Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 26.11
Friday is finally here – is it just us, or has November flown by? We’re back with a brand new selection of supermarket finds in our Weekly Pinch of Shopping!
This week we’ve been on the hunt for some cosy winter warmers. We’ve found you some luxury Cumberland sausages that’ll go down nicely in a stew or casserole. Delish!
How about some indulgent cheesecake bites? We’ve found a sweet, ready-to-enjoy pack of cheesecake minis in M&S that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth for only 76 calories per bite. Don’t mind if we do!
Scroll to the bottom to find out what other warming finds we’ve got for you…
Pssst…did you know that our NEW cookbook Pinch of Nom Comfort Food is out in under 3 weeks time? It hits the shelves on December 9th, but you can pre-order now if you want to make sure you’re one of the first to get your hands on it!
We’ve also dropped in a reminder of this fortnight’s Super 6. Every fortnight Aldi discounts a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, so we’re giving you the rundown of last week’s selection.
Please remember that all prices are correct at the time of us writing this article and so they should be used as a guide only.
Make sure that you make a note of your favourite products so that you can pick them up with your weekly shopping. Our new Quick & Easy food planner is perfect for this as it will really help you to plan out your meals and keep track of exactly what you’re eating or need to buy.
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Our Weekly Pinch of Shopping list aims to show you slimming friendly products that are available in a wide range of stores so that you can pick them up during your weekly shop, and to make things really convenient we’ve also listed any relevant nutritional info and the RRP.
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Sainsbury’s Clementine & Winter Berry Flavour Porridge – 228 calories per serving
There’s nothing quite like the cosiness of warming up with a hot bowl of porridge. No need for it to be boring, though! This Clementine & Winter Berry Flavour Porridge from Sainsbury’s has just the right amount of citrusy sweetness to fight off that winter morning chill.
It’s also super quick and easy to make in the microwave – ideal when you don’t want to be fussing about!
If you love a sweet bowlful of porridge, why not trywarm your cockles with a portion of our Nutella Baked Oats? These chocolate-y oats are perfect for busy mornings. Simply prep the mixture and bake it in the oven until your oats are set and golden.
You can even freeze a few portions so that you’ll be set for the week.
They’re great as a hearty breakfast or even as a scrumptious dessert (psst! they’re extra delicious with a squirt of aerosol cream).
Sainsbury’s Clementine & Winter Berry Flavour Porridge is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.25 per pack.
Tideford Organics Creamy Mushroom Soup – 121 calories per serving
This organic Creamy Mushroom Soup from Tideford is so rich, you wouldn’t believe there’s no dairy cream in sight. It gets its thick, smooth texture from creamed coconut and soya – so it’s a totally plant-based recipe.
Flavoured with mushroom chunks, parsley and tarragon, it’s an easy option to take on the go and warm up with on a nippy lunch break.
If soup is your go-to lunch when it’s cold out, why not try a bowlful of our Minestrone Soup recipe? We promise you’ll love having this one ready to go in your tupperware. It’s packed with veggies, beans and hearty Italian inspired flavours. Oh, and don’t forget the Parmesan!
Tideford Organics Creamy Mushroom Soup is available from Ocado, priced at £2.79 for a 600g tub.
Sainsbury’s Caulishoots, Taste the Difference – 34 calories per 100g
High in fibre and vitamin C, and low in fat, cauliflower is an all-year-round superfood that’ll give you a boost. If you enjoy cauliflower but you don’t fancy the faff of slicing a floret, these Sainsbury’s Caulishoots are quick and simple to sauté gently with a hint of salt and pepper.
You can enjoy them as a nutritious side dish, or chop them up for a tasty soup, stir-fry or even a curry.
Why not try them in our Cauliflower Madras? We think the juicy cauliflower stems would soak up ALL the flavours. This fiery, veggie-filled dish is packed with Fakeaway heat, while still being low in calories (just 150 per portion!) – so it doesn’t just have to be for weekends!
Sainsbury’s Caulishoots Taste the Difference are available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.20 for a pack.
The Vegilantes Southern Fried Chicken Drumsticks – 119 calories per drumstick
Fancy all the chicken flavours without the meat? The Vegilantes Southern Fried Chicken Drumsticks are so juicy and tender, you wouldn’t know the difference.
Made with plant proteins and a tasty mix of herbs and spices, you simply bake them in the oven until the breadcrumb coating is golden and crisp. They’re mouth-wateringly good!
They’re 514 calories per cheesy portion, so they’re perfect for the weekend or when you’re treating yourself to a weekly indulgence.
The Vegilantes Southern Fried Chicken Drumsticks are available from Morrisons, priced at £3.00 per pack.
Tesco Free From Pigs In Blankets Popped Chips – 115 calories per 1/3 pack
Borrowing the flavours of everyone’s favourite Christmas dinner side dish, these Tesco Free From Pigs in Blankets Popped Chips are a light grab bag snack. At 115 calories per serving, they’re definitely nifty to have in the cupboard for when you’re fancying a savoury, smokey bite. Why not serve them up in a sharing bowl on family film night?
Everybody loves Pigs in Blankets, but have you tried our Halloumi in Blankets recipe? If you’re looking to eat a little less meat this Christmas, they’re a delicious (and low calorie!) substitute for traditional pastry-wrapped pork sausages.
We’ve wrapped tasty halloumi fingers with cranberry sauce in a light courgette blanket. Sprinkled with a hint of paprika, these won’t last long on your buffet table – trust us!
Tesco Free From Pigs In Blankets Popped Chips are available from Tesco, priced at £1.00.
Itsu Christmas Gyoza with Bacon, Turkey, Cranberry & Sage – 209 calories per 5 gyoza
These Christmas Gyoza with Bacon, Turkey, Cranberry & Sage from Itsu are an Asian style snack that’s full of Xmas flavour. You may have tried traditional Japanese steamed dumplings – Gyoza are a little lighter with a thinner wrap and a more finely chopped stuffing.
These Christmas-y parcels are so easy to heat up and snack on when you fancy a festive fix.
The Christmas spirit is well and truly in the air, which means we tend to start serving our sweet Cranberry and Pomegranate Sauce with anything and everything. Move over store bought jars!
You won’t want to go back once you’ve tried it. It’s especially good in our tasty BBQ Turkey Sliders.
Itsu Christmas Gyoza with Bacon, Turkey, Cranberry & Sage are available from Ocado, priced at £3.00 per pack.
Iceland Luxury 10 Cumberland Pork Sausages – 284 calories per 2 sausages
We absolutely love a good sausage recipe, so we had to include these juicy, frozen Cumberland Pork Sausages from Iceland. They’re so handy to pull out of the freezer and use to whip up a warming midweek casserole or stew.
How about a hearty dinner that’s flavoursome and light, with chippy dinner flavours? Yes, really!
Our Curried Sausages recipe has you covered – you won’t believe it’s slimming friendly. We’ve crammed so much veg into this dish (the sauce is made of veggies too!), even fussy eaters will get their five-a-day. Winner!
If you’d rather come home to this recipe ready and waiting for you, why not throw all of the ingredients into your slow cooker instead?
Iceland Luxury 10 Cumberland Pork Sausages are available from Iceland, priced at £3.00 per pack.
Deluxe Chai Latte Mix – 104 calories per serving
If you love chai latte flavours, but you hate the coffee shop prices, we’d recommend this Deluxe Chai Latte Mix from Lidl. It’s just as fragrant and frothy as a barista-made version, and it’s super affordable. We love coming home to a lightly spiced cuppa!
Warming chai flavours don’t just come in a mug. Have you tried a bowl of our Chai Rice Pudding recipe yet?
We’ve used unsweetened almond milk to give our pudding a silky, rich texture. Whether you fancy a cosy bowl for dessert, breakfast or as a supper, it’s nice and light at only 136 calories per portion.
Deluxe Chai Latte Mix is available from Lidl, priced at £1.79.
Alpro Creamy Caramel Dessert – 108 calories per pot
Speaking of rich, creamy desserts, how about a tasty caramel-flavoured pudding? This Alpro Creamy Caramel Dessert is a handy, slimming friendly option to have in the fridge. For just 108 calories per pot, they’ll satisfy your sweet cravings and leave you feeling full.
Who doesn’t love caramel flavours? Combine it with banana in our Banana and Caramel Filo Rolls, and you’ve got a sweet, crisp tray bake dessert the whole family will love.
For added indulgence, you could even serve them with a glug of Custard.
Alpro Creamy Caramel Dessert is available from Asda, priced at £1.25 for a pack of 4 tubs.
M&S 9 Cheesecake Bites – 76 calories per bite
Did someone say cheesecake? These tasty mini Cheesecake Bites from M&S are full of sweet, creamy flavour.
Dangerously easy to enjoy fresh out of the fridge, luckily they’re only 76 calories per vanilla or chocolate-flavoured bite. Keep an eye on these if you’re saving them for a special occasion – they won’t last long once any sugar fiends in the house find them!
We can’t talk about cheesecake without mentioning our Facebook favourite – Biscoff Cheesecake. This recipe has taken our community by storm since we first introduced it to the website, and for good reason – it’s absolutely packed with Biscoff-flavoured deliciousness!
You’ll get all your guests talking when you serve this one up at your next dinner party…
M&S 9 Cheesecake Bites are available from Ocado, priced at £6.00 for a pack of 9.
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 fortnight’s Super 6 selection:
- Asparagus Tips – 25 calories per 100g
- Extra Large Mild Onions – 40 calories per 100g
- Large Flat Mushrooms – 16 calories per 100g
- Oranges – 47 calories per 100g
- Baby Plum Tomatoes – 18 calories per 100g
- Pineapple – 50 calories per 100g
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