Butternut squash & tuna pasta bake | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Butternut squash and tuna pasta bake

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.

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Bohns syn free rubs & spices | Review

Bohns rubs review

Just one of the great things about Slimming World is the fact I can eat as much lean meat as I like, and not have to worry about counting syns on it. Some ready prepared meats with flavourings are synnable (yes, that is a word in SW vocabulary) so I try to buy it plain and add my own syn free flavourings. Whether it be a pre-prepared spice mix or I mix my own; but recently I was sent some rubs & spices to try from Bohns. They are all syn free too which is great news for Slimming World followers!

Thomas Bohn has been on a quest across the globe and back in a search for the perfect mix of spices and seasoning able to elevate taste to new heights.

He left a boy and came back a man, a slightly heavier man full of the tastes of the finest slow cooked BBQ’s from the land of stars and stripes. Here he discovered the secrets to rubbing butt’s and adding spice to his life and his cooking.

In his experiences, the tastiest and most succulent meat is produced from slow cooking methods with spices, sauces and marinades generously applied giving taste sensations we only seem to experience in restaurants.

Now armed with these recipes learnt on the road and honed in the kitchen, Thomas Bohn brings you a range of rubs and spices guaranteed to add new dimensions to your meats, sauces, vegetables and dips.
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Musings of a Slimming World target member | #1

Musings of a Slimming World target member #1

It’s been a few months now since I reached target; just over three of them, in fact. It does actually feel like it’s been longer to be honest. I haven’t shared an update since becoming a target member so I thought it was about time I got my thoughts down on paper; well, virtual paper! I was going to say, I can’t remember the last time I went to weigh in dreading getting on the scales, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. The truth is, I’ve been really struggling for most of the year already, and it’s almost March! Read more

Slow cooker smoky gammon stew | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Slow cooker smoky gammon stew

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!

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Slimming World weigh in – the first post target one…

weekly weigh in

I think last week’s weigh in had to be my favourite one ever; I reached target! It took a few days for it to sink in, but I didn’t really go overboard in celebration like I might have expected to… In actual fact, I was still on plan for most of the week. I did have a Subway for lunch on the day of weigh in, but it was the first thing I’d really had off plan.

I don’t usually eat heavily on a weigh in day, but I decided that I had my target range to ‘play’ with, so it didn’t matter so much. Of course, it doesn’t mean I should do it all of the time, which I won’t; I just won’t restrict myself so much on a weigh day any more!
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Easy filo mince pies | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Easy filo mince pies

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.
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Slimming World weigh in – the one where I reach target…

weekly weigh in

Last week I had fairly mixed emotions after my weigh in. On the one hand. I was happy because I had another good loss of 2lb; on the other hand, I was a little frustrated because I only had that half a pound left to reach my target. I didn’t let it put me off though; if anything, it made me just that little bit more determined! I’ve had plenty of half pound losses before, so surely I could do it this week?

I was on plan for most of the week. In fact, I guess I was on it all week. With it being Children in Need last Friday, we usually have some nibbles to watch it with but I did plan ahead and made some low syn sausage rolls, some syn free hummus to have with veg sticks, some low syn mince pies, and some of those mini cheese squares that are half a syn each.
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Roasted pepper and carrot soup | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Roasted pepper and carrot soup

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.

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Slimming World weigh in – the one where I’m almost there…

weekly weigh in

Last week I was pretty happy with my loss of 2lb; it meant I only had 2.5lb to go until target, and I was hoping to get it this week. My head has been really in it and I was so determined to stay on plan. Honestly, some days all I wanted to do was eat chocolate and cake, and I almost caved… But I stayed strong and didn’t! I went for fruit and yogurt or fromage frais instead, maybe some Choc Shot for that chocolate hit.

I haven’t done any EESP days again this week, but I have eaten a lot more speed food than usual. Berries with my breakfast, speedy soups for lunches, and crispy kale or butternut squash chips with dinners. My syns have stayed around 10 every day, which also gives that little bit of room for anything I may have forgotten (though I’m getting pretty good at keeping a mental food and syn diary now!).

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Slimming World weigh in – the one with the lowest, again…

weekly weigh in

I was a bit disappointed after last week’s weigh in when I only lost half a pound. I was determined to have a loss this week so I had my game head on and vowed to plan for the week ahead. It kind of happened, as I did start writing a meal plan; but I only managed to put 3 things on it and it’s still sat on my kitchen counter. Oops.

Anyway, I did manage to stay on plan all week, even at the weekend for Bonfire Night. We went to a display but we ate before we left, so I had low syn hot dogs using my HEB, and jacket potatoes. Even a little bit of planning does help. I even managed chocolate apples by cutting an apple into thick slices then coating them in a little chocolate spread from my last Degustabox!

It’s been the first time in a few weeks that I haven’t had any EESP days before weigh in either, so I wasn’t expecting to do so good this week. Even though it’s not really made much difference previously, to be honest.

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