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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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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Guilt-free King Prawn Saag

IMGP2769Since starting this blog, it’s safe to say I’ve put on a pound or two. Nothing drastic, but I do have a propensity towards the more calorific dishes, and I’m not renowned for willpower or portion control. When trying to perfect recipes, it will probably come as no surprise to hear that I’ve generally eaten each dish twice in the week it featured.

Anybody who knows me personally will know that I’m always weight-conscious. I yo-yo between impressive excess and remarkable restraint. I am a frequenter of fat clubs, and today’s recipe is courtesy of one of them!

People often have the wrong idea of what they consider “diet food”, believing it to be bland and unfulfilling. They may be surprised to find that this King Prawn Saag recipe from Weight Watchers won’t disappoint on either flavour or heat.

If you’re familiar with Weight Watchers’ pro-points system, the entire recipe is only 5 (yes 5) points! If you’re more of a Slimming World kind of person, this would be free on an Extra Easy day.

So crack on! This week it’s guilt-free!


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