Day two of our weekend in Wales and another winning recipe from the Hairy Dieters cookbook for dinner. This one is so easy and tasty that I defy anyone to argue about the fact it is low fat. The crispy crumb adds texture and flavour and lifts the humble, and often bland, chicken breast to another level. This recipe is easily adapted for larger or smaller numbers, or tweaked for different palettes – how about swapping the parmesan for monterey jack cheese and adding a handful of chopped jalapeños for a Mexican vibe?
My father-in-law has had a rough time over the last month and, following 3 long weeks in hospital, he’s been discharged with strict instructions for a low fat diet. To give them a bit of culinary inspiration, I bought them the Hairy Dieters cookbook and tonight we rustled up the chicken & mushroom risotto. It was delicious! Full of flavour, wonderfully creamy and, what’s more, kind on the hips.
Wandering around the supermarket today I noticed some really nifty, special edition lids on the large packs of Philadelphia soft cheese. Using lenticular technology, the logo disappears and a recipe is revealed when the pack is tilted. That got me thinking about a really quick pie recipe that is virtually fail-safe – plus it’s pretty healthy too. The Philadelphia just forms the sauce so the main filling can be anything you like. This recipe is for chicken and mushroom but I’ve also done sausage, leek, fish and vegetable versions.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with curry. I love the taste but, more often than not, it leaves me feeling bloated and sluggish and very underwhelmed. I’ve never made one at home so when I saw this, and it’s relatively meagre list of ingredients, I thought it would be a shame not to give it a go. It was fantastic – zingy and light with a great flavour – and will definitely one I will make again. I used half-fat coconut milk instead of full fat to make it a bit lighter and I don’t think it suffered. Reducing the amount of nuts would reduce the calories too – once they are chopped up, there are plenty.
These skewers are super tasty, healthy and rival any Indian takeaway in my opinion. Do the marinade the night before and they will have so much more flavour, but you can get away with just 30 minutes if you are strapped for time. Serve with cooling natural yoghurt and a dollop of mango chutney.