Baked eggs with chorizo filling – brunch treat for 73p per serving!


Baked eggs with chorizo

How do you like your eggs? Poached, scrambled or fried? Have you ever tried them baked? If not, you should try baked eggs with chorizo filling from the Hairy Dieters for a tasty brunch treat for under a quid per serving! You only need a small amount of chorizo and basil to generate some really delicious flavours, topped with the egg and a sprinkling of cheese.

The only problem I have with this recipe is that one serving is not enough, so invariably I end up skipping breakfast and indulging in two of these pots of delight for just shy of 400 calories. Hey, who’s counting? ;-).

You’ll find this recipe in the Hairy Dieters third health eating cookbook – Good Eating, where they also provide an additional baked eggs recipe featuring spinach and mushrooms. Check it out, but do take care when lifting the ramekins out of the oven as they will be very hot! Continue reading “Baked eggs with chorizo filling – brunch treat for 73p per serving!”

Creamy chicken and tarragon pots with rosemary potato wedges


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Mmmmmmmmm. There’s not much more to say about Creamy chicken and tarragon pots with rosemary potato wedges – it’s just soooooo good! The dish appears in the Hairy Dieters’ Good Eating book and the recipe was sent in by one of their readers, Amy Huyler, who is the brains behind this sumptuous meal. Take a bow, Amy!

In Amy’s own words, “a tasty, tempting pot of creamy deliciousness with all the yum factor of a Great British chicken pie, but none of the calories of puff pastry or double cream”. I couldn’t put it any better myself so I’m not going to try, except for saying give the rosemary potato wedges a go as they also taste fantastic accompanied with some tenderstem broccoli, perhaps.

Fans of the Hairy Dieters might recall that this recipe is similar to chicken and ham tangle pie which appears in their inaugural diet book (How to Love Food and Lose Weight), but crucially (I don’t know why I said ‘crucially’) takes a little longer to make and is slightly higher in calories due to the addition of the filo pastry topping. But that’s another cracking dish which I’ll try and feature on this blog at some point in the future. Continue reading “Creamy chicken and tarragon pots with rosemary potato wedges”

Pan Haggerty Lite – one-pan wonder for 87p per portion!


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Pan Haggerty Lite from the Hairy Dieters is a low-cal take on a classic ‘Geordie’ comfort food dish – that’s the North East of England to my overseas followers. Using only a half-dozen or so ingredients which you probably will have knocking around your fridge, this cracking one-pan treat is perfect for cold autumn and winter nights.

You might think how can a meal comprising just bacon, onions, carrots, potatoes and cheese taste so good? Well, be prepared to be surprised and I guarantee this will become a firm favourite in your household, or your money back (ok, maybe I’m kidding about issuing refunds). The added bonus is that Pan Haggerty is so cheap to make!

There’s a reasonable amount of prep and cooking time involved to make this a quick weeknight meal, so I recommend prepping in advance so you can fire everything into a pan. The Hairy Dieters suggest serving this with some freshly cooked green vegetables – some broccoli or green beans would suffice. I think that’s a sensible suggestion, otherwise it will be hard for you to resist demolishing the entire contents of the pan!! Continue reading “Pan Haggerty Lite – one-pan wonder for 87p per portion!”

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”

Tagliatelle Carbonara – Italian classic for under 300 cals!


Tagliatelle carbonara

Without boring you with the details, I’m currently living with my Mum and don’t have the patience or inclination to devote time to prepping fresh food. Thank goodness then for the Hairy Dieters’ Tagliatelle Carbonara, a filling, tasty and calorie friendly twist on an Italian classic dish when can be prepped and on the table inside 20 minutes. My Mum loves it too -bonus!

75g of pasta might not seem like much between two people, but trust me, the mushrooms, courgettes and tomatoes really help to bulk the meal out and the addition of the crème fraiche gives the meal that authentic, creamy taste for less than 300 calories per portion!

Incidentally, the Hairy Dieters have some excellent pasta dishes like this one tucked away towards the back of their second book. Check them out, and I’ll try to feature some of them on my blog in due course. Continue reading “Tagliatelle Carbonara – Italian classic for under 300 cals!”

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!”