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.

Persian Beef Pilaf

Persian Beef Pilaf The recipe I used as the basis for this dish was from a soup cookery book.  Although it is cooked in a broth, by the end of the cooking process there wasn’t much liquid left and it was more like a wet pilaf.  Most importantly, it was really tasty and filling!

Servings:    7

Pro Points:    6

Simple Start:    Yes

Filling & Healthy:    0

Cooking time:    1hr 10min (+1hr soaking time)

Ingredients

  • 1.2l water
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 225g extra lean steak mince
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 75g yellow split peas (soaked for 1 hour in plenty of water)
  • 1tsp ground turmeric
  • 1tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp ground black pepper
  • 1tsp salt
  • 225g brown rice
  • 350g spinach, chopped
  • 25g dill, chopped
  • 75g spring onions, chopped
  • 150g 0% fat natural yogurt

For the garnish

  • 1/2 medium onion, finely sliced
  • 1tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1tsp healthy oil

 

Method

  1. Pour the water into a large saucepan, add the stock cubes and bring to the boil.
  2. Add the beef, onion, soaked yellow split peas, spice and salt. Cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the rice and simmer for a further 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the spinach, dill and spring onions then simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the garnish: fry the onion in the oil over a moderate heat until golden brown. Add the mint then cook for a further 5 minutes until crisp. Set aside.
  6. Stir the yogurt into the rice mixture and heat through.
  7. Serve with the garnish sprinkled on top.

 

 

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.

Spicy Bean Soup

This is so incredibly quick and easy I almost feel fraudulent for posting it as a recipe.  But it’s so delicious and filling I thought it would be mean not to share.Spicy Bean Soup

Servings:    2

Pro Points:    4pp

Simple Start: Yes

Filling & Healthy:    0pp

Preparation time:     0mins

Cooking time:    10-15mins

Ingredients

  • 400g tin mixed bean salad, drained and rinsed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Handful chopped, frozen spinach
  • Handful of frozen sweetcorn
  • 1/2tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2tsp paprika
  • 1/4tsp ground cumin
  • Vegetable stock cube

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Stir in hot water until the soup reaches your preferred consistency.
  3. Bring back to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer until cooked through (approximately 5-10mins).
  4. Serve.

Top tip: If you have any, stir in some chopped fresh coriander before serving.

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** 

Banana Pancakes

Banana PancakesThese flour-free pancakes make a delicious weekend breakfast and are an excellent way to use up over-ripe bananas.

Servings:    1

Pro Points:    4

Simple Start/Filling & Healthy:    0

Preparation time:     2 mins

Cooking time:    15mins

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • Spray oil
  • Raspberries or strawberries to serve

Method

  1. Mash the banana in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add the eggs to the banana and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan and spray with oil.
  4. Pour about 1/4 of the batter into the pan and cook over a very low heat for 2 minutes.
  5. Very carefully, turn the pancake over (the lack of flour means they will break up quite easily if you are heavy handed).  Cook for a further minute.
  6. Transfer the pancake to a warmed plate while you cook the remainder of the batter.
  7. Serve with the raspberries or strawberries.

Top tip:  Drizzle with 1tsp for 1pp or use a drizzle of honey as one of your daily treats if following Simple Start.

Onion Rice

A tasty twist on an otherwise plain side dish.

Servings:    1Onion Rice

Pro Points:    7pp

Simple Start

/Filling & Healthy:    0pp

Preparation time:     5mins

Cooking time:    20mins

Ingredients

  • 60g brown rice
  • 2 onions, 1 chopped roughly, the other sliced thinly
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • Spray oil

Method

  1. Put the rice into a small saucepan and crumble in the stock cube.  Cover with boiling water so that the water level sits above the rice to a depth of about 1inch.  Add the chopped onion, stir once and bring back to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer until the water has been absorbed (approx.. 10mins).  Turn off the heat, cover the saucepan and leave to stand for 10mins.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a small frying pan over a low and spray with oil.  Add the sliced onions and fry stirring frequently until golden brown (add a splash of water to prevent the onions from sticking if required).
  4. Serve the cooked rice topped with the fried onions as an accompaniment to your choice of meat and vegetables.

Top tip: Stir in frozen peas and sweetcorn at step one and add cooked pieces of chicken, pork, beef or fish before serving for a tasty main meal.

Tasty Egg Mayo Sandwich

I’m really not a fan of eggs which bugs me as they’re a great source of filling and healthy protein.  I think what I don’t like is the lack of flavour.  I’ve tried to combat this with my take on egg mayo and I think it works pretty well.  This could well be a new lunch staple for me!Tasty Egg Mayo Sandwich

Servings:    3

Pro Points:    5pp

Simple Start

/Filling & Healthy:    0pp

Preparation time:     10mins

Cooking time:    5mins + 10mins cooling time

Ingredients

  • 4 medium eggs
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • Small bunch fresh chives, snipped
  • 2tbsp 0% fat Greek Yogurt
  • 6 slices Weight Watchers Danish Brown Bread

 

Method

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil.  Add the eggs and boil for 5mins.
  2. Put the eggs into a bowl of cold water.  After 5mins change the water and leave for another 5 mins.
  3. Peel the eggs and place into a clean, dry bowl.  Chop the eggs into small pieces.
  4. Stir in the yogurt, tomatoes, spring onions and chives and season to taste.
  5. Sandwich the egg mixture and rocket between two slices of bread and enjoy.

 

 

Top tip: The bread could be substituted for pitta bread, bagel, crumpets or crispbreads (adjusting the points as necessary).

Fruity Lunch Crumpets

I needed something quick, easy and filling for lunch the other day but fancied something a bit different.  I already had the crumpets (stock-cupboard Filling and Healthy food item for me these days) and quark for another recipe.  I was going to use pineapple but forgot about that when I called into the shop and picked up mango instead.  I tried it anyway and it was so delicious I also had it the following day! Servings:    1Fruity Lunch Crumpets Pro Points:    7 Simple Start/F&H:    0 Preparation time:     1min Cooking time:    3mins Ingredients

  • 2 crumpets
  • 2tbsp quark
  • a few chunks of mango, sliced into thinner pieces (see photo)

Method

  1. Toast the crumpets.
  2. Top the toasted crumpets with the quark.
  3. Divide the mango pieces between the two crumpets and enjoy!

Top tip: Keep crumpets in the freezer as a useful fall-back food.  If you take them out in the morning they will; have defrosted by lunchtime, or use the defrost function on your toaster.

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.