Avocado on toast for under £1 per portion!


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When I was a lad, a smart fitting suit and a dollop of decent aftershave was enough to impress the ladies. But times have changed. So boys, if you want to woo the woman of your dreams, get yourself down to the supermarket, pick up some avocados and rustle up this Avocado on Toast recipe from the Hairy Dieters’ ‘Go Veggie’ book.

Joking aside, it’s become really fashionable to eat avocado for both men and women and celebrity chefs, such as Jamie Oliver, have produced endless recipes for this increasingly popular fruit (avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable, by the way). The Hairy Dieters’ take on avocado on toast is really tasty with the cherry tomatoes mixed with lemon zest and vinegar (I used balsamic) topped with a dash of hot sauce and sprinklings of paprika. Yum.

This is a perfect breakfast or brunch dish which is very quick to make. Get yourself some good quality bread, sourdough is perfect, and tuck in. This is a real treat to eat for yourself, or better still, make it for someone you love.
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Poached egg, smoked salmon and spinach – the breakfast of kings!


Smoked salmon and spinach

Poached egg, smoked salmon and spinach from the Hairy Dieters is truly the breakfast of kings! Whether you’re on a diet or not, this recipe is a proper treat and is super healthy at just over 200 calories.

Be generous with the nutmeg and black pepper, don’t overcook the spinach (it only needs about a minute in the pan) or your egg as the runny yolk into the salmon and spinach is pure heaven in your mouth.

Good quality smoked salmon can be expensive, but Sainsbury’s are currently selling 100g of Harbour Smokehouse Salmon for only £2 per pack. Fill your boots and make Posh Prawn Cocktail while you’re at it! Continue reading “Poached egg, smoked salmon and spinach – the breakfast of kings!”

Menemen – Turkish eggs delight for 61p per portion!


Turkish eggs

The biggest compliment I can pay to ‘Menemen’ is that it has become my ‘go to’ breakfast, replacing bacon, sausage and eggs, for an incredible 61p per portion. This tasty Turkish recipe from the Hairy Dieters’ fourth book is very easy to make – it’s just a case of lobbing everything into one pan and doing a bit of stirring. The flavours are brilliant, and if you like a bit of a kick to your mornings you can be generous with the chilli powder!

Leave out the feta if you’re seeking a vegetarian version (or can’t be arsed buying cheese), or if you’re being strict on your calorie count and shopping budget. To save time,  prep the onions and peppers the night before and place them in an air-tight container and get all of your ingredients out ready before you start.

If you’re wondering what to do with the 200g of chopped tomatoes leftover why not try  making Chorizo with Butter Beans for a healthy, low-cal lunch? Continue reading “Menemen – Turkish eggs delight for 61p per portion!”

Biker Breakfast Muffins – a lighter spin on a McDonalds favourite


Biker breakfast muffins

My 12 year-old son loves Biker Breakfast Muffins and regularly requests them on lazy Sundays, where I tend to make them for a ‘brunch’ treat as the calorie count is on the high side if you’re watching your weight. Think sausage and egg muffins from McDonalds, but not quite as good although healthier and cheaper.

The Hairy Dieters suggest making a lighter version using lean chicken or turkey mince and some smoked back bacon. It will knock around 60 calories off and you’ll find the recipe in their Fast Food book. For the cost and additional faff, I haven’t got around to trying them as the sausage-based version goes down a storm in my house. Continue reading “Biker Breakfast Muffins – a lighter spin on a McDonalds favourite”

Creamed spinach with eggs – a brunch bonanza!


20180402_125726_resizedCreamed Spinach with Eggs features in The Hairy Dieters’ ‘Go Veggie’ book and tastes and feels like you’re eating a luxurious brunch, at a cost of only around 78p per portion! (excluding the costs of spices that you’ll need to have in your store cupboard).

If you like curry flavours give this a go – the tumeric, cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon come together beautifully with the onion, spinach and single cream. The eggs, topped with the grated cheese, complement this dish perfectly, especially when you stick it under the grill to finish off. Simply gorgeous!

The Hairy Dieters suggest accompanying this with some rosti, you’ll find the recipe elsewhere in their book. Rosti is a Swiss dish consisting mainly of potatoes and root vegetables. A standard serving (based on 4 people) will add another 239 calories onto this meal. And while I haven’t tried making rosti, I’m not sure whether this dish needs it. See what you think. Continue reading “Creamed spinach with eggs – a brunch bonanza!”