Bacon, Mushroom & Tomato Pasta

This is one of my staple mid-week recipes. It is quick, economical and it’s so easy that Mr FFF actually cooked the dish pictured all on his own. And to give him the full credit he deserves, he didn’t even make much mess!

Servings:   2

This batch loving prepared by Mr FFF

This batch loving prepared by Mr FFF

Pro Points:   7

Simple Start:   0

Filling & Healthy:   0

Preparation time:     5mins

Cooking time:   15mins

Ingredients

  • 120g dried wholemeal pasta
  • 4 bacon medallions, chopped
  • 150g mushrooms, sliced
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes or 4 fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 2tsp mixed herbs

 

Method

  1. Fry the bacon and mushrooms in a non-stick saucepan until the bacon is just cooked.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and stir in the mixed herbs.
  4. Simmer the sauce while you cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
  5. Season the sauce to taste and serve on top of the drained pasta.

 

Top tip: Add a pinch of dried chilli flakes to give this dish a fiery kick.

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** 

Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef

I often develop my own recipes by altering other people’s.  I came across this recipe just before Christmas and it was so delicious I’ve made it twice since!  It didn’t need anything changing to make it more delicious and I can’t take the credit so click here to take you to the recipe itself.Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef

It fits with the Simple Start plan and if you’re counting points you just need to point the amount of beef you serve yourself (plus any sides of course).

Although slow cooker recipes tend to be easy anyway, this really is INCREDIBLY easy and gives you an amazing result.

If you have a slow cooker, if you cook nothing else this week, give this recipe a go.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, buy yourself one and then try this recipe!

Top Tip: I used the leftovers (although it was difficult to save any!) as a filling for a wrap to take to work for my lunch.

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).

 

Simple Salmon Stir-Fry

One of my favourite, quick and easy mid-week dinners is a salmon stir-fry.

Servings:    2Simple Salmon Stir-fry

Pro Points:    6 (+ extra for rice)

Simple Start:    0

Preparation time:     0mins

Cooking time:    25-30mins

Ingredients

  • 2 lightly smoked salmon fillets
  • A selection of prepared stir-fry vegetables
  • Brown rice to serve
  • Thai 7 Spice or Chinese 5 Spice
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170˚c/160˚c fan/355˚f/Gas mark 3.  If using, cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet.
  2. Meanwhile, wrap the salmon fillets in foil and place on a baking tray in the oven.  Cook for 20mins.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan.  Add the vegetables and stir-fry for 2-3mins.
  4. Sprinkle over 2/3tsps of the Thai or Chinese Spice and 1/2-1tsp Soy Sauce according to your taste.
  5. Serve the salmon on top of the rice surrounded by the vegetables.

 

Top tip: If you’re counting Pro Points, exchange the rice for boiled noodles and add them to the vegetables before adding the spices and soy sauce.