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Dairy free carbonara

I’m sure most people are like me and get bored of cooking the same dishes over and over again. So I took a look through our numerous cooking books (so numerous that the kitchen shelf tends to bend a bit in the middle – I’m trying to ignore this!). I always see carbonara and I love creamy pasta dishes, but I can’t eat cheese and my husband can’t eat any dairy (poor thing), so I thought it was a bit of a no no. Then I thought I might as well give it a try using soya cream and no cheese.

I had roast chicken left over from the Sunday roast (all the lovely juicy leg and wing parts) and a pack of bacon medallions (no fatty bits on them). I cut the bacon into strips and fried it until it was cooked, then added the chicken to the pan to heat that up too.

I also had a courgette that had seen better days so chopped off the bad part and then finely diced that up with an onion and 3 garlic cloves, and fried them in olive oil.

Then mixed all the meat and vegetables into the same pan and tipped 1.5 cartons of soya cream onto them and mixed together.

I added some dried savoury herbs and dried sage to the sauce, and some black pepper (didn’t need salt thanks to the bacon).

Left it to simmer while I cooked tagliatelle and garlic bread (a must!!).

I am very bad and never taste my food while I’m cooking it – I wait until it’s on the plate when it’s rather too late if anything tastes wrong! But this time I was very lucky and it tasted amazing 🙂 My 2 year old loved the bacon, chicken and garlic bread! My husband was on a course in London so was a bit late home so his portion had had time to truly infuse the flavours and he thought it was really delicious.

So there’s a new dish for me to relieve the boredom I’d fallen into 🙂

Tonight I cooked pork loins in a nice marinade, so I’ll have to write a post about them too soon.

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Weight Watchers Chicken Noodle Soup – with added zing

Sorry for my absence lately, I’m not even sure what I’ve been doing to be honest.  Just a busy bee – and doing fair bit of cooking of course!

I thought I’d share a healthy yet very tasty fail-safe meal.  My daughter hasn’t been keen on noodles up until now, but she seems to like them all of a sudden which is great news for this recipe

Here is the recipe:

http://www.weightwatchers.co.uk/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=71741

I add 1 red chilli, a thumb sized piece of ginger and 2 chopped garlic cloves for extra ‘zing’ and it really makes it taste very fresh.  My husband loves this dish and I’m always in the good books when I’ve made this for him 🙂

Here it is cooking away:

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I hope you try it out and enjoy it!!

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