Crunchy Topped Fish Pie – 343 calories

IMG_0038 4Traditionally a fish pie is topped with mashed potato, but this easy topping is a mixture of mature cheddar, Parmesan and Panko breadcrumbs. Lowers the calories, less preparation and adds a lovely “crunch”!

Shown served with mashed carrot and swede and savoy cabbage. Total 450 calories.

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 40 mins

Serves: 4

Calories per serving: 343.1


Leeks, trimmed-200g

Flour, Plain-50g


Milk, Skimmed-500ml

Haddock, Loin Fillets-250g

Cod, Loins-145g

Frozen peas-120g

Breadcrumbs, Panko-30g

Cheese, Cheddar, Mature-50g

Cheese, Parmesan-2 Tbsps/20g


(1) Wash, trim and finely slice the leeks. Grate the two cheese (together in a medium bowl)

(2) Heat a large oven and flame-proof casserole on a medium heat on the hob and melt the butter. Add the sliced leeks, and fry over a low heat with the lid on until soft (but not browned).

(3) Place the fish fillets together in a large lidded microwave dish. Add 200ml of the milk, and cook on full power in a microwave for 4-5 minutes until fish is cooked. Once cooked, being careful not to burn your fingers, remove the fish fillets from the milk into a plate (reserving the milk for later). Remove any skin or bones from the fillets. Break carefully, using a fork, into large flakes.

(4) Sprinkle the flour over the frying leeks and stir until butter has been absorbed by the flour. Lower the heat (very low).

(5) Add 300ml of cold milk, a little at a time, stirring the mixture well to avoid lumps.

(6) Add the milk from the poached fish a little at a time, keeping the heat low and avoiding lumps.

(7) Once all the milk is added, keep stirring the mixture until it thickens to the consistency of thick custard.

(8) Add the peas and stir through.

(9) Add the fish and combine, being careful not to break up the flakes.

(10) Grate the two cheese into a medium bowl and add the panko breadcrumbs. Combine. Sprinkle over the fish mixture, ensuring everything is covered.

(11) Place in the hot oven, and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

(12) Serve with green vegetables – savoy cabbage is perfect!

Nutrition Data Per Serving

Calories (kcal) 343.1

Protein (g) 32.4

Sugars (g) 8.6

Fat (g) 12.6

Fruit & Veg 1.1

Carbohydrate (g) 24.6

Fibre (g) 2.8

Pork Steak Roasted with Tomato, Chorizo and Spicy Beans – 381 calories

IMG_0001This was an adapted recipe and absolutely delicious. Quite easy too and healthy – plenty of protein.

Pork Steak Roasted with Tomato, Chorizo and Spicy Beans

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 1 hr

Serves :4

Calories per serving: 381


Pork Loin Steak – 4 x 100g/400g

Sausage, Chorizo – 43g

Oil, Olive – ½ Tbsp/7.5ml

Carrots, Raw – 80g

Onions, Brown – 100g

Garlic, Raw – 2 Cloves/6g

Celery – 1 stick – 50g

Paprika – 1 Tsp/2g

Lemon, Fresh (zest and juice) -1 Lemon/115g

Peppers, Chilli, Red – 1 Pepper/13g

Bay Leaves, Dried – 2 or 1 Tsp/0.6g

Rosemary, Dried -1 Tsp/0.7g

Tomatoes, Chopped, Canned – 2 Cans/800g

Beans, Cannellini, Drained – 2 cans/480g

Parsley, Dried -0.4g

Oil, Olive, Extra Virgin -10ml


Preparation: Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Wash and finely dice the celery stick.

Finely chop the chilli pepper. Cut the chorizo into slices and remove skin (if present). Zest the lemon and juice.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180C (350F).

In a small bowl combine the paprika, lemon zest, half the lemon juice, a little salt and the virgin olive oil. Brush this mixture all over the pork and allow to sit for a couple of minutes (or overnight) while you prepare the tomato mixture.

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the celery, onion and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Then add the chilli, bay leaf, rosemary leaves, tomatoes, water and beans.

Season with a little salt and black pepper. Stir well. Bring up to gentle simmer. Cook (covered) for around an hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes.

Remove the lemon zest from the pork steaks. Grill the pork loin steaks under a medium grill for 5-7 minutes each side.

Stir the remainder of the lemon juice and parsley through the bean and tomato mixture. Discard the bay leaf. Taste and season with a little more salt and pepper if necessary.

Serve up the grilled steaks alongside the tomatoey bean mixture.

Nutrition Data Per Serving

Calories (kcal) 381.5

Carbohydrate (g) 22.6

Fat (g) 16.2

Fibre (g) 9.5

Fruit & Veg 5.0

Protein (g) 33.5

Brunch; sausages, tomatoes and mushrooms: 367 calories

IMG-2313I LOVE sausages, but they can be extremely calorific and not particularly healthy.  One only has to look at the “traffic light” information given on the packaging to understand that these need to be eaten occasionally!

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However, going for a “meatier” good quality sausage can be worth it, even if it’s higher in calories.

The way I get around this is to making my sausage go further! For example, these good quality Cumberland supermarket sausage were 271 calories per 2 (grilled) sausages.

I’m only on an allowance of 1100 calories, so I have to be creative.

I only have 2 meals a day – lunch and dinner. At the weekends we will often have “brunch” and dinner.

Today is a brunch day. By slicing the sausages lengthwise, we have just 1.5 sausages each – reserving the other for another meal. 246 calories for 1.5.

Half a tin of plum tomatoes : 42 calories

Half a pack of chestnut mushrooms (16 cals) fried in 3g of butter and 1tsp of olive oil (65 cals). In my experience, adding a small amount of good quality oil/butter or both is worth the calories as it really adds to the flavour and to the appearance. They can also contribute to helping me feel fuller for longer.

Whole meal was therefore 367 calories.

I did use 2 mini pitta breads lightly toasted (44 cals each) to mop up all the lovely juice from the tomatoes!

That, alongside my regular cups of tea will keep me sustained until this evening now….

Making healthy swaps – turkey chilli with 50/50 rice and stir fried cabbage/leek – 448 calories

IMG_2310The chilli was bulked out with finely diced carrot and celery. Turkey mince is very low in calories (this was 7& fat so still plenty of flavour). The chilli was 196 calories.

Stir fried cabbage and leek = 74 cals replaced some of the rice. It also enables you to get more of your vegetable portions in.

Just 40g of brown rice = 140 cals.

20g soured cream = 38 cals (no low fat or reduced fat – the real thing!).

Turkey chilli, serves 4 196 calories

Turkey, Mince -250g

Onions, Raw -100g

Celery, 1 stick -85g

Garlic, Raw, Average-2 Cloves/6g

Chilli Powder, Average-¾ Tsp/3g

Paprika, Average-1 Tsp/2g

Mixed Herbs, Average-1 Tsp/5g

Oil, Olive, Average-6ml

Double Concentrated Tomato Puree -35g

Carrots, Raw-110g

Beans, Kidney, Red, Canned, in Water, Drained -1 Can/240g

Peppers, Chilli, Crushed -¼ Tsp/0.125g

Tomatoes, Chopped, Canned -400g

Water, Mineral Or Tap-40ml


Preparation: Peel and finely dice the onion. Peel and finely dice the garlic clove. Finely dice the celery. Peel and finely dice the carrot.

Put the olive oil into a pan and warm over a moderate heat.

Add the onions, carrot and celery, and let them cook until soft and pale gold. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add the chilli flakes.

Add the minced turkey to the pan, and let it brown lightly, stirring occasionally.

Add herbs, the tinned tomatoes, water and tomato puree. Bring back to a simmer and leave to cooked, covered, for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Add the drained beans after the first 30 minutes. Add a little water it it is drying out too much.

Let the mixture simmer for a good 5-7 minutes until thoroughly hot.

Serves 3 – 4 depending on how hungry you are!


Nutrition Data Per Serving

Calories (kcal) 196.1

Carbohydrate (g) 15.2

Fat (g) 7.1

Fibre (g) 6.1

Fruit & Veg 2.4

Protein (g) 16.3

Tuna steak, bubble and squeak! 459 calories


Had this delicious dinner tonight.

A chunky Yellow Fin Tuna Steak (Aldi, frozen) at just over 100 calories (107 cals), bubble and squeak made with left over mash, stir fried cabbage and leek fried in a little olive oil (286 cals) and 75g green beans (18 cals).

The marinade was a simple soy sauce, lemon juice and honey mix (48 cals).

Cheap, easy to cook and very delicious and healthy!