Recipe

Homemade Hunter’s Chicken

A pub classic made WW friendly!

hunters chicken

Homemade Hunter’s Chicken
Author: Liz

Recipe type: Main meals

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Serves: 4

1 serving:
Following SmartPoints:  4 SmartPoints
Following No Count:  1 SmartPoint

 

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 8 bacon medallions
  • 4 sachets WW BBQ sauce
  • 60g low fat grated cheese (I used Sainsbury’s Be Good To You)

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C / 350F
  2. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish/tin
  3. Squeeze a sachet of WW BBQ sauce onto each chicken breast and spread out with a brush/spatula
  4. Layer 2 bacon medallions over each chicken breast
  5. Sprinkle 1/4 of the cheese (15g) on each chicken breast
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes (or until cooked through)
    Enjoy!

 

No Count · Recipe

No Count Sweet and Sour Chicken

A favourite fakeaway that is tasty and easy to throw together if you’re in a rush! Shows that food doesn’t need to be unhealthy to feel like a treat!

no count sweet and sour

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 minutes (or less)
Cooking time:  Less than 10 minutes

No Count:  Free
Smartpoints:  1 + 6sp for 60g rice/pasta

 

 

Ingredients
1tsp olive oil (from daily allowance) (If following Smartpoints use cooking spray)
80g frozen chopped onion
80g frozen chopped peppers
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tin chopped tomatoes (200g)
33g pineapple chunks and a drop of the juice
1/2 tbsp sugar free caramel syrup*
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp chilli flakes (add to taste)
50g cooked chicken chunks

 


Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan over a medium heat and fry the onion, peppers and garlic for three minutes.
  2. Add to the pan the tomatoes, pineapple, pineapple juice, sugar free caramel syrup, vinegar and chilli flakes.  Simmer for two minutes or until the sauce is your preferred consistency.
  3. Add the chicken and warm through.  Serve with a portion of brown rice or brown pasta.

 

*I get my sugar free syrup from TK Maxx and this is the one I use.
Image result for skinny syrup caramel

 

breakfast · No Count · recipes · snacks

Banoffee Baked Oats

These are a great low point/No Count snack or breakfast! They’re really quick and easy to make and you can bake them the night before and re-heat them in the microwave for a minute.

Yield:  1 portion/4 cake cases
WW SmartPoints:  4
WW No Count:  Free
Preparation time:  10 minutes
Cooking time:  35 minutes

Ingredients
40g porridge oats
1 egg
25ml skimmed milk
25ml sugar-free caramel syrup
1 banana

Method

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

2.  Mash the banana (I use a potato masher, but a fork will be fine too)

3.  Mix in the oats, egg, milk & sugar-free caramel syrup.

4.  Spoon the mixture into silicon cake cases in a cupcake/muffin pan or silicon mould.

5.  Bake for 35 minutes until the tops are browned and the bottoms are no longer soggy.

6.  Remove from the cases/mould as soon as they are cool enough to handle to prevent them going soggy. (No one likes a soggy bottom!)

Tv Show Review

Tv Show Review – Joe Wicks: The Body Coach Ch4

Joe Wicks: The Body Coach
Available on All 4

Joe wicks
Joe helps a firefighter get fitter for the arrival of his baby

This is a review of the new show from one of the latest fitness ‘icons’.  As a long-term Weight Watcher I am fascinated by these health and fitness shows and have watched everything from ‘Secret Eaters’ to ‘Losing weight for love’.  Joe Wicks has become famous for his easy to make 15 minute meals and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts.  In this show he helps members of the public who want to get fitter in either 90, 60 or 30 days for special occasions such as a honeymoon or holiday.

The Good:  I love Joe’s all round happy chappy attitude which is infectious and his meals and workouts which can be completed in 15 minutes seem ideal for almost anyone.  Most of the programme is spent with Joe demonstrating these.  The recipes which he creates look really tasty and healthy (see eggs baked in avocados below) – Most people should be able to easily make these for their families and it’s great that he encourages the use of healthy fats and lean meats.  The exercises he demonstrates would also be easy for most people to replicate in their own homes and hardly require any time or equipment.

 

The Bad:  Although the people in the show are supposed to be getting fitter thanks to help from the Body Coach he seems to have little involvement in their eating and exercising, only meeting them  at the end of the show to do the final comparison of their two full body shots (Instagram is also full of people who’ve followed the plan’s ‘Transformation’ photos).  The comments he makes about drinking loads of water helping you to lose weight and the fact that you should start before you are thirsty go against scientific evidence I came across recently, and it is worrying that people with influence are allowed to go on tv and tell people to do things which are not proven.  Link to my blog post about how much water to drink here.

In Conclusion
I really enjoyed watching this show and am going to be trying out some of the new recipes and am hoping they will be making a full series in the future.  I love that Joe Wicks is helping people and just wants the world to be a healthier place.  I would however, always advise you to take any health recommendations given on these sorts of shows with a pinch of salt and do some of your own research.