Overnight oats with berries | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

When I first heard about overnight oats – basically cold porridge – I wasn’t too sure about the idea. We’re used to hot oatmeal (which you can even make in a rice cooker). I’ll admit, the first couple of times I tried it I wasn’t so keen. But after a bit of experimenting, this combination of ingredients and the container make them just beautiful and they’re one of my favourites now – the boys seem to love them too! If I don’t eat the full jar for breakfast then I save the rest for a snack or dessert later in the day as they are very filling – and only 1.5 syns for the whole jar if you use the oats as your healthy extra!

Ingredients (single serving)
  • 40g plain porridge oats
  • 450g pot fat free Greek style yogurt with honey (1.5 syns, or free if you use plain)
  • berries (I’ve used raspberries/blackberries/blueberries, but frozen mixed berries work just as well – in fact they make the oats more moist from the extra juices)
Method
  • Weigh out your oats in a separate bowl (or if you read this post you will find a top tip for measuring them out!).
  • Starting with the yogurt, layer your ingredients up into a jar – I use a 500ml clip lid one. I usually do 3 layers of yogurt/oats/fruit.
  • Leave overnight in the fridge for the yogurt and fruit to soak into the oats.
  • Remove from the fridge when ready to eat and give it a good mix.
  • Enjoy!

 

 

Salt and pepper chips | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

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!

With 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

Tandoori baked salmon | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Now I’m trying out new fish and recipes for our regular ‘fish Friday’s’ you might have a few more fish recipes coming your way – this week is salmon. It’s coated in a tandoori mix but it’s not too overpowering. I served it with tandoori veg rice but it would be lovely with potatoes and a salad too.

Ingredients (serves 2 – plus extra tandoori spice mix)

  • 2 boneless salmon fillets
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


Method
  • Preheat oven to gas 5/375F/190C.
  • In a small bowl mix together all of the spices.
  • Rub some of the tandoori mix on the top of the salmon fillets (as much or as little as you like).
  • Wrap fillets loosely in foil and place on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until thoroughly cooked.
  • Enjoy!

Baked plaice with tomato & basil | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Since I’ve seen all of the types of fish I can eat on Slimming World without counting the calories, I’ve decided to become a little more experimental with it! In our house we have ‘Fish Friday’ and it usually consists of scampi, cod/haddock, or mackerel. I’ve always loved the reduced shelf in the supermarket and now I’ve started raiding the fish section every week to see what I can find for the following week. One of my recent finds was plaice fillets, to which I added just a couple of simple ingredients which brought the flavour out just a little bit more. And it’s completely Slimming World friendly too!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 fillets of plaice (de-boned)
  • lemon juice
  • sea salt
  • 3 baby tomatoes, halved
  • basil leaves
Method
  • Preheat oven to gas 5/375F/190C.
  • Place the fillets onto a baking tray.
  • Squeeze a little lemon juice and sprinkle a little salt onto each fillet.
  • Place 4 tomato halves onto each fillet.
  • Carefully tear the basil leaves and arrange on the fillets.
  • Cover the tray loosely with foil, then bake for around 20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with other vegetables, and enjoy!

 

Pizza topped chicken | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Since I joined Slimming World last week I’ve been trying out a few new recipes and I hope it means I won’t get stuck in a food rut like I usually do when trying to lose weight! This recipe is a great alternative to a dough based pizza, and it’s all free on SW (30g cheese is a Healthy Extra)! It’s also great for the kids though and is fairly quick to prepare. It’s a nice change and really does taste yummy with lovely golden cheese.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 250g passata
  • 120g cheddar cheese
  • basil (I used dried but you can use fresh if desired)
Method
  • Preheat oven to gas 5/375F/190C.
  • Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of cling film and bash with a rolling pin to flatten them.
  • Place on a baking tray and divide the passata between them, coating the whole top of the breasts.
  • Sprinkle basil on then top with cheese.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is golden & bubbling.
  • Enjoy!