…with Couscous and Griddled Vegetables
It’s that time of year again, as in a NEW year, and after a week or two of festive feasting, for most of us, our thoughts turn to low-calorie and healthy meal plans. I actually lost weight during December, mainly due to sad family circumstances, but, I still need to lose weight after a year filled with exciting press trips and the inevitable fine food, wine and dining I participated in, willingly I might add! I need to lose about 7 kilos, that’s about 1 stone in old money, and then I’ll see how I feel and look……so, it’s back onto the wagon again, with Weight Watchers and the 5:2 diet. I like to do both diets together, so I start of with a couple of weeks of just 5:2, and my two fast days, and then switch to Weight Watchers with the odd fast day here and there – it’s what works for me – and here with my first healthy recipe for 2017 is a very tasty dish, 5:2 Diet & WW Chicken Merguez Meatballs.
Today’s recipe for Chicken Merguez Meatballs is my very slightly adapted recipe, as seen in a Weight Watchers magazine last summer; it’s a FABULOUS meal that I have made many times, and therefore needs to be shared with you all here. Served with oodles of griddled veggies, couscous and a spiced mint yogurt dip with fresh lemon wedges, it’s a symphony of aromatic, warm spicy flavours and is a very “how low can you go” Weight Watchers 6 smart points and 293 calories per generous serving…..it’s the kind of healthy meal that can be cooked and served for the whole family, which means it’s a winner in my book. And, you can prepare the meatballs and veggies beforehand, and then just chuck the meatballs in the oven and griddle the vegetables later on in the evening, simples!
For those of you who prefer turkey, then minced turkey would also work, as would Quorn mince maybe too, for veggies; the vegetables can also be adapted to suit the seasons, and during the summer months, the meatballs and vegetables can be cooked on a BBQ, for an extra smoky taste sensation. The meatballs are VERY soft on making them, but they firm up in the freezer and bake beautifully, cutting out all of that extra fat, and calories. It’s a great “All Year” kind of dish and is also fabulous when served with hot pitta breads, on a non-fast or diet day. As is IS that time of year for healthier eating, I have added a list of my favourite diet recipes below, all of them extremely comforting and filling, and perfect for any frosty winter’s day. DO pop back soon when I have some TRAVEL TALES to share with you, from Provence in the South of France, the Czech Republic and also a wonderful Rhine River Cruise too…….have a great weekend, Karen