Spanish Style Chicken Bake
I was so excited when I bought Book 1 of the Hairy Bikers Hairy Dieter series. I’ve loved the Hairy Bikers for years and always wanted to try their recipes but never got around to it. You can imagine how quick I ran to the kitchen when the book came in the post.
This book did not disappoint. Nearly every recipe looked amazing and and used every day ingredients. It seems a lot of celebrity chefs use ingredients you either need to take a loan out with Waitrose to buy or have to book a day off work to cook. It really puts me off to be honest. All I want to do is cook healthy, simple and delicious meals for my family. I don’t need to brag that my truffles were found by God’s very own pet pig on golden roller skates.
Chicken and Mushroom Risotto
The first recipe I made was the Spanish Style Chicken Bake. At the time, I couldn’t taste it because of a wicked bad infection. However, when I had the left overs a few days later it tasted lovely. The hubs loved it as well. It was time consuming but sometimes on the weekends it’s nice to spend a little extra time cooking for everyone.
One thing I did notice though is quite a few recipes do not use spices aside from salt and black pepper. Take the minestrone soup for instance. It uses the flavourfrom the chicken stock and veggies. From memory, when I’ve had minestrone soup before it had strong flavour from oregano or Italian seasonings. Now don’t get me wrong, this soup did taste fabulous, but it didn’t taste like traditional minestrone soup. Why do some recipes feel like to be healthy and low
calorie that it has to lack flavour? Spices are free in my eyes, season away people! I can’t wait to make some more of the recipes from the book, spices or no spices. Quite a few of them will freeze which means you can batch cook the Bikers healthy meals to enjoy throughout the week.
To be fair, this isn’t a long review because I can’t fault the book. The recipes are easy to cook, use basic ingredients and taste great. I didn’t struggle finding something to cook because every recipe looked and sounded really good! Granted, there was one or two recipes I probably wouldn’t make, but you can’t write a cook book to please everyone’s palettes. This is perfect for work lunches or busy weeks!If you haven’t grabbed a copy of the Hairy Bikers Hairy Dieters Book 1, go get it! After I work my way through more of the recipes, I will definitely get book 2! If there is a book you would like me to review in the future, let me know in the comments below!
Such a simple recipe! Dave and Si know how to win me over.
What is the cure for being ill? Chocolate! No okay, soup! I couldn’t have planned this meal any better. I was off sick from work today with this chest infection and conjunctivitis. My chest is sore and it’s still a bit hard to breathe and my vision is still wonky. Nothing is as comforting as a hot bowl of homemade soup to clear the tubes and warm the belly.
I was grateful how easy this soup was to make. When you’re poorly the last thing you want to do is spend loads of time in the kitchen cooking. The Hairy Bikers got this down to a tee, the meal took me roughly under 45 minutes to cook. Again, I apologise I didn’t keep an eye on the clock as Naomi had just got home from nursery so I was bouncing between cooking and getting her ready for bed. This is also meant to be a one pan meal which saves on washing up. Though, my silly self forgot I had a nice big soup pot and so I used a frying pan and a large saucepan. Ah well, I know for next time. The last great thing about this soup? 98 caolories per serving (115 if you have cheese on the top)! Can’t go wrong with that can you? That means you can have a nice crusty cob along with it if you wanted and not feel bad about the calories. Get in.
Tonight’s dinner was the Hairy Bikers Chicken and Mushroom Risotto. It’s been literally years since I’ve had risotto. It’s one meal I really enjoy eating but it is such a pain to make. Not to mention it isn’t typically waistline friendly
Nothing looks more appetising to me than browned fried mushrooms. I would happily sit down and just eat this for dinner!
either! So you can imagine I got excited when I saw this in the Hairy Bikers Hairy Dieters Book 1. I was also shocked to see it was only 317 calories per serving. I apologise in advance, because I’m still feeling rotten and cooking started quite late this evening, I didn’t remember to track the times on how long it took to cook. I can say though, it did take ages as risotto does.
During the week, I don’t start cooking dinner until Ian calls to say he is on his way home. Some nights this means we don’t eat until after 9pm if he leaves work late. I know some of you may be saying to eat without him, but I can’t. Something wired in me wont let me eat my dinner without him, big old sop over here. 7:30 rolled around and he still hadn’t called to say he was on his way home, so I decided I would do as much prep as I could. I was thankful for this later on and I would suggest to anyone making this recipe to prep ahead if you can!
Last week I did a review of Joe Wicks Lean In 15 followed by me trialing 3 different recipes. This week, I will be doing my review of the Hairy Bikers: Hairy Dieters Book 1. I could not wait to dig my little claws into this book as I absolutely ADORE the Hairy Bikers. I drove my husband mad when I was pregnant as they were pretty much all I would watch. I think this contributed to my daughters mad giggles when she sees them on TV, sorry not sorry.
The first recipe I chose to make was the Spanish Style Chicken Bake. This made my belly rumble when I read the recipe because not only does it include my favourite meat but also chorizo. I haven’t cooked with chorizo since I moved to the UK nearly 6 years ago, partly out of fear that it wouldn’t taste the same as it did back in America. After making this, I don’t care if it doesn’t taste the same. Welcome back to my palette, chorizo! Aside from that, for only 370 calories per serving including potatoes you genuinely cannot go wrong.