Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 25.11
Friday’s here and that can only mean one thing – it’s Weekly Pinch of Shopping time! We’re saying ‘TGIF!’ with Tempura Prawns from TGI’s party food range this week. You won’t believe they’re so crunchy and delicious AND low on calories.
Plus, we’re drooling just thinking about Bisto’s limited edition Pigs in Blankets Gravy. There’s no way we can wait until Christmas to try a glug with our Sunday dinner!
The Weekly Pinch of Shopping wouldn’t be complete without a sweet nibble or two. You’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for the caramel-flavoured treats we’ve found…
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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!**
Merchant Gourmet Lightly Salted Snacking Chestnuts – 65 calories per snack bag
These Lightly Salted Snacking Chestnuts from Merchant Gourmet are a healthy, light snack you can count on for a mid-afternoon boost. Naturally soft and sweet, each bite-sized nut is coated in a sprinkling of salt for an extra-moreish flavour. Weighing in at only 65 calories per bag, they’re well worth having handy in the kitchen cupboard or desk drawer for snack o’clock.
Christmas is right around the corner, making it the perfect time of year to pop our Chestnut Stuffing in the oven. With a batch waiting in the freezer ahead of Christmas Day, you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the festivities with friends and loved ones.
They’re loaded with all of our favourite Christmassy flavours, including pork, sage, onion, smoky bacon and juicy cranberries.
Merchant Gourmet Lightly Salted Snacking Chestnuts are available from Ocado, priced at £2.00 per bag.
Morrisons Fajita Sweet Potato Tortillas – 133 calories per 1/6 bag
Made for sharing, these flame-grilled Fajita Sweet Potato Tortillas from Morrisons are sure to disappear in a flash. If the seasoning doesn’t have you coming back for more, the zesty kick of tomato and lime definitely will.
Don’t worry if fajita flavours aren’t your bag – you can always grab Lemon and Coriander Chickpea Tortillas from the same range instead.
We’ve used rice-shaped orzo pasta to give our Cheesy Fajita Orzotto its irresistible risotto-like silkiness, without a pot of cream in sight. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the lemon juice. It’s a match made in heaven with the creamy fajita flavourings!
Morrisons Fajita Sweet Potato Tortillas are available from Morrisons, priced at £1.20 per sharing bag.
Sainsbury’s Caramelised Biscuit Popcorn – 95 calories per 20g serving
Make the most of your favourite cinema snack at home with Sainsbury’s Caramelised Biscuit Popcorn. A festive twist on one of the most convenient snacks around, each piece of popped corn comes coated in a caramel biscuit seasoning, with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. That sounds like the perfect Christmas film companion to us!
We’ve got two words for you: Biscoff Cheesecake. The mother of all caramelised biscuit flavoured treats, it’s no wonder this recipe has been a winner since the day we first shared it with our Facebook group.
Everyone knows there’s no such thing as too much Biscoff, that’s why you’ll find crushed Lotus Biscoff biscuits and Lotus Biscoff spread in every layer. All for 234 calories per slice!
Sainsbury’s Caramelised Biscuit Popcorn is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.00 per sharing bag.
Morrisons Plant Revolution Nice N Spicy No Chick’N Burgers – 244 calories per burger
It’s not hard to serve up flipping good flavours on a meat-free Monday with Plant Revolution’s Nice ‘N’ Spicy no-chicken burgers. Instead of chicken breast, the inside of each spicy, breadcrumb-coated burger is made with a chilli-infused blend of wheat and pea protein. You can have them crisped up to perfection and on your plate in under 20 minutes!
You’ll never miss meat with our Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa on the menu. A crispy-coated dream, we’ve loaded up squeaky halloumi with layers of fresh salad bits and punchy, homemade salsa.
Keep an eye out for a golden crust forming underneath your patties – that’s your cue to flip without worrying about them breaking apart.
Morrisons Plant Revolution Nice N Spicy No Chick’N Burgers are available from Morrisons, priced at £2.50 for a pack of 2.
Sainsbury’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Flavour Granola Taste the Difference – 192 calories per 45g serving
There’s no better time to enjoy dessert flavours for breakfast than in the run-up to Christmas! This Sticky Toffee Pudding Flavour Granola from Sainsbury’s comes loaded with so much indulgent flavour, it brightens up cold, dark mornings in an instant. Alongside sweet, honey-toasted wholegrain oats, you’ll find crushed pecan nuts, sticky dates and moreish hazelnuts in the mix.
You can always turn your granola bowl into an extra-special dessert-time treat with a drizzle of our slimming-friendly Toffee Sauce. The key ingredient is soft, sugar-free toffees; we’ve used Werther’s Original Creamy Toffees, but you can use any chewy toffees from your sweetie tin. Just be sure to adjust the calories accordingly, if you’re counting.
Sainsbury’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Flavour Granola Taste the Difference is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £2.50.
TGI Fridays Cajun Prawns – 46 calories per prawn
It’s the most wonderful time of year for buffet bits! We couldn’t walk past these Cajun Prawns from TGI Fridays when we spotted them on the shelves. Complete with Cajun-style seasoning over their crispy breadcrumb coating, they’re ideal to throw in your oven or air fryer basket. We bet they’d go down a treat after a dip in our Sweet Chilli Sauce!
Even if you’re in a time pinch, there’s no need to miss out on flavour. Our Sticky Prawns with Ginger recipe transforms humble prawns into a surefire stir-fry favourite in under 20 minutes. With a medley of chopped, fresh veggies in a tangy Asian-style glaze, these are flavours you’ll want to keep coming back to time and time again.
TGI Fridays Cajun Prawns are available from Iceland, priced at £4.00.
Morrisons Extra Hot Chilli Chicken Bites – 48 calories per chicken bite
Morrisons’ Chilli Chicken Bites come with an ‘Extra Hot’ chilli warning you do not want to take lightly. If you’re big on chilli flavours, these crispy-coated bites are an unmissable fiery treat.
Once they’re fresh from the oven, we’d recommend serving them with BBQ sauce or a sour cream dip on hand – just to be on the safe side!
We’ve cooled down our Mexican Chicken Nuggets with an easy feta, chilli and coriander dip. The beauty of making your own at home is that you can decide how hot you’d like them! You’ll find half a fresh chilli in our recipe, but there’s nothing to stop you adding more or less.
Morrisons Extra Hot Chilli Chicken Bites are available from Morrisons, priced at £2.99.
Iceland Mini Apple Pie Bites – 109 calories per 3 mini bites
It’s time to pop the kettle on! These Mini Apple Pie Bites from Iceland are begging to be enjoyed with a cuppa. At only 109 calories for 3 satisfying apple-filled minis, they’re well worth keeping in the freezer ready to go in the oven or air fryer when you get a hankering for a sweet nibble.
Nothing says ‘cosy’ quite like our Crustless Apple Pie. Saying goodbye to pastry doesn’t have to mean losing out on homely flavours like juicy baked apples and cinnamon. Chances are you’ve already got most of the ingredients tucked away in your store cupboard!
We like to ramp up the warmth with Custard on top, but there’s nothing to stop you cooling things down a bit with a scoop of low-calorie ice cream.
Iceland Mini Apple Pie Bites are available from Iceland, priced at £2.50.
Bisto Limited Edition Pigs in Blankets Flavour Gravy Granules – 13 calories per 50ml portion
Can someone pass the gravy? Bisto is wishing you a very merry Christmas with the gift of its Pigs in Blankets Flavour Gravy Granules. Making the most of a festive favourite, the idea of savoury pigs-in-blanket deliciousness drizzled all over our plates sounds nothing short of a Yuletide miracle. We’ll have to try a bit over our dinner on Sunday afternoon!
A festive treat everyone can tuck into, we love putting a twist on a classic with our Halloumi in Blankets. Instead of little piggies, we’ve served up delicately-wrapped halloumi fingers sprinkled with a cheerful coating of smoked paprika and garlic.
At just 83 calories per courgette-covered bite, they’re sure to keep you firmly on the nice list.
Bisto Limited Edition Pigs in Blankets Flavour Gravy Granules are available from Asda, priced at £1.50.
Sainsbury’s Salted Caramel Flavour Meringues – 59 calories per meringue shell
There are lots of tempting treats around over the festive period, and stocking up on lower-calorie indulgences like these Salted Caramel Flavour Meringues is one way to stay on track. Light and crunchy with an irresistible salted caramel flavouring, they’re dipped in a luscious layer of dark chocolate and just 59 calories per shell.
To add a whole new level of luxury to our Biscoff Swirl Ice Cream, why not crush up your meringue shells and sprinkle them over the top?
They’ll pair well with the velvety caramelised biscuit flavours in every chilled scoop. You’ll ‘wow’ your dinner guests twice over – first when they taste how good it is, and second when you tell them you made it with only 3 ingredients (4 if you add the crushed meringue nests!).
Sainsbury’s Salted Caramel Flavour Meringues are available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £2.00 for a pack of 8.
REMINDER 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 our reminder of this week’s Super 6 selection:
- Baking Potatoes – 63 calories per 100g
- Braeburn Apples – 51 calories per 100g
- Conference Pears – 64 calories per 100g
- Large Vine Tomatoes – 20 calories per 100g
- Sweet Pointed Peppers – 44 calories per 100g
- Blueberries – 57 calories per 100g
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