Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 23.09
Yay! We’re BACK with an all new Weekly Pinch of Shopping! Thank you for bearing with us while we took a short break to pay our respects for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. We’ve all earned a treat (or two!), so we’ve made sure our latest list comes jam-packed with exciting goodies to brighten up your Friday (and beyond!).
Why not kick off the new week by cooking up a Full English storm? We’ve picked up some Heinz Hash Browns that come loaded with an irresistible filling of beans. They’ll level up your Sunday morning in an instant!
Oh my! Did someone say Biscoff? We couldn’t quite believe our eyes when we spotted Lotus Biscoff Ice Cream Sticks. They’re an oh-so-indulgent creamy bite of frozen, caramelised biscuit heaven. We’re not drooling, you are…
Speaking of doing your weekly shopping, we’re so excited that our brand new food planner is OUT NOW! The Pinch of Nom Family Meal Planner is our most family-friendly food planner yet – it’s ideal for planning your meals and organising what you need to buy (plus there are 26 exclusive new recipes inside!). You can order your copy here.
Don’t forget to let us know if you’ve tried any of the recipes from Pinch of Nom Comfort Food! We’d LOVE to know which dishes are your favourites! If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, you can order yours right here.
You can share your recipes and photos by posting over in our Facebook group, where you’ll also find our members having a good old chat about lots of these shopping items too. You can join the group by clicking here. Make sure to let us know if you spot any yummy looking, slimming-friendly new products on the supermarket shelves – we might just feature them in our next article!
Our Weekly Pinch of Shopping list aims to show you slimming-friendly products that you can find online or in one of your local supermarkets. We try to make it as easy as possible for you to pick up these items as part of your usual weekly shop, and we’ll always include the calorie information and the RRP for you.
Please remember that, although all prices are correct at the time of writing, supermarkets can change their prices often, so this should be used as a guide only.
Along with our favourite new finds from the supermarket shelves, each week we include details of the Aldi Super 6. Every fortnight Aldi discounts a selection of 6 fruits and veggies that you can pick up for a fraction of the price. There’s a fresh selection this week, so scroll down to find out what’s included, along with some ideas on how to make the most of the ingredients.
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**A note on our shopping list: we do not take payment, promotion or gifts for including any of the items mentioned in these articles. We bring them to you because we love them and hope you will too!**
Sainsbury’s Mexican Style Herb Kit
This handy little Mexican Style Herb Kit from Sainsbury’s is a time-saving hack. Whether you’re rustling up a curry or putting together a herby, Mexican-style dish, each pack comes carefully combined to add a boost of colour and flavour to your pot. With mildly-spiced chilli in the mix too, these luscious leaves are also perfect for salsa or guacamole (with a slight kick!).
If you’re on the lookout for Mexican Fakeaway inspiration, our recipe rundown is jam-packed with failsafe fiesta flavours like our Mexican Corn on the Cob.
Served to the side or as a Mexican-style main event, each crunchy cob comes topped with lime-infused yoghurt, chilli and crumbly feta. What more could you want?
Sainsbury’s Mexican Style Herb Kit is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.75.
ASDA Rhubarb & Ginger Juice Drink – 28 calories per 150ml
Looking for a sweet yet light refresher? This Rhubarb and Ginger Juice Drink from ASDA will perk up your taste buds for 28 calories per glass. A lovely late summer tipple, the citrusy combination of rhubarb and zingy ginger brightens up cloudier days.
Light and fruity sweet, our Pear and Ginger Crumble wraps up the day with warming satisfaction. Easy to prepare in batches with a simple list of store cupboard ingredients, we love that this fuss-free pud comes bursting with a juicy, ginger punch.
We’ve used oats instead of flour for our crumbly topping – it’s every bit as delicious for fewer calories!
ASDA Rhubarb & Ginger Juice Drink is available from Asda, priced at £1.35 per litre.
Itsu Noodle’Soup Chicken Gyoza & Greens – 331 calories per box
This Itsu Noodle’Soup Chicken Gyoza & Greens is a faff-free alternative when you’re fancying a cosy lunchtime warmer. Combining aromatic broth, rice noodles, fresh greens and Itsu’s signature chicken gyoza dumplings, each microwavable box leaves you full and satisfied for the day ahead. Easy peasy!
Usually prepared with fatty cuts of pork, our Turkey Bun Cha alternative keeps things much leaner with homemade turkey breast meatballs in an aromatic sauce.
Jam-packed with nutritious chopped veggies, spices and herbs, there’s so much deliciousness in every noodle-wrapped forkful. It’s slurping heaven!
Itsu Noodle’Soup Chicken Gyoza & Greens is available from Asda, priced at £3.75 per pot.
Brooklea Milk Chocolate & Caramel Light Choc Pots – 64 calories per pot
If there’s anything we love more than a chocolate treat, it’s a good bargain! Aldi’s given us both with these dreamy Brooklea Light Choc Pots. While we’ve gone for the chocolate and caramel 4-pack, you can get milk chocolate pots too (and they’re also 64 calories pot!). Picking a flavour just depends on how indulgent you’re feeling!
Speaking of light, chocolate-y goodness, loading up your tupperware with a batch of our Chocolate Brownies is never a bad idea. A simple, slimming-friendly bake to rustle up, each of our fluffy yet gooey-in-the-middle squares comes in at just 59 calories.
Curbing your sweet cravings has never been so fuss-free (and delicious!)…
Brooklea Milk Chocolate & Caramel Light Choc Pots are available from Aldi, priced at £1.09 for a pack of 4 pots.
White Rabbit Porcini Mushroom Risotto – 339 calories per serving
Bursting with plant-based cheesiness, this White Rabbit Porcini Mushroom Risotto cuts out all of the time-consuming prep that can come with cooking a risotto. Ready in under 20 minutes, simply boil and stir the risotto rice until fluffy. Each cheesy, mushroom-loaded bowlful tastes best with a drizzle of oil or a sprinkling of Parmesan (just be sure to use a plant-based Parmesan alternative, if you’re keeping the whole meal vegan-friendly!).
Homemade risottos don’t come much more indulgent and effortless than our Creamy Cheesy Garlic Mushroom Risotto. Comfort in a bowl, our recipe cuts out the fuss of constant stirring by fluffing up our rice in the oven instead. Winner!
This dish is from our Comfort Food cookbook, and you can grab a copy here. Comfort Food is chock-full with homely dishes that warm you right up, for far fewer calories than you’d expect!
White Rabbit Porcini Mushroom Risotto is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £3.00.
Iceland Crispy Rice Coated Chicken Breast Quarter Pounders – 276 calories per quarter pounder
We can’t say no to the satisfaction of biting into a crispy chicken burger, so we had to take home these Crispy Rice Coated Chicken Breast Quarter Pounders from Iceland. Coated in a crunchy rice flake batter, pile them high on a wholemeal bun with your favourite burger toppings (you could even rustle them up in an air fryer for extra crunchiness!).
Seriously crispy and seasoned with our version of the Colonel’s signature recipe, these KFC Zinger Burger Fakeaway are guaranteed to go down a storm. We’ve used crushed Doritos Chilli Heatwave tortilla chips as a slimming-friendly alternative to deep-fried breadcrumbs.
Not only do they save calories, they also make it easy to have some fun with seasoning – why not try crushing different Dorito chips for a whole new flavour finish?
Iceland Crispy Rice Coated 2 Chicken Breast Quarter Pounders are available from Iceland, priced at £1.85 for 2
Oumph! Crispy Buffalo Bites – 295 calories per serving
Oven cooked or air fried, these Oumph! Crispy Buffalo Bites are an easy way to add a savoury crunch to your plate. Rather than chicken, they’re made with vegan-friendly soya protein, so anyone around the table can enjoy every fuss-free bite. Marinated in a moreish buffalo glaze, we bet no one will tell the difference!
Buffalo flavours aren’t just for nuggets and wings. Inspired by the infamous New York inspired ‘Buffalo’ sauce, our Buffalo Coleslaw is deliciously rich with blue cheese and hot sauce goodness.
Why not serve a portion with your Oumph! bites for a New York style Fakeaway treat?
Oumph! Crispy Buffalo Bites are available from Iceland, priced at £3.50.
Sainsbury’s Free From Pesto & Vegetable Quiche – 382 calories per quiche
There’s plenty to love inside this Free From Pesto and Vegetable Quiche from Sainsbury’s. Filled with Pesto, Cheddar cheese, spinach, petit pois and red peppers, each gluten-free slice is sure to be just delicious warm from the oven or chilled. Serve it up with a fresh, leafy green salad for a light, vibrant lunch.
If it’s a colourful crunch you’re looking for, our rainbow Roasted Vegetable and Pesto Tart is just the ticket.
We’ve combined herby pesto and sweet roasted veggies with a filo pastry base to create a surefire delicious way to enjoy your 5-a-day. Go on, you know you want to try a slice…
Sainsbury’s Free From Pesto & Vegetable Quiche is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £2.00.
Heinz Beanz Filled Hash Browns – 187 calories per 2 hash browns
It’s no secret that hash browns take a cooked breakfast up a notch, but these Heinz Beanz Filled Hash Browns are on a whole new level. Combining two of the best bits from a Full English cooked brekkie, each hash brown parcel comes filled with classic tomatoey Heinz beans. You need to try an oozy, crispy forkful on your next Sunday morning plateful!
Putting a spicy, slimming-friendly twist on a breakfast time staple, our BBQ Beans are one of our favourite toast toppings.
By swapping out baked beans for Haricot beans and a clever combination of herbs and spices, we’ve kept the calories nice and low without losing flavour. You can always add extra chilli powder if you wake up feeling brave enough!
The full recipe is in our Comfort Food cookbook, so make sure you have your copy to hand when you start prepping.
Heinz Beanz Filled Hash Browns are available from Iceland, priced at £2.00.
Lotus Biscoff Ice Cream Sticks – 310 calories per ice cream
Calling all Biscoff lovers! Iceland is delivering the goods yet again with these Biscoff Ice Cream Sticks (there’s Lotus to celebrate!). Coated in a layer of Belgian chocolate and crunchy Lotus Biscoff pieces, each mouthful comes with a velvety dairy ice cream filling and a layer of Lotus Biscoff spread. Basically, they’re to die for (and well worth every calorie at 310 per pop!).
If you’ve not tried a scoop of our Biscoff Swirl Ice Cream yet, you need to grab a bowl and spoon. A dessert that tastes this good has no right to be so simple for only 214 calories per bowlful. Don’t mind if we do!
Pop it in the freezer for a Biscoff treat that’ll curb those spiced caramel cravings at a moment’s notice.
Lotus Biscoff Ice Cream Sticks are available from Iceland, priced at £4.00 for a pack of 3 sticks.
NEW Aldi Super 6 Fruit and Veg Selection
We love Aldi’s Super 6 selection of fresh fruit and veggies! Each fortnight they choose six different items for a special offer where you can pick them up for much less than the normal price. Here’s the rundown of this week’s offering, along with some recipe ideas for you.
Carrots – 41 calories per 100g
Whether they’re with a roast dinner, chopped and simmered in a casserole or enjoyed raw as a snack, carrots are a staple vegetable in any weekly meal plan. Roasted, boiled or grated into a fresh, crispy salad, they never disappoint.
Soup flask at the ready! Autumn is on its way and the temperature is cooling down, and that can only mean comforting soups and stews are the way to go! Our nutritious Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup will warm you up by the spoonful for only 117 calories per portion.
Tenderstem Broccoli – 40 calories per 100g
With a more delicate flavour than regular broccoli, it’s easy to see why tenderstem broccoli is so popular and so versatile. It’s got a lovely, slightly nutty taste and a perfect crunch. You can cook and eat the whole stalk, meaning far less food waste. Almost any meal can be made a bit greener with a serving of this yummy veggie on the side!
It pairs perfectly with fish, so we’ll be adding a few stems onto the side of our Chilli and Lime Baked Salmon this week…
Celery – 14 calories per 100g
Low in calories and perfect for snacking, there’s nothing boring about celery when you get creative. Chop it up and cook it in soups, stews and sauces for extra flavour, or enjoy it dipped into a tasty pot of hummus.
We enjoy it most in our vibrant Chicken Waldorf Salad. Chunks of celery add a super satisfying crunch to the sharp, sweet fruits and creamy dressing. Such a dreamy combination!
Avocado – 160 calories per 100g
There’s a good reason avocado is considered a superfood; their fleshy green fillings are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals. With a creamy, mashed texture and mild flavour, they make a tasty toast spread that beats butter by a landslide!
Avocado is a key ingredient for our Cheesy Avocado Salsa Wedges. Topped with melty cheese, fresh salsa and coated in a fiery spice mix, we can’t say no to this moreish Mexican-inspired side dish!
Brown Onions – 40 calories per 100g
Behind every tasty recipe, there’s usually an onion (or two!). Chopped finely into curries, stews, pies, soups, they add an irresistible savoury base to any dish they’re a part of. Brown onions are slightly milder than white onions, so they’re a good way to go if you’re after a less overwhelming onion flavour.
A vegetarian sensation, our Homity Pie is the definition of simple comfort. By combining leeks, potatoes and onion, this budget-friendly pie comes big on flavour for next to no effort. Ideal!
Figs – 74 calories per 100g
We love figs! An ideal dessert fruit with a unique sweetness, they’re especially delicious paired with fat-free yoghurt or reduced-fat cheeses. We pop them in the pan with maple syrup and cinnamon to create our delightfully autumnal Syrup Cinnamon Figs with Greek Yoghurt. A deliciously sweet and sticky dish you can have ready in a matter of minutes, they’re an ideal after-dinner treat!
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