Saturday, 22 September 2012

Mini vegetable quiches (slimming world friendly)

I love these mini quiches, they are crustless so slimming world friendly and are a brilliant way of using up leftovers. I made these with mushrooms, spring onions and pepper but you can use ham, sweetcorn, tuna anything you like really.

I like to serve these with salad and a jacket potato or sometimes have them with baked beans, they are also a great portable food so good to take to work for lunch or for picnics (if we had the weather!) It might seem like a lot of eggs but its only 1 egg per mini quiche.

Mini vegetable quiches

6 large free range eggs
2 spring onions (chopped)
2 large mushrooms (chopped)
1/2 red or green pepper (chopped)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 oz low fat grated cheddar

Plave the vegetables in the bases of a 6 well muffin pan (I use silicone so easy to turn out but you can use a regular one and spray with oil or even make them in muffin cases)

In a jug whisk the eggs well with the salt and pepper.

Pour over the vegetables until each 'well' is full and then sprinkle on the grated cheese.

Bake at gas 6 200/400 for between 20-30 minutesuntil browned.

approx 1/2 syn per quiche.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Thick pea and ham soup (slimming world friendly)

When I cooked the gammon ham in water it left a delicious stock which I wanted to use to make a soup . (I hate waste) I left it to go cold overnight so could skim every little bit of fat from it. I do love thick soups when the weather starts to get colder. All stock cubes are free now on slimming world and I know knorr make ham flavoured stock cubes so even if you haven't done a boiled ham you can still make this soup. I make this in a large saucepan which is the base of my pressure cooker.

Thick pea and ham soup

4 -6 pints (approx) ham stock (big saucepan full :  )
2 onions (chopped)
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp pepper
4-6 carrots (peeled and sliced)
1 lb (approx) new potatoes cut into large cubes
2 tsp vegetable stock powder (if needed, taste the stock first)
8oz diced ham
1 large mug of split peas
salt to taste (may not be necessary)

Bring stock to a boil and add the onions and sage, simmer for 10 minutes then add the split peas, carrots and potatoes. Simmer until peas are cooked and very soft and soup is thickened, Taste for seasoning and add the vegetable stock powder if need to .

 Add the ham and cook for a few more minutes, Season with pepper and salt if necessary but probably won't need the salt as the stock will be salty enough.

Sorry not a very exact recipe but I sort of play it by ear and its very tasty and filling :  )


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Beef in oyster sauce (slimming world friendly)

Another super quick dinner very simple but very tasty cooked in the same time it took to cook the rice to serve it with. I would normally mix the vegetables with the beef and sauce and fry it all together but my husband didn't want vegetables tonight so stir fried them separately.

Its well worth buying big bottles of light and dark soy sauce and oyster sauce from a chinese supermarket if you can access one (they also sell online) if you like this sort of dish. The big sizes work out so much cheaper and if you consider a bottle or packet of 'stir fry' sauce is usually at least £1 you can save a lot of money and you know exactly what went into your dinner and don't have to waste all those syns.  I also used my beloved frozen garlic and ginger paste it is soooo easy and takes all the work out of crushing and grating but please don't use the jarred stuff its really not very nice.

Beef in oyster sauce

1lb thin beef steaks (cut into strips)
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tsp fresh grated ginger (or use the frozen paste)
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 
spray oil

Spray wok with oil then stir fry the beef strips until brown , add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for a few more minutes.

Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, water and black pepper and bring to a boil, Reduce heat for 2 minutes to simmer and thats it!

I served with boiled rice and stir fried mixed veg just dressed with some dark soy sauce.

Serves 4 and only 1/2 syn each person.


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Diet coke chicken (slimming world friendly)

Now to some of you this might sound odd but believe me it is delicious, Its another super quick dinner. The vegetables give it colour and freshness , Once the sauce has reduced it makes a lovely sticky syrupy BBQ tasting sauce but you have to persevere and simmer it right down it doesn't make a lot of sauce but it coats everything so its tasty. I served it with spring greens and rice but it's good with noodles and stir fry veg too..

Diet coke chicken

2 large chicken breasts (or 6 chicken thighs skinned and boned trimmed of fat)
2 peppers (red, green yellow whatever colour you like) bell peppers for my US friends
6oz mushrooms (quartered)
1 large onion (sliced )
1 can diet coke
4 tbsp passata (sieved tomatoes )
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
spray oil

Place a wok or large deep frying pan or wok over a high heat and spray with oil, Add the chicken,  onions and peppers and stir fry until the vegetables are soft and the chicken id cooked . Add the mushrooms and stir fry for another couple of minutes.

Pour over the can of diet coke, the passata and add the worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is reduced, thick and syrupy , You really need to have patience because just as you think its not going to happen it will :  )

Syn free on slimming world....  enjoy!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Thick vegetable and green lentil soup (slimming world friendly)

  Well, it's September so I am starting to think about soups and stews and hearty meals and will be starting to use the slow cooker more as Autumn goes on.   This soup is almost a stew really thick and hearty with tons of flavour. The lentils make it really filling so it is a meal in itself. You can add any veg you like really I often use leeks too just didn't happen to have any today also if you want it to go further you can add some canned chickpeas or beans at the end . A great way to use up odds and ends of veg left in the fridge as the rest of the ingredients are just store cupboard bits and pieces. Its syn free on slimming world .

I posted this for my friend Denise in the US who asked me if I had any vegetarian recipes that weren't curries : )

Thick vegetable and green lentil soup

4-5 carrots (peeled and diced)
2 onions (chopped)
3 sticks celery (sliced)
2 cloves garlic (crushed) 
1 mug of green lentils
1 tsp chili paste (or a fresh red chili chopped if you prefer)
2 pints vegetable stock
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tin chopped tomatoes
spray oil
salt and pepper 

  Spray a large pan with the spray oil and add the carrots, onions, celery, sprinkle with salt and fry over a low heat until vegetables are softened. Add the chili , garlic, oregano and lentils and stir for a few more minutes. (Its smells amazing at this point really herbal and rich)

  Add the stock and tomatoes and bring to the boil then turn heat down and simmer until the soup has reduced and thickened. Takes about 30-45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 



Saturday, 1 September 2012

Chili beef noodles (slimming world friendly)

  I love this dish, its really quick and easy to prepare. I have started buying frozen ginger and garlic paste which cuts down on prep time even more. I used sambal olek chili paste but you could use any chili paste or a fresh red chili chopped if you prefer.

Chili beef noodles

250g extra lean beef mince
250g dried egg noodles
4 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp chili paste (2 tsp if you like it hot or use a chopped fresh red chili if you prefer)
1 red pepper (sliced)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1 tsp grated fresh ginger (or use frozen )
1 medium red onion (chopped)
1/2 pint beef stock (from a cube is fine)
spray oil

Place noodles in a pan of salted boiling water and boil until just soft (about 3 minutes then drain and set aside)

Spray wok or large pan with spray oil and add minced beef and red onion and stir fry until mince is brown and onion is soft.

Then add ginger, garlic and red pepper and stir fry for a few more minutes. Add stock and soy sauces and bring to boil then simmer for a few minutes.

Add the noodles and stir carefully and cook for a few more minutes until almost all sauce is absorbed.

(syn free on extra easy)