Waldorf Salad with Chicken – 2 Smart Points

I tried this whilst on my recent cruise, even though I don’t like celery (I thought I’d pick it out but it was actually quite nice), and I enjoyed it so much, I decided to recreate it. It’s so quick and easy to make and it’s ideal to pack up and take to work for lunch.

Servings: 1

Smart Points: 2 per serving

Time to make: 5 mins (+time to cook the chicken breast)

What you need:

  • 1 grilled chicken, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 eating apple, chopped into bitesize chunk
  • handful of grapes, halved
  • 1/2 stick of celery, thinly sliced
  • 3 walnut halves
  • 2tbsp 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • lettuce leaves

What to do:

  1. Put the apple, grapes and celery into a small bowl. Break in the walnut halves and add the yogurt. Stir until everything is coated.
  2. Top the lettuce leave with the yogurt-covered mixture and top with the chicken.

Top Tip: I cook an extra chicken breast when I’m making my dinner then it’s ready to go into this delicious salad.

Ratatouille with Chicken

A tasty, versatile sauce that makes and excellent accompaniment to pasta, rice or potatoes.

I served mine with 60g wholewheat pasta twists for an extra 6pp.

I served mine with 60g wholewheat pasta twists for an extra 6 Pro Points.

Servings:    6

Pro Points:    2

Filling & Healthy:    0 (if using oil from your daily allowance)

Cooking time:    40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4tsp healthy oil
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 aubergine, cut into large chunks
  • 1 large courgette, cut into thick semi-circles
  • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, cut into large chunks
  • large handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1tsp chilli flakes
  • 1tbsp mixed herbs
  • 5 cloves garlic, 3 unpeeled, 2 peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 medium (165g each) chicken breasts
  • 2x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2ooml chicken stock made with 1 stock cube
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • large bunch fresh basil, torn roughly

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c/fan 180/Gas Mark 6.
  2. Put all of the chopped vegetables into a large roasting tin.  Lightly crush the 3 unpeeled cloves of garlic under a large flat knife or using the heel of your hand and add to the tin.
  3. Drizzle 4tsp of the oil over the vegetables and sprinkle with the mixed herbs, chilli flakes and a good pinch of salt and pepper.  Toss the vegetables well until they are all coated with the oil and seasoning.
  4. Lie the chicken breasts on top of the vegtables and put the tin into the oven to roast for 30mins (after 15mins, toss the vegetables again).
  5. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large pan over a med/low heat.  Add the chopped garlic and gently stir fry to 1min.
  6. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and stock to the garlic and bring to rapid simmer for 3mins before adding the chopped basil.
  7. When the vegtables are soft and the chicken is cooked through, chop the chicken into bitesize pieces before adding the whole lot, including any roasting juices, to the tomatoe sauce.
  8. Bring the sauce to a rapid simmer for a few minutes.  Check the seasoning and serve.

Top Tip: Leave out the chicken and use vegetable stock to make this a 0 Pro Points, vegan/vegetarian dish. 

Spicy Chicken, Tomato & Chickpea Soup

An incredibly simple, tasty and filling soup.Spicy Chicken, Tomato & Chickpea Soup

Servings:    4

Pro Points:    7

Simple Start:    Yes

Filling & Healthy:    0

Cooking time:    1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1tsp healthy oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium (165g each) chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4tsp chilli powder
  • 1tsp ground turmeric
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150g tomato puree
  • 1.5l vegetable stock made with 2 stock cubes
  • 410g can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 40g whole wheat pasta, broken into small pieces
  • 3tsp dried mint
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2tbsp 0% fat natural yogurt

 

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion then cover and cook gently until soft, without browning.
  2. Add the meat and brown well.
  3. Add the spices and tomato puree. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Gradually add the stock over a period of 15 minutes in order to maintain a thick consistency. When all the stock is added, cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the chickpeas then simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the pasta and simmer for 7 minutes.
  7. Add the mint and simmer for 1 minute more.
  8. Stir in the lemon juice and season to taste.
  9. Serve garnished with 1/2tbsp yogurt per person.

Chicken Fajitas

A little taste of Mexico that’s quick and easy to prepare and cook.Chicken Fajitas

Servings:    2

Pro Points:    10

Simple Start: 0 treats

Filling & Healthy:    0 weeklies

Preparation time:     10mins

Cooking time:    15mins

Ingredients

  • 2 medium chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 peppers, cut into strips
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp fajita seasoning mix
  • 4 Weight Watchers soft tortillas
  • Spray oil

 

Method

  1. Put the chicken into a bowl and spray with the oil.  Sprinkle over the seasoning and stir until the chicken is well coated.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a high heat and spray with oil.  Add the chicken to the pan and stir until sealed on all sides.
  3. Add the peppers and onions and continue stir frying for approximately 5mins until the chicken is cooked through and the peppers and onions have softened.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the tortillas according to the instructions on the packet.
  5. Divide the chicken mixture between the tortillas.  Roll up and serve with potato wedges and salad (remember to add the Pro Points of the wedges if you are counting).

 

Top tip: For a more indulgent dish, add your choice of salsa, guacamole, sour cream and grated cheese before rolling your fajitas

**Remember to add in the relevant Pro Points values for any additional toppings** 

Chicken Tikka Masala

A tasty, points friendly version of a classic weekend takeaway dish.

Image courtesy of artur84/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of artur84/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Servings:    4/6

Pro Points:    9pp (at 4 servings)

                          6pp (at 6 servings)

                         + extra for rice

Filling & Healthy:    4pp (at 4 servings)

                                        3pp (at 6 servings)

Preparation time:     15mins

Cooking time:    50mins

Ingredients

  • Olive/vegetable oil or oil spray
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 red peppers, chopped into large chunks
  • 70g tikka masala curry paste
  • 4 medium, skinless chicken breasts (165g each), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 400ml reduced fat coconut milk
  • Brown rice to serve

 

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan.  Add the onions and fry very gently over a low heat for approximately 15-20mins until golden brown (add a splash of water to prevent them sticking if required).
  2. Add the peppers and the curry paste and fry for 5mins to cook the spices.
  3. Add the chicken and stir well to coat it in the spices. Increase the heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is browned all over.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and 100ml water.  Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 15mins until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Stir in the coconut milk and heat through.
  6. Serve with boiled brown rice.

 

Top tip 1: For a spicier dish, add a tsp of medium curry powder with the tomatoes. 

Top tip 2: For a slightly thicker sauce, add 1tbsp corn flour mixed with a splash of water with the coconut milk.  This will add 1pp on Filling & Healthy at 4 servings.  The Pro Points values for all other serving sizes remain the same.

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Put a twist on this classic by using pork, chicken or turkey mince.  I like to use a beef stock cube to add richness to the sauce but you could match the stock to your choice of mince if you prefer.

Servings:    4Spaghetti Bolognaise

Pro Points:    Chicken [3]

                        Beef [4]

                          Pork [5]

                          Turkey [3]

                         + extra for spaghetti

Simple Start:    0

Preparation time:     10mins

Cooking time:    40mins

Ingredients

  • Olive/vegetable oil or oil spray
  • 1 large or 2 small onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500g of your choice of chicken mince, extra lean beef mince, extra lean pork mince, or turkey breast mince
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 400g passata
  • Beef stock cube, made up with 100ml of hot water
  • 200g mushrooms, sliced thickly
  • 2tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • Salt & pepper
  • Spaghetti to serve

 

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan.  Add the onions and garlic and fry gently over a medium/low heat for approximately 5mins until softened.
  2. Add your choice of mince.  Increase the heat slightly and fry until browned.
  3. Add the tomatoes, passata, stock and mixed herbs and stir well.
  4. Bring up to the boil.  Stir in the mushrooms then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25min until the mushrooms are cooked through.
  5. Season to taste and serve with cooked pasta.

 

Top tip: Add some chopped mixed peppers and extra tinned tomatoes or passata to make this go even further (and reduce the points per serving if you are counting Pro Points).  E.g. If using chicken mince and adding 3 peppers, you are able to get 6 servings at 2pp each (excluding pasta).