve them all together, you can pick and choose as you please. It’s quite the feast if you do make the effort, though!

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Cheesy Mac Bites with Home Made Chilli Mayo

IMGP3075bI spent last week at Casa Mamma Tidy Munch, and most of that week I spent in the kitchen trying out new recipes for future blogs. Via the medium of my personal Facebook account, several of my friends had requested more vegetarian recipes. I wanted to do something for them, so explored some new ideas. (I should point out that this recipe is not vegetarian).

One of the ideas I tried was a disappointingly bland four cheese macaroni. I’d loved the thought of the recipe, as macaroni is one of those feel-good childhood favourites of mine, but the reality was just dull and far too mild for me. I did note that the sauce was particularly thick, though, and when the Macaroni was mixed through I commented to Nell that perhaps the mixture could be shaped into bites to be deep fried…

… well… guess what happened this week! I’ve changed two of the cheeses in the recipe, and tweaked the seasoning to create the best cheese sauce I’ve ever tasted (and I’m not one to blow my own trumpet!)

Despite being deep fried, these are surprisingly light, and the home made chilli mayo adds a pleasant warmth (with a kick that’s all in the after-taste) that we’re not particularly used to finding in conjunction with macaroni cheese. I like to think it’s a welcome quirk.

This one’s (ch)eeeeeeeasy – so go on, get stuck in!

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OMG BBQ Pulled Pork


This week’s recipe is definitely of the “tastes better than it looks” variety. Despite the time it takes to cook, it’s actually really really easy to make, and well worth the wait! I adapted this from a BBC GoodFood recipe – without changing it too much. The changes I did make were down to ingredient availability rather than any specific preference.

Now, this takes a while, so go on! Get started!

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Spicy Sausage & Mushroom Risotto


Today’s recipe is a fat club one from Weight Watchers, and is very much in demand amongst my friends and family! Hearty, and big on flavour, it’s one of those that you could lie about to feed hungry men who turn up their noses at “diet food!”

This is one of my favourites, as it’s so easy. Although it takes a littler longer than most of the recipes I share here, it’s definitely a go-to one for me. It lives at the “fatter” end of the “diet” spectrum, but that makes it feel like a worthy meal after a day full of exercise, and stops me “treating” myself with chocolate and naughties!

So whether you’re dieting or just plain hungry, get your cook on!

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