A & C Cook: Idiot-Proof Fish Curry

Well, knock us down with a feather! It transpires that Weight Watchers recipes can actually be very good. 

A has always associated the brand with unsatisfying carb substitutes and quiet misery, but upon a glowing recipe recommendation from a pal, we decided to give a healthy fish curry recipe of theirs a go. It was billed as being worth 5 "Smart Points" (whatever they are), which apparently isn't a lot. Given the provenance of the recipe and the fact that it is super low in points, we went in with minimal expectations. However, we were very pleasantly surprised at the outcome. So much so, in fact, that our attempt is now the subject of a blog post.

Photo taken from the WeightWatchers website and therefore not ours - unfortunately we didn't take any! Oops...
This dish was ludicrously simple. All you need to do is the following for 2 servings:
  • Clean 400g of potatoes, then cut them into chunks. The recipe called for halved new potatoes but we just had maris pipers knocking around so we cut them into sixes.
  • In a separate pan, soften a diced onion in a little bit of oil, then add 1.5 tablespoons of curry paste and cook down. Add 250ml of vegetable stock and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Take two portions of salmon and, after skinning them, dice them and add these and 50g of peas to the pan. Cook until the fish is all but cooked through. Chop a handful of fresh coriander and add it with two large dollops of fat free yoghurt. Stir together and serve hot.

The result was a yummy home made curry. The spuds meant it didn't need to have anything else and it was perfectly filling. The portions were also massive. So large, in fact, we couldn't believe we were eating diet food.

Two other plusses of this dish are that you use just two pans, a chopping board and a kitchen knife to make it and the whole thing is done in less than 25 minutes, including prep time. Tasty dishes like this are absolute winners in our minds. Even when working late, this sort of thing is perfectly simple to pull together. As a result they come out again and again during the week.

We're always thinking about to jazz up recipes and this one was no exception. On reflection, and don't get us wrong it was good, were we making it again we would make a couple of tweaks to the dish.

First, we would grate some fresh ginger and maybe a put  clove or two of chopped garlic in with the onions, together with some cumin seeds and a sprinkle of chili flakes or cayenne pepper. We also used Sainsbury's own brand curry paste, which was frankly a bit bland. You could probably swap it out for a hotter Patak's paste, or similar. These tweaks probably wouldn't smash the points barrier for those on an actual diet, but would add a bit of a kick for those who like some spice. We are also pretty confident that you could swap the salmon for diced chicken or turkey and have an equally good dinner.

This one is definitely making its way into our standard repertoire for a healthy, easy weeknight supper. It almost makes us want to diet!


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