Asparagus & Pea Soup

Friday, July 30, 2010

Some soup on the menu today! Asparagus and peas, simmered in vegetable stock and thickened with potatoes. This soup is perfect as a lunch time pick-me-up or would work well as starter. 

Like the other soups I've posted, this is great served with a slice or two of Weight Watchers whole meal bread and a little low fat butter, or 2 slices of wheaten bread such as Mc Cambridges. A couple of Ryvita crisp bread also go very well as an alternative.

Apple & Peach Bake

Monday, July 19, 2010

A bit of baking on the blog today! Apple & Peach bake is a great summer dessert. The fruit is placed in the base of a dish and covered with a light batter that bakes into a tasty sponge. You could easily increases or substitute the fruit content with apricots, pears, mixed berries or even dried raisins which would all work well.

Perfect hot or cold, it's even better served with a little sweetened crème fraiche or low fat ice cream on the side.

Apple & Banana Smoothie

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Smoothies are a great way to boost your fruit intake and make an ideal breakfast on the go. You could even pop it into a thermos and have as a mid morning snack. Alternatively, it's ideal as a refreshing outdoor dessert that's perfect for picnics or barbecues.  

You can easily increase the fruit content by adding some mixed berries or soft fruit such as peaches or pears. 

Taco Shells

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Following on from yesterday's Tortilla Crisps post, up today are taco shells. The shells follow exactly the same recipe, but are shaped over a wire rack and baked in the oven to keep their shape. 

While obviously perfect for making tacos, taco shells are a great alternative to bread and work well instead of bread or wraps for a filling lunch. 

Tortilla Crisps

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tortilla crisps are the perfect snack for watching tv, but they can be quite oily and loaded with salt. This baked version contains a fraction of the calories and can be flavoured just as you like. They are perfect served with Pineapple Salsa or Tomato Pesto or with tomato salsa and jalapeños to make nachos.

The basic batter is lightly fried into small pancakes then sliced into triangles and baked in the oven. 

Wholemeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Friday, July 2, 2010

Today, my fellow Irish Foodie Bloggers are having a Cookie Party via Twitter, which is of course: a TwookieParty! Organised by Kristin at Dinner du Jour, lots of Irish foodies are currently weighing and baking as we speak! Make sure to follow all the fun by searching on the '#Twookieparty' hashtag on Twitter.

My own contribution to the party are these Wholemeal Peanut Butter Cookies, they are low in fat of course but have a nice consistency that's a mix of cookie and scone and taste great.

The cookies are best kept in an air-tight container or biscuit tin and will keep for several days.