27th November Friday Favourites!

Hello everyone, I do hope you are all having a good week and are looking forward to a good weekend! The weather is getting cold now and I do think the best meals are the kind that warm you through, soups, casseroles etc. So here are my favourites of this week for you.

Favourite budget meal this week

Sausage Casserole

I made a sausage casserole in the slow cooker which was lovely, I created the recipe myself but wrote down what I used which is lucky as it was lovely!

6 Sausages (I used Linda McCartney Rosemary and red onion but think Quorn low fat sausages would have been nicer but I had none!)
3 peppers deseeded and cut into bite size chunks
2 cartons of passata
1 can baked beans
500g mushrooms quartered
2 large red onions
4 tsp Ground Cumin
2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Garlic salt

I put it on low for 4 hours, sausages went in frozen and all other ingredients raw. There was a lot of the casserole around the sausages and served 3/4 though maybe add a couple more sausages if serving 4 though I would say plenty of the other ingredients to serve 4. It kept well in the fridge for a few days and microwaved easily to reheat. I didn’t serve it with anything though if you wanted meal to go further could serve with potatoes/rice or anything you fancy!

Favourite Recipe this week 
Nacho Style Feast

This is a recipe created by Primula for Slimming World and can be syn free (by current syn values though as always these can change) depending on exact fajita seasoning used, the recipe below includes a currently syn free Fajita seasoning and relies on the primula being used as the healthy extra A if following the Slimming World plan otherwise add 6 syns.

2 Baking Potatoes cut into wedges
Low calorie cooking spray (I use frylight)
250g 5% or less fat minced beef or Quorn mince
1 Onion sliced
1 Red pepper deseeded and chopped into small chunks
230g Can chopped tomatoes
1 tsp Ground cumin
2 tsp Fajita seasoning (I use the Schwartz Perfect Shake fajita)
1 tsp Paprika
2 Tomatoes roughly chopped
150g Primula Light cheese
Fresh green Jalapeno chillies, finely chopped (optional – I don’t use them!)

Cook wedges either in the oven, in an air-fryer or however you normally cook Slimming World Chips! Oven takes approximately 50 minutes turning half way through, I use my Actifry which takes approximately 30 minutes

Spray a large frying pan with the low calorie cooking spray and stir fry mince for 10 minutes, add the onion and cook for a further 5-6 minutes. When onion is softened add the pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes then stir in the canned tomatoes.

Sprinkle in the cumin, fajita seasoning and paprika and cook for 10-15 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated, stir in the fresh tomatoes and remove from the heat.

Put the wedges into an ovenproof dish, top with the mince mixture and squeeze over the Primula light and if using sprinkle with the chillies. Put under a preheated grill for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown.

Serves 2 and if using Primula as healthy Extra A and the Schwartz seasoning is syn free (these can change so please be aware to check syn values)

It is a really lovely and warming meal! We have had it with pasta instead of wedges before too which is lovely. The original recipe used just minced beef however I have made it with Quorn and its lovely and worked just as well with the recipe.

Favourite vegetable of the week

I love peppers and am pretty sure that I eat peppers pretty much every day! I am not so keen on the green ones so always impressed when the shops have three packs without greens in (I have noticed lately around near me Tesco and Asda both do! I love them for snacks to eat on their own or dipped in houmous etc. Peppers are great in salads too and I really think you can never have too much pepper in a salad! I love how versatile peppers are and that they actually work in so many meals, colourful too which I think is a bonus when encouraging children to add vegetables to their food!

Favourite fruit of the week
I am loving pears this week and they are quite reasonably priced as they are in season, definitely a favourite I had forgotten I loved!
Favourite child friendly/family meal of the week
Pasta Carbonara
Admittedly I don’t eat this as I am vegetarian but I wanted to share this with you as Ben and Stuart both enjoy it and I often make a vegetarian version by using more mushrooms instead of bacon! I don’t have a recipe for this as you really don’t need it, basically cook pasta in one pan, then fry onion, mushrooms and bacon (I get Ben to cut this up with scissors into whatever size/shape he choses!) in another pan with a bit of lazy garlic or garlic frylight. The amounts of these ingredients can vary according to taste an be easily adapted to however many you are cooking for! When both pans are cooked, strain the pasta and mix with the bacon, onion and mushrooms then remove from the heat. Stir in a dollop of quark whilst hot but not on the heat and serve immediately. It is important to have the pan off the heat when mixing in the quark because if you heat the quark it can split and isn’t nice at all then! If you don’t want to use it all straight away it keeps in the fridge however is better kept before the quark is added or the process of reheating the meal makes the quark split.

Ben with his Carbonara which he had with sprouts and carrots for extra vegetables!

Favourite herb/spice of the week

I love paprika, a little bit of paprika adds a little something to so many dishes, definitely a must in the spice rack for me! Try it sprinkled on chips before cooking its lovely!

Favourite bargain buy of the week
This week my favourite bargain buy had been the mini snacking peppers that are currently on offer for 69p a bag at Tesco, they are yummy and you could stuff them too! Also loving that Babybels are £1 for 6 in Tesco which is good if you use them as your healthy extra on Slimming World like I do! Reductions I have bagged is some snack packs of grapes for 25p a pack in Asda with that days best before date but lasted a day or two afterwards easily, you can usually tell cant you! In a local Co-operative I found a bag of jacket potatoes for 25p too which looked fine and will easily last a good few days past their best before too!

Also this week I have bought some bargain bras, a reduced t-shirt I liked and my Christmas jumper, all of which were on offer and if I was bigger still I would have been paying more as there is less choice at size 28/30 than there is at size 8 and rarely in sales in a variety of high street shops! 

Another bargain of the week, well not a bargain as such but a money saving tip, is if you shop at Asda to check your receipts with the Asda price guarantee and print out any vouchers you get, it saves a little on the following weeks shopping! Worth doing if you do not do it already, I had a purse full of receipts from the last two weeks as I haven’t done it for a while and managed £8.05 in vouchers!
If you enjoy reading my blog please do feel free to click through the different tabs to find weight loss tips, reviews, light reading, giveaways, recipes and lots more! if you would like to sign up to receive my weekly newsletter containing all that weeks posts direct to your inbox so you never miss a giveaway or post that might interest you just pop your email address in the box below and don’t forget to also click to the confirmation email you will receive.


  1. November 29, 2015 / 11:53 am

    What a great blog jen. Thank you for all the great tips. Defo gonna try the nacho recipe and might do it with pasta. Bens dish sounds great too. Such an insperation hun xxx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.