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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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Recipe Idea – Blue Macaroni Cheese with Spinach

A few days ago I had a real craving for some comfort food and thought instantly of macaroni cheese – a childhood favourite! But I knew I wanted to jazz it up a bit so here is what I came up with:

Blue Macaroni Cheese with spinach

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I started with a simple white sauce (butter, flour and milk) and while this was thickening I cooked the macaroni. When the sauce was ready I stirred in some grated cheddar and leftover blue cheese. I also wilted some baby spinach and squeezed out all the liquid.

When everything was ready I mixed it all together in a pan and poured into a dish. On top I sprinkled some breadcrumbs to provide a bit of crunch and chucked in the oven for 20 minutes until the topping was crispy.

Serve with garlic bread – yummy!!

Quick dinner idea

I’m pleased to see that my email post worked this morning. Its nice to have a way of communicating even when I am not at home!

My day went a little down hill after I posted. For lunch I picked up a tuna mayo, lettuce and cucumber wrap plus a bag of Mini Cheddars. I have been feeling a little poorly all afternoon and just felt like I needed something biscuity so that was what I picked. Its that week of the month for me when all my attempts to eat and live healthily seem to fly out the window. I just feel so emotional at the moment and physically unwell and this combination makes me crave unhealthy snacks.

I suppose I should research this but does anyone have any tips for overcoming the symptoms and feelings of PMS? I am sure there must be some nutirents I should be getting at this time of the month, or certain foods which ease the symptoms. Please comment if you know of anything and I will happily try it!

Unfortunately by 3.30 I was feeling awful and my resolve from earlier in the day was gone. I headed straight for the chocolate machine and ate a bar of chocolate 😦 It gave me the sugar rush I needed to get through to the end of my work day and I headed home a little after 4 and went straight for the sofa. When OH got home at 6 the last thing I felt like doing was cooking but he supported and helped me and we put together this tasty dish.

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Bacon, pea and cream cheese pasta

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This was inspired by a new product I picked up in Tesco

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I have never seen the basil version before so I wanted to try it and stirring into pasta seemed a good option.

Ingredients (serves 2 generously)

  • 160g wholewheat pasta
  • 1/3 tub Philadelphia Light with Basil
  • 2 rashers of bacon
  • Generous handful of frozen peas
  • Tablespoon of skimmed milk
  • Black Pepper
  • Small sprinkle of grated cheddar to serve

Put the pasta on to boil.

Meanwhile cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until almost crispy.

4 minutes before the pasta is ready add the peas to the pan

Drain pasta and peas and add to fried bacon

Stir in the cream cheese and milk until it coats the other ingredients.

Add a generous twist of black pepper.

Serve in warmed bowls, top with a little cheese.

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This could be made to serve three if accompanied by a salad but today I just needed the carbs.

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I felt a little better after we ate and we caught up on the last episodes of House and Fringe. OMG to both. Big shocks all round and now I can’t wait for the next seasons!

The Apprentice is about to start so I’ll settle down in a moment with this mini tub of Weight Watchers icecream and enjoy!

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Jo xx