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