We get through an awful lot of pasta in our house; partly due to the fact that it’s a free food on Slimming World (dried pasta, anyway), and also it’s one of the boys’ favourites! A pasta bake is always a great idea; you’re able to just throw everything in and have a family dining experience with it. Take the dish to the table, and let everybody tuck in!
Tinned tuna is really quick and easy to add to a pasta bake, and as strange as butternut squash sounds to accompany it, it’s really quite nice! I use sour cream in this tuna pasta bake to make it a bit creamier, but you could make it syn free by using Quark or the like instead.
I love a good curry, and my slow cooker chicken curry seems to be mighty popular amongst Slimming World followers! I’m guessing, because it’s quick and easy, and you can just put it on and forget about it. I do like to cook a curry on the stove sometimes though; the smells that fill my kitchen from the spices are just delightful.
This particular chicken & potato curry recipe involves grinding of spice seeds; you could just stick them in a mini hand blender, but doing it by hand with a pestle & mortar equals extra body magic! Kind of 😉 Also, this recipe is completely guilt free as it contains zero syns.
I do love my slow cooker but admittedly, I don’t use it as often as I mean to. One of my favourite dishes that I always make in the slow cooker is a stew. I’ve been fancying something a bit different to a beef and vegetable stew, so I bought a gammon joint, and then just randomly chucked loads of ingredients in to make this smoky gammon stew; it turned out lovely! Perfect for a cold winter day. It’s also completely syn free on Slimming World!
Christmas is upon us, and that means lots of festive food consumption is underway! Though for a lot of us, I think it has been for a couple of months already, as seasonal products seem to enter stores earlier and earlier these days.
One of my favourite Christmas foods has to be a warm mince pie, with lashings of double cream; not so good for the waistline, but mighty tasty! I usually make my own mince pies with shortcrust pastry, but this year I decided to use filo pastry instead; mainly to cut down the syns*! They are still really good though, especially fresh from the oven when they are warm and still crispy.
It’s definitely that time of the year right now, where I’m eating a lot of soups. Sometimes I will just open a tin for convenience (though not very often these days, as most have syns with following Slimming World) but I don’t think there’s any soup better than home made soup. The smell of it bubbling away on the hob, and the delicious flavours we can create depending on our mood.
I usually make a pot big enough that it does 5 or 6 bowls, or freeze it so I have got some ready for when I actually can’t be bothered to make any. Because the pepper in this roasted pepper and carrot soup is roasted, it gives a lovely charred flavour to the soup along with the sweetness of the carrots.
I love my slow cooker, and especially at this time of year it comes out a lot. One of my favourite one pot meals to cook in there is a chilli. It’s usually a beef chilli but I decided to do a veggie one this time using the beans I received in my September Degustabox. I added a variety of tinned beans to make a 5 bean chilli – it’s totally syn free on Slimming World too, and makes a great EESP meal 🙂
This one is fairly hot but you could use mild chilli powder instead, or halve the amount of hot chilli powder. I love spicy food so I don’t mind the heat factor! You don’t have to use the same beans I’ve used either; whatever is available will be fine.
I love the fact that on the Slimming World plan I can eat as big a portion of risotto as I like and not have to worry about the calories in the rice, though it is really filling so you don’t need much anyway! Though the only meat in this Slimming World risotto is bacon, it still tastes really meaty due to the stock, and you could chuck in even more speed veg to make it extra weight loss fueled! The cheese adds an extra dimension of flavour. This one could be made into a veggie version if you omit the bacon and use vegetable stock. If you use the Primula as your Healthy Extra A, it is completely syn free too*. Thumbs up! Read more
Okay, so this isn’t an actual cheesecake or Eton mess, but it is quite reminiscent of a mixture of both of them! I just chucked it together the other night when I fancied some dessert, but I couldn’t have fruit & yogurt as I was doing an EESP day so I just got some ingredients from the fridge and cupboard and came up with this. You could of course change the fruit in it, and the flavour of the Hi-Fi bar, but I thought it was really tasty just like this. It takes just five minutes to whip up too, and you could also prepare it advance*. It’s also only half a syn* if using the Hi-Fi bar as part of your healthy extra! Read more
I guess this one isn’t so much of a recipe, more a different way of doing something to make it more interesting, and a salad in a jar actually keeps a few days in the fridge*! This also makes it really handy for taking to work, or if you have a busy routine at home and don’t have time to stand chopping salad for making your lunch during the day, you can make 2 or 3 of these salad in a jar up on a night time, then they can be taken from the fridge and either enjoyed straight from the jar or poured out on to a plate. Best of all, it is completely syn free*!
You can use salad ingredients you would most likely already have in so you don’t need to buy anything special, but the following are the ingredients I usually use. Read more
Baked oats are one of my staple breakfasts nowadays, and there are so many different versions that can be made that you could even have them as a dessert!
This raspberry and Sweet Freedom Choc Shot version really hits the spot though. It is sweet, fruity, and chocolaty for a very low syn value* but it also feels like you are being naughty as it looks like a cake too!
It’s lovely just warm from the oven, a (big) slice served with a cuppa, or served with even more fruit and some yogurt for breakfast. Because it is so big you can slice it and eat it throughout the day too, using your Healthy Extra B choice.