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Lazy Meatball Dinner

When I saw these lean beef meatballs on offer in the supermarket I knew I had to have them!

This ended up being a perfect lazy weeknight dinner.

Easy Meatballs and Pasta

These meatballs had cooking instructions for the oven rather than on the hob so I added them to a dish and placed in the oven for 20 minutes.

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In order to keep things speedy I turned to this jar of pasta sauce and added to a pan to heat.

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When the meatballs were cooked I added them into the pasta sauce and stirred in some fresh spinach to wilt.

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Served over brown pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan and a twist of black pepper.

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Voila! Easy pasta and meatballs!

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Chilli Nachos

Oh my!

Some days you really need a treat and this serving suggestion really hit the spot! Last night I had planned chilli for dinner (leftovers from the freezer) but at the last minute I really didn’t fancy it.

I usually serve my chilli with rice and sour cream. Yummy but I know I am missing out. There are loads of creative ways to serve a chilli!

At 37 weeks pregnant I am finding that by the evenings I am getting really tired, especially when I have been busy during the day. Yesterday I had lunch out with my friends from my antenatal class (I know, its a hard life!) and then spent a couple of hours on chores around the house. By 6.30 I was tired and not inspired to stand at the cooker – even though reheating chilli and boiling some rice is hardly difficult!

A quick exchange with the husband showed that we both fancied a treat but didn’t fancy the hassle of going out.

And then it came to us… we could make our favourite chilli nachos at home!

Chilli Nachos

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of your favourite chilli recipe
  • Tortilla chips
  • Grated cheddar
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

Method:

  • Add the chilli to a pan and heat over a medium heat.
  • Put the tortilla chips into a bowl and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.
  • Place under the grill until the cheese melts.
  • Top the chips with the heated chilli.
  • Top with your favourite toppings (we went for the full restaurant experience and used sour cream, guacamole and salsa).
  • Dig in and enjoy!

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Doesn’t this look amazing?? Ok not the healthiest but hey, everything in moderation! I am now inspired to try some other exciting serving suggestions for the rest of my freezer chilli!

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Some ideas…

I was looking through the pictures on my camera this morning and realised that there were lots of ideas which I haven’t had a chance to show you yet.

So here is a quick ideas post for you…

Breakfast:

French Toast with berries and yogurt

Made using cinnamon raisin bread, egg, milk and cinnamon. Topped with strawberries, blueberries, greek yogurt and honey.

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Cereal, berries and yogurt

One of my favourite brekkies to take to work. The yogurt is much more filling than milk on the cereal. This is Special K, Greek yogurt and blueberries.

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Cereal, milk and berries

This time I had Shreddies, skimmed milk and strawberries.

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Lunches

Tuna Melt Panini

Season a tin of tuna as liked (I like to mix in some sweet chilli sauce) and add mozzarella cheese for melty cheesy goodness! Toast on a Panini grill.

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Cheesy English Muffins

Lightly toast an English Muffin, then add cheese (and I like Worcestershire sauce). Top with halved cherry tomatoes and grill.

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Salad Bar

I was excited to find that my local supermarket has installed a salad bar. This was a great speedy lunch.

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Served with a fresh buttered slice of bread.

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Dinners

Slow Cooker Casserole

Look at our new toy!!

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I have been wanting one of these for ages and we finally got around to getting one earlier this month. I figure that it will really come into its own when I go on maternity leave in October and after the baby comes I will be able to make some nice warming dinners with little effort in the kitchen.

For my first cooking attempt I made a chicken stew. Chicken, carrots, potato, onion, swede and leeks. Plus a couple of small dumplings – not healthy but they really make this dinner!

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This was a great dinner – really tasty. I can’t wait to experiment more with the slow cooker.

Hope you enjoyed these quick ideas!

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Recipe: Leek & Potato soup

At my house, Sundays are about relaxing and going with the flow so after a late breakfast this morning I decided to use up some of the leftover veggies in the fridge to make this yummy soup!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 3 washed, trimmed leeks, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 pints boiling water
  • 2 chicken Oxo cubes

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients to a large saucepan and bring to the boil
  • Simmer for 30 minutes until all the ingredients are soft.
  • Season well
  • Blend to the desired consistency
  • Reheat until hot and serve!

I served this soup with a HEB of bread and some chopped crispy bacon!

Wow this was good and perfect for a cold winter day!

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Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cup

I want to share a quick breakfast idea that I tried over the weekend – Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cup.

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I am a big fan of cereals, but eating them with milk uses up both of my Healthy Extras at breakfast – not a great idea! So instead I came up with a quick idea to get my cereal HEB but keep my HEA free for the rest of the day.

I used fresh blueberries, Total 0% Greek Yogurt, 42g All Bran (HEB) and 1 tsp honey (1syn). I put a spoonful of yogurt in the bottom of a glass and added blueberries and All Bran to give a layered effect. Then continue with the layering, until all ingredients are used. Finally, top with a teaspoon of honey.

The variations on this are endless. Try swapping the blueberries for strawberries, raspberries, banana or a mixture. The Greek yogurt (my personal fav!) could be traded for any free yogurt – try a flavoured one to compliment your choice of fruits. Finally, the cereal can be any HEB of your choice.

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This is a great versatile idea for breakfast at home or on the go!

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Recipe: Spaghetti Bolognaise

Spaghetti Bolognaise is a favourite meal of mine and while this one may not be traditional, it is tasty and healthy

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Ingredients:

  • Extra lean minced beef
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • Diced shallots
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • Chopped tinned tomatoes
  • Beef oxo cube
  • Wholemeal pasta

Method:

  • Brown the mince in a frying pan with the shallots
  • When all the mince is browned, drain off any excess fat
  • Add the peppers, carrots, tomatoes and oxo cube
  • Stir well and simmer for 40 minutes. If the sauce becomes too dry add a little boiled water from the kettle.
  • Meanwhile cook some wholemeal spaghetti until al dente, drain and serve.

I served this with a sprinkle of parmesan (28g), a small square of foccacia and some microwaved sugarsnap peas

I always make a double portion of this as it freezes brilliantly!