I found a Nigella Lawson book called Nigella Bites. I used to love looking at the pictures in this book and when I looked through it a few minutes ago, I was delighted to find that most recipes are really simple and are very core friendly.
I am eyeing the Green Cilantro Chutney and the Seafood/Curry soup. The halloumi with chilli also looks really good - although cheese heavy. I wonder if this could be switched to tofu? If so, this would be a really nice Core dish.
The Halloumi with Chilli recipe is - according to to Ms. Lawson - two tablespoons chopped/seeded fresh chilli, two tablespoons E.V.O.O., 18 oz halloumi (OR TOFU?????) sliced middle thin, and a squirt or 2 of lemon juice.
"Mix the chili and EVOO in small bowl and put aside." Ok.
Put halloumi (TOFU!!!!!) in a nonstick pan without oil and give the slices two minutes a side --- longer for tofu I am wondering?
Spoon chilli/EVOO mix over them and gobble.
Thoughts? I will let you know if how this turns out.
Also, I'm participating in a holiday recipe exchange with friends and as most of them are organic-or-natural-or-weight-watchers-members, the recipes are really cool to share with you guys.
Here's one that I adapted from a friend's recipe.
stuff you need
1 small acorn squash
1 can onion soup
1 carton of broth (chicken or veggie depending on preference and if you're a vegetarian)
1 can chick peas (or another bean of choice -- I think the pale/white beans work best with this one)
1/2 can olives
1 chicken sausage (the "hot dog" size -- but can be eliminated and replaced with tofu for non-meat people or removed entirely)
2 oz of noodles/pasta of any kind (I mixed 1 oz reg pasta and 1 oz whole wheat pasta)
1 stock/soup pot with lid.
Music - The Cure, Cole Porter, assorted showtunes like Little Shop of Horrors or Wicked, Queen, Imogen Heap. Singing and dancing while throwing in pasta? Optional.
Scrape the insides out of the acorn squash. Put in small bowl. Set aside.
Put onion soup (all or half depending on how oniony you want it) in a stock pot. (set heat to medium high) Same thing with carton of broth (I used half of the broth carton and half of the onion can). Same thing with noodles which (I hope, haha) will cook inside the soup. Cover it and let it simmer for a while so the noodles cook.
Put squash, olives, chick peas in soup. Cook or nuke sausage, cut it up and throw it in.
Volia! So far it's really good.
As for WW, I am really not sure of points value. However, I know that the sauage is 4 points and the pasta is 5...if you decide to eat the entire pot of it. You could also use Tofu Shiiratake noodles instead of pasta and tofu or chopped meat of some kind instead of sausage (which is not Core) --- if those changes are made, I believe this becomes a Core dish.
Happy Holidays, Weight Watchers Crew!!!
(and if anyone has any recipes or suggestions on these cooking ideas, feel free to comment!!!)