Ground Turkey Pepper Skillet

Growing up, my father served in the Air Force and my mom worked at the Chow Hall, the military cafeteria where the soldiers ate, so my sisters and I were in charge of making dinner on the week days. One of our most recurring meals was just cooked ground beef with rice. Obviously, we got bored eating the same thing over and over again so we would experiment with different spice combinations and sauces to see who can out do the other. This recipe is based on one of those random concoctions. 

Instead of ground beef, I used ground turkey to make this dish leaner so that I could add a Healthy Fat. I also used sweet red bell peppers, but you can use any color you like. The red ones just happen to be my favorite because they are the sweetest of the bunch and I love that red pop of color! You can try using half of a red bell pepper and half of another color for a more colorful dish! Along with the ground turkey and bell peppers, this dish has a combination of minced garlic, chipotle chili pepper, cumin, smoked paprika, soy sauce, and a little bit of salt. Chipotle chili pepper is smoked, dried jalapeno grinded up into powder form so if spicy is not your thing, use chili powder instead. I happen to love that little bit of kick! All cooked together in one skillet, makes this dish a quick and easy meal! The best part about this ground turkey pepper skillet recipe? It is so versatile! Add 2 Greens of your choice and 1 Healthy Fat to complete you Lean and Green meal. Here are some options!

The first option is to make it into a salad! Who doesn't like a yummy crisp salad? Add 2 cups (85 g) of mixed greens (2 Greens) with a drizzle of your favorite approved dressing (1 Healthy Fat). I used light ranch dressing which goes well with the little kick of chipotle pepper. If you are a fan of Bolthouse Farms Dressing, I have a list of their dressings and how they are counted. Check it out!

The second option to enjoy them as zucchini boats! Zucchini boats are quickly becoming popular in the low carb community and for good reason! Zucchini boats make a great low carb, gluten free option that you can stuff with all kinds of things. To make them cut off the ends of 2 zucchini and then slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seedy center of the zucchini leaving a 1/4 inch rim to create boats. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 min. You should have 6.3 ounces or 180 g cooked zucchini (2 Greens). Scoop the turkey pepper mixture into the boats and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Top with 2 tbsp sour cream (1 Healthy Fat) or 2 tbsp guacamole (1 Healthy Fat) and fresh cilantro.

The third option is to enjoy it over cauliflower rice! Top 1 cup (180 g) cooked cauliflower rice (2 Greens) with the ground turkey and peppers mixture. Add 1.5 ounces avocado (1 Healthy Fat) and garnish with cilantro.

Voila! Three ways to use your ground turkey pepper skillet! Also try it on top of a cauliflower pizza crust or make them into lettuce wraps! Make a double or triple batch and freeze the unused portions for later! I hope you enjoy this childhood concoction as much as me!

Ground Turkey Pepper Skillet

1 red sweet bell pepper, chopped (2 Greens)
1 tsp minced garlic (1 Condiment)
1 lb ground 95 to 97% lean ground turkey * (2 Leaner)
3/4 tsp chipotle chili pepper powder or chili powder (1 1/2 Condiments)
1/2 tsp cumin (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika or paprika (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp salt (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp soy sauce (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp fresh cilantro for garnish

Heat a non stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray over medium heat. Add peppers and cook until peppers are tender, about 5 min. Add 1 to 2 tbsp of water to the skillet to continue browning the peppers halfway through, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for about a minute more. Set the peppers aside.
Add the ground turkey, chipotle chili pepper powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and soy sauce to the skillet and cook over medium heat. Break the turkey up with a wooden spoon while cooking. Once the turkey is almost cooked, add peppers back to the skillet. Continue cooking until cooked through. Remove from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro if desired.

Makes 2 servings
Each serving provides
1 Leaner, 1 Green, and 3 Condiments
Add 1 additional Healthy Fat plus 2 Greens.

* If using 99% lean ground turkey, use 18 ounces raw weight and add 2 additional Healthy Fats


Places in Exeter taking part in Eat Out To Help Out Scheme

As the UK is trying to return to some kind of normality, it is exciting to think about going back out to eat again.

From 3rd to 31st August, the governments new Eat Out To Help Out Scheme starts. The idea is to encourage everyone to get back out there to eat out.

You can get 50% off your bill, up to £10 per person off.

You do not need a voucher to take part in the scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend, but the offer is only available on Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August. Although check each venues individual opening hours.

I will try and keep this list updated as and when I hear of venues taking part in the scheme. I may not be aware of some, so it's always worth checking with your favourite places!

Exeter eat out to help out scheme

Where in Exeter is following the scheme?

the coffee cup
12 St. Thomas Centre, Devon, EX4 1DG

27 Cowick Street, Devon, EX4 1AL

The Mill on the Exe
The Mill on the Exe, Bonhay Road, Devon, EX4 3AB

Sacred Grounds
21 Mccoys Arcade, Fore Street, Devon, EX4 3AN

Exeter arcade
The Crossbar, 122A Fore Street, Devon, EX4 3JQ

Mulberry Tree Cafe
Mulberry Tree Cafe, 17 St Davids Hill, Devon, EX4 3RG

Jasmine, Thai Restaurant
Jasmine, 153 Fore Street, Devon, EX4 3AT

155 Fore Street, Devon, EX4 3AT

Ganges Restaurant
156 Fore Street, Devon, EX4 3AT

14 Mary Arches Street, Devon, EX4 3AZ

The Conservatory Restaurant
18 North Street, Devon, EX4 3QS

Herbies vegetarian restaurant
15 North Street, Devon, EX4 3QS

Steaks n Sushi
23-24 North street, Devon, EX4 3QS

Buffet City Exeter
2 George Street, Devon, EX1 1BU

Coffery & Co.
50-51, North Street, Devon, EX4 3QR

121 Cowick Lane, Devon, EX2 9HF

Comptoir Exeter
Unit 20 Guildhall Shopping Centre, Queen Street, Devon, EX4 3HP

Absurd Bird
Unit 22 Guildhall Shopping Centre, Queen Street, EX4 3HP

3 Cathedral Yard, Devon, EX1 1HJ

79 South Street, Devon, EX1 1EQ

Quayside Cafe
85 Waterside, Devon, EX2 8GZ

4 The Quay Ltd
4 The Quay, Devon, EX2 4AP

Quayside Food & Drink Ltd
4 The Quay, Devon, EX2 4AP

Clock Tower Café
53 Queen Street, Devon, EX4 3SR

Arthur’s deli cafe ltd
kiosk 2, Goldsmith square, Devon, EX4 3EB

The Oggy Oggy Pasty Shop Café
16 Guildhall Shopping Centre, Queen Street, Devon, EX4 3HW

Grow Coffee House
70 South Street, Devon, EX1 1EG

The Terrace
Guildhall Shopping Centre, Queen Street, EX4 3FB

Brodys Exeter limited
23-24, Queen Street, Devon, EX4 3SH

The Exploding Bakery Limited
1b the Crescent,Exeter Central Stat, Queen Street, Devon, EX4 3SB

Pieminister Exeter
4 the Crescent,Exeter Central Stati, Queen Street, Devon, EX4 3SB

Mango's Café
Cellar 3, Kings Wharf, Devon, EX2 4AN

Great Western Hotel, St David’s, EX4 4NU

On The Waterfront
4-9, The Quay, Devon, EX2 4AP

The Boston Tea Party Group Limited
84 Queen Street, Devon, EX4 3RP

Devon Coffee
88 Queen Street, Devon, EX4 3RP

Sparkles Indian Cuisine
10-12, Palace Gate, Devon, EX1 1JA

The Cork & Tile
15 Gandy Street, Devon, EX4 3LS

Tea at the quay
6 Piazza Terracina Haven Road, Devon, EX2 8GT

61 Waterside, Devon, EX2 8GY

Coolings on Gandy Street
11 Gandy Street, Devon, EX4 3LS

The Ridge Coffee Shop
The Coolings Retail Unit,The Coolin, Haven Road, Devon, EX2 8AX

Chococo Exeter
22 Gandy Street, Devon, EX4 3LS

9 Piazza Terracina haven Road, Devon, EX2 8GT

Phoenix Cafebar
Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Devon, EX4 3LS

Tea on the Green
2 Cathedral Close, Devon, EX1 1EZ

Drakes Coffee House
17 Catherine Street, Devon, EX1 1EU

Lloyd's Kitchen
16 Catherine Street, Devon, EX1 1EU

Bouzayen (Exeter) Ltd ta The Owl & The Pussycat Coffee House

Hubbox Exeter
14-15, Catherine Street, Devon, EX1 1EU

Lloyd's Lounge
Catherine Square, Devon, EX1 1DY

Hotel Du Vin Exeter
Hotel Du Vin , Magdalen Street, Devon, EX2 4HY

248 High Street, Devon, EX4 3PZ

Kaspas Exeter Ltd T/A Kaspas Exeter
1 Market Street, EX1 1PB

The Oddfellows
60 New North Road, Devon, EX4 4EP

Wake Up Coffee
1, The Courtyard, 48 New North Road, Devon, EX4 4EP

Kids Hub Coffee
11 Paris Street, Devon, EX1 2JB

eat the bird
183 Sidwell Street, Devon, EX4 6RD

Imperial Games Gaming Centre & Restaurant
Imperial Games, Paris Street, Devon, EX1 2JX

Allstars Exeter
Allstars Exeter, 19-23 Sidwell Street, Devon, EX4 6NN

Tyepyedong Noodle Bar
175 Sidwell Street, Devon, EX4 6RH

Ebdons Refreshments Ltd
174 Sidwell Street, Devon, EX4 6RH

Huntsman Inn
2 High Street, Ide, Devon, EX2 9RN

Meat59 (Exeter) Limited
29 Magdalen Road, Devon, EX2 4TA

St Leonard's
43 Magdalen Road, Devon, EX2 4TA

Robotic chef
Robotic Chef, 130 Sidwell Street, Devon, EX4 6RY

iBounce (Exeter) Limited
33 Marsh Green Road West, Marsh Barton Trading Estate, Devon, EX2 8PN

The Clifton Inn
1 Clifton Road, Devon, EX1 2BR

116-117, Sidwell Street, Devon, EX4 6RY

Poachers Inn
55 High Street, Ide, Devon, EX2 9RW

Cafe 53
Bridge House, Alphin Brook Road, Devon, EX2 8RG

The New Inn
The New Inn, 74 Church Road, EX2 8TA

No 1 Polsloe
1 Polsloe Road, Devon, EX1 2HL

The Heavy Tree
77 Fore Street, Heavitree, Devon, EX1 2RN

The Daisy Café Limited
98 Fore Street, Heavitree, Devon, EX1 2RS

Springbok Hall, Turnstone Road, EX2 6FD

The Devon Hotel
The Devon Hotel, Exeter by-Pass Matford, Devon, EX2 8XU

The Tally Ho Inn

Bernaville Nurseries
The Office Bernaville Nurseries, Three Horse Shoes, Devon, EX5 5EU

The Stables Pub & Dining
The Stables Pub & Dining, Cowley, UK, EX5 5ER

The Snug
21 Whipton Village Road, Devon, EX4 8AN

Travellers Rest
Travellers Rest, Tedburn Road, EX4 2HQ

Fresha Cafe - Middlemoor
Police Headquarters,Devon and Cornw, Alderson Drive, Devon, EX2 7HQ

Fresha Cafe - Sowton
23 Bittern Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Devon, EX2 7LW

Heart of the Oak, 34 Main Road, Devon, EX4 8HS

Coffee On the Corner CIC
Victory Hall Annexe, Church Stile, Devon, EX6 8DF

Lord Haldon Hotel
Lord Haldon Hotel, Dunchideock, Devon, EX6 7YF

The Blue ball
the blue ball, Sandygate, Devon, EX2 7JL

The Agricultural Inn
Flat, The Agricultural Inn, Devon, EX5 5D

Lotus Biscoff Baked Oats Recipe | Slimming Friendly Breakfast

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Lotus Biscoff Baked Oats Recipe. A delicious, healthy, slimming friendly breakfast recipe. Perfect for calorie counting or low-calorie breakfast. 

Looking for a tasty Slimming friendly breakfast recipe that's vegan, sweet AND easy to make? These Lotus Biscoff Baked Oats are perfect for you.

This was inspired by some of my other Lotus Biscoff recipes.

They are a delicious breakfast treat, and the beauty of these oats is that you can make a larger batch and portion it up, so you always have some ready in the morning.

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Did you know that Lotus Biscoff Spread and biscuits are vegan? This inspired me to make the whole recipe vegan as well.

I have also added the non vegan ingredients too.

I did some research into how to make your own Biscoff cookies, and found cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves are all key ingredients for the flavour. 

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Lotus Biscoff Spread melts in the microwave perfectly, and turns into a delicious drizzle to go over the top.

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You could use any fruit to go on top of this, I just happened to have banana in the house. Strawberries would also go really well.

Fancy some more recipes?

Like the look of this recipe? I have loads more for you to look through as well! Click the links below for more:

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Extra Easy Syn Value: 4.5 syns per portion (using the vegan ingredients)

Healthy Extras: 1 portion is 1 healthy B if cut into 4 portions


Peri Peri Chicken Kebab | Fakeaway Recipe

Peri Peri Chicken Kebab | Fakeaway Recipe | Slimming World Chicken

As I am apparently now the Queen of the Fakeaway, I thought it about time I gave you a new Fakeaway recipe!

I really enjoy the deliciousness and ease of making a chicken kebab in the slow cooker. Of course, you don't have to use the slow cooker and can cook this in the oven instead, but that takes more effort. 

Peri Peri Chicken Kebab | Fakeaway Recipe | Slimming World Chicken

The peri peri flavour, made famous by Nandos, is super popular and I thought it would be a lovely new flavour to serve as a kebab.

You can adjust the spices to your like, whether you like it spicy or a little more mild. You could even try my lemon and herb flavour instead!

I served this with loads of salad and some mixed grains, with the chicken itself being served in a wholemeal pitta.

I drizzled it with a garlic yogurt, to balance the spice.

You may also love my Nandos Pasta Recipe!

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Peri Peri Chicken Kebab | Fakeaway Recipe | Slimming World Chicken


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 Peri Peri Chicken Kebab Recipe

Extra Easy Syn Value: Syn Free

Healthy Extras: None (add on if using a pitta to serve)

Note: To cook in the oven, stand upright and cook for 1.5 hours on a low heat. Check food is fully cooked before serving.

(Calories below are for chicken only)


Tomato Cucumber Cottage Cheese Salad

I grew up eating this salad and it brings back some favorite childhood memories. Have you tried this salad yet? This Tomato Cucumber Cottage Cheese Salad is the perfect salad to enjoy during the hot Summer months or even all year round when you are searching for a quick and easy protein packed meal to prepare! 

This super filling nutritious salad is made with cottage cheese, fresh halved cherry tomatoes, cut up cucumbers, and sliced avocado keeping this dish light, refreshing and delicious! The ever so popular Everything but the bagel seasoning blend of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic and onion, and sea salt makes this salad even better!

Tomato Cucumber Cottage Cheese Salad

1 1/2 cup (12 ounces) 2% cottage cheese (1 Leaner)
1 cup (149 g) cherry or mixed small tomatoes, halved (2 Greens)
1/2 cup (52 g) cucumber, striped with a peeler, sliced 1/4" thick and quartered (1 Green)
1 1/2 ounces avocado, sliced (1 Healthy Fat)
1/2 tsp Everything but the bagel seasoning (2 Condiments)
Garnish with green onions, if desired

Place cottage cheese in a large bowl.
Add tomatoes and cucumbers.
Top with sliced avocado and then sprinkle 
Everything but the bagel seasoning. 
Garnish with green onions, if desired.

Makes 1 Serving
1 Leaner, 3 Greens, 2 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat


Make Your Own Traditional English Afternoon Tea

*This is a collaborative post*

Contrary to popular belief, tea time isn’t exclusively a UK thing, but it's actually global. In nations like New Zealand, Australia and Canada especially, tea is also a very popular drink. And yes, they put milk in it too! But, we have to admit, the English still own and make the best tea time meals in the world. Well, it's where the culture originated from, so it's bound to set the bar. Traditional English tea time consists of sandwiches, sweet treats and the finest tea money can buy. It might not sound complicated, but there’s a way you go about making this meal.

The classic scone or ‘scon’

Perhaps the most famous and well-known English tea time treat is the jam and cream scone. It doesn’t matter how you say it, it's bloody delicious.


300-400g of self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
100g of butter, (cut into small cubes)
175ml of milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract,
3 tablespoons of caster sugar
Fresh lemon juice (just a squeeze)
1 beaten egg
Strawberry or raspberry jam (raspberry is more traditional)
Clotted cream (Cornwall if possible)

There are plenty of different baking techniques for a scone but the simplest and easy-to-follow one is found here. So many newcomers to scones say they are too dry. That’s because they are meant to be. You add the cream and jam to your liking to make the scones irresistibly delicious. Unless you have sultanas in your scone mixture, you won’t be eating them dry. 

The star of the show

Of course, tea is the main attraction of English traditional tea time. Even though there are many sweet treats, tea is the glue that binds everything together. But you don’t have tea bags or milk to form the greatest cup of tea. You instead need the finest black tea you can buy, preferably in loose-leaf form. English Earl Grey is the traditional choice and it can be bought for as low as £9.99. This is a high-quality product, so you know you’re getting a truly authentic taste. The other option is rare English tea, which isn’t as strong in flavour and should be more familiar to the taste buds of the everyday person.

Traditional English tea sandwiches 

No, it's not all cucumbers and watercress sandwiches at a traditional English tea. Smoked salmon and dill is a very popular sandwich choice. It goes well with tea because the smoky flavour is offset by the smooth richness of the tea. However, boiled eggs and fresh salad, along with cherry tomatoes with a pinch of cracked black pepper is also a fantastic snack. Tuna sandwiches are given the green light but they must purely be plain, with nothing added to mask the flavour of the mashed tuna chunks. Crab salad with individual pomegranates and watercress is also a popular choice.

The traditional English tea would not be what it is, without the jam and clotted cream scone. Making this at home is a rite of passage for tea time lovers!

Copy Cat Bang Bang Shrimp

Craving Bang Bang Shrimp?

This recipe is absolutely delicious and it is super duper easy to make requiring only a few ingredients! A mixture of thousand island dressing and sriracha tastes absolutely amazing together and the sriracha gives it a subtle bit of heat. Toss the sauce with air fried shrimp (or shrimp cooked any way you like ) then serve it with chopped cabbage and sliced avocado. Sprinkle a little bit of Everything but the Bagel Seasoning and you have a scrumptious Lean and Green meal that will continue to be on repeat. Thanks to Tylena Adudu for sharing this delicious recipe! It sure does hit the spot!

Copy Cat Bang Bang Shrimp

10 oz of raw shrimp, tails removed, peeled and deveined (1 Leanest)
1 1/2 oz of Avocado (1 Healthy Fat)
1 1/2 cups (4.71 ounces) cabbage, chopped (3 Greens)
2 tbsp Lite Wishbone Thousand Island (1 Healthy Fat)
1 tsp sriracha (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp Trader Joe's Everything but the bagel seasoning (1 Condiment)

Cook shrimp in the air fryer for about 6 min at 400 degrees, shaking the basket halfway through. If you do not have an air fryer, you can use your preferred cooking method of choice. Weigh out 7 oz of cooked shrimp.
Add sliced avocado and chopped cabbage to a serving bowl; set aside.
Add Thousand Island dressing, hot sauce and cooked shrimp in a small bowl tossing to coat. Then add shrimp to the avocado and cabbage bowl.
Sprinkle Everything but the bagel seasoning on top.

Makes 1 Serving
Each serving provides
1 Leanest, 3 Greens, 2 Condiments, and 2 Healthy Fats


Chicken Tikka Rice Stir-fry | Slimming Friendly Recipe

imple Chicken Tikka Rice Stir-fry dish that is Slimming World friendly and lower calorie.

This is a delicious and simple Chicken Tikka Rice Stir-fry dish that is Slimming World friendly and lower calorie.

Sometimes, the most delicious meals come about from throwing together what you have in the cupboard. That is very much how this dish was created. 

I love Chicken Tikka flavours, but didn't fancy making a full blown curry.

This can be prepared in 1 pan, meaning less washing up after you have made it!

imple Chicken Tikka Rice Stir-fry dish that is Slimming World friendly and lower calorie.

I used red and yellow peppers for this, but you can add as much or as little veggies as you like.

There is something super comforting about a tasty rice dish!

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imple Chicken Tikka Rice Stir-fry dish that is Slimming World friendly and lower calorie.


  Slimming Friendly Chicken Tikka Rice Stir-fry Recipe

Extra Easy Syn Value: Syn Free

Healthy Extras: None



This classic sugar cookie is very easy, very quick and delicious !!! It is a must for everyone's recipe box!!! Excellent for ANY and ALL holidays (just change the color of the frosting).  

Recipe Makes 
3 dozen 3" cookies 
and they freeze well.

3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
small pinch of salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons corn syrup (the clear white kind)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream the butter and sugar together until it is light and fluffy (about 3 minutes on high speed).

Add egg, corn syrup and extracts, mix well.

Add flour + baking powder + baking soda + salt and mix well. Batter will be very thick, so a stand mixer works best for this.

Roll dough into 1" balls, then roll them in granulated sugar and pat them down JUST A LITTLE BIT (bottom of sugared glass works well for this).

NOTE: If you don't want to frost these cookies, you can roll them in cinnamon sugar before baking.

Line your cookie sheet with parchment (important). Place chilled cookie's about 3" apart on cookie sheet. 

Bake at 325° for 12-14 minutes (cookies should be VERY SLIGHTLY golden around edges, like this)

Cool the baked cookies a minute or so before you remove them to a cooling rack.

When the cookies are completely cool, you can frost them.


3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons milk (start with 3)
Mix well with wire wisk and frost cookies


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