dimanche 16 août 2015

Omelette for breakfast

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This post was inspired by someone telling me she didnt make omelettes cos they always went rubbery, didnt cook properly, burnt or wasnt sure what to do about the fillings. So anyway this is how I make mine ...

Omelettes are a perfect breakfast for slimming world lots of filling protein and you can stuff them with lots of superfree vegetables too as well as ham, lean bacon, leftover chicken anything really use your imagination!

Pre cooking the filling if using vegetables is important as they wont have time to cook inside the omelette if added raw. I usually cook them in a little spray oil until just cooked (mushrooms in this case) then set aside and add at the end of the cooking .

I thought the best way to show how I make my omelettes was in pictures so here you go..

I use 2 large free range eggs beaten well with some salt and pepper there is no need to add milk and spray a small non stick frying pan with spray oil and place over a medium heat. Be careful not to have the heat very high or the bottom will burn (ouch) before the top is starting to set.

Let it sit for a bit until the omelette starts to cook around the edges (see pic) then just push the edges in gently with a plastic spatula or fish slice till it sort of wrinkles (ok weird choice of words but seems to explain what I mean) .

Let it sit for a little bit longer until the top is almost cooked then place the filling on top and again leave for a minute or so so the filling warms up a little and the base of the omelette is golden brown. Dont be afraid to use the plastic spatula or fishslice to lift up the edge and peek underneath to see if the base is brown.

Finally carefully tip onto a warm plate and serve. I had this for breakfast with baked beans to be extra filling.

Enjoy xx 
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Thai red curry (slimming world friendly)

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I LOVE Thai curries but the syns can be high especially with all that coconut milk. This recipe means you can have a lovely curry pretty quick and very tasty for only a few syns.

Thai red curry

4 x chicken breasts (diced)
250 ml chicken stock
100ml light coconut milk
2 tbsp red thai curry paste
big handful of frozen green beans
1 tin bamboo shoots (drained)
spray oil

In a wok or large frying pan  spray with the spray oil and fry the chicken until it is coloured light brown then add the curry paste and fry for a few more minutes.

Add the stock and coconut milk and simmer for 20 minutes on a low heat then add the vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes.

Serve over boiled rice , Serves 4 and only 1  1/2 syns per portion. If you dont like green beans or bamboo shoots try beansprouts and mushrooms or any vegetables you might fancy .

My Friday night favourite!!

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Quick beef stir fry (slimming world friendly)

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This is a perfect super quick after work dinner. Stir fry sauces bottles or sachets can be quite high in syns buts its very easy to make your own which taste just as good for only 1 syn  . Stir fries are a brilliant way to get your 1/3 of a plate superfree vegetables too.

I served this with plain boiled rice tonight but its really good with egg noodles . All supermarkets sell packs of ready prepared sliced vegetables for stir fries and oyster sauce is readily available but if you do have access to a chinese supermarket you can get HUGE bottles of oyster sauce and soy sauce really cheaply and so can stock up and they last for ages. 

Personally I feel that ginger and garlic paste makes the world of difference in both Chinese and Indian cooking and I tend to use the frozen ones as there is no added oil and it makes it so quick and easy to use.   I buy mine in ASDA but think other supermarkets sell these and they are much better in my opinion than the ones in jars.

I used beef today but you could use chicken breast or lean pork strips or prawns if you prefer and for a vegetarian version you can buy vegetarian oyster sauce (bought some for my daughter in Waitrose) and use quorn or soya chunks instead of the meat. 

Quick beef stir fry

  • 4 x lean thin steaks (cut into strips)
  • 1 pack stir fry vegetables
  • 4 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • ginger and garlic paste (2 cubes if using frozen or else 1 crushed clove garlic and 1 inch piece grated fresh ginger)
  • spray oil

Spray a wok or large frying pan with spray oil and stir fry the beef strips until browned , add the garlic and ginger and fry for a few more minutes.

Add the vegetables, soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir fry for a few minutes (not too long you want the vegetables to still have some crunch) .

Serve over boiled rice or egg noodles. It is just 1 syn per serving... enjoy xx
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Marmite roasties love them or hate them

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Its the age old problem, Marmite? love it or hate it? I confess I'm a lover of this savoury yeasty spread and when I saw this on a unofficial slimming world page had to have a try of it. (Sorry cant find the original poster of the recipe but I thank you) . Easy as anything and very savoury, I made them to go with a roast chicken dinner...yumm

Marmite roasties

1 bag new potatoes ( I used anya potatoes)
1 tbsp marmite
spray oil

Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes in salted water then drain and add the tbsp of marmite, Place a lid on and shake the pan well so the marmite melts onto the potatoes.

Tip into a roasting tin and spray with oil then roast on 220/ 425/ gas 7  for 30 -40 minutes until roasted and brown. Serve hot

(Actually I just went out to the kitchen and pinched one cold and its quite tasty too :  )

Syn free on extra easy...enjoy xx
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Sweet & sour pork (slimming world friendly)



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This one is another hit with the family tastes just like proper chinese sweet 'n' sour but is virtually syn free. I used lean diced pork but you could use chicken or quorn to make a vegetarian version. I served it with rice but its really lovely with egg noodles and although I just added red peppers, onions and bamboo shoots you could easily chuck in any other veg you like for your superfree like mushrooms, beansprouts, carrots whatever you like really.

Its so lovely to be able to have something that tastes really naughty but is really good :  )

Sweet 'n' sour pork

  • 1 lb lean diced pork (or chicken)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 2 red peppers (sliced)
  • 1 tin bamboo shoots (drained)
  • 8 floz chicken stock
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed) or I use the frozen paste
  • 1 level tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp splenda

  • spray oil

Spray a large frying pan or wok with spray oil and then stir fry the pork for about 5 minutes until browned, Add the onions and peppers and stir fry for another 5 minutes until vegetables are soft.

In a jug mix the stock, soy sauce, garlic, tomato puree, vinegar, splenda and cornflour and whisk well.

Stir the sauce into the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes until sauce is thickened then add the bamboo shoots and cook for another minute.

It is virtually syn free, Serves 4 and the only syns are just 1 for the cornflour so if you are being extra good it'll be 1/4 syn per portion.  ... Enjoy xx
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Sweetcorn and potato chowder (slimming world friendly)

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This recipe is from Nigellas 'Nigella Express' book but thought it could be made slimming world friendly. I changed it very slightly and added a few more things to make it even more filling , Its been lovely to eat this during the recent horrible cold icy weather. Its a really easy to make soup but you do need a food processor to blitz the sweetcorn at the beginnning.

Sweetcorn and potato chowder

  • 1 large bag frozen sweetcorn (defrosted.. I used Icelands 900g bag)
  • 3 spring onions (trimmed and halved)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed - I use frozen crushed garlic)
  • 8oz potatoes (peeled and cut into smallish cubes)
  • mugful of frozen peas
  • 3 pints vegetable or chicken stock
  • 6oz lean ham (chopped)

Drain the sweetcorn and place into a food processor with the garlic and spring onions. (You will probably need to do this in 2 batches  )

Place the sweetcorn mush in a large saucepan and add the stock and bring to the boil then add the potatoes, peas and ham and simply simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes.

I like to put loads of freshly ground black pepper on top when I serve it too. 

Syn free on extra easy and of course to make it vegetarian friendly leave out the ham and use vegetable stock.

Enjoy! xx
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Spicy bacon and bean soup (slimming world friendly)

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Well the snow is still thick on the ground and I had to make some soup for work so it was a case of 'what have I got in?' I had a dig through cupboards and fridge and found these bits and pieces and was fancying some spice and its so cold. This soup gives you loads of vegetables too and the beans make it filling and bacon....well bacon is always good :  )

Spicy bacon and bean soup

  • 1 pack lean back bacon (sliced into strips)
  • 2 x tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin red kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 tin blackeyed beans (drained)
  • (or use whatever tinned beans you have in or plain old baked beans will do )
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 3-4 large carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 3-4 sticks celery (chopped...if you like it )
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 3 pints vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 tsp chili powder (or more or less depends how you like it) 
  • spray oil
  • salt and pepper 

Spray a large saucepan with a little spray oil and put in the onions, celery and carrots and cook on a medium heat until the vegetables have started to soften , Add the bacon, garlic and oregano and fry until bacon is cooked (couple of minutes).

Add the tomatoes, stock , chili powder and bring to the boil then simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Finally add the beans and season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for another 5 minutes to heat the beans through.

Stay warm and enjoy xx
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Vegetable pakoras (slimming world friendly)

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Ok these arent the prettiest things I have ever made but they are very tasty and syn free on slimming world. Perfect as a TV snack or as a side with a curry and so easy and quick , Lots of vegetables in them and almost no fat but spicy and delicious so a winner all round.

Vegetable Pakoras

1 packet instant mashed potato (made up as directions with just water)
1 red onion (chopped)
1/2 bag frozen chopped mixed vegetables (defrosted ..can do this in microwave) 
3 tbsp medium curry powder (or use more or less as you like)
4 tbsp fat free greek yogurt
1 large egg (beaten)
spray oil
1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

Put oven on Gas 6/ 300/400

Put mashed potato, onion and defrosted vegetables into a large bowl and mix well.

In a jug place yogurt, beaten egg and curry powder and whisk together well.

Mix this into the vegetable  mixture .

Season well with salt and pepper and mix well.

Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper and then place tablespoons of the mixture on the tray.

Spray with the spray oil and bake for 30-40 minutes until brown.

Carefully lift onto a cooling rack and serve warm as a side or a snack .

Syn free on extra easy. ..... enjoy xxx
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Spicy sausage pasta (slimming world friendly)

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Being able to eat 'normal' meals means a lot when you are on a healthy eating plan and one thing that really helps me are the products from joessausages.co.uk. They make sausages and grills and burgers that are all syn free and I love to play with them for recipes too.

This one is the easiest recipe ever as the chili and garlic sausages from this range are very spicy and garlicky (yum) .

Spicy sausage pasta

  • 1 pack joes sausages 'garlic and chili'
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • spray oil
  • 1/2 pack pasta (whatever shape you like)
  • 1 tsp salt 

Spray a large deep frying pan with some spray oil and place over a medium heat. Take the skins off the sausages and place them in the pan and break them up into smaller peices as they heat through and brown.

Once browned add 2 tins chopped tomatoes and simmer until sauce is thickened keep stirring and season with salt to taste. (You wont need pepper its pretty spicy!!)

Cook the pasta as per instructions then drain and add to the pasta sauce and mix well.

If you cant get joes sausages which are syn free you can buy some low syn sausages and do the same and add your own garlic and chili as you like.

Syn free (using joes sausages) Enjoy  xx
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Syn free Coleslaw (slimming world friendly)

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I love coleslaw but the rich creamy dressings usually make it mega high in syns, This recipe makes it completely syn free and still gives it a creamy yet tangy dressing. Very easy to make only a few ingredients. I admit life is made easier for me as I have a shredder/grater attachment on my kitchenaid but have made this for years just using a sharp knife just be careful!

Syn free coleslaw

  • 1/2 red cabbage (take the core out and shred)
  • 1 small white cabbage (take the core out and shred)
  • 1 red onion (shredded or chopped)
  • 2 carrots (grated)
  • 1 tub quark
  • 1 bottle fat free french dressing
  • salt and pepper

Place all the vegetables in a large mixing bowl,

In a jug whisk together the quark and french dressing, Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour over the vegetables and mix together very well. 

Keep in a covered bowl in the fridge and it will keep for about 5 days and this recipe makes a LOT!! Please feel free to halve the ingredients to make less but as you use the whole bottle of french dressing and whole tub of quark its easier to make a big batch and give some away to your slimming world buddies :  )
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Mussels in wine, garlic and cream (slimming world friendly)

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I took my Mum out for lunch the other day to Raymond Blanc brasserie and indulged in the moules marinieres so delicious but thought I wonder if I can make this slimming world friendly?

I know a lot of people think mussels are expensive and a pain to prepare but they really aren't and a net of mussels this week in ASDA were just £2.50 and that serves 4 people!

I could go on for ages about how to prepare mussels but the easiest thing to do if you are unsure is to go on youtube and look at 'preparing mussels' and there are loads of very helpful videos to show you what to do and better to see what to do than me trying to describe it.

I served them over a bed of taglietelle and had a side salad for my superfree, So if you want to try this restaurant dish at home it is easy I promise you and just need a few ingredients.

Might be a nice idea for Valentines Day :  ) 

Mussels in wine, garlic and cream 

  • 1 net of mussels from fish counter (and watch youtube how to prepare them :  )
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • 2 shallots (diced)
  • 30g weightwatchers thick cream (sorry but this was the lowest syn cream I could find)
  • spray oil
  • handful of flat leaf parsley (chopped)

If you are serving it with pasta dont start cooking the pasta until you start the mussels as they take about the same time (10 minutes from start to finish)

Spray a large saucepan with the spray oil on a low heat and add the shallots and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes until shallots are soft and then add the herbs and cook for another minute or two.

Turn up the heat and then add the wine and let it bubble away for a couple of minutes then tip in all the mussels.

Place a lid on the pan and leave alone apart from shaking the pan a bit for 4 minutes then check and see if all the mussels are open.

If not put lid back on for another minute or two then remove lid and stir in the cream and spoon out on top of the cooked pasta and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.

Enjoy and dont forget if some of the mussels didnt open during cooking throw them out, got to be careful with shellfish but dont be scared. xx

Serves 4 at only 1 syn per serving :  ) 
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Pancakes and syrup (slimming world friendly)


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I adore pancake day and was a bit sad today to get a text from one of my daughters friends now at uni saying "I should be at your house eating pancakes" reminds me of the years and years I stood by the cooker making loads of pancakes for my kids and their friends.

Sooo this year with no one at home wanting pancakes thought would make my own slimming world friendly version for me and granted they arent exactly the same as the traditional ones but they arent half bad and now this year found a secret weapon to make them even better....

syn free pancake syrup!!

Its from Waldens farms (google it) and it is a pretty good substitute for ordinary syrup not exactly the same but damn close and makes the syn free pancakes and syrup a really yum syn free treat.

Syn free pancakes 

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp sweetener
  • spray oil

In two small bowls separate the white from the yolk of the egg.
whisk the white until frothy

whisk the sweetener into the yolk.
Using a metal spoon gently fold the yolk mixture into the whisked white.

spray a small frying pan with oil over a medium heat and add half the mixture, Fry for a minute or so until cooked underneath then gently turn the pancake over.

Place on a plate and repeat the process.

Serve with the sugar free syrup (if you can get it) .....or else lovely with fresh fruit like bananas or berries and some 0% fat greek yogurt ...

Syn free ... 

Oh and texted her back we'll have a belated pancake day when they are both home from uni for Easter :  ) 
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King prawn keralan curry (slimming world friendly)

Friday night is always curry night in my house and I make a few different ones but when I saw these Geeta spice mixes in ASDA thought I would try some, I carefully read the label and it does only contain a mixture of spices so would be syn free. 

I ignored the part on the instructions which said to start the process by frying the spices in oil and just added the mix to the coconut milk (I used reduced fat) and the tinned tomatoes.
This curry was delicious but pretty spicy though it did say medium heat but I did enjoy it, I added a load of green beans as my superfree which I served on top of the brown basmati rice and under the curry. 
The low fat coconut milk does have syns  but shared between the 4 portions it works out as 2 syns per portion for a reallt tasty luxurious king prawn curry.
Keralan king prawn curry
1 pack Geetas keralan spice mix
1 tin chopped tomatoes
200ml reduced fat coconut milk
1 or 2 bags  frozen king prawns (defrosted) 
Place tomatoes and coconut milk in a wok or large frying pan and bring to a simmer , add the spice mix and simmer for 15 minutes. 
Add the prawns and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes until heated through.
2 syns per serving (serves 4) 
 Enjoy xx
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Slow cooker roast chicken (slimming world friendly)

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I always have to have my roast dinner on a Sunday but heard about this slow cooker 'roast' chicken before and thought I must try it myself. On slimming world you wouldnt eat the skin from a roast chicken anyway as it is full of fat but this method makes the chicken very tender and juicy and so easy as you literally just chuck it in the slow cooker and leave it to get on with it.

If you have all day then you can put the chicken in on low for hours but today was a little strapped for time and only had 3 hours so put it in on high for that time and it was wonderful very tender and juicy, just fell apart.

Slow Cooker 'roast' chicken

1 medium fresh chicken
salt and pepper
thyme and lemon (if liked)

First thing to do is to put some foil balls in the base of your slow cooker. (stop laughing) This stops the chicken from sticking to the base of your cooker and also stops it from sitting in all the fat that drains from the chicken. Its very easy just scrunched up some foil and placed that in the base of the slow cooker.

Season the chicken on all sides with some salt and pepper  and some dried thyme (if you like it) then place half a lemon in the cavity of the chicken and place it breast side down in the slow cooker.

Cook in high for 3-4 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.

Remove and discard the skin when you serve it . It was delicious very moist and tender :)
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vendredi 14 août 2015

Butternut squash and bacon risotto (slimming world friendly )

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Love a risotto for a filling healthy meal and this one really good . On the last Monday of the month in our Slimming World club we have a 'taster night' and this week Jen made this risotto and it was so gorgeous I begged for the recipe and it is from one of the Slimming World books but I have altered it very slightly. I love garlic and 4 garlic cloves is fine by me but it is pretty garlicky so you might want to reduce that if you arent so keen.  Its very easy to make takes a little time but not much effort :  ) Oh and could easily make it veggie by leaving out the bacon and using vegetable stock instead of chicken. 

Syn free on extra easy

Butternut squash and bacon risotto

  • 1 leek (washed and finely chopped)
  • 250g lean bacon (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 250g risotto rice
  • 400g butternut squash (diced into smallish pieces)
  • 1 litre hot chicken stock
  • salt and pepper

Heat a large non stick pan over medium heat and add the leeks and bacon and stir fry for 3-4 minutes until leek is soft and bacon is cooked through.

Add garlic, rice and butternut squash and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add a ladeful of stock (about half a mug) and stir and cook over a low/medium heat until its absorbed then repeat until all the stock is used up.

The rice should be creamy and still a little firm and the squash tender. The whole process takes about 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper but be careful of too much salt as the stock is quite salty.

Serve immediately but it can be frozen too.

Enjoy xx 
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Welsh Onion 'Cake' (slimming world friendly)

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This recipe is from the Slimming World website and as it was St Davids Day this week thought would make a Welsh recipe although even though living in Wales for 24 years for have never heard of this!

I did enjoy it but think the cooking times should be longer so if I made it again which I will cook it for longer (I'll use the new cooking times in the recipe) I cut the onions and potatoes on a mandolin slicer as the slices really do need to be very thin.

I served it with my roast lamb Sunday dinner with some carrots , peas and brussels sprouts as well. There were lots of leftovers so will serve it later in the week maybe with some sausages or bacon.

Welsh Onion 'Cake'  

225g green cabbage, finely shredded
Low calorie cooking spray
500g onions, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1/2 tsp dried rosemary
900g Maris Piper potatoes or red potatoes , thinly sliced

1. Preheat your oven to 190°C/170°C Fan/Gas 5. Blanch the shredded cabbage in a pan of boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Drain well and set aside.

2. Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray, add the onions, a little salt and the rosemary. Cover and cook gently over a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often. Discard the rosemary and set aside.

3. Spray the potato slices all over with low calorie cooking spray and season. Arrange half the potatoes in the bottom of an ovenproof frying pan, overlapping, in a circle. Add a layer of cabbage, a layer of onions and finally another layer of potatoes. Season again and spray with low calorie cooking spray. Place the pan on the hob over a medium heat for 5 minutes to colour the bottom, then transfer to the oven and bake for 1 hr 15 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Place a plate on top of the frying pan and turn out the onion cake. Serve cut into generous slices.
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Sticky red onion relish (slimming world friendly)

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I love a relish or sauce on the slimming world plan, You can take a plain grilled piece of fish or chicken or a steak and liven it up with some but they are usually mega high in sugar and so mega high in syns. This one is sugar free and syn free yay!!

Sticky red onion relish 

  • 500g red onions (thinly sliced) 
  • 100ml balsamic vinegar
  • 150ml cider vineger
  • 2 tbsp powdered sweetener 
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed) 
  • 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper 

Thinly slice the red onions and place in a large heavy based saucepan. Add the vinegars, garlic and splenda then simmer for approximately one hour on a very low heat until it has reduced and made a thick sticky relish. Season to taste with salt and pepper . 

Keeps well in the fridge for a couple of weeks (can also be kept for longer if kept in sterilised jam jars) .
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Coq au vin (slimming world friendly)

Sorry have been off for a while have had some time away (yay!) and been pretty bad on the slimming world plan (boo!) so back on straight and narrow and wanted to make something really tasty and was browsing some of my old recipes I keep in a A4 folder and came across this one.

It is a delicious chicken recipe and although it is a couple of syns per portion its worth every syn . Its garlicky, winey, chickeny, bacony yum :  )

Coq au vin

  • 8 rashers lean smoked bacon (I use ASDA smoked bacon medallions)
  • 10 shallots (or 1 large onion, chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 12oz baby button mushrooms
  • 2 celery sticks (sliced)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 floz red wine
  • 1 pint chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 10-12 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper

Place a heavy based heat safe casserole  dish over a medium heat and add the shallots, bacon, garlic, celery and carrots with thyme and bay leaf. Cook for 5-10 minutes until vegetables are soft.

Add the wine and bring to the boil and boil for a few minutes then add the stock and balsamic vinegar and simmer for a few more minutes then add the chicken and mushrooms.

Simmer for 30 minutes until chicken is cooked then remove the chicken (and take out and discard the bayleaf) and simmer the sauce until reduced by half and thicker. Add the chicken back in and reheat, Season to taste with salt and pepper.

1  1/2 syns per portion on extra easy
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jeudi 13 août 2015

Luxury fish pie (slimming world friendly)

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  Fish pie can be a boring dish at times but this version has a bit more to it with the addition of salmon and prawns and smoked fish. Its quite quick and easy to make . I often buy fish that is on special offer and keep it in the freezer so can make it a standby dinner if I want to. The white sauce and the mash are made the slimming world friendly way so per portion it works out quite low in syns.

Luxury Fish Pie

1- 1 1/2lb mixed fish (I use a mixture of salmon, white fish and smoked fish)
4oz prawns
4 hardboiled eggs (cut in quarters)
1 pint skimmed milk
2 tbsps cornflour
salt and pepper

4-6 large potatoes (peeled and cut into pieces)
1/2 tub quark
1 egg yolk
 spray oil.

Place the fish, prawns and hardboiled eggs in a large ovenproof dish, Place the skimmed milk and cornflour in a saucepan and bring to a boil (whisking all the time) and simmer for about 4 minutes until sauce is thick and shiny , keep whisking all the time . Add salt and pepper to taste and then pour over the fish mixture.

In a large saucepan put the potatoes in salted water and bring to the boil and boil until potatoes are tender. Drain, then mash with the quark and egg yolk until smooth then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the mash over the fish and sauce to make the mashed potato topping . Spray the top with a little spray oil and bake at gas 6/ 200/400 until top of the pie is browned.

Serve with loads of superfree veg . This is a large dish and serves 6 and  the syns are 3 per portion on extra easy . 
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Cheesy twice baked potatoes (slimming world friendly)

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  Potatoes are so versatile but can get quite boring boiled, mashed, baked.... This way of making them gives them loads of flavour and doesnt take too much effort, Makes them extra tasty as a side dish but if you wanted to you could add some ham or tuna to the mix and serve with a salad for an interesting lunch. I served them with a steak and salad made a change from ordinary baked potatoes.

Cheesy twice baked potatoes

serves 1

1 baking potato (use a floury type like maris piper or king edward)
1 laughing cow extra light triangle (or could use the blue cheese light ones if you prefer)
spring onion (chopped)
salt and pepper

Wash the potato and while still damp sprinkle with salt and bake in a moderate oven for about an hour until skin is crispy.

Cut the potato in two halves lengthways and scoop out all the potato flesh and place in a bowl, Add the spring onions, cheese triangle and some salt and pepper and mash together really well. Put the mixture back into the potato shells and then place on a baking tray.

Bake for another 20-30 minutes until top is crispy and brown.

1 syn on extra easy but if you use the laughing cow as part of your 'B' choice then it could be free :  )  
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Cowboy hotpot (slimming world friendly)

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  I found this recipe in this months slimming world magazine and while it looked lovely I thought of a few other ways to make it even more tasty. This is something I really like to do , find a recipe and then adapt it. I know a lot of people are worried to change recipes but dont be scared if there is something in there you really dont like leave it out of course it will alter the finished dish and I dont mean change the main ingredients but just some of the spices can be lessened or left out if you dont like for example chili or garlic. In this recipe I left out the green beans which were in the original recipe (some in my family arent keen on them) but I added celery and a can of tomatoes for extra flavour. It could also easily be made vegetarian using quorn mince and vegetable stock. 

I thought the hotpot was lovely and it was all made in one pan but be warned you need a BIG pan and the recipe states serves four but I think with extra vegetables served with it could easily feed six. I also froze some of the leftovers in 'pour and store' bags.

Cowboy Hotpot

700g extra lean minced beef

2 onions (chopped)

2 sticks celery (chopped)  

4 large carrots (chopped)

700g-1kg new potatoes thickly sliced

1 litre beef stock

4 tbsp tomato puree 

1 can chopped tomatoes

1-2 tsp chili powder

2 x cans baked beans

salt and pepper

Place a very large pan over a medium heat and add the minced beef and fry for a few minutes breaking it up then add the carrots, celery and onion and fry for a few minutes until vegetables are soft.

Add the potatoes, stock, tomato puree and the can of tomatoes. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until the potatoes are cooked.

Stir in the baked beans and heat through and then season with salt and pepper to taste.

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