One Pot Garlic Chicken Pasta

Garlic Chicken pasta with Kale - a tasty one-pot dish ready in 25 minutes.

A quick and easy meal with minimal washing up! So long as you have some cooked chicken on hand, you can have this ready in 25 minutes. Perfect for that after school/work rush or for a simple weekend lunch.

This meal started out life as very low carb, but it was never going to happen. I picked a stupid week to go easy on the carbs and sugar. I was having a flick through James Duigan’s ‘clean and lean’ book a few days ago and I thought to myself ‘I can do that for a couple of weeks. I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds before our anniversary in November, and it wouldn’t hurt to reset my sweet tooth back down to normal levels again’.

Since then my cat has been poorly (she’s better now), my laptop has started playing up, I’ve broken my phone, our boiler has finally packed in and we’ve just got a giant repair bill for the car (something about a turbo solenoid that make my eyes glaze over whenever Chris tries to explain it to me). Why do these things all have to come at once?

So, needless to say, the addition of a few carbs to this meal was the only possible answer. Not too many. Just enough to stop me stomping around the house and to limit my frown wrinkle development.

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Oaty Chocolate hot smoothie - a quick and healthy hot smoothie for a cold day

Oaty Chocolate Hot Smoothie – Week 3 of my Hot Smoothie Saturday series for October

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Halloween chocolate cherry fondant

I’m pretty sure that having one of these every evening for the past 4 evenings isn’t that healthy. However, it is pretty flippin fantastic :-) I usually find myself making spooky cupcakes, Frankenstein mint mousses, skeleton veg crudite plates and oreo spiders for the kids at this time of year. Rather than follow on with… 

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Sugar glazed pulled beef brisket in a rich, tangy sauce with a hint of spice.

Caramelized Pulled Beef Brisket in a Rich Spicy Sauce

Take a couple of forks and shred this slow cooked beef brisket into tender ribbons.  Serve it with a ladle full of the rich and tangy sauce and some simple spinach rice.  Make sure you save yourself some of the caramelised pieces from the outside – they’re the best bits.  Then maybe add a spoonful of sweet chilli jam… 

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Cranberry and Apple hot smoothie - a quick and healthy hot smoothie for a cold day

Cranberry and Apple Hot Smoothie – Week 2 of my hot smoothie Saturday series for October

Meet the second in my series of hot smoothies for October – The cranberry and apple hot smoothie. A spicy and refreshing breakfast that warms you up from the inside.  I really enjoyed this smoothie – even more so for the fact it’s only 178 calories.   I may have been slipping slightly into Christmas mode already… 

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Gluten free chocolate coconut cookies - made with oat flour, which adds a malty flavour that you'll love even if you're not gluten intolerant.

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Simple cookies for the weekend. A weekend that I have no plans for.  Bliss! I say I have no plans, but I’ll no doubt be tidying, doing the washing, gardening, thinking up and cooking some kind of Halloween treat for the blog, hoovering the car, and of course publishing my next hot smoothie recipe tomorrow. … 

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Chilli con carne - a classic dish with extra veg to warm you from the inside.

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It’s a classic. Only this one is better This belly warming dish of meaty, spicy joy is a regular on our dinner table.  You can pretty much guarantee there are at least a couple of portions in our freezer at any one time and that we’re never more than 7 days away from our next bowl…. 

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Blueberry Crumble Slice. The biscuit base is actually just a compressed version of the crumble topping - super easy!

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