Bacon, Squash & Sweet Potato Stew

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It was my birthday last week, and suffice to say I over-indulged. For a whole week. I’ve been very proud of my weight-loss success since joining Fat Club between Christmas & New Year, but in the space of this week, I put on half a stone! Oops!

As we’re getting closer to Summer Holiday time, here’s one to kick-start the beach body regimes! It’s very very slightly adapted from a Slimming World recipe.


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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 Potato Rosti with Goats cheese & Caramelised Red Onion

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I haven’t had it too many times in my life, but I seem to remember particularly enjoying rosti. I also particularly like sweet potato, and recently had a couple of baked sweet potatoes with goats cheese. They were nothing short of amazing, so I thought I’d blog them… then thought that maybe it was a little too simple for a full-on post…. so I got my thinking cap on, and decided to try a rosti version, with a few other twists!


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Scallops atop Chorizo & Orzo

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Hello, there!

It’s been a while since we’ve tried a Mystery Bag Challenge, so I decided to put my healthy eating aside for a day and give it another go!

Today’s challenge comes to you from Nell – her suggestion of Scallops, Shallots, Pasta & Creme Fraiche was drawn at random, and I added an additional couple of ingredients. See Tidy Tweaks, though, for suggestions without the additions!

I’m quite proud of this, as lately I’ve been sharing my attempts at other people’s recipes (largely due to the fat club thing). This one, though, I conceptualised myself from the list of ingredients, and I think it makes for a good overall plate. Obviously pairings like scallops and chorizo are already recognised, but I brought the ensemble together myself, and used techniques that I thought might work. It’s also my first time cooking Scallops and Orzo (I’d never even tasted the latter before!)

So here we have it! Get stuck in, and don’t forget to let me know how you find it, or what you’d try with the ingredients!


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Turkey Cannelloni

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Hello, children! Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, the rulers of the fair United Kingdom (and some of their counterparts in the neighbouring kingdoms) got themselves all in a tiz over how ill some of their moocows had become. They were really worried that if the people of the land ate the moocows, then they would become ill, too.

One day, Good Mother Nell, decided that she’d feed her family something different, so that Prince Charming might grow up big and strong, and not become a mad moocow (20+ years later, the Jury’s still out!)

She travelled far, she travelled wide, in search of good nutritious meat to keep the family fighting fit and healthy, and eventually stumbled across a farm owned by a kindly old farmer and his wife. They had no children of their own to care for, and so when Good Mother Nell told them of her plight and quest, they took pity, and slaughtered one of their very own turkeys for her.

She promised one day to repay their kindness, and hurried off home to prepare a fine feast for her fair family. She ground the meat of the turkey to make a mince, which she cooked in a lovely, rich tomato sauce, a little like a bolognaise or lasagne. She used the mixture to stuff tubes of Cannelloni pasta, which she later baked in the oven with some béchamel sauce and cheese.

She presented the dish to her husband and son (and took some back to the kindly farmer-folk, because she’d promised to repay their kindness etc. etc. yada yada yada) and they were mightily impressed with the tasty tasty goodness.

After many  years went by, the moocows of the kingdom became well again, and Good Mother Nell reverted back to cooking with beef instead of turkey, but Prince Charming never forgot those days when a humble meal, made out of love and desperation, delighted him so much.

And so he decided to chronicle the details of the culinary adventure so that other families could also enjoy the tasty tasty goodness.

And they all lived happily ever after, forever and ever, amen.


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Home-made Hunter’s Chicken

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Hunter’s Chicken is one of those pub favourites that I know I can always rely on. Almost every menu carries it by one name or another, and if there’s nothing else I fancy then I’m pretty sure it will be there for me!

It’s has a really decadent feel to it, so it must be really unhealthy, right? Obviously. I mean… barbecue sauce, with all that sugary goodness/badness?! Well you know I love a challenge, so I’ve fat-clubbed it! My first attempt used a Slimming World BBQ sauce recipe that I’d found on their website, but all I could taste was red wine vinegar. So I decided just to try chucking some things together, based on what I remembered from the very naughty OMG BBQ Pulled Pork recipe, and came up with this. I’m not gonna lie, I think I’ve outdone myself.

So here you have it. A Healthy version of Hunter’s Chicken! Dig in!


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Chicken Satay Skewers with Brazilian-style Rice

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I love chicken Satay, but was always of the belief that it would be scarily calorific.  Well. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be!

This is one of my favourite recipes ever – even although I’ve only tried it once so far! I was honestly that impressed, and can’t wait for my next opportunity to try it again! The Chicken Satay Skewers were pilfered from the Slimming World website, while the rice that I used to accompany them is an amalgamation or adaptation of several recipes I’ve seen online over the months since the world cup – but it seemed a bit too boring to blog on its own back then, so lost out to Brazilian Bolinhos!

The trick to this is all in the prep. The recipe itself is ridiculously easy, so there’s no excuse! Go on, get stuck in!


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Ifits Spicy Baked Rice

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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

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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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