slow cooker paella

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Slow Cooker Paella

Yes, you read that right – paella, in a slow cooker! Perfect for those who save all their fast day calories for one meal, this recipe comes in at 467 calories.

Shopping list:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ lb (skinless, boneless) chicken thighs
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cups short-grain rice
  • 1-14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 oz cured chorizo
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • pinch of saffron
  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • lemon wedges

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Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini (Courgette) Boats

We love the idea of swapping tortilla wraps the a healthier and more filling courgette boats in this innovative recipe. Not only that, but you can have four – yes FOUR – of these for under 500 calories.

Shopping list:

  • olive oil spray
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 or 2 tbsp chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2/3 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 4 (about 32oz total) medium zucchini
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 8 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 3 tbsp water or fat free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar
  • chopped scallions and cilantro for garnish

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Black Bean Chili With Paprika Yogurt And Zucchini Ribbon

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Black Bean Chili With Paprika Yogurt And Zucchini Ribbons

This chili comes in at just under 360 calories including the sides – by cunningly swapping a side of rice for these colourful courgette ribbons.

Shopping list:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • small handful parsley stems
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 scallions (both the white and green parts)
  • 1 large zucchini

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Lentil Pasta With Arugula Pesto

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Lentil Pasta With Arugula Pesto

You might think the twist in this recipe is the pesto made with arugula, but read the shopping list and you’ll see the dish doesn’t include lentils – the pasta is made from them! Sure to be a filling meal, but just 397 calories.

Shopping list:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups arugula
  • juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan
  • salt & pepper
  • 12oz lentil pasta
  • shredded parmesan
  • red pepper flakes

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sweet potato shepherds pie

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Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherds Pie

A lovely variation on a traditional dish, this pie is made using sweet potato and turkey mince instead of potato and lamb,  bringing the calories down to an amazing 250 per portion.

Shopping list:

  • 1-1/2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 parsnip
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 10 oz frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 tbsp flour (leave out to make gluten-free)
  • 1 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika

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