Blackcurrant jam baked oats
I prefer baked oats to overnight oats and porridge- it's such a nice 'cake-ey' thing to have for breakfast! These ones use blackcurrant jam to give them just enough sweetness without being overloaded. I love them served with fresh berries and some fat-free strawberry yoghurt.
Sticky honey, soy and mint sausages
This is a very quick way to jazz up your sausages- I tend to buy the Tesco Healthy Living Cumberland sausages which are 1 syn each, but most of the supermarkets do their own version of low fat sausages. My husband introduced me to the concept of sausages and salad many years ago, and it's such a good combination- especially if the sausages have this lovely glaze on them.
Spicy meatball marinara bake
I made this up with leftovers from my Pizza topped giant meatballs recipe (click here) and it was so tasty I thought it deserved it's own slot!
It might look like a lot of work for one meal, but I often have a batch of the Best Ever Pizza Sauce (click here) made up, as my youngest daughter loves pizza, and it makes a great sauce for last minute meals, and if you've only fed 2 with the giant meatballs recipe, you could always freeze half the meatballs and save them for this!
Pizza topped giant meatballs
I love meatballs, there's something so satisfying about them- I think that this was inspired by the Subway meatball marinara sub which I used to occasionally enjoy for lunch when I worked near a subway- I used to love every mouthful!
I've used quinoa in the meatballs to keep them super-healthy, although you can substitute this for wholemeal breadcrumbs if you prefer.
Gnocchi with bacon, pesto and green beans
This meal is great for one of those nights when you pop into the supermarket desperately wanting a quick dinner without having something unhealthy! It's just a few items which you can quickly grab, and it takes under 10 minutes to cook! (Gnocchi will be with the fresh pasta, usually around the ready meals!)
I used the Tesco gnocchi which is 2 syns per 100g, and Tesco pesto which is 2.5 syns per tbsp.
Quick sweet potato fries
It's not rocket science, but it is a lovely quick way to make these yummy treats!
Add the cayenne if you like a bit of a kick!
If you don't have a chip mesh I recommend investing in one! You can often find them in Poundland or Aldi- or here on Amazon (click)
Mini bacon cheeseburger-in-a-bowl with cayenne sweet potato fries
I've seen lot of variations of 'big mac in a bowl' on Slimming World forums and wanted to create something similar- a tasty way to have a burger without the bun. I made these burgers mini just because they look prettier, but overall this was a really tasty and satisfying meal.
Slow-cooker butternut squash and ginger soup
This is my favourite soup to make as I always have a butternut squash around (because they last for so long it's perfect back-up food) and it really is so easy to do. The ginger adds spice and lovely flavour, perfect for a warming Autumn or Winter lunch.
Caramelised raspberry baked oats
I've just discovered date nectar, and this one by Beloved gives a lovely natural alternative to using sugar or honey as a sweetener. For everyday baked oats I keep the syns low by using sweetener, but as a treat (3 syns for a tablespoon of date nectar) these baked oats are gorgeous and you don't need anything alongside them to sweeten them up! The top turns out caramelised and crispy for a really indulgent seeming breakfast!
Spicy satay chicken zoodles
I've used spiralized courgette with this (because I am in love with my new spiralizer- I have this one from Amazon-click here) but you can use noodles if you prefer- although make sure you throw in some more speed veg if you do! If you feel at all doubtful about eating a whole bowl of courgette like this- give it a go! Honestly you just wouldn't know it- I definitely think it's the easiest way to eat vegetables.
I use powdered peanut butter because it is so much less fattening than the ...