Sergeant O’Leary’s Chicken Cacciatore


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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Chips, Cheese, & Curry Sauce


Time for a Tidy Flashback Fakeaway!

Everybody has a guilty pleasure: your go-to snack on the way home from a ridiculously messy night out. For some it’s a Kebab, others crave a slice or two of pizza. Chips are pretty universal, and I was always a fan of Chips & Cheese.

Then, when I moved to Dundee for Uni, some friends had a thing for Chips & Curry Sauce. One drunken night after the Student Union (More than likely a  Mono night) the two were somehow combined, and most nights thereafter it became Chips, Cheese, & Curry Sauce!

Well… the other night, I was craving Chinese, and got myself in a bit of a spiral about wanting to continue with my weight loss but also really really wanting a good Chinese curry! So I googled a recipe for Chinese style curry sauce, and had it with some rice. It was pretty good, but as I was eating it I had a flashback to those chips, cheese, and curry sauce nights. The sauce would’ve been too hot to be authentic, so I made some tweaks and came up with this! The colour’s a little on the dark side, but I’ve made it mild enough to taste pretty close to the mark!

So, if you were ever in that queue at Istanbul on the Nethergate, waiting for your post-Mono munch…. this one’s for you!

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Tidy Fajita Cups


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.


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


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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Bacon, Squash & Sweet Potato Stew


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


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


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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Tidy Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup


This week’s recipe is adapted ever so slightly from Slimming World’s Taste of Asia recipe book. It requires a bit more attention than most soups I’ve made in the past, but I found it to be completely worth the effort!

The reason I was attracted to this one, is that Nell used to make a stunning Chicken Noodle Soup back in the day – I didn’t quite want to take that on (but maybe look out for it as a future guest spot!)

The shredded chicken in this is a bit different for me, too, but I was really pleased with how it worked out. It’s hearty, comforting, and warming. It will stand up well as an entire main course in itself, or as a starter in smaller portions. Give it a whirl!

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Turkey Cannelloni


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


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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