Hairy Dieters cook book

(45 Posts)
Jiddle Wed 16-Jan-13 09:33:48

Does anyone have it? Any good?

dreamingofsun Wed 16-Jan-13 09:46:02

its brilliant. my husband raves about several recipes, which are now family favourites. not too many exotic ingredients. mine's already dirty and scuffed, which is always a good sign. the jamy oliver ones have been put away in the cupboard as i can't get on with them at all.

Yep the same as dreamingofsun. Both me and DH have both cooked lots of the reciepes.

If you are looking to buy it, it is only £4.99 in the book people online.

retrocutie Wed 16-Jan-13 09:58:10

It's fab! The best diet we have ever been on. The portions are a bit big, though. Sometimes we make a meal last 2 days.

I've got several meals planned from it this week, had the feta stuffed peppers last night and they were lovely, definitely got lots I want to try.

Jiddle Wed 16-Jan-13 10:15:54

Thanks all, I'm ordering it right now!

WhinGin Wed 16-Jan-13 13:48:44

The curries in particular are amazing smile

Dawndonna Thu 17-Jan-13 21:46:46

I'm starting this tomorrow. Proper food porn book to look at!

sashh Fri 18-Jan-13 06:35:50

I have the dieters one - really good.

Kveta Fri 18-Jan-13 06:48:50

Got it here - love the Spanish chicken, cassoulet, and korma recipes. Not too fussed by the burgers. Looking forward to trying some of the other meals now!

Mynewmoniker Sun 20-Jan-13 17:18:02

Just made the lasagne. What a bdy faf!!! It took me aaaaaages to prep! The leeks broke up a bit so I had to lay them in ib strings rather than sheets. I was going to moan here (like I just have done blush) but...

the taste and texture was wonderful!!!! We had it with a green salad as recommended in the book. My DH said he much prefered it to the pasta version as he found that slimey.

I'm looking forward to making more tasty stuff from this book

I LOVE Jammy O's toad in the hole with rosemary and red onion relish! I have made it often.

merlin Sun 20-Jan-13 17:22:57

The Minestrone and Golden Veg soups are good and my kids love the Jambalaya thing except I replace the chorizo with smoked lardons smile

Mynewmoniker Fri 25-Jan-13 22:04:15

Made the HBikers crispy chicken tonight...the parmesan cheese was too overpowering. Wouldn't make again sad

Will put the unused pieces with pasta and a tomatoy sauce tomorrow to help play down the taste.

So far we have had a thumbs up to the Fish Pie and Meatballs in tomato sauce, there was enough of the sauce left to reheat and have on its own with pasta another night too, very tasty. A universal thumbs down to the Korma, it was the worst I've ever made.

I've just put the Masala marinated chicken in the fridge for tomorrow.

Mynewmoniker Sun 27-Jan-13 17:25:12

Hope the Masala was OK Who

Had the chicken cut into bite size pieces, in bolegnase sauce with a little pasta (not sure about those calories!) but it was lovely!

I'd have a go with low fat cheddar cheese next time but it wasn't particularly crispy.

It was really tender and tasty thanks Moniker. I forgot to say the pepper stuffed with feta was very good too, might try it with big flat mushrooms next time.

I tried the sausage casserole on the bbc site, bloody lovely!

Mynewmoniker Sun 27-Jan-13 19:47:47

Is that from the diet recipe Hip?

Minibinx Sun 27-Jan-13 20:04:22

I love this book. Been cooking from it for the past three weeks in a bid to help my DP lose a few pounds. It must be working as he's already half a stone lighter. Favorites so far would be the sweet and sour chicken and quiche. Sausage cassoulet was nice and hearty especially during this cold weather. Just made the cheese pasties today. First time I've cooked with bread dough but they were really nice (not like diet food at all). Trying the beef and ale stew tomorrow.

Trazzletoes Sun 27-Jan-13 20:08:18

Chicken korma is delicious. DH loves it because it doesn't have coconut in.

I think the lack of coconut might be one of the reasons we didn't like the Korma, also it tasted all dry and grainy compared to the way we usually make it (lots of ground almonds and coconut milk). However I had some leftover and mixed it with some other leftover curry from the freezer the next night (a tomato based one) and it was fine like that.

marquesas Sun 27-Jan-13 21:53:32

I've only had the book a few days and I've done the spinach and pototo curry which I enjoyed. I'm going to try the sauasge cassoulet next.

I actually think the portions are quite small and that's as much how they lost weight. I'm really surprised that someone above found them big, just looking through the book the amounts seem very small for the main courses.

smugmumofboys Sun 27-Jan-13 21:57:25

I've made the minestrone which was lovely and very filling and only 98 calories a bowl. The salmon with chilli and ginger was very tasty too. I made the chicken korma with Quorn fillets as I don't eat meat and I quite liked it. The lasagne (made with Quorn mince) was a faff but tasty.

It's been a success all round.

I've got the minestrone and the ginger chilli salmon on the menu plan for this week, though I think the DCs might object to the amount of greenery in the soup, might have to tailor it a bit.

The portions are small, I'm finding they are quite filling, but I get the munches again later in the evening (normally eat about 5.30 with the DCs). I'm doing My Fitness Pal so monitoring everything quite closely and making sure I leave a couple of hundred calories for a snack later if I need it.

smugmumofboys Sun 27-Jan-13 22:48:53

I actually found the minestrone portions huge. I think it's meant to serve six and they are healthy sized 'sixths'.

Might do half then, the DCs don't eat huge portions.

Mynewmoniker Thu 31-Jan-13 18:52:27

Cottage Pie was lush. "Serves 6 to 8" It served us 6.

It was another mince and chopped tomatos triumph. smile

YouCanCallMeBetty Thu 31-Jan-13 19:48:11

Love it. Masala marinated chicken was great, and the chicken jalfrezi was so delicious - DH said it was the best curry I've ever made, diet or not.

mynewmonikeryes it was. sorry, only just come back. Thinking of buying the book too now! I'm doing myfitness pal, but thought it might expand my dinner selection.

Most of the dishes are in My Fitness Pal. I did minestrone tonight but stuck to my normal recipe instead of theirs.

The ginger and chilli salmon was lovely, I used lemon instead of orange as I don't like orange with meat and fish, might try lime next time.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 31-Jan-13 22:04:15

After reading this I think I need to get my copy back out. Particularly love the bacon and eggs and chicken korma.

LadyHel Sun 03-Feb-13 10:26:33

I agree that the lasagne is a faff! It was delicious, but not delicious enough for me to spend all that time making it again....

I also agree that the portions are small so next time I will probably reduce the amount of oil so that I can increase the number of vegetables to make it more filling.

So far my favourite recipe is the lemon tuna & spaghetti (although I used salmon as I couldn't get fresh tuna) which I've cooked twice and absolutely love. I've also made the Spanish chicken, Paprika chicken, Beef & Ale stew, Chilli con Carne. All yummy and not too much of a faff, which frankly is almost important as taste these days!

Shallishanti Sun 03-Feb-13 13:59:23

I've got it and like it but I wish it wasn't so meaty/fishy...have replaced the meat with soya mince, but not really a fan of that either, so I end up trying to figure out how many cans of chickpeas is equal to x g of lean lamb!
If anyone knows of a ws with good calorie counted vegetarian main dishes would be v grateful

We had the chicken breasts in parmesan breadcrumbs last night, I really liked it, no one else did. So far I have liked everything I have cooked except the Korma (everyone else on the thread seems to have liked that!) but the DCs haven't liked any of it sad.

Gingerandcocoa Sun 03-Feb-13 15:18:00

I made the chicken and mushroom risotto and it was DELICIOUS!

Mynewmoniker Sun 03-Feb-13 16:50:58

If they don't like it WKWTTG send it over here! grin

grin, I would Moniker but am finding all the leftovers are just the thing for my packed lunches!

On the menu this week is the salmon again (lime this time, left plain for the DCs) and the chilli wraps.

Has anyone tried the tortellini "pasta"?

nipersvest Mon 04-Feb-13 22:43:57

dh has bought this book as he seems to have suddenly decided he needs to loose weight. he does indeed, a fact i have been flinging at him for years and he's ignored! dh also never ever cooks, yesterday he made granola!

marquesas Wed 06-Feb-13 12:39:24

gingerandcocoa - I've now tried the risotto and I found it really bland and wouldn't make it again. The only thing I did differently was that I had to miss out the dried mushrooms as I thought I had them and didn't, I wonder if that was the difference. Also, I know I said it above but 150g of rice for 4 people is starvation rations grin

dreamingofsun Wed 06-Feb-13 13:30:34

husband loved the salmon - said it was nicest salmon he'd ever eaten. i liked it too - in part because it was very easy

Mynewmoniker Sun 10-Feb-13 11:50:40

Just put their hot pot in th'oven smile. It already smells delish! I didn't have onions so I substututed leeks and I only had the equivalent of two carrots and two potatos. We'll see how it turns out after 1 and 3/4hrs in th'oven.

singaporeswing Tue 12-Feb-13 06:32:47

Really want to buy this - just wondering how many recipes require an oven? We just have a hob here, so want to make sure I get my money's worth!

I love it, I struggle with lunch ideas but the fruity rice goes down a treat with the added bonus of no sweet cravings as I have had a sweet lunch. I am going to try adding a bit of chicken next time. I do double the amount of spices as I found it a little bland the first time but DH loved it.

We also find the portions on some of them quite small. It has upped the amount of veg we are eating though which cannot be a bad thing.

lemonbiscuit Thu 30-May-13 19:10:41

Made the chicken paprika yesterday, (following the instructions to the letter for once!) and it was fantastic, really tasty. Made the lamb, potato and spinach curry last week and found it a bit watery. Next time would use stock or more tinned tomatoes instead.

riverboat Sat 01-Jun-13 21:32:40

I love this book. The chicken jalfreizi, spanish paprika chicken, cajun chicken, shepherds pie, thai curry, chicken and mushroom risotto are all staples for me.

Only thing I have been disappointed with so far was the lamb, spinach and potato curry. It had loads of ingredients and took me a while to prepare and cook, but came out tasting really quite bland and watery...

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