SkinnyEats: Chilli & lime Marinade with Spicy chicken or Cauliflower!

Happy Autumn everyone. It feels like it’s officially upon us now, doesn’t it? 

Christmas is creeping ever closer and we’re rushing for the comfort food. Now, this one isn’t the most complicated and it’s definitely not Michelin star but it’s simple and it’s a tasty and healthy treat for those who want KFC but with half the calories.

I’ve sorted this meal in particular for people who’re at the start of their weight loss journey. It introduces new methods of eating vegetables but gives you a larger portion of meat and vegetables. Filling the stomach up with healthier alternatives until they’re ready to shrink their portions.

 Skinny eats : Chilli & Lime dressing!

In my less than 500 calorie dinner I have used;

  • Half a floret of cauliflower, steamed. or 1 chicken breast.
  • 1 cup of rice 
  • Half a sweet potato, baked.
  • 4 TBSP of mixed peppers, steamed.
  • 4 TBSP of Mediterranean mixed vegetables, roasted.
  • Mixed salad ;Carrots, beetroot, onion, iceberg, rocket.
  • Marinade; 1 whole chilli, 1 whole lime, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of oil. Or Pre-made marinade, or Chilli & Lime marinade.



Preheat your oven to 220.
Marinade your steamed cauliflower, or chicken, in your spice mix, I used Chilli and lime and marinated it for five hours, the longer the better. However, if you don’t have the time, I have tried steaming the cauli in the microwave and adding the marinade whilst it was hot,  the flavour absorbed quicker!

Once the cauliflower is done, add it to a baking tray with your mixed Mediterranean veg, or veg of choice. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, you can get on with your rice, sweet potato and salad.

Sweet potatoes, depending on size, can be steamed in the microwave for around 5 minutes.You can eat them whole or diced up as part of your salad.

The rice should take 10-15 minutes and once your rice is cooked, drain it and add it to a bowl. Press it down firmly and wait for it to cool slightly before turning out onto a plate. You should end up with a nice circular portion of rice as your centerpiece.


My roasted cauliflower had a bowl to itself, remember. Meat has more calories and cauliflower is just as beautiful when cooked properly!



Vegan: Roasted cauliflower and Mediterranean veg, then I rolled it in breadcrumbs and toasted them for another 15 minutes!

Gluten-Free & Vegan: Roasted cauliflower and Mediterranean veg, coat them in a spiced coconut flour and fry them in a pan with a tiny bit of oil!

You can use any spice mix you desire but on this occasion, I was gifted, a bottle of Scarlet mustards Chilli & lime and wanted to try it out.

For a sweet spice try; 2 tbsp finely chopped pinapple,1 whole chilli, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp of tomato paste, 1 tsp of garlic and salt and pepper. 
For a mild curry flavouring try; 1 whole chilli, 1tsp of cumin, 1 tbsp garlic, 1tsp of coriander, 1 tsp of garamasala and 1 tbsp of tomato paste. Salt and pepper to taste.


Just like my sweet potato ‘recipe’, this isn’t really a recipe, more of a gentle nudge in the right direction. We all know how to make ‘skinny food’ but we don’t necessarily do it without the nudge of seeing the food in front of us. Fingers crossed you have some new inspiration.




* 1 Chicken breast is around 240 calories, why not swap it for the cauliflower alternative and add some spiced beans to the centre of your rice for a protein-rich sauce?



The meal is a particularly large portion but as most of it is relatively low in carbohydrates it’s ok to fill up on a bigger portion. If you’re looking to shrink your portions gradually then this is an ideal meal for you. Introducing healthier foods but not shocking your system by shrinking portions, which would ordinarily lead to snacking.

I hope you enjoyed this super simple recipe, next week I’m doing more autumnal flavours so stick around for that, just hit the follow button or any of the subscribe buttons. Love, as always,


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  1. 17th October 2016 / 9:12 am

    I love the vegan alternative, must be delicious. I’m vegetarian, but most of the meals I eat are vegan, as I think they are healthier.

    • 17th October 2016 / 3:17 pm

      Good for you! <3 I lost a fair bit of weight in the first 2 weeks, then put it all on when I found vegan treats!
      I was vegetarian initially but I'm lactose intolerant so it was naturally just one step closer.

  2. 16th October 2016 / 10:30 pm

    This looks great, I love colourful food. Like that you have given different options – vegan/gluten free 🙂

    • 16th October 2016 / 10:32 pm

      I try my best to include all diets, just incase! I’ve been on so many different ones I know it can get stressful when you see things you can’t eat. x

  3. 16th October 2016 / 10:22 pm

    Mmmmh this looks really tasty – and I’m actually on a weight-loss journey which doesn’t include many carbs so this is great for someone like me.

  4. 16th October 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Ohh this sounds yummy! And so beautifully presented too xx

  5. 16th October 2016 / 8:10 pm

    I have started a healthier eating plan and have lost almost half a stone so far. This looks delicious, thank you for sharing. Kaz x

  6. 16th October 2016 / 6:29 pm

    This sounds lovely and anything that uses sweet potato and cauliflower is a winner with me, I am kind of obsessed with Caulirice right now x

    • 16th October 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Me too! The past few months more like, I’ve been eating it with everything. When I wasn’t vegan I started making eggfried rice with it and garlic oil!

  7. 16th October 2016 / 11:12 am

    This looks SO yummy, I would totally make this with cauliflower! How did you get the rice to sit like that also? x

    • 16th October 2016 / 10:24 pm

      My mum was impressed with the rice too – Pop it into a bowl whilst it’s hot, press it down with the back of a spoon and let it sit for 2-3 minutes, tip it out onto your plate and decorate 🙂

  8. 16th October 2016 / 8:47 am

    Wow, this looks ace! My boyfriend would love this recipe.

  9. 16th October 2016 / 12:25 am

    This looks really healthy and full of flavour, it looks perfect for an after work meal.

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