Quick and easy bean chilli (plus shopping)

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I’ve been away the last couple of weekends so haven’t done any meal prep or, to be fair, any shopping. I went to Asda after work and spent £38 on food (I’m excluding the £20 I spent on cat food because he has the nice stuff while I make do with own brand!). I bought mainly frozen and tinned veg, though I did also get some quark, new potatoes and a small tiger bread baguette as a treat. All in I bought (off the top of my head):

2 bags each of frozen mushrooms, peppers, butternut squash and sweet potatoes
1 bag each of frozen peas and cauliflower
2 quorn escalopes, 1 quorn veggie gammon steaks and 1 quorn sausage patties (most quorn stuff I low or no syn and Asda were doing 4 for £6)
2 bags Babybel light
3 tubs of quark
1 bag new potatoes
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Slow cooker curry

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It’s been pouring down pretty much all day today which means that we’ve definitely seen the end of summer. I love autumn, it’s one of my favourite seasons, but the older I get the more I just want the sun! I’ve been fantasizing about buying a house in France or Spain lately, though that will have to wait until I’ve sorted out my finances…

However! Autumn does mean that I’ve pulled out the slow cooker and have been doing some batch cooking. I kind of pulled this together using The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer and one of my veggie Slimming World books; I don’t follow recipes as such, I chuck things together and see how it turns out! But this was actually pretty good.

Ingredients
Whole bag frozen sweet potatoes
Half bag frozen cauliflower
Half bag carrot batons (a snack I’d forgotten to take to work)
2 red…

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Veggie stir fry

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I posted a recipe the other day for a stew I made while I was batch cooking. This is another thing I cooked that day (I did so much cooking!) and it turned out pretty well. Another thing that’s in the freezer so I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat when I get home from work!

I was looking through some of my Slimming World recipe books and couldn’t really find anything so I thought I’d do my usual and chuck things in a wok and see what happens. This turned out quite nice!

Ingredients
Frozen mushrooms
Frozen peppers
Frozen courgette
Frozen broccoli
1 red onion
1/2 tin of sweetcorn
Half bag Quorn steak strips (I dont actually like these but they needed using and I wasn’t going to throw them away)
Blue Dragon chilli and garlic sauce sachet (9.5 syns)
Basmati rice

Method
Spray a…

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Sweet potato and chickpea stew

Calories and Cash

I’ve been spending time most weekends trying to get some meal prep done so I’ve got things I can take out of the freezer when I get home from work which are healthy, will keep me on plan and mean I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat!

This is based on a recipe on one of the Slimming World books and was so simple. I swapped out the butternut squash for sweet potato as I had a 700g bag in the freezer, and added 30 cashew nuts because I like them. Adding these makes the stew 13 syns in total, unless you’re using the nuts as a healthy extra (in which case you can have 15 per day).

Ingredients
350g frozen sweet potato chunks
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 tin chickpeas
100ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic granules
1 tsp cinnamon
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Lentil Shepherds Pie

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It’s the last of the meal prepped recipes from last weekend! To be fair, one day’s worth of cooking is pretty good at delivering content for the blog, though I do need to write something that’s not a recipe…

Anyway! Lentil shepherds pie is one of my favourite things, especially when it’s miserable and dark outside. It’s also really easy to make (even if you’re not cheating like I was).

I know the Slimming World recipe books have lentil shepherds pie in there but I just threw this together. I would have used dry lentils and cooked them first, but I had a packet of puy lentils and a tin of green lentils so I just used those. Cheating, see!

Ingredients
1 packet puy lentils
1 tin green lentils
Frozen peas
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 tin sweetcorn
1 vegetable stock cube
1 tbsp mixed herbs
1 tsp garlic granules

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Spicy Yellow Squash “Pasta”

Keto Moose

Ingredients:

  • 5 yellow squashes
  • 5 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tsp oregano
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Make yellow squash into “noodles” using a vegetable spiralizer (Optional: spread out to dry out on a paper towel before proceeding.) Sauté noodles on medium heat in a frying pan with 1 tablespoons melted butter, stirring occasionally. Add red pepper flakes and cayenne. The noodles are done when they start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Taste a squash noodle strand to make sure they are the desired texture. Add cream cheese, cut in small chunks, and oregano. Stir occasionally until cream cheese is completely melted and hot. Salt and pepper to taste. Sauce will thicken a bit as it cools.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 155
Total Fat 12.7g
Net Carbohydrates 5.5g
Protein 4.7g
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Chinese Hakka-style Stir Fried Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg | Cooking with Kathy Man

Ingredients 1 bitter gourd 1 salted egg 1 preserved egg 2 cloves garlic, sliced 1 stalk spring onion, chopped 1 tsp crushed rock sugar 1/2 tsp salt gound white pepper Method Wash bitter gourd, cut into to halves lengthwise, clear out rind and seeds, and cut into thick slices. Hard boil salted egg, separate egg…
— Read on cookwithkathy.wordpress.com/2019/11/12/chinese-hakka-style-stir-fried-bitter-gourd-with-salted-egg/

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Pappardelle Lasagna

jovina cooks

I used pappardelle pasta for this recipe because I wanted a lighter dish. Pappardelle noodles are very wide but lighter than lasagna. If you want a lower carb dish, I would recommend a low carb pasta I found made by Al Dente. It is a delicious egg/semolina pasta, that tastes like pasta but has half the carbs of regular pappardelle pasta. I like to serve a mixed green salad with Italian dressing with the casserole.

Ingredients

1 lb Pappardelle pasta
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound Italian pork sausage
3-14 to 15 oz cans diced Italian tomatoes, undrained
One 6 oz can tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
Salt and pepper

Ricotta Filling
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well and set aside
32 oz container ricotta cheese

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One-Pot Lasagna Soup Recipe – Pillsbury.com

This quick soup delivers all the saucy, cheesy lasagna goodness you love with none of the fuss. Cook Italian sausage, lasagna noodles and tomato-based broth all together in one pot for a cozy meal that is as delicious as it is easy.
— Read on www.pillsbury.com/recipes/one-pot-lasagna-soup/db8b1ccd-dd02-46c1-94c7-40741066fd12

From the 14 Days of Pillsbury Soup

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Italian Meatball Subs

Ingredients: For the Sauce: 1-2 TBSP olive oil 1 small onion small diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes *Drain the juices into a bowl but do not pour it out! Roughly chop up the whole peeled tomatoes so they break down easier when cooked.* 2 TBSP tomato paste 3 TBSP…
— Read on kawazadesiree.wordpress.com/2019/11/14/italian-meatball-subs/

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Braised Short Ribs With Squash and Chile Recipe | Bon Appetit

Make this when it’s Sunday and you’re not leaving the house. One spoonful of this smoky-spicy guajillo braising liquid and you’ll understand how complex dried chiles can be. When soaked in hot water and blended with aromatics, they create a base so flavorful you don’t even need stock.
— Read on www.bonappetit.com/recipe/braised-short-ribs-with-squash-and-chile

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Farro and Escarole Soup Recipe | Bon Appetit

This delicate, brothy grain soup manages to be comforting and fortifying—but without requiring a nap afterward. If you have really good homemade stock on hand, you can use it instead of the water called for here; the soup will only benefit from the addition. But even if you don’t, the flavors will get richer and more concentrated the longer it sits, which means it’s a great make-ahead recipe for a weekday lunch or dinner.
— Read on www.bonappetit.com/recipe/farro-and-escarole-soup

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Lamb Tagine Recipe | Bon Appetit

You don’t need a tagine, a conical earthenware pot typically from Morocco, to make this warming, fragrant, tender lamb stew. A Dutch oven works great! This lamb tagine gets its vibrancy from spices like cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, and cardamom. If raisins aren’t your thing, swap them out for another dried fruit like apricots, tart cherries, or prunes—just chop them so they’re raisin-sized.
— Read on www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spiced-lamb-tagine

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