Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Quick Fruit Crumble

I'm having a bit of a cookbook cull, sorting through the books I rarely use and treasuring the ones which I use all the time. Weight Watchers Cook Smart Family Food is one of the oldest cookbooks I  own and one of the bookmarked diet cookbooks that I use. A few lazy Sundays ago, I fancied a warming crumble, but without the calories. It would be impossible to make a pudding with 0 calories, but this crumble is actually very fruity and only contains 240 calories per serving. This crumble is incredibly quick as it uses tinned peaches as the main fruit, but you can swap this for tinned fruit cocktail if you wish. From start to finish this crumble will be ready in around 30 minutes and as it's lighter on the waistline, you could treat yourself to a second helping. 

1 x 420g can peaches in natural juice drained
1 ripe banana, sliced thinly
50g low fat polyunsaturated margarine
100g plain white flour
1 tablespoon light brown soft sugar
2 tablespoons porridge oats
freshly grated nutmeg

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5/ 190C/ Fan Oven 170C
Tip the canned fruit into a medium size baking dish - chop the fruit if necessary. Mix in the banana sliced.
Place the margarine, flour and sugar in a food processor and whizz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the porridge oats. Spoon this topping over the fruit and sprinkle over nutmeg.
Place the dish on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the topping is lightly browned.


Thursday, 27 December 2012

Diet starts now: Low fat chicken and spring onions burgers revisted.

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a happy new year. I love a good ol burger and have blogged several different types of burgers since I started blogging from falafel burgers, bean burgers, beef burgers and one of my favourite ever chicken burgers. I've blogged about this recipe, taken from Weight Watchers Cook Smart Family Food cookbook, using turkey mince and will share the link further down. This time I used chicken mince and remembered this time to take step by step pictures to share how easy it is to make low fat burgers. This recipe comes in at under 300 calories (including the burger bun) and is perfect for all those who have indulged over the festive period and fancy making something more low fat.
Here is how my low fat chicken burgers turned out:
Chicken burgers

First start with the most important thing, seasoning. I love all purpose seasoning, and I usually add sage and mixed herbs when making burgers.
Chicken mince and seasonings

Once the seasoning is mixed shape into four patties.
Burger patties

Heat a frying pan and use 2 tablespoon of oil and around 3 -4 tablespoons of fry-light mid cooking, as the oil tends to cook out and the frying pan becomes dry.
Chicken burgers cooking

Chicken burgers cooking
I cook the burgers for 10 minutes on each side and they are deliciously cooked after 20 minutes. Here is the link for this delicious and low fat recipe low fat chicken burgers.



Monday, 15 October 2012

Weight Watchers Moroccan stew with cous cous.

I have been neglecting my Weight Watchers cook books of late (and the regime to a certain extent), but I realise if I am ever to lose my final half a stone I must get back to Weight Watchers recipes. I must take a stand and stay away from cupcakes/cakes/biscuits/ any naughty goodies. I was looking for perfect recipe to help reignite my need for low fat eating and as I love seasoning, spice and flavour I thought a rich sauce based dish was in order. I previously made some lamb koftas which are widely eaten in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and wanted to recreate the koftas with a low fat accompaniment.
Weight Watchers Cook Smart Entertaining cookbook has a recipe for Moroccan stew with couscous, which appealed to me due to the variety of spices and ingredients. The recipe in the book is a vegetarian stew but I decided the lamb koftas would make a perfect addition to this stew.
Here is how my stew turned out:
Moroccan stew with couscous

I was impressed with this meal and is only 450 calories per serving, perfect for me getting back on track with my healthy eating. This is a really simple stew and all the ingredients are cooked in one pot. I first started by cooking the carrots and onions.
Vegetables stewing

Once cooked I added the meatballs and let to simmer on the stove for around thirty minutes.
Lamb koftas added

Ingredients - Serves 4
For the Lamb Koftas take a look at my previous blog post http://foodgloriousfoodx.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Weight%20watchers%20nice%20and%20spicy.
For the stew
1 large onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and sliced thinly
2 teaspoons garlic puree
1 large green chili, de-seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 tea spoon ground paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 courgette, chopped
400g chick peas, drained and liquid reserved
salt and freshly ground pepper

For the cous cous
200g dried couscous
400ml boiling water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

1) First, start preparing the couscous. Put the couscous in a large bowl and pour over the boiling water. Season. Stir well and allow to cool, stirring occasionally with a fork to separate the grains.
2) For the stew, put the onion, carrot, garlic puree and chili into a large, lidded, non stick saucepan with the oil and 4 tablespoons of water. Heat this mixture until it starts to sizzle, and the cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
3) Remove the cover and stir in the cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon and turmeric. Cook for 1 minute.
4) Add the canned tomatoes, courgette, chickpeas with the reserved liquid and seasoning. Bring the pan to the boil and simmer for about 5 minutes until the courgette is tender.
5) Meanwhile, cover the couscous and reheat it in the microwave for 5 minutes. When the couscous is piping hot, stir in the chopped hers.
Serve the couscous with the stew spooned on top.


Thursday, 2 August 2012

Chocolate nests and fruity chocolate cake

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and cooking up some lovely summery dishes. I am pleased to announce I won the Tala cake stand and muffin tin for the Forever Nigella blog hop, organised by Maison Cupcake, and hosted by Cooking with Cakes with Children. I feel that it will be quite fitting to enter into another one of Maison's Cupcake blog hop, this time blogging about lovely goodies which require no baking - take a look at the fabulous entries http://blog.maisoncupcake.com/zero-baking-required/.

I love low fat and chocolate recipes, and am delighted when I can combine the two, eating lovely guilt free low fat chocolate goodies. I brought Weight Watchers Entertaining cookbook from the works for £3.99 a few months back, and was impressed by the chocolate recipes dotted throughout the book. I quickly pencilled in the easiest chocolate recipe that required no baking the "chocolate nests". This must be the worlds simplest recipe, weetabix, milk chocolate and low fat margarine mixed together, placed in a paper bun and decorated with maltesers. Here is how my chocolate nests turned out.
The ingredients make 8 chocolate nests, and I weighed out each portion (30g) to make sure I didn't go overboard with points. For those that are following weight watchers the chocolate nests have 170 calories per serving and 3.5 points.

125g dark chocolate
40 g low fat spread
3 shredded wheat biscuits
24 mini chocolate eggs (or maltesers)

(1) Melt the chocolate and low fat spread together by putting them into a large heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of gently simmering water. When smooth and melted, remove from the heat.
(2) Break up the Shredded Wheat biscuits and stir into the chocolate mixture.
(3) Spoon the mixture into paper bun cases, making slight depressions in the centre of each one to form a nest. Chill in the refridgerator until firm about 20 minutes.
(4) Serve with three tiny chocolate eggs, or maltesers in each nest.

If this doesn't take your fancy, I have another low fat chocolate dish which has become a firm favourite "chocolate refridgerator fridge cake" from my Weight Watchers Cook Smart Family Food cook book. This the first sweet recipe from this book and it turned out nice and will definitely make again as 192 calories per serving is a winner in my eyes.

Recipe for the fruity chocolate fridge cake (3.5 weight watchers points, 192 calories per serving)
110g plain chocolate (at least 70% coco solids)
50g low fat margarine
2 egg whites
125 g low fat digestive biscuits, crushed roughly
75g ready to eat dried apricots

1) Place the chocolate and margarine in a heatproof bowl. Bring in a small pan of water to simmer, rest the bowl over the pan and stir to melt. Alternatively, melt the chocolate and margarine in a microwave. Set aside cool slightly.
2) Meanwhile, in a clean grease-free bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Carefully fold the whites into the chocolate mixture followed by the biscuits and apricots, reserving a few of the chopped apricots to decorate the top.
3) Spread the mixture over the base of a loose bottomed 20cm (8 inch) pie tin and decorate with the reserved apricots. Chill for at least 2 hours before cutting into wedges.

I slightly adapted the recipe and used 75 g sultanas and a handful of white chocolate chips (I couldn't help myself )

I'm looking forward to seeing all the other no bake entries and share some more lovely recipes. 


Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Weight watchers cook smart family food review.

I have probably mentioned in my previous blogs that I am following weight watchers (not the pro plus points, haven't had time to research that) points in order to lose some weight for my 25th birthday. I'm all for healthy eating but my biggest downfall is I love cakes and bakes etc. This cook smart family food book offers great low fat and tasty alternatives for high calorie food which ensures the weight is kept off (or lost). I have cooked several of these recipes, possibly more so than any other of my books this year so far and so far i've lost 10 pounds in 9 weeks. I have my eye on the weight watchers cook smart baking cook book which should be interesting as it will offer low fat alternatives to triple chocolate brownies (well I can hope can't I ?)
I have recently made their chicken meatballs (didn't taste as bad as it sounds) which came in at 300 calories per serving. I also made their low fat oaty pancakes which was delicious!
Here is how both turned out
Chicken taglitelle

Oaty pancakes with blueberry jam
Anyone who is attempting to lose weight should buy and cook the recipes from  this book. I have cooked the following recipes from this book (many pictures are on my previous posts)
Cinnamon french toast with apricots
Oaty pancakes with blueberry jam
Veggie burgers
Turkey burgers
Fish Goujons
Creamy chicken pasta bake
Sticky pork chops
Vegetable rissotto
Lemon meringue pie
Chocolate refridgerator cake

In the words of Gizzi Erskine "learn to cook clever and stay slim forever" (Phrase from cook yourself thin tv show). I wonder if I will still adhere to this philosophy once i'm 25 ?!


Friday, 17 February 2012

Valentines day food

It was Valentines day a few days ago and I thought I would share my two meals of that day. Usually I'm a branflakes /fruit and fibre/ porridge type of girl, but on this romantic day I thought I would make myself something different. I scoured through the brunch section of my weight watchers book and decided on making cinaman and apricot french toast, as this was low calorie and looked appealing in the book. I did immediately compare weight watchers french toast with Nigella's in her Kitchen book, there was a substantial difference in ingredients, but I thought I would stick to my low fat version. Here is how my french toast turned out:

I decided that it was only right for me to treat myself for my evening meal, and what better way for a singleton to do so by making Nigella's "date steak" (from her Kitchen book). The recipe always appealed to me and after trying Gino's steak and chips (from buonissimo) i've been hooked on this classic combination. Here is how my date steak turned out:
Recipe for date steak:
Serves 2 (But easily halved to serve one)
2 x 15ml tablespoons of dark muscovado sugar
2 x 15 ml tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1x 15ml tablespoon dijon mustard
1x 15 ml tablespoon soy sauce
1 x 15 ml tablespoon redcurrent jelly
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
1 x 15 ml tablespoon ginger
1 x 15 ml tablespoon tomato puree
1 x 15 ml tablespoon garlic oil
2 sirloin steaks

Put the sugar, vinegar, mustard, soy sauce, redcurrant jelly, ginger and tomato puree into a small pan and whisk together over a gentle heat.
Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly; now take it off the heat and leave to one side while you cook the steaks.
Either fry or griddle the steaks: if you are frying, heat the garlic oil in a heavy-based pan first; if you  are griddiling, paint the meat with oil before placing it on a hot griddle.
Cook the steaks for about 3 minutes a side, for warmed through but still rare meat
Take the steaks off the heat and double -wrap in foil; leave them to rest for about 5 minutes out of a draught.
Open the foil and put any juices that have collected there into the saucepan of barbecue, whisking to mix.
Put the steaks on 2 warmed plates and pour or drizzle the sauce over them to tastw.


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Turkey and spring onion burgers and the 5,000 calorie burger

I have enjoyed cooking from my weight watchers cook smart book over the last few weeks and marked out several recipes on my "to cook list". Most people including me love a good burger or two and weight watchers turkey and spring onion burgers appealed to me. Not meaning to go on about calories etc, but this burger has only 270 calories per serving, so not only does it taste good but it's also good for you.
Here is how my low fat, low calorie burger turned out. I made homemade chips from Gino D'acammpo Buonissimo cookbook, got to love Gino!.

Recipe for turkey and spring onion burgers.
Serves 4
500g chicken or turkey mince
6 spring onions
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
zest and juice of 1 lime
low fat cooking spray
salt and freshly ground pepper

To serve
4 medium burger buns
2 tablespoon tomato ketchup
salad leaved, tomato and cucumber,

1) Mix together the mince, spring onions, garlic parsley, lime zest and seasoning. Shape into four patties then heat a non stick frying pan and spray with the low fat cooking spray. Fry the patties for 5-10 minutes on each side until cooked through.
2) Meanwhile, split the buns and toast lightly. Spread each halfway with 1/2 tablespoon of tomato ketchup then arrange the salad on the base of each bun and place a burger on top. Squeeze a little lime juice over, replace the top half of the bun and serve.

I'm not usually a low fat kinda girl,  just trying to lose some pounds for my 25th birthday. I love nothing more than tucking into a high fat, high calorie lovely burger. I visited an American style diner in Telford, last year that specialised in calorific treats, the Daily Mail sent a reporter to sample burgers from Oscar's diner 5,000 calorie burger so I had to sample it too!.

A calorific and tasty treat 

Me and that burger!

I also love a good cocktail x

Monday, 6 February 2012

Coffee cream eclairs and weight watchers lemon meringue pie

I thought I'd share my last two Sunday desserts. These desserts could not be more different if I tried, rich coffee cream eclairs and low fat, low calorie lemon meringue pie. I did not intend to make eclairs to begin with, oh no, I had my eyes set on attempting the Jo Wheately, rather flamboyant limoncello and white chocolate croquembouche from the Great British Bake Off for my Sunday dessert. The plan was to make the profiteroles in the week, freeze, defrost on Sunday and then assemble. Unfortunately with an ever nearing dissertation deadline i felt out of my depth recreating this masterpiece so settled on eclairs which I thought would be easier. How wrong was I? It was easy in the sense of making the pastry piping etc, but had to make in two batches due to me popping out and it was all very rushed. Anyway, my eclairs turned out ok, although next time I would attempt to use the right piping nozzle .....
Here is how my coffee cream eclairs turned out..... it's the first time I have made French patisserie.
I made a Weight Watchers lemon meringue pie, i've never made lemon meringue pie but at 5 points and 300 calories per quarter I thought I would try this out. I made the pastry first (using a cake tin and not a flan tin as my flan tin was far to big for a very small weight watchers pie.

A very unappetising mixture
Low fat meringue pie
This pie looks nothing like say a Nigella lemon meringue pie but I suppose it is low fat so I can hardly moan about the appearance.
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