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!
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.
Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday if you want to be particular) is drawing closer, and who doesn’t want pancakes then, in some form or another? To have “proper” pancakes on Slimming World would mean using quite a few syns, but with these you barely need to use any, so you can still have your pancakes and eat them!
Since I discovered this recipe, I have them at least once a week for my breakfast as they are absolutely delicious and really filling. They are more like American style thicker pancakes, but still very tasty. The best bit is that they are syn free on Slimming World too using your Healthy Extra B, and you can be really varied with your toppings. Read more
I’m a great cheese lover and before I joined Slimming World I would just cut blocks off and eat it like that – naughty! I do still enjoy it now regularly as my Healthy Extra A choice, but I don’t eat as much as I did before. When you’re not counting the calories in it, it can easily add up without you realising. I would always get low fat cheese as well but now I buy full fat and just have the lesser amount of my HEA. When you want to use your HEA for something else though, these cheese & chive potato scones give a wonderful cheese hit and are great for snacking on or to eat with some speed salad for lunches. (Some may consider it a tweak but I’ve lost weight when I’ve eaten them – it’s not like I eat them all in one go as the boys eat them too!).
Ingredients (makes 6 large ones, can divide smaller to make more bite size ones)
- 1 packet cheese & onion Smash, not made up (can use plain too)
- 300g tub low fat cheese & chive cottage cheese
- 2 medium eggs
- Fry Light
- Preheat oven to gas 6/400F/200C.
- Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined.
- Divide the mixture into 6 portions, roll into balls and place on a baking tray. Spray the tops with Fry Light.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes, until the scones are golden on the outside.
One of my favourite ever Chinese takeaway dishes is salt and pepper chips – I could eat a carton of them to myself and I often get cravings for them, and whenever we do go down the naughty route and actually have a takeaway, I always order these – they are just so good!
Now I’m doing Slimming World I could have them but they would be a great almighty number of syns! I had a really bad craving for them one night but I wanted to stay on plan, so I thought I’d attempt my own salt and pepper chips – they were really tasty and pretty good considering they were baked and not deep fried, so this is now one of my favourite go-to fakeaway recipes. Read more